Elke Van Campenhout
Every block, a.pass organizes some ‘b-workshops’: workshops that focus on the basic principles of a.pass as a working environment. Every b-workshop is accompanied by a reader of texts and information that will be the starting point for discussion and a platform for (re)-thinking the a.pass working environment. In the upcoming blocks we will gather around topics like ‘collaboration’, ‘self-organization’, ‘tools, cases and other methodologies for artistic research’, ‘feedback and critique’, ‘collaborative work spaces’, ‘transdisciplinary research practices’, ‘What is political about research?’, ‘Who’s afraid of the Institute?’, etc... (New topics are always welcome!).
We strongly invite you to take part in at least one b-workshop per block, since these moments of discussion about the basics of the environment we work in, offer us the opportunity to start building a common ground of references that can make the positioning of every individual’s project more transparent and more easily communicable.
This first b-workshop on ‘collaboration and collaborative learning’ opens up the field of collaborative practices as ‘open collectives’, as it grew in the artistic practices of the last 10-15 years. We try to get a grip on the social, political, economic and aesthetic context that has produced this proclivity for communal working, and look at some interesting examples of collaborative research projects. This b-workshop is a Reading Sessions workshop: text and discussion based.