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Relearn 2015

Live · News · June 28th, 2015 · · 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. Come 2014, Relearn was a jointed venture with all the Variable labs taking part, just before we had to vacate the house. This time, there are no immediate ties between the organizers, yet there is a very solid body of exiting and able people taking care of this summer’s school.

For example, we go to Zinneke this year, to broaden our horizons.

You can read all about the selected tracks on relearn.be/2015/ and peruse through the archives for /2014/ and /2013/

!Applications close on the 1st of July!

See you there?

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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?

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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 in particular, Article 3, we are particularly happy with, so we plotted it on a huge A1 during the party, then offered an interface to let anybody add in drawn augmentations.IMG_20150605_094000

Meanwhile, live Laidout and cutting plotter trace, not print – draw, not paint.

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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.

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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 design.

Free Culture and Free Software challenge the excesses of copyright and one of the ideas which underly copyright: the ideas of originality and of artistic creation as a solitary act. Instead they propose a vision of artistic creation which includes collaboration, exchange and creative re-appropriation.

Free Culture chooses not to reject copyright outright, but to appropriate and subvert it with its own means (also known as “copyfight”). Participants in Free Culture choose to distribute artistic works under a license which permits others many of the freedoms normally lacking in traditional copyright licenses: the freedom to freely use the works, modify them and redistribute the modified copies.

Free Software as a concept applies to computer software; an example of a Free Software license is the GNU General Public License. Free Culture as a concept applies to other cultural works such as designs, drawings, compositions, texts. An example of a Free Culture license is the Free Art License and  the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license.

Free Culture and Free Software are part of what is more popularly known as “Open Source”. More specifically Free Culture and Free Software are “share-alike”: that is to say, a work of Free Culture and of Free Software can only be used by others if the resulting work is also licensed as Free. They can thus be seen as to be concerned with creating an alternative ecology which features a different way of dealing with intellectual property; an ecosystem that can exist next to but cannot easily be fully appropriated by the existing privative regimes of intellectual property.

While one can make Free Culture with proprietary software, and one can use Free Software to produce creative works under traditional copyright licenses, OSP asbl stimulates the use of Free Software to create Free Culture in order to develop a coherent ecosystem of freedom. Indeed Free Software, by its open nature, invites to understand the mechanisms of digital tools to then manipulate them in a critical and constructive way. Practices shape tools—tools shape practices.

OSP asbl pursues the realization of its goal by all means but more specifically through three axis: pedagogy, research and graphic design. OSP asbl gives workshops in the frame of traditional educational institutions and organizes alternative events outside of that frame which further question how Free Culture can change existing pedagogy. In collaboration with cultural or educational institutions, OSP asbl is able both to develop a theoretical framework and the open tools which exemplify this position. By engaging in graphic design practice, both as part of its own projects and those of others, the hypotheses from the research are tested in practice, and new questions arise. Finally, editing and publishing are a means to serve OSP asbl goal, as are public events: print parties, workshops, performances, exhibitions and lectures.

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When depositing statutes to declare an association in Belgium, you are intended to write these in the language used by the governmental institution you are registrating with. In the case of OSP, we wanted to register with both the Dutch and the French governments to have the dual ASBL / VZW status. We have an English version because it was our middle ground to sync beteen the french and english version. It’s nice to use the english one on the blog.

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.

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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 the launch of our association with us, and visit our Schaerbeek studio before the caravan moves on!

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De retour de notre voyage annuel aux Libre Graphics Meeting, avec quelques expressions torontoises à partager et bientôt un numéro de TVA à se faire tatouer, OSP vous accueille dans sa taverne de transit. Rejoignez-nous pour découper, plotter et feuilleter nos récents travaux. Venez fêter le lancement de l’asbl, et visiter notre studio de Schaerbeek avant que la caravane ne se déplace à nouveau!

19:00 → 21:00 Machines launch + crackers
21:00 → 22:00 Dancing
Guests: Roland, Océane, Cameo.

OSP asbl/vzw Print Party
Thursday May 28, 19:00 — 22:00

Avenue Princesse Elisabethlaan, 46
1030 Schaarbeek

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* ASBL/VZW is the Belgian form of non-profit association that we have chosen as the legal structure for Open Source Publising.
The general assembly will officialy create the entity, as we will vote on the following statutes:
http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/tsv_pdf/2015/03/06/15303974.pdf (French)
http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/tsv_pdf/2015/03/06/15303975.pdf (Dutch)

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 projects, the first serious one being the Balsamine program for the 2013-2014 season.

Since that first successful experiment, the HTML print workflow has extended and been used to control print outputs within Ethertoff, and in situ used for both the Relearn 2013 publication and V/J14 ‘Are you being Served?’ book. Another successful and notable use is this years Balsamine program, displaying all sorts of crispy vector images along side of a more complex layout.

All this preamble culminates in the assembly of all these tools in a boilerplate starter tool, simply named html2print. Hosted in parallel on Git OSP & Github the kit aims to introduce you to the idea of making printable documents from Html, CSS and javascript.

We’ve found many advantages to working this way, so we made it the object of this workshop in Strasbourg with the students from the Communication Graphique department of the school.

Head on over to the blog post on Sürkrüt (comgraph blog) and the schools GH to find all the fun creations and source files.

Miam!

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 […]

Laidout

News · March 5th, 2015 · · No Comments

Tom Lechner Our description of the first encounter we had with Tom would probably be similar to the one of any of the two hundred people, sitting in the audience of the Libre Graphics Meeting in Brussels, back in May 2010.   The Libre Graphics Meeting is an annual meeting for users and developers of […]

OSP @ Princesse!

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

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 […]

Hachures Tournures Balsamine Print Party

News · OSP Public Meets · Print Party · Works · September 29th, 2014 · Tags: · · · · · · · · · 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 […]

Visual Culture and Médor at Europe Refresh

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

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 […]

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 […]

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