Project II — Countercultural Publication

The theorist Michael Warner argues that publications are the site where publics are formed. We will look at the evolution of printing, from its origins in Korean Buddhism then Gutenberg; mass versus subcultural publishing; translation of print to screen; born-digital publishing. Within this timeline, we will study when subcultures and their practice of publishing within specific means. Examples include Maximum Rock and Roll, New Woman’s Survival Catalog, and Genderfail. For this project, you will focus on (1) the study of a subculture and (2) the display of the publication. Consider alternative forms of digital publishing, ephemerality, file structure poetry, screenshot archives, etc.

Throughout this project, we will question
— How has publishing evolved?
— What are alternative forms of publishing?
— How do constraints affect publishing?


Design and build a responsive, cross platform publication for a specific subculture.


  • 10/3 – Project 2 Kickoff
  • 10/10 – Three proposals due, Deadline to submit P1 to exhibition,  P2 Lecture on Subcultures/Artists, Visit to Office Space 2
  • 10/17 – Initial Prototype due
  • 10/24 -Opening reception for exhibition – Draft 1 due / Studio
  • 10/31 – Studio
  • 11/7 – Project 2 Due


— A Pattern Language, “Mosaic of Subcultures
— N.K. Hayles, “How We Read
— M. Sophia Newman, “Gutenberg Didn’t Actually Invent the Printing Press
— Octavia Butler, “The Value of Literacy
— Jacob Gaboury, Still Searching, “Screenshot or It Didn’t Happen
— Kevin Bewersdorf, “Spirit Surfing
— Kameelah Janan Rasheed, “On Research and Archiving


— Gender Fail, Radical Softness as a Boundless Form of Resistance
— Ted Nelson, Dream Machine
— Maximum Rock and Roll
— New Woman’s Survival Catalog & Whole Earth Catalog
— Ian McDonald, An Idea for a Website
— Folder Studio,
— Triple Canopy
— NY Times Interactive