A Good Workshop
Conversation with Krõõt Juurak
Elke van Campenhout Debunking the Myth
16-20 November 2020 / online
or The Emperor’s New Clothes Revisited
16.-20. Nov 2020
To be a contemporary artist comes with a lot of prerequisites these days: unspoken discourse rules, critical norms, and a general salonfähig consensus about values like fluidity, horizontality, collaboration, etcetera… Often these values are taken for granted while a strong discourse is ruling the artist’s world, zooming in on any hint of postcolonial insensitivity, patriarchal blindness, gender observations, and faintly non-consensual power use. This attitude stems from the bountiful history of feminist and queer studies, cultural studies insights, and a general growing awareness of her-stories and the damage done by biased educations and cultural misgivings. But at the same time there are also a lot of other untouched territories underlying these value markers: 19th century romanticism, liberalism, humanism, … Each one carrying within it a very specific view of what it means to be a human being in this world, how we are connected and what we are able to convey.Read more..
Krõõt Juurak AUTODOMESTICATION
27-31 October 2020 / a.pass
As a performer you provide your audience with something that cannot be measured in material terms. As regards the activity that produces the cultural content of the commodity, your labour involves a series of activities that are not normally recognised as work – activities involved in defining and determining cultural and artistic standards, fashions, tastes, consumer norms and, on a strategic level, public opinion. As a performer you are primarily a producer of subjectivity. Typically, an artist’s value does not lie in what they “do” but in what they “are”. Now, remember, for example, how Richard Florida described the processes of gentrification caused by the migration of artists and creative workers – the artists may or may not be aware of the value of their mere presence but on a larger scale they produce “results” simply by existing. Survival in the (performing) arts requires creativity that goes beyond the artworks one creates. In fact, a typical performing artist spends about 99 percent of their time off stage – as an audience member, a critic, an administrator, a networker, friend, mentor, student, teacher and so on. Inventing and re-inventing oneself on and offstage, adjusting to various situations, restrictions, moving from project to project, one residency to the next, brimming with creative energy, training and forever educating oneself is the way forward.Read more..
atelier, gathering, workshop
Vladimir Miller Settlement 16
14 September-3 October 2020 / a.pass
The Unconditional Institution
During the days of Sept 14th – Oct 3rd 2020 a.pass will come together and host an open workspace called Settlement. In the course of these three weeks we will share our current work processes within an open collaborative workspace. We aim to create a poly-central gathering that is self-structured, self-organized and open to contributions from anyone. You are cordially invited to join this process by establishing your own space in the a.pass Settlement and sharing some of your ideas, practices or works with others. The materials and structures available at the a.pass main space will be a common resource for all who join to create whatever is needed to facilitate this process. The schedule for these three weeks will be developed on site by its participants and shared online on the a.pass website.
please let us know if you want to join this workshop by subscribing a week before you come. covid measures will be followed in the shared environment to ensure it safety.Read more..
recent past, talk
Close Encounters series Zones of disobedience
6 February 2020 / ISELP & a.pass
Elen Braga / Eve Kalyva / Steven Jouwersma
common moment, gathering, intensive, recent past
7-26 January 2019 / a.pass
block, recent past, study day
STUDY DAYS block 2018/III
10 September-30 November 2018
A curatorial proposal by Adva ZAkai
PROGRAM AND SCHEDULE
This block is organized around a series of Study Days. Almost every Monday till the end of November, a.pass hosts artists, thinkers and researchers to contribute to the problematization of various issues that bring together love, art, school, improvisation and politics.Read more..
block information, recent past
apass a.pass meets SOL / School Of Love
3 September-30 November 2018 / apass
A curatorial proposition by Adva Zakai
From Sep till Nov 2018 a.pass and School Of Love will start a flirt with each other, develop a relationship and hopefully make (produce) love.
SOL is a collective platform that was initiated some years ago*, inspired by the interest in both love and school as charged with potential to generate new politics and relations in the world. SOL is practiced through regular meetings, but follows no curriculum. Instead, it develops a spontaneous program through the presence and interest of its participants. SOL is basically an invitation to hang out. But to hang out deeply. To practice school as a place of free time – free to study things as they appear, separated from the dependency on the time and space of social order and production. And to practice love – Not the kind of love that is generated through affirmation of who we think we are, but love as an act of giving by allowing it to transform us.Read more..
-, block information, gathering, research center
Lilia Mestre Fragile Community Score + Score for entering a place / Lilia Mestre
11 June-15 May 2018 / Zsenne ArtLab
block information, gathering, research center
Instead of Needing to Know
4 June-9 May 2018
SOL/School Of Love in the frame of Parallel-Parasite
reading session, research center
Monday Readings Encoding and compression
26 February 2018 / a.pass, 3rd floor
“Codecs perform encoding and decoding on a data stream or signal, usually in the interest of compressing video, speech, or music. […] Software such as codecs poses several analytical problems. Firstly they are monstrously complicated. […] Second, at a phenomenological level, they deeply influence the very texture, flow and materiality of sounds and images. […]Read more..
archive, reading session, research center
Monday Readings Streaming media
16 June 2018 / Szenne Artlab, Anneessensstraat 2
on demand, content-delivery, broadcast
This extra edition of the Monday reading actually takes place on a Saturday in Szenne artlab. In the context of Parallel-parasite, a residency of the a.pass Research Center, we will focus on the shape-shifting nature of streaming media. After sessions on text processing, local servers and key cards, we will continue with an exploration of streaming, a coverall term for the dominant way that audio and visual content is being delivered on the Internet today. We will read into the different technical protocols that are regulating those flows, and the diverging economies that software like Torrent trackers and companies like Youtube, Netflix construct. By considering how the continuous experience of streaming relies on various politics of separation, re-ordering discrete elements on delivery, we will observe how the production, sharing and consumption of media is radically changing. Session organised with Martino Morandi.Read more..
reading session, research center
Monday Readings Databases
16 April 2018 / a.pass, 3rd floor
Stickyness, stopping points, consistency, routines, mnemosyne
This Monday Reading prepared with Sina Seifee will be dedicated to the intricate structures of the ubiquitous database. Browsing the tables and rows of this very website, we will try to graps the affordances and limits of organising the world as a collection of digital data.Read more..
reading session, research center
Monday Readings Keycards
19 March 2018 / a.pass, 3rd floor
Movement, security, smartness
For this Monday Reading we will follow the path of the keycard system that opens the outside doors at a.pass. What does it mean when opening a door becomes part of a data-flow?Read more..
reading session, research center
Monday Readings Local server
5 February 2018 / a.pass, 3rd floor
Servers and hosts
In the lexicon of networks, any computer connected to the Internet is called a host. This means that all computers have the ability to host content. But in the current paradigm of the Internet, some hosts are designated to be serving (servers), and other hosts are to be served (clients).Read more..
reading session, research center
Monday Readings Text processing
15 January 2018 / a.pass, 3rd floor
characters, language and code
This first Monday Reading will be dedicated to text processing. We will discuss concepts such as What You See Is What You Get (WISYWYG), the virtues of ascii, what the differences are between writing, language, code, formatting and markup, and how our keyboards perform.Read more..
forum, recent past
Kate Rich Critical Administration
30 January-3 February 2018 / a.pass 4th floor
Shaking down the entrepreneur
This workshop takes place in the devastated landscape of the Creative Economy. Dipping cautiously into realms of business and economics (in which artists are generally and probably wilfully unschooled), we will take a pigeon’s-eye view (scrappy, opportunistic, only occasionally vicious) of worn-out tropes such as entrepreneurialism, human capital and cultural enterprise.Read more..
reading session, research center
15 January-16 April 2018
Reading across technical tools and theoretical devices
In cultural institutions like a.pass, digital tools are used for communication, archiving, administration and production. These computational infrastructures depend more often than not on the services of tech giants and are put to use without too much space for reflection on how they actually work. If we want to bring technology within reach of interrogation and critique, how to break the spell of those paralysing regimes? How to shift the relationship from efficiency to curiosity; from scarcity to multiplicity and from solution to possibility?Read more..
forum, recent past
Nicolas Galeazzi pattern language for conditioning practices
19 January-23 March 2018
Sven Dehens Untitled Excursion
27 October 2017
Critical voicing, reading, enactment of Alien (1979). Process of audio-visual documentation. Generation of a subtext to the script.Read more..
Hoda Siahtiri If the past is really passed?!
25 October 2017
An introduction to co-experincing the others’ trauma
The city of Brussels is holding a part of my past. I will take you to one of the most historical places of Brussels. Please bring headphones if you have. It would be nice to have a piece of paper and pen. thanks.Read more..
Marialena Marouda Flemish Marine Institue: Marine Station Ostend (MSO)
17 November 2017
The excursion is a first encounter with the Flemish Marine Institute and its work. It includes a tour of the Marine Station and the Research Vessel Simon Stervin in the port of Ostend. Our guide will be André Cattrijsee, who is the “research infrastructure manager” of the FMI.
During this excursion, I propose for us to focus our attention on how the ocean is studied in a scientific context. What kind of language is used to describe it? And what kinds of instruments are used to measure it? What are the categories that result from those measurements? And what kind of ocean is produced as a result? As a score for this excursion, I therefore propose to shift slightly the way we listen and experience this tour of a marine research institution. Instead of simply following the content of what is said, could we also discern the knowledge dispositive within which this tour takes place? And how does this dispositive affect, finally, the “object” of its study?Read more..
Eszter Némethi War-/-Lace and Vertigo
3 November 2017
An excursion is a military term to describe a short entry to enemy territory without formal announcement of war. This excursion is an invitation to explore the ways in which spaces and materials can become instructions and how this relates to participation in complex systems. What is the the agency of things, participants and also the host. Can we listen to things in order to decipher their fictions? And can we remain complicated to each other? You will visit the Kantcentrum in Brugge and the NATO Headquarters in Evere . I will do my best to host you. You will be largely following instructions, reading, making, observing, walking and looking for gaps. You will then return to a playground for discussion at a.pass. I will make you dinner.Read more..
Luisa Fillitz A collection of Impressions
2 November 2017
Coming together in a place. Where and how do our perceptions, according to the surrounding/the place and the situation where we are, manifest themselves? Where and how can we locate them in our body? How is our intuitive reaction? Linked together in groups, we would then — following a score-proposal — try out how everybody`s own intuitional desire of where and how he/she wants to move is affecting the movement of the others in the group as well as their movement is affecting each one. Afterwards everybody is invited to create a zine in any form – according to ones wish – trying to remember the different impressions and the thoughts, feelings, that they provoked.Read more..
Leo Kay The time it takes to think
1 November 2017
How can we think together? How can we make Space for deep reflection on complex issues? How can we come close enough without intruding? How can we engage in group dialogue and take the time that is needed to think before producing more, contributing more to the system we are locked within?
A day of observing, listening, walking, kneading, thinking, talking and baking, as we navigate a critical socio/political issue that effects us all and will continue to affect us in the forceable future.
Elen Braga The masters meeting: A Journey to the unpromised land and the magic balls
31 October 2017
“- You shine through my atmosphere. And when you show up, my mountains move like bushes in the wind, and the rocks are scattered on all sides. I hear you. I hear an amazing bang like a storm to come. I hear the noise of thunder, the voice of demons, the winds, the monsters. The whole earth rises, dilating like the waves of the sea and my surface breaks down. My own ground seems to subside and… we need to find another ground to walk by: the unpromised land and the magics balls… “Read more..
Shervin Kianersi For to Know Nothing Is Nothing
30 October 2017
Imagine natural daylight, the best kind of light to see things clearly. Then imagine the light getting brighter and brighter, until it becomes so blindingly white that you are filled with anxiety. The information overload that we experience in our everyday lives is similar to that blinding light. Its origins date to the early 90s, when computer networks attained critical speeds and scales. Today, each of us yearns to be informed 24/7. The dictatorship of information creates in us a desire for round-the-clock information. We have become the organic components of an integrated global data and information system. Yet this yearning we feel is about our search for the Real, which a never-ending stream of information, that informs us only of the reality of facts, can neither satisfy nor fulfil. Because information is always directed at you. Information informs but is no guarantee of getting any closer to the truth. In fact, information sometimes operates as an obstacle to the truth. Instead, what if we started to filter out what we could of the information, in order to better understand the truth? What if we ignored information about the given facts and instead tried learn about something or someone for ourselves?
Geert Vaes La Flandre Profonde / Into The Heart Of Flanders
26 October 2017
‘Het Gezin Van Paemel’ (The Family Van Paemel) by Cyriel Buysse is a 114-year old theatre piece that’s still showing the flemish what it means to be flemish. The excursion will bring us to an amateur theatre company rehearsing the piece. Why are they, and with them lots of other amateur companies, still so interested in this piece? Why am I? My questioning will be mainly about one scene in particular: the son who goes to tell his father he’s leaving for America. An America he only knows through stories, an America that personifies a better life. How is this flemish identity created (the I) by the staying and the leaving? And how is America (the other) created? And isn’t all emigrating originating in ‘The America of the Soul’? How is this construction of I a mask/conditioning? How is history as a re-construction keeping all these notions in place? How will I go from here to using masks again? And how will I finally get out of Flanders?Read more..
Pia Louwerens From I to we
24 October 2017
Excavating reality together, at home
“From I to we” serves as an introduction into my practice inside its subjective core: my own home. After a performance the audience is invited to rewrite the script, rewarded with a warm meal cooked by the artist herself.Read more..
Eleanor Ivory Weber The World Today All In The Mind
23 October 2017
“…a 100% probability of nothing happening, and that’s often when it’s more interesting…”
– Peter Ryan, ABC Senior Business Correspondent, 2 October 2017
On Monday 23 October 2017, several todays, today. An instruction-based, public yet solo, listening & reading exercise, derived from radiowaves. Thinking about the public mind and testing what is produced from chance and structure. How language functions on different registers, at once, in time, and beyond us.Read more..
conversation, research center, talk
Close Encounters series A conversation-on-exhibition
25 January 2018 / Manchesterstraat 17 - 1080
Marcelo Rezende / Adrijana Gvozdenović
research center, talk
Close Encounters series A dialogue on Active Archives
27 January 2018 / Manchesterstraat 17 - 1080
Nicolas Malevé / Femke Snelting
Sina Seifee Little Fables of Practice Workshop
24-25 July 2017 / a.pass 4th floor
Jennifer Lacey Dance Workshop
10 July-14 June 2017
Settlement 11 Collective Schedule
a.pass seminar and master classes: The Document Transformed + Book Launch Juan Dominguez
22-24 June 2017 / La Bellone, Brussels
Curated by Sofia Caesar and Lilia Mestre, the public program “The Document Transformed” invites four practitioners that offer very distinct questions, methods, and proposals to problems related to documentation. Join Femke Snelting, Olga de Soto, Vincent Meessen, and Agency (Kobe Matthys), and others, for three days of presentations, screenings, performances and conversations. How does the document affect practices, bodies, histories, and experiences? The event brings together practices that not only give sight to the power relations engendered by apparatuses of documentation, but also move towards the transformation of the systems in which we produce history, law, art, and the body. Held in the context of The Problem of the Score, block curated by Lilia Mestre in the a.pass post-master research program and supported by a.pass.
This seminar is organized in collaboration with La Bellone – Brussels
To inscribe to the master-classes please send an email to email@example.com
JUNE 22-23-24 @ LA BELLONE
Rue de Flandre 46
Detailed program:Read more..
atelier, block information, recent past
Lilia Mestre The Medium Score
Thinking making together apart
The proposal for this block follows on previous iterations of scores as tools to practice dialogue or intersubjective formats for exchange in artistic research. ScoreScapes is an investigation of how scores can facilitate the relation between artistic research, documentation and knowledge processing.
If artistic research is an active and methodological search for ways to keep the viability of our relation with the world, then how can this search be mediated by scores? If artistic research engages in processes of awaking unseen phenomenological relations with what surrounds us, then how do we compose materials and thoughts? What is the performativity at stake on the sharing of those? What’s the relation between subjectivity and collectivity? What does that do to our individual practices and to the collective itself?
Vladimir Miller SETTLEMENT (11)
artistic research environment
During the days of May 22nd – June 4th 2017 a.pass will come together and host an open workspace called SETTLEMENT. In the course of these 14 days we will share our current work processes within an open collaborative workspace. We aim to create a poly-central gathering that is self-structured, self-organized and open to contributions from anyone. You are cordially invited to join this process by establishing your own space in the a.pass SETTLEMENT and sharing some of your ideas, practices or works with others. The materials and structures available at a.pass will be a common resource for all who join to create whatever is needed to facilitate this process. The schedule for these two week will be developed on site by its participants and shared online here:
Book Club #6 A STITCHED AND SPLIT HOSPITALITY
9 March 2017 / a.pass
Book Club Series / Laurence Rassel
Book Club #7 Politics of Speculative fabulation
10 March 2017 / a.pass
Book Club Series / Fabrizio Terranova
BOOK CLUB #8 ACCELERA.PASS
16 March 2017 / a.pass
Book Club Series / Michiel Vandevelde & Wouter De Raeve curated by Sébastien Hendrickx
reading session, talk
Book Club #5 Sacred Drift, a journey into political consciousness of sound
16 February 2017 / a.pass
Book Club Series / Peggy Pierrot
Book Club #2 Black Atlantic & Speculative Fiction
26 January 2017
Book Club Series
Book Clubs #3 & #4 Situated Knowledge
2-9 February 2017 / a.pass
Book Club Series / Sina Seifee
Myriam Van Imschoot TELESCOPING THE INTERVIEW
7-10 February 2017
three day intensive
reading session, talk
Book Club #1 COGNITIVE ESTRANGEMENT
19 January 2017 / a.pass
BOOK CLUB SERIES / Sol Archer
Helena Dietrich The Tea Party
14-15 March 2017 / a.pass
in search for an elastic alien self
Alice Chauchat worlding from this world
27 February-3 March 2017 / a.pass
this is not wishful thinking, it is speculating utopia from what is already there