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    • Open Call Open Call for collective research residency
      07 April 2024
      posted by: Kristof Van Hoorde
    • a.pass
    • 09 April 2024
    • 09 June 2024
    • Open Call

       

      What could be lying fallow in the arts?

       

      It is no longer possible to submit your application for the 1st group. The selection will be announced mid-July.

      The call for the 2nd group will be launched mid-July. Deadline for applications will be mid-October.

      More news soon.

       

      “In a world in constant motion there is an ecological imperative to embrace the value of idleness” Michael Chieffalo and Julia Smachylo in Lying fallow: the value of idleness

       

       

       

       

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    • Spring Drink & Films with a.pass and nadine
      02 April 2024
      posted by: Kristof Van Hoorde
    • 09 April 2024
    • Spring Drink & Films

      April 9 at 20h00
      rue de Manchesterstraat 17, Molenbeek

      Spring comes with a fresh new wind: a.pass installs a temporary place in Manchesterstraat 17, Molenbeek, where artists and alumni can organise gatherings and presentations in the coming months. For this spring event, a.pass invited nadine to host together an inauguration drink and an evening with screening of three short films by independent makers living in Brussels. 

      Join us, together with our friends of nadine, for a free drink and 3 short films!


      FILM PROGRAM:

         - Memories of a Camera Perspective by Anna Lugmeier
         - Show Girl by Amari
         - shemortelle by Shelbatra Jashari

       

      *** Memories of a Camera Perspective by Anna Lugmeier (29 min)

      Memories of a Camera Perspective is an audio-visual poem dedicated to the process of film editing as a space of intimacy with sound and image material. It disguises as a home movie that is looking into femme strategies of appropriation of the camera by turning the phallic attributes of the lens inside out and looking into the oystershell as a vessel for a filmic Séance. The film is summoning visions of early feminist filmmakers, seeking for new frameworks of kinship and care in collaboration with the camera. In this DIY-examination of the tragic-comedy we are looking into exhausted images, the role of the female film maker and a desperate love-letter to a camera perspective, yet to come. Memories of  a Camera Perspective  was part of Anna Lugmeier's End Presentation at a.pass in January 2023.


      *** Show Girl by Amari (14 min)

      A short-film documentary about Michelle, a pole performer from Paris. The film centers an event where she performs for a cabaret night. Amari is a multidisciplinary artist and founder of Unlimited Strip Club, using the symbolic fascination of strip clubs as a medium for film-making, installations and performances. Show Girl was part of Amari's End Presentation at a.pass in September 2023


      *** shemortelle by Shelbatra Jashari (15 min)

      A sensitive vampire decides to leave eternal life behind by actively undergoing euthanasia. She is assisted through a mercy killing ritual, performed by a vampire matriarchy in Brussels. Taking on human form for just a flash of time after years of immortal existence, she talks about her death, life and choice to change. Shelbatra has been active in Brussels since a while - known for the Brûlesk dance events in the past - a project around cabaret and burlesque. She has been using her body, voice and boxing (among others) as a foundation to develop her vision on the history of representations. With shemortelle she tempted into a form where concept, performance, film and narration were put to use to make a contemporary form of a “weeping song” - referring to “pleureuses” practices such as those singing songs of grief in the tradition of Albanian songs. Her research into this practice was accompanied by a performance that has been integrated in the short film.

    • From now on the a.pass archive is part of the AMVB collection, which has many archives by Flemish cultural institutions in Brussels in their collection. In this way the a.pass archive, with the many publications made during more then 14 years, will be publicly accessible and preserved for future generations.

      You can find AMVB here: Arduinkaai 28, 1000 Brussels or www.amvb.be

    • On the 21st of March, the day of Spring and the International Day against racism a.pass joined the TOWARDS APARTHEID FREE ZONES - Cultural Solidarity with Palestine campaign. By doing this we want to express, as an organisation, once more our solidarity with Palestine. We say NO to any form of discrimination, racism, violence and violation of human rights and international law. We say NO to anti-semitism, we say NO to islamophobia. And we say NO to any form of terrorism, including organised state terror like apartheid. 

      Together with many other organisations in the cultural field from both sides of the language border, we have decided to start our trajectory TOWARDS APARTHEID FREE ZONES. This means that we will do everything we can as an organisation to avoid any complicity with apartheid states and regimes, by choosing not to collaborate with these states, and choosing for companies and service providers that do not invest in these states and regimes, starting with a boycott of Israël. Becoming an Apartheid Free Zone is a step further in our decolonising process and a step further in defending the freedom of speech, defending the universal declaration of human rights and in connecting people without dehumanising any of them. We invite you to take this step together and walk TOWARDS APARTHEID FREE ZONES with us. We have put a sticker on our windows and doors; we have posted this message on our pages, in order to make our joint action visible. We stand in solidarity with Palestine and we say: enough! Ceasefire now!

    • While a.pass was having a winter sleep we have been working behind the scenes: cleaning out the old spaces, archiving what has been and moving to other places. From now on, until September, you can find a.pass on 3 different locations:   

      • the office and meeting place has moved to GC Nekkersdal, Blvd Emile Bockstaellaan 107 in Laken, where we share the working studio with other artists (Nicolas Galeazzi, Einat Tuchman, Gosie Vervloessem and others...)
      • the library and a new (collective) workspace has just been installed at the first floor above Decoratelier, rue Manchesterstraat 17 in Molenbeek
      • and the a.pass storage and technical library is still at Bottelarij, rue Delaunoystraat 58-60, Molenbeek. And very soon the a.pass archive will be publicly available at AMVB. More info soon.

      At the same time we are also working on an open call for collective residencies. More news will follow very soon. Once we are ready, we'll be happy to invite you for the a.pass' Spring Drink at our new workspace in Molenbeek. Stay tuned!

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    • AM I EVIL ? Open Call for writers
      29 February 2024
      posted by: Kristof Van Hoorde
    • 24 March 2024
    • AM I EVIL ?

      Am I Evil?* Brussels Edition 

      by Simone Basani and Alice Ciresola with Els Moors

      Can erotic writing become a place for decolonial and feminist exploration?How could one embrace the tools of erotic writing to unveil, investigate and question power processes of colonisation, discrimination, nanoracism, marginalization, exoticization, abuse and seduction from diverse perspectives?  

      These questions are at the core of Am I Evil? process writers of all sorts are invited to embark upon.
      On this journey the group of writers embrace erotic writing as a tool to investigate their own desire, and how this relates to the Other and the Unknown.

      For the duration of the whole journey they stay in dialogue through a peer-to-peer editing methodology. Actually such a methodology is not ‘just’ editing. It is rather an intimate and radical way of dialoguing through re-writing.

      Am I Evil? starts off with a-lecture introduction by Basani and Ciresola open to everyone about the legacy of Jeanne Walschot, the first white female dealer and collector of African art we know, active in Brussels from 1920s.

      The figure of Mrs. Walschot works efficiently as a site to explore the way Western European culture desires the Other, and the Unknown. With the research of Gloria Wekker, Audre Lorde, bell hooks and Robin diAngelo in mind, this exploration might reveal for instance how whiteness is constructed (culturally, socially, historically) through the look and the touch on the Other.

      The process of text writing and re-writing will take place between the end of April and July 2024, both in collective meetings in person and individual sessions at home.

      The texts created during this collective journey will be shared with the audience through a printed publication and will have a first presentation moment during the Art Book Fair at Wiels and at nadine, in October 2024.

      The Brussels edition of Am I Evil? welcomes as special guests the writers Gabriela Wiener and Cristina Ubah Ali Farah plus other artists to be confirmed.

      More info and how to apply click here.

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    • The last one turns off the light... 08 January 2024
      posted by: Kristof Van Hoorde
    • 31 December 2023
    • The last one turns off the light...

      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.

      I have worked in educational institutions for the last 14 years, and I am very aware of how difficult it is to change the curricula and challenge the environmental conditions for promoting knowledge. Therefore, I was deeply amazed by the fact that in the context of a.pass (the postgraduate and the Research Center) the curricula is proposed by the participants and/or being transformed every four months.

      Do I have the impression of collapsing with a.pass because I did not expect things to end in Europe? Was a modern imaginary of linear time, progression, expansion and improvement operating somehow with European expectations? Possibly. I am from Argentina and I lived in Buenos Aires for 9 years before coming to Brussels five and a half years ago. In Argentina, I often saw institutions, venues, cultural centers and theaters close and reopen, so I thought I was used to endings. I suppose the difference is that I never expected an educational institution in Europe to lose funds.

      In a.pass, I entered with a key, I knew the alarm codes, and I could set up and rearrange the space as my practice required. I moved the dance floor so many times and cleaned it that many times. Through a.pass, I have encountered a network of people that has expanded in various ways in my short life in this part of the world, providing me with a context of travel and/or visibility and/or jobs more than once.

      This will end.

      I remember when I started the postgraduate program I was very surprised by the fact that, as part of my education, I had to share food, even make the food together, share space, even design the space together, share material resources, and even build my material resources. I remember why I chose to participate in the Research Center: it was because I knew it was coming to an end in its current format, so it was the last opportunity for me to return to this strange and luxurious context where answers are suspended.

      Don’t cry for me. (...)

      I experienced a.pass as a place where we could hold questions and come back later during dinner time, a context that could embrace the fragility of (my) individual research, which is sometimes full of expectations, fears and anxieties. I do not want to romanticize. It was not all rosy. RC is demanding and confronting, and perhaps even more so given that we knew a.pass would end.

      Outside of the Bologna logic of BA; MA or PhD, and outside of titles and diploma requirements, a.pass looks for the criticism of the doing of the practice.

      Inside the capital of the European Union, a.pass has a fee for the Postgraduate program potentially accessible to countries whose currencies are not in euros. I am referring here to the fact that the South and Central-American community that I have met in a.pass is numerous and grandiloquent: I’ve met people from Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador. There is no fee for the Research Center.

      Inside Brussels, a.pass is as diverse as the city which hosts it.

      Inside of a bilingual city, a.pass doesn’t speak the official languages of the city nor the country which hosts it. I was so afraid of not knowing how to speak English. As a non-English speaker, imagine an institution which doesn’t care about your level of English.

      In the last floor of a building in Molenbeek, a.pass assumes its role as a confronting institution, it engages with conflict and with interdependence.

      a.pass for me embodies the exception.

      For more suspended questions, fucking ends, ends fucking and shared spaces,

      Con amor,

      cate

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    • THANK YOU!!!! 07 January 2024
      posted by: Kristof Van Hoorde
    • 22 December 2023
    • THANK YOU!!!!

      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!!

    • a.pass is at the moment in a transition fase, entering a period of reevaluation, reimagination, and ultimately reorganisation. At this moment we are using temporary spaces until September 2024. From September on we hope to find a new space. In case there are other organsiations looking for spaces, we would be happy to share space. All ideas are welcome!

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    • Clearance Sale in support of Gaza relief, hosted by Gary Farrelly and special guest Elke Van Campenhout
      28 November 2023
      posted by: Kristof Van Hoorde
    • a.pass
    • a.pass
    • 09 December 2023
    • Clearance Sale

      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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    • A global reading of the Gaza Monologues International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
      10 November 2023
      posted by: Kristof Van Hoorde
    • a.pass, Moussem, SOTA, Lagrange Points
    • The Whirling Ear - Kunstberg, 1000 Brussels
    • 29 November 2023
    • A global reading of the Gaza Monologues

      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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