Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie

Media Design: experimental publishing

Media Design: experimental publishing

From app stores to art book fairs and zine shops, from darknets to sneakernets, from fansubs to on-demand services, and from tweeting to whistleblowing, the act of making things public and to make a public, that is to say publishing, has became pivotal in an age infused with myriad media technologies. The tension between the publishing heritage and novel forms of producing and sharing information has shown that old dichotomies such as analog versus digital, or local versus global, have grown increasingly irrelevant given their bond with hybrid media practices based on both old and new technologies, and their existence within mixed human and machine networks. This is why by publishing we mean to engage with a broad set of intermingled and collaborative practices, both inherited and to be invented, so as to critically explore and actively engage with an ecosystem in which multi-layered interactions occur that are:

  • social, technical, cultural and political;
  • involving actors both human and algorithmic;
  • and mediated by networks of distribution and communication of varying scales and visibility.

For this journey, we seek students motivated to challenge the protocols of publishing (in all its (im)possible forms) using play, fiction, and ambiguity as methods and strategies of production and presentation, in order to experiment on the threshold of what is possible, desirable, allowed, or disruptive, in this ever expanding field.

The experimental publishing study path (XPUB) is led by Aymeric Mansoux. The current tutors and lecturers of XPUB are: Delphine Bedel, André Castro, Florian Cramer, Michael Murtaugh, Steve Rushton, Femke Snelting, Marloes de Valk.

In addition to the staff tutors, we invite a wide range of international practitioners and theorists as guest lecturers and tutors.

For an overview of current courses and the work that’s being developed within XPUB, please refer to our wiki. Functioning as an ever-changing and growing archive, we use it as a teaching tool where course descriptions are posted and students can sign up for tutorials, but also as an online workspace where students keep an active log here of their research, projects and thesis progress.

You can also visit our dedicated publishing platform at xpub.nl or visit our special issue archive.