Free, Libre and Open Source software

Ados & Ordis

An afternoon of digital creations of all kinds and free workshops!

Anna K: Reading Room

Bookswapping & Copy-party

Open Call: F/LOSS Arts Residencies

For one month between April and June 2013 the Constant Variable residency studio will be open for artists who want to work on a F/LOSS-project. Constant Variable offers a free living & (...)

Call for applications: Variable Summerschool

Relearn is a temporary artschool without teachers or rather it has as many teachers as it has participants. It is about sharing and trying Free Culture practices, and is entirely done with Free, (...)

Collective co-positioning

Digital lay-outing tools are path dependent in their way of mimicking the past processes of 600 years of moveable type (and maybe even beyond). Often practice proceeds without extensive critical (...)

Collision 1: Badness and Conflict

If we consider typographic and cartographic objects as "spatial arrangement of texts and other graphical elements", than their design is essentially the work of organising collisions. In a (...)

Constant @ Journées du libre

At the occasion of the yearly festival ’Journées du Libre’, Constant invited art- and design professors to discuss the way Free, Libre and Open Source Software and Open Content licenses function in (...)


For the next three years Constant runs a F/LOSS Arts Lab in the rue Gallait straat 80. This modularly conceived workspace and its makers cordially invite you to come and have a look at what they (...)


"I think that conversations are the best, biggest thing that free software has to offer its user"

Expanded Publications #10: Oral Site

Sneak preview by Sarma & Constant Oral Site is a new open source software and website that Myriam Van Imschoot develops with a team of programmers, writers and sound specialists of Sarma, (...)

Four freedoms for research and experiment

Gijs de Heij, Manetta Berends and An Mertens will propose a workshop on the notion of public domain when it comes to machine learning practises, in the framework of ’Summerschool #2 Making Public (...)

I Share Therefore I Am

I Share Therefore I am is an exhibition organised by esc medien kunst labor in the context of Steirischer Herbst, examining how digital technologies impact interpersonal relationships and (...)


The work at the Libre Graphics Research Unit (LGRU) is now almost halfway. Since June 2011, the Unit functions as a traveling lab where new ideas for creative tools are developed. LGRU is an (...)

Libre Graphics Magazine workshop

During their residency in Variable, Ana Carvalho, Ginger Coons & Ricardo Lafuente, the editors of Libre Graphics Magazine, invite you to take part in the making of the upcoming issue. From (...)

Libre Graphics Meeting 2016

Constant will be joining the Libre Graphics Meeting in London to gather with developers and users of Free, Libre and Open Source software from all over the world. With a presentation on the (...)

Libre Graphics Meeting 2017

From 20 until 23 April, the twelfth edition of the Libre Graphics Meeting will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Our colleagues from Open Source design caravan OSP will contribute to the (...)

Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM)

The Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) is an annual international convention for the discussion of free and open source software used with graphics. Held since 2006 it is organised yearly by a (...)

Libre Graphics Research Unit @ Baltan Laboraties

Femke presents the Libre Graphics Research Unit, a traveling lab where new ideas for creative tools are developed. Its diverse activities range from the practical to the theoretical via writing, (...)

Libre Graphics Research Unit in Porto

From 22 to 23 May the Libre Graphics Research Unit gathers in Porto and this meeting concludes the two year project. Hosted by associate partner Manufactura Independente in Maus Habito we will (...)

Mapping the Connections

Constant member Laurence Rassel will lecture in this conference which is presented by The American University Washington College of Law’s Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law, Program on (...)

Mz Balthazar’s Laboratory in Brussels

Mz. Baltazar’s Laboratory is a feminist hackerspace and an artist collective based in Vienna. They work with open source technology and philosophy, in a women only space, operating a non-­" (...)

OSP Public Meet

OSP (Open Source Publishing) is a graphic design collective that uses only Free, Libre and Open Source Software. At the first OSP Public Meet you are invited to finally discover 9000 km of (...)

Object Score Notation online!

Object Score Notation is the software that co-performed in Kaleidoscope during VJ12, Nov 2010.

Open Call: Piksels and Lines Orchestra

In the context of the Libre Graphics Research Unit, Piksel is offering a collaborative research residency for one artist and one developer, to jointly explore the interoperability and expansion (...)

Open Hardware / Libre Softwear

A workshop mixing textile design with digital culture and tools (Floss in soft-and hardware). We will use a hacked knitting machine (Knitic). When you connect the machine with a computer, it (...)

Open Sound Lab

Make your own music using a computer! As the workshop will be in French, the rest of this article is also in French. Thanks for your comprehension. Vous êtes fan de techno, de rap où de musique (...)

Open Sound Lab: Back to School

The workshop "Open Sound Lab" has started again! This year, the activities will take place at the Cultural Centre Jacques Franck in Saint-Gilles. The workshops still focus on the training of (...)


Constant member Wendy Van Wynsberghe presents Constant’s work during the launch event of the New Media lab of Area 10. The media lab is dedicated to working with Free Libre / Open Source tools. RE (...)

Relearn 2015

A third edition of the collectively organised summer school Relearn is in the making. You are welcome to join from 20-25 August in Zinneke (Brussels). Sign up for the mailinglist to follow (...)

Relearn: Variable Summerschool

(inscription closed) Relearn is a summerschool with as many teachers as it has participants. It is about sharing and trying Free Culture practices, and is entirely done with Free, Libre and Open (...)

Research meeting: Co-position

The second ’Research meeting’ organised by the Libre Graphics Research Unit takes place in Brussels. LGRU is a collaboration between Medialab Prado (Madrid), Worm (Rotterdam), Piksel (Bergen) and (...)

Research meeting: Piksels and Lines

The Piksel & Lines research seminar is the third international meeting in the context of LGRU. This edition is organised by Piksel and will have a particular focus on improvements, (...)

Round-table discussion: Co-position

How can we re-imagine lay-out from scratch? What tools do we need to support decentralized collaboration? How can we bring together canvas editing, dynamic lay-outs, web-to-print and Print On (...)

Samedies #38: Sources

The Samedies will meet around the practices of installing from source (a.o. freeplane, fontmatrix, scribus....) Samedies is a collective of women using free software. The language spoken at (...)

Samedies #39: Packaging

The Samedies is a collective of women using free software, meeting up every six weeks on a Saturday. This session looks at how to make a Debian package. The language spoken at Samedies is French. (...)

Samedies #43: What comes to the table

STARTING AT 15:00 The last Samedies before summer is an occasion to get together and discuss past, current and future projects. On the table: Informal discussions, ad-hoc performances, (...)

Software Freedom Day

Software Freedom Day is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software. This event is organised by the Brussels Hackerspaces (UrLab & Hsbxl). Constant member Wendy Van Wynsberghe (...)

Software as a Critique

A discussion introduced by software cases like Pattern for Python, Faircoin Wallet, MakeHuman, The Unicode Standards. With: Kym Ward, Aymeric Mansoux, Jara Rocha, Roel Roscam Abbing, Femke (...)

Software history mapping night

In a first attempt to draw a collaborative map of the many different tools that together define the practice of digital design, OSP attempts to recollect facts and anecdotes gathered over the (...)

Support the Libre Graphics Meeting!

Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) is the annual event that brings together developers, contributors and users of free and open source software for graphic design, desktop publishing, 3D modeling, (...)

Variable @ LSM Brussels

An Mertens will present the F/LOSS Arts Lab Variable at the yearly Free Software Meeting LSM/RMML. From 6th till 11th of July this institution of the Libre Software world, the LSM invites all (...)

Welcome Weekend

It’s party time in a dozen neighborhoods in Brussels! Visit Brussels proposes a discovery week-end of neighborhoods that are usually not touched by the touristic flow. It is the people (...)