a six week workshop

for creating πŸ‹ fruitful websites πŸ‹

January 5 – February 9, 2020

@ Pioneer Works

πŸ“ Applications due December 23 πŸ“

🍊 fruitful.school is an independently-run workshop in Brooklyn, NY founded in 2020 by Laurel Schwulst and John Provencher.


🍊 For our Winter 2020 Workshop, 12 participants will self-publish a piece to www over the course of 6 weeks.


🍊 Sessions will be held at Pioneer Works, Sunday Noon–4PM, Starting January 5, 2020.


🍊 Total cost per participants $1200.00. Financial aid is available for limited spots. Please submit an application and then email support@fruitful.school for more information.


🍊 Applications are due December 23, 2019 at 11:59PM, and final decisions will be made December 30th.

πŸ‹ Well... what is a fruitful web?


πŸ‹ A fruitful web requires seeds. We ask participants to apply with a proposal of their seed, their idea, their content to publish.


πŸ‹ A fruitful web requires soil. good soil is a point of view, specific perspective, or story. Prior coding experience is a plus, but it’s not required for this workshop.


πŸ‹ A fruitful web is handmade. By learning some basic html, we will build a website by hand. (+)


(–) β€œIn today’s highly commercialized web of multinational corporations, proprietary applications, read-only devices, search algorithms, Content Management Systems, WYSIWYG editors, and digital publishers, it becomes an increasingly radical act to hand-code and self-publish experimental web art and writing projects.” β€” J.R. Carpenter


πŸ‹ A fruitful web is visually diverse. we like seeing things we've never seen before. We will learn how to add a presentation layer to our content with CSS.


πŸ‹ A fruitful web flows and changes over time. We will learn basic JavaScript to seek generative opportunities.


πŸ‹ A fruitful web aspires to be light, fast, and accessible. We will use only as much energy as we need to. We recognize websites are connected to limited physical resources.(+)


(–) β€œA couple years ago, I took a road trip from Wisconsin to Washington and mostly stayed in rural hotels on the way. I expected the internet in rural areas to be slow, but I was still surprised that a large fraction of the web was inaccessible. Some sites with lightweight styling were readable, but very few commercial websites were usable (other than Google).”
β€”Dan Luu


πŸ‹ A fruitful web can be written. Maybe you can build a text-only website.


πŸ‹ A fruitful web can be a utility. Perhaps we can make tools for our daily lives.


πŸ‹ A fruitful web can be performative. Maybe we can make sites with a purpose and life that’s brief but beautiful. (+)


(–) β€œLike theater, CSS is contextual. As a playwright, I know the actors are going to say the lines I wrote in the order I wrote them in the script. But when I write stage direction (like how I think the stage and actors should look and behave), they’re all suggestions. The production company will make their own decisions because they’re working with specific constraints.”
β€”Miriam Suzanne


πŸ‹ A fruitful web can be archival. Perhaps we plant the seed and let it grow, let it collect.


πŸ‹ A fruitful web can be an alternative to corporate social media. Let’s evaluate what’s not working for us. (+)


(–) β€œAnyone can set up a web site and point to all the other web pages. Everyone is a publisher. Everyone is a peer. That’s why it’s called a web. Individuals knit themselves together by linking to one another. Everyone tends his or her own little epistemological garden, growing ideas from seed and sharing them with anyone who comes by.”
β€”Paul Ford


πŸ’ John Provencher is a graphic designer and developer. He publishes work through his practice haha.services while teaching at The New School.


πŸ’ Laurel Schwulst has been making websites since the year 2000. Her practice is called Beautiful Company, and she has taught at Yale, Rutgers, and California College of the Arts. Recently she released ambient travel app Flight Simulator.


πŸ’ participants coming soon


πŸ‡ WHEN and where ARE CLASSES HELD? (+)
(–) Pioneer Works in red hook, brooklyn. You can take the Ikea ferry from Manhattan! Each session will be from noon–4PM on Sundays. The specific Sundays are Jan 5, Jan 12, Jan 19, Jan 26, and Feb 9.


πŸ‡ Do I need any coding knowledge prior? (+)
(–) No, but any prior knowledge is a plus.


πŸ‡ What will we do during each session? (+)
(–) Lectures, discussions, workshop, demos, exercises, critique and guidance.


πŸ‡ HOW MANY participants DO YOU ACCEPT? (+)
(–) 12


πŸ‡ How much does it cost? (+)
(–) $1200 β€” with the exception of 2 half priced spots


πŸ‡ CAN I TAKE THIS COURSE REMOTELY? (+)
(–) No, we require you to physically be at each session.


πŸ‡ why did you start this class? (+)
(–) We love talking about, teaching and making websites! We’re hoping this can be a home to cultivate new ways of publishing to the www.


Giovanni Stanchi (Rome c. 1645-1672). Oil on canvas, 38 5/8 x 52Β½ in. (Christie's Images Ltd.)
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