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CYCLE I: PUBLISHING ARTISTIC RESEARCH LAUNCH

29-29 February 2020 / @ Level5 – RUE PAUL DEVAUXSTRAAT 5, 1000 BRUSSEL (5TH FLOOR) at 18:00

with: Isabel Burr Raty, Antye Guenter, Adrijana Gvozdenović, Sara Manente, Rob Ritzen, Sina Seifee and a.pass

Sara Manente by Susanna Hofer
Documenting, archiving, and publishing are intrinsic to the ongoing practices of a.pass. They are seen as research tools that enable critical reflections through their exposure of artistic research processes. The program seeks to find public formats or outlets for research in the course of its ongoing development, and facilitates an understanding of the politics of such processes. With these concepts in mind, the a.pass Research Centre (RC) began a new program in 2018 that hosts six Associate Researchers in cycles of one year as a platform for exchange in artistic research. Cycle I hosted Isabel Burr Raty, Adrijana Gvozdenović, Antye Guenter, Sara Manente, Rob Ritzen and Sina Seifee. They contributed to the platform through concerns, concepts and “ways of doing” inherent to their practices.
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talk

Close Encounters series Zones of disobedience

6 February 2020 / ISELP & a.pass

Elen Braga / Eve Kalyva / Steven Jouwersma

When institutions have come to embody their own institutional critique, when participatory art becomes the new weapon of the established normalising order, and when attempts to further develop forms of artistic resistance are almost instantly liquefied in the commodifying reason of the market, a series of questions arise: Is it still possible to disobey? What could the forms of disobedient work be today? What new strategies should be invented in this context? How can one give the public the incentive to transgress its fears, inhibitions and limitations? Having these questions as a starting point, “Zones of Disobedience” opens up a space for discussion, reflection and debate. It presents examples from the past and the present and from across the spheres of the artistic and the political in order to problematise sets of relationships, conceptual frameworks and behaviors. These have to do with ideas about monuments, myths and experiences of the city as space but also as a site of memory, of belonging and of envisioning a future. “Zones of Disobedience” offers an evening of contestation, blurred limits, shifts and negotiations.
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RESEARCH CENTER CYCLE 2 BLOCK I

1 January-31 March 2020

Research Center Cycle 2 block I
This January marks the beginning of the second one-year-cycle of the a.pass Research Center. Initiated out of a desire to be a shared platform of exchange, support and publicness for the Associate Researchers this year long initiative will continue to support and publish advanced research and investigate its trajectories within a.pass.  The Associate Researchers will be hosted and supported during Cycle 2   by the Research Center curators: Vladimir Miller (Block I/20), Lilia Mestre (Block II/20) and Pierre Rubio (Block III/20).
 
For the period of January to December 2020 we are happy to welcome following Associate Researchers to the a.pass Research Center:
Breg Horemans, Davide Tidoni, Esteban Donoso, Pia Louwerens and Lili Rampre.
 
During the upcoming block we will start and at the same time continue our work by imagining and negotiating the individual contracts between the researchers and the Research Center, which will speculate on the individual research process and the support needed during the year cycle. 

end communication, event

Precious indirection*

24-25 January 2020 / @ Needcompany

End-Communications of Deborah Birch, Diego Echegoyen and Lucia Palladino&Piero Ramella

The a.pass End-Communications of Deborah Birch, Diego Echegoyen and the duo Lucia Palladino & Piero Ramella will take place on the 24th and 25th of January 2020 at MILL / Needcompany. End-Communications invite the a.pass researchers to share their subject matters, modes of seeing, articulating and making artist research public after following the year-long program.
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publication, research center

Parallel Parasite Timeline Repository – Web Publication

Research Center Document

Parallel Parasite Timeline Repository
As a way to register our process during the Parallel Parasite, three weeks residency of the a.pass Research Center at SZenne ArtLab in 2018, we filmed and recorded all the public encounters. This interface created on top of the video allows to complement the document with other collected materials and to add continuously a-posteriori reflections. Viewers can scroll through and find points of interest.
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block information, winter-spring postgraduate program

BLOCK 2020/I

6 January-30 April 2020 / a.pass Brussels

a.pass postgraduate program invites artists, researchers, cultural workers to challenge the limits of their practice through developing artistic research methodologies that bring to the forefront the performative, spatial and collaborative aspects of their projects.  The program opens a space for experimental modes of practice and critical thinking. Artists and researchers are invited to follow their self-organised research as a trajectory within an environment of collaboration and participation. They engage in a series of presentations and feedback practices, workshops, seminars, individual/collective mentoring, and modular interactions with curators and the other artists and researchers participating in the program.
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block information, seminar, sessions

Zone Public

16 January-27 March 2020 / a.pass Brussels

co-curated by Femke Snelting / Peggy Pierrot / Pierre Rubio

Zone Public contributes to an ongoing conversation on the dynamics of publishing generated by technologies of artistic research. From January 2020 onwards, within a.pass platform for artistic research practices, a three month series of readings, mediations and compilations is oriented by the postgraduate program and its participants to (re)consider the forms and conditions for disseminating artistic research. Zone Public invites to (re)consider the conditions for dissemination of the specific forms of knowledge that artistic research does produce/process/practice. It activates the interrelation between research-as-process versus the crystallisation that publishing requires, and wants to open up the exhibitionary regimes which seem to articulate current artistic research practices and the infrastructures of knowledge production that its agents are both using and possibly used by.
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block, recent past, research center

Cared by Nicolas Y Galeazzi Research Center 19/III – Reviewing emergence

1 September-30 November 2019

cleaning is just another approach to messing up

re-search in the woods
One year, six associates, three curators, several events and residencies, lots of contexts and thoughts, etc. - I think we can say, the research center was never as extensive as this new cycle. It was time for a.pass to come up to the promise of generating more publicly available content. The five associate researchers accompanied by three different curators have processed their contexts and brought them to a ripe state for publishing. Holding in, taking a breath, smelling the taste, enjoying the fill of the lungs, holding in again and softly pushing the air out - and so, the cycle can start again. What was here? What was nourished by the oxygen? What did come up by breathing the same air as five other researchers?
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end communication, event, recent past

PEACH BASKETS – THREE ANGLES ON BALANCING

27-28 September 2019 / a.pass

End-Communications of Caterina Mora, Laura Pante and Maurice Meewisse

maria spelts
Funambulism is a "staying with the trouble" concept (in Donna Haraway´s words), that intertwines the a.pass End-Communications of Caterina Mora, Laura Pante and Maurice Meewisse. It all started with the idea of balancing oppositions, no matter which: theory and practice, high and low cultures, language and body, feminism and heteronormativity, bad and good, horizontal and vertical, north and south, truth and fake, here and there, real and virtual, peach baskets and shoes - What the hell?! The projects of Cate, Laura and Maurice, embody the crossings between antonymous positionalities and work with strategies that include negotiations, side effects, mistakes, shadows, confusion, plural views and overlapings as co-inhabitors of a research context attempting to think complex phenomena.
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recent past, workshop

Milena Kipfmüller & Klaus Janek Sounding Situations

9 October-7 November 2019 / a.pass

image: Milena Kipfmüller
 
The duo [SNDNG STTNS] Milena Kipfmüller & Klaus Janek, seeks for the reciprocity of the auditive and its staging. Semantics, appearing sounds and music elements form musical gestures and meaning, the composition is in tight correspondence with its staging.  Challenging the line between discourse and aesthetics, the focus on conflicting situations animates interpretation and questions in a subtil and humble way.

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project, recent past

A looming score – we share your politics of damage

2 September-1 December 2019

Block 2019/III curators Lilia Mestre and Sina Seiffee

titanus scylla by ladalbarran2000
titanus scylla by ladalbarran2000
 
Why loom? We were thinking about the loom’s invocation of the closeness of the textile sense, fabrics that bind our desires and bodies. The loom means also the threatening feeling of an inevitable terrible thing as it approaches. And the possibility of b-looming, from the rest, waste, residue, remainders of the storm. Furthermore, loom echoes a gendered practice of writing textile; in the making of fabric like Arachné, that talented mortal weaver who challenged the god of wisdom, as well as Penelope, who weaved and weaved (a mournful making and unmaking fabrics) to postpone her arranged marriage. The loom is a metaphor that invites us to think of reality as something deeply embedded within context, like “the weaver’s loom that is discerned within the cloth it weaves” (Veena Das). That means, modes of knowing constitute the objects of knowing in a manner that profoundly affects how one comes to inhabit a new reality.
 
That is just the conceptual backdrop for us. In this block we want to focus on a support structure that will help each other research and continue what has been initiated in the past block, ‘Troubled Gardens.’ We transport what has been found out there and elsewhere into looming (transposed into weaving + feeling the darkness of it). That is to sustain being immersed in the subjects of ecology, feminism and their possible political agency in this unpredictable and precarious world we are living in. In the coming block, we’ll take these lines thought while going back “home” (we will land somewhere in a.pass studios hosting three scenographies from Laura, Maurice and Caterina for their End-Communication). We would take the movement of going inside as the one to prepare for winter: gather, digest, tell stories, imagine futures. As a curatorial approach we are not interested in obsessing on these concepts per se, but working in and through the particular challenges of our researches.

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Agenda

block information, winter-spring postgraduate program

6 January-30 April 2020

Location a.pass Brussels


BLOCK 2020/I




block information, seminar, sessions

16 January-27 March 2020

Location a.pass Brussels


Zone Public




end communication, event

24-25 January 2020

Location @ Needcompany


Precious indirection*




talk

6 February 2020

Location ISELP & a.pass

Close Encounters series
Zones of disobedience





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DEADLINE: 12/02/2020
TO START IN September 2020 for the Post-Master and  May 2021 for Associated Researcher

SELECTION TALKS :  26, 27 & 28 /02/2020
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A.pass is an artistic research environment that develops research on performativity and scenography, in an international artistic and educational context. The institute includes two complementary bodies that operate in parallel and in dialogue: a Post-master Program and a Research Centre.
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