15-17 May 2019, the Institute of Network Cultures, ArtEZ University of the Arts and Willem de Kooning Academy organized Urgent Publishing, a 3-day event with discussions, explorations and experiments about publishing strategies in post-truth times.
memes as means - federated publishing - post-humanist writing - critical design - #synchronicityofparasites
While digital publishing technologies have helped bring different voices onto the stage, they also instigated the ‘post-truth’ era, leaving a disenchanted public behind to scavenge the rubble of breaking fake news stories, information pollution and broken links.
How can designers, developers, artists, writers and publishers intervene in the public debate and counter misinformation in a meaningful and relevant way? What are new publishing strategies for our current media landscape? How to design for urgency without succumbing to an accelerated hype cycle?
SESSION 1: THE CARRIER BAG THEORY OF NON-FICTION
Pervasive Labour Union zine by Lídia Pereira.
Initiated in 2015, the Pervasive Labour Union zine not only seeks to offer a low-barrier entry level for contributors wishing to express their views on corporate social networking labour, but also a low-barrier entry level for those wishing to become acquainted with these debates. It tries to gather existing knowledge and conversations, while opening up that debate and creating new discourses of user organization and expression.
It brings together personal rants, academic texts, poetry, photo montages, collages, drawings, etc., addressing topics such as Terms of Service, Advertisement or Pervasiveness. Each issue attempts to establish an interconnecting discourse around topics such as labour on corporate social networks, algorithmic governance, user disobedience and resistance, and federated social networking alternatives.
During the presentation I will be looking back through the zine’s short history, allowing me to fully explore the perceived and concretized affordances of the format, my particular workflows and respective iterations, as well as the lessons learned during the whole process.
More information about the Urgent Publishing conference: networkcultures.org/urgentpublishing