Prototyping Futures / Occupying the Present

Tuesday 8 May 2012 at 14:16.

http://www.prototypingfutures.net/

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Saturday, May 19th:
10:00 – 18:00 Lectures, Discussions & Book Launch: Sniff, Scrape, Crawl…
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Sunday, May 20th:
10:00 – 17:00 Workshops
17:00 – 17:30 Book Launch Post-Digital Print by Alessandro Ludovico
with Evening Screenings at WORM
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Monday, May 21st: Workshop documentation
for online publication with selected participants
& workshop leaders
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See full schedule & venues at:
http://www.prototypingfutures.net/schedule/
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Lectures & Workshops are free & open to the public
For those of you wishing to participate in a workshop please register before May 12th as there is limited space.
http://www.prototypingfutures.net/sample-page/
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Prototyping Futures / Occupying the Present, is a three-day conference with workshops initiated by the Piet Zwart Institute. The event gathers scholars from diverse disciplines to explore strategies of resistance, intervention, and critical production in response to the crises of the present. Rather than foregrounding critique, the focus will be on experimental practices that work towards the production of alternative narratives and the imagination of different futures. The term “media” is at the center of the symposium’s conceptual frame and is interpreted in its broadest sense so as to encompass a variety of methodologies and approaches that materialize ideas through technological, spatial, ephemeral, and poetic forms.

Key to the event is the notion and ethos of prototyping. Used in fields such as architecture, software programming, and design, the word has a range of meanings from simple working models to developmental processes. The prototype-in its etymological and theoretical senses-is an original form, an archetype. But it is also-in the applied fields of software development, design and architecture-the alpha version, made to test a concept and with the expectation of flaws, bugs, kinks, and failures. Rather than hammering down prototyping to a single definition, this symposium seeks to embrace its tentative, iterative, and speculative qualities, with the aim of promoting interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration.

The conference will also be a participatory occasion through which to launch an alternative to the traditionally edited essay collection. Working with Active Archives and other multimedia, our aim is to create an online publication that documents and reflects upon the various issues raised.

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Contributors
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Inke Arns / Bik Van der Pol / Karin de Jong of PrintRoom / Alessandro Ludovico / Danja Vasiliev / Julian Oliver / Paolo Davanzo & Lisa Marr of Echo Park Film Center / Michael Murtaugh / Failed Architecture / Jan Jongert of 2012Architecten / Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE / Gordan Savicic´ / Florian Cramer of Creating 010
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Editorial Team: Renee Turner, Rita Raley, Carolyn Guertin & Allison Carruth
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The Piet Zwart Institute is an international postgraduate programme dedicated to study and research in the fields of art and design. It is a part of the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University. As an educational programme and cultural centre, the notion of ‘making public’ is core to our activities. These public moments are an important resource for students, faculty members and guests, serving as a bridge to the city, a framework for exploring timely and relevant issues, and building a community around areas of interests.
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