March 2020 - February 2021

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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

Soundtrack of the vitrine
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 (...)

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 (...)

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. (...)

November

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 (...)

December

Algorithms and Text, Slippery Knowledge, Collective Hospitality, Pattern Recognition ... this year’s Warp and Weft collection activates the mesohyl of Constant’s on-line ecosystem and threads tracks through sounds, videos and images hosted on our servers.
Warps invite you to navigate to and (...)

SOS Relief is an online tool that allows those with surplus to transfer small amounts of money to who is short. The initiative offers concrete financial support for everyone in Belgium who needs it. State of the Arts: "SOS Relief is based on a different way of thinking: solidarity, (...)

The work session Bureaucracksy, which takes place in december, brings together artistic and activist practices around the imaginative re-appropriations of rules and regulations. A group of thirty artists that responded to an open call, will work dispersedly together, sharing imaginations of (...)

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DiVersions engaged with the potential of on-line cultural heritage for welcoming various forms of collaboration, allowing conflicts to show up, and make space for other narratives. In dialogue with cultural institutions and their collections, the (...)

Algolit will meet around e-traces, a collection of articles on the surveillance society and the trading of data, gathered over the last 10 years by artist Michel Cleempoel. The proposal is to take topic modelling as an algorithmic agent to ’read through’ the data. We will meet online: (...)

An Mertens will participate in a panel about Artists in Residence during the online edition of Media Culture Fast Forward. Other participants are artists Vanessa Brazeau, Jo Caimo, Matteo Marangoni and moderator Lisa Kinnaer (Kunstenpunt).
Media & Culture Fast Forward is an initiative of (...)

Second version of a digital and printed publication with new and reworked contributions by among others Rahel Aima, Anaïs Berck, Gert Biesta, Z. Blace, Daniel Blanga Gubbay, Cristina Cochior, Sarah Kaerts, Anne Laforet, Phil Langley, Marie Lécrivain, Nicolas Malevé, Elodie Mugrefya, Zoumana Meïté, (...)

Through the creation of an atlas of terminologies installed in the window of Constant, Jen Debauche, accompanied by Elsa Rossler, proposes a personal ontology of madness, psychiatry and care.
"I was working for the European Commission, I was leading a seminar in Portugal, I slept 3 hours a (...)

A conversation about current and future technological infrastructures for solidarity. Elodie Mugrefya, Femke Snelting, Wendy Van Wynsberghe of Constant, speak with media anthropologist and activist Miriyam Aouragh about the relations between political activism and technological criticism. How (...)

You are invited to join a (Corona proof) collective listening session of the two radio documentaries: Le sanglier et le papillon and La mue by Jen Debauche. This moment will be in French and is organised in the framework of the installation of Jen Debauche in Constant window.
"I was working (...)

February 2021

Reclaiming Digital Infrastructures is a research collaboration with KASK School of Arts in Gent taking serious the question how to understand digital networks and communication tools as an integral part of the art education. In this first issue Monday Readings invites you to an online active (...)