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Pitch In & Publish: City As Material Series


Friday, October 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM - Friday, December 10, 2010 at 4:30 PM (BST)

Pitch In & Publish: City As Material Series

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Come together and create. Pitch In & Publish is a series of 5 one-day zine-making events where anyone can be part of a collaborative publication, made using at the Proboscis studio. Each issue will be focused on a topic, and we'll be asking for suggestions and proposed work in advance, whilst letting people sign up and get familiar with bookleteer. We'll be inviting a special guest to each event who has a specific interest in the topic.

There is a maximum of 18 places available for each event on a first come, first served basis. Choose which one(s) you'd like to take part in and book now. The cost of the tickets is to cover the printing and posting of several souvenir copies of each event's limited edition zine issue (made via bookleteer's PPOD service) to each participant.

View the eBooks/zines created so far

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***** If not all places are pre-booked via eventbrite for each event, participants may turn up on the day – on a strictly first come first served basis ***** 

Our first series is on the theme of City As Material with different topics for each event and zine issue:

The city has increasingly become not just a stage for creative activities to be presented on but also the material with which creative works are made. Its flows and fabric are now rendered legible by new technologies and social participation that in turn foster diverse conceptions of citizenship and inhabitation. These processes highlight the mutability of “public” and “private” and the sometimes subtle, sometimes swift transformations of social space. 

This series will comprise collaborative publications that investigate, intervene within, project upon and play with the notion of the city as material. Each of the events we host will focus around a specific topic as a sight-line for a cross-section, a lens through which to perceive a layer of investigation or framework to play within.

We invite you to join us in a collaborative attempt to peer beneath the surface of the city and explore the forces shaping and shaped by the urban fabric, its inhabitants and energies. In addition to a collaborative publication produced around each topic, we will be encouraging all the participants to create their own personal publications to add to the series. 


Streetscapes - The street level of the city, its routes and human interaction whilst travelling through them. Guest : Tim Wright
River - The river running through the city, where it takes us, and what it brings. Guest : Ben Eastop
Skyline - The skyline of the city, the change of perspective when elevated from street level, its effects on the city's inhabitants. Guest : Simon Pope
Underside - What is below the surface of things in the city? What are the data and information flows of the city that act as its shadow or underside? Guest : Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino
Sonic Geographies - The sound qualities of the city, and mapping them through personal experiences. Guest : tbc

The publications will be published in the City As Material series on

Have questions about Pitch In & Publish: City As Material Series? Contact Proboscis
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Proboscis Studio
4th Floor 101 Turnmill Street
EC1M 5QP London
United Kingdom

Friday, October 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM - Friday, December 10, 2010 at 4:30 PM (BST)

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Proboscis is the creative practice of artists Alice Angus and Giles Lane and our associates. We are based in a studio in Clerkenwell, London and work across the UK and internationally.

We create artistic projects of our own as well as collaborating with others to bring our expertise in social engagement, creative research, innovation and problem solving into other areas and contexts – what we call co-discovery for uncommon insight. Our projects and activities often help people create, communicate and share things they value in ways that transcend boundaries.

Collaboration and co-discovery are at the heart of our creative practice and ethos: involving innovative partnerships in fields as diverse as medical research, visual art, literature, film, music, community development, urban regeneration, environment and ecology, pervasive and mobile computing, anthropology and ethnography, mapping and sensor technologies.

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  News and Updates
2010-10-01 09:50:27

We're really pleased that our first spacial guest for the Streetscapes event on 15th Oct will be writer, Tim Wright, creator of the projects such as KidmappedBlakeWalks and In Search of Oldton as well as writer of radio (SWYWTH) and SMS (SuchTweetSorrow).

2010-10-05 07:09:03

Haz has created a special Diffusion eNotebook for the Streetscapes event. Download a copy to make your own shareable notebook for the event : 

2010-10-08 05:10:11

As an added sweetener, we'll give all participants a copy of our Social Tapestries Atlas of Enquiry (usually £5)

2010-10-14 15:20:01

Curator, art consultant and river-dweller Ben Eastop will be our guest at the 2nd City As Material event on River (October 29th)

2010-10-20 04:02:32

Haz has written a post about the Streetscapes event last Friday and we've also just published the Streetscapes zine.

2010-10-22 16:35:08

We're delighted to announce that artist Simon Pope will be our guest for the 3rd event on Skylines (November 12th)

2010-10-27 02:51:07

This Friday's event will start at Hermitage Wharf, Wapping at 10.15am and follow the river back to Proboscis studio in Clerkenwell where we'll create the event's publication in the afternoon.

2010-11-04 04:39:26

We're very pleased that Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino of Tinker will be our guest at the Underside event on urban data and information flow on November 26th. 

2010-11-08 14:07:18

The Skyline Notebook is available for download and has a photo essay by this week's guest, Simon Pope. We'll be meeting near Leadenhall Market on Friday and including an ascent up the Monument before heading back to Proboscis Towers for the zine making. Map and more details to come.

2010-11-25 08:02:55

Tomorrow's Underside event will start at Poppie's cafe, 8 Cable Street at 10.15am (nearest Tube, Aldgate East), from where we'll head to the 4D modelshop to acquire some materials for conducting our exploration of the city's data flows and hidden structures! We'll head back to Proboscis' studio via Brick Lane/Spitalfields, Shoreditch and Bunhill Fields via Smithfield to spend the afternoon planning the publication.

2010-12-07 16:05:45

This Friday's Sonic Geographies event will start at Queensway Tube station and weave a path through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Mayfair, Soho, Covent Garden and Lincoln's Inn to listen to and map the sound qualities of the city and our personal experiences of them. Join us to record the city through writing, drawing, photography, video and just listening.

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