ABZ Workshop 3: Ali S. Qadeer

Hi, I am thirty-six years old. My parents got stable internet in our home when I was 14. I'm not nostalgic for bulletin board systems and dial-up modems, but I do miss an internet where each user took responsibility for both content and form.

For today's workshop, I made something simple, formal and ultimately frustrating. It works across purposes with the web and you will all be frustrated by it today.

In my talk, I mentioned the metaphor of state change. Today, you will be collecting random snippets of text (and—if you must—images) from wherever your internet trawl takes you, and turning them into printed formal compositions with the aid of a risograph. Each of you will use the browser to design a single black and white layer. Then in pairs we will overprint your compositions to see what happens. The available colors are above. Coordinate with your group partner... or don't.

Each one of you will leave with a complete set of everyone's compositions.


1:00pm-3:00pm—groups 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 @ Material Object
3:00pm-5:00pm—groups 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 @ Material Object
5:15pm—Collate and celebrate at Gallery 44


Material Object is located just up the road from here at 192 Spadina, suite 303.
If the front door is locked, call 647-975-0235.

1. download the chrome extension here


2. load the extension

3. surf and select text

4. if you must, double click to gather images

5. when you're ready, click on the browser icon

6. edit elements by clicking on them and adjusting slider

7. try it from other websites

8. ...and other websites

9. feel free to hack away

10. when you're ready, hit print and follow these settings

11. a naming convention

12. load it onto this USB key

13. at the appointed time, arrive here