In a.pass researchers are individually supported by different mentors.
1 – Dedicated Mentors are mentors proposed by a.pass. Researchers can choose two mentors out of four and expected to attend two sessions of +/- two hours per block.
2 – Researchers meet twice a block the Study Coordinator to evaluate their research plan and trajectory.
3 – Personal mentors are chosen by the researchers themselves in discussion with the Study Coordinator.
Researchers have an individual research budget for external engagements with the personal mentors
Feedback / Exchange / Co-Learning
In the a.pass co-learning environment, within most of the program activities, some space is systematically dedicated to discussing, sharing and feed-backing formats that are constantly being created and revisited the program development. Feedback, critique and discussion within a.pass are living tools of research that organically emerge out of the practices of the researchers, curators and mentors.
The a.pass institute tries to build a culture of discussion in which we ‘agree to disagree’, rather than one of argumentative oppositions or of convenient politeness. The feedback and exchange sessions develop a space for ‘agonistic debate’: an open field for supporting, complementing, challenging and even re-routing each others’ positions to resist the reproduction of established research culture.
The collective co-learning environment of a.pass opens a platform for the development of stronger, more grounded and more critical positions for artistic researchers, that in turn feedback again the common practices and knowledge processing. Any kind of format of discussion and feedback simultaneously strengthens, sharpens and limits what can be said and in which language. Experimental formats for communication and sharing create hospitable conditions for the emergence of different logics, procedures and discourses.
a.pass borrows techniques from different environments ( critical theory, therapy, activism, political organization, technology, and so on…) to create critical discursive dispositives as: ritual practices, object constellations, tarot cards readings, concept mappingorum techniques, walking discussions, silent communication, speed dating, cooking sessions, family constellation discussions, mind-mapping, dragon dreaming, score writing, fanzine-ing, radio programing, etc….
During one year the program is sequenced by blocks of four months, each one organized by a curator and propos specific modes of research. In general the blocks assemble in different proportions the following elements:
development of artistic research practices, variations on theoretical studies, workshops with guest practitioners, dispositives of feedback and exchange, modes of research presentation, attendance to public events related with current concerns and partners (conferences, seminars, performances, festivals…), series of individual and collective mentoring sessions with invited mentors.
Within this framework the program researchers contribute to the onceptualization, organization and performance of self-organized activities and practices.
Timing & OrganiZation Of THE PROGRAM
The one year program is organized in three ‘blocks’ of four months, each of them divided in three months of curated curriculum in group and one month focused on self-organized individual work.
After the twelve months program an extra month is fully dedicated to the preparation and performance of a form of communication of the individual research projects within a collective public event.
Exceptionally – when participants want to interrupt their studies to attend other professional activities or to intensify their personal research – it is possible to skip one block and to extend the duration of the program to a maximum of 17 months.
Timing & OrganiZation Of a block
A block is cadenced by three collective mandatory moments: Opening-Week (first week of the block), Half-Way-Days (middle of the block) and End-Week (last week of the block).
These three mandatory collective moments are dedicated to the presentations of each individual research. Each of them having a particular objective: Opening-Week focuses on information (what?), Half-Way-Days on method (how?) and End-Week on contextualisation (why?)
Besides these mandatory collective momentshe researchers in dialogue with the curator and coordinator, design their trajectory with a minimum of 30% engagement and presence in the whole curated program.
The tuition fee for the a.pass programs is fixed at 1.200,00 EUR.
250,00 EUR should be paid within the first four weeks after the start of the program. The remaining 950,00 EUR of the enrollment fee should be paid before the end of your first block.
a.pass is currently situated at the former industrial site ‘de Bottelarij – Brussels Event Brewery in Molenbeek (Brussels). The former brewery is now occupied by a variety of cultural organizations.
a.pass works mostly in two different spaces:
The 650 square meters collective studio, situated on the 4th floor of the building, where the program takes place and researchers can develop their work.
The second space on the 3dr floor is dedicated to the administrative office, collective library and meeting space.
As well we provide a storage space for technical equipment and a workshop for small scenography undertakings.
The a.pass program regularly collaborates with Zsenne ArtLab (Brussels), Nadine (Brussels) and PAF (Performing Arts Forum) where some of our activities also take place.
SELF-ORGANIZATION / COLLABORATION / PARTICIPATION
Researchers following the a.pass program are required to develop a practice-based research, take an investigative look at their artistic trajectories and engage in a particular discursive approach. But as much as focusing on individual work, researchers are working in a largely self-organized and collaborative environment where they are required to take up an active role in the development of the a.pass research environment and act as responsive agents in (re)thinking artistic research methodologies, collective feedback strategies and practical organization.
In order to create this context of self-organization, collaboration and participation a.pass established over the years a minimum requirement of presence and participation in the program.
This means per block 4 months:
- attending three collective moments (Opening Week, Half-Way-Days Week, and End Week)
- researchers have to follow at least 30% of the curated program
- researchers contribute to the documentation of the program
- researchers have to attend two sessions with two dedicated mentors
- researchers have to attend two meetings with the coordinator
For successfully concluding a.pass program, researchers are required to communicate their research in the frame of a public event.
post master program
a.pass offers one year post-master artistic research program for the development of artistic research projects in a critical and collaborative environment.
The post-master program addresses artists, performers, researchers, writers, curators, theoreticians (and others) with an interest in challenging the limits of their practice in terms of performative and/or spacial dimensions.
The program opens a space where speculative and experimental modes of practice and critical thinking are possible. Researchers are invited to create a singular trajectory In a context of self-organization, collaboration and participation by engaging in several modes of presentation and feedback, collective workshops, individual and group mentoring, and modular interactions with the curators and the other researchers.
Although the content of the program and its practical dispositives are proposed by a.pass and a group of curators, the individual researches of the program participants influence and structure radically its nature.