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Offline Matters

The Less-Digital Guide to Creative Work

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Jess Henderson
Article number: 9789063695781
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Todd 30-09-2020 09:01

Received my copy yesterday and read it in one sitting. Absolute page turner.

Steffanie 23-09-2020 08:06

What a ride through creative work today. Critical, insightful, though-provoking. Finally I feel enlivened to turn the dullness into something more explosive.
Highly recommend!

Finn 16-08-2020 08:50

This book could not be more timely.
A funny, critical reminder about the importance of disobedience in the age of 'data'.

Simon D 04-08-2020 22:10

I’ve long awaited Jess’ book having followed her writing for years. FINALLY a non-digital approach to creative work! After the pandemic, we need this thinking now more ever. Her voice is a balm for these times.

4.75 stars based on 4 reviews
Customer Reviews (4)
Todd 30-09-2020 09:01

Received my copy yesterday and read it in one sitting. Absolute page turner.

Steffanie 23-09-2020 08:06

What a ride through creative work today. Critical, insightful, though-provoking. Finally I feel enlivened to turn the dullness into something more explosive.
Highly recommend!

Finn 16-08-2020 08:50

This book could not be more timely.
A funny, critical reminder about the importance of disobedience in the age of 'data'.

Simon D 04-08-2020 22:10

I’ve long awaited Jess’ book having followed her writing for years. FINALLY a non-digital approach to creative work! After the pandemic, we need this thinking now more ever. Her voice is a balm for these times.

4.75 stars based on 4 reviews
Content

Offline Matters is a handbook of radical strategies for creative workers. The guide blows open the true state of today’s creative work where digital solutions are doctrine, overwork culture results in burnouts and ideas churn out into depressing marketing noise.

Part of the vanguard of young minds exposing the insides of contemporary workplaces, Jess Henderson is a peerless voice of the many. Representing the growing body of precarious creative workers “saying what nobody else is saying,” Henderson addresses an array of issues from a stance of mutual aid and solidarity.

A wake-up call for the digital age, Offline Matters is pro-flourishing rather than anti-technology. Take this countercultural ride of togetherness through an offline-first approach to creative work. From ideas that unlearn the limiting habits of most workplaces, to insider advice on avoiding clichés and reducing digital overload, this book offers practical thoughts for a creative life that questions pervasive productivity mandates. Sharp, intelligent and subversive, this book is an essential resource for any creative professional.

Author

Jess Henderson (pseud.) is a writer, theorist and creative strategist. Aged just 26, in 2017 they founded Outsider – an insider-activist platform within the creative industries. Beginning as a subversive email newsletter, Outsider has grown to garner a cult-following around the world with their anonymous writings, research, publications, experimental workshops and offline-only events. Henderson is a fellow of the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam, and speaks about offline creativity around the world – including at NYCxDesign week, Parson’s Strategic Design Conference, the DuPho Awards and Us by Night Festival.

Press "This document feels like the so much needed wake-up-call, both confronting and insightful, inspiring and resonating." – AnotherSomething

"This book is much better than anyone’s stream of consciousness, because the author, Jess Henderson, spells out with clarity and conviction the reasons behind those perpetual nagging sensations of dissatisfaction, boredom, and incredulity that is doing creative work for money. [...]
Offline Matters makes a space for us to have a discussion about how we feel: when creative work is no fun, let’s ask ourselves why." – Maekan

"
Offline Matters is a much needed take-down of the whole 'cult of creativity' from the inside. This rattle gun attack on the perniciousness of the creative digital work will leave you aghast and amused in equal measure." – Oli Mould, author of Against Creativity

"This book is extremely timely. The pandemic has obliged everybody to stay online almost all the time. Offline Matters reminds us that life is (also) elsewhere. The neologism ‘offline’, which did not exist twenty years ago, has philosophical relevance. This book is hoping we can discover it." – Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, philosopher, theorist and activist

"Today we are all called upon to be the content providers of our own lives. This can be exhausting and estranging. Fortunately, Jess Henderson has arrived to help us get offline, not into the pasts but into the presence of our lives. With compassion and humour Henderson brings us back to ourselves and it turns out we are not predestined to be profiled and branded. Offline Mattersis the mutual help book we need right now!" – Stefano Harney, co-author of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study

"Jess’ has written a kind of outsider/artist/creative/inventor SURVIVAL MANUAL for our over-amped, information-overloaded, hypercommunicative age. Anyone seeking encouragement, inspiration, moral support, and IDEAS would do well to study these pages, preferably in a solitary room with no music playing and no laptop showing ‘news’ (or a cellphone constantly pinging). Electronics in another room, please!"
– V. Vale, founder of RE/Search and Search & Destroy

"Offline Matters couldn’t come at a more important and critical juncture in our human existence… The insights within this book highlight the current creative plight we’ve gotten ourselves into and the cracks within many cultural and societal pillars.
This book is a great step in helping us reclaim and reconsider our roles within the current structures we’ve all been players within. Many of us can read along nodding in agreement and the examples surely represent thoughts we’ve embraced at some point. But this book isn’t about reprimanding us so much as help us understand how we can move forward. We’ve become so subservient to other factors out in the world and this is a stern reminder to take back control of something that can provide an immense amount of personal and community value." – Eugene Kan, co-founder of MAEKAN and Hypebeast

"Consider this book a rehabilitation program for a creative thinking populace unknowingly addicted to vain online activity. Through these influential pages, Henderson bestows upon their readers the tools necessary to free one’s mind from the constraints of the virtual realm so they may focus instead on something much more important… Reality." – James T. Padlow, The Pen Name

"I have followed Jess’ writing since she created Outsider; an anarchic newsletter/witty commentary against the establishment, and its pervasive contentment with the same old marketing bullshit. I waited in anticipation, sometimes for months, to receive news from the trenches… Just like the white space between the lines in a book, it was like reading every unspoken truth, every unheard sigh, every roll of the eyes in our industry. Someone had to say it and thank god it was Jess. We need this book."
  – Alvaro Sotomayor, Creative Director at WIEDEN+KENNEDY

"Eleborate manual" – ATRIUM
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"Offline Matters is a much needed take-down of the whole 'cult of creativity' from the inside. This rattle gun attack on the perniciousness of the creative digital work will leave you aghast and amused in equal measure." – Oli Mould, author of Against Creativity

Part insider exposé, part worker-manual, Offline Matters is for any creative seeking help on:
- Navigating the possibility of offline alternatives
- Countering overwork culture, exploitation, and dulled-down ideas
- Recovering what you loved about your creative calling

... away from the confines of our screens.

Specs

ISBN: 978 90 6369  468 5
Author: Koos de Wilt
Concept: buro van Ons
Format: Paperback with flaps
Dimensions: 18 x 14,5 cm
Pages: 160

 
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