Demoteket, an underground zine and arts library, has sprung up locations within public libraries around Copenhagen.
Demoteket may be the most freeform concept I’ve seen in public libraries. Public submissions to the collection range from artwork, films, music recordings, software, to knitted lobsters(?!), or just about anything else you’d like to reach an audience. Even the Demoteket library’s shelves are designed and built by local DIYers. Here’s why I love this idea. First, it provides a new place for artists to distribute their work. Second, the contributions and users come from the same geographic community. Last, the system cuts out big publishers. Read more about Demoteket and see examples of submissions here.
I heard about Demoteket at this year’s NY Art Book Fair when I asked the TTC Zine Gallery, an arts collective and indie publisher from Denmark, about the zine scene in Copenhagen. TTC has its eye on the international zine community. Their book, Zine Soup, compiles some of these publications into one hefty volume. Each is handmade with individually silk screened covers so each copy is slightly different.
P.S. Summer coverage of International Zine Month.