XPUB is the Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design: Experimental Publishing of the Piet Zwart Institute. XPUB focuses on the acts of making things public and creating publics in the age of post-digital networks.

XPUB’s interests in publishing are therefore twofold: first, publishing as the inquiry and participation into the technological frameworks, political context and cultural processes through which things are made public; and second, how these are, or can be, used to create publics.

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Welcome to the XPUB homepage with links to tools and webpages we use in the course. An important part of the XPUB course is considering the implications of the technologies and tools we use, how the choices have an impact socially, environmentally, politically. In this spirit, rather than relying heavily on cloud services, XPUB (self-) hosts and maintains many of the servers and services that the course uses. Students learn and practice skills of programming and server maintenance in order to gain first hand experience with the materials of software and networks.


vulnerable interfaces - XPUB graduation show 2024

Opening Thursday 27th June 19:00 - 21:00
Exhibition Friday 28th June – Sunday 30th June 12:00 – 18:00
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Come to our graduation show at WORM’s Slash Gallery in Rotterdam! We are Stephen, Irmak, Aglaia, and Ada; four graduating students of Experimental Publishing. Experience our graduation projects, skim through our publications, and take part in our performances. On the opening evening there will be: 🍥 a performance of edible stories —come a little hungry inside, 🐝 chances to experience an interactive picture book — bring kids aged 7-80, 📇 performative bureaucratic reading sessions — come with a bureaucratic document that stresses you out and 😴 plays about work — bring your dreams and anxieties. ✼ ✼

Dumped Printers Modding Workshop

Dumped Printers Modding Workshop Thursday 25th April 2024 @ 10:00-16:00
WH.04.115 (Aquarium 4th floor Wijnhaven)

In this dumped printers modding workshop, we investigate the inner workings of a printer. With a DIY and DIWO approach we disassemble and reassemble printers “differently”. Why? We all are frustrated by the fact that printers often do not work!

More information: https://xpub.nl/2024/dpmw/

Special Issue #23: Peripheral centers and feminist servers

Peripheral centers and feminist servers
THURSDAY 28 MARCH @ 19:00-21:30
PRESENTATION @ 19:30 VARIA (Gouwstraat 3)

Peripheral centers and feminist servers investigate multiple approaches to the conditions of serving. It interrupts the endless flow of data that fuels the economy, exposing the cracks and gaps of the techno-scientific paradigm imposed on society. Where commands are executed, connections made, trust exchanged, and resources shared.

This feminist data center brings to light the physical infrastructure and actual labour which enable the processes we perform every day. In this exploration, we think through feminist approaches that reveal the concealed layers of our on(off)line interactions. We broaden our understanding of how this tangible, energy-intensive infrastructure truly operates behind the seemingly innocent notion of the ‘cloud’.

The various projects within Peripheral centers and feminist servers expose their infrastructure, emphasizing the material conditions of their production. We advocate that the fairy tale of immateriality has real socio-economic-environmental consequences.

Peripheral centers and feminist servers is realised in the context of XPUB Special Issue 23.

@Xpub Studio WH 4.f*

exciting news everyone: To kick of the new plotting-year there will be a PEN PLOTTING PARTY* on Monday feb 12. Save the date, and get ready for the launch of the PEN PLOTTING TABLE, PEN PLOTTING ZINE alongside various PEN PLOTTING ACTIVITIES*.

Not close to Rotterdam this day? Don’t worry and join us online for TWITCH™ PLAYS PLOTTER* (ref).


More information: https://hub.xpub.nl/chopchop/PEN-PLOTTING-PARTY/

Video documentation

public servers

Special Issues

Special Issues
Special Issues are multi-form publications related to a theme initated by a guest editor and produced collectively by XPUB first year students.

Graduation projects and theses

Screenshot of project.xpub.nl

Graduation projects and theses; representing the culmination of their two year Masters study, each XPUB student produces a graduation work and a thesis.

Course wiki


The wiki is the lifeblood of the course: visit the calendar to get an idea of a typical week, or see the list of current students to see traces and sketches of work in progress. NB: The wiki is shared with the lens-based master, items specific to XPUB are indicated by XPUB1 and XPUB2 (to indicate the first and second years). The wiki is an example of a self-hosted instance of mediawiki, the free software that underpins Wikipedia.

Piet Zwart Institute

Piet Zwart Institute
XPUB is one of six masters programs collectively known as the Piet Zwart Institute.

Willem de Kooning Academy

Willem de Kooning academy
XPUB is a part of the Willem de Kooning academy, and can be found on the fourth floor of the Wijnhaven building, with convenient access to the many facilities of the Art academy.


XPUB self-hosts a gitea code respository. This provides a public outlet to support the many code works done within the course such as this page.


The XPUB etherpad is another crucial piece of course self-hosted infrastructure. Etherpads are all about realtime group collaboration with a minimum of prescriptive structures. Pads are used heavily in the course as a means of collective note taking, planning, writing and annotation.

servers for students & staff


The xpub hub is a public relay to a collection of self-hosted and student-maintained local servers. Using a combination of VPN (virtual private network) and reverse proxy, the hub enables experimentation with self-hosting, server portability, local-first and low power infrastructure and convivial and feminist server practices.


The zulip server functions as a private bulletin board system for the XPUB community, and as a self-hosted free software acts as an alternative to centralized proprietary services like Slack and Discord.

Mailing list

The course uses a mailing list provided by neighbor network lurk.org.


The hotline is a self-hosted Jitsi Meet server, an alternative to proprietary services like Zoom, Teams, and Meet.


Special Issue #22: Signal Lost: Archive Unzipped – 7 Dec @ WORM

– — Radio makers, listeners and electromagnetic wave enthusiasts, do you copy? — – – In the middle of an on-going apocalypse what should be preserved, and what forgotten?

Join us IRL on 7 December in the efforts of scavenging and resurrecting a sonic archive. It is only a question of time until all will be lost. Lend an ear as we collectively explore, activate and transmit the archive of Worm community Radio. We must listen closely, we must decide what remains and how we can rebuild upon a fractured past. BYOR (Bring your own Radio).

Become absorbed by a re-imagined reality through an archival deep-dive! Prepare (with us) for the event – – — and tune in to Radio WORM on 5 December at 10.00 for further instructions — – –.

  • Date: 7 December
  • Location: Wunderbar & Pirate Bay WORM, Rotterdam
  • Open doors: 18:00
  • Duration: 19:00 – 22:00
  • More information: https://issue.xpub.nl/22/

SUMMONS! 7 NOV 19:00, Leeszaal

You have been summoned by Experimental Publishing second year (XPUB2) students! Feel free to join them on the 7th of November at Leeszaal West. The evening aims to make their graduation proposals public and open for judgement :)

Date: 7th of November 2023
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Location: Leeszaal Rotterdam West, Rijnhoutplein 3, 3014 TZ Rotterdam
More Information:

✨ XPUB at Zine Camp 2023! ✨

Radio Worm: Protocols for an Active Archive, 5 Nov 15:30-16:30, Zinecamp

4 + 5 November, Worm


We will bring publications and zines in diverse forms from current and past projects (Special Issues and Graduation works) 📚. And you can meet and talk with tutors and students from the program!

Come and visit the XPUB stall this weekend: Saturday 4 + Sunday 5 November.

And on Sunday, you can join us in person and live on Radio WORM between 15:30 and 16:30 for a talk/live radio broadcast of “Radio Worm: Protocols for an Active Archive”. 📻

Making Things Bubblic 🫧: Experimental Publishing Graduation Show & Shop 2023

Making things bubblic poster


WORM S/ash Gallery
Boomgaardsstraat 69, Rotterdam

Opening: Thursday 29th June (18:00 - 22:30)

  • 20:00 Commencement speech by Erica Gargaglione and Kimberley Cosmilla and XPUB1 presentation
  • 21:00 Performance by mitsitron (mitsa chaida)

Expo runs Friday 30th June (12:00 - 21:00) - Sunday 2nd July (12:00 - 18:00)

  • 12:00 - 13:00 on Friday + Saturday + Sunday

Free Collective lunch served daily, everyone is welcome!
Small loaf of Minor Stories by Chaeyoung Kim will be served on the side…

  • 16:00 on Saturday

Performance by mitsitron (mitsa chaida)

  • 13:00 on Sunday

Reading: “To whom it may affect” by Kimberley Cosmilla

WARM UP: Broadcasts on Radio WORM, hosted by Ål Nik (Alexandra Nikolova) and Gersande Schellinx.

  • Friday 23rd June 20:00 - 21:00
  • Tuesday 27th June 19:00 - 20:00

Special Issue #21: Interim Release

Special Issue #21 starts from a single technical object: a teletype machine. The teletype is the meeting point between typewriters and computer interfaces, a first automated translator of letters into bits. Equipped with a keyboard, a transmitter and a punchcard read-writer, it is a historical link between early transmission technology such as the telegraph and the Internet of today.

Guest Editor: Martino Morandi

Course syllabus
Video documentation

Special Issue #20: Console

Special Issue #20: Console, was launched March 31, 2023, at Page Not Found in Den Haag.

Course syllabus
Video documentation
Mini site

not-just-a-fair: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 7-9 April

XPUB students + staff will be on hand at the not-just-a-fair .

Come meet students + staff in person, and sample recent and in-progress publications!



XPUB was a proud participant in 2022’s edition of zinecamp Rotterdam @ WORM. Watch the video impression, featuring current and past XPUB/Media Design staff and students: Clara Balaguer, Aymeric Mansoux, Mara Karagianni, joak and a plotter, and more!

Video documentation

Walkie Talkie

The XPUB 2022 graduation was hosted at Worm and the academy.

Project pages and theses
Video documentation
Catalog Collective publication made with pagedjs

Special Issue #19: garden ? @ leeszaal

Special Issue #19 was launched in December, 2023 at Leeszaal, a local library and community center in Rotterdam West.

Online publication
Video documentation

Queerying Wikidata

queerying wikidata

XPUB, Anaïs Berck and queer artivist/wikimedian Z. Blace join forces to explore automatic writing experiments querying and queering Wikidata.

Workshop announcement
Recorded video presentation
Archived notes

Paged.js Workshop

Julie Blanc and Julien Taquet from the paged.js project share their experiences at the intersection of design practice and technical standards.

Paged.js is a rendering tool for previewing, inspecting and designing a PDF in the browser, that is known for specifically accommodating designers using web-to-print techniques in their publications and book making practice. Julie and Julien both work (or have worked) as developers on the project, so the workshop gave students an opportunity to ask them about Paged.js as an open source project, and what it means to develop and maintain it. A nice example of paged.js in action is Walkie Talkie, the 2022 XPUB graduation catalog.

Workshop announcement
Recorded video presentation


XPUB first years students presented their work during Special Issue #18 at a residency in Paris.

Recorded audio presentation



Software with an Attitude (SWAAT), Issue #00

Zine edited by Manetta Berends and Michael Murtaugh reflecting on the experiences of teaching programming and alternative tools in the context of the XPUB Prototyping class.

Zine (pdf)
Printable A5 booklet (pdf)

Screen Walk with Aymeric Mansoux and Roel Roscam-Abbing

Online presentation by Aymeric Mansoux & Roel Roscam-Abbing including a description of XPUB as an example of making “systemic shifts” with alternative infrastructure.

Recorded video presentation


[2024-06-19] The Autoluminescence’s School for AC⌁DC+ made a friendly fork of the XPUB call to announce an upcoming (online) lecture and workshop series starting June 25.


This site is made with pandoc, markdown, and git.


Information about the application process can be found here.

about the course

Questions? Please write to: Leslie Robbins (l.j.drost-robbins@hr.nl).