Momentary Zine

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The Momentary Zine is an interactive publishing installation and has been shown at MU Eindhoven, Automata Festival in Bucharest, Zinefest Berlin, Libre Graphics Meeting 2016 in London, Northside Festival in NY and FORMS Festival in Toronto. H&D has custom developed software to create the zine, which is open source and available on [Github]. With the help of speech to text technology the spoken word translates to text. Simultaneously an algorithm runs an automated image search on Google or Imgur, querying the spoken words and adding the image results accordingly to the zine layout. The outcome is a printed zine. The publishing installation is small and therefore lends itself to travel with and therefore to show at events. The installation consists of a microphone, a small thermal printer (receipt printer), some simple bookbinding tools and an Internet connection. With a simple hack of the printer (software) the temporality and actuality of the event can be captured, printed and distributed. The zine content is exclusively accumulated by speaking into a microphone, which has proven qualities of empowerment for the participating audience. By literally speaking up, the spoken word manifests itself in a printed output.

The immediacy of the voice as the main content generator and the possibility of starting a dialogue with the technology serve as vehicle for participation and furthermore enables conversations about unusual publishing methods and the possibilities of technology in that context.


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Momentary Zine

Hackers & Designers build an open publishing station. At this publishing station everyone is invited to co-create and examine editorial design matters such as cross-media publishing. Using a thermal printer (receipt printer) as a point of departure the visitors were be the subject of the accumulating publication and simultaneously active content providers.

Thermo print has the characteristic of vanishing after a while. With an easy hack of the printer software we capture the temporality and actuality of the event and printed matter as such. The zine content is exclusively accumulated by speaking into a microphone. With text to speech technology the spoken word translates to text. Simultaneously an algorithm is will run an automized image search on google, grabbing some of the words randomly and adding them to the zine.


Install WK HTML to Pdf. Download here


Start the web server

Download the momentary zine repository from github and unpack the .zip file

Run the following command in Terminal/Command-line from inside the directory/folder momentary-zine-master you got from git.

$ sudo ./

If it asks for a password, it wants the pass of your laptop/computer.

(If you want to stop the server, hit control + C)



If you have attached an external microphone, check the system preferences/settings for your audio devices. The USB mic we have at H&D doesn't need a driver.

Receipt printer

If you have a printer, particularly, a receipt printer or something with non-standard format, configure it with CUPS in the browser. CUPS is a standards-based, open source printing system developed by for Apple products. CUPS uses IPP Everywhere™ to support printing to local and network printers:

The receipt printer at H&D is a Star TSP100 FuturePRNT with cutting feature. You can find the necessary CUPS driver here:

Put in the settings: * Product type = CUPS drivers * Printer family = CUPSforMac

then if you scroll down you will see the recommended driver to download: macOS CUPS Driver V4.8.0 Install the driver

Setting up the printer via CUPS

Navigate to this page in Chrome browser:

[http://localhost:631] (http://localhost:631)

As the CUPS Web Interface may be disabled by default on your Mac, you will need to enable it in order to have your Thermal Receipt printers appear on the network. A screen will then appear saying Web Interface is Disabled. An indication that CUPS has been disabled on your particular Mac device.


Enable CUPS by copying the command:

cupsctl WebInterface=yes

and pasting it into a terminal window (if server is running, quit first by hitting control + C), then hit enter.

Now refresh the page with the url http://localhost:631, and the CUPS interface should show up and you can add your printer

Under CUPS for Administrators click Adding printers and Classes

If all went well it should say Star TSP143 (SRTT001)(Star TSP143 (STRT001)) at the top

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Select that one and press continue

You likely don't need to upload a driver file as it's already installed


If it is installed, go to Printers

In the dropdown that says Administration, choose Set default options

  • In General, set 72mm x 200mm as media size using the dropdown
  • Go to Cut Options and set both to Partial cut
  • Go o Output Options and select page type: Fixed length

Browse to (Only works in Chrome):

Make sure the server is running by running the command sudo ./ from the location of the momentary-zine-master folder

Now browse to the interface by putting this url in your Chrome browser

[https://localhost/index.html] (https://localhost/index.html)

Remember to give your browser permission to access your microphone.

### Voice commands

Start speaking to provide content for the momentary zine

Say the word PRINT to print a segment when you are happy with it.

### Check terminal if it doesn't print

Is it sent to a different printer in your installed printers?

Go into system settings on computer and make set the Star printer as default printer

You can review pending print jobs and error in the CUPS interface to for troubleshooting: http://localhost:631/printers