Py.rate.chnic sessions/2019-2020

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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?

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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