Py.rate.chnic sessions

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General description

.py.rate.chnic are a series of 3 collective work-sessions organized by the XPUB second-year's students and attended by other students.

Each sessions is conducted by two second-years' who organize the session around a topic and format related to their graduation projects and will function as an opportunity to develop, experiment, test and discuss their processes collectively.

.py.rate.chnic planning document

Each session you will need a Workshop description, which includes:

  • title:
  • who is leading the:
  • format: workshop? test session? book sprint?
  • short description:
    • what will happen?
    • why (relevance)?
    • outcome: what will be goal of the session
  • maximum amount of participants:
  • prerequisites: reading list, software installs, material to bring

Deadline for Workshop description:

  • first draft: 2019.11.04
  • final document: 2020.01.06
  • create announcement poster

Do not overload the participants with prerequisites. The idea of these planning documents, is that the sessions can start quickly and be productive and fun, rather than a tedious 2hours' install session.


The format of sessions can range from a

  • hackthon: where you ask the participants to explore a subject, through the development of a prototypes, from give a starting point.
  • workshop: where you bring in a certain technology/prototype/... and ask others to develop or explore it. More focused on a approach and see what that approach can lead to
  • (book) sprints: where the group writes collaboratively a manual / research text / book / and produces a website/pdf/...
  • test session: where a given procedure/methods is tested on the participants and at the end feedback is given
  • ...others or combinations of these

Py.rate.chnic sessions 2019-2020


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Under the name of .py.rate.chnic sessions, the second-year students from the Experimental Publishing Master program invite you to participate in a series of hands-on workshops, related to the topics of their graduation projects. Each workshop offers the participants an opportunity to engage with the students' research by partaking in their processes, experiments, and discussions.

Workshops 2020-2019

Cha Cha Chat

Station Skills link


Rita & Artemis

In this workshop, we will look into alternative tools for communicating online, by experimenting with a locally installed chat-software. Through this process, we will talk about the issue and appeal of popular chat applications.

We don't claim that there is an ideal instant-messaging tool to serve everyone's interest. Rather, we aim to discuss how distinct tools can fit different contexts and circumstances. What situations demand the use of alternative communication tools, and why is it useful to try them?

Join us and let's chat using our own network!

Text Launderette

Station Skills link

Pedro & Simon
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Text Laundrette is a print party workshop.

We will use a home-made, DIY book scanner, and open-source software to scan, process, and add digital features to printed texts brought by the participants to the workshop. Ultimately, we will include them in the "bootleg library", a shadow library accessible over a local network.

Shadow libraries operate outside of legal copyright frameworks, in response to decreased open access to knowledge. This workshop aims to extend our research on libraries, their sociability, and methods by which we can add provenance to texts included in public or private, legal or extra-legal collections.

Have you read your contract?

[Station Skills link]

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Biyi & Bo

Terms of service are the legal documents presenting the agreement between a service provider and a person who wants to use that service. These agreements tend to be strategically obfuscated by the platforms with a circuitous manner, written in highly specified legal terms, and lacking the possibilities for lay persons to understand them.

In "Have you read your contract?" we will focus on dissecting these legal documents, by taking Google's Terms of Services as your working document, which we will collectively, read, discuss, and edit, in order to understand the affect of language obfuscation and how could it be replaced by a more explicit vocabulary modes of address.

Superpower Maps

Station Skills link

Tancredi and Paloma

Cartography and data visualisation normally are intended as objective ways to depict spaces and information, but what happen when subjects, or communities, decide to map their own data?

Superpower Maps is a workshop where the participants will explore alternative ways to represent data enhancing self-knowledge through the process of map-making.

We will collect personal data, define relevant parameters and develop rules and codes for creating graphic visualiations. From personal sketches to collective mapping we will create hand-drawn maps questioning the role of rendering realities, turning complex information into emotional cartographies.

Py.rate.chnic @PublicationStation

  • Description of each workshop deadline: 2019.11.18
  • Number of workshop 4 workshops, each led by 2 Xpub students
  • location: Publication Station
  • workshops start date: end of January
  • announce the workshops in the start of January
  • announce them as station skills, so participants can enrol via mywdka
  • make a poster and put it on the PubSt/Xpub 4th floor
  • run the workshop on Mondays evening/late afternoon, from 17:30 to 20:30, so BA students can attend
  • will happen during 4 Mondays of 2nd trimester

XPUB2 2017-2019 (PAST)

8.10.2018: Tash & Joca // Scrape, rinse and repeat

Edition 1 is a workshop about web scraping: extracting data from websites and exploring applications of it within an artistic practice.Workshop leaders Tash and Joca will share how they use scraping in their graduation projects: from analyzing self-censorship in Indonesia to remixing the design of your daily news. Then it's time for you to collect data, and experiment with ways to present it.

Please read the information below, to make sure you are ready to scrape, rinse and repeat!

Where & when:

Monday the 8th of October 11:00 till 17:00, in our lovely XPUB studio

Things to prepare:

To get started quickly, make sure you have the following software installed


You can find installation instructions on the pad:


PART 1: human scraping Introduction: Why scraping? Examples of projects Start with pen and paper, analyzing different components, rearranging them

PART 2: programmatic scraping Scraping using Python3: offering two basic scripts to start with 1. html5lib and elementtree (e.g. text, link, and tag scraping) 2. selenium (scraping via web browser automation, e.g. for dynamic elements like comments)

Work in small groups on different scraping prototypes (try different sources, extract different elements, find different presentation forms)

PART 3: performative scraping PRESENT! what did you scrape? can you show it visually? read it aloud? anything surprising? Feedback and wrap-up

29.10.2018: Zalan & Alex

Where & When

Monday, 29.10.2018

11:00 – 17:00 in the small project space

Things to prepare:

Please, if possible, [try to] install the following dependencies:

  • h5py==2.8.0
  • Keras==2.2.4
  • Keras-Applications==1.0.6
  • Keras-Preprocessing==1.0.5
  • numpy==1.15.2
  • Pillow==5.3.0
  • protobuf==3.6.1
  • PyYAML==3.13
  • scipy==1.1.0
  • six==1.11.0
  • tensorflow==1.0.0


If you wish to use a virtual environment (optional): (first cd to your working directory)

python3 -m venv pyrate.venv
source pyrate.venv/bin/activate

for the rest just use pip3 install as follows:

pip3 install h5py==2.8.0
pip3 install Keras==2.2.4

and so on with the rest!


  • 11:00–11:30 Short introduction & discussion about machine learning and computer vision
  • 11:30–13:00 Programming a script in groups of 3–4 (1st years mixed with 2nd years) (?)
  • 13:00–14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00–14:30 Finalising the script
  • 14:30–15:00 Showing the outcomes of the script
  • 15:00–15:10 Coffee break
  • 15:10–15:40 Short introduction & discussion about data visualisation and spatial installations
  • 15:40–16:30 Creating different spatial installations from the outcomes of the first script in groups of 3–4 (1st years mixed with 2nd years)
    • How can the dataset and the algorithm be projected into space / how can the dataset be »experienced«
  • 16:30–17:00 Showing the outcomes of the installations


12.11.2018: Angeliki & Alice

🍕 at the end