Extra-curricular is a forthcoming reader of collected texts about self-organized learning, experiments, and alternatives in art and design education. Occurring both within and separate from existing institutions, these new forms of learning and organization question how learning takes place, for whom, and the ideologies inherent in existing models. An (admittedly) incomplete inventory, this book aims to serve as a starting point for further discussion and experimentation. 


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Journey to Mount Analogue, 210 x 297 mm, Risograph

Journey to Mount Analogue is an expanded edition of the 1959 novel Mount Analogue by René Daumal, introducing new layers and levels of adventure. Readers are challenged to undergo Daumal’s unfinished quest while manoeuvring through the Rotherhithe Picture Library’s stacks and Wikipedia articles organised by elevation from the Earth’s inner core to its outer summits.

‘You are about to commence a journey beyond the bounds of possibility, a climb to where realities don’t come by divine revelation. You will venture into the unknown. You will perform all kinds of experiments in order to see. You must become human before seeking transfiguration.’ — M.A.A.F. (Mount Analogue Ascenders Foundation)

First edition, 100 copies (stamped and numbered)
Single colour risograph
86 pages (58 French-folded and perforated)
A4: 210 x 297mm
Hardcover (blind debossed, foil blocked, coil bound)
English
ISBN 978-0-9573509-5-3

Published by Books From The Future and Platform Editions
Edited by Jacob Lindgren, Yvan Martinez and Joshua Trees
Concept and design by Jacob Lindgren
Introduction by Yvan Martinez


 
 
 

UIC United Faculty, 24 x 36 in, Offset

A broadsheet poster/mailer for UIC United Faculty, the labor union representing faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The back of the poster featured an interview with the authors of a book on the worrying trend of disinvestment from higher education, which was the focus of the mailer.


Open Border EU was a temporary installation in Dover, United Kingdom. It consisted of 7 nautical flags that spelled the word ‘welcome’ opposite the English Channel from Calais, France. The project can also be viewed at openborder.eu.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Requesting, 140 x 210 mm, 1 color

Sol Lewitt’s Wall Drawings recreated via Amazon Mechnical Turk: Between April 4, 2016 and April 7, 2016 eighty five anonymous “Turkers” were comissioned in order to create the content of this book. Over a span of eight HITs (jobs uploaded to the Mechanical Turk marketplace) workers were paid between 10¢ and 50¢ to complete a drawing per instructions given through the service’s interface. Workers were linked to a web-based drawing application, or asked to use the method of their choice, to interpret a set of intructions (one of three—Wall Drawing #46, #56, or #295) and submit the result via email, where the submissions were automatically forwarded and uploaded to a content management system.

The average time spent on the tasks within each of the eight assignments varied and were: 16 minutes 49 seconds, 8 minutes 33 seconds, 15 minutes 10 seconds, 5 minutes 18 seconds, 21 minutes 41 seconds, 11 minutes 37 seconds, 34 minutes 20 seconds, and 7 minutes 6 seconds. The effective hourly rates for the eight jobs were $1.070, $2.105, $1.187, $1.132, $0.277, $0.516, $0.874, and $2.113, respectively. Technical issues related to the roundabout process of receiving a job through the Mechanical Turk website, drawing on a separate website, and emailing them with specific formatting were common, but provided an opportunity to enter into communication via email with several of the workers. These correspondences varied from technical issues, wider conversations about Mechanical Turk, explanations of the project, and simple greetings, among other things.

The instructions of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings were left in their original form, although the particular set of three instructions was chosen as to avoid mentions of color, measurements, methods, and surfaces. All the submissions are unadultered, with the only intervention between their creation, submission, and display in this book being their arrangement on the page.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Interview with an independent bookshop owner, 148 x 210 mm, Inkjet printer

As an accompaniment to an audio interview, the booklet explores the 100 most-recomended books and inventory of an independent bookshop located on a high street. The text is comprised of descriptions of each book’s plot, with an index of all titles at the end.


 
 
 

School of School posters, letter-sized, digital printed

School of School was a temporary publishing exercise that used/repurposed the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture and School of Design identities to post messages critical of the state of education and academic models. Over a period of three weeks the posters shifted from being exact replicas of the university’s existing identity, to slight variations, to complete misconfiguration. At the end of the exercise all the digital files used to create the posters were made freely available via a USB dead drop. A publication was also made to explain the process, feature texts used to produce the messages, and a small amount of copies were distributed around the school.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

School of School booklet, half-letter size, digital printed

School of School was a temporary publishing exercise that used/repurposed the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture and School of Design identities to post messages critical of the state of education and academic models. Over a period of three weeks the posters shifted from being exact replicas of the university’s existing identity, to slight variations, to complete misconfiguration. At the end of the exercise all the digital files used to create the posters were made freely available via a USB dead drop. A publication was also made to explain the process, feature texts used to produce the messages, and a small amount of copies were distributed around the school.


Poster for Graphic Design Festival Scotland competition 2015, 594 x 841 mm


 
 

A newsprint portfolio of work made during the first semester of university, 289 x 380 mm, Digital printed.