The OPERATING SYSTEM is a question, not an answer.
IS YOUR CREATIVE “OPERATING SYSTEM” UP TO DATE?
Whether on or offline, all publishing produced by the The OS can be most accurately described as documentation: an archive of creative production and process. But… WHY PUBLISH? to exemplify a belief that people everywhere can train themselves to use self(or community)-documentation as the lifeblood of a resilient, independent, successful creative practice.
If you pay attention to the entrepreneurial winds that blow, you may have noticed that “storytelling” has stopped whispering in the sidelines, from TED and The Moth and all the outlier early social media folk, coming front and center to bellow that it is the NEXT BIG THING in …marketing and business.
YES: The Operating System, always, offers a platform for mutual expression, appreciation, collaboration, dialogue, interdisciplinary exploration — and a place to celebrate the growing relationship between digital and print media. But in so doing, The Operating System is ultimately an exercise in the self-actualization of viable models for growing value.
This experiment is meant to be copied – to be an open source/p2p life hack, in which creative people can practice and observe new ways to create, collaborate, document, publish — and, importantly, enter a space of independent commercial viability — via learning to go beyond our disciplinary comfort zones; to reach a new, shared audience; and to self-publish/promote in a range of media. You, as a creative person, may find yourself an “Accidental Entrepreneur”™, and I want to help you remove the accidental from that phrase: to help you find intentionality in a desire, and plan, to thrive.
The name “THE OPERATING SYSTEM” is meant to speak to an understanding of the self as a constantly evolving organism, which just like any other system needs to learn to adapt if it is to survive. Just like your computer, you need to be “updating your software” frequently, as your patterns and habits no longer serve you.
This online home offers exclusive online content from artists, filmmakers, musicians, performers, and writers, as well as in depth profiles of the Awesome Creators who make up our global community, across a wide range of disciplines. This content aims to explore the processes that inform and facilitate creative production, valuating and documenting models for further dialogue, exploration, and co-collaborative discovery on and offline. It is meant as an archive, not a newspaper – this content remains searchable and viable for personal and public use from its inception, and it is hoped that it can become a teaching tool both for institutional use and autodidacts alike.
All community members and contributors are invited to play and participate in collaboratory process both in the interest of building connections and co-creating work as well as in the collective production of content for each issue. This includes collaboration with offsite contributors via correspondence and other forms of digital connection, focusing on creating new models for engagement between contributors via a range of disciplinary experimentation, eschewing labels that delimit our forms or concepts of craft-identity.
Beginning in 2016, our new series :: “Glossarium: Unsilenced Texts and Modern Translations”, will bring on Ariel Resnikoff, Stephen Ross, and Mona Kareem as contributing editors, and have as its first volume a dual language translation of Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh’s “Instructions Within,” translated by Mona Kareem, which will be published later this year, with all proceeds going to support Fayadh’s ongoing case and imprisonment in Saudi Arabia.
There is ample room here for you to expand and grow your practice …and your possibility. Join us.