Last week the Institute for Network Cultures and Digital Publishing Toolkit brought us to Rotterdam to speak about The People’s E-book. The conference brought together an interesting mix of academics, students, artists, practitioners, and a few other designers and publishers. There was a focus on what are artists producing in terms of e-books, what different production workflows look like, and what the future for libraries looks like. They did a great job documenting most of the conference, so I thought I would continue that trend.
program for the conference
Making Epubs Easy with The People’s E-book:
As you’ll see in the video, we had a little trouble with the slides, but you can see them below!
Publishing Constitutes a Public
There aren’t photos or video from the Arts and Crafts Session organized by Silvio Lorusso, but our slides are below and you can read the full text of our presentation here. Oliver and I spoke about our thoughts about publishers as a support structure for a public, our past work that relates to digital publishing, and how and why we focused on artists when building The People’s E-book.
DEAF: The Progress Trap
We also were honored to be a part of the DEAF (the Biennial Dutch Electronic Arts Festival) at the Het Niewe Institute in their TV Lunch Program. It was more of a casual conversation about our practice as well as the others’ who were also a part of the conversation.
The exhibition at Het Niewe Institute to go along with the festival, whose theme this year was “The Progress Trap” was pretty great. I especially loved Revital Cohen and Tuur van Balen‘s work: 75 Watt. They designed an object whose primary function was to choreograph its creation.
Another favorite was also a video installation, by Gabriela Golder, entitled “Conversation Piece” which showed the artist’s mother – a militant in the Argentine Communist Party – reading the Communist Manifesto with her two young granddaughters.
And Rotterdam has a pretty interesting mix of architecture. It was fun to be around.