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Experimental Publishing and Lens-Based News

Experimental Publishing and Lens-Based News

Date: Thursday, 04 April 2019

Location: Varia, Gouwstraat 3, Rotterdam

Description: Dear guest, We traveled from home to home by bicycle, setting up homeservers. As friends and companions on this Infrastructour, we studied our routers over drinks served by our hosts. Where possible we installed our servers in our homes, in other cases we had to depend on another member of the group. While self-hosting together we questioned our understandings of networks, autonomy, online publishing and social infrastructures, where each of us departed from a different question. We would like to share our personal (yet interconnected) routes with you, tell you a story, present our web- and printed zines, and invite you to explore our homebrewed network

Entrance: Free Start: 19:00

https://issue.xpub.nl/08/ 

Contributors: Simon Browne, Tancredi Di Giovanni, Paloma García, Rita Graça, Artemis Gryllaki, Pedro Sá Couto, Biyi Wen, Bohye Woo, Roel Roscam Abbing, Manetta Berends, Lídia Pereira, André Castro, Aymeric Mansoux, Michael Murtaugh, Steve Rushton, Leslie Robbins.

Brought to you by the Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design: Experimental Publishing (XPUB) of the Piet Zwart Institute, and Varia, Centre for Everyday Technology, Rotterdam, April 2019.

Date: Thursday, 04 April 2019 Location: Varia, Gouwstraat 3, Rotterdam Description: Dear guest, We traveled from home to home by bicycle, setting... Lees verder

The Piet Zwart Institute admits candidates on a rolling basis from December 2018 to May 2019, until all positions in the cohorts are filled. May 1st is the final deadline for applications for the academic year 2019-2021 (for European and Dutch applicants only). 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 four master programmes: Fine Art, Interior Architecture: Research + Design, Master Lens-Based Media, Master Experimental Publishing 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. Exhibitions, symposia, conferences and publications expand our research beyond the confines of the academy, while simultaneously valuing speculative spaces for reflection and knowledge building that is made possible through the rigorous academic framework of the Piet Zwart Institute.

Image: Michaela Lakova.

The Piet Zwart Institute admits candidates on a rolling basis from December 2018 to May 2019, until all positions in the cohorts are filled. May... Lees verder

Date: Saturday, 02 March 2019

Time: 11:00 – 17:30, closing ceremony 20:30 /21:00 VR and Vjing

PZI screenings: 13:30 – 14:45

Location: Eye Filmmuseum, IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam

Eye on Art’s Research Labs provide scope for a new generation of curators and artists to hone their skills. Students from different art academies and universities are asked to put together a programme featuring their own work and films (including remixes) from Eye’s collection. Research Labs do not follow a strict format and often result in a cultural crossover between film and other art forms.

The programme of the day:

11.00 Rietveld Academy Wildness

12:15 Sandberg Institute Catalogue

13:30 Piet Zwart Institute Disobedient Narratives

14:45 Leiden University Cinematic Reflections

16:00 St. Joost Academy Unintended

17:15 KABK Cinema as a Dream

The best curated programme and the best work will be awarded by a student jury and a jury of Eye film professionals in a closing ceremony at 20.30.

At 21.00 the VJ Academy will close the day with the programme “Spacechangers” including 3D projection mapping, VR and Vjing.

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Disobedient Narratives

From the smooth surface of chaos, to the purple hues of desert; from a day at the news stand, to a day of the troop’s return; from a poem to a memory to a dream to a failure to recall. A television breaks. A bell rings. A photograph becomes a moving image. What happens? Where will the dark pulses send us? Whose wistful whisper fills our skin with regret?

In this program of sixteen short films, makers from the Piet Zwart Institute interpret non-linearity on the screen. Fragments adhere. Entities emerge. Silence begets curiosity before reality shatters again. As the hour forks into a universe of thoughts and experiences: do we follow the command, or do we shut our eyes?

From the smooth surface of chaos, to the purple hues of desert. From a day at a neighbourhood news stand, to a day of the troop’s return; a poem to a memory, to a dream to a failure to recall. A television breaks. A bell rings. A photograph becomes a moving image. What happens? Where will the dark pulses send us? Whose wistful whisper fills our skin with regret?

In this program of sixteen short films, makers from the Piet Zwart Institute interpret non-linearity on the screen. Fragments adhere. Entities emerge. Silence begets curiosity before reality shatters again. As the hour forks into a universe of thoughts and experiences: do we follow the command, or do we shut our eyes?

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More details to be found here: https://www.eyefilm.nl/film/agenda/2019-03-02

Image credit: Andreas Drosdz

Date: Saturday, 02 March 2019 Time: 11:00 – 17:30, closing ceremony 20:30 /21:00 VR and Vjing PZI screenings: 13:30 – 14:45 Location:... Lees verder

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]

(◕‿◕) Take your time to reflect on this: Are you doing what you truly want to do? (◕‿◕)      ị̞͍s̯̩̠ ̴̩͉̫̗͇ț̠ͅh̪̼̟̪̕i͠s͎̝̩̯̩̠ ̗̘̰̟̩͕p̻̘͙͓á̩̭r̳͚͕̘͖ṯ̤̼͔͖ͅ ̜̱o̯̩̦̗̮̖̣f ̺͝y̥͡o̧̺͚͉̠͙̗ͅu̧̜͖̥r̸̘ ̹̤͙̳j̴̙̗o̵̼̲͉͖̮b̥͖͘ ͕͓ḏ̷̩e̫s͖̭͕̙̱͉ć̖͉̯̙̫̪r̶̠i̖p̨̜t̨̼͓ͅi͖͈͇͙͞o͏̹̠̬̻n͍̩͇̱͞?       (◕‿◕)  If happiness is a currency, how rich do you think you are?  (◕‿◕)        ♪♬ ғɪx ᴡᴏʙʙʟʏ ᴏғғɪᴄᴇ ғᴜʀɴɪᴛᴜʀᴇ ʙʏ ᴜsɪɴɢ ᴏʟᴅ ᴄᴅs ᴛᴏ ᴀᴠᴏɪᴅ ᴡᴏʙʙʟᴇs ᴀɴᴅ ᴘʀᴏᴛᴇᴄᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴀʀᴘᴇᴛ. ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴀʟsᴏ ᴍᴀᴋᴇ ɢʀᴇᴀᴛ ᴄᴏᴀsᴛᴇʀs. ♪♬

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

Date: Wednesday, 31st of October 2018 Time: 19:00 – 21:00 Location: Varia (http://varia.zone/), Gouwstraat 3 3082 BA, Rotterdam

What shapes the daily routine of a telemarketing sales agent? How to go beyond the co-working model when it comes to organize a place for collaboration? What’s the territorial and political role of furniture within the semi-domestic area of the artist’s studio? Are life hacks a form of liberation or yet another burden? Together with author and designer François Girard-Meunier, the WORKNOT! collective (Arvand Pourabbasi and Golnar Abbasi), Varia, the Centre for Everyday Technology (represented by Roel Roscam Abbing, Manetta Berends and Niek Hilkmann) and XPUB (the Experimental Publishing program of the Piet Zwart Institute), we will tackle these and more questions during an evening dedicated to spaces that are at once entrepreneurial and precarious.

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.

Roel Roscam Abbing (NL) is an artist and researcher whose work engages with the issues and cultures surrounding networked computation. He engages with themes such as network infrastructures, the politics of technology and do-it-yourself approaches. He holds an MA Networked Media from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and a Fine Arts BA from the Willem De Kooning Academy. Currently he also works as a teacher in Digital Media at the department of Graphic Design in Artez, Arnhem. He is also a member of the homebrewserver.club and Varia. https://roelof.info

Manetta Berends (NL) is a graphic designer with an interest in networked publishing & free software. Her practice is rooted in practical investigations into the sociality of software related to publishing infrastructures. Besides working on commissions, projects and workshops, Manetta is also member of Varia. https://www.manettaberends.nl

François Girard-Meunier (CA/NL) is interested by the performativity and politics of labour in the contemporary western post-fordist context. Graduated from the Graphic Design department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (2015) and the Critical Studies department of the Sandberg Instituut (2018), he works mainly in the cultural field as a designer, web developer, writer and so on. Recent projects include Flexible Bodies (2017), at the Tallinn Photomonth 17, and Talent at Work (2017), in collaboration with Mirjam Reili and re-published in the context of Signals From The Periphery (EE). He is based in Amsterdam, where he runs the Office for Workspace Studies and self-publishes. http://www.francoisgm.com/

Niek Hilkmann (NL) is an artist with a background in media design, art history and musicology. After graduating from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, he started collaborating with various institutes, designers and artists on the fringe of speculative design, science fiction, media archeology and extratonal music. Besides being the curator of events such as “Floppy Totaal” and “De Grote Hoop”, he is also one of the core members of Varia, the conductor of an amateur avant-garde orchestra, the editor of the UNI Graphical Notation System, a part-time dodologist and the creator of one of the first moving panoramas since the nineteenth century. https://niekhilkmann.nl/

Varia (NL) is a Rotterdam based initiative focused on working with, on and through everyday technology. At its core the initiative aims to be a social infrastructure from which to collaboratively facilitate critical understandings on the technologies that surround us. The initiative is a membership-based organisation striving to become a space for questions, opinions, modifications, help and action. http://varia.zone/

WORKNOT! (NL/IR) is a Rotterdam-based independent open collective that works to create a platform for the representation of the life and work of today’s cognitarians. It works with seemingly banal, yet extreme (and political) conditions that shape our today’s contemporary forms of living and working. The collective consists of Arvand Pourabbasi and Golnar Abbasi, researchers/designers/makers with a background in architecture and art. Since its foundation in Tehran (2012), it has worked in a variety of context through a broad range of collaborations, and has created workshops, exhibitions, performances, images, writings, lectures and publications. https://worknot.info/

Cover image: François Girard-Meunier

Read on: http://networkcultures.org/entreprecariat

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Date: Wednesday, 31st of October 2018 Time: 19:00 – 21:00 Location: Varia (http://varia.zone/), Gouwstraat 3 3082 BA, Rotterdam What shapes... 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

The Best Dutch Book Designs is an annual competition where a professional panel of judges books that excel in design, typography, picture editing, lithography, printing and binding. In the selection process the judges also assess the relation between form and content and which decisions the commissioners (publishers) have made. And, of course, the relevance of making that particular book.

As of last year, a student panel was created. They follow the same procedures as the professional panel, examining the books on a number of days and later spending two days to arrive at their own final selection. This year 342 books were submitted from which the student panel chose 31 books.

We are delighted to announce that XPUB’s Special Issue 4 “A Bed, a Chair,and a Table” is part of the 31 books selection!

Congratulations to Giulia de Giovanelli, Natasha Berting, Elisa Chaudet, Angeliki Diakrousi, Joãovan der Horst, Alexander Roidl, Alice Strete and Zalán Szakács!

The book will be exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. The opening is on Friday 28.09, with an exhibition and a presentation of the selected books, as part of the Best Designed Books exhibition.

http://www.bestverzorgdeboeken-studentenselectie.nl

https://www.stedelijk.nl/en/events/stedelijk-book-club-press-print-publish-2018

https://issue.xpub.nl/04/

The Best Dutch Book Designs is an annual competition where a professional panel of judges books that excel in design, typography, picture editing,... Lees verder