Abstracting Craft

Manuals could be considered as an important interface between end-users and software programmers, often overlooked as a platform for collaborative fiction about future tools. Using the well-known format of the booksprint (a group of self-motivated people with varying skills writes a manual for a specific set of tools in a short amount of time) as point of departure, we write a manual about how to design a typeface, as well as how to produce it using specific software. A case study looking at the relation between learning, development and creation. Guests: OpenFontLibrary, OSP, The Unicode Consortium and Debian/Ubuntu font teams.

LGRU.net - research thread: Abstracting Craft, Co-position, Commissions, Networked Graphics, Piksels and Lines

Considering your tools


Today’s creation largely depends on digital tools. Far from being a neutral mean to an artistic achievement, those tools are actually opinionated: they carry values and are full of conventions about the way things “ought” to be done. Because of this, we think it is crucial to raise awareness among practitioners in order to make software and machines into tools to think with (or against), and to let us speculate about future  Continue Reading »

LGRU.net - research thread: Abstracting Craft, Co-position, Networked Graphics, Piksels and Lines

Future Tools

The yearly Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) gathers users and developers of Free, Libre and Open Source software for creative work. LGM is a self-organised event, put together by designers, artists, free culture activists and software developers because they want to make their Libre Graphics toolbox even better.

The 2013 edition takes place from 10 to 13 April in Madrid, Spain and is hosted by Medialab Prado in the context of the Libre Graphics Research Unit. The meeting is themed Future  Continue Reading »

LGRU.net - research thread: Abstracting Craft, Co-position, Networked Graphics, Piksels and Lines


At the core of the LGRU-project is a series of research commissions that allowed artists and software developers to work together on projects that creatively re-think the way practice and tools interact. The results of this work are currently under review, but you can already enjoy some of the results here.

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Tools for a read-write world II

A-synchronous collaboration on what could be an image for Interactivos?’13: Tools for a Read-Write World1

And sketches are being plotted by Manufactura Independente!
Featuring Pierre Huyghebaert, FS, Manufactura Independente, Dia, Inksca…

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Contribution to ‘Perspective: Artist – The position of individual artists in the performing arts in Flanders’ (VTi Institute for the Performing Arts, Brussels) “None of the work that we discuss here is actually hidden, but its dullness and technicality make it prone to blend into the background and it’s only with some effort it can [...]

LGRU.net - research thread: Abstracting Craft, Co-position, Networked Graphics, Piksels and Lines

Interactivos Tools for a Read-Write World. Call for Projects

Medialab-Prado and The Libre Graphics Research Unit are looking for projects to be collaboratively developed during a two-weeks workshop to be held in Madrid, 13-27 April, 2013. We are interested in your ideas for tools to design, edit, draw and write together. This edition focuses on (re)inventing a Libre Graphics workflow that supports collaboration and exchange.

More info at the Medialab Prado website: http://medialab-prado.es/article/ilgru_call_projects

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11 sessions @ ERG, Brussels. La plupart des auteurs contemporains (artistes, designers, cinéastes, écrivains), créent leur œuvre à l’aide d’ordinateurs. Ils utilisent les logiciels par défaut, les mêmes outils que tout le monde utilise. Imaginez que ces logiciels n’étaient pas seulement faits pour faire le travail, mais seraient des outils à penser, des instruments à [...]

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Tools for a Read-Write World I

While working on a call for projects in the context of LGRU (codename: Tools for a Read-Write World) I drift off into reading an interview with Ward Cunningham. Cunningham developed concepts and codes for collaborative tools such as the Wiki, and also inspired programming methods like Extreme Programming. Bill Venners: Everyone would likely agree that [...]

LGRU.net - research thread: Abstracting Craft, Research meetings

Federated Publishing

The next Research Meeting Abstracting Craft will take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 27-29 September 2012. The program is being developed by WORM in collaboration with FLOSS-Manuals.

Below you can find an outline on the meetings theme, followed by the daily schedule:


FLOSS Manuals and Federated Publishing by Mick Fuzz and Adam Hyde.

Federated Publishing was anticipated by this astonishing passage from  Marshall McLuhan “Predicting Communication  Continue Reading »

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forget that you are

i P a d (Michael Murtaugh’s melted version for Prototyping Futures) I am enjoying Household Words, an associative analysis of ‘common-sensical’ words such as Sucker, Bloomers, and Bombshell. In her last chapter, Cyber, Stephanie A. Smith refers to On the road to intimacy, a 1992 whitepaper calling for the development of ‘personal digital assistants’. The [...]

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It is barely visible through the glare of its plexiglass container but I am struck by a paint-splattered box-camera included in the exhibition George Hendrik Breitner: Pioneer of Street Photography at De Kunsthal, Rotterdam. As a reminder of this crude object tainted by extensive use, I take a picture. At home, I realise that I [...]

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LGM 2012

This year I could only make it for a few days to LGM, but I am glad I came. First of all to meet friends and colleagues, to find out how they and their projects have been. I enjoyed getting hold of a fresh issue of Libre Graphics Magazine for example; The Physical, the Digital [...]