Orlando's second print magazine, Issue 01, was launched on the evening of 19 April at The Book Club in Shoreditch. The event brought aspects of the magazine to life, lifting the content off the page and into an intimate public forum, with interventions, screenings and discussion, led by myself (Orlando's founder and editor) with three of the issue’s collaborators - Jade Jackman, Poppy Jackson and Alice Wroe.
Alice Wroe introduced her initiative Herstory, which uses feminist art to engage young people with the women’s history not available through the curriculum, and to provide young people of all genders with an alternative history and framework through which to negotiate the world. After focusing on the importance of collage making as a way to share stories in ruptured ways, she instigated a participatory exploration of the Spare Rib collective. All the attendees created a large collage using photocopied imagery from Spare Rib magazines. Concurrently, paper slips with facts about the group could be collected and read out over the microphone. As the collage grew, the stories were looped over the top through multiple different voices.
In her recent work, Jade Jackman has been exploring more artistic mediums, such as drawing and printing, in order to engage audiences with conventional ‘news' stories in intimate ways. Introducing a work in progress, ‘Letters To Home’, Jackman showed fragments of personal correspondence, film and photography she has been gathering about Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre.Jackman is particularly interested in working on projects that relate to the criminal justice system, femininity, sexuality and resistance.
Actionist artist Poppy Jackson screened the Chameleoneye Film made about her performance ‘Site’, which took place during SPILL Festival of Performance at Toynbee Studios in 2015. The film returns to the live experience of the performance, after the significant national and international media attention it garnered last year. Including passer-by responses from the street, audience feedback, and moments from the piece that the live audience weren't able to view, Jackson considered the memory of the event, and how this has shaped her future work. Her current research considers the menstruating body as inherently performic.
The event additionally operated as a fundraiser for Orlando to support its independent anti-corporate status. The magazine is non-profit, non-commercial and advertising free. All the money generated from ticket sales circulated back into printing fees, distribution costs, and hosting the online platform.