Selection of the first research residency collective

One Field Fallow


“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

a.pass has been inviting collectives, existing or newly established ones on the occasion of this call, for a 2-month paid collective research residency. In total there will be three rounds, for this first round, with deadline June 9, we have made the selection of the first group!

In total we received 55 applications, our jury went through all the applications and selected 4 collectives with whom they had a conversation. Eventually, after listening to all 4 collectives, the jury (Heike Langsdorf, Lilia Mestre, Hendrik De Smedt, together with the 2 external jury members Ash Bulayev and Kopano Maroga) has unanimously decided to give the opportunity for this 1st call to the collective One Field Fallow (OFF), an already existing collective housing in a former night shop in Brussels.

During reading all the 55 application letters we received, it came clear that for us that this first round of residencies will focus on local collectives (based in Belgium or connected to in a concrete way). We believe that One Field Fallow has the greatest capacity to offer a radical experimentation of a collective re-imagining of institutional status quo, through the lens of lying fallow proposed by the Open Call. OFF is a Brussel based collective that already has a project-space ( a former night shop) type of collective space, and is already offering an alternative to the institutional status quo, through their ongoing activities (permaculture, public space commoning, an inclusive approach to their activities, open space and self-organization methods, etc.). Because of this we believe that this collective could benefit from the additional support and malleable infrastructure offered by our Open Call, in order to expand and focus (even if temporary during the timeline of the Open Call) their experimentation and institutional reimagining enabled by the financial and other resources offered by the Open Call. They will start in September and will spread the residency over 5 months. Soon we will give more info about their residency program, in the meantime, find out who they are by following this link.


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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