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  • From print to Ebooks a hybrid publishing toolkit for the arts 𓆟 𓀪
  • Meeting the universe halfway - Karen Barad 𓆙
  • The mushroom at the end of the world - Anna Tsing 𓆙
  • Poetics of Relations - Eduard Glissant 𓆙
  • Cybernetics of the Poor - Diedrich Diederichsen & Oier Etxeberria 𓆙
  • Post-digital Print: The mutation of Publishing since 1894 - Alessandro Ludovico 𓆟 𓀪
  • Diffracting Diffraction: Cutting Together-Apart - Karen Barad 𓆙
  • Soap - Fabio Morais 𓆟
  • Publicación Independiente como plataforma de Urgencia - Tijuana y par(en)tesis 𓆟
  • Physical Phenomena 𓆙
  • Decolonial Computing - Syed Mustafa Ali 𓆙
  • From Glossaries to Ontologies: Extracting Semantic Structure from Textual Definitions 𓆙 𓀪


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  • Printcss


  1. 1

Throughout the lenses of sympoiesis, intr-acting, response-ability, basically the ontological inseparability, experiment and try out new possibilities of publishing. ---on arts and design?

  • What type of infrastructure?
  • Which mediums?
  • Which formats?

-Attempt as an impulse to name the agency of publishing that is now defined as an attribute but as an ongoing reconfiguration of itself. Constantly reflecting/diffracting, over its method, resources, products, formats. ##Publishing as a living practice##.

  • With the cybernetic discourse at the back of my head... What makes explicit the system of publishing? How it could be a system? and which type of System.
  • re-thinking the way we host the publishing infrastructure and the methods we use to make it possible. From the automatic, accelerated and disconnected practices to maybe the recursive, active and aware ones.

Ideas: a set of cards for playing and reflecting about publishing. where? Which context? - What is beyond the codex? and what's inside it?

  • A questionary for publishing (in arts)?
  • What would you like to ask yourself before making it public? It's just about circulation and sharing?

"Acts of publishing" vs. "products" ---> Beyond Value and Usefulness

  1. 2

{GLOSSARY for publishing}

  • A preliminary attempt to understand the soil.
  • wording <---> worlding
  • gloss: annotation

"It matters what matters we use to think other matters with; it matters what stories we tell to other stories with; it matters what knots knot knots, what thoughts think thoughts, what descriptions describe descriptions, what ties tie ties" Donna Haraway

Every word is a node of the system that relates with other nodes in order to map or suggest connections between their meanings. By placing words from different contexts next to each other, this diffractive glossary aims to cross-references and motivations of the publishing practice. In the end, the idea so far is to start suggesting reflections through notations that are not just focused on their own existence but on the others too.


  1. 3

1. What do you want to make?

A Glossary for a diffractive publishing practice (on arts), which is a system of words that are connected to each other to suggest reflections on current publishing practices. The idea is to use the structure of a glossary to cross-references among the already existing publishing vocabulary/annotations with other vocabularies inside other realms of knowledge such as anthropology, science, cybernetics, and philosophy. Highlighting problematics and bringing up questions over methods, processes, and infrastructure.

2. How do you plan to make it?

First, because I'm using the form of a glossary. I plan to unbundle the idea of the glossary itself, which means unpacking its structure, recognizing its impact on the construction of knowledge, and exploring what role it has been played inside the publishing format. For this, I'm gonna use the Aquarium 1.0 event to make a quick "glossary of glossaries". I would propose to participants to make it collectively that night within three different moments. In the first one, I'll ask them to help me finding glossaries inside the library (10min). For the second one, I'll read some questions and let people look through some of the glossaries. Afterward, I'll ask them to write down the words that come to their minds that could answer those questions. The questions will aim to reflect on the structure, hierarchy, language..etc. of them (10min). And at the last moment, I'll ask people to try giving an explanation of those written down words.

After that, I'm gonna try to decide the structure of the glossary and what would be the system to collect it. But so far I'm gonna continue reading the references I have, while I'm annotating words, writing in markdown, translating it using pandoc, and laying it out.

My idea is to grow the vocabulary and its explanations while at the same time I'm managing to map a structure and methods to share it. It's in my mind a machine of words that is growing and thinking itself when it's being created. Publishing as a living being?

3 What is your timetable?

---> Aquarium 1.0: "Glossary of glossaries" ---> compiling as many words I can, with its explanation ---> sorting them out with a system (symbols, visuals, cross-references) ---> creating the infrastructure to self-host it (temporary garden) ---> figure out ways to make it public making explicit the glossary itself. How to circulate it? ---> Aquarium 2.0: "trying out to publish the glossary"

4 Why do you want to make it?

I wanna make it because I've been...

5 Who can help you and how? 6 Relation to previous practice 7 Relation to a larger context 8 References/bibliography

  1. 3

Hello, world, I'm here to write down a thesis outline --Let's see the template.

Introduction- Overview:

So, hearing about the thesis outline and having in mind that the glossary is gonna involve a writing practice, I decided that maybe the best thing to do is actually use the glossary as my thesis by mapping and connecting conceptually the words inside.

Each word is gonna be made by annotations on them that develop the text. Each word is part of a container(chapter) and some words may appear in multiple ones when they are connected. Therefore, the annotations over the words trace connections among the words constructing the whole body of the thesis.

These 3 containers (so far) are gonna be these:

  • "a non-shaped voice": words that are reflecting on the structure and the voice of publishing

examples: hierarchy, reflection, diffraction, politics, sustainability, glossary(as a form), codex, quantity, production, audience, distribution

  • "weaving the tool": words that are showing practical possibilities, giving examples, and drawing out the materiality of the practice

examples: hybrid-publishing, printed-matter, servers, infrastructure, electronics, sustainability, website, page, paper, book, fanzine, magazine, one-to-database, one-to-one, one-to-many, games, etc.

  • "publishing act": words that are exploring and throwing questions to the intentionality of the practice.

examples: relation-ability, sympoiesis, urgency, intra-act, circulation, fragmented, sustainability



Bibliography five books:

  • here and now? Explorations in urgent publishing - Insitute of Network Cultures
  • Soap - Fabio Morais
  • Post-Digitalprint - Alessandro Ludovico
  • Publishing Manifestos - Miss Read
  • Publicación Independiente como plataforma de Urgencia - Tijuana y par(en)tesis
  • Diffracting Diffraction: Cutting Together-Apart - Karen Barad