sábado, diciembre 09, 2017


On my last post, I said that I did my first six Sursystem 3R, but I only showed 5 of them. The number 6 was difficult to make because that one is for the person who helped me to make the art on the cover and the backcover in two of the first five, and she is an artist plenty of talent and good ideas and it means that I can't make her SSyS_3R in a simple way. The problem is that I am not an artist and I spent a lot of time thinking about how to make that magazine and that the results were good and she would like it. However, here is the SSyS_3R number 6, finally, I hope it will like to her and I wish don't spent a lot of time trying to make the next magazines.


The nice thing when you aren't an artist and you start to do this kind of work is that your imagination becomes fastest and new ideas coming to you, it happened with this copy. I added new content from another art magazine into the Sursystem in order to make it more beauty and unique.

The last thing that I want highlight is that all the material that I used to made it, are from the workplace of my friend, from the plastic bag where the Sursystem is in, to the material to make the collage that is on the cover and back cover, until the pages that I put here in this post and that are inside it.



domingo, septiembre 24, 2017


Almost one month ago, I went to visit my friends taking advantage of my vacations. Before started my trip I thought about what kind of gift I needed to buy to gave to my friends, and I didn't found anything nice made in New York City and I didn't to want to buy the regular souvenir from this city, however, the problem to me was to get a good present for my friends which I didn't see between 6 and 4 years ago. I wanted to erase years of ungratefulness Caleña (I don't know if it has some sense in English).

After weeks of search different kind of presents in Hipster stores, regular gift shops and walks on the stupid malls, I decided to make the gifts with my own hands, also, I decided that I don't wanted to spend a single dollar to buy these presents. On that way, I made the six first Sursystem 3R for my friends, totally handmade, with reuse materials and with special features just for them.

I wanted to show it here and say to the people that still visit the Blog that it is my new project called Sursystem 3R (Reuse, Recycle and Rethink), and I wanted to start to make that Fanzine on my own but also in workshops and art classes in the schools and add to it new material about the 3R subjects.

By last, I want to say thanks to Frahy who helped me with the cover and back-cover of two of the six Sursystem 3R; anyone can see the difference between what I made and what she made. Enjoy.








By, Marcelo Arroyave.

jueves, junio 29, 2017


In my last job, I did a workshop with the kids from 8th grade in a middle public school in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (MS 50). The workshop was about build a Fanzine with reused and recycle paper, also, the students did one page of the content and they did also the cover and back cover with the technique of collage. I am saying all of these things because after almost three years I restarted my work with the Sursystem 07 content, it means that I drove the workshop in the same way that when I did the Sursystem workshop about Reutilizing and Recycling, and I taught to the students the same thing that I taught to the Sursystem workshop participants when I did it in Cali and Bogotá (Colombia). I wanted to show the workshop process here because for me is very important to start to do the Sursystem 07 workshop again in the US, but, a little bit different; from now, the Sursystem magazine will be called: Sursystem 3R: Rethink, Reuse, Recycle and it will be focus on getting new instructive from different kind of participants like graphic designers, illustrators and artists in order to make stuff with reused and recycle materials, doing on the same time a reflection of the consumer society. The workshop will have the same structure and will be open to everyone. Now, take a look at the workshop process that I did and send me your ideas or concerns if you have one. Enjoy.

By Marcelo Arroyave 
Miembro eterno del colectivo Sursystem
Transmitiendo desde Trumplandia para toda la galaxia!

domingo, abril 30, 2017


After 16 months, here I am writing about the Fanzine scene in New York, again! 

In March of 2016 I was in a love depression, and this situation pushed me to go to street and join every single Fanzine event in NY. It was nice because I went to different places on the city and I met another Fanzine scene. One of them was the NYCFeminist Zinefest; it is made a Saturday on March in a very old and very fancy building in the Columbia University in Manhattan; In that moment it was a short trip to me in that festival because it was small, also, was the same Punk-feminist fanzine fair that you can met in another middle class “rebel” event around New York and around the west world: youth with Punk-feminist style clothes and a lot monster DIY Fanzines, plus, fanzines where the author show the drama of her life in that moment (although that young woman currently is a student in one o the most famous and expensive universities around the world).

But, this is the important thing, in middle of it Deja vu, I found a mature woman sat down in a single table with a little and tiny Fanzine on front of her and on the cover a number: 50. In that moment, when I took the fanzine, I felt that my time and my trip wasn't lost. 

I talked with her for a few minutes a paid for the Fanzine. I left the event and when I got my home, I left the little Fanzine on my desk where remained until three weeks ago, when I took it again and I read with devotion.

50 is the Fanzine name, like I said above; it is a little autobiography, where the author, in a very hard and deeply exercise of her memory, got and wrote down her memories from the age of one year old until the 50 years old -I didn't know how old was her on the moment when I bought her Fanzine- saying in each page a moment of her life in that age, and letting us know how she changed through her relationship with her mother, father, boyfriends, lovers, books, pets, cities, jobs... letting a little window open to us whereby we can see a little of her life and in the same time, guessing the other big part of her life.

50 was a nice discovered in that fair and I am happy to do a little description of it, because do that kind of memory exercise is hard and some times painful for the author, on the other hand is a good vehicle to let her demons go.

Title: 50.
Author: Jude Vachon
City: New York.
Year: 2016
Measurements: 5.50 inches of width X 4 1/3 inches of high.
Number of pages: 56
Printing Technician: Copies by copy machine in black and white.
Contact: vachonjude@gmail.com
Resume: fanzine with a little autobiography by years of age, from the one year of age until the 50 years old.


By Marcelo Arroyave
Eternal member of the Sursystem Collective.

lunes, marzo 20, 2017


Harlem And South Bronx
Bye Bye Poor People, Welcome Rich People

By Marcelo Arroyave

In the early seventies, many Americans came back to the big city after they left their parent's houses in the suburbs, this process started a phenomenon called Gentrification, this process began when the poor neighbourhoods received public investment and/or private partnerships to improve (reshape and build) housing and urban infrastructure. This process attracts a new class of neighbours in the poor neighborhoods. The new neighbor needs a new environment (stores, shops, specials supermarkets) and this changes the neighborhoods, as a result the rise not just of the rent, or houses, also food and many things such as the recreation and entertainment. This process forces some people who have their life in the neighborhoods to leave their house or apartment. First, because they can't afford the new prices (rent, food, recreation, entertainment) and, second, the landlords throw out the oldest tenants and they get the freedom to sell or rent the apartments or houses to new tenants by the rent or price most expensive. This is a class war, on one side, the landlords and the new neighbors (upper and middle class) and on the other side, the poor neighbors (African American, Latin people, and others immigrants). The Gentrification drives out the poor resident of the neighborhoods where they have lived for decades and forced them to go into marginal areas of the city where they are away from their work and their history, deteriorating quality of their life and destroying the historical heritage of the neighborhood and their families. All it is under the complacent view of the local government, which sees gentrification as a way to improve the image and security of the city for tourists and the middle and upper classes of society.

This phenomenon can be appreciated in several historical neighborhoods in Manhattan, like Chelsea, Soho and the Lower East Side, just to pointed few out. Since a few years ago, other places in Manhattan, like Harlem and South Bronx, started the gentrification process. How the neighbors could identify this kind of urban change? Well, there are many ways to look out for Gentrification and how it starts to reshape a neighborhood and their population.

The first step that opens the door to this process came from the Mayor Office with an investment in infrastructure, like, new subway lines, new street furniture, new public spaces or rebuilt all of these; an example just happened in East Harlem where the last December was opened the new Q line subway, also in Harlem, the next summer (2017) the Supermarket Whole Foods will open their new site on 125 Street and Malcolm X BLDV, transforming definitively the image of the neighborhood and at the same time, its history.

South Bronx started to walk the same path thanks to the Mayor Office:

        It wasn't the only signal about the South Bronx gentrification; in the same newspaper this strategic piece of land next to the Harlem River and on affront to East Manhattan, appears in the 51th position in a list of places to visit in 2017 (NYTimes 01/04/17), thanks to their exclusive places and cultural dynamism. The neighbors who know South Bronx knows what it means when their neighborhood is showed in a list alongside exotic places and heavenly beaches.
The poor people and the poor neighborhoods have a large heritage and a deep history in Harlem and The Bronx; the Gentrification transforms the neighborhoods and these could lose their heritage and history. In the same way, the people who built the neighborhood heritage and their history, in many cases, they need to leave the apartments and houses because the life in these traditional places is so much more expensive for them. For example, The Office of the New York City Comptroller shows how the rent average in NYC increased between the year 2000 and 2012; the media of rent for an apartment in New York was $698 in 2000 and in 2012, the rent was $1,167, the increase was of 67,2 % in just 12 years.

The landlords and the local government argue that the new apartments and the new urban infrastructure make the old and poor neighborhoods safer for the old and new tenants. When the neighborhoods get these, the crime and the violence decreases and the people feel more comfortable in their own place. But the crime does not disappear, just moves to another place, near or far away from the old and poor neighborhood. If the local governments want to fight against the crime in the old and poor neighborhoods, the best way is to build new schools with good teachers, make new opportunities for good jobs for the people, or give more opportunities for the youth to get a place in the university without paying a big loan. The old and traditional neighborhoods need more and better hospitals with high quality and more parks and spaces for recreation. The last thing that they need is new buildings or new urban infrastructure on the street with a new price for rent.

The city government said that New York City is better than it was twenty years ago because they started an urban redevelopment especially in Manhattan; and this urban redevelopment brings new companies into New York because the city is safe and has a good environment, especially for the tourism industry. But the massive tourism is good just for the city economy but could be bad for working people, because many times the government only invests in this segment of the economy and doesn't see what happens with the people who don't work in the tourism industry. In the same way, the tourist industry can destroy old neighborhoods when building these new hotels or apartments for rent. Although the tourism business needs special attention, it is necessary that the government pays attention to other segment of the economy, particular migrants need work but not only in the tourism business, because this kind of industry helps to remove many poor people from their own old neighborhood. The web page Curbed said in 2013 that in Manhattan were 48 new hotels under construction due to the high demand for rooms by the new visitors that in 2013 were 54.3 million, according to with NYC Official Guide (NYCGO.COM). This is good for the economy of the city? Of course! This is good for the people who live in the old and poor neighborhoods in Manhattan? Only time will tell, and it will not be long.

The Gentrification is a big issue which affects many big cities around the world, and has a strong impact on the spatial configuration of the city and changes the real life and the imaginary in a very important portion of the population. The massive tourism and property speculation are two of the most important causes of this problem in New York City, but the low regulation of local governments makes this problem more chronic and it is the poorest population that suffers the worst effects. If the local government does nothing to control or regulate the problems caused by Gentrification, very soon we will see portions of the city occupied only by tourists and become empty and lifeless, when those depart to their homes. From the neighborhoods and old neighbors, it is necessary do something for call the local government and show the Gentrification consequences while strategies are created to resist the hits of hotel corporations and the landlords that just want to see profits Where there are stories of fights and resistance and a rich and dynamic life, like in Harlem with their black and Latin history and heritage and The South Bronx with their Salsa, Latin Jazz, Graffiti and Hip Hop history and heritage.