February the 9th, in their weekly meeting, OSP holds a debrief of the Summerschool experience. Femke Snelting writes an e-mail with her feedback, which osp uses as a «fil conducteur» for their meeting.

Super youll do a debrief even before dust has settled sorry I cannot join tonight. 
Again, I much enjoyed the week and learned a lot. It was energizing on many levels. Thank you!! 
I wondered if you should announce tonights debrief on the Relearn mailinglist? I think it could be interesting to open this up to potential comments from non-OSP participants. 

Some notes to use or ignore! 

It’s also related to length of the experiment (5 days), it’s clear that it doesn’t relate in that sense to a whole curriculum.
The main differences with standard workshops is that there is no clear production… Caroline clearly explained halfway that she imagined more a workshop approach and was somehow disappointed that it was more theoretical than practical… Some people felt they had nothing to teach, they just wanted to learn, but it looks like many people in the end got it. 
There was a lot of time spent on how to use Git. Femke, Aurélie and others' experiments on exquisite corpses were not only playful but super interesting in terms of the sociality proposed by the tool. 
Christoph criticised the introduction to the terminal: his criticism was interesting just to think about how to turn something that felt like a passage obligé into something interesting in itselfdiff and patch in Git can change the way you understand this tool… Git and the terminal are always what we begin with; Git is too implicating in the workflow to just keep a proper introduction. It’s good to keep in mind to explain cultural conventions embedded in these systems… Doesn’t using these techniques force us into a traditional situation where we have the expertise? 
Not everyone felt like it took so much time…

Treating these questions makes it also more than a workshop.



Gijs: One week working with all these tools is short… I’d say at least two weeks. 
Is OSP able to organise much bigger events?
Open the school to other ateliers of the house?
With less participants?
Two others don’t think so.

Making it longer would increase the chance to meet more people.
No one seemed to be lost

Presentation times (restitutions) were too long. Losing some energy. 
Codify the form more.
How do we make more or less people aware about what is at stake in the process.
README, completing repositories, before presentation. Include the documentation process in the restitution process.
We liked couple presentations, can people present other people’s projects? Nice! (so you work out together on what project to let the other present?)
To use Visual Culture as a place to restitute.
Forcing no feedback from the authors.
Explain to the partner the project through git/doc/readme.

For the OSP’s here the mix feels quite nice… Wide range of different levels of experience with free software culture… Do you mean more people from engineering culture? But these we have to invite specifically, because our contacts are of course in a specific sense.

We have to find ways to bring people into the writing process. Eric and friends built the tool right before the event. It should have been done beforehand. Erics tendency to invent tools and not use enough existing ones. Developing tools for documentation and documenting at the same time is exciting, but hardly doable. Maybe it is also a question of building up a practice around this (reuse the tools developed this time a next time around).

Network problems were really limiting → Intranet that replicates at night? Create a documentation day. Not on the last day. But the pads managed to keep up.

IRC is an interesting format. Structurally time-based. Also keeps traces of thing that would otherwise not be archived.
People are already lost between all those ways of communicating. Means dont need to be for every groups. It can respond to specific situations.

How do we do this publication?

The process involves a script with a table of content of the different pads, printing individual pads to PDF and then combine them. Inject some structure.

If everyone is teaching, it is true that it is weird to pay a subset of the people for this role. Now only OSP got paid. That makes sense if you say paying is for the facilitator role, because in that sense we were the only ones to have that role…
But yes, maybe we could also find money to pay all participants. Though that would be a hard sell to any funding body.

At the same time, Metafont was the only clear, concrete subject at the time of the invitation…  I think it is necessary to have concrete elements like this to be able to find people who are willing to engage in the experiment. When we launched the call, Off Grid was undefined and Can it Scale to the Universe described quite an abstract concept. In describing what is Relearn, we need a good balance between the concrete and the abstract.

We tried to get students from KASK but it was not super easy. I think we are quite linked to the Francophone-speaking art school scene. We never get internship requests etcetera from Flemish schools… What to do about it?

Why not organize a kind of meeting at Sint Lucas (500 meters from Variable): we need you for Variable/Art Libre. OK, lets do that.

Prepare before hand. How do we reach Dutch-speaking students? Very important to take this seriously.
Dig the connexions with KASK: Diane, Bram and ask Wendy/An for contacts.

Intermediary Relearn days between now and next year?

Were very much up for it at the KABK! Lets discuss it ASAP so I can start massaging the budget-people early enough.

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