DiVersions

DiVersions took place from 4 to 11 December 2016 and was inspired by the way versions are inscribed in daily software-practice. With 35 participants we explored how parallel to their conventional narrative of collaboration and consensus, we could produce divergent histories through supporting difference. This one week session was organised by Constant and hosted by the Royal Museum of Art and History in Brussels.

With: Adva Zakai, Alexandre Leray, André Castro, An Mertens, Arianne Marcolini, Catherine Lenoble, Cristina Cochior, Laurence Rassel, Femke Snelting, Christine De Smedt, Gottfried Haider, Geraldine Juárez, Julie Boschat-Thorez, Kristien Van denbrande, Lionel Broye, Loraine Furter, Magnus Lawrie, Marie Lecrivain, Martin Campilo, Martino Monti, Mia Melvaer, Michael Murtaugh, Serge Lemaitre, Sophie Balace, Emile Van Binnebeke, Saskia Willaert, Chris Vastenhoudt, Donatella Portoghese, Myriam Arsenault-Goulet, Nicolas Maleve, Peter Westenberg, Phil Langley, Sam Muirhead, Sarah Magnan, Seda Guerses, Wendy Van Wynsberghe, Zeljko Blace, Zoumana Meite.

Documentation

All documentation can be found here: http://diversions.constantvzw.org/

Articles

Worksession · 2017

DiVersions: archive

DiVersions took place from 4 to 11 December 2016 and was inspired by the way versions are inscribed in daily software-practice. With 35 participants we explored how we could produce divergent (...)
Lecture · Performance · 2016

DiVersions - an afternoon in the museum about collaboration, divergence and the digital archive

Constant started its worksession DiVersions with an afternoon in the Royal Museum for Art and History. Inspired by the way versions are embedded in the daily practice of software-development, we (...)

Call for participants: DiVersions

Deadline: 12 September DiVersions is inspired by the way versions are inscribed in daily software-practice, and explores how parallel to their conventional narrative of collaboration and (...)

Feeds

2017-07-06 01:25:25

DiVersions was inspired by the way versions are inscribed in daily software-practice, and explored how parallel to their conventional narrative of collaboration and consensus, they can produce divergent histories through supporting difference. This one week session was organised by Constant and hosted by the Royal Museum of Art and History in Brussels.

By the end of 2016, the Museum was in the final stages of digitizing its very diverse collection: some 330,000 objects including clay tablets, tapestries, mummies, ancient jewellery, vases, coins had been inventoried. Our presence at this moment in time allowed us to put the concrete practices (...)

2017-03-08 09:06:20

A Wikipedia template for conflicts and confusions (Zeljko Blace, Myriam Arsenault-Goulet)

A strategic proposal for a set of ‘progressive’ banner templates to be added to Wikipedia. One would for example allow logged-in users to call for additional voices and dynamic balancing, another to flag normativity. Video: http://video.constantvzw.org/diversions/presentations/MVI_0230.webm Link: (...)

2017-03-08 09:06:16

Prototypes

Ideas, concepts and prototypes developed during the worksession.

2017-03-08 09:06:15

A new fire ceremony (Seda Guerses, Zoumana Meite)

A poetic proposal for a new start of the collection and its institution, moulded to not forget its own history. Inspired by an Aztec ceremony that was performed once every 52 years.

2017-03-08 09:06:14

Tracking dates / Plotting timescales (Phil Langley)

Plotting the multiple dates (acquisition, production, addition to the database) of objects in the Carmentis data base Video: http://video.constantvzw.org/diversions/presentations/MVI_0236.webm Visuals: http://diversions.constantvzw.org/projects/tracking%20dates

2017-03-08 09:06:14

A collection of incertitudes (peut-etre, maybe, sometimes, possibly, …) (Marie Lecrivain, Martin Campilo)

A query into the online catalogue following the parameter of uncertainty. How do you find doubts in the database if the “question mark” (?) is not taken in account by the search engine of Carmentis? Video: http://video.constantvzw.org/diversions/presentations/MVI_0244.webm Notes: (...)

2017-03-08 09:06:10

DiyVersions (Lionel Broye)

A proposal to bring the collection outside the museum walls and to link the objects to different and external contexts in order to create new narratives with and around them. Video: http://video.constantvzw.org/diversions/presentations/MVI_0231.webm Presentation text: (...)

2017-03-08 09:06:05

1996 vision (Gottfried Haider)

Speculative software proposal. A research into the history of the museums’ digital infrastructures and collection management systems lead to a re-imagination of the current digital collection through the tools and styles that would have been state of the art in 1996. Screenshots + letter: (...)

2017-03-08 09:05:14

Objects and stories in the Mesoamerican room

Could we imagine an audio-guide that whispers multiple voices into our ears? Could they tell a different story in each ear? Would they enter in conversation with each other? Videos: http://video.constantvzw.org/diversions/presentations/MVI_0239.webm Notes: (...)