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The Northern Charter

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (BST) Book Launch

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Wednesday 26th June


The design of On the Upgrade – WYSIWYG is by Studio Hato, London

or-bits Book Launch:
On the Upgrade – WYSIWYG

We are pleased to invite you to the launch event of 'On the Upgrade - WYSIWYG' at The Northern Charter in Newcaslte-upon-Tyne.

'On the Upgrade – WYSIWYG', is a new publishing project: a POD book, also distributed as a PDF, which includes artworks by:
Jamie Allen, Renee Carmichael, David Horvitz, IOCOSE, Michael Kargl, Sara Nunes Fernandes, Julia Tcharfas, Maria Theodoraki and Richard Sides with interviews contextualising the artistic process’ of the featured artists.

With a conversation between Ralf Brög (SITE magazine), Marialaura Ghidini ( and Sam Watson (CIRCA Projects) about intermedia publishing, and more.

On the Upgrade – WYSIWYG is a book exhibition, or an exhibition in a book. It is a new configuration of selected material first presented online or for web broadcast, and it operates as an artistic, curatorial and design re-alignment of material originally compiled for online consumption for the book interface. During production, the specificity of material engagement was considered, and what affects this may have moving between on and offline modes of presentation.

“What are the representational languages of the interface? How does it work as text, image, sound, space and so forth, and what are the cultural effects, for instance of the way it reconfigures the visual, textual or auditory?” (Soren Pold, Interface Realism: The Interface as Aesthetic Form, 2005.)

On the Upgrade – WYSIWYG will be soon available as a POD book and PDF on, our website and selected online distributors and bookshops.

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'On the Upgrade' is the publishing series of that explores the relationship between artistic production and distribution online and print publishing. The projects within the series look at processes of translation of artistic material which, originally created for a website, migrate to a different site, taking up different forms and formats, in print. On the Upgrade considers the possibilities, limitations and characteristics inherent in the movement between sites of creation, display, dissemination and engagement in relation to the increasingly broader notion of publishing. It also functions as an offline archive of material and artworks firstly presented on that, with each new project, respond to the site-specificity of the chosen print format, a format conceived as an expansion of the original site of display, its source (our website).
On the Upgrade started in September 2011 within off-site activities such as gallery exhibitions, events and workshops.

This project was supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and with the support of Banner Repeater (London)and The Norther Charter (Newcastle) for the launch events.



Wednesday 26th June
18.30 — 20.00





The Northern Charter, Newcastle

The Northern Charter is located on the 5th Floor of Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QE. 




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The Northern Charter
Pilgrim St
NE1 Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (BST)

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