[-empyre-] Greetings from Mute magazine
simon at metamute.org
Tue Jun 8 02:32:45 EST 2010
First off big apologies for not getting on board earlier, as usual I've
been swamped by a self made wave of project commitments.
Thanks for the invite to take part in the conversation.
I'm Simon Worthington, @mrchristian99 , co-founder of Mute Magazine and
OpenMute technology 'Think, Do and Share Tank'.
I'll start by giving a brief intro to Mute's current activities, in
relationship to publishing.
As a background Mute started as a newspaper in 1994 covering issues
relating to art, culture and technology. The magazine was founded in the
UK by myself and Pauline van Mourik Broekman. Here's a link to the first
BTW my colleague Pauline has just joined the Empyre list.
Fifteen years on we've published an anthology, Proud to be Flesh, which
looks to cover what we saw as major themes that reoccurred in Mute's
Web 1.0 to Web 2.0, Net Art, Reinventing the Human, The UnCommons,
Horizontality, Art and/Against Business, Under the Net, Class and
Immaterial Labour, The Open Work.
Mute magazine publishes in print and online - free 2 share, with no
copyright, open or closed (under UK law you can't legally reject
copyright, but this is our statement against the system of copyright
Mute has always been an experimental publishing collective and quite
early we became a 'Think, Do and Share Tank', forming
http://openmute.org to experiment with new forms of publishing and FLOSS
tools. In 2005 we started publishing Mute magazine as POD and also
worked on helping other people to use POD printing. Finally we formed
http://picopress.net as a ePublishing consultancy.
Currently we are commissioned to run a series of workshops advising Arts
Council England (London office), 285 Regular funded organisations on
developing their digital strategies. Last week we ran a day long event
on publishing and you can see a blog post here
In parallel with this workshop we've been conducting a ResearchSprint to
answer questions about how you actually make the vast array of
ePublishing formats; ePub, Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Android, mobile, APPs.
Also how you distribute these publications and finally what are the
economic models. This work is far from complete, but we have got the
ePub bit nailed down and later this week well get those recommendations
Research Sprint http://wiki.openmute.org/index.php/Publishing
Last off we have a speculative proposal out to build an online software
system to help with the conversion of works into the different
ePublishing formats, publication management in the distribution
platforms and for remixing of content (free and paid). See
Looking forward to the conversations.
Beyond the stars http://www.google.com/profiles/simoneworthington
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