Project: DiVersions

DiVersions v2: workshop, guided tour, publication


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 project experimented with digitized and digital heritage to open up databases, metadata, catalogs and digital infrastructures for other imaginations. This month, we close off the four year project with a guided tour, workshop and a publication:

Guided tour

Monday 14 December 15:00-16:00

Last chance! Elodie Mugrefya and Femke Snelting guide you through the on-line exhibition, find us here:

A New Browser Ceremony

An afternoon on-line with Zoumana Meite and Martino Morandi
Tuesday 15 December 2020, 14:00-17:00

Zoumana and Martino share their ongoing research into digital catalogs of museums, cultural institutes and heritage platforms and possible alternatives to their current forms. Their experiments point at the historical issues with current models and policies for knowledge administration: colonial heritage, imperial intentions, gendering structures, hierarchical values...

Participants are invited to look closely at the data structures, models, information systems and graphical representations which format online catalogs. It is also an occasion to open up or break out of some of the restrictions that stop visitors from imagining different relations to "the collection".

Print + on-line publication
January 1, 2021

Launch of the second version of a digital and printed publication with new and reworked contributions by among others Daniel Blanga Gubbay, Z. Blace, Hari Prasad Adhikari-Sacré, Kris Rutten, Gert Biesta and Anne Laforet. Designed with Open Source Publishing (Sara Magnan + Gijs de Heij).

On-line exhibition

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 ways to move with data and listen to metadata’s uncertainties?

With: Collection of uncertainties (Marie Lécrivain, Colm o’Neill), Sketchy recognition (Michael Murtaugh, Nicolas Malevé), When organic trees meet the data tree (Anaïs Berck), Material Journeys Through Other Realities (Phil Langley, Mia Melvær), The weight of things (Cristina Cochior), A new fire ceremony (Zoumana Meïté, Martino Morandi), Diff3r3ntVversionsArePOSSIBLE?!. (Z.)


Please register for tours and workshop or to pre-order your printed book by sending an email to Donatella Portoghese:

DiVersions is a project initiated by Constant, Association for Art and Media, in collaboration with UGent - Department of Educational Studies, Department of Educational Studies, Werkplaats immaterieel erfgoed, VIAA/PACKED - Expertisecentrum Digitaal Erfgoed, RoSa - Kenniscentrum voor gender en feminisme. The second version of the DiVersions publication will be published in December 2020.

Image: Zoumana Meïté, Martino Morandi, A New Browser Ceremony (2020)