Practice Being Human
Practice Being Human is a small book about the experience of realizing that you are sleepwalking through life and deciding to do something about it. It's an exploration of the decision I made to go off the Internet for one month and the things I thought about in the quiet. Each zine contains a unique list of thoughts, a number of individual hand-drawn and hand-lettered elements, and an adorable little stuck-on photograph of something I noticed while I was noticing things. Full-color interior. All covers are different. There are currently only 50 of these in existence. 5" x 7", 32 pages.
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WONDER WHAT I KNOW NOW
The Jejune Institute opened in 2008, running its covert third-space reclamation project until the spring of 2011, when the Games of Nonchalance culminated in a day-long Socio-Reengineering Seminar held at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. Part cult, part art project, and part Alternate Reality Game, the Jejune Institute defied categorization and definition, particularly for those who were its most deeply involved participants.
This zine is an amalgamation of experience and rumination. There is no way it can provide a comprehensive portrait of all the Games of Nonchalance were or tried to be. It merely scratches the surface of all the mystery and mind-fuckery that followed.
A collaboration with Marissa Falco, this zine is 5.5" square, bound in a dos-a-dos format, and numbers 40 pages.
Finders-Keepers is a copy of the sketchbook I made for Art House Co-Op's 2010 Sketchbook Project. The theme was "I Am A Scavenger" and I chose to interpret that with some visual musings about what it means to find treasures in unlikely places. The original incorporated rub-on type, parking stubs, hand-cut stencils, typewritten passages, and drawings done in both pencil and ink. This is merely a facsimile, but is full-color, roughly 4" x 7", and numbers 28 pages.
The Indifference of Places
From misery and strife, a big honking zine is born. The Indifference of Places records, with painstaking faithfulness, a miserable trip to Prague and Berlin in January of 2008. With photos from the trip and handwritten text reproduced directly from my travel journal. 52 pages, xerographically printed.
A review from Zine World: "A dazzlingly collaged and hand-written account of the editor's painfully introspective winter trip to Prague and Berlin. Designed like a travel journal, with stubs and postcards, found photos and timelines scattered in an attractively messy way. Carolee's own mind seems to be layers of dismal moodiness and illuminating sparks of awareness as she ponders exactly why she went on this damn trip anyway." - Jaina Bee
and a review in Xerography Debt: "Described as 'Prague, regret, anticipating, letdown, Berlin, loneliness, heartsickness, jet lag, travel, running away,' this zine is oddly haunting and heartsick. It stayed with me long after I'd finished reading it, not only because it presents such a muted view of Prague and I'd just started planning a trip to Prague when I read it, but because the composition is so visually evocative and beautiful even when Wheeler's writing about being miserable..." - Anne Thalmeier
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