8:00 pm

rhytmic contingency

How do different flows and different forms of power intersect on the Muntplein? For five days, Alex Zakkas and Kurt Tichy joined the ranks of various human and machinic agents already watching over the square. Starting from their observations, artist collective Constant hosts an evening discussing surveillance methodologies and the ways in which they change as a result of technological developments. What is the relationship between preemption, prehension, and prediction? In what way are public data streams manipulated in order to prevent/stimulate/anticipate certain courses of events?

With guests Dennis Pohl and Inigo Wilkins we will reflect on the problems of the neoliberal politics of surveillance and, more generally, on the notions of control, randomness, and unpredictability and how they differ across physical, biological, cognitive, and social systems.

Alex Zakkas and Kurt Tichy take a situated perspective within the practices of mapping, modeling, tracking, and monitoring that striate urban spaces such as the Muntplein. The aim of their intervention is to investigate the relationship between observation, prediction, and control and to draft possible detours from the routes of customer tracking and generalized surveillance. Dennis Pohl investigates how infrastructural conditions and architectural designs have influenced the development of the European institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg, and Strasbourg. As a contribution to Rhythmic Contingencies, he brings in the perspective of (digital) infrastructure as a technology of power and the material and semiotic conditions of network narratives. Inigo Wilkins’s research focuses on (in)determinacy in noise music and the way in which this relates to information theory and cybernetics, arguing that constrained randomness is intrinsic to the functional organization of complex, hierarchically nested systems, and that the navigation of noise is a necessary condition of reason and consequently of freedom.

Artist Ola Hassanain joins the discussion, taking her own practice as point of departure for a reflection on the disruption of (temporal) patterns and experiences. Moderation: Femke Snelting.


Dennis Pohl
Femke Snelting (Constant)
Inigo Wilkins
Alex Zakkas and Kurt Tichy (Constant)

Prinsenstraat/Rue des Princes 12, 1000 Brussels

Thursday October 11, 2018
8pm – 9:30pm



Dennis Pohl

Dennis Pohl is a PhD candidate at the interdisciplinary Research Group “Knowledge in the Arts” at the University of Arts Berlin (UdK) and co-director of “The House of Politics,” organized by the AA Visiting School, Brussels. His PhD research is entitled “The Aesthetics of the EU: The Role of Architecture and Infrastructure in European Governing.” Pohl studied architecture at Leibniz University Hannover and Artesis Antwerp. Besides a degree in philosophy from the KU Leuven, he holds a master’s in architecture and urban research from the AdBK Nürnberg. He has taught seminar courses in architectural history and theory as well as political philosophy in international contexts such as the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam and the UdK Berlin. Recently, he was DAAD fellow at Columbia University and a contributor to the Eurotopie project at the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice.

Inigo Wilkins

Inigo Wilkins took his masters in sonic culture at the University of East London, and completed his doctorate in cultural studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2016. The title of his thesis was “Irreversible Noise: The Rationalization of Randomness and the Fetishization of Indeterminacy,” which is the basis for a forthcoming publication by Urbanomic. He is codirector of the online arts journal and research platform Glass Bead (http://glass-bead.org/).

Femke Snelting (Constant)

Femke Snelting works as artist and designer, developing projects at the intersection of design, feminism and free software. In various constellations she explores how digital tools and practices might co-construct each other. She is member of Constant, a non-profit, artist-run association for art and media based in Brussels. With Jara Rocha she activates Possible Bodies, a collective research project that interrogates the concrete and at the same time fictional entities of “bodies” in the context of 3D tracking, modelling and scanning. Femke teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute (experimental publishing, Rotterdam) and at a.pass (advanced performance and scenography studies, Brussels).

Alex Zakkas and Kurt Tichy (Constant)

Alex Zakkas uses perspectives from interaction design and media theory
to observe changing behavioural patterns of life in synthetic environments.

Kurt Tichy is interested in developing critical interpretations of
technical objects, be it submarine network infrastructures or ice-cream

Constant is a non-profit, artist-run association based in Brussels and
active in the fields of art, media and technology. Constant departs from
(cyber)feminism, copyleft and Free Software, crossing technical and
social questions in transdisciplinary work sessions and other collective