HECTOLITRE covers 50% of the accommodation costs, and offers studio, communication, networking and possibility to engage the building or intersect the coexisting projects. HECTOLITRE has no budget allocated for production, but will assist with available material and a help will come from professional community working and living in-situ.
The artist covers the following 50% of accommodation costs, which is in total 600 euros (for three months period). HECTOLITRE provides an invitation letter, but can’t help with the search for external residency funding.
In order to answer the open call, please prepare the following info/documents, and email to [email protected] with the subject: “Residence of Reflection”:
HECTOLITRE is a venue 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 systems that 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.
Residence of Reflection is a three-months long residency programme dedicated to research artists, curators, writers, critics and thinkers interested in working in Brussels. The residency has been paused from the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, but the organisers are going to relaunch for artists living within Belgium, and neighboring countries of Netherlands, France, Germany and Luxembourg (within the sanitary measures).
The residency invites artists/thinkers to reflect on the subjects of community and/or memory, as these are the two main challenges of the project of HECTOLITRE. How to connect communities that coexist in a single neighborhood? How do we speak about an unusual building with a peculiar memory? How do we go beyond the legacy of the building? What does it mean to create a memory of growing relations and exchanges? How to place an artist within a community and strengthen a collectivity within art?
Applications are currently open for the periods of: March-May; June-August 2021.
The research should be an independent and site-specific initiative, adjusted for a 3-month residency, but resulting in a concrete reflection communicated publicly through a talk, performance, installation or screening (depending on the actual sanitary situation).
Artists/thinkers-in-residence will have a cozy room in a flat-share with two other artists, access to a rooftop and other common venues (kitchen, meeting rooms, edit room) within the Studio Hectolitre, a hybrid living&working space oriented toward art, culture and film.
Artists/thinkers-in-residence will have access to private working space at Trait d’Union (open community space), or a desk-based working station, depending on the nature of the work.
An atypical building with venues adaptable to shared studios, exhibitions, performing arts, encounters and presentation, vitrine art, co-working.