collective self-education in the arts and culture…

ANTIJARGON :: Publication in process / Open Printing House

Publication in process / Izdanje u nastajanju / Издание во создавање

Terms is a group that trough the process of self-education studies terms in the field of contemporary artistic, hepatitis theoretical, phlebologist cultural and educational practice from the perspective of practitioners active on the independent cultural scenes of Skopje and Belgrade. The aim of the group work was not to create yet another glossary, vocabulary or lexicon, but rather to establish a relational web of concepts in most frequent use. We either comprehend them differently or are, simply, unaware of the different readings according to one’s assumed theoretical (or ideological) position. Investigating the origin, epistemology and the politics of a term, we come to a non-implied, non-colloquial – anti-jargon term platform. By jargon we imply fast, specialized communication, with implied meaning but is actually completely empty. There is no implied meaning behind used terms, instead they only represent an affiliation to the moment, profession, ideology… This position is not a result of some kind of idealistic search for ‘authentic’, ‘original’ meaning of the word. On the contrary, it is a search to establish the term and the politicality of its use in the contextual, historically-materialistic sense. In addition, our intention is not only to detect and demonstrate the mechanism of jargon or to claim that we are excluded from it. The work on de-jargonisation we also view as affirmation of new terms. The new terms can be subjected to de-jargnisation as a prevention. In this publication we offer the registry as a format for de-jargonisation – it is a simple table that is also one of the algorithms for using this publication. Origin, history, utilization, references and ‘description’ are determined for terms used in this table. ‘Description’ can be a note, artistic statement, a list of other terms, or something close to a lexicon entry. The entries in the table link to texts in the publication and outside of it – and thus create relational network of terms and definitions, virtually unlimited hypertextual structure. Publication is open in content and structure, and its real purpose is achieved if the users – editors/authors/readers – continue to work on it: filling in, adding, reediting and using it. That’s why we leave the registry unfinished, demonstrating the possible ways and formats of its use, and invite you to cooperate with is on making it grow.

Open Printing House

Publication in Process is hardcopy version of a web site designated as an open online registry of terms and notions from the field of contemporary arts. This website is the result of 10 month process of self-education of our working group within Deschooling Classroom Project (o^o). Everyone interested can print their own copy of this publication from the and re-organise it according to their own needs – re-edit it, shorten it or supplement it in a DIY manner, that in this case draws the sign of equal between the traditionally separate roles: user/reader= editor= publisher= author= printer. The print-run of this publication is indeterminate and unknown. It can be printed in an infinite number of copies, and every self-published copy can differ from the other. Through abolished pagination, there is no right order for reading this publication. The texts can be printed on their own or in combination with other texts, and they can also be read as single texts or in combination with other texts in any order. Therefore each text and the notion featured in it are separate units that can be placed within the issue arbitrarily. For easier assembly, within each text the numeration of its folio is kept. The layout is adapted to the printing on regular home or office printers on regular A4 paper. For easier printing and binding all the standard printers’ marks are kept. The easiest way to bind the publication is by perforating on the marked places and binding it in a A5 binder. Texts can also be bound with cord and covers of choice. All readers/editors/printers can design their own covers, and add other tects, empty pages for notes or illustrations of choice to the publication. The first issues will be printed and bound by members of the group terms, within the Open Printing House event, where all the others can see the process of printing and binding and make their own copies of publication on the spot.

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Deschooling Classroom

Deschooling Classroom is a project that addresses the contemporary independent cultural scenes in the region, researching and offering an alternative to the hierarchical models of education in the art and culture. Methodologically, the project moves away from the concepts of individual authorship and expertise, and advocates open collective educational structures where self-organised communities facilitate horizontal production, exchange and distribution of knowledge.