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Selected Projects

Printed Database

How does the database look like? In order to see the database you need to give form to it. I printed a collection of books from a zotero database (a program for making collections and references). The book is a dump of all(?) the data in the database using the zotero api and python with reportlab. So the database converts to pdf in one go through python. This print is questioning the shape of databases and how the datastructure can or can not convert into a narrative. Is this book readable, if not, is it a book? This is part of an ongoing reseach on digital structures and databases.

contrast

Contrast is a regular event by annabel in Rotterdam. The ongoing series of posters that present the event is printed with contrasting CMYK only colors. This series of events presents a new, contrasting facet of annabel’s standard program. The first two editions are already done – more to come.
Made in collaboration with Zalán Szakács

xppl

XPPL is a space for potential pirate librarianship. It is both an experiment and a working prototype for a distributed network catalogue and library that you can run and install on several machines and share/synchronise with the same bibliographical database. It starts at XPUB, but can go anywhere we want it to. Initially developed as a in-house tool for the XPUB course, XPPL is a project aimed at people who are studying within and outside formal education, or as we like to call them: knowledge comrades. XPPL provides a web interface and hosts a curated catalogue of books and articles. Its distributed architecture is open to instances of uploading and downloading, and allows for the collective editing of its content. In XPPL, librarians can add, and modify small collections of books that are connected by threads of thought, or follow a certain thematic or study path. We call these selections ‘stacks’. Rather than a bookshelf in a library, where books are lined up and often forgotten, the stacks on your table/nightstand/bathroom floor consist of books prone to be opened and reopened at any time. The stacks in XPPL are visible for others in the network to browse, annotate, update or shuffle. Next to the stacks, XPPL exists as a distributed bibliographical database upon which various modes of reading and writing interfaces can be created. In its current version, the XPPL search interface allows for serendipity, while playful bots point to the invisible labour of librarianship and gaps in the collection are made visible, turning dormancy into potential. Furthermore, collective annotations turn the digital library into a social space; and visualizations of the collection in 3D forms allow users to sense the materiality of their books. The XPPL is also a project of urgency. Today, the gradual loss of public libraries, the rise of corporate academia, and the systemic use of digital rights management, make access to knowledge increasingly difficult. As a result, and despite significant efforts from free culture supporters and open access initiatives, media piracy has became an unspoken practice that cannot be decoupled from the acts of researching, reading and studying. However, this practice is often fragmented, and splintered by way of legal and economic barriers. We recommend books in person, jot down reading lists on paper, then send unsteady links via email or download already known items from the haystack of existing repositories. Most importantly, under these circumstances, such practice is reduced to the act of file sharing, and fails to highlight the discursive nature of these exchanges, their ability to form new resources, to nurture collective forms of learning and an active research culture. In response, XPPL is a platform and network that offers another way to think about, aggregate and intervene in these processes.

Website
lib.xpub.nl

A Bed, a Chair and a Table

A Bed, a Chair and a Table is a publication about the Poortgebouw, a former squat and vibrant living community located in the South of Rotterdam. In this book, oral histories from inside and outside the Poortgebouw are interlaced with material from various institutional and personal archives. By bringing together these tales of resilience, political struggle, frustration and friendship with historical documents, this book brings forward new perspectives about the Poortgebouw's unique history and its importance in the contemporary city. The starting point of the book was the Autonomous Archive, a local archiving machine built from parts of different computers by the inhabitants of the Poortgebouw and a group of students from XPUB.
This publication is brought to you by Delphine Bedel, Natasha Berting, André Castro, Elisa Chaudet, Angeliki Diakrousi, Max Franklin, Giulia de Giovanelli, Francisco González, Joca van der Horst, Aymeric Mansoux, Michael Murtaugh, Alexander Roidl, Steve Rushton, Alice Strete, Zalán Szakács and the Autonomous Archive. XPUB is a two-year Media Design Master course that prepares students to critically engage with societal issues within the fast changing field of art, design and cultural production. The project was developed in the context of Architecture of Appropriation, a research project at Het Nieuwe Instituut, that examines how squatters have appropriated urban spaces using radical improvisation techniques, and how this has influenced the way we think about the contemporary city.

Book, 140 × 210mm
200 pages
Dec, 2017