The Techne Lab

The E-pamplet Series

The TECHNE Art + Research e-pamphlet series foregrounds the relationship between creative research methodologies and contemporary art and writing practice, critical making, and digital scholarship. The series features experimental publications composed by artists, creative writers, digital humanities scholars, remixologists, and critical theorists whose creative work investigates our contemporary moment. Our initial set of pamphlets will be published every two weeks starting April 2017.

My Task: 
Design and edit a cohesive series of pdf e-pamphlets composed by artists, writers, scholars, remixologists, and critical theorists.

My actions: 
Using Adobe Indesign and Adobe Photoshop, I created e-pamphlets that doubled as books once printed. I designed addressing the clients’ needs while attempting to keep a thematic look and feel throughout the series.

What Is Techne?
by Mark Amerika

TECHNE Lab founder Mark Amerika wrote the lab’s first white paper in 2002. Fifteen years later, he has added an addendum that repositions the lab as an experimental space for interventionist practice-based research into emerging forms of digital art, writing and theory.

Published April 17, 2017


by Laleh Mehran and Chris Coleman

Denver-based artists Laleh Mehran and Chris Coleman describe their WF3I project as “a social movement, a philosophy, a path to responsible connectivity between our online/offline lives and to each other”, proposing “a new strategy for our online communications: wee-fi.

Published May 1, 2017

95 Thesis

by Charles Bernstein

In 95 Theses, America’s eminent poet Charles Bernstein uses terms from Erving Goffman’s Frame Analysis to make a case for shifts in moods and style in scholarly writing. “I am retiring in 2019”, Bernstein writes, “so take this as something of a swan song, or, anyway, duck soup.”

Published May 15, 2017

Johanna Drucker Remixed: "no file is ever self-identical"

by Joel Katelnikoff

Joel Katelnikoff’s new series of experimental writing works blur the distinction between practice, theory and applied remixology. “What began as an exploration now threatens to become an institution” opens his latest remix. “We like to think we both theorized and produced the fabric of meaning. We are simply a convention.

Published May 29, 2017

Towards an object-oriented practice-research

by Paul Caplan

Paul Caplan’s Towards an object-oriented practice-research is at once a philosophical mashup of object-oriented ontology, new media critique, and political rant. “Products are processes”, he writes, “as fleeting and ephemeral as the object assemblages under investigation.”

Published June 12, 2017

Kisses, Kisses

by Yael Kanarek

Kisses, Kisses
 is a digital remix of the original “zine” that accompanied artist Yael Kanarek’s 2016 solo exhibition at bitforms gallery in Manhattan. This unique artist ebook traces Kanarek’s journey as a net artist and how she “transitioned from the analogue of art practice to the new frontier of the internet.” Essays, conversation, lists, love letters, puzzles, games, and paper sculpture “highlight the complex relationship between self, desire, and tool.”

Published August 21, 2017

The Inhumanist Manifesto

by Gary Hall

In The Inhumanist Manifesto, Gary Hall writes that “[i]f the inhuman equals the human intertwined with the nonhuman, then the inhumanities are the humanities.” Articulating the latest version of his radical theories on posthumanism, piracy, Marxism, open access and the commons, this bold remix of Hall’s self-proclaimed pirate philosophy details his strategic repositioning of practice-based research as an alternative form of social critique.

Published December 12, 2017

My Challenges
First, the E-pamphlet “What is Techne” was already published before I began designing. This limited my design scope since I wanted the series to feel cohesive. However, towards the end of the series, I learned to simplify and add my own flare.

Second, pleasing the clients was sometimes challenging as they each had their own ideas, wants, and perceptions of the end product. A few wanted several iterations last minute and others would not budge on their needs.

Overall, my clients were satisfied and extremely grateful for the opportunity to have their works published. Each e-pamphlet was made available on The Techne_Lab website and new social media accounts. And lastly, I really enjoyed designing and getting to know the artists, writers, scholars, remixologists, and critical theorists!

If I were to redo this series, I would update the cover pages. I would use the same font style, size and color across all e-pamphlets. The images would be cropped to fill the same area on the pages. Plus, the alignment would be dramatically improved. Furthermore, I would consider printing e-pamphlets and sending the final book as a surprise to the authors. Why? Because in a day where digital is everywhere, I truly believe that the physical book would have been cherished so much more.

Thanks for the Read!

- Carolyn