Reclaiming Digital Infrastructures


This playful research report contains observations and fragments of interventions that were developed during the research project reclaiming Digital Infrastructures, which took place in KASK, School of Arts, Gent in 2021.

“What we learn and how we learn are closely related. Now that digital learning seems to have become a new norm, it is important to be able to read and understand the digital tools that we use and allow artistic knowledge to play a role in this.”

This collaboration between Constant and KASK, School of Arts in Ghent integrates a critical and creative attitude towards the tools used at KASK. This is crucial if we want to be able to respond to initiatives that are closer to the practice of design and art. Claiming the digital space for artistic-educational applications starts with an analysis of its (digital) materiality, daring to play and speculate with it in order to formulate artistic forward-looking proposals.

Reclaiming Digital Infrastructures takes KASKs digital infrastructure as a starting point for close-reading sessions. This infrastructure is both technical and ethical, legal and speculative, economic and political: it consists of cables and servers, social environments, laws and regulations, licenses and relations between human beings and other beings. The sessions make connections between the various infrastructural aspects.

Reclaiming Digital Infrastructures starts from an F/LOSS perspective. (Free Libre Open Source Software) Participants get acquainted with various F/LOSS software and/or methods.

With contributions by: Elodie Mugrefya, Wendy Van Wynsberghe, Jara Rocha, Martino Morandi, Manetta Berends, Femke Snelting, Seda G├╝rses

Graphic design: Manetta Berends + Cristina Cochior / VariaAutomatic word wrap
Editing: Femke Snelting + Peter Westenberg

Made possible by: KASK School of Arts, Gent