Future Tools

Future Tools grew out of a long interest in the relation between tools and practice. The blog runs parallel to activities at the Libre Graphics Research Unit that are developed in collaboration with Medialab Prado, WORM, Piksel and others.


FS @ June 17, 2014

making tools that punch holes into walls

Interesting discussion on whether or not cultural organisations should ‘oblige’ artists to work with free licenses (thread starts with http://nettime.org/Lists-Archives/nettime-l-1406/msg00018.html): “In the end, free culture has been an essential step and great opportunity to sync all sorts of individuals, groups and communities who would probably not have connected with each others, and maybe the recruiting […]

FS @ July 15, 2013


Bruce Mau’s Incomplete manifesto for growth was originally published in 1998. It was recently revisited by students from ERG, Brussels.

FS @ April 2, 2013

Future Tools Diary

… I switch to diary mode this month to record some of the events that are about to happen in Madrid: LGM2013 (10-13 April) and Interactivos?’13 (15-27 April) In Brussels for a few more days, I keep all on-line channels open so I feel in touch with Madrid and can respond to last minute questions […]

FS @ February 15, 2013

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FS @ February 11, 2013

Read-Write Libre Graphics

FS @ February 5, 2013

Flyers at FOSDEM

More images: http://gallery3.constantvzw.org/index.php/Fosdem-2013

Future Tools ✁ @ December 21, 2012

How to communicate libre graphics?

Brainstorm by participants in the workshop Estación Nómada de Diseño (Libre Graphics Workstation) at Central de Diseño /DIMAD Image: Myriam Cea

FS @ December 14, 2012

Interoperable play

Forward compatible toys: The Free Universal Construction Kit

FS @ November 23, 2012

Tools for a read-write world II

A-synchronous collaboration on what could be an image for Interactivos?’13: Tools for a Read-Write World1

And sketches are being plotted by Manufactura Independente!
Featuring Pierre Huyghebaert, FS, Manufactura Independente, Dia, Inksca…

Future Tools ✁ @ November 21, 2012


Contribution to ‘Perspective: Artist – The position of individual artists in the performing arts in Flanders’ (VTi Institute for the Performing Arts, Brussels) “None of the work that we discuss here is actually hidden, but its dullness and technicality make it prone to blend into the background and it’s only with some effort it can […]


Constant is a non-profit association, an interdisciplinary arts-lab working from Brussels since 1997. The artistic and activist practice of Constant is inspired by the way that technological infrastructures, data-exchange and software determine our daily life.


December 18, 2014

Sharing ideas

The group of artists, geeks, hackers, programmers, researchers that will be part of the work session in deBuren, will present a first overview of their ideas. With a.o. collective performance of two algorithms prepared by Adva Zakai & An Mertens.


December 6, 2014

Public Domain day 2015

This years Public Domain Day is organised by the Royal Library, Cinema Nova, CRIDS and Constant. The afternoon is dedicated to Saint-Exupery, the writer of Le Petit Prince anwd will take place in the Royal Library. 15:00 Storytelling for children. 15:30 Launch of the website saintexupery-domainepublic.be, a collaboration with Romaine Lubrique, and conference by Severine Dussolier 16:00 presentation of Public Domain books The evening programme take place at Nova 17:30 Atelier comics (…)

Public Domain Day

December 5, 2014

Discrimination & Big Data

CPDP and Constant organise an evening program in deBuren around the shadow effects of Big Data. Researchers and experts Geoffrey Bowker and Antoinette Rouvroy will present us their latest ideas, and will comment on some of the local Brussels’ experiments developed and framed by a group of artists during their residency in deBuren. Their respective views will be challenged by moderator Seda Gürses and the people present in the audience. Geoffrey Bowker is a respected voice in the reflection (…)



December 4, 2014

Radio Bosnie #10

Radio Bosnia is a radio broadcast made with words recorded in the neighborhood Bosnie in Sint-Gilles, Brussels. On Thursday 11:00 on Radio Alma 101.9FM (Bxl) and on stream: www.radioalma.be Rebroadcasted every fourth Thursday at 16:30 on Radio Panik 105.4 FM and on the stream: www.radiopanik.org All broadcasts are accessible through www.parlezvous1060.be

Parlez-vous Saint-Gillois ?


December 1, 2014


F/LAT will host the next LOOP on Thursday 18th December 2014. LOOP is an informal moment for everyone who would like to meet F/LOSS artists, taste their work or present own work, and engage in a discussion around it. If you’d like to present something, fill in a slot on the Variable wiki: http://variable.constantvzw.org/def… LOOP was originally the name of a monthly open door moments at Variable, the ‘Free Libre Open Source Software (F/LOSS) Arts Lab’ that existed during three years in (…)

Constant Variable


November 11, 2014

Cqrrelating Compositions & Party

Data can be analysed, correlated and cqrrelated, discussed, visualised, and sonorised. During a live-coding concert Alexandra Cárdenas, a Colombian composer living in Berlin, will cqrrelate some of the data the artists in deBuren experimented with. Afterwards Belgian mathematician and musician Valery Vermeulen offers us a first listening of Krystall Ball, a composition on the base of econometric data, algorithms and models that shape the global financial industries. His sound waves will be (…)



November 11, 2014

Cqrrelations worksession

During a residency of two weeks in deBuren we start our discovery voyage from two different points. First, we follow the traces of the potato throughout digital architectures of local, national and international databases and policies. Then, we look at algorithms and methodologies for text analysis and pattern recognition. If you would like to participate, please send a motivation to an *at* constantvzw *.* org Contextualisation “Causation is for other people, and frankly it is very (…)



Active Archives

Research and development of free software in collaboration with cultural institutions.



OSP (Open Source Publishing) is an interdisciplinary and international design collective. OSP tests the possibilities and realities of doing design, illustration, cartography and typography using a wide range of Free, Libre and Open Source Software tools.


Colm @ September 29, 2014

OSP @ Princesse!

Since the early days, OSP has changed form over and over, from asking simple questions right through to organizing week-long workshops to share answers its members have found. There have been a fair amount of turning points in the past, and some of the biggest ones have happened over the last few years. The Variable […]

Colm @ September 29, 2014

Hachures Tournures Balsamine Print Party

We’re happy to be having the next Print Party in the familiar Balsamine Foyer for the second year in a row! This year as part of a new seasonal program, but also smaller parallel program «Nos Petites Madeleines» and along with the 15 day long Quizaine Numérique we’re going to be presenting Hachures Tourneurs. Following […]

Colm @ September 29, 2014

Visual Culture and Médor at Europe Refresh

Once again Les Halles are housing the 2014 edition of «Le salon du financement participatif» called Europe Refresh and it looks like it’s going to be a couple of exciting weekends! This year, to maximize the chances of fully funding the projects, the Salon will be set up for a weekend in Brussels then a […]

Colm @ September 29, 2014


Medor is not a dog ! It’s a trimestrial, Belgian magazine of inquiries and stories, 128 pages long. Médor contains long-term investigations, reports and portraits focused on Belgium. Médor digs the heart of issues. It inquires and it is persistent. It takes the time needed to be further, beyond appearances. It seeks to understand the […]

Colm @ September 29, 2014

étapes 220

étapes magazine issue 220 focused on Co-Working, so we were pleased to be asked for an interview for the Portrait section of the publication. In proper OSP fashion, after an initial set of questions from Caroline Bouige, the interviewer, we answered collaboratively, both to the questions and to each other. You can read the full […]

Colm @ April 15, 2014

Relearn Variable summerschool 2014

Good news! Considering how well last years OSP Relearn Summer School went, we’re reiterating and extending the school with all of the people and labs that make up Variable. We’re really exited to be able to make this happen again, especially considering all the extra people that will be joining in this year. Relearn starts on July 6th (Sunday) and […]

OSP @ January 29, 2014

Seoul fonts karaoke

This print party was wildly exciting. Thanks again to the collectif SIN and De La Charge gallery. Find the recipe and generic of the event on the README page of the workshop and download the 2 hits interpreted by our voice Ms. Funzie Korocr, 다누보강의 작울결 Remix 1 and 다누보강의 작울결 Remix 2

Pierre @ March 8, 2013

OSP-BLOG 2013-03-08 08:39:34

Thanks Femke! Thanks Constant!

Pierre @ February 26, 2013

OSP print party as bootstrap IV for the Balsa

↓ Hello, Sorry to disturb you. We are a group of designers working in Brussels, Belgium with free software and we’ve used for 18 months the Ume fonts for the graphical and typographic identity of a theatre. We are preparing a presentation/performance in which we would love to insert some details about the Ume fonts, […]

OSP @ October 22, 2012

Public Meet Redirection

OSP > BDM Tonight, OSP public meet will be redirected to Bar du matin at 18.30. 

Les Samedies

Les Samedies (Femmes et Logiciels Libres) rassemble un groupe de femmes très différentes qui ont en commun le désir d’être maîtresses (ou du moins avoir la possibilité de l’être) des outils et donc des normes qui définissent notre travail avec la machine.


De Geuzen

De Geuzen is a foundation for multi-visual research and the collaborative identity of Riek Sijbring, Femke Snelting and Renée Turner. Since 1996 they have employed a variety of tactics to explore female identity, narratives of the archive and media image ecologies. Exhibitions, workshops and online projects operate as thematic framing devices to investigate and test ideas collectively with different publics.


Parole # 2: Phonetic Skin / Phonetische Haut

Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method SearchExcerpt::the_excerpt() should not be called statically in /var/www/vhosts/geuzen.org/httpdocs/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 163

Edited by A…

Netherlands Media Art Institute closes

A sad time for media arts practices and history – from Laurie Anderson’s classic, “At the Shrink’s: a fake hologram” (1977) to the more recent net art collection of which The Anxiety Monitor was a part of. This chapter in our rich history closes by the end of 2012. What a resource lost, another casualty […]

Anxiety Monitor @ oddstream

2-5 June 2011

Here, there and other dislocations

Layered on-line maps for Mappamundi at the Museu Colecção Berardo (Lisbon, January 2011). Also on display: The Dress of Jeanne Terwen-de Loos and The Dress of Here, There and Other Dislocations.

The Tailored Alphabet

Workshop with students from the typography masters at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel (DE)

Patterns and Projections

Workshop in the context of Open Code vs. Military Culture / Israel Digital Artlab Holon (November 2010)

View By Thread

De Geuzen @ STUK
Leuven (B)
04/05 – 06/06 2010

On Gaps and Silent Documents

9-14 February 2010
De Geuzen participates in Artefact Festival, Leuven (Belgium) with a new version of the Global Anxiety Monitor

Celebrate With A Little Wearable Resistance @ StudioXX

Art’s Birthday is an annual event first proposed by French Fluxus artist Robert Filliou. Read more…

Wearable Resistance // Typographical Craftivism

Read more about our adventures with electricity, LED’s, typography and skill sharing.


July 20, 2014

Let’s first get things done

On division of labor and practices of delegation in times of mediated politics and politicized technologies

Be it in getting out the call for the next demonstration on some “cloud service”, or developing a progressive tech project in the name of an imagined user community, scarcity of resources and distribution of expertise makes short cuts inevitable. But do they really?
More …

Hosted by Seda Gürses, Miriyam Aouragh, Femke Snelting, Jara Rocha
4 August 2014
Worksession part of Thinking together @ Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt (DE)

March 24, 2014

First name

He said: I would type my first name into a search engine, and than make up biographies with the images found.


January 11, 2014

The Death of the Authors: 1942

An unlikely encounter between Neel Doff (text), Violet Hunt (text), Tina Modotti (photographs) and Blanche Selva (music). Contribution to the 2014 edition of Public Domain Day, with An Mertens.

Sources: https://gitorious.org/death-of-the-authors/1942

January 1, 2014

Fathers of the internet

Belgium universalist, pacifist and documentalist Paul Otlet was recently recognized as ‘a founding father of the Internet’ by Google evangelist Vincent Cerf. While socialist Prime Minister Elio di Rupo lured the multinational to build a gigantesque datacenter in the region with the help of subsidies and tax-cuts, Google adopted the remains of Otlet’s archive in Mons. An ongoing investigation.

Files: https://gitorious.org/fathers-of-the-internet

Notes: http://fs.pad.constantvzw.org:8000/66

October 15, 2013

Free Libraries for Every Soul

Hacker/cyber-librarian Marcell Mars, researcher Edwin Gardner and the association for arts and media Constant invite you to a 24h hackathon where we’ll work on shapes, platforms and workflows that facilitate free access to books. Graphic designers, hackers, interface-designers, librarians, independent bookpublishers, webdevelopers and programmers … if you have skills and/or ideas related to DIY-printed matter, e-books, OCR, peer-to-peer libraries etc. please join us and contribute to a 21st century incarnation of Melvil Dewey’s dream!


September 27, 2013

Differences that matter

Thinking through practices of sharing and collaboration that are inspired by the culture and cult of Free Software.


September 16, 2013

Toolbending 2014

“Imaginez que les logiciels seraient des outils à penser, des instruments à développer l’imagination, qui pourraient produire des nouvelles idées?

Elective course for ERG, Brussels /files/Toolbending_2014.pdf

August 12, 2013

Never-ending undo

Never-ending undo is an attempt to think through specific practices of sharing and collaboration that emerge in creative digital work inspired by the culture and cult of Free Software. It explores the ethics and aesthetics of this iterative, reversible and promiscuous type of practice.

Project proposal for Schloss Solitude: /files/neverendingundo.pdf (spring and fall 2015)

April 17, 2013


Experiments with the order of the alphabet.


March 24, 2013

The Death of the Authors (2012 edition)

The Death of the Authors is a generative novel made with Python and nltk, based on texts by Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Rabindranath Tagore, Elizabeth Von Arnim, Sherwood Anderson and Henri Bergson, some of the authors we welcomed on 1-1-12. The print publication was presented on the Public Domain Day event in Bibliothèque Royale, Brussels, Belgium (With An Mertens).


February 27, 2013


Contribution to ‘Perspective: Artist – The position of individual artists in the performing arts in Flanders’ (VTi Institute for the Performing Arts, Brussels).


May 29, 2011

The filing cabinet and other stories

[Merz Akademie Stuttgart] Dealing with database forms, filing-cabinets and Resource Description Frameworks, archivists carefully prepare objects before they can enter the archive. This talk knits together snapshots of archival work, zooming in on the specialist tools that support such a process of fitting, the serial micro-decisions which ultimately define any collection.


May 17, 2011

a romance of many dimensions

Imposition plays a key-role in a pre-press workflow. Working with the constraints of paper size, creep and standard folding plans, imposing is also an act of imagination, a fantasy about the potential of a digital object to become physical and vice versa.

At http://e-boekenstad.nl/unbound

April 3, 2011

Postcards from Africa

Notes from Mali, Senegal and Morocco.


April 1, 2011

Hoe zie je deze aanpak voor jezelf?

Antwoord op de vragen van Mandy Cobussen (ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Arnhem)


June 5, 2010


Voetnoot bij een gesprek met Pieter Van Bogaert


February 23, 2010

Scenes of pressure and relief

Texts performed and added to on various occasions since 2007


February 3, 2010

Emma II

Add some Anarchist Feminism to your YouTube comments (Firefox Greasemonkey userscript)


November 2, 2009

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever

“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and create derivative works of. 9. We can analyze your application. We can remove any ad for any purpose, including Connect sites. * Payment Terms: These guidelines outline the policies that apply to users. 5. If any portion of this Statement must be the difference between a Mrs. Weston, only sixteen miles off, was always disagreeable”


August 27, 2009

Playlist (caleidoscope version)

Developed with Michael Murtaugh for De Geuzen Feed: project.

Download scripts: /files/playlist.zip

July 5, 2009

Future Tools

Project New Media Pathway, Merz Akademie, Stuttgart
October 2009 – January 2010


May 19, 2009

Corset, Skeleton, Skin

Workshop with design students at Merz Akademie, Stuttgart (29-05 → 03-06)

Project weblog

April 28, 2009

Feral Labelling

Catalogue text for Kate Rich’s exhibition Feral Trade in HTTP gallery.


February 15, 2008

As the commander of an army

Python script running through Isabella Beeton’s Book of Household Management.

Download script: /files/isabella.zip

January 1, 2008


Een performatieve lezing die aan de hand van kookboeken, manuals en magische formules de parallel tussen code en recepten onderzoekt.


April 17, 2007

CSS textures



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