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The Greyscale Press team is always ready to share it’s enthousiasm and knowledge with the world. We believe that education and knowledge sharing is a fundamental part of any artistic practice.
That’s why we love to give workshops, that we consider as speculative experiments within the playground of design, publishing, print and post-print, remixology and content strategy.
Below you will find our most up-to-date workshop concepts.
Interested? Just get in touch!
Open Source Font Specimens
Concept: Create a collection of font specimens, for usage in print, with free/libre/open source fonts. Tasks for workshop participants: font selection, classification, study of existing font specimen standards, design of individual font specimens, choice of “boilerplate” text samples from the public domain, layout, choice of licensing, distribution strategy…
Outcome: A digital book, published under a copyleft license, ready for global distribution accross print-on-demand services (Amazon CreateSpace, Google Books, etc). We may also produce manually a few dummy copies for the workshop participants.
Technologies: InDesign, Scribus, GitHub…
Concept: Produce custom print editions, through print-on-demand services, using mostly found material that is collected by participants, following their most “obsessionnal” fields of interests.
Tools: InDesign, Scribus, LibreOffice
– Selections of public domain writings (see the Bookkake editions, by James Bridle)
– Selections of contents under Creative Commons, or some other free license.
– Other types of material, where the status of authorship and copyright might be blurry. Exemples: WikiLeaks source files, blog entries, social network micro-messages, etc.
– 1st iteration: (HEAD – Geneva University of Art and Design)
Concept: Choose a reference book, a book that relates to your daily practice and work, in some significant way. Based on the book’s content, you will develop a custom visualization, a graphical interpretation, according to criteria that you will derive from that book: relational schematics, chronological timelines, topographic representations…
Technologies: Paper, Illustrator/PDF, html…
Software: Illustrator, InDesign, Inkscape…
Some examples of books that would offer worthwile material:
– Geert Lovink: Uncanny Networks (2004)
– Steward Home: The Assault on Culture (1988)
– Gene Youngblood: Expanded Cinema (1970)
– A very similar workshop has been given by James Bridle at the School of Visual Arts in New York, 21st – 25th October 2012.
Radical Portfolio Manufacture
Concept: Collectively develop a new paradigm for presenting an (art) portfolio online.
Divide the tasks across the participants: brainstorming, feature selection, art direction, architecture, development, user experience, cross-browser, testing, cross-device testing, promotion…
Outcome: a WordPress theme, under an open source licence, ready for online distribution.
Concept: explore the visualization of information / events across time, as a “timeline of events”.
Technologies: paper, note-taking software, wiki-software, wordpress…
– Alfred Barr, “Cubism and Abstract Art” (1936)
– George Maciunas, “Diagram of Historical Development of Fluxus…” (1971)
– Facebook timeline (2012)