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Open call: Parallel Library Services
Between October 2021 and March 2022, in Rotterdam and online
Deadline: 24th September 2021

Parallel Library Services is a workshop series that documents the many actions and situations that libraries and amateur librarians facilitate in their practices.

More about the workshop series here and how to apply:

simonbrowne.biz/parallel-libra

For those who enjoy frequent engagement with library systems in some form and/or have intimate knowledge of structuring digital files, we invite you to join us (@simoon and @manetta) during the Hold & Release Partyline (on Friday 10 + Saturday 11 of June at Varia, Rotterdam), where we will rethink library software, starting from Calibre. Can knowledge be held and released simultaneously? Subscription details and more information can be found here: varia.zone/en/hold-and-release

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"Version 55 of WeasyPrint has been released.

What’s New? (Visible Features)

- performance with improved speed and document size,
- columns can be finely managed and are more solid in many corner cases,
- shorthand properties handle the inherit value,
- text decoration is correctly applied for nested values,
- embedded fonts are smaller and have nice names,
- absolute boxes are correctly positioned in right-to-left,
- SVG images got new tests and small fixes."

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Do you have a Belgian ID? Sign the “Burgerwetsvoorstel - Regularisatie/Proposition de loi citoyenne - Régularisation” before 17/05!

This initiative is important, especially now. It demands La Chambre/De Kamer to consider a citizen law for regularization. When accepted, this law would guarantee that ALL people without papers can ask to be regularized when they have no option to return to where they came from, or when they are in Belgium for more than 5 years.

Read the proposal (FR/NL): cdn.bosa.belighted.com/bosa/up
Sign: dekamer.mijnopinie.belgium.be/
More about the proposal: inmyname.be

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devi is a simple Mastodon bot that will repost whatever comes from a configurable Twitter filtered stream endpoint to a Mastodon account.

I was looking for a simple/lazy way to do that and could not find anything to my liking, or simple enough, so I wrote one :)

you can find it here
git.lurk.org/devi/

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SomeTimes contains a collection of posts about things we have done, are doing now – learning, reading, making, researching – and stuff that will happen soon. Some of the news is from public moments, while other news comes from behind the scenes. It is networked news from a variety of web sources, the urls in the "from" can tell you more.

The first edition includes the following sources: Varia's website, Post.lurk.org , Post.lurk.org , various logbot logs (x-y, ATNOFS, pub.club)

You could add content to SomeTimes by tagging posts with or .

More info here: varia.zone/en/sometimes-af-en-

@manetta @simoon @p_p

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On Wednesday from 6pm CET, @alcstrt, @manetta, @p_p, Julia and myself will be co-hosting the kick-off public broadcast of A Traversal Network of Feminist Servers ().

For this broadcast, we will be joined by two practitioners who have been working on and around and activist : Spideralex and Danae Tapia.

Spideralex will share about her personal story/travel/trip towards feminist infrastructure, how she started becoming interested in building her own infrastructure, joining lorea/n-1 (federated social networks) and then (a material infrastructure, social lodging cooperative and rehabilitating an old industrial colony) and the gaps and the need to create feminist servers, as well as the main changes over the last 10 years regarding critical digital feminist infrastructure and feminist in general. Danae will address the paradoxical relation of communist dialectical and .

More information here: varia.zone/en/atnofs-varia.htm

And more information about ATNOFS in general here: culturalfoundation.eu/stories/

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XPUB is the two year Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design: Experimental Publishing of the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. XPUB focuses on the acts of making things public and creating publics in the age of post-digital networks. XPUB puts special attention on collective work, DIY/DIWO/free software, and a balance of prose and code writing.

Application deadline
April 28 2022
https://xpub.nl/

Attached
A book is ... (work in progress)
Jian Haake (currently in the first year of study)

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If you're around & about on the 18th this month @ 19:30 CEST, we're having an 'ol ramble with some fine people at this panel + Q&A session 💗

(Re)Taking Control of Virtual Spaces: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/towards-a-radically-accessible-internet-tickets-317746136247

Its the first event in a series of events from the wonderful https://www.londonlearningcoop.com

The Learning Cooperative presents the first in a new series of events exploring themes of democracy and its increasing absence in online, and offline, spaces.

While the creation of the virtual world started as an emancipatory utopian project, ‘cyberspace’ soon started to fall-under, replicate, and accelerate the same oppressive norms and structures that dominate physical spaces.

Join us for a panel and Q+A discussion exploring the problems of data centralisation, how data infrastructure has been (mis)used, and what we can do to destabilise anti-democratic platforms and practises.

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Talk by Aymeric Mansoux (@320x200): Shadow IT / The Politics of Digital Tools in Research and Teaching | 21 April 15:00 – 17:00 Leiden University (NL) [RSVP] recntr.nl/2022/04/shadow-it-th

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is a collection of contributions in many media that originate from the worksession Bureaucracksy, organized by Constant in December 2020.

After registration, you will be presented one story per day, at 20:30 CET, 21 days in a row. Once you have received all contributions, you will have to unregister. Unless you want to enjoy another cycle !

How to receive this
Subscribe before 1 june 2022, by:

E-Mail:
* you can register to the mailing list here:
boucan.domainepublic.net/mailm

Podcast:
* add this link to your podcast feed:
bureaucracksy.constantvzw.org/

This work session brought together artivist practices around the imaginative re-appropriations of rules and regulations, and took place between 7 and 12 December 2020. Bureaucracksy investigated the governance of techno-social systems through the prism of bureaucracy. The execution of rules is an essential element of computation, of digital infrastructures, and of the societies that they operate with. Critical practices of listing, naming, filtering, tool making, care and sharing require that some books are kept.

>>> For more information::
constantvzw.org/site/Bureaucra

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Tomorrow, April 11th will mark the third anniversary of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange's arrest and detention in the UK's harshest prison on behalf of a foreign power for the 'crime' of publishing truthful information #FreeAssangeNOW #JournalismIsNotACrime https://t.co/3sffkAersH

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Pre-holiday annonce: In January, I'll co-convene the second in a series of online panel discussions on experimental publishing w/ The Centre for Book Cultures and Publishing at Reading University.

The focus will be on archival initiatives w/ contributions by @simoon on the Bootleg Library; Ami Clarke on the Digital Archive of Artists' Publishing; and Mindy Seu on her brilliant Cyberfeminist Index project.

Registration is free & open: eventbrite.co.uk/e/experimenta

Info on the inaugural event earlier this year here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/experimenta

Open call: Parallel Library Services
Between October 2021 and March 2022, in Rotterdam and online
Deadline: 24th September 2021

Parallel Library Services is a workshop series that documents the many actions and situations that libraries and amateur librarians facilitate in their practices.

More about the workshop series here and how to apply:

simonbrowne.biz/parallel-libra

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ONE-CLICK INSTALL TO AUTONOMY? 🔥 💻 🔧 🏝️

Online talk by @rra and myself tomorrow 30.06, 6PMUK (7PMCEST), hosted by The Photographers Gallery, Centre for the Study of the Networked Image, and Fotomuseum Winterthur.

We'll talk about lurk.org, lumbung.space and xpub.nl

Register: screenwalks.com

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Platform Alliances #1 Tools 

What are the tools for alliances? 
How do we establish solidarity networks? 
Can a model of practice and form of governance be considered as a work of art?  
And what does it mean to publish/make public in a platform framework?

The first session of Platform Alliances presents a conversation on tools for tactics and strategies of facilitation and organisation. 
Tuesday 22nd of June, at 17:00 pm, live broadcasted from fanfare, shared via the trans-departmental initiative PUB, joined by the collective infrastructure, Varia, and the student-run KABK initiative, Mushroom radio. 

Platform Alliances is a growing initiative by Radio EE and fanfare; the program aims to discuss and share the strategies and challenges of current and future student-initiated platforms. It aims to create space and place for alliances amongst similar initiatives across The Netherlands and abroad. This radio broadcast presents a first step of opening up a dialogue and larger-scale platform alliance scheme. We welcome critique, ideas, and future collaborators.

This event was commissioned by the board of extracurricular platforms at Rietveld/Sandberg as part of Future Practices. After the live broadcast, the conversation will be available on pub.Sandberg.nl & extraintra.nl

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Read & Repair - The Automated Body feat. Katarina Jazbec & MELT

27.06.2021
11:00-13:00 CEST (READ, in person)
14:00-16:00 CEST (REPAIR, online)

The text selection and our reading choreography in June was made by artist Katarina Jazbec. This Read session will be overflown with no bullshit tales on living and dying together on damaged earth. How are we to live in the ruins with the dead and the living? Arundhati Roy’s ghost vultures and Anjum, a Muslim Hijra, in her opening chapter of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness and The Camille Stories in the closing chapter of the Staying with the Trouble by Donna J. Haraway, speculative fabulations, will render us capable of response in disturbing times.

The Repair session of this theme is hosted by arts-design researchers MELT. For this repair session we will work with and around the project Rituals against Barriers by MELT which is inspired by the multiple practices of survival in the face of oppression which take the form of ritual practice. Rituals can invite a stepping away from whatever normativities and can allow entry into practices such as: Refusing to ignore a feeling, refusing to not listen to your body because doing so would make apparent the ableism of any space, refusing to speed up even if that is the normalised tempo.

varia.zone/en/rr-automated-bod

Poster by @p_p

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If you're in Rotterdam this July (22nd-25th), keep reading!

Together with Santiago Pinyol and Luke Murphy we're organizing this year's edition of Relearn in and around the city.
Relearn is an intensive IRL three day collective learning experiment with as many teachers as participants from all backgrounds and disciplines to learn from-and-teach each other, beyond the traditional paradigms of education from an interest in free culture and practices of care.

This year's edition will take place in and focus on Rotterdam. We aim to explore the importance of self-organisation and the use of experimental tools to build alternative systems and economies within the urban fabric of Rotterdam.
Apply by the 30th of June! Find the full text of the open call here -> relearn.be/2021/

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Read & Repair - feat. Agustina Woodgate and Dennis de Bel

On Sunday 28th February,
holds a REPAIR session, with @then followed by a READ session with Agustina Woodgate.

REPAIR
13:00-14:30 CET
In this live session Dennis and Danny will take you through the steps to recreate a simple as designed by Tetsuo Kogawa. We will cover the actual construction of the transmitter, what to transmit and how to receive the signal.

READ
19:00-21:00 CET
Inspired by the current theme Wireless Imagination, this selection brings together some of the topics that have inspired Agustina over the last few years of activity - The architecture of air, and alternative means of .

More info: varia.zone/en/rr-wireless-imag

Poster design by @p_p

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Call for application WdKA PZI XPUB Master 🔥 💻

This is what our first year students do: issue.xpub.nl

This is what our second year students do: project.xpub.nl

This is an open day (06 Feb): pzwart.nl/open-days/

This is where to apply: pzwart.nl/application

This is a website: xpub.nl

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We are an instance for discussions around cultural freedom, experimental, new media art, net and computational culture, and things like that.

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