Source code

Pippilongstrings source code:

! Co LAPse KoDe source code:

VJ13 poster source code:;a=tree

Fonzie source code:;a=tree

GML field recorder:
Upcoming at

Vj12 publication source code:


Interview files for Academy Commons:

Various documents (images, publications, texts):

Helena Gough – Free song: Tephra

Pictures of the event:
Pictures of day one
Pictures of day two
Pictures of day three
Pictures of day four
Pictures of day five

Archive of video streams


Notes from Friday 2/12/11:
Notes from Thursday 1/12/11:
Workpad of the literary remixing:
Notes from Wednesday 30/11/11:

VJ13 live


Streaming at:


Conferencing via:

IRC or #vj13 on or #vj13-fr on or #vj13-nl on

streaming + IRC + BBB

All together now:

More about the selected transmission protocols: tools


Printable program: vj13_EN.pdf

See for detailed info: Extended program

Wednesday 30 November

11:00-13:00 Academy Commons
Discussion in Barcelona, response in Constant Variable
15:00-18:00 GML-recorder
Documentation session in Constant Variable

Thursday 1 December

10:00-18:00 Funzie Fonzie Reading Machine
Worksession in Constant Variable and on-line
20:00 Interactive Opening
Cocktail in Constant Variable
21:00 By Data We Mean
Bookpresentation in Constant Variable

Friday 2 December

10:00-13:00 Pippi Longstrings, how to use
Worksession in Constant Variable: install and play with Pippilongstrings
14:00-18:00 Pippi Longstrings, a view on the legal process in the EU
Discussing the legal developments of IPRED, ACTA at the EU.
20:00 Graffiti Markup Language
Presentation in Recyclart

Saturday 3 December

10:30-18:00 Desktop D’Amis
Touring various locations in Brussels and on-line
20:00-23:00 ProtoFest
Presentations in Constant Variable

Sunday 4 December

11:00-19:30 If you need anything, just whistle
On-line seminar, projected in Constant Variable
20:30 Concert
Concert in Constant Variable


See for detailed info: Locations

Constant Variable, Rue Gallaitstraat 80, 1030 Schaerbeek, Brussels
Recyclart, Gare Bruxelles-Chapelle / Kapelle station
25, Rue des Ursulines straat

Desktop D’Amis, various locations:
Zumba asbl, Huart Hamoir laan 24 Avenue Huart Hamoir, 1030 Schaerbeek, Brussels
Renovas + La boutique de quartier, Verboekhovenplein 9 Place Verboekhoven, 1030 Schaerbeek, Brussels

Extended program

Printable program: vj13_EN.pdf

See also: Schedule / Participants / Locations

Situated reporters on-line: Wendy Tai (Hong Kong) and Karin Spaink (Amsterdam).

Activities marked * not available on-line.

Wednesday 30 November

11:00-13:00 Formal practice for the Commons
Discussion in Barcelona, response in Constant Variable.

In many countries, the world of higher education is on fire. Following the logic of the neocapitalistic paradigm and the idea of privatization, people have been putting fences around the commons declaring “this is mine”, excluding users, consumers and students by demanding entering fees and credits in order to have access to a space that should remain common. The intellectual property law is supporting and protecting corporations and institutions in order to manage creative flows of knowledge and ideas as scarce products that can be traded at the competitive market place. The legal exclusion is often executed by technical devices that we may understand as electronic fences for controlling the regulation of social access of the once common space. Formal practice for the Commons explore the practices, strategies and protocols trying to open breaches in the fences and reclaim a common space for knowledge production and sharing.

An online conversation with the team of Academy Commons based on a series of interviews made with Marina Garces (Espai en Blanc), Ignacio Labastida (Creative Commons), Montse Romani and the Fakultaet Null’s project.

13:00-14:00 Lunch*

14:00-18:00 GML-recorder
Documentation session in Constant Variable

Documentation session. In response to a challenge set by Evan Roth, Muharrem Yildirim proposed a device “that can unobtrusively record graffiti motion data during a graffiti writer’s normal practice in the city”. We will collaboratively construct and document the device. We are looking for people that are interested in the device and like to hack electronics, write documentation, take pictures, make diagrams.

With: Muharrem Yildirim, Wendy Van Wynsberghe, Evan Roth.

Please let us know if you plan to join.

Thursday 1 December

10:00-18:00 Funzie Fonzie Readingmachine°
Worksession in Constant Variable and on-line

Initiated by Michael Korntheuer, the neighbours of Hackerspace Brussels constructed a DIY-bookscanner. During VJ13 the machine will be hosted in Constant Variable. It will be operated through Fonzie, a speculative software developed by Pierre Marchand, that converts physical to digital reading.
The reading process of the machine can be watched, understood, read, rewritten, changed and endlessly executed. This worksession explores the artistic potential of the different elements in the transmission from the physical book to the digital object: the code, the fonts, the training data, the book and the digitally born text.
Starting point is George Orwell’s text Books vs Cigarettes. You’re warmly invited to bring your own books!

10:00-13:00 Software tour: OCR, scanning, print-to-font, pdf
13:00-14:00 Lunch*
14:00-18:00 Writing exercises

With: Pierre Marchand, An Mertens, Catherine Lenoble, John Haltiwanger, Michael Korntheuer, CIS India.

Please let us know if you plan to join.

°Homage to Singer by Paul Van Ostaijen

20:00 Interactive opening*
Constant Variable

Inter-active introduction to V/J13 and vernissage of the on-line exhibition. Content + cocktails!

21:00 By Data We Mean
Presentation of V/J12 e-publication in Constant Variable

Presentation of an on-line edition of texts, images and reflections that followed from the previous edition of Jonctions/Verbindingen 12: By Data We Mean.

This publication collects the different texts that were produced for the lectures and presentation of VJ12. It also constitutes a platform for experiments. What becomes possible when texts are released under a free license? What happens when two texts apparently very different from each other, but with many points of contact at a second reading, are brought together, mixed, smashed, and suddenly acquire a completely different form and meaning? Isn’t every text ambiguous and being open to different interpretations? And how can the grey literature surrounding textual production influences the process of reading and decoding it?

With: Donatella Portoghese, Alex Leray, Stephanie Villayphiou, Nicolas Malevé.

Friday 2 December

10:00-18:00 EU in the making, an insider’s view through Parltrack and Pippilongstrings.
Worksession in Constant Variable

The European Union is producing laws that have a strong impact on our digital lives and their protocols. Monitoring the legal process in the making is of capital importance. This programme is an invitation to discover, use and discuss two tools Parltrack and Pippilongstrings. Parltrack aims to improve the transparency of legislative processes. By combining dossiers, MEPs, vote results and committee agendas into a unique database, it allows the tracking of dossiers. Pippilongstrings purpose is to identify strings of text that occur many times in the treaties, the acquis communautaire and in ECJ case law. Pippilongstrings assumes that such strings carry meaning. Like particular genes express the function of a protein, the law has its particular DNA sequences which express principles without which the law would not be regular, or predictable.
The morning session will be dedicated to the installation and documentation of pippilongstrings with its developer, Stefan Marsiske (familiarity with the Linux system is required).
The afternoon session will consist on discussions about the different uses of Parltrack and Pippilongstrings in the context of the EU. How these tools did and will help to detect problems and elaborate a political response to the many threats against a free digital culture. With Stefan Marsiske and Erik Josefsson.

10:00-13:00 Software run-through*
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-18:00 Round-table: Contexts for Pippilongstrings

With: Stefan Marsiske, Erik Josefsson and others.

Please let us know if you plan to join.

20:00 Graffiti Markup Language
Presentation in Recyclart

Evan Roth discusses Graffiti Markup Language (GML), a universal, XML-based, open file format designed to store graffiti motion data, and the results of ongoing collaborations between graffiti writers and computer hackers. He will also highlight the benefits of an open source learning and development model from his perspective as an artist, giving examples of his work that embodies principles such as “lazy like a fox” and “release early and often (and with rap music)”. In the context of Lick My Typo.

Also: launch of a publication based on conversations between Constant and Evan Roth about the collaborative powers of the GML-standard, contact points between hacker- and graffiti-cultures and the granularity of gesture.

With: Evan Roth

Saturday 3 December

10:30-18:00 Desktop D’Amis
Touring various locations in Brussels and on-line

Four visits to works that are hosted by ‘friends of Constant’. These digital works exist in a social, technical, economic context. They can be enjoyed on multi-purpose personal computers. Machines that are closely connected to the work, play, interests and where-abouts of its owners.

10:30-12:00 Renovas + La boutique de quartier + Kër-Thiossane
Verboekhovenplein 9 Place Verboekhoven
Online meeting with Senegalese filmmakers of the film Routines de Rencontres Dakar.

12:30-14:00 Zumba
Huart Hamoirlaan 24 Avenue Huart Hamoir

14:30-16:00 De Geslepen Potloden + Planapress
Vooruitgangsstraat 409 Rue de Progress
Paperstream of comics sent from “Planapress” publishers in Porto
follow uploaded drawings here:

16:30-18:00 Myriam Van Imschoot (Sarma) + Nathaniel Stern
Louis Bertrandlaan 104 Avenue Louis Bertrand
Online meeting with Nataniel Stern about compressionist photography.

20:00-23:00 ProtoFest
Constant Variable

An avalanche of small, short, quick presentations of and by people, projects, protocols and prototypes.

With: Objscrnotations (An Mertens), The Kissing Protocol – subject to change (Wendy Van Wynsberghe), Routines de rencontres (Peter Westenberg), pippi longstrings (Stephan Marsiske), Our reading machine, The GML-recorder (Muharrem Yildiz), Repetita Iuvant (Laura Macchine), e-traces (Michel Cleempoel) and more.

Sunday 4 December

11:00-19:30 If You Need Anything, Just Whistle
Seminar, on-line + Constant Variable

This seminar includes presentations, lectures, performances and a filmscreening. You can follow the programme on-line or join us in Constant Variable.

11:00 Welcome (Femke Snelting)
You know how to whistle, don’t you? Just put your lips together and blow!

11:30 A situated report (Karin Spaink, Amsterdam)
Writer and activist Karin Spaink followed Prototypes for Transmission from her home in Amsterdam. She will narrate through that experience and reflects on the internet as a place for different types of transmission.

12:30 Lecture: The Whistled Language of Gomera (Sonia Matos, Edinburgh)
Sonia will present her research conducted in the island of La Gomera. Focusing specifically on the study of whistled vowels by both local inhabitants and linguists her presentation will explore the realms of embodied knowledge, representation and the sensory paradoxes that underlie our experience of the phenomenal world around us.

13:30 Lecture/performance + Lunch: Exiled Cuisine (Ivan Monroy Lopez, Mexico City)
Cookbook files are open when there’s a chance of working. The work is not technological in that nothing of this has not been done before. The literature that feeds into this has been contentionally written in the shall we say mmh street. The public space of technical forums is related in some way to network protocols. It could be good that these HTML files be exported into cookbooks. I don’t like it when these books are sold. A standard regime of the kitchen is easier for the exiled to understand.

16:00 Film-screening: Because We Are Visual (Olivia Rochette, Gerard-Jan Claes; introduced by Pauline David)*
In Because We Are Visual Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes immerse themselves into the world of public video journals. The Internet and its online communities are said to bring people closer together and to connect them. Yet it seems that the virtual world confronts these so-called vloggers more than ever with their own loneliness. By means of visual material gathered from online sources, the cineastes create a unique poetic realm in which thoughts and worries merge together.

17:00 Tea + snacks*

17:30 Lecture: The Archive Team (Jason Scott, New York)
Over the last 20 years, a lot of culture, life and experience has moved online. Millions of new users, billions of web pages made by those millions, and untold amounts of creative work has landed on webpages and services providing space for them. But along with this flood of incoming life has come a host of shutdowns, shutoffs and surprise losses that have wiped huge amounts of works, especially from the 1990s. Not everyone is taking this lying down, and a rogue band of archivists, programmes, writers and loudmouths named The Archive Team have mounted an assault against this forced forgetting. Team mascot Jason Scott will tour us through the history of Archive Team, some highlights of projects, and what any person with a computer and an internet connection can do to help.

18:30 2 Performances: Angry Women (Anne Laforet, Annie Abrahams, Antye Greie, Bérénice Belpaire, Hedva Eltanani, Hortense Gauthier, Ienke Kastelein, Jule Chateauvert, Laurence Moletta, Laurie Bellanca, Lucille Calmel, Martina Ruhsam, Olga P Massanet, Pascale Barret and Simona Polvani, various locations)
After two performances where 24 women of different nationalities, using their mother tongue, said their anger in front of their webcams at home until there was none left, the next step in the Angry Women research project is a series of two sessions of exactly 12 minutes. The limited time, the experience of the first performance and the fact that this time the ladies will use a single language per performance (One performance will be in English, the other in French), will make this a completely different experiment concerned female anger and networked collaboration and group dynamics.

The first Angry Women performances are now shown as an installation in the show Training for a Better World at the CRAC in Sète

19:30 Soup*

20:30 Concert Helena Gough*
Each new sound-space is created by taking everything possible from the tiniest element, working to make something from nearly nothing. This reduction in means yields a density and richness of results.


Angry Women
Anne Laforet, Annie Abrahams, Antye Greie, Bérénice Belpaire, Hedva Eltanani, Hortense Gauthier, Ienke Kastelein, Jule Chateauvert, Laurence Moletta, Laurie Bellanca, Lucille Calmel, Martina Ruhsam, Olga P Massanet, Pascale Barret, Simona Polvani

Annie Abrahams (Montpellier)
Pioneer of networked performance art using video, performance and the internet, questioning the possibilities and limits of communication and more specifically its modes in networked environments.

Ana Carvalho (Porto)
In collaboration with Ricardo Lafuente Ana directs the research office for graphic design focused on the use of free software tools, typography, independent publishing and software culture. She also works as an editor for Planapress, a publisher of illustration books and comics.

Centre for Internet and Society (Bangalore, India)
The Centre for Internet and Society critically engages with concerns of digital pluralism, public accountability and pedagogic practices, in the field of Internet and Society, with particular emphasis on South-South dialogues and exchange. Through multidisciplinary research, intervention, and collaboration, we seek to explore, understand, and affect the shape and form of the internet, and its relationship with the political, cultural, and social milieu of our times. For VJ13 they proudly host the scans of the essay Books vs Cigarettes, by George Orwell, already in public domain in India.

Gerard-Jan Claes (Brussels)
In collaboration with Olivia Rochette Gerard-Jan directed the documentary Because We Are Visual. He just graduated from the filmschool KASK in Gent.

Michel Cleempoel (Brussels)
Member of Constant, graduated from the national superior art school of La Cambre – Brussels. Author of numerous digital art works and exhibitions, collaborates with Nicolas Malevé on Etraces. Michel also teaches at the Department of Digital Arts in ESVAP-Mons.

Pauline David (Brussels)
Pauline is formed in History and Cinema, she works as a curator for the organisation Le P’tit Ciné, a structure for screenings of and discussion about documentary films in Brussels’ cinemas.

De Geslepen Potloden (Brussels)
De Geslepen Potloden (The Sharpened Pencils) are Barbara Roosen, Judith Van Istendael, Eva Hilhorst, Lisa Matthys and Wauter Mannaert. They share a studio in Brussels where they keep a sharp eye on each others work and lift that to a higher level with constructive criticism.

Helena Gough (Berlin)
An English sound artist currently living in Berlin. Her work initially focused upon the collection and manipulation of ‘real-world’ sound material and the exploration of its abstract properties. Occasional deviations into synthetic and instrumental sources are now developing into more prominent ingredients. Each new sound-space is created by taking everything possible from the tiniest element, working to make something from nearly nothing. This reduction in means yields a density and richness of results.

Erik Hjalmar Josefsson
Erik Hjalmar Josefssson started as a musician, then got involved in software patents as the president of the Foundation for Free Information Infrastructures Sweden, served a stint as the European representative of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and is now advising the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament on Internet Policy.

John Haltiwanger (Amsterdam)
John’s work focuses on programming language, new media theory and typographic softwares. He looks for the right balance between practice, esthetics and crossing borders. John runs dripping digital, a service for digital solutions based in Amsterdam, combining theory, design and code in generative workflows. He has been joining in stops on Open Source Publishing’s world tour since 2010.

Joris van Hoboken (Amsterdam)
A legal researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) in Amsterdam. His research interests include freedom of expression and the internet, intermediary liability, data protection, privacy, and new media policy. Joris submitted a dissertation about search engines and freedom of expression in November 2011. He also
serves as the chair of the Board of Directors at Bits of Freedom.

Myriam Van Imschoot (Brussels)
Myriam works as an artist, performer, dramatist and co-founder of SARMA, a discursive laboratory for dance criticism, research, dramaturgy and creation.

Catherine Lenoble (Nantes)
Catherine is a writer and member of PiNG in Nantes, a resource organisation for emerging innovating projects that identify, experiment and evaluate the social and cultural uses of multimedia. As an author, she has published an experimental novel – petitBain (à la criée, 2010) – that offers free access to texts through a web version. She regularly contributes to off and on-line editorial adventures.

Alex Leray (Brussels)
Alex is co-founder of , an office for graphic design and media, mixing visual conception and programming in (non-)printed design. Alex is also member of Open Source Publishing, a collective of graphic designers exploring the possibilities that are generated by the use of free software for the creation of illustrations, cartographies, typography.

Laura Macchini (Rotterdam)
Laura is currently a student at the Piet Zwart Institute, Networked Media master, she likes architecture, graphic design, programming, linguistics, graph theory and Latin (mentioning food would probably be redundant).

Nicolas Malevé (Barcelona)
Nicolas Malevé is a data activist developing multimedia projects and web applications for and with cultural organisations. His current research work is focused on cartography, information structures, metadata and the means to visually represent them. He lives and works in Barcelona and Brussels.

Pierre Marchand (Brussels)
Pierre lives and works in Brussels as an artist and software developer. He has a vast experience in the graphics free software community as co-developer packages as Scribus and Fontmatrix. As a member of the Open Source Publishingteam experiments with new languages ​​and forms. He also designs maps, websites and various custom-based software for artists.

Stefan Marsiske (Budapest)
Stefan Marsiske is a free software developer who cares about human rights in the Internet context, he supports various organizations dealing with such issues. He is a founder of startups, a hackerspace, he serves as the VP for infrastructure in the Hungarian Open Standards Alliance and he is a co-author of the FCForum charter. He has ten years of telecommunication industrial background.

Sónia Matos (Edingburgh)
Researcher and lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art. Her work intersects ethnographic explorations, conceptual tool design, participatory interventions and writing. For the past five years, and as part of her doctoral studies at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, Sónia has dedicated her research to the study of a whistled form of language known as the Silbo Gomero, one that is still alive in the small island of La Gomera in the Canarian Archipelago. She currently prepares a new research project regarding food, design and ecology in the Azorean islands.

An Mertens (Brussels)
Since 2006 An has been working as an artist and writer. In 2008 she joined Constant as a core member. In her work she experiments with writing and storytelling, on the web, on paper, or in a performative context.

Ivan Monroy Lopez (Mexico City)
Writer, performer and programmer who presented performances and installation work at various international venues. His latest zine is called ’print soapbox’. He will give you a copy if you just ask 🙂

Momo1030 is born in Vienna, 1981. He’s a visualist and musician who loves to unite, fuse, explore and experiment with different mediums. He likes to skate, to paint, to perform, surf the net, grab some short videos and mess around with the ipot.

Yves Poliart (Bruxelles)
Yves Poliart is curator and music researcher, he is a board member and collaborator of Constant.

Donatella Portoghese (Bruxelles)
Donatella is linguist and museologist, cultural coordinator and lover of books in all forms and genres. Recently she joined Constant, where she is responsible for coordination and communication.

Renovas (Brussels)
Since 1996, Renovas (Renovation in Schaerbeek) plays the role of interface between the regional initiatives on urban revitalization and the inhabitants of Schaerbeek. Renovas takes care of the coordination of current contracts neighborhoods in the municipality, such as the one on the perimeter Navez-Portaels in which some of the event locations are situated.

Olivia Rochette (Brussels)
In collaboration with Gerard-Jan Claes Olivia Rochette directed the documentary Because We Are Visual. She just graduated from the filmschool KASK in Gent.

Evan Roth (Paris)
Artist and researcher who explores the intersection of free culture and popular culture, making work simultaneously for the contemporary art world and the “bored at work” network.

Laia Sadurní (Brussels)
Laia Sadurni is a Spanish artist, working and living in Brussels. As a free-lancer she collaborates with dancers, artists, architects, and programmers enlacing the codes to approach the immediate surroundings through mapping and exploration. During VJ13 she will propose us daily ‘open source body’ scores to execute during breaks.

Jason Scott (New York)
Archivist, historian of technology and information activist. He is the creator, owner and maintainer of and coordinator of the Archive Team.

Femke Snelting (Bruxelles)
As a graphic designer, artist and member of Constant, Femke develops projects that combine design, feminism and free software.

Karin Spaink (Amsterdam)
Karin Spaink is columnist for Het Parool, essayist, publicist, writer and feminist. She was the first Dutch writer who put a homepage on the net in 1995, as a means of re-publishing her columns, essays, and books which were out of print. Her subjects are varied, but she tends to write about matters of politics, technology, privacy, media, sex, health and bodies, and especially about the areas where these subjects merge or collide.

Nathaniel Stern (Milwaukee)
Nathaniel Stern is an experimental installation and video artist, net.artist, printmaker and writer. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Wendy Tai (Hong Kong)
A mixed-media artist interested in creating temporal, interactive and performative installations. Her work ranges from quiet, personal introspection to playful, social engagement.

Muharrem Yildirim (Phoenix)
Computer science graduate who concentrates on enhancing the interaction between human and machine, instead of developing more complex systems which people cannot even use effectively. His focus is bringing technology closer to people by designing interactions.

Stéphanie Villayphiou (Bruxelles)
Stéphanie is co-founder of , an office for graphic design and media, mixing visual conception and programming in (non-)printed design. Stéphanie is also member of Open Source Publishing, a collective of graphic designers exploring the possibilities that are generated by the use of free software for the creation of illustrations, cartographies, typography.

Peter Westenberg (Bruxelles)
Peter Westenberg is visual artist and film- and videomaker. His projects evolve from an interest in social cartography, urban anomalies and the relationships between locative identity and cultural geography. He lives and works in Brussels since 2005 and has been part of Constant since.

Wendy Van Wynsberghe (Bruxelles)
Wendy Van Wynsberghe is an artist and member of Constant vzw. In 2000 she started volunteering on regular basis for the organization, since 2004 she became a core member, partially responsible for Constant’s electronic/physical reality. She’s involved in a partnership that organizes open hardware workshops, called Ellentriek, together with De Pianofabriek Kunstenwerkplaats where artists work together on their projects, mostly thematic. She works with electronics, textile, sound, open hardware, using only free software, all work under a free art license.

Zumba asbl (Paula Bouffioux) (Brussels)
Zumba is a Brussels based cultural events association that produces video productions, theater and photography workshops and exhibitions.


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Constant Variable, Rue Gallaitstraat 80, Brussels
Tram 55, Place Liedtsplein

Recyclart, Gare Bruxelles-Chapelle / station Brussel-Kapellekerk
Rue des Ursulines 25 Ursulinenstraat, Brussels

Desktop D’Amis,
various locations, all in 1030 Schaerbeek in Brussels. Download program here

  1. Renovas + La boutique de quartier, Verboekhovenplein 9 Place Verboekhoven, 1030 Schaerbeek, Brussels
  2. Zumba asbl, Huart Hamoirlaan 24 Avenue Huart Hamoir, 1030 Schaerbeek, Brussels
  3. De Geslepen Potloden, Vooruitgangsstraat 409 Rue du Progrès, 1030 Schaerbeek
  4. Myriam Van Imschoot, Louis Bertrandlaan 104 Avenue Louis Bertrand, 1030 Schaerbeek

Locations Desktop D’Amis:

About VJ13


5 meetingdays around connection protocols, on-line networks and the Internet as public space. Worksessions, presentations, discussions, performances, lectures a concert and an on-line exhibition.

Prototypes for transmission looks at the protocols, rules and regulations that define the Internet. These 5 meetingdays are meant to re-activate our imagination about a digital space where exchange, experiment and critique can thrive.

After Hadopi, ACTA, the mass Googlommoration of webservices and the advent of walled-off social media (or more generally put: “the inevitable course of capitalism”) it is hard TB0-114 not to give up on the potential of the Web as a public space. Has the ‘success’ of Facebook, Flickr, Skype and YouTube really convinced us that ‘sharing’ and ‘friends’ are synonymous with data trade, paving the way for the flow of capital and monopolism? Should we let go of The Internet Age and declare the death of The Unfettered Web? Should we trust nobody and bring our servers into our homes? But what about our power to co-define? Participation? Open protocols? Peer2peer?

To refresh our memories, we play with historical communication protocols and invent new ones to connect with. In worksessions and discussions we test out what they (could) mean and how to (re-)appropriate them for cultural and critical use. We explore transgressions between physical and digital space, and their effects on collective organisation. We try to find out what net-neutrality means, and how we as artists and activists can take part in the political decision making process, even when we cannot rely on an army of lobbyists.

This edition of the festival includes on- and offline activities; low-key physical
E20-918 and on-line meetings between curious people, academics, artists, activists, engineers; interventions, concerts, screenings, workshops brought together in an programme that will be worth following both on-line and locally.

Just put your lips together and … blow!

About Verbindingen / Jonctions
Verbindingen/Jonctions (V/J), is the bi-annual multidisciplinary festival organised by Constant. Since 1997, Verbindingen/Jonctions combines high-, low- and no-tech strategies from utopian, contemporary, traditional and tribal cultures, free software, feminism and queer theories. V/J is an occasion to explore the space between thinking and doing, and the festival is always a mix of activities. It is an occasion to invite radio makers, artists, programmers, academics, Linux users, interface designers, urban explorers, performance artists, technicians, lawyers and others to experience each other’s practice, and to share their interests with a broad public of visitors.

V/J13 has been developed in collaboration with Le P’tit Ciné, Recyclart, Hacker Space Brussels (HSB), QO2, Renovas, Boutique de Quartier and Yves Poliart, Myriam Van Imschoot, Piet Zwart Institute: Networked Media


After many tests and trials, we decided to make Verbindingen/Jonctions 13 available on-line in different ways:

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a protocol used since the late eighties for real-time Internet text messaging (chat) or synchronous conferencing. It is designed for group communication in discussion forums, called channels, but also allows one-to-one communication via private messages.
We will use the logs of the #vj13 channel for archiving purposes, and eventually synchronize them with the video documentation.
You can to connect to #vj13 on with your favorite client such as for example XChat, pidgin, empathy or chatzilla. You can also log in via qwirc, a web client originally designed for the QuakeNet IRC network:
IRC-logs of some other Important Events:

BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system aimed at educational institutions. It is straightforward to use, and offers a collective canvas to share screencasts, video, sound and documents.
We thought that in the era of HTML5 it should be easy to find a tool that would not require Adobe Flash, but connecting to a users’ USB-camera is apparently not trivial (yet).
Tips on using BigBlueButton:

Using three mountpoints on the Constant Icecast-server, we can play with multi-directional streaming. One is used for invited guests on-line, one to broadcast images from Brussels and a third for additional images that viewers decide to send us. More info about how to send us your ogg-stream available here:
Delays can be up to 30 secs though.

Archiving starts now!

Pictures of day one
Pictures of day two
Pictures of day three
Pictures of day four
Pictures of day five


Archive of video streams:

Notes from Friday 2/12/11:
Notes from Thursday 1/12/11:
Workpad of the literary remixing:
Notes from Wednesday 30/11/11:

Archiving Starts Now 🙂

On-line traces of earlier editions: