I am very happy to announce that the new issue of the Pervasive Labour Union zine, 'Fed Up!', is finally(!) out and can be consulted here: http://ilu.servus.at/category/13-fed-up.html
Many thanks to contributors @eliotberriot, @Gargron , @decentral1se, @entreprecariat (and indirectly @rra and @fcr), @pip Julia Janssen, Inge Hoonte and Louisa Bufardeci, Gui Machiavelli, and Martin Schotten.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
After three years of (semi) regular existence, it is now high-time that the Pervasive Labour Union zine takes a very close look at the universe of the alternatives to corporate social networks.
What do these alternatives look like? What are the requirements of a 'true' alternative?
The Pervasive Labour Union zine already broached some of these topics on its Special Issue with the Homebrew Server Club on #XMPP. To follow the HBSC’s strategy, a premium should be put on alternative approaches, not on any specific alternative apps.
We need #federated social networking solutions based on open standards that are able to communicate among themselves, regardless of the platform being used.
Which protocols can and are being developed to achieve interoperability between the different alternatives? How do scale and trust influence the field? What are the forces at play within this realm and how to engage with them?
With this issue, we propose not only to collect a field guide of sorts, but also to open up the discussion on the alternatives and how to tackle the challenges posed by network effects, scalability and financial viability.
DEADLINE: February 5th
Submit to: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
students protest in France, suicide note, #LaPrecariteTue
In the past days there has been increasing student protests following the attempt of a student to set himself on fire (at time of writing state is 90% burnt, intensive care). The event is hardly visible in foreign media, so here is a rough translation of the letter/post he left.
(this is a rewrite from an earlier post, now behind a CW, as kindly suggested by someone)
Tomorrow: #Varia, 18:00. Together with @lidia_p will do a minilaunch of #Entreprecariat and randomly dig into my research directories to exhume entreprecarious memes, illustrations, screenshots, artworks, invoices (hopefully not), etc. Here's a taste.
Here are some very useful guides prepared by @cassolotl to get you started on using #Mastodon:
Visual Explanation of timelines:
How to find posts on other instances that haven't reached post.lurk.org yet:
You can broadcast content across the #fediverse by using hashtags. This is also a great way to discover new content: go to the search bar and type, for example, #ornitology. All posts containing that hashtag should now show up in a new column. If you are using the multi column interface this hashtag can also be pinned using the options on the top right of the column.
You can invite people to lurk using invite codes: https://post.lurk.org/invites
We're not using vanilla mastodon but rather the Hometown mod by @darius (https://github.com/hometown-fork/hometown ) which allows for local-only posts, meaning they don't federate in to the wider network.
Floppy Totaal is visiting Zine Camp 2019 next Sunday to talk about "THE FUTURE OF FLOPPY DISK PUBLISHING". Join us at 15:00 to find out what the future has in store! https://zinecamp2019.hotglue.me/talks
Microsoft Bob, codename 'Utopia', was a project in which Rover the dog introduced Microsoft OS to new users through the metaphor of a house. Come explore the wondrous world of interfaces old and new at @ImpaktFestival 30-10 til 03-11 in Utrecht!
celebration time, my book, obnoxious joy
OMG the book is real! Time for a serious post, I guess…
First, some practical info: I'll talk about the book on the 23rd in Eindhoven during the Dutch Design Week (hopefully with a little surprise). Hope to see you there: https://www.facebook.com/events/481202395943565/?event_time_id=491450554918749
If you live in Rotterdam, you'll soon find the book at Varia and Printroom or you can directly ask me. Otherwise you can get it online here: https://www.onomatopee.net/product/entreprecariat/
I'd like to thank Freek and Josh from Onomatopee, who enthusiastically believed in this project. Geert Lovink and Raffaele Alberto Ventura for enriching the book with their sharp contributions. Federico Antonini and Alessio D'Ellena for the beautiful "managerial pulp" design. Francesco D'Abbraccio and Andrea Facchetti of Krisis, who made this happen in the very first place (l'edizione italiana è ancora disponibile BTW). There are many more people I'm grateful to, check page 6 to find out ;)
Hey! On Monday, I'll be in Coventry with Cristina Garriga. We'll discuss experimental #publishing as part of a free event from the Post-Publishing programme of the Centre for Postdigital Cultures from #Coventry uni.
Come say hi :)
This Saturday at Varia (#rotterdam #nl) we present the outcomes of a big choral project: the second issue of #Networks of One's Own — a periodic para-nodal publication that is collectively written within a network.
Great news for those who missed out on Floppy Totaal: Magnetic Flux. We just added a +/- 2250 word report of the day to our website. Check it out over here: http://www.floppytotaal.org/report.html
Publication launch event in Rotterdam
"In our activity as artists, designers and researchers working with and around free/libre open source technology based projects, we often encounter situations where collective authorship gives rise to complicated interrelationships of ownership. Specifically, these involve the practical aspects of care, maintenance, documentation and overall commitment. "
At the same time there will be a launch of the #fediverse themed edition of the Pervasive Labour Union Zine with contributions from @lidia_p @decentral1se @eliotberriot @Gargron @entreprecariat @guimachiavelli and more
Read about it here:
Floppy Totaal bezoekt Varia voor een tweede programma gewijd aan hedendaagse diskette cultuur. Bij "Floppy Totaal: Double Density" kun je 's middags tijdens een workshop samen met de leden van het muzieklabel Floppy Kick een nieuwe floppy release opnemen en publiceren. Het daaropvolgende avondprogramma is tot de nok toe gevuld met optredens van Kisszántó en Eoforwine, presentaties en gesprekken met Joak en Jason Scott en een bijdrage op lange afstand van Michael Ridge.
De nadruk van dit evenement ligt op het concept van de diskette als comfortfood in een "future / present shocked" tijdperk. Op welke manier helpt de omgang met diskettes ons om te overleven in een tijd die vooral wordt gekenmerkt door "nieuwe media" en "planned obsolescence"? Bevat de diskette meer inhoud dan enkel 1,44 MB aan data? Op 19 oktober zoeken we het uit!
workshop: 14:00 / gratis
avondprogramma: 20:00 / 5 euro
Full Program (in het Engels):
Part 1 of Floppy Totaal @ Varia (14:00-18:00) is free and consists of a special Floppy Kick workshop and a conversation.
Part 2 of Floppy Totaal: Magnetic Flux starts at 20:00 and has tickets for sale that can be purchased at the door for 5 euro's each. The event consists of a series of talks, performances and contributions by Eoforwine, Kisszántó, Michael Ridge, Joak and Jason Scott.
Floppy Kick Workshop
Floppy Kick Records is a not-for-profit, floppy-only label that was formed in Budapest in 2013. All its releases are handmade and any "income" they produce goes straight into future releases. They take a non-political, yet critical position by explicitally rejecting any racism, sexism, homophobic or other forms of radicalism on their releases, choosing to instead focus on the beauty of sound. This can be in any style;experimental, noise, ambient, musique concrète, dark sounds, hnw, avantgarde, field recordings, industrial, power electronics, lo-fi, grindcore, or anythinginteresting. They believe in physical formats and respect their collectors. During their workshop at Floppy Totaal you can contribute to Floppy Kick by helping out with the recording and releasing of a brand new floppy release.
Mark Windisch aka. Eoforwine is the founder of the Floppy Kick label and plays beatless lo-fi noise music, spiced with modified field recordings, synths and a light theremin. He is a regular participant of Eastern Hungary's noise events, including the annual Zajkert (Noise Garden) and the Banzaj series, and has toured through and played at many experimental festivals and gallery openings through Middle-Europe and Ireland.
Tamás Szántó is a DJ, producer, cratedigger and promotor who is dedicated to seeking strange soundings and musical forms with peculiar diligence. He harkens the musical topicalities; not to adapt, but to avoid them. Collecting records such as experimental noise mixes, or fine theatrical idm ones; he might as well have just the right, harsh & obscure acid vinyl to mix further with.
Joseph Oliver Anton Knierzinger or JoaK is an artist and ghost artist. At the moment he works on different algorithms and alogisms between Vienna, Guangzhou and Wartberg. At Floppy Totaal he will present the results of his explorations into the recordable magnetic properties of the floppy disk.
Michael Ridge is a UK based artist that creates works whichoften incorporate sound, video, electronics, sculpture, collage and found objects, often exploring the properties of sound reproduction through non-musical materials and objects. He has a keen interest in documenting and presenting the unwanted, overlooked or decayed. Some of hisactivities include recording and performing Noise Music under the alias Zebra Mu,running the DIY record label Quagga Curious Sounds, being one half of the drawing/zine/mail art duo Ridge & Scrase and being a member of the artist collective other/other/other. For Floppy Totaal Michael Ridge will compose a new sound art composition that draws inspiration from the works of John Cage and Alvin Lucier; whilst examining the physical and storage limitations of the humble floppy disk. A commemoration of extreme file compression!
Jason Scott Sadofsky is an American archivist, historian of technology, filmmaker, performer, and actor. Scott has been known by the online pseudonyms Sketch, SketchCow, and The Slipped Disk and has been called "figurehead of the digital archiving world". He is the creator, owner and maintainer of textfiles.com, a web site which archives files from historic bulletin board systems. He is the creator of a 2005 documentary film about BBSes, BBS: The Documentary, and a 2010 documentary film about interactive fiction, GET LAMP. During Floppy Totaal a long distance conversation will be held with Jason Scott about his work, his life and the current state of the floppy disk.
Floppy Totaal is a Rotterdam based initiative by Niek Hilkmann, Thomas Walskaar and Lídia Pereira that investigates the reuse and re-purposing of 'outdated' technology as a cultural phenomenon. By examining the contemporary usage of the iconic floppy diskette, they hope to assess the way past technology is integrated into our culture today, as well as its future potential. The goal of the project is to inject the debate surrounding obsolescent media with new enthusiasm and stimulate a critical approach to the topic with the help of extensive field research in the realm of the floppy disk.
This event is made possible with the kind support of Varia and Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie (Creative Industries Fund NL).
✨ Event alert✨
One evening, Two launches, Three takes:
We are all very glad to invite you to the launch of the second issue of Networks of One's Own: three takes on taking care and Fed Up!, the 13th issue of the Pervasive Labour Union zine. We will celebrate this with an evening of stories and discussions around #networks and #maintenance practices.
Location: Varia, Gouwstraat 3 (Rotterdam)
Date: Saturday 28th of September
Time: 19:30h - 21:30h
Cool op-ed from @l03s about What Remains in The Ecologist!
"Gamers battling industry disinformation
What Remains is a game that draws parallels between industry disinformation campaigns from the 1980s and today."
Time to get things rolling! On Saturday, the 31st of August Floppy Totaal will visit WORM in Rotterdam for an event entirely devoted to floppy disk music. We call it 'Floppy Totaal: Magnetic Flux'. Adam Frankiewicz, Sascha Müller and Remute are part of a two part program that consists of workshops, talks and performances. For more information and tickets check: https://worm.org/production/floppy-totaal-magnetic-flux-workshop/ & https://worm.org/production/floppy-totaal-magnetic-flux/
Call for participants Open Design Course
KASK / School of Arts Ghent offers a course in Open Design for refugees and asylum seekers currently staying in Belgium. The course program focuses on Open Design as a technological and as a cultural, artistic and critical practice. The course method is based on co-creation and peer learning (learning from each other, changing the teacher - student relationship), and puts an emphasis on new media literacy.
This 8-week course is open for refugees, asylum seekers but also “sans papiers” and people who do not have easy access to higher education.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Hometown is adapted from Mastodon, a decentralized social network with no ads, no corporate surveillance, and ethical design.