About VJ13

STREAMING / CALLING / TRANSFERRING // DISTRIBUTING // SCANNING // MIRRORING // PEERING // OBFUSCATING // TUNNELING // CRAWLING // SENDING // RECEIVING // READING // BANNING // WRITING // TRANSITIONING // TRANSMITTING // PINGING // HACKING // PHISHING // SPAMMING // SYNDICATING //

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 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 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

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