World Of The News
“Starting from the assumption that the increasing commercialisation of the contexts of sharing and networking is transforming the meaning of art and participation, then how do artists, activists and hackers respond critically?”, Tatiana Bazzichelli, reSource programm
The idea of Aarhus University & transmediale to publish the results of their research programm “reSource” in a 32 pages newspaper is easily described with a quote by Herbert Marcuse: “Being theory as well as practice, political practice, education today is more than discussion, more than teaching and learning and writing. Unless and until it goes beyond the classroom, until and unless it goes beyond the college, the school, the university, it will remain powerless.”
Coming with the idea to design the newspaper in the appearance of a popular, tabloid and highly in/compatible newspaper (so to speak News Of The World) the design questions also the working enviroment of research practices in über commercial times. Especially the cover takes its origin from the last issue of the News Of The World - the reinterpretation switches only the typeface of the proper logo and replaces the single newspaper titles with images of the cloudy sky for a recontextualisation to the transmediale 2k+12’s festival theme.
“It is in this context that the in/compatible research newspaper provides a new platform for knowledge exchange, and research across disparate fields of practice. It provides an insight into current research from academics, practitioners, and Ph.D. students working in/with in/compatibility, the 2012 transmediale festival theme. As such, the newspaper constitutes a thematic publication for the festival, and is an attempt to extend a media art festival like transmediale into a research context. [...] So, although this may seem like old news in many ways, in terms of research practices, it breaks with some of the current academic conventions of peer-review, academic reputation, and what constitutes proper scholarly activity.” - from the editors