Mise en place

one meal is made of three dishes: starter, main, desert. left the ingredients, on top the name of the dishes, on the right the process and a time; counting down: serving time is zero. organization galore

one meal is made of three dishes: starter, main, desert. left the ingredients, on top the name of the dishes, on the right the process and a timeline; counting down: serving time is zero. organization galore

“There are many recipe books, but very few based on meals. People often pick up a cookbook at home, but have no idea how to combine the recipe into a sensible meal. This book aims to help by providing meals that have been thought out in their entirety. They have been organized into thirty-one balanced menus each one containing three courses. You can also make your own menus by combining the recipes using the list.” —The Family Meal, Ferran Adrià

mise en place—prepare in advance, prepare in bulk, have components ready when needed

mise en place—prepare in advance, prepare in bulk, have components ready when needed

In el Bulli’s system the smallest unit is a dish—self-standing, tasty, ready to be combined with other dishes. This allows to create your own meals, and you cannot really go wrong. In addition the book offers 31 well designed meals, ready to be cooked. How can this system translate to publishing? For example what would be the smallest working unit? What kind of content would work well?

the tools

the tools

create your own menu. pick and choose, mix and mash. in a modular cuisine all things somehow come together as long as you keep the equation: starter + main + desert = meal

create your own menu. pick and choose, mix and match. in a modular cuisine all things somehow come together as long as you keep the equation: starter + main + desert = meal


8 million protagonists? New York City writes itself


From the Q&A section:
“1. What is New York Writes Itself?
“New York Writes Itself” is an ongoing series of creative productions fueled by the real people of New York – what people see and hear in the city is recorded as a ‘script’, which forms the inspiration for music, creative writing, art exhibitions and more.

2. What is a Scribe?
Scribes should be observational and in touch with the people of New York, ready to capture amazing moments of creativity. Scribes are people who record their observations of people in the streets of New York – great characters they see, scenes they witness, or quotes they hear. Scribes write down their observations in the ever-growing ‘script’, housed at newyorkwritesitself.com

3. Who can be a Scribe?
Potential scribes can be students, writers and generally creative individuals. To be a scribe you must be at least 18 years old and the age of majority in his or her state of residence.

4. If I am a Scribe where does my writing live?
A Scribe’s writing lives in the main ‘Script’ on the NYWI website and in your Scribe profile. You can share your submission with your personal networks thru social media outlets.

5. What is the “Script”?
When Scribes see or hear something of interest in New York, they record it on the ‘script’. The Script is a constant record of all the Scribes’ submissions. We consider the script to be the fuel that drives the creative nature of New York Writes Itself. Check it out here.”

Consider New York 🙂

Collaborative Futures / Speed Publishing for immediate dissemination

Let’s look at a few rapid knowledge production initiatives. Let’s look at book sprints[1], experimental writing[2], and political declarations[3]. And for a little detour let’s include also a pop up library[4] (art project) and a book art project[5].

Speed seems to be key to all of these initiatives—a quick turn around with immediate outcome. To most, Volume is also important (how much has been written within only a short period of time). Often the works are conceived while writing together into a digital pad. Still the work sessions are hosted in one physical location where the participants can share thoughts and discuss live, in person. For the first three examples, the writing also serves as live protocoling the very event.

The act of writing is central to thinking, processing and manifesting. The editing is usually done after the event has taken place and done so remotely via digital communication. Speed, again: the brainstorms and heated discussions turn almost immediately into themes or chapters. Decisions about layout and structure are instant. Formatting is simple and straight forward and style is partially predetermined due to the limitation of the pad. What needs to be agreed upon before typing away are things like: “if it is a quote, we put the credit right after,” or “if you write something that is meant for other people to work on or consider introduce that part with ‘//’ and close with ‘\\’.”

The material is usually available in digital form online (mostly for free). Yet, it is in those sessions where the physical manifestation of the work done, becomes important once more. There are usually books or booklets published after the editing phase.

These events have something promotional about them as well. They can be viewed as a performance and since so compressed and compact, the writing process can even be filmed.

choose your reading experience

choose your reading experience

“This book was first created by 6 core collaborators, as an experimental five day Book Sprint in January 2010. Developed under the aegis of transmediale.10, this third publication in the festival’s parcours series resulted in the initiation of a new vocabulary on the forms, media and goals of collaborative practice.

In June 2010, the book was rewritten as a part of the Re:Group exhibition at Eyebeam, NY. This second edition invited three new collaborators to challenge the free culture sentiment underlying the original writing. The result is a deliberately multi-voiced tone pondering the merits and shortcomings of this new emerging ideology.”

psychoeconomy summit, sevilla 2011

psychoeconomy summit, sevilla 2011—thinking, arguing, declaring, writing it all up

“Psychoeconomy is a platform for discussion and artistic research that proposes an alternative approach on various global issues, taking advantage of the particularities for reflection and diffusion generated by the field of art. […] Psychoeconomy proposes the revision of citizen participation on a global scale in the resolution of conflicts in which citizenship as a hole is largely excluded from decision-making but certainly suffers the consequences.”

A declaration was written up (following a long discussion) in only two days.

instant knowledge—instant publication

instant knowledge—instant publication

How to pop up a library within a public library and install a temporary publishing house inside an unusual place. The Pop Up Library project uses the blank booklet as container to collect immediate knowledge. 

the spontaneous book

the spontaneous book, edited by institut für raumexperimente, universität der künste berlin

Spontaneous Book: 06.01.2010 / 14:07 >>>> 08.01.2010 / 16:22

“The spontaneous book series seeks to engage in a group thinking and doing process that produces a result in a short period of time: capturing, processing and producing content simultaneously.
Spontaneous Book: 06.01.2010 / 14:07 >>>> 08.01.2010 / 16:22, on the occasion of a 3-day workshop that included exercises such as walks in public spaces, perception and time experiments, and studio visits.”


Consider speed, volume
Consider manifestation of knowledge
Consider performance and writing as an event
Consider limitations of technology as design choice
Consider the blank book as container

The Open Utopia / read write rethink tomas more


“This digital edition of Utopia is open: open to read, open to copying, open to modification. On this site Utopia is presented in different formats in order to enhance this openness. If the visitor wishes to read Utopia online they can find a copy. If they want to download and copy a version, I’ve provided links to do so in different formats for different devices. In partnership with The Institute for the Future of the Book I provide an annotatable and “social” text available for visitors to comment upon what More – or I – have written, and then share their comments with others. Those who like to listen will find a reading of Utopia on audio files, and those who want to watch and look can browse the user-generated galleries of Utopia-themed art and videos. For people interested in creating their own plan of an alternative society, I’ve created Wikitopia, a wiki with which to collaborate with others in drafting a new Utopia. More versions for more platforms are likely to be introduced in the future.” —Stephen Duncombe