Jorinde Seijdel

June 14, 2018

Image by Ingrid Oosterheerd, Assemblée Nationale, 2015

Dear reader,

Please find new publications on Open!: “Parliaments of the European Union” by Nico Bick, “Material Relations. An Interview with Julia Bryan-Wilson” by Steyn Bergs; “The Blockchain: Free-Riding for the Commons” by Louis Volont and Walter van Andel. and “Up Sammy, Look Up. Intergenerational Knowledge and its Distractions” by Malcolm Kratz.

We’ve also just published the “Topologies of Touch Lexicon”, a collaborative work by Open! Coop Academy Topologies of Touch study group 2017–2018, part of DAI Roaming Academy. The study group has been researching our sense of touch and feel, the tactile and the haptic in philosophical and political terms, and in cultural, artistic and social practices. Find information on another recent activity of the Topologies of Touch study group here

To new readers: we are very happy to welcome you to the publishing platform and living archive of Open!, which was designed by Niels Schrader and Mind Design. The site should offer a truly dynamic, discursive environment that continues to focus on the changing conditions of the public domain and public sphere, and the consequences of privatization, mediatization and globalization processes on our social, cultural and artistic practices. It includes the almost complete contents of Open: Cahier on Art & the Public Domain (2004–2012) and everything that has been published since then. We request your patience, as we continue to revise and digitize the archived images and texts. The Open! archive is alive and well – indeed.

To optimize and enrich the online research and reading experiences, the new website allows the user to always retain a full overview of the volume of the archive, even while deeply immersed in the reading of an article. The content is presented next to three navigation columns that connect related pieces of texts via cross-links and hyperlinks, provide additional explanations via definitions and include footnotes and references to literature. The site can accommodate both desktop and tablet viewing experiences.

How does one navigate the new Open! site? Well, you can browse through our content by: Year, Content type, Theme and / or Tag; you can also use the Timeline interface, the search engine or find texts via Contributors. You can access the latest articles by simply clicking Newest and browse through these linearly with the previous / next button. Under Timeline, you can easily browse through the chapters of any article you are reading.

If you still prefer reading in an analogue format, you can simply download texts as PDFs. 

Last but not least, we’ve added a Donation / Support function. Since Open! is a non-profit organization with no structural funding, we depend on all-important donations to enable us to maintain the Open! platform and share its content with you. A donation would be highly appreciated.

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