ZFH 2015 Interview #1: Alex Teich

6 Oct

Finally…the moment you have been waiting for! We are just now starting to post interviews from some of our exhibitors (we apologize for the delay!), which we are very excited about. We always send the exhibitors a list of questions from which they can choose as many or as few as they want to answer. Now without further delay…

Our first interview of 2015 is with Alex Teich, who has worked as an animator, an electrician, a travel guide editor, and a game show question writer. He was born in Stockholm and raised in Houston. He currently teaches mathematics at a public high school. Read on below for more information about Alex!

ZFH: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you’ll be showing at ZFH 2015!

Alex Teich: Hi, I’m Alex. I’ve got a zine that’s mostly my own ruminations of late on Houston, growing up here, what it looks like to me now, etc. I think it’s about change, which seems to fit with the theme of Zine Fest.

ZFH: What is the future of zines in this new and rapidly digitizing world?

AT: I’m guilty of sentimental attachment to the way things used to be, even as the attitude becomes increasingly absurd. I acknowledge that the effect of technology of the last 25 years on zine-making, and really anything creative I’d do, really is a net positive from an aesthetic standpoint. Zines, though, could be the best example of what makes me pine for something lost- we can still make them and celebrate them and thanks to technology, they can look like anything, but this whole circus is a simulation of what was once an indispensable way of making connections. So many aesthetics that we reverently carry forward- Instagram filters, the noise churning on magnetic tape- were once precipitates of actual utility and urgency. But those memories will die, leaving the aesthetics themselves to perhaps demonstrate real intrinsic value. So, what we’re doing at Zine Fest- carrying it forward- could turn out to be crucial!

ZFH: What in your opinion is the best invention of the last 30 years? What in your opinion is the worst invention of the last 30 years?

AT: The best and worst inventions- first of all, neither has anything to do with art, and probably nothing to do with media. The worst invention especially, we won’t know what that is until it’s too late. Fracking seems pretty obvious, but maybe the Hadron collider will take us all out.

ZFH: How will you best honor our cyber overlords?

AT: I will pay respect to the overlords by enrolling in a cyber-literacy course at my local library branch, where I expect to learn the meaning of “BB” on a machine running Windows 95.

Awesome, thanks Alex!


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