Per Capita

Critical Making: Montréal - Alternate Modes of Academic Publishing

26 May 2013, 10:00 - 18:00

  • Workshop given by Garnet Hertz [CA-US]

This workshop will explore the concept of critical making and how handmade books can function as an alternate mode of academic publishing. Led by Garnet Hertz (University of California Irvine / Art Center), the workshop will produce an additional booklet to Hertz's acclaimed "Critical Making" (series of handmade books released in late 2012). Participants will write, edit, and layout texts on the theme of critical making, a term coined by Matt Ratto that proposes that hands-on physical work—making—has a clear place in enhancing and extending the process of critical reflection. The first half of the eight-hour workshop will consist of a lecture by Hertz on the topic of critical making followed by a "book sprint" where texts will be written by participants, peer reviewed and designed. In the second half of the workshop, the texts will be collated into a booklet, printed, folded, stapled and trimmed.. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a "Critical Making: Montréal" booklet in their hands, with copies for all contributors.  

This workshop is limited to twelve participants, and individuals should be proficient at writing or design. Written texts can be in any language. Participants need to bring laptops with image editing software (Photoshop, GIMP) and page layout software (InDesign, Pages, Scribus) and are also encouraged to bring cameras, printers, saddle staplers, papercutters, scissors, craft supplies, and other "cut and paste" layout or zine-making tools. Approximately 100 pages of reading in English will be assigned and required in order to participate in the workshop. It is suggested that participants come to the workshop with completed writing drafts, outlines and sketches on the topic of critical making. Travel to a photocopy store (Copies 2000, 5041 Ave Du Parc) during the workshop may be required.

26 May 2013, 10:00 - 18:00