Active Archives

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

Constant has a long history in working with and reflecting on memory, forgetting, preserving and disclosure. The current challenge is in connecting digital archives with open standards on one side and working with web 2.0 indexation systems on the other, keeping in mind that privacy is a priority and ’not indexing’ is not an option.

The archives of cultural institutions are rich in material, they manifest different archiving techniques and specific characteristics, they often share features and problems with colleague-institutes, such as for example: How do you categorize? Who is author or collaborator? Are collaborators writers or protagonists with a different role?


Workshop · 2014

Scandinavian Institute of Contemporary Comparative Vandalism, workshop

A workshop that takes as a starting point the archive of the Scandinavian Institute of Comparative Vandalism (SISV) initiated by Asger Jorn in 1961 with Peter Glob and Werner Jacobsen. Together (...)
Exhibition · Broadcast · 2013

Data Radio: Erkki Kurenniemi (in 2048) @ Kiasma

Constant members Michael Murtaugh and Nicolas Malevé present a second iteration of the Data Radio in the framework of the Kurenniemi’s retrpospective in Kiasma. The project is a webradio that (...)
Presentation · 2013

From image to data, about a dividing line

Michael Murtaugh and Nicolas Malevé will contribute to the seminar Document, fiction et droit, organised by ArBa-EsA and the University of Aix-Marseille. Their presentation will focus on the (...)
Presentation · 2013

Sniff and sneak through my archives

A presentation of the project Erkki Kurenniemi (In 2048) in the framework of Archives of Software Art, an event organized by Jussi Parikka and Burak Arikan. The presentation will take as a point (...)
Website · 2013

Eleven Orderings

Eleven Orderings is a proposal by Michael Murtaugh and Nicolas Malevé to revisit the collection of documents of the Norwegian artist Guttorm Guttormsgaard, some 25 000 items collected throughout (...)
Workshop · 2013

Life Archives (Kurenniemi). Archive in Motion, workshop

The Archive in Motion investigates the ways in which archival concepts and practices have been transformed under the impact of the radical changes in writing and recording technologies. Archive (...)

Programa público Marginalia, Anarchivo sida

The Marginalia project developed by Aimar Arriola articulates a proposal of critical reactivation of the Pepe Espaliú Library: Various collectives are (...)
Presentation · 2013

Seminar Sound + Art: Curating and Interfacing Archives

As part of Systemics #1 programme, Kunsthal Aarhus hosts a public seminar on the issues of experiencing, remembering and curating sound art/sound archives. Members of Constant, Michael Murtaugh (...)

Workshop Kurenniemi Dataradio

Michael Murtaugh and Nicolas Malevé, members of Constant will share their enthusiasm for Kurenniemi’s practice that involves various experiments in audio recording, diaristic practice and playful (...)

Dataradio @ Variable

In the framework of the Data Radio project, Michael and Nicolas organize a live listening session of the Kurenniemi audiocassette’s archive. They will be joined by Yves Poliart and other (...)


2017-03-28 19:53:59


'We are the granddaugthers of the witches, you didn't burn' I. images she shows (slideshow) connec...

2017-03-24 12:53:30


::ada femmes et nouvelles technologies - Vrouwen en nieuwe technologieën

2017-03-20 18:11:26


overfitting - theta - chain rule - softmax - statistical function backpropagation - neuron - di...

2017-03-20 18:06:12


Previous sessions with all ressources (in nr 1)

2017-03-20 18:04:40


Algolit extensions word2vec visualizations word swarms gif producer, to visualize the development o...

2017-03-19 13:03:42

rpiais presentation on ais 2250 slots (256 b...

2017-03-17 12:57:43


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2017-03-17 12:29:17


Follow up circular meeting - Proposals: *- Pattern language *- Non-violent communcation * * Questi...

2017-03-15 23:32:18


This paragraph seems to have some implicit assumption that may not hold true in CS. When you do se...

2017-03-15 14:06:36

Operationalizing Aby Warburg’s Atlas of images

Franco Moretti presents collaborative project (with Leonardo Impett) on computational approaches to Aby Warburg’s image atlas. Formulating pathos, faces are irrelevant. Clarity is not option, it’s a constraint. A strange encounter of qualitative and quantitative … Totentanz. Operationalizing Aby (...)