Connection Protocols in Artefact 2012

As part of the Artefact Festival in Stuk Leuven, organised around ’The Social Contract’, Constant will present Connection Protocols.

Not only people but also bots, search engines and spiders abide laws
and agreements. Whether we email, surf or chat ... rules and regulations are having an effect on our daily lives and on the way we move in public space. Which social behavior do governments, companies, regulators project on machines? What is the social contract written into standards and technological infrastructure?

In Connection Protocols, Constant gathers research material on how people, machines and environments connect with each other. This collage of artworks, notes, manuals, instructions, images and texts can be read as a publication that will be edited "live" during the festival period. With this living collection that moves along the steps of the STUK we try to balance ’soft’ factors such as attraction,
affection, similarity and curiosity with the prescriptive and indisputable character of formatting, contracts and ’terms of use’ documents.

@ STUK Kunstencentrum

Naamsestraat 96 - 3000 Leuven