Reverso brings together the workers of the Occupied Housing, surburban Favelas and those traveling to São Paulo from Central Saint Martins in London to explore MAZI offline publishing techniques, Active Archiving, Photogrammetry and DIY networking.

The project began in December 2017 with Favelas Arise at Escola da Cidade, in the context of an open forum where each of the participating groups nominated by São Paulo based coordinators Marcos Batata (Casa Redonda) and Nelson Che (MMRC) introduced their communities’ specific histories and the cultural, social focus of their respective spaces. This was followed by a series of digital technology led workshops delivered by a small team of London based researchers and educators coordinated by Central Saint Martins in close collaboration with representatives from eight favelas – Morro do Macaco, Brasilândia, Paraisópolis, Jardim Ângela, Favela do Moinho, Heliópolis, Diadema and Guaianazes – and Ocupação Maua.

These early workshops also covered ‘Active Archives’, a process of gathering and organising material related to social histories and ‘Photogrammetry’ an open/source 3D digital photographic modelling capture process. The aim was to provide practical methods for recording memories and social histories associated with communities under perpetual threat of eviction and displacement by making alternative technologies available, better understood and configured through customised toolkits relevant to the needs of each of the respective sites. In addition to free/shared internet access and offline communications these portable technologies may also enable community autonomy and self-representation. This website is available to the groups as a  Forum to support ongoing  network  building and for the upload of material related to their network.  The groups are self-representing and uploading their own content.

Use Mazi Toolkit BETA to help your community with communications and development of ideas and actions.

Configure the Mazi toolkit to present a set of tools to suit your needs. Mazi development work is ongoing and continues until end of 2018.

The Mazi toolkit offers a set of open source tools that each have their very own development group and community of users. Please read through the information held here in this WordPress publishing system. Administrators can login and configure this Reverso website

There are also specific pages here to introduce each of the tools and guide in their configuration and use.

Additional sensors and peripheral devices are also described and presented.

Extra tools and applications for smart phones and desktop computers are held in shared directories to support extended use.

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Many thanks and appreciation to all involved with co-ordination and participation in ‘Favelas Arise’ workshops in Sao Paulo, Brazil. On 3rd of December 2017 the Reverso group from London attended the first gathering of surburban favela and occupied housing representatives at Escola da Cidade. 

This consisted of presentations to introduce each other and open discussions about shared issues and experiences as well as some detail of conditions at each city wide location. A great start to a busy week for us all.

Each day until departure on 12th December the London group visited a different community space and met with collective members, exchanged information and tested out some of the tools and techniques as featured in this Reverso report.

Time was short to hear about all the great work and discuss the Mazi toolkit which was sometimes frustrating. In each situation we were supported by professional and community interpreters whom helped communicate the many different contexts, conditions and aspirations being so eloquently expressed by all.

Without the local support for personal introductions and neighbourhood guides it would not have been possible to navigate in and out of these very different environments so freely and safely. Thanks again to all involved for the great work and friendships fostered for the future.

It’s not an end to anything but a brave beginning to so much that deserves attention and will reward for the effort. Viva Reverso!

Ready Reverso

We are currently finalising details with Central St Martins and co-ordintators in Brazil, for a trip to Sao Paulo early in December 2017 The gathering together of supporting materials for workshops and publish information about those visiting from the UK as well as those supporting and hosting the initiative, so they are ready for translation to Brazilian Portuguese.

Our plan is to meet and work with groups from the Occupied Housing movement and suburban favelas, to share skills and learn more about the current conditions for people living in this huge city as it undergoes rapid transformation and widening poverty gap.

Work is in progress to bring focus onto the three areas of planned activity; Photogrammetry, DIY networking and Active Archiving.

In our preparation for public workshops, meet-ups and socialising, we have been researching the measures required to translate the technical and academic writing, working notes and tool guides.

Using wordpress plugin Polylang provides a method of blogging in multiple languages which are then filtered in the local language version as set in viewers webrowser.

Using the Mazi toolkit,  CSM staff and students will prepare a custom template disk image to take with us. It will be ready to hold the photogrammetry images and models of social spaces, catalogs of community archives featuring key accounts of resistance and action as well as a set of collective awareness platform tools to support activities underway across the city in the struggle for social housing and respect for human rights of all citizens.

Preparem-se para Reverso

We are writing English and Portuguese language version guides for Mazizones, Photogrammetry and Active Archiving in advance of a trip from London to Sao Paulo in December 2017.

Staff from fine art 3D department of Central St Martins will be joined by community archive and DIY network activists in London to hold public workshops at the Occupied Housing projects and suburban Favelas to promote collective awareness and free information  infrastructures.