Windowcleaner Society

Windowcleaner website screenshot cleany­our­win­dow.co.uk

Window Cleaner is a so­ci­ety and open plat­form es­tab­lished at the Royal College of Art in 2019. We aim to dis­sem­i­nate the mid­dle ground be­tween art and ac­tivism through our breath­ing and liv­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive ref­er­ence list. But also, to have an open space to ac­ti­vate the po­lit­i­cal art dis­courses through our pub­lished ar­ti­cles and hosted events, such as lec­tures, ex­hi­bi­tions and work­shops.

This is the first pro­duc­tion site I built on the Jamstack — Built us­ing a sta­tic site gen­er­a­tor (Eleventy) and de­ployed to a sta­tic CDN (Netlify). Because Jose, who runs the so­ci­ety, was al­ready com­fort­able with ver­sion con­trol, we were able to work on the site di­rectly through git with­out spin­ning up a sep­a­rate CMS.

The ar­ti­cles and events are au­thored as Markdown files, while the col­lab­o­ra­tive ref­er­ence list is pulled in from a Google spread­sheet dur­ing the build process. Because the site is pre-built, I have to run some Javascript on the fron­tend to work out time-sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion, like whether an event is up­com­ing, on­go­ing or past.

I was pretty happy to fi­nally find a use for Robert Slimbach’s Acumin Pro. The heav­ier weights feel es­pe­cial­lly ap­pro­pri­ate on this site fo­cused on ac­tivism.

View the live site at cleany­our­win­dow.co.uk.