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Jian Haake [ohjian]

MODULAR MATTER is the attempt to re-think desktop publishing through the concept of modular synthesis. The outcome is a tool with several independent and combinable hardware modules, each of them performing a specific operation with an operation-specific physical interface. MODULAR MATTER can be played like an instrument in order to generate unexpected printed outcome. The process of making the tool as well as the unfamiliar experience of using the tool hopefully sparks critical conversations around tool ecologies and helps to break open engrained ways of working.

Jian Haake (she/her) is a graphic designer, facilitator and experimental maker. Coming from a background in book making and printed matter, her practice is strongly influenced by this perspective while shifting towards a more hybrid and open understanding of publishing. In her independent and collaborative work Jian Haake establishes a making practice that creates frameworks to invite happy accidents and the unexpected. Her current interest in physical computing and tool making is inspired by and will feed back into her experience in print publishing and workshop facilitation.


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MODULAR MATTER – Rewire your Prints!

MODULAR MATTER is an ongoing project that currently includes the following modules:
DYNAMIC GLYPH to give text input, FRICTION LABEL, WEAVER, FUTURE RELICS and WHOOSH to transform, manipulate and process text and graphics, and finally EMERGENT MATTER to generate a file that can be sent to a printer or preview screen.
The adjustable knobs, slides and switches of each module control the operation. By patching cables the user can connect different modules in order to create a workflow towards printed outcome.

Publication & Grad Show

During the graduation show an interactive installation invites visitors to use and test the modules while having conversations about tools and their impact on creative practice.
A DIY kit with all modules and electronic components will be available in the shop, accompanied by the handbook "MODULAR MATTER – A Situated and Annotated Manual".