Fanzine | My Vessel, My Rock, My Anchor

Blackhorse Activators with Tommy Brentnall

Max Göran, Midnight Patrol, Installation View, 2023, c-type print on dibond, 70x50 cm
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Wednesday 24th January, 5.30–7.45pm
My Vessel, My Rock, My Anchor is Blackhorse Activators' response to Swedish artist Max Göran's artwork Dieseline Dreams in the form of a fanzine. In a workshop led by designer Tommy Brentnall, the Activators journeyed into the interior world of the artist-truck driver protagonist in Göran's film, narrating encounters 'at trucker speed' laced with freedom, loneliness and nostalgia evoked by the open road. 
Inspired by Göran's artwork, diesel, fan fiction and Surrealist parlour game Exquisite Corpse, Blackhorse Activators worked with Brentnall to develop a zine narrative. Using web-builder tool, together they collated materials to illustrate the zine, including found and original digital photographs, drawings and memes. The Activators developed a design brief for Brentnall, specifying an overall scheme reflecting the monotony of tarmac. Scroll on the left hand side to read Blackhorse Activators' original fanzine My Vessel, My Rock, My Anchor.
The workshop is the second event in a two-part collaboration between Cell Project Space and Blackhorse Activators. You can read about the first workshop Mouldings here.
Curator,  Jessie Krish
Blackhorse Activators are a group of 15-25 year olds from Walthamstow with a passion for applying creativity to build community, who meet monthly at Blackhorse Road Workshop and cultural venues in London. They are a graduate cohort from the Blackhorse Responders programme.
Tommy Brentnall lives and works in London. He makes stickers, illustrates ephemera, draws pictures, designs publications, facilitates workshops, builds little worlds on the computer/in his head, enjoys science fiction & fantasy, occasionally plays music on the radio/in the club, and collects small pieces of plastic.