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The last one turns off the light…

31 December 2023

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With us an end
by caterina daniela mora jara
(excerpt from The Annex, Research Center Cycle IV)

“It is of the nature of the rule to desire the death of exception.” Jean-Luc Godard

From May 20 to July 26, 2023
Rotterdam, PAF, Brussels and Stockholm

Dear you:

These words are written with the knowledge the a.pass program will no longer exist. The end for the research program that a.pass was running for 15 years has come, and in your hands, you hold part of this end. It is the last annex of the Research Center, even though The Annex is not the end. It may seem dramatic, but do not forget that I grew up watching telenovelas in Fiske Menuco and Villarica, in the Argentinian and Chilean Patagonia, where I come from.

This letter is a sort of farewell to the Research Center Cycle IV and to a.pass, to which I’m part of, to where I belong. Therefore, the need for a farewell. But what is a farewell? Is it a space where we say, “Oh, goodbye, you have been so critical and helpful; we will miss you”? No, that’s silly on my part. I prefer to say: “With us an end.” A farewell in this case means that some people will lose their jobs, some books will no longer have a shelf, the rooms and offices that a.pass occupied will be empty. It’s crumbling around me right now, it is collapsing around us right now. Yet, we have to give an end to the format. It is not only sad, it is very exhausting and stressful. It is not only a pity, it is hard, it is a fuck you gesture with my finger on this paper, it is a wound because we are losing a space of discussion, a place that stores things of artists, personal stuff and professional stuff, an institution where credits are not determined by how much you read and how much you have demonstrated what you have learned. We lose an educational context in which there is no validation through grades, nor pass/fail course approval.

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THANK YOU!!!!

22 December 2023

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THANK YOU ALL for being present at a.pass Clearance Sale on December 9.
It was a tremendous pleasure to see all of you and to celebrate together the ending of an era. The end of a.pass as we all know it. The auction was for us a very pleasant moment, a ritual to say goodbye, but also a moment to gather and to support the people in Palestine. As we mentioned before, all proceeds from the liquidation will be donated to aid relief efforts in Gaza. And we are very happy to announce that we collected €4.677,50 !!!
The money has already be transferred to the Cultural Emergency Fund of HOPE foundation, this fund offers many local artists and teachers the opportunity to support children who are suffering the consequences of war and destruction. More info: HOPE foundation 

This wouldn’t have been possible of course without our excellent auction master Gary Farrelly, our special guest Elke Van Campenhout and the concept and scenography by Steven Jouwersma. And of course it wouldn’t have been possible without your presence and playing the auction game! THANK YOU!!


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a.pass Clearance Sale

9 December 2023 / a.pass

in support of Gaza relief, hosted by Gary Farrelly and special guest Elke Van Campenhout

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December 9 – Doors open at 11:00 for viewing, auction sale starts at 13:00 – Delaunoystraat 58-60 ** There will be soup and drinks.


a.pass Clearance Sale
           in support of Gaza relief
           hosted by Gary Farrelly and special guest Elke Van Campenhout

a.pass is entering a period of reevaluation, reimagination, and ultimately reorganisation. As part of this process, the institution is liquidating an overwhelming abundance of materials accumulated over the years. Items available for purchase include furniture, fixtures, lighting, art, office supplies, props, cables, electronics, artifacts, curiosities, catering supplies, mystery materials, not to forget the dance floor and much more. The sale will take the form of a garage sale, with larger, high-value items going under the auction hammer. Gary Farrelly will oversee the sale together with special guest Elke Van Campenhout. All proceeds from the liquidation will be donated to aid relief efforts in Gaza. The Cultural Emergency Fund of HOPE foundation offers many local artists and teachers the opportunity to support children who are suffering the consequences of war and destruction. More info: HOPE foundation 
 



 


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In these circumstances: On collaboration, performativity, self-organisation and transdisciplinarity in research-based practices

14 years of a.pass

In these circumstances

In these circumstances: On collaboration, performativity, self-organisation and transdisciplinarity in research-based practices is a publication about artistic research as it is practiced within the co-learning environment of a.pass. This book brings together an assemblage of curatorial, artistic and pedagogical approaches emblematic of an institution that fosters collaboration, self-organisation and transdisciplinarity in research-based practices.

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a.pass, Moussem, SOTA, Lagrange Points A global reading of the Gaza Monologues

29 November 2023 / The Whirling Ear - Kunstberg, 1000 Brussels

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

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The ASHTAR Theatre in Ramallah is calling on theatres and artistic organisations around the world to perform the Gaza Monologues on Wednesday 29 November and share images of the performances on social media. The play, produced by the Palestinian theatre company in 2010, consists of 31 testimonies from children and young people who lived through the war in Gaza in 2008 and 2009. In short monologues they recount what happened to them during those weeks. As the violence in Gaza has viciously erupted again, the text is as relevant today as it was 13 years ago.
 
The United Nations General Assembly has declared November 29 as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. That is why ASHTAR Theatre is calling for the text to be performed again on that day.
 
Several cultural houses and many artists in Flanders and Brussels are responding to this call, as well as organisations in 40 other countries. Together with SOTA, Moussem and Lagrange points, a.pass will organise a reading of these monologues in different langues in the public space: at the statue of Godfrey of Bouillon in the heart of Brussels.
 
In exchange for the use of the text, a financial contribution will be made to ASHTAR Theatre’s fund, which is dedicated to the psychosocial well-being of Palestinian children and trauma therapy.
 
By reading these monologues, we want to express our solidartity with the Palestian people. Reading can give a voice to those unheard, provide a platform to the voices that are currently being silenced. We have read, heard and seen many testimonies of the victims of the brutal terrorist attack on 7.10.2023. We got to see their faces in the newspapers; on television, we heard their stories and got to know their families. And that is undoubtedly how it should be.
 
When it comes to Palestinians, however, we only hear numbers: 5.000 killed, 10.000 killed, 15.000 killed. Reading these 31 monologues is a call for putting a face and a voice to the thousands and thousands people, children, who lost their lives. Those that simply can’t remain unheard and unseen.
 
Wednesday November 29
15h-17h at The Whirling Ear Fountain
between Koningsplein/place Royale & Kunstberg/Mont des Arts 1000 Brussels


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Amari, Carina Erdmann, Mlondiwethu Dubazane, Lore D Selys Collective Channeling

29-30 September 2023 / a.pass

Exploration through research, play and art

Collective Channeling

September 29-30
Doors open at 5.30. Delaunoystraat 58.** There will be food and drinks.
6pm-12pm: welcome at a.pass for music, film, conversation, spoken word and a dream dungeon.
Closing party on the 30th!



mlondiwethu, Carina, Amari and Lore conspire a presentation to conclude the end of a year spent together at a program for advanced performance and scenography studies. They decide to play a game and while they take a walk through the building that hosted them, they slip into character, speaking in the tongue of their research. Through this game they look at the implicit support structures and restrictions in place. They address and sound  the different languages and methods they need to adapt to move on an uneven playing field, comparing their different needs, skills, and energy levels, discussing how they can share time and space, the rules they would like themselves and others to play by. This also becomes a metaphor for the spoken and unspoken rules of institutions, of group-making, of ongoing or not yet inscribed forms of collectivities.


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Carina Erdmann Enter the DreamDungeon

20 September 2023 / a.pass

Call for participants

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For Carina Erdmann’s end-presentation, you will be invited to enter the DreamDungeon, a role-play game set in a subliminal architecture built from the merged dreams and associations of players and attending public. Train your mind in dream recall and submit your dream to become part of the collective memory space and soundscape. Submission will be anonymous.

Want to dive in deeper? We are looking for a small group of core players that attend the dungeon building on September 26/27 and proceed to play the game with the public present on September 29/30. No prior knowledge needed, small compensation, places are limited. Write to Carina (before September 20) if you are interested or have questions: ca.erdmann@web.de.


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Gosie Vervloessem, caterina daniela mora jara, Maurice Meewisse, Paoletta Holst and Tulio Rosa Research Publications + Annex

23 September 2023 / a.pass

Research Center Cycle IV

Gosie Vervloessem "The Pleasure Garden", detail

Saturday, September 23rd 2023

18-22h

a.pass, Brussels

 

The a.pass Research Center* cordially invites you to an evening of research publications by Gosie Vervloessem, caterina daniela mora jara, Maurice Meewisse, Paoletta Holst and Tulio Rosa that will conclude the year they spent together as Associate Researchers of Cycle IV. 

 

During the timespan of Cycle IV the artists and researchers individually and collaboratively worked on hospitality as a curatorial practice, on conflicted embodiment of dance practices, on archives of colonial architecture, on the fiction of nature and on a historic opera as a foundational myth for the State of Brazil. In a series of collective practice meetings a shared discourse began to emerge that connected these works through an engagement with the responsibilities of redesign and reenactment, the tension of fiction and history in speculative practices and the embodiment of non-solutions. These intertwined processes and questions radiated into the practices of Gosie Vervloessem, caterina daniela mora jara, Maurice Meewisse, Paoletta Holst and Tulio Rosa as they hosted each other in their research and developed the idea of a research center as a prolonged group conversation with materials, practices, ideas and affects. 

 

On Saturday, September 23rd, the researchers will present their individual publications and research trajectories as well as the Annex – a shared collection of essays and interviews. For their Publications the researchers aim to provide an account of their process and to develop public formats of research-doing and research-sharing to accompany the more established format of an essay. In a scenography that will be a result of a communal atelier process the Publications of Cycle IV will engage the audience in a dialogue with texts, objects, conversations, installations and performances that can be reflected back into the research process. As Cycle IV concludes, the research itself is far from finished: Publications and Annex contextualize its collaborative, intense phase and give some insight into where it came from and where it is heading next. 

 

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a.pass alumni COLLECTIVE LEARNING PROPOSALS

27 September-8 October 2023 / Zsenne Art Lab

Image credit: Amy Pickles
For two weeks a.pass alumni have concocted an exciting and eclectic program of COLLECTIVE LEARNING PROPOSALS through which they challenge, inquire, explore and digest different ways of learning from and with each other.
 
Everybody is welcome to join! Participation is free.
Location: Zsenne Art Lab, Rue Anneessens 2, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
For more detailed information please contact the individuals behind each proposal!
 
With: Nada Gambier, Federico Protto, Sarah Pletcher, Tulio Rosa & Paoletta Holst, Lucia Palladino, Amy Pickles & Chloe Janssens, Sara Vilardo.
 
 

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Marian Rosa van Bodegraven, Andrea Brandão, Alyssa Gersony, and Marko Gutić Mižimakov End Communications

15-16 September 2023 / a.pass

graphic design: Amy Pickles

In-between researcher and research, one finds:

 

overlap, interests, themes, fiction, text, reading, body, duet, partner, “doctoring”, object, performance, bodies, relationship, questions, researchers, looking, things, going, us, traces, deposits, authors, architectures, dealing, bed, laying, bleeding, seeping, noticing, noting, narrating, unveiling, something, happening, discovery, methodologies, conditions, agent, asking, producing, responses, lethargy, collapse, training, experience, moment, future, here, now, concept, life, rhythm, goals, worth, cheese, workshop, ancestry, trajectories, senses, intimacy, strength, power, assertion, insistence, compassion, idea, artistic practice, descaling, focus, layers, dislocating, destabilizing, conditions, conditioning, negotiating, ways, humanization, humans, violent category, systems, disability, concrete, reference, ableism, contemporary, dance, thinking, practices, phenomena, embodiment, dancer, vessel, object, bodies, Marley, memory, erasure, obliteration, intangible, incomprehensible, determined, social, aesthetic, queer, sexualized, opening, gendered, human body, crossing, cultures, genders, generations, narrative, storytelling, voice, transmission, conditions, vs, context, decontextualizing, evaluation, affects, pieces, autofiction, mundane, erotically, charged, space, trip, supermarket, cup, coffee, Monday, morning, laying, down, convergence, blind/low vision, rehabilitation, ‘co-habilitation’, patient-therapist, flooring, prosthetic, patient, therapist, audiences, invitations, systems, dance, disability, together, final, transmission, trespassing, somatic, work, curation, drifting, vicinity, quantum physics, OOO, socio-ecological, hopelessness, seemingly, desperate, galactic points, gayness, history, AIDS, transgenerational, speculative fiction,  spoken word, theoretical, dramaturgical,  methodological, suggestions, Black Holes, celestial, entities, writer, producer, sexuality, vehicle, political ideology, drafts, prosaic, nature, political, administration, structure, Brazil, urban planning, Netherlands, 2019, masters, Moving Images, Belgium, 2022, interdisciplinary, Brussels, Rīga, New York City, orientation, mobility specialist, ‘the clinic’, ‘the studio’, western, lineages, contact improvisation, medical, models, disability, therapeutics, interabled, collaborations, experimental prosthetics, development, form, theatrical performances, electronic, sound, composition, 1:1, instruction, multimedia, installation, MFA, choreography, intermedia, 2021, 2022, adjunct, faculty, department, blindness, visual impairment, living, working, Zagreb, shaping, sensory materials, intimate, social processes, digital, palpable objects, animated, choreographed, sung, non-orientable, forms, different media, processes, translation, queer science fiction, speculative technology, mutual transformation, MA, animated, film, new media, rest, caves, shape, language, performativity, self, scores, …

 

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Gathering around research publications and presentations.

15-30 September 2023 / a.pass

As well as a farewell party!

ant audience

September 15-16: Alyssa Gersony, Andrea Brandão, Marian Rosa van Bodegraven, Marko Gutić Mižimakov (post graduate presentations)

September 23: Caterina Mora, Gosie Vervloessem, Maurice Meewisse, Paoletta Holst, Túlio Rosa (Research Center presentations – Cycle 4)

September 29-30: Amari, Carina Erdmann, Mlondiwethu Dubazane, Lore D Selys (post graduate presentations)

 

More details very soon!

 

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Accessibility: a.pass is currently situated at the former industrial site ‘de Bottelarij’ in Molenbeek (Brussels). Activities take place mostly in two different spaces on the 3rd and 4th floors of the building. Due to ongoing repair works in the building the elevators are currently not accessible unless we make a special request. If accessibility presents a concern, please contact us beforehand so we can organize access to the different floors to the best of our abilities. Apologies for this inconvenience.

The events in September will likely contain spoken text and performance-based activities. If there are accessibility requests or questions please contact production@apass.be.


end presentation, postgraduate program, research center

Gathering around research publications and presentations.

15-30 September 2023 / a.pass

As well as a farewell party!

ant audience

September 15-16: Alyssa Gersony, Andrea Brandão, Marian Rosa van Bodegraven, Marko Gutić Mižimakov (post graduate presentations)

September 23: Caterina Mora, Gosie Vervloessem, Maurice Meewisse, Paoletta Holst, Túlio Rosa (Research Center presentations – Cycle 4)

September 29-30: Amari, Carina Erdmann, Mlondiwethu Dubazane, Lore D Selys (post graduate presentations)

 

More details very soon!

 

*

 

Accessibility: a.pass is currently situated at the former industrial site ‘de Bottelarij’ in Molenbeek (Brussels). Activities take place mostly in two different spaces on the 3rd and 4th floors of the building. Due to ongoing repair works in the building the elevators are currently not accessible unless we make a special request. If accessibility presents a concern, please contact us beforehand so we can organize access to the different floors to the best of our abilities. Apologies for this inconvenience.

The events in September will likely contain spoken text and performance-based activities. If there are accessibility requests or questions please contact production@apass.be.


statements for a.pass

support the possible

 

“We are all very familiar with oppressive education; with its systems of reward and punishment, the stimulus of competition, the naming of the strong and the weak, the encouragement of reproduction by repetition, the reinforcement of norms and normativity, the unquestionability of the accommodating attitude towards the status quo, and its decision-making-educators—who by refusing dialogue—do not organise the people. The very goal of oppressive education isn’t to liberate nor to be liberated but to manipulate, control and generate conformism.

However, there is another sort of education that is precisely based on dialogue; a form of education that doesn’t function as a tool to facilitate anyone’s integration into the logic of the present system. It is the practice of freedom in its most germinating terms; the facilitation of critical thinking, creativity and citizenry.

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a.pass is looking for a new space

a.pass is at the moment in a transition fase, entering a period of reevaluation, reimagination, and ultimately reorganisation. Part of this fase is leaving our spaces in the Bottelarij. The big studio on the 4th floor will be emptied by the end of 2023. For the meeting/office/library space we hope to find a new space by spring 2024. In case there are other organsiations looking for spaces, we would be happy to share space. All ideas are welcome!


IS THIS THE END?

Christian

Friday 21st of January 2022, a.pass received news from the Ministry of Education that their subsidy will come to an end by the end of 2023 the latest. From one day to the other a.pass is left with two years to find other means of survival or close the institution.

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Research Center Cycle IV

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Initiated out of a desire to be a shared platform of exchange, support and publication for the a.pass Associate Researchers, this year-long initiative will continue to support and publish advanced research and investigate its trajectories within a.pass.

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a.pass lexicon in process

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9 December 2023

Location a.pass

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Clearance Sale





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for artistic research PROPOSALS

Due to the Ministry’s decision we have to put the Intakes on hold until further notice. 

Thanks for your interest in a.pass!

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a.pass regularly opens it doors to outsiders that are interested in the topic or in the workings of a.pass. To subscribe you just look in the menu: “public workshops“) and sign up to the event of your choice.

 


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about a.pass

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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APPLY TO THE A.PASS PROGRAMMES

Unfortunately we no longer have applications. Both programs: the Postgraduate as well as Research Center have come to an end due to the decision of the ministry of education to stop financing a.pass. At the moment we look into new plans for the future. More news soon on our website.

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