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What’s the Matter with Cooperation @ BUDA

News · May 27th, 2016 · and · No Comments

Print Party What’s the Matter with Cooperation BUDA

What can we learn about our current society by looking at the increasing production of art works that are made in cooperation with their audience? And in reverse, how does the general raise of cooperative activism in the society influence the arts?

The art centre BUDA, located in the West Flemish city of Kortrijk, organised a three day festival around these questions: ‘What’s the matter with cooperation’. Reclaiming the idea of participation, people inside and outside the Arts do believe that one can take part in shaping the society. From the ‘emancipated spectator’ to the ‘empowered citizen’, BUDA was filled during 3 days with performances, lectures and co-learning situations that all implicitly and explicitly dealt with questions of cooperation.

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Plotted instructions for the participants

OSP joined the festival to create in cooperation a publication, using the Ethertoff platform. We concentrated on the theoretical section of the festival: a series of lectures taking place in a makeshift forum. BUDA had constructed this forum space in its entrance hall especially for the event. OSP had setup a working station here. We projected the ethertoff install right next to where the lectures slides were projected, to lure attention to the tool and show there was activity there. As usual with Ethertoff, we designed live while the content was still being developed.

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Screenshot of the ethertoff platform while editing was in progress

Ethertoff was first used in a similar context, to document the summer school Relearn. A marked difference this time was that a number of lecturers already provided a text beforehand, that we had already pasted into Ethertoff. In this way, the various editors that participated did not need to concentrate on just paraphrasing the lectures, but could spend their time annotating the lectures. Every morning started with a short workshop on the platform: how the etherpad collaborative works, the markdown syntax. But also to create a common understanding of how to treat the text, a common editing protocol.

The participants—most of them active in the milieu of the performing arts—where remarkably enthousiastic to participate in this editing process. We think this might have to do with the nature of performing arts, in which makers are always looking for new ways to deal with the ephemeral processes on which they work. To collaboratively create traces of a shared event makes sense more so then for the general public.

At the closing of the festival we organised a print party, where the participants eagerly took the (still laser-hot) papers out of Sarahs hands as she exited the elevator with the final chapters: we had underestimated the printing time. Everybody could learn how to use the ring binding system, and then collate and bind their own copy. We had created a stack of paper for each lecture, with the idea that one could pick and choose—it turned out everybody took everything.

Print Party What’s the Matter with Cooperation BUDA

Print Party What’s the Matter with Cooperation BUDA

Publication What’s the Matter with Cooperation BUDA

You can download the PDF. There’s also a version without the coloured backgrounds, so you can print on coloured paper yourself.

A note on tooling: we installed Etherpad & -toff on a Raspberry Pi. It was a tiny bit slow, but very stable. We plugged it in to BUDA’s existing network infrastructure. This means the Ethertoff platform was not accessible from the general internet—only from inside BUDA. It’s great to have this self-contained unit, and not to be able to access the tools when you leave the space. Both for the notetakers and for us. It helps to combat a problem with the workflow: because it is a very free collaboration model, participants can always think: someone will do it later. Clear time constraints really help then. It also answers a question we always have after the event: who takes care of the website? We made it clear from the beginning that the tool would away at the end of the event with the unplugging of the Raspberry. What we did do, is create a HTML archive, next to the PDF—just like with the Relearn 2013 website.

Publication What’s the Matter with Cooperation BUDA

README.OSP: Exhibition @ Une Saison Graphique

News · May 7th, 2016 · · No Comments

Poster Une Saison Graphique 2016

As part of the yearly Design Festival Une Saison Graphique, and in collaboration with l’École Supérieure d’Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, OSP would like to invite you to its exhibition README.OSP!

It has been 10 years since the first public OSP blog post, and README.OSP takes the opportunity to reflect on the potential of a shared process. For years, OSP has been publishing all source files of its projects, even if that means material that is in a rough state. For the exhibition, both OSP members and students of the ESADHaR have excavated the publicly available archives to extract patterns and recipes, to go beyond documentation to the proposal of a future tool.

You are cordially invited to the vernissage, Thursday 19/05 at 19h30, at the Galerie 65 de l’ESADHaR, 65 rue Demidoff, Le Havre.

The vernissage is preceded by a lecture, 19th of May at 17:30, at the Maison de l’étudiant du Havre. The exhibition is on from the 20th of May to the 2nd of July, from Monday until Saturday, from 14h30 to 19h. The 21st of May a visit to the exhibition can be combined with a number of events, including a bicycle tour of the exhibitions, a graphical kermis and a party. For more info see the website of Une Saison Graphique.

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OSP retreat in the Netherlands

News · April 25th, 2016 · · No Comments

Two days together to think about OSP in the future.

Discussion + Updating the website + Party.

Workshop Up Pen Down

News · October 9th, 2015 · · 1 Comment

Up Pen Down – Huppe Plume Tonne is a workshop linking typography and performance. It is a collaboration between OSP and choreographer Adva Zakai, and you are invited to participate!

The workshop will take place Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of October in the Balsamine theatre, Brussels. On the 25th the doors will be open to the public from 16:00 onwards.

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OSP and the students of ÉSAD Grenoble Valence getting ready to draw letterforms.

In Up Pen Down – Huppe Plume Tonne the participants blow up the scale of the movements of both drawing (down) and non-drawing (up). Uprooting both the forms produced and the movements required, the workshop is meant both for performers and designers.

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Seymour Papert taught mathematics through drawing instructions children would give to the computer, other children, or in this case—to a drawing robot.

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The DIN typeface is specified through drawing instructions: defined by its stroke rather than its contour.

Up pen down – Huppe Plume Tonne takes inspiration from the work of the English mathematician Seymour Papert, who tried to create an embodied understanding of mathematics through his LOGO language. Papert created a language, understood both by humans and computers, that describes drawings not in an absolute cartesian grid, but from the perspective of the person that is drawing. LOGO prefigures similar languages that use drawing instructions to communicate between computers and early drawing devices. Up Pen Down – Huppe Plume Tonne builds on the research effectuated by OSP with the students of the ÉSAD Grenoble Valence in 2012-2013.

For Up Pen Down – Huppe Plume Tonne, OSP collaborates with Adva Zakai, Brussels-based choreographer and performer. Adva’s recent work explores how body and language are perceived through each other. Just as much as the body seems to recede under its textual interpretation, our very understanding of text becomes more embodied.

The first day of the workshop will be Saturday 24th of October from 10:00 to 17:30. Sunday the 25th the workshop starts again at 10:00 also. From 16:00 onwards the doors will be open for the public.

Address:

Théâtre la Balsamine
Avenue Félix Marchal 1
1030 Bruxelles

Up Pen Down – Huppe Plume Tonne is part of the Festival des Arts Numériques and made possible by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

A new home for OSP

News · October 6th, 2015 · · No Comments

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In what might be a some-what surprising move (even to ourselves) OSP has taken up offices in the World Trade Center.

Do not hesitate to pass by! Send us a mail, and we will meet you in the lobby! Or write us a letter at:

Avenue Roi Albert II / Koning Albert II laan 30, Box n°8
World Trade Center – Tower 1
1000 Brussels

Workshop Up Pen Down

News · October 9th, 2015 · · 1 Comment

Up Pen Down – Huppe Plume Tonne is a workshop linking typography and performance. It is a collaboration between OSP and choreographer Adva Zakai, and you are invited to participate! The workshop will take place Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of October in the Balsamine theatre, Brussels. On the 25th the doors will be open […]

A new home for OSP

News · October 6th, 2015 · · No Comments

In what might be a some-what surprising move (even to ourselves) OSP has taken up offices in the World Trade Center. Do not hesitate to pass by! Send us a mail, and we will meet you in the lobby! Or write us a letter at: Avenue Roi Albert II / Koning Albert II laan 30, […]

Up Pen Down — Huppe plume tonne

Conversations · Education · Live · News · Print Party · Workshop · August 7th, 2015 · · No Comments

Announcing Up Pen Down — Huppe plume tonne a workshop and preformance during the Quinzaine Numérique 2015: specifics of the workshop are on their way, but for now, here is the introduction text: En 2012, OSP (Open Source Publishing) construit un workshop de plusieurs mois avec des étudiants de l’École Supérieure d’Art et Design de […]

OSP in 2014

News · July 13th, 2015 · · No Comments

Last February, OSP officially became an asbl/vzw: a Belgian association with no lucrative purposes. We are trying to get more structured and this goes through making precise activity reports. Here is the one for 2014 : OSP2014.pdf.

Relearn 2015

Live · News · June 28th, 2015 · Tags: · · · · · · · No Comments

Relearn is back for 2015! We’re very happy to see the summer school continue and morph into a new being again this year, with a new set of people taking care of the organization. Quick recap: OSP set up the first edition of Relearn in 2013. In 2014, Relearn was a jointed venture with all […]

ASBL Print party outcome

News · June 5th, 2015 · · No Comments

When you mix travel stories with non profit association elation, within the zero boundary format of a print party, what do you get? We came up with a mix of different things we wanted to share and show, and mixed them in with some more down to earth writing extracted from our Statutes. One article […]

Article III: Goal, social object, field of action

News · June 5th, 2015 · · No Comments

This is an extract from our association statutes. Links at the end of the page. The association OSP has as its main goal to propagate Free and Open Source culture in Brussels and internationally. More specifically, OSP asbl aims to stimulate the social movements of Free Culture and Free Software in the field of graphic […]

OSP ASBL VZW Celebration Print Party

News · May 28th, 2015 · · No Comments

We are happy to announce an OSP ASBL/VZW* celebration evening and Print Party. Back from our yearly travel to the Libre Graphics Meeting, full of Toronto stories, and soon to be tattooed with a VAT number, OSP welcomes you in their transit tavern. Join us in cutting, plotting and browsing recent works. Come to celebrate […]

HTML sauce cocktail

News · March 19th, 2015 · · No Comments

We just finished a great workshop week @HEAR Strasbourg on the topic of printing HTML. Printing HTML is not a new idea, but in the last few years we’ve been compiling sets of tools and scripts to properly use HTML as a base for proper layout. This idea has taken on several flavors over different […]

Conférence @ HEAR Strasbourg

News · March 10th, 2015 · · No Comments

Ramène ta fraise! We’re currently giving a html2print workshop @HEAR in Strasbourg that we’re punctuating with a conference presentation of OSP’s work tomorrow evening in the main hall @18:00. Come on over, ramène ta fraise! Results of the html2print workshop on their way and in construction, for now know that we’re reactivated automatic frog so […]

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