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<nettime> Next Step Publishing, discussion

hello everyone,

you are all welcome to joining in the discussion on "Next Step Publishing"
that is taking place on the Yasmin mailing list.

Below, the initial statement setting the domains of the discussion. Invited
discussants are Massimo Canevacci, FakePress publishing coordinated by Luca
Simeone, Andrew Hudson Smith, Simone Arcagni, Marc Garrett and Furtherfield,
with contributions by Alessandro Aurigi, Mike Batty and Nina Czegledy and
guest contributions from major researchers in the area.

you are all invited to the discussion.

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the activities).

*** Information about Yasmin:

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institutions promoting communication and collaboration in art, science and
technology around the Mediterranean Rim.

YASMIN welcomes information on events, artists' works, organizations'
programmes, projects, initiatives as well as discussions and critical
analysis in the field of art, science and technology around the
Mediterranean Rim.

YASMIN aims to identify the players and to facilitate cooperation within the
Mediterranean Rim.

The list is currently moderated by the following team : Pau Alsina, Monica
Bello, Dimitris Charitos, Roger Malina, Nina Czegledy, Ricardo Mbarkho,
Guillermo Mu??oz Matutano and Houssine Soussi. The YASMIN administrators are
Haris Rizopoulos and Velissarios Tsakoumis. For technical support, please
contact us at: "Yasmin Tech" , tech.yasmin@gmail.com

Regional correspondents of YASMIN are Marta de Menezes in Portugal, NoemaLab
magazine in Italy, Hadel , Oguzhan Ozcan in Turkey, Erika Katalina Pasztor
in Hungary, Ana Peraica in Croatia and "Piratas de la Ciencia" in Spain.

*** initial statement for the Next Step Publishing discussion

In 2003 Antoni Abad and Eugenio Tisselli, artists and educators, created
"Zexe" (later called "Megafone"). In the project members of fringe
communities in Algeria, Spain, Mexico, Colombia and Brazil were invited to
"express their experiences and opinions through face-to-face meetings and
mobile phones".


???Mobile phones, GPS technologies and convergent media were used to go beyond
classical anthropological writing, to create a disarticulated, ever-evolving
book that was disseminated in space, time and media, and that was designed
ethnographically, with the whole technological ecosystem that was gently
layered onto the social anthropological systems formed by the invited
communities.???What came out was a beautiful, disseminated, emergent,
multi-author, ubiquitous, open-ended narrative that represents a new form of
publication that has incredible value.
???This example (among the other possible ones) shows a scenario which is
progressively rising in significance and effectiveness.

Naturally interconnecting arts, sciences, design, architecture, engineering,
and living across local and global scales, this scenario shows how we can
proficiently envision publications under the forms of social networks,
architectures, geographical spaces, economic systems, environments,
processes and design objects by creating "books" that are natively
cross-medial and that use technologies such as augmented reality, wide
tagging, spime, sensors, networks, mobile devices, wearable technologies.

Future scenarios, both near and far, raise interesting questions.

Can bodies, architectures, geographies, relationships, emotions, cities,
information, research processes represent proper spaces for new kinds of

Questions like these highlight fascinating, uncertain areas and a discussion
stemming from the list can contribute to shape the future research agenda.

???In this discussion, titled "Next Step Publishing", we wish to investigate
these new forms of publication, and the transformations which they imply,

* the mutation of the roles of publishers, editors, researchers, authors,
readers and the general society;

* the mutation of cities, of social ecosystems and of the networks of
knowledge and relation;

* the creation of suitable research, production and distribution models;

* and the use of means of presenting information that are accessible at
cognitive, anthropological and technical levels, using infoaesthetic
representations, knowledge and content sharing infrastructures, natural
interfaces and innovative forms of interaction

thank you,
Salvatore / xDxD

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