2020

November 2019

"You close your eyes and you arrive in a future about 200 years from now. The space where you arrive is an empty space, a void."
From Thursday 28th November, the poetic sound and video installation by Wedknwyet will catch your eyes in the Constant window.
In this installation, WDKY will (...)

January

Constant is looking for interns (m/x/f) all year round
The intern will have the opportunity to participate in the everyday life of the organization and gain an overview of its functioning. He/she will learn to handle different working tools (software related, organizational, knowledge (...)

In the framework of the collective exhibition MENSCH MASCHINE, curated by Thierry Vandenbussche and Privacy Salon and presented on the occasion of the Computer Privacy and Data Protection Conference (CPDP 2020) in Brussels, Constant proposes a ’reading corner’ filled with publications around the (...)

Occupying the middle On Artistic Research and the Arts, Sciences and Technology transdisciplinary practices
https://www.bozar.be/en/activities/163458-occupying-the-middle
Constant is invited in a panel that is part of the closing event of BOZAR and JRC’s Datami exhibition, Culture Action (...)

The website of Books with an Attitude has been updated with the 2019 publications of Constant and friends. Feel free to discover the catalogues of Constant_V, Diversions and Data Workers; and the fascinating publications Footfall Almanac 2019 and Networks of One’s Own (Varia Zone).
For each of (...)

Until May 10, you can tune in to catch lists, descriptions and scores remixed and mashed-up by the movements in front of Constant’s office. The setup for footfall analysis installed in the window is not meant to manage crowds nor to predict store profits. It limits itself to poetic readings of (...)

Author-right laws regard audiovisual artworks as being original works, and its creators as isolated individuals. But whom do these laws serve? Many filmmakers position themselves as part of a culture that is social in character and widely networked. It foregrounds collectivity, sharing and (...)

February

What happens to artistic research when it is made public? As a contribution to the ongoing conversations in a.pass on the dynamics of publishing generated by technologies of artistic research, Zone Public (re)considers the conditions for dissemination of these specific forms of knowledge (...)

The organisers of the project Iterations met with editor researcher Jara Rocha and the experimental graphic designer Manetta Berends to work on the Iterations final publication tha will be launched in May 2020. They gathered materials and documentations, discussed content handles, experimented (...)

March

This Algolit session will be a special edition.
We will leave with the train at 8:30 from Bruxelles-Midi to the beautiful Musée Royal de Mariemont near La Louvière.
In the morning we will be visiting ’Une Anthologie’, an installation that Gijs de Heij & An Mertens made in the framework of the (...)

Constant decided a few things: To postpone as little activities as possible. To keep with our commitment to interdependent networks with an attitude. To resist the new normal of always-online. To not live these days as if this crisis is temporary.
Especially now, we are happy to prolong the (...)

April

This Warp* documents the worksession Collective Conditions, a temporary research residency organised by Constant in collaboration with Ateliers Mommen, a place for artists to live and work. Collective Conditions was an experiment with the generative potential of socio-technical protocols such (...)

Following from a discussion that took place in the framework of DiVersions in Pianofabriek in October 2019, participants in Algolit and Mondotheque have tried over the last few months to address a blindspot in the way Paul Otlet has been portrayed in general, but also in their very projects. (...)

May

Weekly self-hosted broadcasts developed for and with XPUB, Piet Zwart Media Design Master in Rotterdam; every Thursday from 16:00-17:00.
From the way the Latin alphabet has become ubiquitous in human-machine interfaces to the naturalized alignment of computation with binary separations, from (...)

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Over the past three years, Iterations has been a beautiful ride through the landscape of artistic collaboration. Now, there is a publication. We invite you to discover the many new starting points it offers during next-Iterations, a two-day contemplative, playfully (...)

Constant presents the project Authors of the future in the exhibition Copy Paste that is curated by Antonio Roberts as part of this years Piksel festival in Norway. If you will be in Bergen on the 6th of June you could attend to a streaming presentation we will do at 18:00
"If you are an (...)

June

“Tools cannot be separated from the knowledge systems in which they have been imagined and made” Frozen Social Relations and Time for a Thaw: Visibility, Exclusions, and Considerations for Postcolonial Digital Archives by Martha Nell Smith, 2014
Unbound Libraries is a worksession that questions (...)

The collaboration guidelines assembled by and for Constant set bouncy delimitations that curve, bend and re-situate ... yet they should provide something to hold on to when needed. They are an active articulation that stays open to corrections and modifications over time and throughout welcome (...)

On Friday 5th of June, the worksession Unbound Libraries will come to an end.
After a week of intensive research ’at-home’, the participants will gather online at 3pm for an informal sharing moment. They will share, discuss and show impressions of their research during the week.
Worksessions of (...)

In seven on-line installations, artists show how digital collections of cultural institutions could welcome very different and even opposing views. Decolonial and intersectional perspectives call for a rethinking of on-line cultural heritage. What if we would arrange otherwise, invent material (...)

July

Iterations was a series of residencies, exhibitions, research meetings and artistic exchanges committed to investigate the future of artistic collaboration in digitally networked contexts. Iterations is now also a publication that creates and inspires new concepts and openings for works yet to (...)

Between 7 and 12 December 2020, Constant organises the work-session Bureaucracksy.
This work-session investigates the governance of techno-social systems through the prism of bureaucracy. The execution of rules is an essential element of computation, of digital infrastructures, and of the (...)

Opening: Thursday July 23, 18:00-22:00 @ Constant
Sponges, the members of the phylum Porifera (/pəˈrɪfərə/; meaning "pore bearer"), are a basal Metazoa (animal) clade as a sister of the Diploblasts. They are multicellular organisms that have bodies full of pores and channels allowing water to (...)

September

A letter from Constant to everyone facing on-line teaching.
Let’s learn together how to do technology differently!

Constant activates a research trajectory on Care as solidarity with DeBuren, Het TheaterFestival and KVS. Recent and not-so-recent societal events and configurations urge us to understand the implications of care and its means of formation across various dynamic networks. Questioning, doing and (...)

Constant presents the project Authors of the future in the exhibition Copy Paste that is curated by Antonio Roberts and was first shown as part of this years Piksel festival in Norway. Now it is planted in the electronic Kepplers Garden program of Ars Electronica as AEGardenBERGEN
The full (...)

Algolit is taking part in the exhibition ’Littérature et Numérique’ in Maison du Livre in Brussels with 3 different installations: L’algolitérateur, La Voix au chapitre and Greffer des arbres.
Digitization and algorithms are opening up new ways of writing. Will the architecture of the narrative free (...)

Opening: FRIDAY 25th September, 18:00-22:00, Constant
This installation tells the story of a modest quest; looking for something while being unsure whether it actually exists. It is an attempt to navigate the past, present and future despite geographic and linguistic other/non-place. Slowly (...)

October

Alex Zakkas and Kurt Tichy are invited by nadine (WAB meeting #11 ) to give a talk about their ongoing research on wireless tracking of mobile phones in public space; a surveillance practice that seems to connect shop windows with crowd management, pigeon flight paths and dropped waffles. (...)

This reader is an evolving companion to Collective Conditions, a worksession held in November 2019 in Brussels. Whether you prefer to read, watch or listen, this compilation offers different lines of thinking for non-divisive ways of doing “complex collectivity”. It contains materials from (...)

Algolit will meet on Wednesday 25-11 to talk about future projects and ideas, and to prepare a presentation and workshop about ’the Levenhstein Distance’ for VIRAL:IMAGINA, a Mexican platform on i-literature.
Algolit is a workgroup around FLOSS literature and code, they organise regular meetings (...)

Algolit will present an online lecture and workshop on VIRAL:IMAGINA, a Mexican platform for i-literature. The topic of the workshop will be an algoliterary exercise based on the Levenhstein Distance, an algorithm that is used in spellcheckers.
The spoken language will be (...)