HECTOLITRE is a space dedicated to artists who wish to delve deeper into their projects, experiment with transdisciplinarity and connect their art form/research to the neighborhood. The artists living and working at HECTOLITRE are co-joining interconnected community rings, together with involved neighbors, socio-cultural activists, local and international artists/curators.
HECTOLITRE is also an unusual building in the heart of the Marolles neighborhood undergoing a radical change of identity. Former swingers club, then storage for antiques, the space is filled with peculiar Art Brut interventions, resembling a kind of «memory forest». The visually and symbolically complex surrounding is not perceived as an obstacle, but rather as a living system who accepts, associates, questions and experiences. Hectolitre hosts exhibitions, performances, musical encounters, film projections, debates and other initiatives; the complementarity among its artists, curators, creatives and neighbors inhabits the place and catalyzes exchange.
ABOUT THE RESIDENCY
Residence of Reflection is a three to six months long residency programme dedicated to research artists, curators, writers, critics and thinkers interested in working in Brussels. Nine international artists/curators have participated in Residence of Reflection since 2019 and those are Oscar Cassamajor (Belgium), Belén Charpentier (Argentina), Federica Buzzi (Italy), Patrice Qi (Netherland), Leïla Guinnefollau (France), Anna Ill (Spain), Danielle Freakley (Australia/Seychelles), Federica Fantini (Italy) and Naama Freedman (Israel).
The residency is an opportunity to work in a hybrid art space, prototype, experiment, reflect and interact with professional community, city, peculiar memory of the space, and beyond.
- There is no specific medium or discipline, but writing, audio/video, performance-based works are preferred.
- There is no subject or method preference, but portfolios rendering contextual and participatory reflection, as well as a research approach, will have advantage.
- The residency is open to people from all over the world, within the travel possibility defined by actual sanitary measures at Belgium.
- Residency takes place at Studio Hectolitre, an hybrid living&working space oriented towards art, culture and film which is found on the 3rd and 4th floor.
- Common working and living spaces are located on the 3rd floor with desk space, kitchen, meeting rooms, edit room, toilet and access to rooftop terrace. The venues are shared with a small community of artists and cultural operators who are working at Hectolitre. Additional shared working spaces include Trait d’Union (open community space at ground-level), Reactor and garden, depending on the nature of the work and project. (See: http://hectolitre.space/espaces.html).
- Nighttime residency space is located on the 4th floor. There are two big private rooms with a balcony (30m2) and one small private room of 12m2. Shared bathroom and a toilet is shared only with residents on the 4th floor.
- The project’s audio-video equipment and material is available for use (projectors, sound system, podcast system, power tools, etc.)
- Working language is English and/or French.
- The working spaces are in accordance with the Covid-19 measures.
Time frame and workflow
- The duration of the residency is three to six months, depending on associated private nighttime space. Small private room hosts an artist for no longer than 3 months, and two bigger private rooms host from 3 to 6 months.
- Residents will receive assistance in local networking and communication and are invited to participate in team-meetings, project’s development and community activities.
- At the end of the residence, the public presentation/talk or exhibition/performance will take place at HECTOLITRE, depending on that-time Covid measures.
Costs and financing
- HECTOLITRE does not cover the costs of travel, nor has a budget allocated for production.
- HECTOLITRE covers 50% of the accommodation and studio costs, and selected participants are invited to provide the following 50%, which is 200 Euro/month for the smaller private room and 400 Euro/month for the big private room. Both options include working space and all building and internet charges.
- HECTOLITRE provides an invitation letter, but can’t not search for external residency funding.
How to apply
In order to answer the open call, please prepare the following info/documents:
- Portfolio ( visual or writing; .pdf or the URL)
- CV (.pdf or the URL)
- Project idea/intention (.pdf; 300 words max)
- Time period (specify the period you apply for)
- Specify the size of the private space (small or big nighttime space)
Email address: email@example.com
Subject: Residence of Reflection” + period and space you apply for.
Ongoing deadline, accordingly the availability.
August 01 / - one residency 3 to 6 months
September 01 - one residency of 3 months and one residency 3 to 6 months.
A working group of international artists and cultural professionals evaluates the propositions, based on the relevance to the residency project, socio-cultural-artistic intention, feasibility and impact on the HECTOLITRE project.
We don’t expect a fully elaborated working plan or project. The research should be an independent and site-specific initiative, adjusted for a 3 to 6 months residency, but resulting in a concrete reflection.
More info about HECTOLITRE: www.hectolitre.space