MANIFESTO BRIEF What is Collaboration and what is a manifesto? Collaboration is a style of interaction that enhances problem solving and planning between one or more people. It occurs when parties are viewed as co-equals and voluntarily agree to work with each other. As a collaborator your work shifts from the consultation expert mode to one where you work jointly with others. You define the problem and develop plans of action. Manifestos are declarations of intent that are often but not always political in nature. “Art manifestos are mostly extreme in their rhetoric and intended for shock value to achieve a revolutionary effect.” IIMA: Art Manifestos Open Source view Karsten Schidmt describes PostSpectacular as a “little design studio exploring the possibilities of mixing various design disciplines and software development.” He started this as he has the belief that the ‘Open Source’ approach doesn’t always have to conflict with running a business, and through his design studio tries to encourage a ‘participating’ culture within the industry. He believes that every deisgner should know coding in 2011, as software limits your creativity in certain ways. In today’s culture, it is essential to be openly participate in design and through coding come up with an new idea collectively (taken from notes at his talk at UCA)
OneDotZero PostSpectacular is a small London based design studio and consultancy founded by Karsten Schmidt. Karsten Schimdt’s work at onedotzero where he tries to visualise the “cyber convesations” that went on about onedotzero on social networking sites such as facebok, twitter, flickr etc. The music / audio used is very electronic, the visual consisting of typography that is created using numbers (binary style). The real life installation made the interactiveness of it all more contemporary. PostSpectacular fits in within 2011 because it utilises the ever changing ever growing digital culture that we live in, and represents it visually.
Why use Open Source? There are many reasons why open source is seen to be generally better. •Quality: It’s always better to have a lot of people testing out and fixing the bugs and flaws in a programme rather than a selection of developers. Open Source programees tend to be more reliable for this reason, as they are trialed and tested by many, and flaws often get fixed as soon as possible. •Customization: It is the belief of some designers and practitioners that it is better to create your own tools to work with, as this gives you more flexibility to work with and you can customize the tool to exactly what you want it to do. •Cost: The cost of running open source software is also very low when you compare it to bought software which includes the exorbitant cost of mandatory virus protection, support charges, ongoing upgrade expenses and the costs associated with being locked in.
Collaboration in Literacy A collaborator is someone who assists in the plot. In the literacy world a collaborator brings together the different aspects and areas that goes into publishing a book. He/She is the means of communication between the cover designer and the author for example. It is important for the collaborator to know he/ she is not the main author but rather help them communicate with people / agencies they might need. A good collaborator should: - critique work in a honest and kind manner. - commit to group goals - “can do” attitude - Sense of humour under stress - Responsible - Must value team over individual.
PRIMARY RESEARCH Interviews I booked the photo studios, so we can hold ‘formal’ interviews in there, asking people what they thought collaboration was, what makes a successful collaboration and if applicable, their view on open source. Chara Pitsillidou
A3 Sheets On seperate A3 pieces of paper, we wrote down statements in which others could jot down their ideas or views on. These statements / questions were written on seperate pieces of paper and put them various walls around university. The statements were: - “Doodle here” by Helen - “I would ike to collaborate with ….because….” by Ryan - “Heart Collaboration? Why?” by Kleanthis - “Draw an example of collaboration” by Michelle - “If I could be anything I would be…” By Quarina However after the experiment we decided that this was in fact PARTICIPATION not Collaboration as the ‘doodlers’ are not equal in the idea generation process and they do not really have a say in the final outcome. The sheets themselves are the ‘idea’ in this circumstance.
PRESENTATION Presentation: PostSpectacular We split up our presentations into different sections and each wrote out one of them, and took responsibility over that area. My area was PostSpectacular as a company. PostSpectacular is Karsten Schidmt’s design studio based in London which deals with interactive design through the use of coding. Karsten Schidmt created the studio in order to actively discover the growing possibilities at the connection of various design fields, art and software development in a multitude of contexts. The name of his studio is inspired by the thesis number 6 of The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord.. This states that the ‘spectacle’ is nota dded to the real world so to speak but rather to the heart of society. It represents the prevailing model of social life. hus by naming the company ‘PostSpectacular’ it implies it is a result of this social life. So society and social life determine what the content of the work us rather than the other way round. The manifesto of PostSpectacular is called ‘Rule Making and Breaking’. It is a totally unique manifesto from Karsten Schmidt’s experiences which includes open source programming, installations, collaboration and interactivity. The manifesto is split up into 3 sections: literacy, process and output.. The target audience of the manifesto is its clients as well as designers. They can read the philosophy / set of rules Karsten uses. This technique is similar to that of Open Source where there is no secrecy behind the process. It also acts as a rulebook so he is reminded of what / how he set out to work so as not to deteriote too much.
MANIFESTO BRIEF Manifesto ideas - Blog: A collaborative manifesto, possibly similar to the structure of Karsten Schimdt’s, where it could act as a rulebook or ‘advice’ and get others to add to it, as this would give them equal footing. However, some may not take it seriously, and as a result it would degenerate. - Audio: Get a group of people to contribute a sound, which gets used to create a ‘song’. Possibly following John Cage’s example, maybe something similar to the ‘4 minutes of silence’. - Moving image: A video on collaboration, with interviews from different people, in a documentary style. Possibly have a group of people that make the video, each with equal roles. - Family Tree: two sets of groups merge their ideas on one topic together in order to achieve better collaborated works. - Video Piece: Each member / participants are given an hour where they film whatever they want on a given topic. These are all put together to create a massive movie / documentary. - Group sayings: Everyone says a word which in the end makes up sentences or paragraphs. This would be collaborating as each person has an equal amount to say, and no one has more to say than the other. - Quilt design: Each square is designed by a seperate person. Each square is then placed next to each other, in a ‘quilt’ shape, making a massive ‘mural’ of sorts. What is the reason behind final idea? We, as a group, liked the idea of making something ohysical together, with a similar ‘rulebook’ attitude that PostSpectaclar had. However we did not want to go for the traditional ‘list’. After much discussion, we decided to merge the idea of making food with the concept of a perfect collaboration, resulting in the recipe of a perfect collaboration. We decided to use similar semiotics as would be used in a normal recipe. This idea was also quite playful as it portrayed a quite contemporary subject in a more traditional and ‘fun’ way.
Recipe Looking a various recipe sheet layouts: the styles, textures and materials as well as general design. I liked the first one as it uses quite a ‘raw’ style, with the book made out of what seems to be recycled paper. The second, with the recipe being hand written gives it a more personalised touch. I also looked at what other ‘recipes’ looked like other than for food. I like the chalkboard look, as it adds concept and depth to the recipe itself The language used usually: 1/2 Cup ____ 1 tsp ___ A pinch of salt 2eggs A spoonful of ___