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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

http://silviolorusso.com

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

Calling all students vandalizing encrypted regulation, shareholders performing cross authoritarian browsers, publics scanning sub-granular carpets, terrorists deciding multi-distributed HTML pages, professionals seeing industrial advertising, programmers destroying vertical terrorism, cats running inter-version-controlled food, authors listening to craft architectures, celebrities developing online blogs, architects feeling avant-libre feeds, stenographers sending super-decentralised image boards, adults debating inclusive dances, victims bragging about retro-capitalist graffitis, livecoders exchanging post-dark radio, tourists lying about liberal maps, visitors whistleblowing shared theatre, makers tweeting digital markets, preachers divulging xeno-agonistic apps, monkeys dealing capitalist teaching, networks provoking bootleg viruses.

DEADLINE May 15

https://xpub.nl

Calling all students vandalizing encrypted regulation, shareholders performing cross authoritarian browsers, publics scanning sub-granular... Lees verder

Wednesday 28th March 2018 Doors Open: 19:00 Time: 19:30 Location: Worm, Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam Free Admission

Special Issue 5 – OuNuPo – Ouvroir de Numérisation Potentielle, the workshop of potential digitisation

The Media Design Experimental Publishing Master course (XPUB) of the Piet Zwart Institute, Manetta Berends & Cristina Cochior (Varia) and the WORM Pirate Bay invite you for an evening of book scanning, short presentations, discussions and software experiments in the context of text digitisation and processing.

The term OuNuPo is derived from OuLiPo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle), founded in 1960. OuLiPo is a mostly French speaking gathering of writers and mathematicians interested in constrained writing techniques. Notable members were Georges Perec and Harry Mathews. One of the notable techniques used by the group is the lipogram; which generates texts where one or more letters have been excluded. OuLiPo eventually led to OuXPo to expand these creative constraints to other practices (OuCiPo for film making, OuPeinPo for painting, etc.). In the same spirit, XPUB launches OuNuPo, Ouvroir de Numérisation Potentielle, the workshop of potential digitisation, turning the book scanner as a platform for media design and publishing experiments.

OuNuPo has been employed as a means to reflect on several topics such as: how culture is shaped by book scanning? Who has access and who is excluded from digital culture? How free software and open source hardware have bootstrapped a new culture of librarians? What happens to text when it becomes data that can be transformed, manipulated and analysed *ad nauseam*?

To answer these questions, the XPUB team have written software and assembled a unique printed reader, informed by critical and feminist research methodologies and that explore the themes of the digital transfer of cultural biases, Techno/Cyber/Xeno-Feminism, orality in the context of knowledge sharing, shadow libraries, database narratives, gender and future librarians. The content of the reader will be scanned by a DIY book scanner built in the past months, and processed by different software processes and performances written by the XPUB practitioners, from chat bots to concrete poetry generators and speech recognition feedback loops.

Click here for more information

Image Credit: Detail of a Graph by Angeliki Diakrousi and Alex Roidl

Wednesday 28th March 2018 Doors Open: 19:00 Time: 19:30 Location: Worm, Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam Free Admission Special Issue 5 –... Lees verder

PUBLISHING AS PRACTICE With Mounira Al Solh, Delphine Bedel, Alex Roidl, Zalán Szakács, and Joca van der Horst In collaboration with Piet Zwart Institute, Master Media Design: Experimental Publishing, Rotterdam Curated by Delphine Bedel and Docus van der Made. Date: 30 March 2018, 12:00 – 17:00h Location: Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

Part I: Masterclass: 12:00 – 14:30h. Tickets €7,50- (€5,- for students). Reservation required, limited seats. Part II: Artists talks: 15:00 – 17:00h. Tickets €5 (€3,50 for students). Open to all, reservation recommended. Combination ticket: €10 (€7,50 for students)

‘Publishing As Practice’ is a Friday afternoon programme celebrating self-publishing in all its forms, organised as part of the series “de Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs INTRODUCES…”. Together with the invited artists and designers we will explore models of production and distribution of books, printed matter, and multiple digital formats.

Discussing the new publishing culture of self-publishing, book fairs, and curated bookshops, the program with touch on oral histories, tales of resilience, language, migration and war, feminism and education, urbanism and political struggles. Publications presented address urgent contemporary issues, and bring forward the potential of publishing as practice.

PROGRAMME

Part I, 12:00 – 14:30h Self-Publishing Masterclass by Delphine Bedel

Tools for contemporary self-publishing practices, modes of operating in, and points of departure for self-publishing. Limited seats, reservation required via info@stedelijkmuseumschiedam.nl (please reference ‘masterclass’ in your reservation).

Part II Project Presentations

15:00 – 15:20h ‘A Bed, a Chair and a Table’ Presentation by Alex Roidl, Zalán Szakács, and Joca van der Horst Project realised within Master Design: Experimental Publishing at the Piet Zwart institute. This publication about the Poortgebouw, a former squat and vibrant living community in South Rotterdam. To book interlaces oral histories with material from various institutional and personal archives to bring together tales of resilience, political struggle, frustration and friendship as a new perspective on both Poortgebouw’s unique history and its importance in the contemporary city.

Students share insights on their practice and collaborative process to develop the publication. Conversation will cover engagement with cultural heritage and archiving practices.

15:20 – 16:00h ‘Why Publish?’ Artist talk by Delphine Bedel Bedel will discuss her practice as artist/publisher, showcasing different projects and her publishing house Meta/Books. Her principal topics of interest are media, cultural representation, feminism and the global circulation of images. She founded Meta/Books to empower creatives to self-publish. Meta/Books promotes expanded publishing practices from print to digital, questioning the way information is displayed and manipulated through the publishing process.

16:00 – 16:40h ‘NOA (Not Only Arabic) magazine’ Artist talk by Mounira Al Solh Mounira Al Solh will present her recent projects for Documenta 14 and her magazine NOA (Not Only Arabic). In her studio in Beirut, over the past years Al Solh has hosted talks by artists and started NOA (Not Only Arabic) magazine, a journal where artists and writers are invited to send in their thoughts, texts and images by invitation from the artist and guest-editors. NOA magazine does not get distributed and gets published on an irregular basis.

Ticket reservations possible via info@stedelijkmuseumschiedam.nl (please reference for which part(s) you’re reserving).

The series VKBK-prijs INTRODUCES… is a component of the exhibition with the nominees for the Volkskrant Visual Art Award 2018, on view at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam until 15 April.

Biographies

Delphine Bedel is an artist, publisher, lecturer and Creative Director of Meta/Books. Bedel has contributed to the emergence of a new publishing culture that splices together photography, art, and design, and empowers a new generation of artists to self-publish.

XPUB is a two-year Media Design Master course that prepares students to critically engage with societal issues within the fast changing field of art, design and cultural production.

Mounira Al Solh is a multidisciplinary artist whose work has been shown internationally, such as in solo shows at Sfeir-Semler Gallery in Beirut and Hamburg, the Stedelijk Museum Bureau in Amsterdam, CCA Glasgow, at the KW in Berlin, and Kunsthalle Lissabon, and most recently at the Documenta 14 and the Art Institute of Chicago.

PUBLISHING AS PRACTICE With Mounira Al Solh, Delphine Bedel, Alex Roidl, Zalán Szakács, and Joca van der Horst In collaboration with Piet Zwart... Lees verder

March 9 – March 1

TENT Rotterdam Witte de Withstraat 50, 3012 BR Rotterdam, Netherlands

Opening of the exhibition Excavating Empathy, the result of a week-long workshop led by artist Shimon Attie around the topic of empathy. Students of the Piet Zwart Institute will set-out on a journey to take a closer look at the stories hidden underneath the fabric of our personal, sociopolitical, and communal landscape within the context of Rotterdam and create new work. The exhibition is on view during the weekend.

Participating Artists: Ana Buljan Shraddha Borawake Günce Çavuşoğlu Ryan Cherewaty Dorothee Cheung Thomas Galvan Catalina Giraldo Lotte de Jong Fabian Landewee Sigrun Lydsdottir Matheline Marmy Sal Miranda Rossella Nisio Marta La Torre Rubio Szu-Yi Wang

 

 

March 9 – March 1 TENT Rotterdam Witte de Withstraat 50, 3012 BR Rotterdam, Netherlands Opening of the exhibition Excavating Empathy, the... Lees verder

We are happy to announce that MMDC thesis supervisor Marloes de Valk was awarded the first edition of the Hash Award for her work developed during a Web Residency at Schloss Solitude and ZKM, April 2017.

Marloes de Valk critically examines the mechanisms and contexts of propaganda, fake news and climate change in her artistic work ranging from computer games to installations to publications, surveillance technologies and artificial intelligence. During a four-week Web Residency in 2017 on “Art & Whistleblowing”, she explored in an essayist work the strategies of industry and politics to manipulate public opinion and the role of the media, based on PR campaigns during the 1980s in the US.

In particular, juror Marisa Olson convinced the variety of media the artist uses as a “passionate and informed cultural commentator on the larger ecosystem of technological devices that includes network culture and its symptoms – from global warming to infectious surveillance states. When talking about Internet Art in 2018, it is essential to include this wider range of aesthetic, cultural and political considerations.” (Marisa Olson)

Link to the work

Link to an interview with Marloes about the residency

We are happy to announce that MMDC thesis supervisor Marloes de Valk was awarded the first edition of the Hash Award for her work developed during... 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