// Week 4 //

Monday 9/14

// Discussion of Side Project //
1. Collective publication
  • Group publication 
2. Individual project
  • Relates to the main project but maybe goes in a different direction
  • Comes out of the material/reading of main project
  • Bootleg/B-side that comes out of first project
  • Content and from dictated by us
  • Based on ecology and the anthropocene
  • Can/should inform the publication
  • How to give form to own interests through self initiated projects?  

?? Brainstorm projects for next class ??
  • Bruno Latour Fan-Zine
  • P5.js sketch that shows how the anthropocene works through type?
    • essay on the anthropocene?
    • utilize time element so that the page degrades or reveals over a period of time?
  • processing halftone showing images?
    • become more or less clear?
  • Something that helps us understand what the content that we are working with?
  • Stickers or something to be posted around town that speak to the anthropocene
  • Interviews?
  • Weekly charette
  • Free and open, but should have its own logic/form
  • Leverage AI Dungeon as a method for teaching about the anthropocene?
  • Daily experiments vs something with a final form
  • Constraints?
    • Can we dictate a final form (digital, print, zine, portfolio)
    • Loose weekly prompt? Collective prompt generation?
    • Quick and loose in the vein of the language found in field notebooks
    • Start looser and then try to narrow over time
    • Strict formal constraints, looser conceptual prompts?

// Leticia Bernaus, Stella Brown, and Tamara Becerra Valdez Talk //
  • Paired with a masters or phd student in a different area of study (science, anthropology, etc.)
  • SB — “Anthropogenic moment”
  • TV — Questioning the archive
    • How are we archiving this research and creative output?
    • Can a field notebook be an archive?
    • How can our designed archive be reminiscent of a field notebook?
  • TV — How do we work with these individuals outside of charity and care?
    • horizontal structure
  • LB — Focused on sense of self in relation to the research
    • Video piece
    • How to best translate the video to print?
    • Flip-o-rama?
  • SB — The layers/geology of the Anthropocene
    • Can our publication be layered?
    • Layers of plastic vs natural printing substrates?
    • Coated vs uncoated stock?
  • TV — Exhibition did not tell full story
    • How can we as designers parse the material in order to better tell the full story?
    • Book as translated field notebook?
    • Book as a method of reading through the field work
  • JF — How to formalize excess of material?
    • SB  —  Everyone used a provided field notebook
      • Do we have access to the field notebooks?
      • Can they be used in the publication in some sense?
      • Are there ways for us to compartmentalize the material?
    • TV — Photographs taken by both UIC team and locals
      • Notes taken on coffee receipts, not in notebook
        • What hat does a field notebook actually look like?
        • Does it need to be a notebook or can it be anything that is written on?
      • Friction as how artists participate in the field work, artists not documentarians
    • LB — Did not use camera as a tool for documenting field work but instead focused on wins the camera as a creative tool. Organized digital files based on day and place
      • Can this publication exist as some sort of digital space that mimics a murky digital archive that a viewer can unfold at their own pace?
  • Academic exposition vs art catalog vs else?
    • SB — A artists we able to be plastic/liquid in comparison to the academic folks
    • Academics/scientists were resistant to the art aspect of it
      • Deep mapping
        • making maps multidimensional
          • history of land
          • history of settlers
          • stories of those working the land now
  • SB — art practice and academic works should be integrated
    • Do we include art and essays on left and right pages of spreads?
    • Bruno Latour catalogs as examples
      • http://www.bruno-latour.fr/books_and_edited_volumes.html
      • http://www.bruno-latour.fr/sites/default/files/downloads/RESET-MODERNITY-GB.pdf
      • http://www.bruno-latour.fr/sites/default/files/84-ICONOCLASH-GB.pdf
  • TV — Most interesting part what the info for the work, not the final product
    • Not necessarily interested in photos of the final work for the book
    • maybe the documentary material is a better bet?
      • Is the book focused more on the information and field notes then it is on the art itself?
      • Can we 3D print the text associated with Tamara’s work and then do a rubbing of it to include in the book as a way of documenting the process of their documentation/memory making?
  • LB — How do you show the notion of outsider-ness?
    • Are texts somehow placed within so that the viewer is always an outsider or is somehow more outside than one wold be when interacting with a traditional publication?
    • Are pages printed in reverse so that a viewer would need to read it in a mirror? Does that put someone outside of themself?
    • Inside-outside, outsioutside-inside
  • SB — Does want image of final sculpture in book
    • No geologic record, we are making the layer now
    • this is the anthropocene layer represented as a sculpture
    • No till farming practice
    • Indnddustrial farming practices
    • Focused on stratigraphy
    • Material List is important/should be included

Tuesday 9/15

Started in on publication model research for our Anthropocene group publication today. I am doing my best to think of and look for publications that are in the realm of academic publishing but also maybe operate in the world of art. Also thinking through things like group publications, portfolios as publications as well as multiple small publications housed in a larger publication.


I am also thinking that the Moonstrips Empire News example may be a good way for us to structure our independent/side project. Maybe we could all have the parameters of finding and reading one text on ecology/the anthropocene that we would then turn the concepts from into some sort of visual/poster. These could all be printed with the text (or a portion of it) on one side of the piece and our visualization on the other. At the end of the semester we could combine these into a group portfolio.

Wednesday 9/16

// Class Note Dump //
How do these things fit together globally?
How do we develop specific forms?
Axes of global and local?
How do we organize? Flat horizontal organization?
Dot Dot Dot Journal – http://www.dot-dot-dot.us/
  • Organization based on order of submission
The Serving Library – http://www.servinglibrary.org/
Digital field work of our process/production?
  • Sketching structure?
  • How do we include our own sketches/field work related to understanding the content?
  • What can we add?
Dive into what what content exists
Content mapping vs actual mapping?
  • Deep mapping?
Mentioning/making note of incompleteness
  • known unknowns
Do we have access to a timeline?
  • Is that a way of organizing the book?
  • Can we use timestamps on photos to guide order of content?
Google maps for content?
  • Aerial shots of sites
Layers as inspiration for form
Borders as inspiration for form
Unlikely that we can print full color
  • Likely process colors
  • Likely 2-color (plus all combinations)

?? type studies, focus on typographic basics and typography ??
  • Letter sized sheet format (or html at that size)
  • Focus on same text
  • Typographic semantics
    • Type size
    • headers
    • leading
    • kerning
    • etc
  • Black and white
  • No images
  • No Shapes
  • Everyone work on same text
    • “all have the same breath”
  • Read text and organize a concept
  • Develop and integrate a specific concept through the forms
  • Multiple ways of formalizing the concept
  • Concepts:
    • layering
    • sparks/short fieldwork text
    • engaging localities
    • documentation
    • obscuring information/making clear
    • decay/destruction
    • drought
    • locality/site specific
    • political vs ecological spaces
    • text made from natural artifacts of the actual world
    • geological force
    • breath
    • entanglement
    • obstruction

Saturday 9/19