To celebrate the launch of Materiality Number 2 (launch date still TBA but very soon honest) we’ve decided to make our very own time capsule! Hurrah!!
At the launch everyone will be invited to fill out a small zine, called “Hello my name is ______”. These zines will be put in a nice sturdy acid-free cardboard box and deposited with the State Library of Victoria’s Manuscripts collection, with an initial 10-year restriction on access. (It may have a further 40-year restriction put on it after the 10-year revisitation, assuming any of us remember it is there).
People who attend the launch will also have the opportunity to contribute to a communal “2013” zine (listing the price of various things, technological trends etc) and may bring along a SMALL (small) item for inclusion in the time capsule.
As not everyone will be able to make the launch, please feel free to download the attached file, print it, fill it in, pop in a few photographs or ticket stubs or hair samples or whatever and return it to pinknantucket press, PO Box 21121, Little Lonsdale Street VIC 8011. Just remember it will be part of a catalogued collection and accessible in 10 years, so if you are going to confess to any crimes make sure the statute of limitations on said crimes will have run out by 2023.
A note on pens and paper: some inks and papers last better than others, of course. Don’t worry too much about your choices, but please avoid rubber bands, metal paperclips and staples, sticky tape, Blutak and newsprint. If you remember, it might be interesting for future conservators to know exactly what pen and paper you used (there is a spot under the folded flap for writing this sort of thing). Acid-free papers will last better than normal copy paper (eg try this 500-Year Paper); pigment-based inks (especially black) will probably last better than dye-based inks (eg you could try the Sakura Pigma Micron Fade-Resistant pens). Graphite pencil is pretty darned stable, if you’re that way inclined, and colour pencils will probably last well too.