October 27, 2010 by Giles Lane
October 2010 Newsletter
A roundup of activities, projects, events, publications and other assorted good things/mischief which we’ve been up to recently.
NOW & UPCOMING
CITY AS MATERIAL EVENTS
Proboscis is hosting 5 fortnightly participatory publishing events at our studio from October 15th to December 10th 2010. Each event has a special guest and a topic serving as the focus for producing a collaborative publication/zine (using bookleteer.com) which will be printed in small editions using bookleteer’s PPOD service.
The first event on Streetscapes with guest Tim Wright took place on Oct 15;
The next event on River with guest Ben Eastop is on Friday 29th Oct;
The third event on Skylines with guest Simon Pope will be in November 12th.
AUTUMN OFFER – 60% OFF SPECIAL SET
To help raise funds for a new security system at the studio (after our 2nd break in this year) we are offering a massive 60% discount on a special set of our previous bookworks : the Social Tapestries Case of Perspectives, Alice Angus’ Endless Landscape Magnets and the Being In Common: Catalogue of Ideas deck of cards.
NEW STORYCUBE SIZES
We have recently introduced a new medium size StoryCube (82x82x82mm) that is available both as an option to design your own personalised StoryCubes with bookleteer.com and also in packs of blanks to buy for workshops, projects and activities.
Giles will be collaborating with DodoLab in Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan as part of their ongoing project with Broken City Lab in November.
AS IT COMES
Alice has been commissioned by Mid-Pennine Arts to create a new site-specific work in Lancaster in response to the history and future of local trade and independent shops which launches on 10 November and on 4th December there will be a talk and walk-round in the city.
Proboscis is developing a new film about our work with sensors, mapping, mobile technologies and community for an upcoming online exhibition curated by Jeremy Height of the MIT Locative Media Institute. Mandy Tang has created a storyboard for the film which has been published as a Diffusion eBook with pop-ups.
NEW BOOKLETEER FEATURES
Over the summer we’ve made a number of changes and added some new features to make bookleteer easier and better to use. Its free to join and create your own Diffusion eBooks and StoryCubes. You can also order professionally printed and bound versions via our exclusive PPOD service. We also have a supporters’ club which ‘crowdsources’ donations towards the costs of developing and maintaining the platform – members get benefits such as discounts on PPOD orders and other freebies.
GRAFFITO AT VINTAGE & TENT DIGITAL
Graffito, a free collaborative drawing app for iPhones/iPads, was shown during the summer at the Vintage@Goodwood Festival and then at Tent Digital as part of the London Design Festival. Graffito is a collaboration between BigDog interactive, Queen Mary University of London, University of Nottingham, University of Glasgow and Proboscis, funded by the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute. Download it from the App Store and play on its global canvas today.
100 VIEWS OF WORTHING PIER
Alice was commissioned by Artistsandmakers to create new work for Worthing Pier as part of Pier Day/Made in Worthing Festival in September.
SEVEN DAYS IN SEVEN DIALS
Proboscis was one of several partners helping young placements in the Culture Quarter programme explore and create new works about the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden. Alice, and our own placements Karine & Shalene, worked with the other young people to create a series of Diffusion eBooks using bookleteer.com
Proboscis took part in DodoLab’s creative intervention in the city of Rijeka, Croatia in June, Alice is making a new animation about the role of the market in city life and Proboscis were helping create and print StoryCubes and Diffusion eBooks.
CREATIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAMME
Proboscis has developed a new creative placement programme in partnership with New Deal of the Mind and the London Borough of Islington. During 2010-11 we will be hosting 7 placements (funded through the Future Jobs Fund). The roles include: communication assistant, creative assistant, marketing assistant, education assistant and web development assistant. Two people have now completed their placements with us, Karine Dorset and Shalene Barnett – you can read their reports on their experiences here:
NEW DIFFUSION TITLES
Below is a list of new titles of downloadable Diffusion eBooks and StoryCubes published on http://diffusion.org.uk since our last newsletter
The Stories So far… by Cartoon de Salvo http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2193
The UnBooklet of Diasappropriation: Situated Moments from the City http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2188
Passivhaus Field Trip eNotebook by Rob Annable http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2182
Streetscapes eNotebook by Proboscis http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2175
Tangled Threads by Mandy Tang http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2171
Graffito by BigDog Interactive & Proboscis http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2146
Topographies and Tales StoryCubes by Alice Angus & Joyce Majiski http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2140A StoryCube about bookleteer.com by Proboscis http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2135
My Work at Proboscis by Karine Dorset http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2130
Bird Song by Melissa Bliss http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2122
Graffito Vintage Festival ScrapBook by Jennifer Sheridan http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2115
Ode to Dawson by Joyce Majiski & John Steins http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2111
Excavations in the Temple Precinct of Dangeil, Sudan by Julie Anderson & Salah Mohamed Ahmed http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2108
Seven Days in Seven Dials by Proboscis http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2096
What Type Are You? A StoryCube Game by Mandy Tang http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2090
Scribbles by Hazem Tagiuri http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2087
Cosmo China 20th Anniversary Exhibition http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2081
Cocktail Recipes by Karine Dorset http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2076
Greenhill eBooks by Gillian Cowell http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2069
Rijeka Pier (RIBA RIBI GRIZE REP) by DodoLab http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2066
Kitchener African Canadian Workshop by DodoLab http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2054
Meet Us At Kont by DodoLab http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2060
Rijeka, City of Diversities by DodoLab http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2051
Rijeka Work Book by DodoLab http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2047
In-site Toronto by YZO http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2039
Schedulers by Alice Angus http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2023
My Thought Book & StoryCube by Shalene Barnett http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2019
Cook ‘N’ Colour by Karine Dorset http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2016
DodoLab: Island Stories Book 1 by Andrew Hunter & Paula Jean Cowan http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2011
The Coalition: our programme for government by HMG http://diffusion.org.uk/?p=2008