A quick update - 08.11.20
Hello everyone, it been a while since you last heard from us. Thankfully, progress on 'Floppy Disk Fever' is still moving forward, even in the crazy year of 2020. Since our last update we've been continuously working on the book and we're glad to say we're still on track. We've been busy editing the first few interviews with out floppy subjects. There were many highlights: Adam Frankiewicz (Pionierska Records) taught us the ins and outs of running a floppy label, Florian Cramer showed us how to fit a big budget Hollywood movie on a single floppy disk and Jason Curtis (Museum of Obsolete Media) inspired us how to start our own obsolete media collection. Most recently we talked with free-range archivist Jason Scott about the future of floppy disk preservation. We can't wait to share the results with you, but it will take a little while longer before we're ready. In the words of Aristotle: "Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet!"
Floppy Disk Fever - 09.07.20
We’re happy to reveal that Floppy Totaal has received a contribution from the Creative Industries Fund NL to continue the work on our first publication: ‘Floppy Disk Fever: The Curious Afterlife Of A Flexible Medium’. The book will be published through Onomatopee and is slated for a release sometime in 2021. It includes interviews with, images of and footnotes by those working with and around floppy disks today, including Jason Scott (internet-archivist),Tom Persky (floppydisk.com), Florian Cramer (floppy filmmaker), Jason Curtis(Museum of Obsolete Media), Adam Frankiewicz (Pionierska Records), Foone Turing (floppy disk hacker), Clint Basinger (Lazy Game Reviews) and Nick Gentry (floppy artist). More info can be found on our website www.floppytotaal.org, which can now also be reached through www.floppydiskfever.org. We’ll regularly post updates there during the next few exciting months.
PUB e-PUB #3 - 12.11.19
Exciting news! Thomas Karlberg Walskaar and Niek Hilkmann will be doing a limited expansion / maximum compression workshop as Floppy Totaal at the Design Department of the Sandberg Instituut as part of their Pub ePub Program. The event is open to everyone and takes place between 5 and 8pm. For more information, check: Event page
Zine Camp - 03.11.19
Floppy Totaal is visiting Zine Camp 2019 to talk about "THE FUTURE OF FLOPPY DISK PUBLISHING". At 15:00 we will discuss the various ways in which floppy disks can be used as a contemporary publishing and distribution medium.
For more information, check out: https://zinecamp2019.hotglue.me/talks
Double Density 19.10.19
We're quite happy to reveal that a second Floppy Totaal event will take place in 2019! This time you can join us on the 19th of October at Varia, the center of everyday technology, in Rotterdam. During "Floppy Totaal: Double Density" there will a live recording and publishing workshop by Floppy Kick Records in the afternoon. The subsequent evening program is filled to the brim with performances by Kisszántó and Eoforwine, presentations and conversations with Joak and Jason Scott and a long distance contribution by Michael Ridge.
The emphasis of this evening lies on the concept of the floppy disk as comfort food in a "future/present shocked" digital age. In what way does working with floppy disks help us cope in a time preoccupied with "new" media and planned obsolescence? Does the floppy disk hold more content than just 1,44 MB of data? Join us to find out!
Thank You 07.09.19
We just want to thank everyone for your support, comments and great feedback over the past week. Things have really been rolling over the week, and we are all quite happy and grateful. For Niek this has been a 5 year trip into the unknown, and it all started with a funny idea for a festival. There are now three of us and Floppy Totaal is growing up, maturing and finding new directions. We got one more event planned! Floppy Totaal: Double Density happens in October, at Varia (Rotterdam).
If have any ideas, thoughts and/or opinions for the next step of Floppy Totaal, feel free to drop us an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Magnetic Flux - 31.8.19
Time to get things rolling! On Saturday, the 31st of August Floppy Totaal will visit WORM, the institute of avant-gardistic recreation, for an event entirely devoted to floppy disk music. During this occassion, which is dubbed 'Floppy Totaal: Magnetic Flux', we will be taking a look at the various ways in which recording artists and music labels utilize floppy disks to produce, share and distribute their music today.
Floppy artists Adam Frankiewicz from Pionierska Records and Floppy Not New(s), Sascha Müller and Remute will showcase their views during a two part program consisting of workshops, talks and performances. What are the benefits of distributing music on a medium which most people don't have access to nowadays? And what can floppy disks teach us when we consider them as an alternative to a music scene that is dominated by streaming services and constant access? These and many more questions will be answered! For more information and tickets check:
A new website - 03.6.19
Floppy Totaal has a new website! Here you can read about the direction the project will take in the upcoming months. Our goal is to expand Floppy Totaal from a two-day festival into a long-term research project that encompasses multiple events and the production and gathering of new floppy related content. More details will follow!
Floppy Totaal is back - 27.4.19
We are very glad to announce that Floppy Totaal has received a starting grant from Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie within their Digital Culture program. This allows us to continue our research into the reuse and repurposing of ‘dated media’ today (and floppy disks specifically). Stay tuned for a future update in which we will share our plans for 2019!