PRINT Summer 2019


LONG BEFORE the advent of Craigslist, bulletin boards emblematized the self-organized welter of transactional democracy. That they continue to exist in schools, libraries, and coffee shops is a testament to their earnest, utilitarian promise, even as they tend to disappear in plain sight—that is, unless you’re suddenly in need of communication with a highly localized audience: You’ve lost a pet, you’re selling a car, you’re seeking guitar lessons or a Spanish tutor.

View of “Fiona Connor,” 2014, Commercial Traveller’s Association, Sydney. From left: ComSci Bulletin Board #2, 2014; ComSci Bulletin Board #1, 2014. Photo: S. T. Lore.

In 2014, Fiona Connor initiated what would become an ongoing project by faithfully re-creating two small, gray, aluminum-framed bulletin boards she found on the University of California, Los Angeles, campus, along with their complete contents. In the case of ComSci Bulletin Board #1, this included a rather unassuming flyer advertising online work (“Part Time—Flexible Hours”), complete with a QR code and

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