introducing self: Grafton9, a diy archiving initiative of italian books, zines and journals of autonomous left and grassroots squats, of late '90s (but not only). very low quality, very low profile, a lot of activities on hacking tools and software for digitization and publishing on the web, and collecting rare published materials.
everything can be browsed, downloaded, keeped offline.
Right, this is the final version of the talk (well, the slides) that I’ll be presenting tomorrow at the EU Parliament & you can be sure I’ll be using my 10 minutes to speak my mind regardless of what anyone else in the room/the organisers think or want.
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.
#EvaWeinmayr, piracy project, interesting collection of colophons.
"An antilope in the savanna is considered to be a wild animal. An antilope in the zoo in Europe is considered as a document, analyzed as a specimen. Primary document (caged antilope) produces all series of secondary documents - From Qu'est-ce que la documentation, essay by #SuzanneBriet"
"In order to continue thinking about collective authorship, perhaps we need more contracts/coc instead of permissive licenses. Boxing as an exercise of mutuality."
[With lot of stuff in between]
#FreeCulture and #CreativeCommons as a regression.
"This criticism is not nostalgia.
There is a regression that needs to be fixed. From a means (a tool to discuss an idea for society) it became an end. Critique on free culture is complicated, quickly misunderstood. There has been a lot of radical experimentation with intellectual property (60s/70s). Nowadays, it's more likely that you're introduced to intellectual property experiments through creative commons and remixing culture. What is the act of sharing? A highly priviledged position? As free licenses are a higher level of copyright... Would an injection in the existing copyright law perhaps open up many more possibilities? While recreating boundaries, it is possible to exclude others again."
Start of the session Re-imagining #copyleft with a 20th anniversary, Constant in 1999, first endeavor in #copyright. Poster by #Harrisson
✨ 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
pictures of #FloppyTotaal - Magnetic Flux festival
...all taken on floppy disk with Sony Mavica cameras,
with organizers Niek Hilkmann, Lidia Pereira & Thomas Walskaar, Adam Frankiewicz (Pionierska Records/Floppy Not New(s)), Sascha Müller, Remute, underbelly shop (Mariëtte Groot) & diverse workshop participants and visitors.
Call for participants: Collective Conditions
"Collective Conditions is a worksession which experiments with the generative potential of #codes of #conduct, complaints procedures, bug reports and copyleft licenses. We understand these socio-technical #protocols as #artistic and #activist #media and are curious about the role they can play in the (different) imagination of complex collectivities.
By ’complex #collectivity’ we mean, for example, non-normative human #constellations, or collectives where participants with radically different needs, backgrounds and #agencies come together. ’Complex collectivity’ can be self-chosen, or be the result of structural forces such as laws, racism, technology, wars, austerity, queerphobia and ecological conditions.
The worksession is inspired by trans*feminist collective practices, anti-harassment and allyship-work, non-violent communication, score-making, #decolonial and #intersectional #activism, but also by ways of doing developed within Free Culture and Free, Libre and Open Source software. Collective Conditions focuses on a-polarizing methods, #affirmative habits that can stretch and reorient frameworks, that represent new vocabulary, gestures and forms of expression[...]"
We are delighted to reveal that a second Floppy Totaal event will take place in 2019! Join us on the 19th of October at Varia in Rotterdam for "Floppy Totaal: Double Density". For a full program, check: https://varia.zone/en/floppy-totaal-DD.html
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).
Another Relearn is around the corner ! Relearn 2019 in Paris will be the third episode of the curve at La Générale on the 6th (evening), 7th and 8th of September. The official application deadline has passed, but there are 2, 3 more days to subscribe.
After a long sleep, a new post on OSP blog! The report of the Libre Graphics Meeting by @manetta http://blog.osp.kitchen/news/lgm-2019.html with the question of the word "open" by @aiscarvalho and @rlafuente, #education, #vectors, #RaphLevien and new curves for #typography, and #pagedjs inside. @lgm #lgm19
In the meantime ... are a few of us (us = Varia in this case) in Bucharest to meet with ODD, a collective space for art, theory and discussions in the city.