Interactive lecture: Uniform Resource Locator, by Constant (EN)

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In the framework of the exhibition Open Skies, artists Martino Morandi and Femke Snelting from the organization Constant will animate a guided tour through the history of URLs.

Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), also known as web addresses, specify the location of a resource on a computer network. This once ubiquitous technology for routing between digitally interconnected spaces on the World Wide Web is rapidly being moved out of sight. While URLs are being conveniently replaced by QR codes, URL shorteners and optimized browser interfaces, Morandi and Snelting started to wonder about the politics of this obfuscation. 

The artists will address the notions of ‘Uniformity’, ‘Resourcefulness’ and ‘Location’ through hands-on exercises and collective reading. Together with the participants, they will try to experience the many ways URLs are changing, and to interpret what this tell us about today’s networked economies. Please bring your laptops!

Martino Morandi researches at the intersections between technology, politics and art. Femke Snelting explores in various constellations how digital tools and cultural practices might co-construct each other. They are both members of Constant, a non-profit, artist-run organization based in Brussels since 1997 and active in-between art, media and technology. Constant develops, experiments, and departs from feminisms, copyleft, and Free/Libre + Open Source Software through an intersectional perspective.

http://constantvzw.org/

08.12.2019, 14:00-17:00
WIELS Seminar Room
Free upon registration (before 1 December)
In English