Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie

Experimental Publishing

Experimental Publishing

Date: Thursday, 13 December 2018 Time: 19:30 – 21:30 Location: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25  |  3015 CB Rotterdam Entrance:  Free [please reserve a seat]

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A shady corporation is trying to take control of a fluid, chaotic global market. Workers surrender themselves to a seductive new device called Iris, which purports to enlighten them and unleash the real power of the entrepreneurial self. Iris is designed to help full-time, part-time and zero-time employees cope with the complexity of modern life, divulging secrets of the precarious worker, of autonomy and maximum efficiency through a new magic formula contained in the meaning of Life Hacks. But… anonymous cyber-pirates are exploiting the device to rouse a cry of rebellion against this oppressive society of self-management. Discover the paradox buried deep within Iris, where autonomy leads to subjugation, and subjugation appears as freedom.

The Experimental Publishing (XPUB) program of the Piet Zwart Institute invites you to the third event of the Life Hacks series. Following the launch of ‘Ten Theses on Life Hacks’, XPUB’s 7th Special Issue is a further step of an inquiry into the meaning of Life Hacks. XPUB welcomes you to experience a personal session with Iris, and discover your limitless potential to succeed.

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— Iris — Version 0.5

Contributors: Gill Baldwin, Simon Browne, Tancredi Di Giovanni, Paloma García, Rita Graça, Artemis Gryllaki, Pedro Sá Couto, Biyi Wen, Bohye Woo, Silvio Lorusso, Aymeric Mansoux, André Castro, Steve Rushton, Michael Murtaugh, Leslie Robbins. Produced and published by the Experimental Publishing (XPUB) program of the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, December 2018. A collaboration between the Research Department of Het Nieuwe Instituut and XPUB.

Life Hacks is part of Het Nieuwe Instituut’s fellowship program around the theme of ‘burn out’. As 2017 fellow Ramon Amaro states, “on the one hand, to ‘burn out’ is to stall, break, or become otherwise unusable. In other words, processes, procedure and participation simply stop working. On the other hand, ‘burn out’ is an opportunity to break open, promote action and catalyse change towards new structures and relations.” Life Hacks manifests in a series of gatherings that respond to this ambivalence by exploring the approaches and techniques adopted to design or redesign life against the backdrop of growing precarity and an intensified entrepreneurial regime. Together with theorists, practitioners and XPUB, the Experimental Publishing program of the Piet Zwart Institute, Life Hacks looks into the tensions and releases that emerge from the constant reinvention and progressive self-optimization necessary to inhabit public and private space, manage time and productivity, and tweak one’s own thoughts and feelings.

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Info here

Image credit: Life Hacks: Introducing Iris (XPUB Special Issue #07)

Date: Thursday, 13 December 2018 Time: 19:30 – 21:30 Location: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25  |  3015 CB Rotterdam Entrance:  Free... Lees verder

The Piet Zwart Institute will be open for new applications starting on December 1, 2018.

Due to the quantity of applications the Piet Zwart Institute Master programs receive, regulations regarding immigration, and international opportunities to apply for study funding, we strongly encourage you to apply early.

March 1, 2019: Final deadline for non-EU applicants and priority deadline for EU applicants. May 1, 2019: Final deadline for EU applicants. Open house: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10am–3pm

The Piet Zwart Institute houses the international master programmes of the Willem de Kooning Academy at Hogeschool Rotterdam. Named after the pioneering Dutch designer Piet Zwart, who worked experimentally across different media and contexts, our institute offers a rich combination of in-depth specialisation and interdisciplinary exchange in an intimate learning environment.

The programmes of the Piet Zwart Institute are located in the heart of Rotterdam’s city centre. While students and faculty come from across the globe, bringing with them a variety of cultural influences, there are also strong connections to the city, its complex history and dynamic urban environment.

We have five master programmes: Fine Art, Interior Architecture: Research + Design, Experimental Publishing, Lens-Based Media, and the Master Education in Arts. All are founded on a shared interest in the complex social, cultural and political underpinnings of each discipline. Through a uniquely tailored curriculum combining collective learning, intensive individual tutorial support, practice-based research and theoretical inquiry, our programmes educate young professionals who have a critically reflective and imaginative approach to their work.

As an educational institute the notion of “making public” is core to our activities. These public moments are an important resource for students, faculty members and guests, serving as a bridge to the city, a framework for exploring timely and relevant issues, and building a community around areas of interests. Exhibitions, symposia, conferences and publications expand our research beyond the confines of academia, while simultaneously valuing the very necessary speculative space for reflection and knowledge building that is only made possible through the rigorous academic framework of the Piet Zwart Institute.

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Image by L. Robbins, Master Lens-Based Media.

The Piet Zwart Institute will be open for new applications starting on December 1, 2018. Due to the quantity of applications the Piet Zwart... Lees verder

Date: Thursday, 22 November 2018 Time: 19.30 – 21.30 Location: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25  |  3015 CB Rotterdam

Free entrance, registration via Tickets, register here: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-life-hacks-time-52607017004

What did time look like before the uniformity brought by networked devices? Is the circadian rhythm obsolete? How is software shaping and in turn being shaped by different understandings of temporality? What if wasting time on videogames is actually a productive and edifying habit?

With a remote contribution by Italian designer Michele Galluzzo, and together with Dutch designer Rik Laging, “neurophysical designer” Luis Rodil-Fernandez, a delegation of the Techno-Galactic Guide to Software Observation (Hans Lammerant, Mia Melvaer and Martino Morandi) and  XPUB (the Experimental Publishing program of the Piet Zwart Institute), we will tackle these and more questions during an evening dedicated both to the malleability and rigidity of time.

Contributors

Rik Laging (NL) is a graphic designer whose work engages with the clichés and cultures surrounding digital, more specifically, videogame culture. In his recent graduation work at the KABK (Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague) he made a video series of experiences that re-contextualizes/visits the stigma of videogames. This is done through the telling of different yet equally relatable social case studies that are home to the gaming culture of today. Currently Rik is working as freelance graphic designer and is also in frequent collaboration with fine artist Thijs Jaeger.

Michele Galluzzo (IT) attended the Master of Design science and communication at the ISIA Urbino. In 2018 he got the PhD in Design Sciences at Iuav University of Venice, with a research titling Are graphic designers still lead players? Advertising in Italy 1965 – 1985. Over the years he has held courses and lectures at the ACCA Academy of Jesi, the University of Architecture and Design of Ascoli Piceno, the CFP Bauer of Milan, the IED in Turin, the IUAV of Venice, the NABA in Milan, the Politecnico of Milan and the UNIBZ of Bolzano. Member of the editorial board of the international graphic design magazine “Progetto grafico” (AIAP Edizioni), he currently works in Milan as a graphic designer and researcher.

Luis Rodil-Fernández has studied Computer Science and years later went back to school to obtain a BA in Fine Art, continuing with a masters degree in ArtScience. In his work he proposes a critical approach to human-computer interactions and the way humans use technology to communicate with each other.

Hans Lammerant, Mia Melvaer and Martino Morandi contributed to the Techno-Galactic Guide to Software Observation (2018), which was collectively produced as an outcome of the Techno-Galactic Software Observatory (Brussels, 2017). This guide proposes several ways to achieve critical distance from the seemingly endless software systems that surround us. It offers practical and fantastical tools for the tactical (mis)use of software, empowering/enabling users to resist embedded paradigms and assumptions. It is a collection of methods for approaching software, experiencing its myths and realities, its risks and benefits.

Life Hacks

Life Hacks is part of Het Nieuwe Instituut’s fellowship program around the theme of ‘burn-out’. As 2017 fellow Ramon Amaro states, “on the one hand, to ‘burn out’ is to stall, break, or become otherwise unusable. In other words, processes, procedure and participation simply stop working. On the other hand, ‘burn out’ is an opportunity to break open, promote action and catalyse change towards new structures and relations.”

Life Hacks manifests in a series of gatherings that respond to this ambivalence by exploring the approaches and techniques adopted to design or redesign life against the backdrop of growing precarity and an intensified entrepreneurial regime. Together with theorists, practitioners and XPUB, the Experimental Publishing program of the Piet Zwart Institute, Life Hacks looks into the tensions and releases that emerge from the constant reinvention and progressive self-optimization necessary to inhabit public and private space, manage time and productivity, and tweak one’s own thoughts and feelings.

Life Hacks is curated by Silvio Lorusso, and jointly organized by HNI’s Research Department and XPUB.

Info here: https://burnout.hetnieuweinstituut.nl/en/activities/life-hacks-time

FB event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2075120689175796/

image credit: Life Hacks: Time Rik Laging

Date: Thursday, 22 November 2018 Time: 19.30 – 21.30 Location: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25  |  3015 CB Rotterdam Free entrance,... Lees verder

OPEN DAY WILLEM DE KOONING ACADEMY & PIET ZWART INSTITUTE

On November 10, 2018, from 10am till 3pm the Piet Zwart Institute will have a small presence during the Willem de Kooning Academy Open Day. Location Wijnhaven 61, Rotterdam. You will find our staff on the 4th floor to answer your questions. It is also possible to visit the workshop facilities that are located in the building.

More information you can find here.

OPEN DAY WILLEM DE KOONING ACADEMY & PIET ZWART INSTITUTE On November 10, 2018, from 10am till 3pm the Piet Zwart Institute will have a small... Lees verder

Zine-Machines A computer-generated zine workshop

Dates: 19 & 20 October 2018 Time: 12:00 – 17:00 Location: Sign Gallery | Winschoterkade 10, 9711 EA Groningen Language: English

Costs: € 5,- Subscribe via: signnl@gmail.com Needs: Material and tools are available, take your own laptop.

If we let it take over, what kind of zine would a machine create? We invite you to transform texts and images you find fascinating/ irrelevant/ disconnected into the raw material of a zine through playful software, poetically binding them all together in printed form. More info here: https://zine-machines.kstraat.casa/

Zine Machines is hosted by Angeliki Diakrousi, Luke Murphy and Alice Strete and is part of the SPREAD Zinefest @ SIGN Gallery

Zine-Machines A computer-generated zine workshop Dates: 19 & 20 October 2018 Time: 12:00 – 17:00 Location: Sign Gallery | Winschoterkade... Lees verder

Thursday 05 July, 2018 19:00 Doors open 19:30 Start 23:30 Drinks and Feels

Location: UBIK + S/ASH GALLERY Boomgaardsstraat 69, 3012 XA Rotterdam Free admission

Experience: Is it possible to archive the experience of social dance and what does it mean to interactively take control of two swing dancers?

Express: What questions and expressions are posed by improvisation upon the production of artistic work in terms of its material value and traditional attributions of mastery?

Expand: Are there alternative ways of living and organizing activities in communities, that can expand our ideas on collective values?

Extract: How can an independent, self-hosted repository of digital documents about the Catalan referendum of October 1, 2017, be used to extract significance from social media noise?

Expose: What does the medium of a lexicon with neologisms and terms used by two prominent far-right online subcultures expose about the Alt-Right and the Manosphere?

Exchange: How does one exchange a conversation in a social setting?

Would a drink help?

Works and research from Karina Dukalska (Back it up), Max Franklin (Anomolous Faces), Giulia de Giovanelli (Unlearning the Rules of Collectivity), Franc González (Referedum Medialogs), Pleun Gremmen (Alt Reality Lexicon) and Nadine Rotem-Stibbe (Unpublishing House). Presented in UBIK and Slash Gallery with an exclusive presentation from first year students and extraordinary guest appearances…

XPUB is a two year PZI Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design that focuses on the intents, means, and consequences of making things public in the age of post-digital networks. https://xpub.nl

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Ex, XPUB, is part of the Piet Zwart Institute Master Media Design Graduation festival, other work by students can be seen during the WDKA Graduation Show 2018, opening Wednesday 04 July also Friday 06 and Sunday 08 July are LENS-BASED AT KINO screenings. grad show w: https://www.pzimediadesign.nl/

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Thursday 05 July, 2018 19:00 Doors open 19:30 Start 23:30 Drinks and Feels Location: UBIK + S/ASH GALLERY Boomgaardsstraat 69, 3012 XA... Lees verder

Date: Thursday June 14 | PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS 20:00-21:30 | WORKSHOP 16:00-18:00 Location: LEESZAAL ROTTERDAM, Rijnhoutplein 3, 3014 TZ 

You are invited to join us on the 14th of June for the festive launch of this Special Issue #6 – XPPL. Join us for an afternoon workshop and an evening discussion in the context of shadow libraries, piratical text collections, and peer produced libraries. The event is facilitated by XPUB practitioners Alex, Tash, Joca, Alice, Zalán, Angeliki, with a guest contribution by Dubravka Sekulic.

Presenting: The XPPL

From April to June 2018, the practitioners of the Media Design Experimental Publishing Master course (XPUB) of the Piet Zwart Institute worked on XPPL: a project under the special issue INTERFACING THE LAW: an ongoing research project between XPUB and CONSTANT about extra-legal libraries, software and legal interfaces, intellectual property, and network catalogues. Every year we explore some facets of these issues, and XPPL is the result of this year’s collaboration.

XPPL stands for the Xperimental Potential Pirate Library, the Xperimental Private-Public Liaison, the Xperimental Pretentious Performative Labor, the Xperimental Platform for Potential Legality, the Xperimental Post-Public Library… It is both an experiment and a working prototype for a distributed network catalogue and library that you can run and install on several machines and share/synchronise with the same bibliographical database. It starts at XPUB, but can go anywhere we want it to.

Initially developed as a in-house tool for the XPUB course, XPPL is a project aimed at people who are studying and researching within and outside formal education, or as we like to call them: knowledge comrades. XPPL provides a web interface and hosts a curated catalogue of books, articles and other material. Its distributed architecture is open to instances of uploading and downloading, and allows for the collective editing of its content. In XPPL, librarians can add and modify small collections of books that are connected by threads of thought, or follow a certain thematic, topic, or study path. We call these collections ‘stacks’. Rather than a bookshelf in a library, where books are lined up and often forgotten, the stacks on your kitchen table/nightstand/bathroom floor consist of books prone to be opened and reopened at any time. The stacks in XPPL are visible for others in the network to browse, annotate, update or shuffle.

Together with the stacks, XPPL exists as a distributed bibliographical database upon which various modes of reading and writing interfaces can be created. In its current version, the XPPL search interface allows for serendipity, while playful bots point to the invisible labour of librarianship and gaps in the collection are made visible, turning dormancy into potential. Furthermore, collective annotations turn the digital library into a social space; and visualizations of the collection in 3D forms allow users to sense the materiality of their books.

The XPPL is also a project of urgency. Today, the gradual loss of public libraries, the rise of corporate academia, and the systemic use of digital rights management, make access to knowledge increasingly difficult. As a result, and despite significant efforts from free culture supporters and open access initiatives, media piracy has became an unspoken practice that cannot be decoupled from the acts of researching, reading and studying. However, this practice is often fragmented, and splintered by way of legal and economic barriers. We recommend books in person, jot down reading lists on paper, then send unsteady links via email or download already known items from the haystack of existing repositories.

Most importantly, under these circumstances, such practice is reduced to the act of file sharing, and fails to highlight the discursive nature of these exchanges, their ability to form new resources, to nurture collective forms of learning and an active research culture.  In response, XPPL is a platform and network that offers another way to think about, aggregate and intervene in these processes.

The presentations and discussions are free to attend. During the workshop we will show you how you can make use of the software, join the existing network or create your own.  If you want to join the workshop, please send an email to: alice.strt@gmail.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The XPPL is released under the AGPL license. It is a continuous work in progress. Through workshops, guides and discussions the library is open to future generations of students, peers, and researchers to augment, intervene and learn.

Special Issue 6: Interfacing the Law / XPPL is a collaboration between XPUB and CONSTANT, with support from HET NIEUWE INSTITUUT, MEMORY OF THE WORLD & LEESZAAL.

https://issue.xpub.nl/06

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Date: Thursday June 14 | PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS 20:00-21:30 | WORKSHOP 16:00-18:00 Location: LEESZAAL ROTTERDAM, Rijnhoutplein 3, 3014 TZ  You are... Lees verder

Date: Opening Friday 2nd February 2018 Time: 18:00 – 21:00 , Public Presentation at 18:30 Location: Tent, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam Free entry during Opening

Exhibition runs: 02.02.2018 – 22.04.2018 Cost: €5.00full/€2.50concession Gallery entry

Experimental Publishing would like to invite you to the opening “The Temporary Autonomous Bureau”, a project by some of their 1st and 2nd year students and part of “Rotterdam Cultural Histories” series co-organized by TENT Gallery and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art.

Rotterdam Cultural Histories #13, The Temporary Autonomous Bureau is a space for researching, discussing and mapping interpretations of autonomy in cultural or social projects within the city of Rotterdam. We are inhabitants of the the Poortgebouw, a historical living community on the Maas River, and students from the Experimental Publishing Master at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. Situated in TENT, we turned a space into a temporary office. We will use the space to carry on with the research on the history of the Poortgebouw, following two projects from 2017, “The Autonomous Archive” and “A Bed, A Chair and A Table”.

The Poortgebouw is a 37 year old organisation that hosts cultural activities, as well as a living community of 30 people. During these years it has offered space for self-organised events and projects, acted as a residence for guests, artists and musicians, and provided a living and working space for different generations of people from all over the world. The building was first squatted in 1980 and got legalized. The legalization was made possible through the renovation of the building, which turned it into a livable space. The dedication of the first group of inhabitants also led to the establishing of the Vereniging Poortgebouw.

In the timeframe of three months we will use this space to organize a series of temporary events that will map the existing independent strategies of self-organization in the city. At the same time, the public will have the access to parts of the fragmented Poortgebouw archive. The “Temporary Autonomous Bureau” serves as meeting point for semi-institutional and semi-public experiences, discourse and interventions.

How can independent organizations maintain agency in a city where institutionalization of cultural and living spaces is the rule?

Is it possible to organize a sustainable, non-hierarchical and organized socio-cultural project, through collaborative bottom-up practices?

Can a certain degree of openness and autonomy be maintained in the management of a self-organized social and cultural project?

For more information see here We are looking forward to see you at the opening of our bureau! We will keep you updated with our upcoming talks and workshop.

“The Temporary Autonomous Bureau” are Giulia de Giovanelli, Naomi de Wit, Philippa Driest, Angeliki Diakrousi, Alice Strete and Thanos Kaltsamis

Date: Opening Friday 2nd February 2018 Time: 18:00 – 21:00 , Public Presentation at 18:30 Location: Tent, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam Free... Lees verder

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:00 – 15:00 at two locations;

Piet Zwart Institute Karel Doormanhof 45 & Wijnhaven 61 Rotterdam The Netherlands

During our annual Open Day, staff and students are present for questions and presentations. The studio spaces will be open, and it is also possible to visit the workshop facilities located at the Willem de Kooning Academy.

Master Fine Art will be present for questions and presentations, and have Open Studios. Their location is at Karel Doormanhof 45.

Staff and students of the Master Media Design: Experimental Publishing, Master Media Design: Lens-Based, Master Education in Arts, and Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design will be presenting and available for questions across the 4th floor of the Willem de Kooning Academy at Wijnhaven 61. As mentioned, this location is also home to the workshop facilities of the Piet Zwart Institute.

Applications for September 2018 entry are now open.

We strongly encourage you to apply early due to the quantity of applications the Piet Zwart Institute Master programs receive, Dutch IND regulations regarding immigration, and international opportunities to apply for study funding.

February 1, 2018: First review of completed applications for non-EU and EU applicants.

March 1, 2018: Final review deadline for completed applications for non-EU applicants. Second review for completed applications for EU applicants.

May 15, 2018: Final review deadline for completed applications for EU applicants.

Once a committee has reviewed your completed application, you may be contacted for an interview. Interviews will start as early as end of February and carry on up until the May 15 deadline.

Image credit: Aad Hoogendoorn.

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:00 – 15:00 at two locations; Piet Zwart Institute Karel Doormanhof 45 & Wijnhaven 61 Rotterdam The... Lees verder

Time: Thursday December 14, 17:00 – 18:30hrs Location: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam Admission: Free

With: Annet Dekker & authors of Lost and Living (in) Archives & Piet Zwart Institute, Media Design: Experimental Publishing

Archives are collections of records that are preserved for historical, cultural and evidentiary purposes. As such, archives are considered sites of a past, places that contain traces of a collective memory of a nation, a people or group. Digital archives have transformed from stable entities into flexible systems, at times referred to with the term ‘Living Archives’. In which ways has this change affected our relationship to the past? Will the erased, forgotten and neglected be redeemed, and new memories be allowed to take their place? Will the fictional versus factual mode of archiving offer the democracy that the term public domain implies, or is it merely another way for public instruments of power to operate? The various essays in Lost and Living (in) Archives show that archives are not simply a recording, a reflection, or an image of an event, but that they shape the event itself and thus influence both the past, present and future.

This event will explore the messy entanglements of how documents are created and collected, how systems (dis)function and how networks of people, bots and algorithms trigger and demand transformations in the way archives are constructed and thought of.

A presentation from students of the Experimental Publishing study path at the Piet Zwart Institute’s Media Design Master in Rotterdam, currently focusing on the topic of the autonomous archive, will be followed by a discussion. Particular attention will be paid to the functions and functioning of bottom-up archival approaches, community archives and autonomous archiving.

Time: Thursday December 14, 17:00 – 18:30hrs Location: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam Admission: Free With: Annet Dekker & authors of... Lees verder