Existing mostly as an inside joke with myself, Hard Copies is an ongoing project that feeds the compulsion to materialize the often esoteric intellectual work of grad school.
Entirely self-serving, these zines are a futile attempt to help the author (me) validate the often arduous (and sad) mental labour that goes into producing academic papers.
Generally redundant in use (dense text, retina-burning colours, one-off copies), these printed essays are made to satiate the creator, not the reader. Running as a parallel project to my core research, Hard Copies is an attempt to create material totems that bind together disparate forms of effort and process that are often invisible – saving hidden files and memories from being lost in the digital ether.
Alternative Working Titles:
Soothe the Grad Skool Ouchies
Let Those Word Docs See the World
The Only Thing I’ll Ever Publish
For an inefficent digital representation of the essays, please see entries in the “Work” section of this site.