Autonomous Archive/hand-curated

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Main questions

  • Why/How is the Poortgebouw valuable to the city?
    • Who is it important for? In what ways?
    • How has this changed through the years?
    • How can our publication add to this?
  • Why is the Poortgebouw worth archiving?
    • What is the situation of the PG today? Is there a sense of urgency?
    • Why is the autonomous archive important?
    • How different are the narratives inside / outside the PG?


Planning

Action Points (Content)

  • Define main questions of our publication first draft done
  • Make a list of the available archives, where to find them, how to visit them > Joca, finish up 28/09 done
  • Make a draft list of questions we want to ask > Angeliki, finish up 02/10 done
  • Make a draft list of people we want to interview (inside & outside the PG) > Tash, finish up 02/10 done
  • Prepare questions for the meeting at the Poortgebouw 02/10 > Everyone, finish up 01/10 done
  • City archive recon > Joca, Alex & Alice, meetup at 11:00 at the Archive (Hofdijk 651, Rotterdam) 29/09 done Pad
  • Make a list of topics & search terms for our visit to both City & PG Archive (add them to this pad ) > Everyone, finish up 01/10 done
  • Finalise list of questions we want to ask > 05/10 done
  • Finalise list of people we want to interview (inside & outside the PG) > 05/10 done
  • Visit city archive, scan more documents > 05/10 Joca, done
  • Write draft emails, contact people we want to interview > Tash, 06/10 done
  • Write email to Giulia about interviewing inhabitants on Saturday > Alice, 06/10 done
  • Visit HNI archive Pad with items to request done
  • Send email to Katia from HNI. Info archive + interview request. Mail members Feijenoord neighbourhoodcouncil -> Joca done
  • Investigate the conditions and practical aspects of the interviews e.g. recording technology, email, skype (their permission to edit) > 06/10 done
  • Create our own interview methodology & ethics. Pad > 06/10 done
  • Contact PG inhabitants and set up interviews > 09/10 email sent to Giulia
  • Research interview methods of
    • Laura (Verhalenhuis Belvedere) done
    • Siebe Thissen = specialist in "alternative" histories in Rotterdam done
    • Teana Boston-Mammah (Storytelling from the City) email sent
  • Transcribe Siebe Thissen interview Interview 05/10 > Tash, Alice & Angeliki 09/10 done
  • Transcribe Cesare Peeren Interview Pad done
  • Transcribe Laura Verhalenhuis interview Interview 09/10 > Tash, Elisa, Angeliki done
  • Transcribe Peter and Christine interview Interview 11/10 > Tash, Alice done
  • Conduct & transcribe Lidewij Tummers interview Interview 13/10 > Joca, Angeliki
  • Conduct & transcribe Marina Otero interview Interview 13/10 > Tash done
  • Transcribe Kraakkafe interview Pad > Tash & Joca done
  • Conduct & transcribe Katia from HNI Interview 13/10 > Joca, Angeliki done
  • Transcribe Giulia interview Interview 14/10 done
  • Transcribe Jere interview Interview 14/10 done
  • Transcribe Rianne interview Interview 14/10 done
  • Conduct & transcribe Ramon Mosterd interview Interview 18/10 done
  • Conduct and transcribe Edward Dee interview Pad done
  • Make a first draft of the structure of the publication: CHAIR, TABLE, BED done
  • Proofread all interviews > 26/10
  • Send interview emails to last 3 inhabitants > 26/10
  • Make plan for algorithmically curated posters > 26/10
  • Draft layout of pages > 26/10
  • Conduct interview Feijenoord neighbourhood council Pad with questions Joca, Tash done



Research Action Points (Design)

  • PG online research
    • images
    • wiki
    • videos
    • social media
  • PG material research
    • posterwall
    • archive
    • architecture
    • who did their graphics before?
  • PG inhabitants discussion
    • do they want a visual identity?
  • references to other designers
    • design & politics
  • printing
    • paper
    • binding
    • printer
    • budget
    • technique
  • typography


Production Action Points

  • layout
  • typesetting
  • reviewing
  • find a printing technique
  • find a printer
  • prototype
  • actual printing


EN summaries of archive items in Dutch

Autonomous_Archive/hand-curated/Summaries_archive_documents

Design Research

Mood

Moodboard

Issues

Layout

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no space at all
inside / outside
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• Overlapping elements

• Overprinting existing material

• work with (negative) space / moving / influencing spaces

PG = SPACE → INFLUENCE

INFLUENCING SPACE

FLUENT LAYOUT?

Typography

  • Edit an existing open source typeface?
  • use an open-source typeface
  • Libre Baskerville Open Source:
    • outside: Classical Typeface (Facade)
    • inside: Open-Source (Community)

Some background (maybe helpful)

  • Time of PG 1879
    • Industrialization
    • Eclecticism (architecture)
      • Mix of different styles (maybe for layout but also too abstract and not closely related to the issue)
    • (Also interesting: Invention of Lithography / Photography in that decade)
      • The book goes from manufacture to mass-production
  • Time of Squatting 1980

→ Libre Baskerville Open Source

Book-Object

Paper

  • Ordered Samples from Antalis (Antalis Chromolux (120g)) |

Link to Antalis – Samples arrived


  • Update: more samples from Antalis (Munken & Recycling paper)
    • Munken Lynx rough
    • Cocoon Offset recycled 100g
    • Cocoon Offset recycled 120g
    • Cyclus recycled 100g
    • Cyclus recycled 115g


→ Using Chromolux 700 120g

Binding

• Glue binding easy and cheap at Publication Station

• Thread Binding complicated to do on our own (time-intensive, less accurate if self-made)

//// Offerte Boekbinderij Hennink

  • Stichbinding 4,50€ excl. / book (too expensive)

* Gluebinding 1€ excl. / book

Printing-test

  • Chromolux on Riso did not work

→ decision for laserprinting in order to use Chromolux

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How much?

Printing (approx. 140 p, <A5)

  • Riso: 80 pages = 40 spreads = 20 masters A3 = 40€ (*200 pieces)
  • Laser: 60 pages = 30 spreads = 0,20 colorcopy * 30 = 6€ (*200 pieces)

Binding

  • Book–Binding 200 pieces thread-stiched: 900€
  • self-made


/// Printers Offerts

Graphius

Price 200 copies: € 1.788,57

Option 2/2

Price 200 copies: € 1.788,57

Option 1/1

Price 200 copies: € 529,67

Drukkerij Raddraaier

B/W:

Oplage 200 expl. € 664,00

Scheduling Design & Production

  • 9. Oct – Drafts / Concepts
  • 9. Oct – Final outcome presentation: 3 concepts
  • 10. Oct – 13. Oct Layout / Type drafts
  • 10. Oct – 13. Oct Correction about the final outcome
  • 13. Oct Decision on layout
  • 16. Oct Printing request / Budget plan
  • 16. Oct – 30. Oct Prototyping book + layout
  • 30. Oct – Decision on object (paper, binding…)
  • 30.Oct – 8. Nov Layout / Typesetting
  • 4.Nov – Last Deadline: Editorial report rev.1
  • 4.Nov – 5.Nov – Implementation 1
  • 6.Nov – Last Deadline: Editorial report rev.2
  • 6.Nov – 8.Nov – Implementation 2 / Last layout changes
  • 8. Nov & 9.Nov – detail typography
  • 10.Nov – Write printing data
  • 10. Nov – last deadline passing for print
  • 6. Dec – publication launch



Process

Drafts

Layout

layout grid
image captions with aspect ratio
names / metadata
raster (AM Raster)

Why the book as a medium?

  • fixed structure & narrative vs database of wiki / archive.
  • Haptic experience (Paper vs digital)
  • Legitimacy
  • Self-contained
  • using the book as a statement / fixed object in time and space
  • capturing a certain timeframe -> fixed
  • creates access to the actual archive

Images

  • images on glossy paper only
  • image captions on matt paper and with aspect ratio of images
  • the use of flash and verticals as a way of creating a consistent visual structure as a way to emphasize a lived in space
  • rastering (give back the character of the old print mediums from zins of formal squatts)

Typography

Libre Baskerville

  • open source
  • supporting the open spirit
  • referring to the time of PG 1879
  • Industrialization
  • Eclecticism (architecture)


Metadata

  • Metadata (tuned – information about interviewed people)
  • Layouting much text: how to generate tension

→using indents and iterating throughout the book

Paper

  • Chromolux 700m(one sided glossy - one sided matt) on glossy side
  • photography, on matt side - text. this way we used paper as well as an haptical communication element.
  • contradiction of the building, inside - outside
  • guide through the publication, seperate images and text (support structure)
  • give value to archival material.

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Printing & Binding

Dummy

  • We made a dummy at the American Book Center in Amsterdam with the bookprinting automat »Betty«

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Final Printrun

Printing:

Binding:

  • Gluebinding
  • Boekbinderij Hennink