Jorinde Seijdel

November 21, 2018

Image by Vera van de Seyp

Dear reader,

We like to put your attention on Fault Lines, a one-day symposium on 14 December 2018 at KABK in The Hague. Fault Lines will explore the interstitial positioning and generative potential of design research as the borders of disciplines shift, while presenting an array of research projects that map and interpret the traces of design’s complicity in climate change. Featuring keynote lectures by Marjanne van Helvert (Dirty Design), Anab Jain (Superflux), Richard Rogers (Digital Methods Initiative, University of Amsterdam) and Susan Schuppli (Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths). With presentations of research in progress by KABK and Leiden University teaching and research staff members Lauren Alexander, Rachel Bacon, Anja Groten, Eric Kluitenberg, Niels Schrader, Füsun Türetken, Rosa te Velde and Donald Weber. Hosted and moderated by Alice Twemlow, Design Lector at the KABK and Associate Professor at Leiden University’s Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA). For more details, please have a look at the Open! event page. Part of the research results will be published on Open! early next year.

New publications on Open!: ‘The Salt of the Earth. On Commonism’ is an interview with philosopher Antonio Negri by Pascal Gielen and Sonja Lavaert. The interview is about the concepts launched by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri in Assembly. According to them we must confront the problem of leadership and institutions, dare to imagine the entrepreneurship of the multitude, appropriate old terms and reverse their meaning. 

It’s So Nice That We Don’t Have to Talk about Politics Anymore’ is an ongoing work by artist Saša Karalić. Presented here in the form of three videos, it shows a group of people performing a number of political slogans in public space. In each version of the work, the slogans are conceived, after extensive research, within the social context in which they are performed and based on the ‘general politics of truth’ of that context.

Another recent contribution is Other Voices, Other Views’, an academic research project led by Lauren Alexander, Maarten Cornel and Niels Schrader and executed by Graphic Design students from the Royal Academy of Art (KABK), with guest tutors Ramon Amaro, Femi Dawkins and Kelly Walters. The project, in the form of video interviews, invites students to closely examine their own racial, cultural and gender identities aiming to critically rethink how established norms have come into being. 

More recent publications: ‘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. 

This summer we’ve also 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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