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July 2020 - June 2021

May

Alongside the next-Iterations online mini-festival which takes place on 17 and 18 May 2020, Constant’s window is covered with the filtered words of the final Iterations publication. Over the past three years, this project has been a beautiful ride through the landscape of artistic collaboration. (...)

June

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 (...)

August

After the first invitation of Vesna Manojlovic to organise a Technoshamanic Festival in her house in the mountains in Croatia, we started dreaming. A lot of back & forth mouvements happened.
In Spring 2020, Z33 and Constant were proud and happy to reinvite the participants to the (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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

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, (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

Here: https://bbb.constantvzw.org/b/fem-rzq-99g
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: (...)

January 2021

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, (...)

Two radio-documentaries by Jen Debauche, "Le Sanglier et le papillon" and "La Mue" can be listened to in the window of the Constant office. Language: French
"I was working for the European Commission, I was leading a seminar in Portugal, I slept 3 hours a day. Instead of going to my office one (...)

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 (...)

Unfortunately, this listening session has been cancelled due to Covid19 measures.
The documentaries Le sanglier et le papillon and La mue by Jen Debauche can be listened to in the window of the office of Constant.
See also: (...)

February

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 (...)

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.
The Speculating on networked interdependencies and relationality (...)

Starting from April 2021 Constant is looking for a new second space.
Since more then 10 years, we are relying for a part of our working space on temporary and precarious arrangement. In alliance with many other artists and cultural organisations, we have occupied several buildings that, one (...)

March

On Monday, March 8 we stop. Together with Bye Bye Binary, Constant joins the feminist strike to call attention to the difficult conditions under which people* keep things going in the street, at school, at home, on call, in the hospital, on the server, at the distribution center, in the (...)

This event is dedicated to different projects that reflect on the practices of digital catalogs, classification systems and other forms of systematic organization of knowledge. It will make a moment, in the form of an informal conversation, to consider together the less visible but fundamental (...)

A hands-on conversation on the ongoing techno-political transformations in (remote) learning environments. How to infrastructure otherwise in more just and solidary ways? On de-schooling, interdependent learning and The bundle theory of the student-user. With Martino Morandi, Jara Rocha and (...)

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.
During this session, we will explore minimal viable forms of learning (...)

April

This Warp* documents the worksession Bureacracksy.
Bureaucracksy took place between 7 and 12 December 2020 and brought together artivist practices around the imaginative re-appropriations of rules and regulations. Critical attitudes, artistic positions, creative bureaucrats re-purposed and (...)

This is the open call for: Session 2: BIDSTON OBSERVATORY, Liverpool UK Monday August 2 -> Sunday 7 August 2021
The open call for Session 1 in Eben-Ezer, BE is here.
Description The aim of the Down Dwars Delà sessions is to collectively assemble and study a tools-not-box (see it more as a (...)

SPECTRAL DESIRE PATHS Spectral Desire Paths is a collaboration between an arts organization (Constant), a technology company (Sensolus) and a research group (Urban Species). Constant connects collective artistic work with free software and intersectional feminist thinking. Sensolus makes (...)

This the open call for: Session 1: EBEN-EZER TOWER, Bassenge, Belgium Monday July 12 -> Saturday July 17, 2021
The open call for Session 2 in Bidston, UK, you can find here
Description The aim of the Down Dwars Delà sessions is to collectively assemble and study a tools-not-box (see it more (...)

The Capitalithothèque is a work in progress that attempts to develop ’perforalithic’ practices, chipping away at ubiquitous turbo capitalism. In its current form, Capitalithothèque is a collection of mineral debris sourced from various financial institutions in Brussels.
The presentation in the (...)

Monday Readings are a series of convivial situations to research our technological and infrastructural inter-dependencies. They bring our everyday technical encounters in conversation with theoretical and political thinking, by close-reading technologies as if they were texts, and viceversa. (...)

Elodie and Femke present and discuss Collective Conditions with students of Code & Context, an interdisciplinary Bachelor programme at the Technische Hochschule in Cologne, Germany.

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.
RDI4: Hiding trees among the forest
During this session, Seda (...)

Constant_V is a series of small-scale installations in the window of the Constant office, at rue du Fortstraat 5 in Saint-Gilles. On Saturday May 8, Constant_V will move to the neighbours in the rue du Fortstraat. It is an invitation to discover the evolution of previously exhibited works and (...)

Testing 2, 1, 4. test. test.
Radio Implicancies is back with eight weekly self-hosted broadcasts developed for and with XPUB, Piet Zwart Media Design Master in Rotterdam; Thursdays from 16:00-17:00.
Radio Implicancies emits the signals of changing constellations, bringing forth different (...)

The CC4r articulates conditions for re-using authored materials. It is inspired by the principles of Free Culture but tries to respond to a growing discomfort with licenses that remain bound to the idea of authorship as ownership and which rely on an universalist approach to openness. The CC4r (...)

A cartographic installation by the collective Technopolice will be hosted in Constant’s window.
Opening: Wednesday June the 30th, 2021 at 18:00
The deployment of "Smart city" (security) tools aiming at controlling, monitoring, classifying, punishing in order to orient and regulate behaviors (...)

As of 1 July 2021, Constant discontinues it’s membership of the Free Software Foundation.
This withdrawal does not change Constant’s continued commitment to software released under conditions that invite users to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve.
With many others, Constant was (...)