A collective who work loosely together, it's own Rhyzom. Set up
by Peter, brought together Fiona, Sarah, Brionnie and Dominic.
creating a cross border activity between northern and southern
ireland. Each participant is involved in different projects. PS2
currently have quite a fluid outcome for what they are producing at
the moment. Thinking about whether they want to produce and
Fiona Woods project
is producing a work in response to Rhyzom using the network as a
form of local production and dissemination. Small sample
publication. Working with Ece + Dominic (would like to work with
more, but requires more budget) exploring the 'commons'. and what
commons means: Ece the relation between commons and public, Dominic
looking at knowledge production. reflects on doina &
constantin's idea of the city as commons. Looking at self made
publications, using home made materials/binding.
Project is called 'Collection of Minds' and is about working
with people she's not worked before, to explore shared concepts.
Fiona would like to work with the full network but is dependent on
budget, is trying to find more funding.
Works being produced are part of it are connected to other
projects. Opportunity for more co-operation would be helpful.
Publication should be distributed via network. Who pays for
translations? Language is a difficult question.
Circulation of physical product is meaningful, as opposed to
looking at it on a website. Is it a reflection of the network?
Website is a representation of the network, publication is an
editorial voice with it's own point o view.
Sarah Browne project
Publication project based in Litram which predates Rhyzom,
developed as part of a residency in a sculpture centre, will use
local spaces such as libraries and local history groups for
distribtuion, rather than art spaces. Looking at life reform and
the influence of that on idealism and practises. Looks at spaces
between fiction and dissemination.
Brionnie Reid developing a text.
Dominic Stevens ... unknown?
public work and PS2 working together on a joint project summer
For PS2 rhyzom is a project individuals are dipping in and out
of. And umbrella within and umbrella.
Projects are either side of the border.
Anne-Marie developed a local cultural center in a caravan.
Workshops: media production, sculpture, locality and
Brought people together who are interested in working in rural
spaces, despite PS2's urban background and history. So works in
response to rural issues.
Agency is a research unit within the university of sheffield
schoo of architecture.. Informtive research into practise and
education. Non hierarchial group. Core group and expands with
project. Membership is through active participation within it.
Group is an experimental and transformative network. A Jam session
of mutual understanding and interest.
Student project is important, and they extend the projects and
get involved with the projects. The intention was to extend the
network of Rhyzom when they joined. Initiation of Agency was the
European Platform for Alternative Research and Action in the City
(PEPRAV), a non-heirarchial network project based on project
workshops from an AAA project, and looking at collaborative
working. The point of Preprav was to create a collaborative tool.
The end production was a book which is used in schools. The other
question: how to represent other positions, points of views and
different contexts, to offer a stronger position for discourse.
School creates live projects which are part of the 5th and 6th
year course. 6-10 students working on a real project with a client
who has approached the school, not replacing a real architect, but
doing a research project with schools etc. 10-12 projects per
3 live projects as part of Rhyzom:
- Project with Istanbul/Cultural Agencies as client
- Project with PS2 as client, looking at production along the
border and conflict zones.
- Project with AAA producing an Ecoroof for Le Cent self
organised cultural center, in Paris
Projects are documented in a fanzine format which is literally
wrapped with a critical text to produce an end text. The
publication is distributed internally to students & faculty, to
other schools, to clients and to future clients, helping develop
Questioning how the live project involvements can go further
within their live context without waiting for the new 'live
project' phase with new students. Issues of continuity.
In working with process instead of formats there are a different
set of formalities and end production, and a different set of
issues around where completion comes.
Self printing vs downloadable formats. Desire to create a
'physical' version, not just publishing PDFs but allowing print on
The need for visual tools created as research to be important
tools for the subjects of the research to create discussion point,
not just as tools for the academics. The perspective provided by
mapping images, and the images providing a communication outside of
the publication context.The problem of the results of the mappings
of neighbour hoods created, showing the hubs and points that
police/developers/maniuplators can infuence/affect/remove.
Militancy and illegal issues make some of the activities of the
investigators difficult. By observing and documenting the
underground it's making helpful invisible networks vulnerable. The
language of communication needs to be adjusted for context of
presentation to engage the audience.
AAA - Rurban
A strategy for ecological thinking/action in urban environments.
Trying to show differnet ways of living when people return
- Rurban is trying to develop collective ecological spaces.
- Local culture
- Local economies
- Urban agriculture
Created a publication to communicate with potential
One example project which reflects there attempts Passage 56,
St. Blaise, paris:
How to create a space which will change the neighbourhood in
which it was created. Closed passage which became a dumping ground
rather than a public space. No opportunity to build because of the
projecting windows, so AAA are invited to do something with the
space and do some consultation to try and use the space and test
uses. Individual works are produced by different groups to test and
use the space in different ways. The construction of the space is
open, as construction is a creative process, but the legality of
this had to be worked round to allow public access.
- Created use
- Discussed the construction, construction as cultural act
- Use - instigating ecological practises, self containing,
producing meetings etc.
Participants are 50 local residents, artists etc who use it for
gardening, parties, performances, exhibitions etc.
Publications for local dissemination, and website to allow
communication for the project. Meetings in the space to discuss
issues raised by the user and creates a publication, and knowledge
Rurban is about extending the scale of this, by creating a
network of these kind of projects. So that they can start to
develop an alternative lifestyle based upon alternative social
spaces as a starting point. Create a network of space which can be
access via bike. Interconnect all services provided by a city but
approached with the idea of distributed network not mass area
Visited rural ecological/alternative developments started by
people with urban backgrounds. Could connect with other
Works based around space and interaction with informal spaces,
run a collection of academic
Project in a very specific physical space, but coming to it with
approach of agency which is not typical, playing with typologies
that may occur in cultural institutions. Working with 'collections'
'archive' 'office' etc.
Each category is a metaphor for the type of communication, and a
separate strand which they wish to represent as an individual
publication so that it stands up for it's own importance without
fighting for attention with other content.
Looking for ambiguous formats which work between different
cultural contexts within Istanbul as well as trans-locally. The
feeling that the work would be lost within a 'rhyzom bible' from a
Empowering the community by giving a cultural context to it to
grow their confidence and worth as a community and give them a
stronger position to argue the place and worth as they exist,
without masterplan regeneration.
No alternative planning in place, was a historic project but now
taken off the card.
Lack of language to express the cultural significance and the
more parties that are involved the more the language becomes swayed
by the controlling parties, so publishing as a group become
debilitating to the activity at hand.
EC funding, the use of the EC logo is creating resistance and
should be questioned, as the provision of money makes the motive a
Dorian Moore - rhyzom.net
Website developed to represent the process of project production
and to provide a starting point, and reference point, for internal
conversation and an initiation and reference point for other
Trying to avoid a standard blog format which is 'backwards' in
presenting an argument, and trying to represent the connections
between the contributors, actions, projects and outcomes.
Space for sharing experiences of the partners during the project
events, as well as connecting the output of the projects via
Should there be topics/keywords? Against is that they don't
represent the project (the current keywords are arbitrary, based
upon minimal content tagged by Dorian). Keywords are one way of
navigating, and different people navigate in different ways. The
keywords bind together underlying themes within all of the work,
allowing for a subset of relevant content to be browse easily, and
allowing for the main contexts to emerge.
Concepts for publications, and how to conceive a publication
A book broken down into parts.
Dick Higgns private press, unified 'box' format. William Morris,
thinking of books as a new work and a work of art.
Barbican work, conversation snippets inserted into leaflets and
placed in bundles of publications.
Architecture Association (School/charity) -> AA publications
--> Bedford Press.
AA Print studios established in 1970s as The Communications
Unit. Work a book, not built form.
Class trying to re-establish connection with works of the
Connect content and design with technology of production.
Editors/Designers in one room, but publications sent out to
Units below 500 not necessarily economical - private press
established for small editions.
Trying to document the editorial publication production process.
Stencil Printer/Rizograph printer. Possible to do four colour by
overprinting 4 times.
Inquiry as open ended investigation.
Forms of Inquiry: Growing exhibition which adds contributors and
curators as it moved between exhibition spaces. Started with a
specific invitation, to consider relationship between design and
architecture and refined to a single point of reference where they
write a short text on it and a print based on this. Thereafter the
same invitation, but slightly different in response to the existing
body of work.
Discussing the publication
Publications are created by different parties in a standardised
set of formats, then are collected together with a trans-local
contribution into a 'box-set'
Important to create the trans-local document to discuss the
commonality between projects which shows how the network improved
the project outcomes, or helped it grow.
Issue of creating a superstructure or creating a support
structure for each publication. How do we gather together and share
the outcomes of the publication trans-locally in a manageable
Insert is edited by the local producer, based upon another
partners work(s) and facilitated within a template to support the
What is the purpose of the 'transversal' publication? Each topic
can be rethought in a different context/perspective.
Could the individual publications be published digitally via the
website/print on demand? argument against is that CA's audience
don't have internet access - but that's handled by the local. The
locals also don't have access to art bookshops as easily as to
internet, and the internet is a more powerful and accessible tool
for knowledge sharing than an 1000 edition critical text.
Collaboration has to be made aware to all parties prior to
initiation in localities. Problems with the local contributors not
being aware they are collaborating trans-locally.
Should not be trying to apply a managed structure to an informal
network of projects.
Does there need to be a unification of objects? Is the
International Village Shop a unification factor, bringing together
the distribution and encouraging shops to be set up at points
across the Rhyzom network?
The tranversal is always a post-rationalisation.
It's not possible to do the contribute properly to another
partners project without enough time to dedicate to it, but it is a
requirement of the network to produce something from the network -
not just as a funder requirement. What is the shared vision?
Should collaboration become representation?
Assets being produced
Cultural Agencies - 6 x unknown publications representing each
of the themes office, events, library, action, collection,
communication. Blog. DVD, Posters, Index Cards, Flyers.
Agency - Reports based on 3 live projects, reflections on these,
blogs, user manual for ecoroof.
Public Works - Products (Abbey Gardens, Belfast) Economic
mapping of product productions, product stories. Website. On-line
PS2 - 3 fanzines + posters, publication, neswpaper format, text
(Brionnie but not known), product (with Public Works)
AAA - Rurban - small book, web/blog, DVD. Seminar - Rhyzom,
No desire to jam all the work together, can we work on
developing something collectively based upon our knowledge
Not be a reflection on Rhyzom, but a reflection on the projects
that we have carried out as part of the network.
How to move forward - how to develop the content, content
depends on format. Do project partners ask each other questions?
What do we want to know about each other project? Can the Rhyzom
website can function to allow us to share and get to know each
others work to help build a critical framework?