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Substrate

“What’s on your mind?”
“What’s happening?”
Set aside your ability to say anything at any moment and create
a way to say nothing. It may be a one-off work, a series or a
system. In saying nothing, explore the possibility of medium,
substrate and frame to carry their own messages.
Key works and concepts—
Noise
Post-media 
“It’s not even typing at all … it’s publishing.”
Aram Saroyan ©1968
John Cage Lecture on Nothing (1949)
Language Removal Services
Reynols Blank Tapes (2000)
Nam June Paik Zen for Film (1962–64)
Fiona Banner
Luigi Amato Volume (2014)
Texts
information as material Nothing: A User’s Manual (2015)
Craig Dworkin The Logic of Substrate (2013)
Lev Manovich Post-Media Aesthetics (2001)
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Versions










“We’re on the same page.”
Start with found material and create at least three new versions.
Demonstrate how copies are both same and not same. Explore
originality, difference and the nature of publishing as a series of
repeating changes, however imperceptible.
Key works and concepts—
infrathin
Oliver Laric, Versions 2009, 2010, 2012
Samizdat
mutability
Mishka Henner _IMG01 Australian-troops-passing-014.jpg
Texts
Artie Vierkant The Image Object Post-Internet
Lisa Gitelman Paper Knowledge (chapter 4, Near Print and
Beyond Paper / Knowing by *.pdf)
Dominico Quaranta “Interview with Oliver Laric” in In Your
Computer
(2011)
The Impermanent Book (2012)
Google doc version
Rhode Island School of Design
Graduate Studies
Spring 2015
Course # GRAD-206G-01
Location AUD 522
Wednesdays 1:10PM—6:10PM
Paul Soulellis
psoulell@risd.edu
Office hours: by appointment
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Dispersion

















“In what sense is posting—to Facebook, for example—publishing or
making public?”
Distribute a series to a network/channel. The series may include any
content: messages, images, data or anything else. It may be new work
or old work that you transform but you should be exposing it for the
first time. Interrupt, complicate or somehow alter the
conventions/expectations/algorithms of the network by circulating
your project.
Key works and concepts—
Amelia Ulman Excellences and Perfection (2014) 
(Ulman talk with Rhizome) (2014)
Petra Cortright
@wnd_go (2015)
Eva and Franco Mattes Befnoed (2014) 
Numbered PDF distribution (post-inter.net) (2014)
Wifi proposal by Konst & Teknik (2014)
Texts
Seth Price Dispersion (2002–ongoing)
Mass Effect by Lauren Cornell and Ed Halter (2013)
Dominico Quaranta “Petra Cortright” in In Your Computer (2011)
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Transduction














Using existing material, the Dispersion assignment or new work,
publish from one channel, substrate or network to another. Translate
once or multiple times. What is lost/gained? Distortions and artifacts
may be amplified; previously hidden structures may be exposed.
Key works and concepts—
hybridity
circulationism
the bruised image
Printed Web #1 and #2
glitch
Alessandro Ludovico “Networks as Agents in the Clash Between
Personal and Industrial Post-Digital Print”
 (2014)
Library of the Printed Web (2013–ongoing)
Post-Digital Archive (2014–ongoing)
Institute of Network Cultures, Hybrid Publishing Toolkit (2014)
Sebastian Schmieg Books and Blankets (2012)
Texts
Hito Steyerl “Too Much World: Is the Internet Dead?” (2013)
Orit Gat “To Bind and to Liberate: Printing Out the Internet” (2014)
Orit Gat “Unbound: The Politics of Scanning” (2014) 
Olia Lialina Offline Art opening talk at xpo gallery, Paris (2013)
Paul Soulellis “Performing Publishing / Infrathin Tales from the Printed
Web”
(2014)
Alessandro Ludovico “Post-Digital Print: The Mutation of Print Since
1894”
(2012) [in particular: Afterword by Florian Cramer]
Domenico Quaranta Lost in Translation. Or, Bringing Net Art to
Another Place?
 Pardon, Context.
(2008)
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Balconism
















“We publish, we get read. ok. Private publishing does not exist, we now
know we always get read (hi). To select what we want to have read, and
by whom, is our greatest challenge rly.”
Publish a private space in public. Set up tensions between seen and
unseen, forbidden vs permitted, known vs unknown. Provoke your
intended audience by having them engage with these different
dimensions.
Key works and concepts—
Constant Dullaart Jennifer in Paradise (2014)
Constant Dullaart Treasure of Lima (2014)
Metahaven Black Transparency (2014)
Olia Lialina Summer (2013)
Brian Droitcour Klaus eBooks
Petra Cortright HELL_TREE ebook (2012)
Texts
Rachel Falconer “Jenifa Taught Me—Constant Dullaart Review”
(2014)
Metahaven Research and Destroy (2006)
Constant Dullaart “Where to for Public Space?” in You Are Here—Art
After the Internet (2014), Balconism (2014)

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Manifesto
(final project)
















Write a publishing manifesto and develop work based on your ideas.
Demonstrate how your manifesto suggests a methodology, a series of
works or some kind of ongoing production.
Key works and concepts—
Dexter Sinister, The Serving Library
La Bibliotèque Fantastique
Texts
The Serving Library Company, Inc. Statement of Intent (2010)
Paul Soulellis “Search, compile, publish” (2013)
Experimental Publishing Studio
monoskop.org/images/a/a6/Ludovico,_Alessandro_-_Post-Digital_Print._The_Mutation_of_Publishing_Since_1894.pdf
http://networkcultures.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/FromPrintToEbooks.epub 
Publishing has never been a fixed notion. “What is publishing today?”
remains a relevant inquiry, but with an increasingly expanded field of
response, as platforms, channels and modes of production mutate and
multiply. Let’s begin with the post, exposing its origins as a physical
note publicly nailed to a piece of wood. Its descendants persist today,
plainly visible on the wall, in the feed and in the stream as traces of a
deeper history of documents — the scriptural economy. Is posting 
(always) publishing? We’ll examine substrate, blankness and the
possibility of saying nothing as a post-media publishing strategy. And
as certain legacies recede (privacy, authorship, copyright), how is
publishing still “making public?” Let’s unpack (and entangle) these
and other ways to explore the public circulation of work in a post-
digital space. We’ll draw trajectories to and from the emergence of the
networked artist in the 20th century, into the last twenty years, and
particularly around the last two, as self-publishing becomes more and
more inseparable from the artist’s ambient practice (and work) itself. 

The semester will be devoted to the creation of our own performing
publishing
studio, disseminating work as a highly diffused, ongoing
performance, rather than discrete events. The development of
publishing manifestos and projects, working in public, research-based
exploration, non-traditional tools and platforms, experimentation and
collaboration will be encouraged.
Google doc version
http://new.livestream.com/accounts/5745227/events/3488080