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IMPORTANT DATES


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Oct. 5–16, 2020
Midterms

⭐️ MJ Balavanera talk (required!)
Thu, Nov 5 2020, 6PM - 7PM

Nov. 6, 2020
Last day to withdraw

Nov. 26–27, 2020
Thanksgiving break

Dec. 15, 2020
Term ends




COURSE STRUCTURE


Fall term is September 02—December 15, 2020

This class is scheduled on Wednesdays from 9am–3pm PDT (CCA time)


9:00AM–11:00: Asynchronous studio, working at your own pace

11:00–12:00PM: lunch break, eat drink water, go outside, get eyes away from screens.

12:00–3:00PM: Synchronous
small group meetings, 1-on-1 meetings with Mary, presentations, and group work, not a 3 hour zoom


This class will meet online for the entire semester. Students will research, design, read, and write asynchronously for the first half of class, then we will have an hour lunch break.

For the second half of the class we will meet synchronously and discuss, watch, critique, and collaborate together, usually in small groups.

Our class is a community and a space to explore personal and potentially difficult subject matter. Respect others and enter our class community with an open mind.   


GOALS


1. Survey methods of contemporary and historical publishing to inform your creative practice.

2. Generate content as a writer, editor, visual maker.

3. Develop, design/visualize and produce your content for the public in the form of a digital publication.
4. Collaborate with other creative people.



COURSE DESCRIPTION FROM CCA LISTING

Cultural interest in digital publishing platforms is at an all-time high. In this class, adapted for a remote instructional format, we will do two things. We will conceive and make our own such publications, start to finish. And to inform and inspire our work, we will take a close look at the rich history and ever-expanding variety of these forms. Through studio projects, students will explore the possibilities and limitations of screen publishing and its many platforms. They will be encouraged to push and question the tools available to them in the remote environment.





︎ PERSONAL PUBLISHING — FALL 2020 

To publish is to make content available to the general public. — Wikipedia

Maybe we can re-think ‘publications’ to mean the site at which public is formed. — Mindy Seu, The Pedagogy of Design in the Age of Computation


Hot links: ⤏Platforms ⤏People ⤏Publications ⤏Projects



WELCOME!

This site is a working document that serves as guide to the advanced studio course PERSONAL PUBLISHING.

The times have never been more opportune for creating and distributing information, opinion, and critique. I welcome your response to the incredible things happening in the world right now. But (take note) this course is a framework to be filled with whatever content you deem important.

Living in unprecedented times calls for an unprecedented approach, so: I will be fielding your feedback as the semester takes shape.

Reach out over email, tell me things in Moodle chat, or in our remote meetings. We will all be challenged to remain elastic this semester, and my aim is for this course to also respond to what we need it to be in this moment. 

Looking forward to publishing with you,

Mary Banas

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PART #1: EXPLORATION THROUGH EXPERIMENTATION

Image: Dominic Ewan via Giphy
RESEARCH

We will spend time delving broadly and deeply into contemporary and historical examples of publishing, digital and print (from digital archives).

Students will organize their findings in the form of interactive presentations (as a way to utilize and experiment with digital platforms) to small groups and the greater class community. 

Students will choose the tools they want to work with (and no coding skills are required at any point in this course).
3 WEEKS

WEEK 1:
Choose topics, explore and research them, create presentation

WEEK 2: Present topics 1 & 2, create presentation for 3 & 4

WEEK 3: Present topics 3 & 4

⤏Platforms
⤏People
⤏Publications
⤏Projects

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PART #2: CREATING CONTENT

Image: Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

“#takecareof was created on the night of the 2016 Election. Scared and terrified about the Trump Presidency, worried about the people in our community that will be directly effected by  the cabinet, this list was created as a direct action to name the people in our community that we must care for.” —Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo
CONTENT

By responding to given prompts, generating your own prompts, and engaging in experimental ways of working, you will arrive at your content.

The final format for your content is open. Your output should be considered “language” and accessible to an English-speaking audience (it can be in any “language” as long as there is an available “translation”, as required, for Mary).
3 WEEKS

WEEK 1:
Begin responding to prompts provided.

WEEK 2:
Create and trade your own prompts, share your work with the group. 

WEEK 3:
Submit proposal for your open publication to the class collective.

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PART #3: GIVE IT SHAPE

Online presence for Tavares Strachan’s traveling exhibition “The Distance Between What We Have and What We Want” (screenshot of said website by Stewart Smith)
OPEN PUBLICATION

Working individually or collaboratively, you will write, edit, design and publish a publication for the “general” public (really this means people who have access to the internet). Content and form are open to you.

Consider platforms listed here or your you are welcome to propose your own way to publish.

Actions you might take:

Image creation
Curation
Editing
Designing
Coding
Writing
Re-writing
6 WEEKS

WEEK 1: create schedule, Draft 1

WEEK 2: crit with students outside our class, Draft 2

WEEK 3: guest critics, Draft 3

WEEK 4: Edits, progress

WEEK 5: Proofread/ final edits

WEEK 6: Production, celebration

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LAST PART: A GROUP RECORD
Pics or it didn’t happen




CATALOG

As a class collective you will use the last two weeks to create a “catalog”. Students will choose between:

1. Making a catalog of the outputs created this semseter

or

2. Creating a topic-based catalog.  For this, the class will agree on a single focus (topic) and everyone will work together to create a catalog on that topic. 

The “catalog” will include a table of contents, a list of artists/designers, a date, and it will be made available to the public. The class will create a name for the imprint. This is an opportunity to be particularly experimental.
3 WEEKS

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