Program booklet

You can find the program booklet below. Check out the conference program, sessions descriptions and workshops. Then, be sure to book your ticket for the conference here. 

#Conference Content

Thursday 22 May @Museum Boijmans van Beuningen
09:30 – 10:00  doors open
10:00 – 11:00  session 1: Today’s Book Publishing
11.00 – 13:00  session 2: One Thousand and One Publishing Workflows, Tools, and Platforms
13:00 – 14:00  lunch break
14:00 – 15:00  session 3: Introducing the Digital Publishing Toolkit
15:00 – 15:30  tea break
15:30 – 17:00  session 4: Showcases

Thursday 22 May @WORM
20:00 – 22:00  ‘Digital Arts & Crafts in the Field of Publishing’ curated by Silvio Lorusso

Friday 23 May @WORM
09:30 – 10:00  doors open
10:00 – 14:30  workshop: Paper to Code: Transforming the Future of Reading
10:00 – 14:30  workshop: Electronic Publishing Workflows: (Multi)Markdown & Pandoc
10:00 – 14:30  workshop: Superglue: Reshaping the web?
14:30 – 15:00  tea break
15:00 – 16:30  session 5: Underground e-Publishing
16:30 – 17:30  bazaar and drinks

#Bibliotecha @ Off the Press
Bibliotecha is a framework to facilitate the local distribution of digital publications within a small community. It relies on a microcomputer running open-source software to serve books over a local wifi hotspot. Using the browser to connect to the library one can retrieve or donate texts. Bibliotecha proposes an alternative model of distribution of digital texts that allows specific communities to form and share their own collections.

An instance of Bibliotecha will be present at each venue from Off the Press. The initial titles present at Bibliotecha@Off the Press result from a contribution of digital publications relevant to the event, donated by its organization and participants. The Bibliotecha librarians encourage anyone in the vicinity to contribute or gain from the present collection, by logging into the Bibliotecha wifi network and donate or lend e-books.

This project is initiated by: Lasse van den Bosch Christensen (DK), Michaela Lakova (BG), Max Dovey (GB), Roelof Roscam Abbing (NL), Yoana Buzova (BG), and André Castro (PT)

# Thursday 22 May @Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

## 09:30 – 10:00  doors open, coffee and tea

## 10:00 – 11.00  session 1: Today’s Book Publishing

In this opening session of the event we focus on the role of images and artistic inventions in the publishing domain. Publishing in the arts is not just about catalogues or art history monographs. How do artists respond to the growing diversity in platforms and to cross-overs between paper and digital? What is the status of the image in an increasingly multimedia world? What artistic strategies can be identified in today’s networked age, when image and text are starting to have a new relationship to each other?

Moderator: Geert Lovink


### Joost Kircz (NL)

#### The Fashionable Fever of Going Electronic

Art and design books are joining the fashionable fever of ‘going electronic’. Here, in contrast to novels, images are more important than text. In the arts the text explicates the image, whilst in many other genres the image illustrates the text. This fundamental difference makes an electronic arts book a much more demanding, challenging and problematic project. Firstly, we encounter the same issues as with purely textual works; secondly, we have also to address the issues of image quality, colour control, the spatial relationship between text and image – and even more than with text – the relationship between ‘items’ (parts of text, images of cutouts) and large repositories, such as those of museums. Lastly, art printing can choose between many different qualities and types of paper to print on, but the screen is a glowing, often flickering substrate; so it must also be decided which substrate works best for which reader or consumer.

### Alessandro Ludovico (IT)

#### Networks as agents in the clash between personal and industrial post-digital print

The post-digital print era has definitely begun. On one hand, the boom in net content or IT process-based artists’ books (with a whole taxonomy of techniques and approaches), and the collective effort to scan underground print culture and share it in digital repositories, is revamping the production and rediscovery of critical content in a classic form. On the other hand, the unveiling of Google’s huge industrial scanning plans, the growing unsustainability of newspapers’ business models, the growing role of software in literary and journalistic production, and the constant fine-tuning of commercial e-publications’ rules are slowly changing the industrial printed mediascape. The resulting scenario helps to shed new light onto the role of networks in these processes, and the possibility of considering them as agents rather than as media per se.

## 11:00 – 13.00  Session 2: One Thousand and One Publishing Workflows, Tools, and Platforms

##   … Shahrazad awoke and signalled to her sister Dunyazad who sat up and said, “Allah upon thee, O my sister, recite to us some new story, delightsome and delectable, wherewith to while away the waking hours of our latter night.” … and thus, on the first night of the Thousand Nights and a Night, she began…

This panel explores the diversity of tools and processes for publishing online from highly designed and specialised platforms and content management systems to more DIY heterogeneous and dynamic toolchains. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different approaches. A group of practitioners representing a range of disciplines and approaches share their experiences.

Moderator: Michael Murtaugh (USA)


### Elizabeth Castro (USA

### Adam Hyde (NZ)

Adam will talk about his experiences over the last eight years with different free software tools and methodologies for creating digital books. Tools include Booktype, Lexicon, PubSweet, Objavi, BookJS, Booki and others. Methodologies include Book Sprints, Collaborative Knowledge Production, and others.

### John Haltiwanger (USA/NL)

#### Title: Free Your Objects (And Let the Subject Follow)

Subtitle: Textuality and Reciprocity in the Metastability

Tools evolve reciprocally with their use, as do the users of those tools. What we can do and what we wish we could do are enabled and limited not only by the tools we have access to but also by the larger socio-economic conditions that determine these tools and their modes of production and operation. Tools actively participate in shaping our identity as producers, makers, and appreciators. Through the the case study of a multi-output typesetting workflow that uses only libre software, the talk will explore  a vocabulary to think differently about how we work with text today, one that focuses on qualities of re-composition and the dynamics of a different type of ownership.

### Oliver Wise – The People’s E-Book (USA)

#### Making .epubs easy with The People’s E-book

Oliver Wise from The People’s E-book will walk the audience step by step through the creation of an .epub using The People’s E-book. He will explain the advantages of creating something that limits your options and explain the founding principle of keeping things as simple as possible. He will also showcase the open source nodejs module ‘pe-epub’ that was developed for The People’s E-book, and expand on the possibilities for its use in a wide variety of settings.

## 13:00 – 14:00  lunch break

## 14:00 – 15:00  Session 3: Introducing the Digital Publishing Toolkit

The Digital Publishing Toolkit initiative, a network of two applied universities and art school research departments, four Dutch art and design publishers and several graphic and media design bureaus, is working on an accessible  “how-to” guide for electronic publishing in the arts along with a collection of open source software tools for editing and designing electronic books. This session will give an overview of the Digital Publishing Toolkit initiative research results and their most interesting findings in the field of electronic publishing.

Moderator: Margreet Riphagen


### Florian Cramer (DE/NL)

#### Electronic publishing in the arts – what does work and what doesn’t

The computer industry promises for electronic publishing – better audiovisuality, more interactivity, easier distribution, lower costs, easier do-it-yourself publishing – often don’t quite match the reality of what is possible with electronic books and magazines, especially for small and low budget publishers. On the other hand, there new yet not-so-obvious opportunities and possibilities for publishers that go digital. This presentation will summarize some of the general experience designers and publishers gathered in one year of conducting the Digital Publishing Toolkit project.

### Miriam Rasch (NL)

#### Hybrid Workflows for Hybrid Publishing

Any publishing workflow that takes into account not only print but also digital publications – be it a website, an online PDF, ePub or other form – has to be flexible. In order to be open to different outputs, the workflow should comprise different strategies and tools – while at the same time being clear and transferable between authors, editors, and designers, just as the content is clear and transferable between output formats and platforms. The INC subgroup tries to establish precisely that, balancing between technological constraints and possibilities, between high qualitative standards and a flexible and creative handling of materials. We hope to present an outcome that illustrates precisely this: your own personal ePub, collected for you on your own terms from a range of articles, blogs, photos, or videos. Want to know about social media without mentioning Facebook? Curious to see a collection of videos and essays on web search, with a focus on algorithms? What new forms of personalized publication become possible when editing, compilation, and design processes themselves become partially algorithmic?

### Pia Pol (NL)

#### Digitizing Context Without Walls, Creating ePub3s through the Epubster Generator

Valiz and the art publicist Daphne Pappers are currently developing a new series of publications named Context Without Walls. The publications in this series are focused on artists from all over the world. The books are multilingual and contain essays as well as images. The paper versions of Context Without Walls are being designed by Meeus Ontwerpt. Valiz, the designers of Meeus Ontwerpt and the developers of PUNTPIXEL have together attempted to create a digital version of Common Skin, the first publication in the Context Without Walls series. Taking into account the technical possibilities and questions of design, they have sought a solution for the issues that arise when turning a paper book into an e-book: the Epubster. The Epubster is generator which enables a publisher to create ePub3s with extensive designs as well as images in the format of a series.

### Loes Sikkes (NL)

#### Highlights – ePub personalizer
Rotterdam-based designer Loes Sikkes (Medamo) will present the Highlights research project, designed in collaboration with the nai010 publishers and the PUNTPIXEL developers. This example shows how users can compose an ePub. Within a digital edition the content of a collection can be handled dynamically, providing new possibilities in comparison to a static printed publication. The Highlights research project focuses on the translation of existing information/content to a new product, with the added value of allowing users to influence the composition of the content of the digital edition. The research focuses on selecting within existing collections and personalizing the digital publications. The evolving open-source application is suited to other topics provided it concerns a collection and is a concrete product for the Toolkit originating from this research.

### Arjen de Jong (NL)

#### Sketching Skills

The BIS-publisher workgroup set out to research the following issue: how can we make highly interactive rich media publications, accessible on multiple devices, at a reasonable cost? They show the problems and solutions encountered in their case study Sketching Skills, an App version of Sketching, the bestselling book that teaches sketching to industrial designers, by Koos Eissen and Roselien Steur.

## 15:00 – 15:30  tea break

## 15:30 – 17:00  Session 4: Showcases

As the field of electronic publishing continues to expand, it is giving rise to new possibilities in design, distribution and modes of publishing. A wide range of designers, artists, or (designer/artists as) publishers will elaborate on their practices, present new approaches to book design, and give insights into how they are tackling the challenges of electronic publishing.

Moderator: Kimmy Spreeuwenberg


### Joaquín González – visualMANIAC (SP)

#### Setting up an art digital book store, or ‘Working out how to do something is better than waiting for a magic formula’

visualMANIAC was born with the intention to preserve the role of the specialist publisher and bookseller in the digital world. We love the papery smell of a good book or a magazine fresh off the press, but we’re also strongly drawn to pixels, their immediacy and lightness. With digital publishing now an industry dominated by major corporations, is it possible to create independent spaces where specialized publishers can find their own routes into the digital domain, away from the interests of the big groups? We have been developing this project for almost three years, and we have learned that digital will not be a worthwhile sales channel until publishers take it seriously. They should devise a strategy and assess whether it is worth developing sophisticated apps, editing ePubs, offering PDFs, or embracing all of these possibilities at the same time. Nobody knows what the future of publishing looks like, so we had better start working on how we want it to be.

### Michelle Kasprzak – _V2 (NL/CA)

####The eBook as a Vehicle for Re-dissemination and Creation

In this talk, Michelle Kasprzak, Curator at V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam, will discuss the creation of an eBook series as a complement to public events at V2_. The strategies behind its series of Blowup Readers – including using the series as a vehicle to mix old and new content, experiment with different forms of collaborative writing, re-purpose archived material, disseminate artistic research, and reach new audiences – will be analyzed and discussed.

### Matthew So (US)

####: Badlands Unlimited: We Make Books in an Expanded Field

Badlands Unlimited publishes books on a varied range of topics that do not cover specific genres, but which have included a .gif-filled eBook as an art-advertising White Pages, entitled AD BOOK; an English translation of three essays by Saddam Hussein on the purposes of democracy, entitled On Democracy; a series of formerly unpublished interviews of Marcel Duchamp by the New Yorker art critic Calvin Tomkins, entitled Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews; and most recently, a book of drawings by the art curator and critic Hans Ulrich Obrist, entitled Think Like Clouds.

Matthew So, an associate of Badlands, will speak about the more important and recent of these titles. A few book trailers will be shown. Matthew handles sales, distribution and inventory operations at Badlands. Questions in relation to these functions will be answered, and unrelated questions will make for interesting conversation.

### Angie Keefer

#### Meta The Difference Between The Two

## 20:00 – 22:00  Digital Arts & Crafts in the Field of Publishing @Worm

“We pursued distractions and called them enhancements.” This is how e-book designer Peter Mayers drily summarized the recent history of experimental digital publishing in the New York Times.

It is time to look closely at the plethora of available functionalities and the value they have beyond the rhetoric of innovation. If not in the baroqueness of rich media, slick interfaces and smooth gestures, where does the core of digital publishing lie? What happens when, instead of asking what e-books can technically do (especially in comparison to print), we ask how can they be produced, altered, stored and distributed?

During the session, artists and designers will present their own practices and approaches to digital publishing that both take advantage of and question the current modes of content production and dissemination. The presented cases will open the debate on possible strategies to build sustainable, networked or hybrid publishing models.

Curator: Silvio Lorusso


### James Cuddy, Danilo Di Cuia, Roma Levin – Six:Thirty (UK)

#### Experiments in Collaborative Publishing

For the Off The Press conference, Six:Thirty explore the significance of online networks to the role of the designer. During an experiment at the V&A museum entitled Collate, the studio set out to co-create a publication with visitors, using images automatically downloaded from a creative commons resource. The installation and resulting book represent a new collaborative approach to publishing, where designers define a process and users determine the result.

Six:Thirty create new experiences with design and technology. As designers and technologists they use a broad range of experience to deliver projects for brands and cultural institutions. Six:Thirty’s work is realised in branding, creative direction, and user experience design.

### Delphine Bedel, researcher (NL)

#### The Networked Book – Publishing as Artistic Practice

Artists’ books seem not to have yet taken the digital publication as a means of production and creation of its own, and seem to keep ‘paper books’ as their model. Facing the complexity of understanding the challenges of the current revolution in publishing, Bedel’s PhD research aims to address the transition in the publishing industry and digitalization of content, from the perspective of the book as a privilege medium for artists. Shifting from print to software culture, how are we to frame and create the relevant and urgent critical tools (theory, softwares), and challenges to be investigated by artists/publishers? New modes of production, appropriation, distribution and collaborative practices, as well as extended forms of ‘books’ will be presented.

### Lukas Jost Gross – TRAUMAWIEN (AT)

#### Ghostwriters and Literary Trojan Horses

TRAUMAWIEN will present the 2012 work GHOSTWRITERS: bots that compiled and uploaded hundreds of e-books on with text stolen from YouTube video comments. And the 2013-ongoing work HIJACKED EBOOK BESTSELLERS AS LITERARY TROJAN HORSES, which uses piracy distribution mechanisms to massively publish altered/contaminated book contents exploiting what will be known as ‘native advertising’ in digital journalism and digital book publishing.


TRAUMAWIEN.AT (Vienna, Austria and St. Gallen, Switzerland) published conceptual digital literature from 2010 to 2013: these included continuous algorithmic works as well as asynchronous ‘Artclub’ Events merging theatre, digital literature, acid techno and art exhibitions. Since 2014 it has focused on a definition of ‘relational publishing’ as a practice.

### Eleanor Hanson, Oliver Wise – The People’s E-Book (USA)

#### Publishing Constitutes a Public

Oliver Wise and Eleanor Hanson Wise of The Present Group and The People’s E-book will present an overview of their current and past projects in order to showcase the different community-based funding models they use to support their practice. They will present an artistic production and publishing practice rooted in both the physical and digital worlds, and how their experiences shaped the building of The People’s E-book.

The People’s E-Book is a free e-book creation platform for artists, authors, and alternative presses who want to experiment, publish new types of books, and push into new territory. After raising almost three times its Kickstarter goal in 2013, The People’s E-book is now in beta and its community is outputting reflowable .ePubs for free everyday.

### Manuel Schmalstieg – Greyscale Press (CH)

#### Black holes in the Gutenberg Galaxy: Non-books, anti-books, maybe-books, and everything in between

This talk will review the latest productions of Greyscale Press, and expose the promiscuous workflows and methodologies it puts in place to fit its needs, urges and dreams.

The electronic publishing disruption has induced a range of uncanny side-effects: print-on-demand spam is lurking on library bookshelves, publisher-entrepreneurs are buying into the infinite monkey theorem, and a whole generation of writers is turning SEO-aware. The Gutenberg Galaxy is full of black holes.

Embracing these phenomena, Greyscale Press deliberately runs against the tide of analogue-to-digital conversion, turning born-digital materials into physical forkbombs.

Greyscale Press, a post-digital publishing house, is crafting book-like artifacts and merging the tool sets inherited from 20th-century modernist avant-gardes, post-structuralism, the free software and copyleft movement, and the latest strains of crypto and cypherpunk activism. Recent publications include L’Eve future, a crowdsourced collection of typographic specimens for over 200 libre and open-source fonts; netfahcsnegiE enhO nnaM reD, a mirrorview edition of Robert Musil’s A Man Without Qualities; and the freshly-launched #freespeech collection, a series of readers on privacy and data politics.

### Willem de Kooning Academy students (NL)

With the Digital Publishing Toolkit project and its ensuing Off The Press conference event as a catalyst, second-year students at the Graphic Design Department of the Willem de Kooning Academy were asked to research the theme of digital publishing. What are its consequences, its opportunities, its effects on reading, production, distribution, and so on? What role can they, as the upcoming generation of graphic designers, play in the process of ideation and design? How relevant do they feel that it is?

The first part of the assignment consisted of extensively testing and reviewing various tools and platforms related to the digital publishing field. For the second part (still in progress) the students were asked to apply their findings, not only from the testing of tools, but also from their design research, to the transformation of a non-digital text into a digital text. They worked with texts originating from Octavo Publishers’ publication Een ruimte om in te bewegen by Serge Daney. They translated these texts into a digital publication for computer, tablet, e-reader or smartphone – with design approaches ranging from the experimental, critical and provocative to the functional, practical and all-embracing.

# Friday 23 May @ WORM

## 09:30 – 10:00  doors open, coffee and tea

## 10:00 – 14:30  Workshops

(Please note that there is a limit of 30 participants per workshop, and it is necessary to buy a separate ticket to participate ( No prior knowledge or skills necessary. Bring your own laptop.)

### Megan Hoogenboom (NL) & Harold Konickx

#### Paper to Code: Transforming the Future of Reading

What happens when a visual poem is translated to .ePub 3? Which elements are lost and which elements have to be added? In this workshop .ePub 3 will be explored on the basis of a transformation of a visual poem. We will go from paper to code, from page to HTML, from analogue to digital.

Hogeschool van Amsterdam instructor Harold Konickx will select two poems to work with. During the transformation some elements will have to be deleted (the page, for example), while others can be added to enrich the poem (such as hyperlinks and audio files). By working with part or all of a visual poem the shortcomings and opportunities of the .ePub are quickly discovered. Every person reads or interprets a poem in their own way, which results in a different transformation. The different outcomes also influence the way one reads the original poem. This workshop provides a creative introduction to .ePub 3: a crash course in .ePub 3 and in making a personal translation of a poem.

### John Haltiwanger (USA/NL) & OSP

#### Electronic Publishing Workflows: (Multi)Markdown & Pandoc

Pandoc is a minimalist open source program that converts documents between different formats – including HTML, epub, PDF. In conjunction with Markdown, a way of marking up plain text files with easily readable formatting signs popular for E-Mail and blogging, it can be used as a powerful system for publishing in different document formats and media (web, print, e-book…) from one single source document file.

This workshop will teach participants the practical use of Pandoc and Markdown, departing from their own particular backgrounds, needs and expectations. We will take individually selected online texts and convert them to Markdown. From there we will craft Pandoc translation templates for HTML/CSS and PDF (using the open source typesetting framework Context). These templates may be context-specific (only fitting one particular type of publication) or generic (suitable for a broad range of publications) as we design them. But they will nevertheless be universally applicable to any Markdown source document. Participants will leave with a small arsenal of Open Source, cross-media typesetting and document generation tools, and their own design templates for these tools.

### Danja Vasiliev, Michael Zeder & Joscha Jäger

#### Superglue: Reshaping the web?

Web 2.0 promised that everyone could become a free and creative media publisher, but had exactly the opposite result. Today, most people’s web content is locked into the proprietary services of only a handful of Internet social media giants. Individual freedom of expression fits perfectly in a consumerist environment of templates and themes. Privacy is not an issue because “we have nothing to hide”. And cloud computing refers to everything except the clouds of CO2 that are being emitted by data centres all over the world. Superglue is the successor to Hotglue (, a tool to intuitively create your own website that is being used by thousands of users. Superglue not only allows Internet users to simply and cheaply design websites, but also run a energy saving micro-webserver and bring personal data back to your home and thus truly own it again.

In this workshop you will join the Superglue development team for a four-hour exploration and alpha testing. Evaluate Superglue and provide your feedback on its design and functionality. Learn how to build Superglue websites and find out how to get involved in the project.

Participants will receive a Superglue router and the download links to the Superglue plugin that enables you to edit your webpage directly in the browser, and the firmware that turns your Superglue router into a personal web server. Superglue is ‘hosted’ by WORM ( together with the Libre Graphics Research Unit ( and supported by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie ( and the European Union (

## 14:30 – 15:00  tea break

## 15:00 – 16:30  Session 5: Underground e-Publishing

Just like mp3 in music, electronic publishing began as a non- or even anti-commercial subculture: with literary classics freely published by Project Gutenberg, with underground books and pamphlets such as the “Principia Discordia” and Abbie Hoffman’s “Steal this Book” circulating on electronic bulletin boards, computer hackers swapping “disk mags”. Long before the Amazon Kindle, ASCII e-books and e-zines were popular underground media, with their own minimalist aesthetics and radical politics. Since the 1990s, artists and media activists have entered this field as well, building up pirate libraries with electronic versions of classical art and critical theory books, and extending the concept of free software and peer-to-peer file sharing to publishing. What has been achieved in this culture, what is its status quo, and what can mainstream publishing learn from it?

Moderator: Florian Cramer


### Sebastian Luetgert (DE)

#### Precarious Publishing, Autonomous Archiving, Collaborative Collecting

As every Western visitor to South and South-East Asia has to learn, no such thing as an ‘underground scene’ can be found there, as the required historical and material preconditions do not exist. What exists, other than a breathtaking abundance of unattainable material wealth, is precarity of every hue. And it is precisely precarity, a pragmatism of leakage and residue rather than a politics of ‘underground’, that independent publishing initiatives in these regions usually stem from. As we shift from sharing files to sharing libraries, from a peer-to-peer to an archive-to-archive mindset, and from building download ratio to building institutions, the task is to not just acknowledge, but to actively exploit the practical contradictions faced by publishing projects outside the Western world.

### Marcell Mars (HR)

#### Free access to resources for every member of society

Public library embodies dreams and fantasies from the past about the future where it is possible to produce knowledge about knowledge and where every member of society have free access to these resources. It is not a surprise that librarians who were dreaming about these epistemological heavens imagined the world without borders where people live in piece and prosperity. In only 100 years after Melvil Dewey, Paul Otlet, Henry La Fontain, Karl Wilhelm Bührer, Adolf Saagert, and many others were establishing Repertoire Bibliographique Universel, Mundaneum, Die Brücke – Internationales Institut zur Organisierung der geistigen Arbeit, League of Nations, International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation or just helping public libraries all around the world give access to knowledge to every member of society, only 100 years after, all of these dreams will die with the last of public library being shut down because of commercial interests of publishers and austerity measures.

### Dusan Barok (SK)

#### Digital Imprint: the Motion of Publishing

It has become an established fact that virtually all utterances in digital networks are being recorded. Vast archives spanning the globe – run not just by information agencies, but by the whole industry in the widest sense – are storing a treasure trove of mostly raw, unedited material they do not intend to publish. Regardless of what preventive measures are taken, the reality of their existence persistently surfaces through ‘editorial intervention’ (typically in the form of leaks), today a genre in its own right. Framing this phenomenon as symptomatic of the presence of digital networks in the very fabric of cultural expression invites us to rethink the roles we play online. As the subjects of tracking and surveillance, we tend to view this role as one of passive acceptance, defense, or an eventual exit. But viewed in light of these ambiguities, what would it take to reclaim the emancipatory potential of networking formerly articulated in the positive ‘netizen’ notion of the user by reframing it to those of the author and editor?

## 16:30 – 17:30 Bazaar and Drinks @WORM

A number of artists, publishers and related practitioners of electronic publishing will be present during this Bazaar to showcase their projects in an informal way, looking forward to meeting visitors for acquaintance, discussion, and exchange of ideas.


## Dušan Barok (SK)

Dušan Barok is an artist, writer and cultural activist involved in critical practice in the fields of software, art, and theory. He is founding editor of Monoskop (a wiki for art, culture and media technology), a graduate of the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, and a member of the collective La Société Anonyme.

## Delphine Bedel (NL)

Delphine Bedel works as a photographer, publisher and curator, based in Amsterdam. She is a PhD researcher at Leiden University/PhDArts and a founder of Monospace Press. Her awarded editorial work with artists and designers includes over 60 books. She regularly contributes to books and magazines and is a frequent speaker at international conferences. She is also the author of All that is Solid Melts into Air – Notes on Tourism.

Her current curatorial practice focuses on publishing as artistic practice, and this is also the topic of her PhD research. Bedel has curated over 40 exhibitions, screenings and lectures series. She has taught at the Geneva University of Art and Design / MFA (2009-2012), the Dutch Art Institute/ArTEZ (2009-2011), on the Studium Generale of the Rietveld Academy, and at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. Her work is shown internationally.

## Elizabeth Castro (US)

## Florian Cramer (DE/NL)

Florian Cramer is a reader for new media in art and design at Hogeschool Rotterdam, and director of the Creating 010 centre for practice-oriented research in support of creative professions. He also is dean of the Parallel University of WORM, the Rotterdam-based Institute of Avantgardistic Recreation. Previously, he has been a university lecturer in Comparative Literature and course director of the Media Design & Communication Masters programme at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. Last publication: Anti-Media, NAi Publishers, 2013; What Is Post-Digital?, A Peer-Review Journal About, 2014.

## James Cuddy (UK)

James studied at Design at Goldsmiths College. Prior to co-founding Six:Thirty, James worked with a range of design and branding agencies in London and Barcelona including 4Creative and Base Design.

## Danilo Di Cuia (IT)

Danilo is an interactive developer with a background in graphic design and a focus in human-computer interaction. With six years of experience in the development field, he has worked in the US and in the UK for clients such as ITV, BBC, BHF and many others.

## Adam Hyde (NZ)

Adam Hyde has been on the pioneering edge of publishing since he returned from an artist’s residency in Antarctica in 2006 and gave up art to start FLOSS Manuals. Since then Adam has founded many projects including the first browser-based, end-to-end book production platform (Booktype) and the Book Sprint methodology. Adam now consults on projects ranging from the collaborative production of multilingual lexicons to collaborative academic and scientific research production. Twitter: @booksprint

## Eleanor Hanson (US)

Eleanor Hanson and Oliver Wise are the co-founders of The Present Group, a creative studio working at the intersection of art and technology. They focus on devising and building systems that support creators. Projects of The Present Group include an art subscription service, a web hosting service that funds an intermittent arts prize, Art Micro Patronage (an experimental exhibition platform showcasing and funding artwork online), The People’s E-book (a free online tool for building e-books), and Compensation Foundation (an online database for gathering and displaying information on how cultural producers are compensated).

## Arjen de Jong (NL)

Arjen de Jong is senior designer at Essense, an Amsterdam based service design agency. He was a founding member of Buro Duplex, a collective of freelance programmers and designers. He also initiated the Stereo Publication project, a cross-media publishing project avant la lettre.

## Angie Keefer

## Geert Lovink (NL)

Geert Lovink is a media theorist, internet critic, and the author of Zero Comments (2007) and Networks Without a Cause (2012). Since 2004 he has been a researcher in the School for Communication and Media Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) where he is the founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures. From 2004–2013 he also taught in the New Media Master’s programme at Media Studies, the University of Amsterdam. Since 2009 he has been a media theory professor at the European Graduate School (Saas-Fee) and in 2011 he became an associate member of the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University (Lueneburg/D).

## Alessandro Ludovico (IT)

Alessandro Ludovico is an artist, media critic, and has been editor-in-chief of Neural magazine since 1993. He has published and edited several books, and has lectured worldwide. He is one of the founders of (Electronic Cultural Publishers organization). He has also served as an advisor to the Documenta 12’s Magazine Project. He is Adjunct Professor at OCAD University in Toronto, and teaches at the Academy of Art in Carrara and NABA in Milan. He is one of the authors of the Hacking Monopolism trilogy of artworks (Google Will Eat Itself, Amazon Noir, Face to Facebook). He is currently a PhD scholar at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge (UK).

## Joaquín González (SP)

visualMANIAC is an independent book store specializing in art, architecture, design, photography, film, fashion and visual culture. Its aim is to offer the best selection of e-books and digital magazines and to provide art publishers with an uncomplicated way to be present in the digital environment. For them, editorial goods are more than bundled paper and beautiful objects to decorate bookshelves. Publishers put a lot of effort into producing amazing content that ultimately becomes books and magazines, and we intend to give those products a longer, richer life. We have managed to build a catalogue containing over 1000 digital titles published by more than 100 international publishers and art centers. Our books and magazines can be read on computers, iPads and Android tablets.

## Lukas Jost Gross (AT)

Studied Digital Arts with Peter Weibel, University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Working and living in Vienna.

## John Haltiwanger (US)

Since arriving in Amsterdam to do a Master’s degree in New Media at the University of Amsterdam in 2009, John first taught at universities around the city while participating in the caravan of design, philosophy, and joy that is Open Source Publishing where he and the other members worked with artists, collectives, initiatives and public institutions – but most of all with ideas – until eventually arriving at a full-time position as a programmer. At night he can be found tinkering with sounds, amongst other things.

## Eleanor Hanson (US)

Eleanor Hanson and Oliver Wise are the co-founders of The Present Group, a creative studio working at the intersection of art and technology. They focus on devising and building systems that support creators. Projects of The Present Group include an art subscription service, a web hosting service that funds an intermittent arts prize, Art Micro Patronage (an experimental exhibition platform showcasing and funding artwork online), The People’s E-book (a free online tool for building e-books), and Compensation Foundation (an online database for gathering and displaying information on how cultural producers are compensated).

## Megan Hoogenboom (NL)

Megan Hoogenboom finished her Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy with two projects. The first was a fictional new identity for Holland Festival; the second was a book on two districts in Rotterdam. Both projects were created following a system and design strategy of her own invention. Working with systems and a fascination for the transformation from the analogue to the digital world played a big role in her projects during her Master’s study at the Piet Zwart Institute. These and other projects can be viewed on her Another project is the transformation of the poem Boem Paukeslag by Paul van Ostaijen to .ePub format. In this project all elements of the e-Book reader were explored by translating the fonts and the design to .ePub format. Megan is currently working as a independent designer with a focus on .ePub design. Her latest .ePub can be downloaded at

## Joscha Jaeger (GE)

Joscha Jaeger is a freelance interface designer at filmicweb – Hypervideo Interface Design and a research assistant at Merz Akademie Stuttgart. His work covers web-based hypervideo technology, search interfaces, web applications for educational settings, and collaborative editing systems.

## Michelle Kasprzak (CA/NL)

Michelle Kasprzak is a curator and writer based in Amsterdam. She is currently Curator at V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; co-curator of the Dutch Electronic Art Festival 2014; and a member of IKT (the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art). Michelle has exhibited and lectured across North America and Europe. In 2006 she was awarded a curatorial research residency at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland; in 2010 she attended the Summer Seminars for Art Curators in Yerevan, Armenia; and in 2011 she was a guest of the BAM International Visitor’s Programme in Flanders. She has written critical essays for C Magazine, Volume, Spacing, CV Photo, Public, Mute, and several online journals on a wide range of subjects in the realm of contemporary culture. Her writing has appeared in anthologies and exhibition catalogues in both Canada and Europe. In 2006 Michelle founded a leading blog on the subject of curating contemporary art, She is also an active weightlifter with current personal records of 80kg squat, 52.5kg bench press, and 90kg deadlift.

## Joost Kircz (NL)

After science studies at the universities of Amsterdam and Utrecht, Joost joined Elsevier as an international science publisher. Here he started his research on electronic publishing with a first paper on database publishing, way back in 1987. In 1998 he started KRA Publishing Research ( In 2006 he joined the HvA as a part-time lector on electronic publishing, and as of 2010 he has coordinated its electronic publishing programme. He chaired two conferences,the Unbound Book andBoek uit de Band. The proceedings of the first conference were recently published by Amsterdam University Press. All his publications are available on theKRA website.

## Roma Levin (RU)

Roma is a Russian born art director with a background in design and advertising. Before co-founding Six:Thirty, Roma worked in Moscow and London for a variety of clients ranging from Tate to Sir Bryan Ferry.

## Silvio Lorusso (IT)

Silvio Lorusso is an Italian artist and designer. His ongoing PhD research in Design Sciences at IUAV University of Venice is focused on the intersections between publishing and digital technology from the perspective of art and design. He regularly collaborates with the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam. After he received his MA in Visual and Multimedia Communications in 2011, he spent a period of study at the Networked Media course of the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. He took part in exhibitions, festival and events such as Transmediale (Germany), Unlike Us (Netherlands), and Fahrenheit39 (Italy). He has written for blogs and magazines such as Progetto Grafico and Doppiozero. He launched the Post-Digital Publishing Archive ( in 2013.

## Sebastian Luetgert (DE)

Sebastian Lütgert, a.k.a. Robert Luxemburg, is an artist, programmer and writer. He is a co-founder of Bootlab and Pirate Cinema Berlin, software developer in residency at CAMP in Bombay, and the initiator of several online media archives, most,, His artistic work has been exhibited internationally since the late 1990s, and his writing has been published in FAZ, Süddeutsche Zeitung, taz, Jungle World and e-flux Magazine, among others. He is currently working on a fictional documentary film set in Dubai.

## Marcell Mars (HR)

Marcell Mars is one of the founders of Multimedia Institute – mi2 and net.culture club mama in Zagreb. He initiated Public Library, GNU GPL publishing label EGOBOO.bits, started Skill sharing in mama + Skill sharing’s satellites g33koskop, ‘Nothing will happen’ and ‘The Fair of Mean Equipment’.

Marcell participated in curating/producing mi2 yearly exhibitions: I’m still alive (2001), re:Con and Freedom to creativity! (2005., 2006. 2007.) and in conceptual exhibition System.hack() (2006).

When in Zagreb Marcell hangs out in Hacklab in mama, in Belgrade runs Wonder of technology, Hackers lenses and Programming for non-programmers at Faculty of Media and Communication. Through 2011-2012 did a research Ruling Class Studies at Jan Van Eyck in Maastricht. In 2013. he was fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.

## Michael Murtaugh (US)

Michael Murtaugh ( designs and researches community databases, interactive documentaries, and tools for new forms of reading and writing online. He teaches in the Master’s Degree programme in Media Design and Communication at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, and is a member of Constant in Brussels.

## Miriam Rasch (NL)

Miriam Rasch started working as a publication manager at the Institute of Network Cultures in June 2012. She holds Master’s degrees in Literary Studies (2002) and Philosophy (2005). Since graduating she worked as a (web) editor and from 2008 on as a programmer for the Studium Generale public lectures department at Utrecht University, organizing events and taking care of digital broadcasts and online representation. She also worked as a lecturer for Liberal Arts and Sciences, and is teaching philosophy and media theory in the Media, Information and Communication department. She writes book reviews and guest posts for different websites and magazines; her personal blog can be found on

## Margreet Riphagen (NL)

Margreet Riphagen started working at the Institute of Network Cultures (INC) in March 2008 and is involved in various research projects. She holds a Master’s degree in Information Science (Human Centered Multimedia), a post-Bachelor’s degree in Business Science, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Management. Besides working at the INC at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences’ Knowledge Centre, CREATE-IT, Margreet also works for the MediaLAB Amsterdam, part of the knowledge centre. Before this Margreet worked at Waag Society and Media Guild for over five years.

## Pia Pol (NL)

Pia Pol (Amsterdam, 1985) is Deputy Publisher at Valiz book and cultural projects in Amsterdam with whom she has worked since 2008. She received a BA in English Language & Culture and and an MA in American Studies from the University of Amsterdam. She has been working in the (art) book trade for over ten years, principally in book stores, international distribution, and publishing. At Valiz she focuses on production and digital development.,

## Manuel Schmalstieg (CH)

Manuel Schmalstieg (1976) is an artist, designer and educator, operating in the murky area between media art and hacker communities. A graduate of HEAD Geneva and ASP Kraków, he founded multiple collaborative entities, including N3krozoft Ltd (in 2001) and Aether9 (in 2007). Since 2008 he has run Greyscale Press, a postdigital publishing house. As a web designer and free software enthusiast, he is a contributor to the WordPress platform, and has kickstarted a lively local community in Geneva. He is currently guest editor of Libre Graphics Magazine, for an issue dedicated to the Libre Type Design movement.

## Loes Sikkes (NL)

Loes Sikkes graduated cum laude in Globalization and National Identities. Since 2004 she has worked as a graphic designer, setting up multiple design studios, such as Medamo (a young Rotterdam-based design bureau founded in collaboration with Barbara Lateur) in 2012. Signifying Medamo’s approach is the drive with which they translate new insights, approaches and social involvement into a clear design. Conceptual and strategic design solutions evolve through thorough analysis and research. They cross the traditional borders of the profession and feel most at home where graphic design, new media and typography meet. In addition, she has been working at the Willem de Kooning Academy as department coordinator of the visual communications programme, and giving lessons on publication to the illustration department.

## Kimberley Spreeuwenberg (NL)

Kimberley Spreeuwenberg is a new media researcher and graphic designer with a special interest in the areas where these two disciplines intersect. She is currently project coordinator of the Digital Publishing Toolkit research project initiated by the Institute of Network Cultures, with whom she collaborates regularly, and teaches at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.

## Matthew So (US) – Badlands Unlimited

Badlands Unlimited is a New York-based American publisher of e-books and paperback books with an emphasis on contemporary art, culture and politics.

The company was established in 2010 by Paul Chan, a New York-based artist, as a platform to publish the writings and works of emerging and established artists whom Chan respects and champions. Since 2010 Badlands has also published obscure and controversial historical works and one romance novel.

Chan considers Badlands as not only a press but also a publishing experiment. He has written:

‘Historical distinctions between books, files, and artworks are dissolving rapidly. We publish and produce new works by artists and writers that embody the spirit of this emerging dissolution. We make books in an expanded field.’

## Danja Vasiliev (RU)

Danja Vasiliev has been involved in computer technology events, media art exhibitions and seminars around the world since 1999. He has received several awards and mentions at Ars Electronica, Japan Media Art Festival, and Transmediale, and is one of the creators of Hotglue.

## Patricia de Vries (NL)

Patricia de Vries is a project coordinator at the Institute of Network Cultures and is responsible for coordinating MoneyLab: Coining Alternatives. She has an academic background in Media Studies (BA), Cultural Analysis (MA) and Liberal Studies (MA). She has previously worked as a film programmer, researcher, and art magazine editor. From 2010 until 2012 she was based in New York where she worked as a research associate at the World Policy Institute think tank and as a teaching assistant of Professor James Miller at The New School for Social Research.

## Oliver Wise (USA)

Oliver Wise and Eleanor Hanson are the co-founders of The Present Group, a creative studio working at the intersection of art and technology. They focus on devising and building systems that support creators. Projects of The Present Group include an art subscription service, a web hosting service that funds an intermittent arts prize, Art Micro Patronage (an experimental exhibition platform showcasing and funding artwork online), The People’s E-book (a free online tool for building e-books), and Compensation Foundation (an online database for gathering and displaying how cultural producers are compensated).

## Michael Zeder (DE)

Michael Zeder is engaged with research into and the development of tools for an information society. He works currently on systems of knowledge distribution and learning environments. For Superglue, Michael designed the client-side software architecture and an interactive development system.