Mit / With:
Caitlin Berrigan, Federica Bueti, Fiona Geuß, Assaf Gruber, Stefan Heidenreich, Antonia Hirsch, John Holten, Valentina Karga & Pieterjan Grandry, Deborah Ligorio, Alex Martinis Roe, Matteo Pasquinelli, Caleb Waldorf, Nine Eglantine Yamamoto-Masson

Als Teil der Langen Buchnacht in der Oranienstrasse am 30. Mai lesen eingeladene AutorInnen und KünstlerInnen kurze Passagen aus Erzählungen, Artikeln oder Aufsätzen, die sie längst veröffentlicht oder gerade erst geschrieben haben. Diese Kurz-Lesungen werden als temporäre Sammlung von Wörtern und Stimmen aus der Bibliothek in die Nacht gesendet.

As part of the Lange Buchnacht in der Oranienstrasse on May 30, A Public Library hosts a series of short readings starting at 6pm. Invited authors and artists share passages from a novel, article or essay that they have published long time ago or recently written, forming a temporary collection of words and voices, echoing into the night.

Book (and Things) Remixing: The Library and Labor #bbl 4

With guest presentation “Life After the Template” by Eric Schrijver.

Book Remixing #04 is the fourth in a series of workshops for designing and making new types of hybrid books. The hybrid book, or unbound book, is an experiment to investigate what happens once the book is free of its current form of a printed book and usable in multiple and malleable digital forms.

During the third workshop we looked at ‘Books on Books’ and will focus subsequent workshops on the topic of Libraries and Labor. We will explore how the library is being reshaped and re-imagined in relationship to broader changes in contemporary labor conditions under capitalism.

We’ll be organizing a Libraries and Labor reading list on Zotero, which you are welcome to join and add to. See here. There will be some physical copies of the books from the collection at A Public Library, but please bring some of you own if you have suggested titles to include. In the workshop we’ll collate passages and media segments into an exploratory and experimental publication type—hybrid, unbound, annotated, exploded, unbook? In the summer we’ll be producing an exhibition publication along the lines of a ‘virtual shelf’.

While each workshop has built upon the previous discussions, please feel free to join if you’ve never attended before! You can see what we’ve done at the previous workshops below. Bring some books and media that you would like to share as well as a computer.

Life After the Template by Eric Schrijver

Current database driven web architectures separate form (templates and stylesheets) from content (data). By changing the template file, the design for all pages on a web site change. This type of automatisation is highly efficient. The template is separated as much as possible from the content, which residing in the database—ready to be repurposed as easily as possible. What does this mean for the role of a graphic designer, whose intelligence traditionally resides in creating relations between form and content?

Is there a life after the template? Are there ways in which designers can adapt the design of individual articles and pages, and still retain the possibility of indexing and syndication that are so important with database-driven websites?

The research ‘Life after the template’ is a first step in answering these questions. Made possible by a grant from the Creative Industries Fund, Netherlands, it presents a number of case studies that can help imagine digital publishing tools and infrastructures that allow designers to make interesting relations between form and content.

Eric Schrijver (Amsterdam, 1984) is an author, designer and developer. Often working together with the Brussels based collective Open Source Publishing, he creates publications for screen and print with equal love, and invents and appropriates new tools for hybrid publishing. Eric teaches at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and is the editor in chief of the group blog ‘I like tight pants and mathematics’.

Book Remixing #1
Book Remixing #2
Book Remixing #3
For more information on #bbl see the Github page

Unearthing Disaster


A screening and discussion with Angela Anderson and Angela Melitopoulos.
Saturday, 16 May at 19:30.

Unearthing disaster is a visual research project by Angela Anderson and Angela Melitopoulos focusing on the large-scale open pit gold mine in the forest of Skouries in Halkidiki, Northern Greece, and the ongoing anti-mining protest movements in the area, which together form a very complex example of contemporary “disaster capitalism.”

Since 2011, when a Canadian mining company received state approval for the construction of the open-pit mine and processing plant, as part of Greece’s “fast track” investment program enabling the accelerated and barrier-free licensing of large scale private investment projects, local communities have intensified their struggle against what they see as an ecological catastrophe and a threat to their own existence.

Unearthing disaster is not only about the dirty business of gold mining, but implies a catastrophe on different levels: the loss of memory, the loss of expression, and the violent calculated and destructive speed of a disaster capitalism that literally pulverizes the natural and cultural environment.

This unearthing disaster is put into motion as monstrous shareholder profit machinery; an assault that turns a beautiful and pristine environment into something that can no longer be recognized as an environment. Not recognizing the land you live in means not knowing how to relate to it. So in Halkidiki the struggle against the destruction of the territory because of goldmining is a struggle for expression. This destruction of landscape of old forest, pristine sea and beautiful aquifers is first of all a destruction of memory, and the implementation of politics that aims to disable our capacity to act.

Gold mining is not only a vicious consequence of the debt crisis but a form of anti-production. It destroys more than it produces. It takes place for the price of a dubious idea: that of gold——a not very useful element of the earth in which we store financial value and add the idea of infinity or divinity.

The screening of Unearthing disaster (2013) will be followed by a discussion with Angela Anderson and Angela Melitopoulos mapping out the complex situation in Skouries and the various forces, ethics, histories, and materialities that are currently at work there. Anderson and Melitopoulos are currently working on a second film about Skouries, which will be screened at the Thessaloniki Biennale this summer.

Call for Solidarity

SOS Halkidiki

AntiGold Greece

The Future of the Book


A talk and discussion with the digital publishing pioneer Bob Stein.
Thursday, 14 May at 19:30.

The future of the book is the future of society. For the past five hundred years, humans have used print—the book and its various page-based cousins—to move ideas across time and space. Books today, whether printed or delivered to our screens, are marooned in Real-Time. There appears to be an expanding divide between the focus they require and our current economies of attention. Bob Stein, in his presentation ‘The Future of the Book,’ will address the diverse issues surrounding the current status and shifting role of the book through a forward-looking analysis and critique of the Amazon Kindle and associated digital monopolies, platforms and ecologies. He will articulate how our notion of authoring, delivery and reception of book content is changing as we transition from print to digital. This is especially true as the publishing and tech industry giants are providing such an impoverished enhancement of the paper book within contemporary screen reading experiences and environments. As we transition from paper books to eBooks, we see all our annotation and navigation aids disappearing, digital next-generation book remixing is non-existent, and we’re expected to buy twice, once for print and again for eBook. As a publishing experimenter, Stein’s interventions show how the formation of the future book is very much in the making and up for grabs.

Organized by the Hybrid Publishing Consortium and A Public Library. If attending, please RSVP to

Bob Stein has been engaged with electronic publishing full-time since 1980, when he spent a year researching and writing a paper for Encyclopedia Britannica – “EB and the Intellectual Tools of the Future.” In 1984 he founded The Criterion Collection, a critically acclaimed series of definitive films, which included the first supplementary sections and director commentaries and introduced the letterbox format. He also founded The Voyager Company, which in 1989 published one of the first commercial CD-ROMs, The CD Companion to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. In 1992 Voyager published the first electronic books, including Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park.

In 2004 The Macarthur Foundation provided a generous grant with which Stein founded the Institute for the Future of the Book, a small think & do tank aimed at exploring and influencing the evolution of new forms of intellectual expression. In 2005 the Institute published the first “networked books,” which were instrumental in the recognition of the important shift to social reading and writing as discourse moves from printed pages to networked screens. In late 2010 Stein founded a new company, SocialBook, Inc. with the ambitious goal of building the first viable post-print publishing platform.

Bureau for Book Liberation: Book Remixing #03


Book Remixing #03 is the third in a series of workshops for designing and making new types of hybrid books. The hybrid book, or unbound book, is an experiment to investigate what happens once the book is free of its current form of a printed book and usable in multiple and malleable digital forms.

The third workshop will focus on sharing, discussing and excerpting passages from ‘books about books’ that explore publishing histories, the future of the book, the unbound book, the library as book, Open Access books, the digital book, and so on.

We’ll have some copies of the books from the collection at A Public Library, but please bring some of you own. In addition, please select a passage or two that you would be interested in sharing. Some of the books that have already been selected are: Indexing It All; Reading Writing Interfaces; Paper Knowledge; Uncreative Writing; Transforming the Humanities in the Postprint Era; Questioning Library Neutrality; Post-Digital Print; From Print to Ebooks; Paper Machines; Book Was There; The Library Beyond the Book; Fantasies of the Library; The Coming of the Book; The Early History of Smalltalk; Book to the Future; Publication Taxonomy.

We began a collection and reading list on Zotero*, which can be found here. This reading list is just a beginning; you can make additions by signing up for a Zotero account and adding items. (Please email if you have any problems or need assistance joining the group.)

During the third workshop we’ll collate the selected passages into a new publication using the Hybrid Publishing Consortium’s multi-format publishing software A-machine. Additionally, we’ll explore how to address the translation of the printed form into the book as a networked digital repository.

The book remixing workshops will unfold over a series of monthly meetings, leading to the launch of a metashelf/exhibition from the ongoing exploration of books on books. The workshops will address different components of hybrid books at each meeting, but please feel free to join at any time! There will be information posted on Facebook as well as on GitHub where you can follow along.

For more information on #bbl see the Github page. More information on the first workshop can be found here and the second workshop here.

*The Zotero reading list is partially mirrored here.

Das Nachbarschaftsregal

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Das Nachbarschaftsregal ist ein Regal mit den beliebtesten Büchern der Nachbarn und Nachbarinnen der Bona-Peiser-Bibliothek. Am Mittwoch, 8. April um 16 Uhr sind alle NachbarInnen herzlich eingeladen ihr Buch (oder ihren Buchtipp) in der Bona-Peiser-Bibliothek vorbeizubringen und uns bei Kaffee und Kuchen darüber zu erzählen!

Bureau for Book Liberation: Book Remixing #02

Paul Otlet, Traite de Documentation (1934), p.41

Paul Otlet, Traite de Documentation (1934), p.41

The Bureau for Book Liberation: Book Remixing #02 is the second in a series of workshops for designing and making new types of hybrid books. The hybrid book, or unbound book, is an experiment to investigate what happens once the book is free of its current form of a printed book and usable in multiple and malleable digital forms.

The second workshop will focus on cataloging and uploading. Please bring along a list of books that you would like to remix and a computer. The list is essential! If it’s your first time at #bbl please feel free to come along and we’ll give you a quick introduction to get you up to speed.

In this session we’ll be creating a Calibre library to catalog our books. Then we’ll upload the passages that are selected to GitHub as HTML5 files with catalog metadata. In later workshops we will look at how we use GitHub to recombine these passages into multi-format publications, print-on-demand, eBooks and web sites etc.

For more info see the #bbl GitHub page

The book remixing workshops will unfold over a series of monthly meetings, leading to the launch of a metashelf of book remixes. The workshops will address different components of hybrid books at each meeting, but please feel free to join at any time. There will be information posted on Facebook as well as on GitHub where you can follow along.

You can see how the entire book remixing process works at the #bbl wiki.

This workshop will take place in English.

Technik zum Mitnehmen


Beim dritten Treffen von „zum Mitnehmen“ lesen wir aus Büchern des „zum Mitnehmen“ Regals der Bona-Peiser-Bibliothek und aus Titeln der Technik Kategorie des aktuellen Bestands. Technik zum Mitnehmen, am Mittwoch, 18.3. von 16 bis 18 Uhr.

In the third meeting of the zum Mitnehmen reading group, we will be pairing books from the unread to-take-away shelf of the Bona-Peiser-Bibliothek with selections from the “Technik” category of the current library holdings. Join us on Wednesday March 18 from 16:00-18:00, and take away a little technique (in German)!