Master Media Design: Experimental Publishing

By 'publishing' we mean to engage with a broad set of intermingled and collaborative practices, both inherited and to be invented, so as to critically explore and actively engage with an ecosystem in which multi-layered interactions occur.

Upcoming event: Master Media Design: Experimental Publishing, and Master Media Design: Lens-Based - Piet Zwart Institute Open House

During our annual Open House on Saturday February 10 2018 staff and students of the Master Media Design: Experimental Publishing, and Master Media Design: Lens-Based will be presenting and available for questions across the 4th floor of the Willem de Kooning Academy at Wijnhaven 61 where they will be in the company of colleagues of Master Education in Arts, and Master Media Design: Experimental Publishing, and Master Media Design: Lens-Based. Wijnhaven 61 is also a home to the workshop facilities of the Piet Zwart Institute. The one-hour tours around the Academy are available now and are held at 4pm on Tuesday’s. You can sign up for a tour through wdka.start@hr.nl.

During the Open House staff and students from the Master Fine Art programme will be present for questions and presentations and hold Open Studios at the course's own location at Karel Doormanhof 45, 3012 GC Rotterdam.

A detailed programme of our Open House event on February 10th, 2018 will appear shortly on the Piet Zwart Institute website.

Programme Description

From app stores to art book fairs and zine shops, from darknets to sneakernets, from fansubs to on-demand services, and from tweeting to whistleblowing, the act of making things public, that is to say publishing, has became pivotal in an age infused with myriad media technologies. The tension between the publishing heritage and novel forms of producing and sharing information has shown that old dichotomies such as analog versus digital, or local versus global, have grown increasingly irrelevant given their bond with hybrid media practices based on both old and new technologies, and their existence within mixed human and machine networks.
This is why by publishing we mean to engage with a broad set of intermingled and collaborative practices, both inherited and to be invented, so as to critically explore and actively engage with an ecosystem in which multi-layered interactions occur that are:

  • social, technical, cultural and political;
  • involving actors both human and algorithmic;
  • and mediated by networks of distribution and communication of varying scales and visibility.

For this journey, we seek students motivated to challenge the protocols of publishing (in all its (im)possible forms) using play, fiction, and ambiguity as methods and strategies of production and presentation, in order to experiment on the threshold of what is possible, desirable, allowed, or disruptive, in this ever expanding field.
The course is taught by staff with international reputations in their respective fields. In addition to the staff tutors, we invite a wide range of international practitioners and theorists as guest lecturers and tutors.

Please visit Piet Zwart Institute site and Experimental Publishing Blog for more information.

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