New roles of design have emerged in the recent decade. Whether called critical, speculative, or social design, contemporary practitioners share an understanding that design should become more involved with social and political matters. There seems to be a mutual consent that designers should persistently reflect on whether their practice is able to break open dominant misconceptions about matters such as race, gender, and class, rooted in visual culture. Are contemporary designers looking beyond their comfort zones?
We invited designers A Parede from Brazil and curator Amal Alhaag from Amsterdam to talk about the responsibilities of design in regards to inequality.
In collaboration with Ruben Pater.
Hackers & Designers Summer Academy documentation
This publication is made using Wikimedia as a co-writing and editing tool, Pandoc to translate the wiki markup to html and Scribus to layout the pages.
Instant & Momentary Publishing
The Momentary Zine is an interactive publishing installation and has been shown at Zinefest Berlin, at the Libre Graphics Meeting in London and at Northside Festival in New York. We custom developed software to create the zine, which is open source and available on Github. With the help of speech to text technology the spoken word translates to text. Simultaneously an algorithm runs an automated image search on Google or Imgur, querying the spoken words and adding the image results accordingly to the zine layout. The outcome is a printed zine.
Refugees and Migrant Workers are Here With …
Perform your Immaterial Labor today!
Teaser website for the 2016 edition of the Hackers & Designers Summer Academy. The program centers around the controversial topic of immaterial labor, and the effects digital economies have on our current techno-society, – an on-going discussion at stake in both design/art and developer practices. H&D engages this year’s summer academy participants to go into discussion and critically reflect on their (digital) activities that exist outside/alongside the traditional wage-based definition of labor. What does it mean for the future of our practices to contribute to creative commons and open source projects, to self-initiate, to organize communities, to promote and publish on social networks, to perpetually generate content, to evolve multiple identities as bloggers, vloggers, mojo contributors…?
Website in collaboration with Hackers & Designers, Finn and Rens.
Moneylab #3 – Failing Better
A collective attempt to fail better with artists, critics and activists that are all feeling the pinch.
Amsterdam, December 1 & 2, 2016
#HDSA2015 Documentation: Web to print
Hackers & Designers – Smart & Poor
Post Perdu: Poemsorting 2015-2016
Post Perdu: Verloren gegevens – Lost data – 2014-2015
Post Perdu is a monthly mailing by Perdu, podium and bookstore for experimental Dutch poetry. The English translation of Perdu is “Lost”. On every post card I show lost data, found on Google Street view. These flaws of technology are creating new cohesions and new visual narratives. Every months the card is printed on different paper. Amsterdam 2014–2015