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, 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 course is taught by staff with international reputations in their respective fields: course Leader Simon Pummell is a BAFTA winning filmmaker currently completing his fourth feature film; MIT Media Lab graduate Michael Murtaugh is a pioneer of the online video “active archives” project which he presented at Documenta 13; Aymeric Mansoux is a multi-awarded artist and media researcher; Steve Rushton is a curator, writer and editor for a range of projects with artists such as Rod Dickinson and Thomson & Craighead; Annet Dekker is an independent curator/ researcher; Barend Onneweer runs the film VFX company R3MWERK; André Castro is a media artist and technical teacher.

Please see Staff and Tutors for a full profile of all our core tutors.

Experimental Publishing Blog: xpub.pzimediadesign.nl

In addition to the staff tutors, we invite a wide range of international practitioners and theorists as guest lecturers and tutors. Previous guests have included Femke Snelting, the international media artists Thomson & Craighead and Cannes Palm d’Or winning producer Keith Griffiths.

For an overview of current courses and the work that’s being developed within the department, 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.