open call Collective Conditions

Call for participants: Collective Conditions

Collective Conditions is a worksession which experiments with the generative potential of codes of conduct, complaints procedures, bug reports and copyleft licenses. We understand these socio-technical protocols as artistic and activist media and are curious about the role they can play in the (different) imagination of complex collectivities.

By ’complex collectivity’ we mean, for example, non-normative human constellations, or collectives where participants with radically different needs, backgrounds and agencies come together. ’Complex collectivity’ can be self-chosen, or be the result of structural forces such as laws, racism, technology, wars, austerity, queerphobia and ecological conditions.

We will work with different modes of ’writing’ that go beyond typing protocols on a keyboard. We invite you to experiment with codes, rhythms, frequencies, scripts, scores and non-verbal agreements that regulate, challenge, stumble and collide; that pose questions and problems. We articulate conditions using time, material, bodies, spaces, machines, habits, repetition and chance.

The worksession is inspired by trans*feminist collective practices, anti-harassment and allyship-work, non-violent communication, score-making, decolonial and intersectional activism, but also by ways of doing developed within Free Culture and Free, Libre and Open Source software. Collective Conditions focuses on a-polarizing methods, affirmative habits that can stretch and reorient frameworks, that represent new vocabulary, gestures and forms of expression:

  • Making room for support, sympathy, misunderstanding and difference in network protocols?
  • Codes of conduct for servers, collectives, networks, rooms, authors, data, software … that accommodate intra-collective alliances, or multi-species participants from different zones and eras?
  • Considering material circumstances in the formulation of collectivity?
  • Articulating togetherness but not avoiding problems and conflicts, or re-affirming existing boundaries and barriers?
  • Interpreting techno-social protocols as changing infrastructures?
  • Temporary, polyphonic, generative procedures?
  • … ?

Collective Conditions is part of Iterations, a long-term artistic research into the future of collaborative practice in a digital context. Through a relay of residences and presentations, alternating groups of artists work on joint installations with copyleft source material and open source tools. A reflection on the conditions for collectivity is part of the artistic experiments that cross institutions and technological infrastructures. Iterations is subsidised by the European cultural program Creative Europe and developed in collaboration with Hangar (ES), esc medien kunst labor (AT) and (NL).

background material (ongoing)


Constant organises a worksession every six months. They function as temporary research labs, collective working environments where different types of expertise come into contact with each other. Worksessions are intensive otherwise-disciplined situations to which artists, software developers, theorists, activists and others contribute. During worksessions we develop ideas and prototypes that in the long-term lead to publications, projects and new proposals. Auto-documentation and generous exchange of ideas and knowledge is key. For this reason, we prefer to work with and on Free Software and distribute work under Open Content Licenses.


The worksession will take place in Brussels from 8 to 16 November 2019. Participation is free; Constant will reimburse travel costs, and provide accommodation and lunch.

For this session we have room for another 15 participants. We are looking for individuals and/or representatives of collectives, such as: ecological software programmers, copy-left lawyers, intra-performative choreographers, other-autonomous artists, queer network managers, experimental activists, federated composers. Constant chooses participants based on available travel budget and diversity of expertise and experiences.

To apply, send an example of an existing or imaginary socio-technical protocol that interests you and explain why. E-mail the example before 10 September 2019 to and we will let you know by 21 September latest.

Image: TransHackFeminist Agreement

esc-lab-V: 07/06/2019 until 23/08/2019

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Collaboration Contamination | Conformation II: NOI

NOI or Network of Iterations is a physical experiment, which attempts to give sense through an immersive installation to the entire process of ITERATIONS. Based on lines that crisscross and fill the space, the net evokes the relations within the scope of the project. This new conformation keeps some of the anterior elements (sensors, composition, soil) and expands over the process of Common Ground. Among the bands, artists’ voices are represented with unusual embroidered lines — each of them containing a thought around collaboration. The pillars are the point of inflection for the configuration. A maced tunnel invites the observers to interact with the sensors, to perceive and incorporate themselves to the composition, and to understand physically what information jungle means. This game of perception multiplies by adding shadows that mix with the real lines in a more intricate compound.

String Concatenation*: Christian Bader, Nayarí Castillo, Reni Hofmüller, Felicitas Pilz, Ilse Weber, Christopher Wruss

*In formal language theory and computer programming, string concatenation is the operation of joining character strings end-to-end.

esc-lab IV: 04/05/2019 to 26/05/2019

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ITERATIONS — Collaboration Contamination | Conformation I: Common Ground

During ten days of intensive exchange in the physical space of esc medien kunst labor and after a series of online meetings beforehand, the artists come together in a production residency. Different activities, activations, micro-performances, gatherings, recordings, discussions, pad writing sessions, among others, resonate with space. The esc medien kunst labor transforms into a spatial laboratory where ideas around Collaboration Contamination fill the room. As a result, a temporary installation comes to place: real dirt (soil) fills half of the room giving substrate to seeds and plants to grow — a metaphor to constant transformation. Under the bed of earth, sensors (movement and seismic) tell about the behavior of the visitor. The sounds and noises produced by the meandering are incorporated into a six channels sound composition that mixes the new information in an aleatory way with a database.  A moving coconut net filled with microphones and hanging over the center of the space incorporates sounds of its internal contortions to the composition. The atmospheric development is completed by 5 speakers singing a whispering choir.

Subverting the power relations and constructing a new conglomerate within an action, the individual names of the artists disappear, leaving behind just some vowels that formulate a new compound: Common Ground.

Artists: Nayarí Castillo, Antonia Manhartsberger, Norbert Math, Mia Melvaer, Constanza Mendoza, Ulla Rauter, Martin Rumori


Handover Vienna

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18-20.01.2019 Vienna.

Organised by esc-team in close cooperation with artist Nobert Math ( and in collaboration with

As part of the project ITERATIONS between each round of residencies a moment of reflection takes place. During this so called, Handover Meeting, artists from the most recent residency (@Hangar) come together with artists of the future residency (@esc) to exchange ideas and materials. In the form of an information package or artistic production kit, the new round of artists receive some material from the leaving artists.The artists of the upcoming residency in Graz are free to chose wether they will use the concepts and materials presented as inspiration or raw material for the subsequent collective production.

Day One: Arrival

Klangraum Fröbelgasse, the studio of composer Elise Schimana, serves a environment for the first activities of the Handover. The artists introduce themselves and discuss on different topics around practical and theoretical approaches to ITERATIONS, focusing mainly on collaborative practice, cooperation, collective production, etc.

Day Two: Performance / Iterations Bingo

Artists Antonia Manhartsberger, Contanza Mendoza, Giulia Deval, Azahara Ubera, Iris Torruella, Julia Gorostidi, Rosa Llop present their performance Iterations Bingo, previously shown in Hangar on the 14th of November of 2018 in the framework of Paratext #31 and as final result of the Iterations Residency in Barcelona.

Day Three: Workshop and Reflection

The artists of the former Hangar Residency prepared a workshop destined to the upcoming artists and some of the staff involved in ITERATIONS.

During the session several concepts around collectives and collectivity were discussed; in the form of a game different ideas and points of view were presented.

Iterations #3: Hangar

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Iterations #3 took place in Hangar from the 31st of October to the 15th of November 2018.

The participating artists where:

Antonia Manhartsberger‘s practice focuses on the spatialisation of sound as well as the examination of social and political questions referring to space and contemporary technologies.

Connie Mendoza‘s work develops connections between their own vital rhythm (geographical, sentimental and political) and the concept of time, moving through different disciplines.

Giulia DeVal works in the field of vocal research and performing arts into the DIY scene. She is interested in lo-fi sounds and analog devices with the idea of sound sabotage.

Azahara Ubera is an independent researcher, dancer and choreographer inhabiting liminal spaces where dance, sound, pedagogy and activism meet. Her approach to body is from a transfeminist and posthumanistic perspective.

Iris Torruella Segura is a mixed media artist working in education mostly focusing on technology and its impact on subjectivities, starting from a political and social view.

Julia Gorostidi examines the role of subjectivity in the construction and representation of the Self and explores Identity as a product of social structures and relations through videos, performances and installations.

Rosa Llop questions the constructs that pre-define the role of designers in a post-digital society focusing on contemporaneity, on the automation of creative processes and the politics of representation.

Mafe Moscoso‘s work as a researcher and teacher focuses on the exploration of languages focusing on colonialism, scientific method and magic, and trans-migrations.


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26.09.2019 Graz, Austria. 12:00-18:00.

Deepening on the Iterations ideas this third gathering with the austrian artists selected for the residency in esc kunst labor, revolved around communication tools and ways to structure the space during the residency in 2019.

Fundamental point was to establish a suitable exchange digital communication system between the artists. The artists firstly gathered in an amicable circle to visit the exhibition “Distant Skies: Pressure Waves” a collaboration between Kathy Hinde and Daniel Skøglund, the installations, the space characteristics and the museographic elements (windows, fake walls, columns, pedestals, technical reel, curtains etc)  used for the exhibition fired up  the conversation around possibilities and the impossibilities of the space — difficult and versatile, the spatial conditions of esc animate the conversation towards possible constructions. The space is analysed inside-out, previous artistic proposals and space solutions were discussed.

As a methodological move, organised and continuously implemented during all esc_labs, is the moment around the table, eating together generates an open realm for discussion. The group talked about artificial intelligence, ecology and the different ongoing projects.

Understanding the city, the surroundings, the context of the esc kunst labor became an important part of the conversation, the group peregrinated to a second location (, where the laboratory continued. We visited the facilities, with special focus on the apartment that could be used as living quarters for one of the artists during the residency, the apartment has 24H access to the facilities.

A common ground is reached and the group opted for a common cloud, a wiki and eventually a git, the conversation evolved around common programming possibilities and the different languages across the table (PureData, Supercollider etc), the necessity to use open source became imperative. The entire Iterations group appears online introducing themselves to the artists. The day finished by adjusting the plans for the future.


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Opening: Thursday 20/09 @ 18:00

What future for digital collective artistic work? How to stimulate sustainable art practices that consciously engage with network technology, collectivity, communality and difference?

Iterations is an artistic relay which traverses different countries. Artists work together in residencies on open source work that is first shown, and then passed on to be processed by another group of artists. Free software, open content licenses, distributed collaboration and shared authorship are starting points for the participants.

Iterations were initiated by Hangar (Barcelona), esc (Graz), Dyne (Amsterdam) and Constant.

This episode of Constant_V offers an introduction to the project, its principles and its methods. In the vitrine you can also find materials from the first residence that took place in Sicily last May.

Constant_V is a series of small exhibitions with a view on Free, Libre and Open Source culture.

This installation is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Iterations # 3: Open call for a research and collaborative artistic production residency in Hangar

Deadline: 2018 July 18th

Hangar launches an open call to participate in the second iteration of the European project Iterations. The call will select two artists: one artist living in Barcelona and another artist living outside Barcelona. The selected artists will join a group of other four artists and together will develop a collaborative art project during a 15 days residency at Hangar. The residency will take place between the 31st of October and the 14th of November 2018.

1. About the open call

In each iteration, a group of artists is invited to develop a collaborative artistic proposal, based on one or more of the results of the previous iteration. The first iteration of Iterations took place in Sicily within the framework of Trasformatorio. Prior to the residency in Barcelona, artists who participated in the first iteration will meet with the artists who will participate in the second one to give them the material that will be the starting point of the collaborative work that they will develop in Barcelona.

The institutions participating in Iterations are Constant (Bruselas, Belgium), Esc (Graz, Austria), Trasformatorio (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Hangar.

2. About Iterations

Iterations is a European project committed to the future of artistic collaboration in networked digital contexts. Artists and multidisciplinary professionals come together to create speculative works that feed the imagination of possible ways of artistic collaboration.

Through a series of practical residencies and discursive exhibitions, Iterations offers situations in which artists experience collectively new forms of artistic work that create spaces for collaboration.

The project is structured around the conceptual model of “iteration” inspired by the recursive forms of collaboration as they exist in the development of open code software, the Iterations project applies the repetition and circularity of artistic methodologies, in which the result of one activity is used as a starting point for the next.

Iterations investigates the processes and motivations that invite artists to explore cooperation models and open digital tools. The iterations extend in art-related fields by addressing aesthetic, ethical and legal aspects of multiple authorship, the commons-based economy, and potentials political and social issues that are open to the artistic. Following the philosophy of the open code, the project establishes common interests for all activities.

Iterations builds a coherent set of practices, resources and documentation that will be accessible to specific groups (including artists, programmers and activists), as well as to a wider audience, allowing the results to have a wider reach beyond the limits of the project duration.

2. Who can apply

The call will select an artist residing in Barcelona or its surroundings and a artist residing outside Barcelona or its surroundings, from any artistic practice, nationality, age and gender.

3. Infrastructure at the disposal for the selected artists

– Accommodation in the Hangar’s residence for the artist living outside Barcelona.

– Shared workspace in the centre.

– Access to the Hangar laboratories, according to availability: interaction laboratory, production laboratory and construction workshop, and image and sound editing booths.

– Access to the centre’s audio and video equipment, according to availability.

– Advice from Hangar’ staff.

4. Duration

16 days from the 31st of October to the 15th of November 2018.

5. Financial conditions*

* The amounts are per artist and gross.

Fees: 1000 euros

Per diem: 700 euros

Materials: up to 250 euros

Transport: up to 250 euros

6. Commitments of the selected artists

– The selected artists undertake to submit all or part of their work (sources, software tools, materials used during the creative process, etc.) to the next group of Iterations. This material will also be available online for third parties.

– During their residence the selected artists undertake to participate in two working sessions of the Hangar’s research group, Sympoiesis.*

– The selected artists commit themselves to participate in two handover meetings that will take place before and after the residence in Hangar (the dates and the location of the handover meetings will be decided by the participating artists themselves).

– The artists are committed to share the authorship of their work.

– The artists undertake to present the process and/or results of their work at the end of the residence. The format of the presentation is completely open.

* Sympoiesis is a wUn text, un mapa relacional o una cartografia de connexions que remeti a una relació de problemes, qüestions, friccions o tensions comuns que afecten a la sol·licitant (màxim 1 pàgina).orking group that researches on the artistic practices that take place in Hangar.

7. Application requirements

The application must be submmitted by filling the online form. The information required in the form is as follows:

– Personal and contact information.

– Five questions that you would like to share during the residency (maximum 1 page).

– A text, a relational map or a map of connections that refers to a list of common problems, issues, frictions or tensions that affect the applicant. Ideally, it should relate to specific practices to ideas, questions, tensions or discomforts that the artist would like to collectively research during the residency (maximum 1 page).

– Currículum vitae (maximum 2 pages).


– Applications that do not include the required information and/or exceed the extension limits will not be accepted.

– The selection committee may contact pre-selected candidates for an interview.

8. Selection committee

The selection committee will be composed of:

Hangar’s programme committee.

– The coordinator of Hangar’s research area.

– A person from the European consortium Iterations.

9. Evaluation criteria

In the selection of applications, the jury will have into account the diversity, balance and complementarity of the backgrounds, artistic languages and motivations of the participants. Equity in terms of gender and culture will be also strongly considered.

10. Calendar

Deadline: 18th July 2018

Resolution: By the end of July 2018

Handover meetings: one between August and October 2018, and one between December 2018 and April 2019

Residency: 31st October to 15th November 2018

Presentation of the residency: 14th November 2018

For more información:

Marta Gracia


Iterations #2: Trasformatorio Call

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International (hack)lab for experimental and site-specific arts

April 20th to May 1st, 2018
Scaletta Zanclea (ME) and the City of Scaletta Zanclea we are proud to announce the fourth edition of Trasformatorio in Sicily.

CALL OPEN UNTIL 11 February 2018

What it is?

Trasformatorio is an international laboratory focusing on practices related to site-specific performance.

Born in 2013 as a laboratory for performance art and hacking, Trasformatorio is part of the experimental research methodology of, an international no-profit foundation and think tank based in Amsterdam.

Trasformatorio intends to develop original research, to produce and distribute innovative technical and artistic contents, to improve and invent new ways of establishing contact with social and environmental discourses.

Trasformatorio is aimed to inclusion, respect of the environment and of human and animal elements that interact with it. The laboratory is held within the territory that explores and uses transformation as a paradigm for work.

Trasformatorio is interested in working with forms of spectacles that can be prepared and delivered in any context, of the theatre and electricity grids. Spectacles that reflect on the microculture of the places they are developed in and from.

Trasformatorio is proposed to professionals: actors, musicians, designers, architects, set designers, video/filmmakers, dancers and performers, photographers, hackers, students of applied arts, theatre studies and fine arts, independent researchers and academics alike. An equal number of spaces are reserved for artists from Sicily and genders are balanced.

This edition will be held for the second year in Scaletta Zanclea, using the “borgo”, the mountain and the sea and the surroundings of the Castle “Rufo Ruffo” as basic materials for the artists work.

the cave

2018 What is going to happen?

This is a research that has to be conducted within an ethic exchange, responding to the specific environment (= people, history, space, nature) of Scaletta Zanclea.

The Location

Scaletta Zanclea (38°02′41″N 15°27′46″E) is a small municipality in the Province of Messina in the Italian region Sicily about 15 kilometres (9 mi) southwest of Messina. Can be reached easily from Catania International airport with the train. The comune suffered heavily in the mudslides which devastated the area in 2009.[2]

The splendid site, close to the sea of the Messina’s Strait and surrounded by the Mountains is rich in historically and ethnographic connections that will inspire the artists in their transformations: as an example the medieval feminist story of Macalda di Zanclea, the game of chess, the story of Morgana the Fairy, myth and landscape as you can find hinted into the history of Macalda di Zanclea…

The 2018 Lab

Trasformatorio has been in Scaletta for the first contact in April 2017 so you would join a process in the making in its second iteration with some new artists and various platforms to experiment with.
Our eyes are on some of the following keywords:
Things that talk, animals that tell a story, radio-waves, walks, layers, movement, electroacoustic sounds, the poetry of objects, happy ghosts, dance with the wind, the music of hands-on rough surfaces…

see the shared map here:

Open Knowledge

The research performed by the Trasformatorio will be documented online and distributed on open licences.
Trasformatorio favours open hardware and software development, freedom of thought and open circulation of ideas. Eventual collaboration works born in Trasformatorio are only required to keep this open access policy and quote Trasformatorio in their communication.

Workshops and laboratories:

Application and development of personal skills on site-specific performance.
Trasformatorio ethics is that participants share and co-develop their skills into new ones. So all participants are therefore considered co-producers of Trasformatorio.


Trasformatorio 2018 will hold also the first iteration of the projectITERATIONS (
Iterations consist of a series of artist residencies, exhibitions, reflection meetings and exchanges, that take place between 2017 and 2020. Artists and cultural practitioners are welcomed in situations to experiment with and reflect on what the future of collectivity, sharing and working together in digital and networked contexts can look like.

The project is initiated by four organisations who have a clear affinity with open approaches towards art, technology and society, and who feel a shared necessity to research the conditions in which artists who use technology work.
These organisations are Constant (Brussel), Hangar (Barcellona), Esc (Gratz) and (Amsterdam).

BIAS 2018

Trasformatorio 2018 will trigger as well a collaboration with WISH – World International Sicilian Heritage that will be part of BIAS 2018 in Palermo. BIAS is the acronym of International Biennial Contemporary Art Exhibition of the Religions of Humanity and is a transnational exhibition of contemporary art organized in the historic centre of Palermo and in locations around Sicily. For BIAS theme we will select if there will be, projects in the theme of this year, that could develop further and become part of the 2018 exhibition. The theme of this year is: “The doorstep is the longest part of the journey”.


The practitioners’ explorations will be presented at the end to different audiences, in multiple ways, according to the content, character and state of development of ideas and performance material, without any obligation for the participants to show their work. The documentation will be shared from Trasformatorio site.

How to apply

Fill in the form and send your application, with the supporting material (you can also upload on this site with the tool offered in the form) and a letter of motivation at

Do it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and anyway before 11th February 2017

NB There are only 20 places available.

The candidatures will be chosen by Trasformatorio to fill the available places within an open internal process of selection.

What do we offer

The micro economy of the Trasformatorio requires involvement, elasticity and patience. Is also an experiment, a precious one in itself.

  • All activities and workshops on site will be free of charge for participating artists.
  • The city will offer free lodging
  • will take care of food expenses with a soul kitchen curated by Siddarthe and us
  • small budget for equipment and materials
  • all the rest will be for your own expenses

NB: This year we have some budget as a contribution to transportation as part of the “Iterations” Creative Europe project. It will be dealt with in an open process by the community to be sure all selected artists can participate. In any case, Trasformatorio will issue letters of invitation for the selected participants willing to apply for travel grants.


Trasformatorio 2018 is co-funded through a Creative Europe subsidy of the European Commission.


Photo by Guido Gaudioso

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Iterations #1 Seminar

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Start: 10/24/2017, 10:00; End: 10/25/2017, 17:00
Place: Hangar, Barcelona

At the beginning of the Iterations project, we organise a seminar with the objective to create a framework of common ethics for the project. For doing so we will work together with practitioners working in the field of culture and economy of the commons, and open knowledge and cultural production. We will take as a starting point the three axes of the so-called triangle of the commons : good-community-governance.

Some of the questions that will be addressed during the seminar are : How are the iterations and the artworks will be documented ? Which kind of licenses we will use ? Who are going to be the people that we want to involve in the project ? How are the different people involved in the project going to interact/contaminate each other ? Which work methodologies (online and offline) will be used during the project for communication, documentation, management, decision making, etc ; How are the artists participating in the project going to be chosen ? Are we going to collectively manage the budget ? if yes, how ? How are we going to regulate the relation with the artists ?

Attendance by invitation only.


Hangar in Barcelona organiseert dit seminarie als de eerste activiteit van het Europese project Iteraties (2017-2020).

Het doel van het seminarie is om een gemeenschappelijk ethisch raamwerk op te zetten voor het project. We werken samen met mensen die actief zijn op het gebied van culturen en economieën van de commons, open knowledge en culturele productie. Als startpunt nemen we de drie assen van de zogenaamde driehoek van de commons: goederen, gemeenschap, beheer.

Het seminarie besteedt aandacht aan onder andere volgende vragen: hoe worden de activiteiten en kunstwerken van Iteraties gedocumenteerd ? Welke licenties worden gebruikt? Wie zijn de mensen die we willen betrekken in het project ? Hoe vinden interactie en uitwisseling plaats ? Welke (online en offline) methodes gebruiken we voor communicatie, documentatie, management, besluitvorming enz. Hoe worden kunstenaars gekozen die deelnemen aan het project ? Kunnen we collectief budgetten beheren? Hoe bouwen we relaties met de kunstenaars uit? En met een publiek?

Aanwezigheid enkel op uitnodiging.


Ce séminaire est la première activité du projet européen Iterations (2017 - 2020). Il est organisé par Hangar à Barcelone.

L’objectif du séminaire est de créer un cadre d’éthique commune pour le projet Iterations. Pour ce faire, nous travaillerons ensemble avec des praticiens du domaine de la culture et de l’économie des biens communs, de la culture libre et de la production culturelle. Nous prendrons comme point de départ les trois axes du soi-disant triangle des biens communs : biens - communautés - gouvernance.

Certaines des questions qui seront abordées lors du séminaire sont les suivantes : Comment les itérations et les œuvres seront-elles documentées ? Quel genre de licences utiliserons-nous ? Quelles personnes voulons-nous impliquer dans le projet ? Comment les différentes personnes impliquées dans le projet vont-elles interagir / se contaminer ? Quelles méthodes de travail (en ligne et hors ligne) seront utilisées pendant le projet pour la communication, la documentation, la gestion, la prise de décision, etc. Comment les artistes participant au projet vont-ils être choisis ? Allons-nous gérer collectivement le budget ? si oui, comment ? Comment allons-nous réglementer la relation avec les artistes ?

Présence sur invitation seulement.