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OSP @ Princesse!

Conversations · News · OSP Public Meets · September 29th, 2014 · · No Comments

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Since the early days, OSP has changed form over and over, from asking simple questions right through to organizing week-long workshops to share answers its members have found.

There have been a fair amount of turning points in the past, and some of the biggest ones have happened over the last few years. The Variable residency was certainly an interesting step, it brought in means to extend and collaborate in an environment that called for growth on the personal and group level. The three years in Variable were key in making OSP what it is today, but not only OSP, all of the Constant research experiments have taken from the shared house and gone forth.

Variable went out on a big bang with Relearn 2014 but all good things come to an end. We were all extremely happy, and we left with as many plans as questions for what the next steps would be. Even before leaving Variable, we knew of the forthcoming F-LAT project and other ideas regarding the maintenance of the Brussels (whatever that means) FLOSS network of people. It’s going to be yet another exciting year!

For OSP, it was clear that we enjoyed the idea of a studio space and wanted to follow up on that, so after a few weeks of searching we found a perfect fit in the old Hackbase.be working space. Hackbase is still moving into a new directions, but thanks to them, we’re equally happy with the space and its history (and its unremovable shelves filled with old computer gear from all eras!). OSP has a new home.

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There certainly is still a lot of work to do there, but we’re very happy. The added bonus is that it’s only a few streets away from the re-purposed Variable building, so we’re not too nostalgic.

The caravan is also in the process of setting up its own fully fledged legal structure (in its own name) as a non profit organisation, or ASBL as they say in French. As soon as we’re up and running, we’ll have you all over for a studio-warming (even though we can’t, at this point guarantee the room temperature) party, Loop events, and any other reason too!

Av. Princesse Elisabeth 46

Schaerbeek Brussels

Welcome!

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Hachures Tournures Balsamine Print Party

News · OSP Public Meets · Print Party · Works · September 29th, 2014 · · No Comments

We’re happy to be having the next Print Party in the familiar Balsamine Foyer for the second year in a row!

This year as part of a new seasonal program, but also smaller parallel program «Nos Petites Madeleines» and along with the 15 day long Quizaine Numérique we’re going to be presenting Hachures Tourneurs.

Following the path started with the Seoul Fonts Karaoke, continued with the Bits and Sounds worksession at Relearn 2014, OSP is going to scratch its sonic itches once more with the re-thread of this (appropriately musical) years visual material and program.

We’re very pleased to have Antonio Roberts on board with us for this event; as a glitch artist, it is in Antonio’s nature to take things apart, and put them back together again, purposely in the wrong order, to see what will happen. Exactly what we need to bridge graphic design to audio.

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The gang will do its best to convert as much of the program into sounds, then tracks, then mix them all together, we’re expecting it to be loud, at the very least.

October 18th 17:30

Théâtre de la Balsamine – Foyer

See you there!

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Visual Culture and Médor at Europe Refresh

Conversations · News · Tools · Works · September 29th, 2014 · · No Comments

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Once again Les Halles are housing the 2014 edition of «Le salon du financement participatif» called Europe Refresh and it looks like it’s going to be a couple of exciting weekends!

This year, to maximize the chances of fully funding the projects, the Salon will be set up for a weekend in Brussels then a weekend in Paris.

We’re very happy to be attempting two big projects this year: Visual Culture and Médor.

 

Visual Culture

is the name we’ve given to the tool that we’re building to share and publish any (design) project with the possibility to see and retrieve any previous version. Its current form is what constitutes OSP website’s home page, and it makes up the exploratory system enabling navigation into each repository OSP uses.

http://osp.kitchen/tools/visualculture/

 

Médor

is not a dog! It’s a trimestrial, Belgian magazine of inquiries and stories, 128 pages long. Médor contains long-term investigations, reports and portraits focused on Belgium. Médor digs the heart of issues. It inquires and it is persistent. It takes the time needed to be further, beyond appearances. It seeks to understand the facts and to give opinions about uncovered truths. Médor launched this week and is planning several methods to get the project fully financed. See the current progress on the website:

https://medor.coop/

 

See you there?

 

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Médor

Conversations · News · Works · September 29th, 2014 · · No Comments

Medor is not a dog !

It’s a trimestrial, Belgian magazine of inquiries and stories, 128 pages long. Médor contains long-term investigations, reports and portraits focused on Belgium.

Médor digs the heart of issues. It inquires and it is persistent. It takes the time needed to be further, beyond appearances. It seeks to understand the facts and to give opinions about uncovered truths.

Médor intends to cultivate the pleasure of reading and to inform while entertaining. Médor‘s journalists make sense of current events and are proud and passionate about their work. Today the profession of journalism is threatened by job pressures that erode the search for meaning and by small news items that jostle the priorities of the press.

So Médor aims to reinvent the mechanisms which produce information. Médor is innovative and differentiates itself through its creative process as well as its editorial line. It invents its own, suited ecosystem : original, free style graphics ; teams of journalists and graphic designers or photographers who work together in pairs ; collective decision-making ; rotating chief editors ; readers organized in a co-op ; and decent salaries for all.

It functions with a horizontal structure and open-source software, pays everyone, print on FSC (ecolabel), guarantees transparency, independence, etc.

Join Médor on the full website: medor.coop

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étapes 220

Conversations · News · Texts · Works · September 29th, 2014 · · No Comments

étapes magazine issue 220 focused on Co-Working, so we were pleased to be asked for an interview for the Portrait section of the publication.

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In proper OSP fashion, after an initial set of questions from Caroline Bouige, the interviewer, we answered collaboratively, both to the questions and to each other.

You can read the full Q&A up on http://osp.constantvzw.org:9999/p/etapes

For the full article: http://etapes.com/etapes-220

Our friends from Libre Objet were also featured in this issue, so grab yourself a copy!

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Médor

Conversations · News · Works · September 29th, 2014 · Tags: · · · · · · No Comments

Medor is not a dog ! It’s a trimestrial, Belgian magazine of inquiries and stories, 128 pages long. Médor contains long-term investigations, reports and portraits focused on Belgium. Médor digs the heart of issues. It inquires and it is persistent. It takes the time needed to be further, beyond appearances. It seeks to understand the […]

étapes 220

Conversations · News · Texts · Works · September 29th, 2014 · Tags: · · · · No Comments

étapes magazine issue 220 focused on Co-Working, so we were pleased to be asked for an interview for the Portrait section of the publication. In proper OSP fashion, after an initial set of questions from Caroline Bouige, the interviewer, we answered collaboratively, both to the questions and to each other. You can read the full […]

Relearn Variable summerschool 2014

Education · News · Tools · April 15th, 2014 · · No Comments

Good news! Considering how well last years OSP Relearn Summer School went, we’re reiterating and extending the school with all of the people and labs that make up Variable. We’re really exited to be able to make this happen again, especially considering all the extra people that will be joining in this year. Relearn starts on July 6th (Sunday) and […]

Seoul fonts karaoke

Live · News · January 29th, 2014 · Tags: · · · · · · No Comments

This print party was wildly exciting. Thanks again to the collectif SIN and De La Charge gallery. Find the recipe and generic of the event on the README page of the workshop and download the 2 hits interpreted by our voice Ms. Funzie Korocr, 다누보강의 작울결 Remix 1 and 다누보강의 작울결 Remix 2

News · March 8th, 2013 · · No Comments

Thanks Femke! Thanks Constant!

OSP print party as bootstrap IV for the Balsa

Fonts · Live · News · February 26th, 2013 · · No Comments

↓ Hello, Sorry to disturb you. We are a group of designers working in Brussels, Belgium with free software and we’ve used for 18 months the Ume fonts for the graphical and typographic identity of a theatre. We are preparing a presentation/performance in which we would love to insert some details about the Ume fonts, […]

Public Meet Redirection

OSP Public Meets · October 22nd, 2012 · · No Comments

OSP > BDM Tonight, OSP public meet will be redirected to Bar du matin at 18.30. 

Upcoming Public Meets

OSP Public Meets · September 28th, 2012 · · No Comments

OSP Meets OSP Public meets is where we talk of talking internal affairs in public, where we share a space to show and tell on open source graphic design practice with all who are interested. We start at 18:00, we open up the discussion at 19:30 and we drink+dance from 21:00 onwards. When October 8th, […]

Switch

News · June 21st, 2012 · · No Comments

       the aftermath of  √ You’re witnessing  the 21-22 June 2012 OSP live layouting session, we’re switching to the iceberg paradigm the post-by-commit way of showing our work. Most of osper’s are here for it. Yeah. Crosswheels on ice. And plenty of server jumps.

Balsa 2012-2013

News · Works · June 7th, 2012 · · No Comments

La Balsamine program 2012-2013. Freshly printed. Jacket folding and stamping session this week. Season poster coming.

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