19. Keep Hoping Machine Running

19. Keep Hoping Machine Running is the 19th New Year's Resolution made by Woody Guthrie in 1942. 



The first issue of this zine was published online and in print on January 1, 2012 in New York City by Julia Croon.

The 2012 collection is available to view at The Poet's House Library, California Institute of the Arts Library of Artists' Books, the Booklyn Zine Archive and The Barnard Library Zine Collection, which has acquired all publications by Julia and the 7:00 Sound since 1998.

In autumn of 2012 19.KHMR zines were exhibited at Diamond Leaves: Artist Books from around the World at Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing, China. The show brought together over 200 contemporary artists' books, including works by Marcel DuChamp, John Cage, Ed Ruscha, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell and more. This was the first major museum exhibition of contemporary international Artist Books in China.

For more information, tweet @juliacroon or email julia@juliacroon.com

What she said.

(Source: hormoaning, via hannahorovitz)

19. Keep Hoping Machine Running, Issue 11

GET OUT THERE AND VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6TH, 2012!!!!!

19. Keep Hoping Machine Running, Issue 10

19. Keep Hoping Machine Running, Issue 9

19. Keep Hoping Machine Running, Issue 8

19. Keep Hoping Machine Running, Issue 7

19. Keep Hoping Machine Running, Issue 6

19. Keep Hoping Machine Running, Issue 5

In remembrance of MCA, Adam Yauch, I would like to share my experience as a teenager interning at Grand Royal Records.  I feel a bit cheeky doing so but it was such a wonderful time, I am so grateful for it and want to share.

I remember my first day at Grand Royal Records in 1997.  I wore an old floral yellow dress, a beige head wrap and probably still carried a lunchbox purse. This confused a lot of people but my style still slayed everyone.  I was too afraid to answer the phones, so I didn’t.  I am certain they all found this very annoying but remained gracious and welcoming.  It was scary! I was 15 and just couldn’t get hip to the concept of transferring a call. Plus, duh of course I was totally scared I’d accidentally hang up on a Beastie Boy. So I mostly opened revealing fan mail in exchange for records and fun promo trinkets. The vinyl came in different colors like translucent pink, white and black. Some didn’t even have labels on them. Those made me feel the most special, like I had been given some secret gem. I had been! How lucky was I? Very. I remember the celebratory screaming in the office when HELLO NASTY played on the radio for the first time. I drove a small red car, eventually. That came my 16th year, also the year I discovered Rally’s french fries. It was nice to be the youngest one. I wish I could have enjoyed that more. If you are under 25 or any age at all for that matter: ENJOY IT MORE! Let us all try our mightiest to do this! It is so important! What a wonderful time spent with some of the most talented musicians and hard as hell workers behind them. Ugh! This inexplicable journey.

(Source: youtube.com)

19. Keep Hoping Machine Running, Issue 4

19. Keep Hoping Machine Running, Issue 3

This issue became increasingly difficult to connect with.  During the process of trying to reconnect with it, others and myself, I felt profoundly disconnected. In the midst of this disconnect something broke open: androgynous technology, or phenomena that come after the hyperreality of the simulacrum has been established.  It is the idea that technology contributes to a hyperreal, exaggerated self and sexuality or a dulled abstraction thereof.  Both lead us to resemble machines.  Consumerism and plastic surgery can create what American culture considers the epitome of femininity, masculinity or, what I am most interested in: neither.  Androgynous technology enables us to become exaggerated versions of ourselves or muted, sexless and inanimate.  Beauty procedures can anatomically take out as much as they can put in.  Either way the self is increased or decreased dramatically from its original biological form, at the hands of medical and technological advances.  The desire for androgyny and nostalgia (remember those good ole’ days when you were young?) has reached an all time high.  This is why there is a worldwide obsession with adults imitating child pornography in fashion magazines.

Hyperreality, where simulacra live, tricks consciousness into detaching from any real emotional engagement, instead opting for artificial simulation, and endless reproductions of fundamentally empty appearance.  Fulfillment is found through simulation and imitation of a transient simulacrum of reality, rather than any interaction with any true reality.

Simulacrum has many variations depending on whom you study (Plato, Jean Baudrillard, Gilles Deleuze, Nietzsche even addressed the idea in Twilight of the Idols but does not name it).  I will say in layman’s terms how I perceive it: a representation of something original; a direct copy of the real.  The hyperreality is where the copy lives and my thought is that androgynous technology then takes this replica and either neutralizes or heightens it, sans organically distinctive features until our basic mode of existing completely resembles that of a machine.  

What is a machine?  Androgynous and without sex: androgynous technology.

In its traditional definition androgyny means being neither distinguishably masculine nor feminine.  Technology is the making, usage, and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, crafts, systems or methods of organization in order to solve a problem or perform a specific function. It can also refer to the collection of such tools, machinery, and procedures.

Technology synthesizes direct human interaction until it becomes simulacra.   It may bring someone in New York visually closer to someone in Japan via computer or phone but then it replaces direct contact one would have otherwise had with their next door neighbor, say through a white picket fence. Androgynous technology is the mechanism by which human interaction, perception, communication and sexuality melt and distort.  Again, it is working with the copy and the world that exists therein.

The theme which resonated most with me this past month, and I am not exactly sure how this all fits together but I am certain it does, was loss.  Many of us can attest to either having witnessed or experienced incredible loss these last few months. Some has been physical and some symbolic. While I do not overtly address these losses here or in this issue, I feel the subject itself is important to share. Relinquishing can be just as significant, if not more so, as receiving but when it is unexpected and experienced without choice, it can feel as though one’s entire being is submerged in sub-zero water.

The Stranger Song:

(Source: youtube.com)

Extra!  Extra!  This is not your typical 19. Keep Hoping Machine Running issue. Of All We Could Emotionally Afford was a zine I made in 2003 to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. Eat chocolate and enjoy the red. Happy St. Valentine’s Day XO

19. Keep Hoping Machine Running, Issue 2

This issue is special.  It is a collection of stills from Super 8mm films I have made. Not every issue will be so special! Printed color copies are available in a limited edition of 100. You may find them in Manhattan at St. Mark’s Bookshop and McNally Jackson Books. There are also beautiful additions in the print version.  

19. Keep Hoping Machine Running, Issue 1