E-Publishing with Delphine Bedel

    Publishing & Rapid Prototyping Workshop
    Delphine Bedel will give a lecture & lead an e-Publishing Rapid
    Prototyping Workshop. The aim of this 2-day workshop is to develop concepts, methodologies and
    prototypes to publish each MA thesis, engaging with hybrid publishing formats, from print to digital.
    Various international thesis regulations and models, (from Harvard to art academies) will be
    presented, open source tools and experimental (e-)publishing formats. Working both as a team and
    individually, we will make use of various methodology, including Agile Rapid Prototyping.
    Going from paper/print culture to a corporate ‘software culture’ of publishing, the book—no longer
    a page but lines of code and metadata—is sold as a “license to read”. Unlike traditional books, all
    major e-publishing models allow for a license of use but no ownership. What if we could access the
    hardware tools of e-reader devices and make a book using the phone’s camera for instance? The
    graphics of e-books still mimic the ‘technology’ of the book, such as page turning. The online
    publishing industry is now an oligopoly in the hands of 4 corporations (Google Amazon, Apple and
    barnes&Nobles), who owns the proprietary models of hardware and software they develop for
    publishing as well as the distribution platforms. Pressured by the drastic economic and technological
    changes occurring in the publishing industry, how does this affect artistic practice and art
    Delphine Bedel is an artist, publisher, curator and PhD researcher at University of Creative Arts/
    Farnham Campus (UK). She is founder & director of Meta/Books and Amsterdam Art/Book Fair.
    She is based in Berlin and Amsterdam.
    Meta/Books operates as an experimental research and publishing platform, working closely with
    artists and designers, media critics and writers, printers and programers to develop cutting-edge
    projects. Promoting expanded publishing practices from print to digital, this long term-project aims
    to document current publishing practices by artists that are at the confluence of these questions, and
    the possible historiography and archiving of these practices as they emerge.