Xavan + Jaluka

Friday 17 Frifek of the year Zek, a neutrondemolisher reduces the Grand Zone of Zendium to little more then a pudding shake, with dramatic consequences for lovers Xavan and Jaluka.

This comic by Pléoter Spilliaestenberg remixes the work of Belgian painter Léon Spilliaert.

Seventy years after the death of an author or artist, copyrights do no longer apply to his / her work. Public Domain Day celebrates yearly the fact that new works are entering the Public Domain. On this occasion Constant presents every year a public domain remix in the series Death of the authors.

Léon Spilliaert lived and worked in Oostende in the beginning of the 20th century. His symbolist work is lyrical, sombre and poetic. He passed away in 1946. His work is no longer protected by copyright and can be re-apropriated, modified and published.
If you look for Spilliaert in Wikimedia Commons, you will find most of the original images by Spilliaert the were used to make this comic.

The strip is a love story in a science-fiction set in the region of Zendium which is in a short but intense conflict with neighboring region Qualaria. Spilliaert wakes up in a fictive future.

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Cinelerra Manual


I contributed to the writing of this french manual for the open source video editing software Cinelerra. The manual is a good way to start to get to know the tool, it contains a section on features and examples.
Get your printed copy, or download a pdf from the website of FlossManuals FR:

Escuela 404 – Schaarbeekse Taal

9/4/2013 Escuela 404 – Intermediae – Matadoiro de Madriz

A presentation together with An Mertens about the urban language project Langue Schaerbeekoise / Schaarbeekse Taal on invitation of the Euraca seminar in Intermediae, Matadoro in Madrid.

Interview Square

Loslaten als discipline

An interview by Pieter van Bogaert (Square) in conversation with Peter Westenberg and Wendy van Wynsberghe in the framework of the project ‘en suite’.

This text talks about several aspects of the projects that evolve around the organization Constant in which the interviewee recognizes a practice of ‘letting go’. We talked about methodologies of giving access to content, setting up participatory strategies, video, hacking, extra-curricular forms of education. (Dutch only)

Routes + Routines


Article for Trepeta, Artium museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2010

A short article that summarises some ideas behind Routes and Routines. I wrote it for the magazine Trepeta, published by the Basque museum for contemporary art Artium in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Read / download the text from online publisher Constant Verlag.

Legal Performance

DIY performance manual, Text contribution to Platonique Lab, 2009

These three short exercises investigate permitted behaviour in public space as specified in local laws.

Every time we act according to the law, we are contributing to its confirmation, we become ’legal bodies’; trained and instructed by a law we might or might not support. Through these exercises and the issues they touch upon, we propose to reinterpret definitions of public space, to test and stretch moral and public social boundaries.

Starting from a Free Software point of view, we feel that exchange should be built on the belief that everyone should have the freedom to use, customize, improve and redistribute resources. Could these ’resources’ also include rules and regulations for public life?

Routes + Routines


Routes and Routines, brochure, 54 pages, Hasselt, 2008

A joint publication by Constant vzw and Z33
Texts by: Peter Westenberg, Liesbeth Huybrechts, Wendy van Wynsberghe
Graphic design: OSP, Ludivine Loiseau and Yi Jiang

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This booklet documents five network walks as a part of the Routes and Routines roject Peter Westenberg developed for the exhibition Place@space in art center Z33. The walks were organised between March 13 and May 17 2008 and traversed the urban environment in all its complexity. Through streets, the public domain, the internet, radio waves, semi-public territories, legal space, fantasies, historical footprints and technological connections, the walkers explored the boundaries of the public nature of the city.

Affinity video


Peter Westenberg contributed an article Affinity video to the ’first research book about YouTube’ published by the Instituut voor Netwerkcultuur in Amsterdam.

World Wide Westwijk


Booklet with cd rom, 2004

A booklet about the web streaming project World Wide Westwijk, which consisted of a television program webcasted on a weekly basis between december 2003 and june 2004, combining the traditional documentary character of local tv with artistic avant garde in-situ interventions.

Madam I’m adam / The organisation of private life


Book, 2003

“A publication about the organisation of private life, the nuclear family and the institutionalisation of love , realised in the framework of the thematic project The Organisation of Private Life, a co-production by the Piet Zwart Institute and the Kunstuniversit”t Linz.

Stedelijke onregelmatigheden / Urban anomalies

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Booklet with textual and visual contributions, 2001

This publication was commissioned by dance company Meg Stuart and Damaged Goods, and accompanied their Rotterdam performance of Highway 101. Guest writers and artists reflected on normality, representation, human behavior and excess in a contemporary urban environment.

Introduction by Rudi Laermans and Myriam van Imschoot
The lifestyle of excess, the excess of lifestyle by Laurens ten Kate

Metropolitan representations


Article for Archis #5, 2001

A political contextualisation of Chicano and Black murals in Los Angeles. This article about the political reality behind murals in Los Angeles was published in 2001 in the architectural magazine Archis. It presents excerpts from a report I wrote during a working period in Los Angeles.

I have been charmed in the most unlikely places

Series of printed matter 1996 – 2001

A series of independently published small booklets, flyers and posters, dealing with the relation between cultural identity and geographical places. The bimonthly editions were mailed to subscribants and distributed via bookshops and hand out networks.

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