MARCH is pleased to announce our first long term inquiry, Publishing As Protocol, which aims to explore the relationship between self-organizational models and technological sovereignty. Unfolding through 2022, this framework will gather together existing and speculative examples from both institutional (cultural) and technological (hacktivist) practices to reflect on how we publish, gather and organize under (and around) platform capitalism.
Publishing As Protocol is organized by MARCH: a journal of art & strategy in partnership with Constant, a non-profit, artist-run organisation based in Brussels since 1997 and active in the fields of art, media and technology; and Vessel, a nomadic curatorial organisation and agency invested in supporting artistic and curatorial practices that are situated, responsive and research-led. Specifically, Constant and Vessel will publish a series of articles reflecting on their own organizational histories which exemplify the potential of collective digital artistic practices and socially-engaged institutions, alongside additional texts published throughout the year.
To attend to transversal change is to attend to transformational methods – to ways of relating that are not accounted for by the current order.
Etherpad, a free and open-source collaborative live text editor, combines the minimal comfort of plain-text writing with the collective experience of writing with others.
Claire Louise Staunton reflects on her involvement with Giant Step, a multi-year program organized by Vessel from 2011 to 2012 that aimed to develop the concept of an “ideal” institution.
Constant’s recent worksession, Techno-Cul-de-Sac, proposed a collective encounter with Brussels via an investigation of zoning, infrastructure, and technology, bringing together artists, architects, and urban researchers.
Within the context of Vessel’s Radio Materiality project, iTuneZ was imagined as a direct gesture to point out an extra-legal space to listen to what migrants play for comfort.
Tirdad Zolghadr reflects on his experience attending Vessel’s 2015 International Curatorial Workshop (ICW) in Bari, Italy.
Vessel is a nomadic curatorial organization and agency invested in supporting artistic and curatorial practices that are situated, responsive, and research-led.
Values & Practices is a collectively sourced and living set of agreements. This inaugural iteration invites those of us who gather through the Center for Liberatory Practice & Poetry to ground ourselves in our visions for autonomous and liberated communities.
A long-running thread through the manifold work of Constant is an interest in collaborating with machines on installations, worksessions, and publications.
When the “Homer Pepe” NFT sold for 205 ETH ($320,000), Barry Threw cheered: “The art world is a software problem now.”