#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#81: Things come alive when there is friction.|#64: Arrange a distribution of forces.|#82: Clean and sterile looks professional, but really boring.|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#59: Always protect the floor when painting (or pouring concrete)|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#127: Remain practical: what happens to the work in an endless exhibition?|#53: Immaterial support for artists is important.|#26: More artists, less borders.|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#23: That’s a very interesting piece, but how would it behave in a pizza joint?|#47: Artists need to be supported more than ever in the development of their practice due to the gaps that have been created in the field of fine art|#111: Do it together.|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#117: Consider design, organisational structures and architecture as programme.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#62: Be kind. Full dishwasher: empty it.|#92: We’re a learning organisation.|#54: What about disabled artists?|#32: Be pan-gender polyphonic.|#99: Evolve according to changing needs.|#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#81: Things come alive when there is friction.|#64: Arrange a distribution of forces.|#82: Clean and sterile looks professional, but really boring.|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#59: Always protect the floor when painting (or pouring concrete)|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#127: Remain practical: what happens to the work in an endless exhibition?|#53: Immaterial support for artists is important.|#26: More artists, less borders.|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#23: That’s a very interesting piece, but how would it behave in a pizza joint?|#47: Artists need to be supported more than ever in the development of their practice due to the gaps that have been created in the field of fine art|#111: Do it together.|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#117: Consider design, organisational structures and architecture as programme.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#62: Be kind. Full dishwasher: empty it.|#92: We’re a learning organisation.|#54: What about disabled artists?|#32: Be pan-gender polyphonic.|#99: Evolve according to changing needs.|
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CHT/Totalism.org: Kunsthal Hackbase

Starting October 2021, the CHT/Totalism.org hackbase will inhabit Kunsthal Gent's fall period of the "Permanently Practising" development programme, with a participation-focused public programme. With Labs, Inhabitation, Excursions, Happenings and a continuous archive exhibit.

You can find the (dynamic) programme HERE. If you are interested to participate, please contact the hackbase at info@totalism.org

About the base in Canary Islands (Spain)

CHT/Totalism.org hackbase is an infrastructure research project in Canary Islands (Spain). Since 2011, ad-hoc crews use common-owned equipment and coordinate by consensus-established protocols, to curate, develop, document and practice the transitional tactics, technologies, theory, and arts, beyond capitalism. Started as a shared house; organizing experimental off-grid desert camps since 2014, open to all.

Crews are ad hoc groupings. They are process instead of loosely interpersonally coordinated. Against the trendy glorification of "communities", there is no in-group versus the out-group.

Crews establish nature—infrastructural situations, drawing equally from dramaturgic logic, DIY technology, psychedelic media, and ecological embeddedness.

Crews collaborate and publish on the homegrown hypermedia platform, “E2h”, rendering both hands-on and mediated research into a variety of online results (protocols, systematics, tactics, representations, software, etc.). This powers the project's replicability — durational (→successive crews), and expansive (→other bases).

The base is a primer of a new institutional type, prototyping and seeking to propagate its logic of networking and labouring. Bases principally don't see themselves as the destination, but as sustainable experimental apparatuses towards that effect. Bases however challenge all comfortable status-quo collectivities, and demonstrate increasing readiness for real-world transition.

About CHT/Totalism.org

CHT/Totalism.org established in 2011 as "CHT#1*", a house in Lanzarote (Canary Islands/Spain). The original hackbase*: a coliving hacklab. It hosted >150 people that stayed an average of 2 weeks. It collaboratively documented itself as a "Type 1" hackbase*, including the house manual*, a financial model*, an architectural manifesto*, etc — setting off a consistent and accelerating pace of authoring. The project also assembled an initial commons of equipment*, which was taken onto its next iteration as a "Type 2" base* in 2014: an off-grid operation. More organizationally and infrastructurally challenging, scalable, generally replicable, eco, cheaper ... Ultimately, more transformative and inclusive.

Throughout this time, CHT/Totalism.org has been roughly 50% on-site, 50% on-tour. Public presentations, hack and writing sessions were held in Brussels at IMAL, Medialab Prado & Transeuropa in Madrid, Berlin at Anthropocene Campus & Spektrum, Poortgebouw in Rotterdam, CCC congresses in Hamburg and Leipzig, XM24 Bologna, amongst countless hackerspaces and online channels.

The project acquired a large transporter* in 2016, and built it into a mobile living unit / media lab / cinema / bio-lab / studio capable platform — shapeshifting to a "Type 4" base*.

As of 2021:
CHT/Totalism.org is an expanse of thousands of interlinked pieces of living written, intermedia & sensor documentation, software specs & code*, and infrastructure equipment, held together as a multi-faceted hypermedia & resource compendium, and affiliated with a growing number of hack, art, activist and theory collectives.

The project's material instance has moved on to the Fuerteventura* island. We are on-site during the pandemic & continue to further the common infrastructure, develop new strategies for non-mainline subsistence and labour, and encourage the spread and consolidation of similar efforts.


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