Fri 29 Apr 2016 - Second Special Issue: Interfacing the Law

We have adjusted and simplified the course structure a bit. Now we have just two components on which the curriculum will be developed.

One is the periodicals that were drafted less than two months ago, and that are recurring lectures, seminars, and workshops, each following one of the six tracks: Histories of Experimental Publishing; Publishing as Practice; Reading, Writing, and Research Methodologies Seminar; Techno-legal Templates and Sandbox Culture; The Importance of Being Archive; and Tools for Procedural Publishing.

The other is Special Issues , which will be the category under which we will place the different themes explored throughout the year. The themes will be explored following different means and methods and often be linked with external collaboration and events. Next to that each special issue will materialise itself in the publishing of a ... special issue, which will be documented on this site.

A few months ago, we announced that one of such themes would be developed in parallel to the next edition of the Zine Camp. We are very excited to now announce that the second special issue confirmed is Interfacing the Law, in collaboration with collective Constant.

The special issue Interfacing the law will be an attempt to build a platform, both in the sense of an on-line interface and as a public discourse, that would allow us to openly discuss, reflect and respond to increasing court cases and legal threats occurring whenever the right to access to knowledge is held up against claims of copyright. We think it is urgent that we find ways to make the public debate transcend the juridical binary of illegal vs. legal, and claim political legitimacy for sharing electronic publications.

For a draft description of this special issue, check the curriculum page.

We are working confirming another special issue, and hope to announce it in the coming weeks! (hint)

Mon 11 Apr 2016 - Advisory Board

One month later...


Hey, we have invited some very fine people to the xpub board. The three of them have been long time friends of PZI, and their task will be to give us feedback on the course development. So without further a do, let us introduce you to:

Thomas Castro

Thomas Castro is co-founder of LUST, a trans-disciplinary design practice established in 1996, based in The Hague, Netherlands. LUST’s design methodology is generative-based, founded upon the development of an analytical process which leads eventually to systems and algorithms that produce design. This fascination led to the establishment of a new research-based media & technology studio laboratory dubbed LUSTlab in 2010. Since 2002 Thomas has taught at the ArtEZ Academy of Arts, Arnhem department of Graphic Design, becoming head of the department in 2012. Thomas has also served in various design commissions and juries such as the Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB) and the Mondriaan Fund. He has taught numerous workshops and given lectures at design conferences, academic institutions and cultural institutes all around the world.

Olga Goriunova

Olga Goriunova is a Senior Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the author of Art Platforms and Cultural Production on the Internet (Routledge, 2012), editor of* Fun and Software: Exploring Pleasure, Pain and Paradox in Computing* (Bloomsbury, 2014) and co-editor, with Alexei Shulgin, of Readme. Software Art and Cultures (University of Aarhus Press, 2004). She is a co-founder and co-editor of Computational Culture, A Journal of Software Studies ( She has also worked as a curator, co-organizing, among other, Readme, software art festivals, 2001-2005 and software art repository. In 2015, she was a fellow at the University of Leuphana’s Digital Cultures Research Lab. In 2014-2016 she is part of the Posthumanities research network and member of the Visual Social Media Lab, working on the project Picturing the Social. She is currently working on a monograph on digital subjects and on a co-authored book on environmental ethico-aesthetics.

Alessandro Ludovico

Alessandro Ludovico has been an artist, media critic and editor in chief of Neural magazine since 1993. He has published and edited several books, and has lectured worldwide. He's one of the founders of Mag.Net (Electronic Cultural Publishers organization). He also served as an advisor for the Documenta 12's Magazine Project. He has been guest researcher at the Willem De Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and he teaches at the Academy of Art in Carrara[1] and NABA in Milan.[2] He is one of the authors of the Hacking Monopolism trilogy of artworks (Google WIll Eat Itself, Amazon Noir, Face to Facebook). Currently he’s PhD candidate at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge (UK).

Fri 11 Mar 2016 - Complete Draft Periodicals

As mentioned previously, we are building the course around three levels, named according to their occurrence and purpose: periodicals, special issues, and flyers.

The periodicals are providing the practice and theory backbone of the course, and each periodical will happen at a regular frequency, building up throughout the whole first year of the Master.

Today, we have just finished drafting all the periodicals!

There are six in total: Histories of Experimental Publishing; Publishing as Practice; Reading, Writing, and Research Methodologies Seminar; Techno-legal Templates and Sandbox Culture; The Importance of Being Archived; and Tools for Procedural Publishing. You can read an abstract for each of these courses in the curriculum.


Fri 19 Feb 2016 - Curriculum Update


Looking at the beginning of curriculum, it looks like we're going to be quite busy next year! We'll be essentially developing the content at three (maybe four) levels: the recurrent lessons and lectures coordinated by core staff (periodicals), collaboration with outside public events (flyers), and short intense one-time workshops focused on particular things (special issues). Some of these levels are already populated with some draft blurb, and we'll be adding more and refine further in the coming weeks!

Oh and BTW ...

...super happy to announce that the first flyer confirmed is the 2016 edition of the Zine Camp! The only place where you'll find zines ranging from floppy diskmags to hand-drawn underground newspapers :)

Thu 11 Feb 2016 - Open House


Saturday the 13th of February, PZI will host its annual Open House!

For the occasion, we thought it would be good to have posters to both promote and highlight the new study paths of the Media Design and Communication Master: lens-based, and of course experimental publishing. After agreeing on a very simple communication model (one quote + illustration, 3 posters for each study path, displayed as pair), we decided for the experimental publishing series to put forth three aspects of publishing we are keen to explore in the new course: control, property and censorship over publishing; the paratextual aspect of publishing; and the errors and defects in publishing technology. There are more (yes), but that should already help give the tone of this new study path.

The concept was further improved, refined, and fantastically finalised by Pleun Gremmen (@Onomatomato), who is currently studying with us.

As for the Open House itself, if you want to drop by and have questions about the new course, we'll be at the Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam, to answer them all! (hopefully)



Tue 9 Feb 2016 - Credits + Colophon

Hey, meet the team (in progress)!

In the coming 4 weeks we will start pushing elements of next year curriculum. Essentially the different tracks (theory and practice) that will constitute the backbone of the course, and some information about the planned thematic projects.

Tue 2 Feb 2016 - test publishing 0, 1

scaling issues


Welcome to the curriculum development blog of the experimental publishing study path of the Piet Zwart Institute. For this new MA course we decided that in order to bring some context to this new programme, as well as to help us articulate and shape what this is all about, the best way was simply to start documenting and publishing ourselves this process, slightly adopting the infamous "release early, release often" approach.

This is the reason why we created this small space, where during the coming weeks we will post information about the new study path, upcoming thematic projects, guest tutors and advisors who we will be working with, friends and partners of the course, etc.

Regarding the platform used for this website, we will also write from scratch the software and workflow for publishing our course content, as the latter evolves itself. For instance, right now what you're reading is essentially the result of the combination from: a simple Makefile, the pandoc software, and a couple of git repositories.

Stay tuned for more.

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