For the jointventure of Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Aarhus University and transmediale the Laboratory designed the annual research newspaper based on the theoretical framework of the BWPWAP festival. The design approach's working title "Back When Newspaper Were Online" describes the "Back to Future" idea, the inverse remediation, from paper to screen, from screen to paper.
Imitating the rhythm of flatscreen reading, the design works with actual screensizes of different mobile devices and translate them onto paper – deconstructing also the aesthetics of digital interface design for paper's sake. For some further design decisions read the righten columne.
>>In referring to the cancellation of Pluto’s planetary status in 2006, BWPWAP (Back When Pluto Was a Planet) - the 2013 edition of the transmediale festival - interrogates techno-cultural processes of displacement and invention, and asks for artistic and speculative responses to new cultural imaginaries. In light of this, the conference and workshop “Researching BWPWAP” took place in November 2012 in Lüneburg, Germany, organised jointly by Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Aarhus University and the reSource transmedial culture/transmediale. The call for participation focused on Ph.D. researchers and other participants to speculate on BWPWAP as a pretext for presenting their research and even to further reflect on its circulation as a meme. [...]
Accordingly, the scope of the newspaper extends far beyond the festival and academy, and into a speculative research environment that engages with a wider constellation of ideas and readers; including a glossary of terms and organised around key newspaper-like subheadings: debate, economy, technology, living and education. That it takes the form of a newspaper, and includes short articles, helps to serve our main purpose: to register the confusions and conflicts between knowledge production, research, and self-organisation. If research is necessarily part of a matrix of power and knowledge, then we aim to expose this by its awkward and casual setting. If research remains a powerful force in shaping our understanding of the world and the institutions through which we operate, then we wish this to extend this to include non-traditional methods, to open speculations, actions, interventions – and to expand the range of possibilities into the far reaches of outer space.<<
Christian Ulrik Andersen, Tatiana Bazzichelli, Armin Beverungen,
Geoff Cox, Kristoffer Gansing, January 2013.
For further informations: www.aprja.net
The two main design concepts:
Similar to printed paper, your contact with the surface of a flatscreen leaves annoying smudges. Artificial smudges in the newspaper generate irritations, which reflect also on the ink of the print...
The grid of the newspaper is build up from the actual screensizes of mobile devices like iPhone, iPad, etc. Also the sizes are in accordance with the digital version. Design elements of online newspaper portals generate a unique rhythm of reading.