Thematic residency: Re-invent the party

For the last three years Arc has been a residency for research, that allows time and space for artists and other practitioners to reflect on their practice. We encourage transversal exchange and dialogue, under the motto “making is thinking”. 

Once a year, we throw a Spring party: an Open House where the audience can get to know several artists who have been in residency over the past year, discover their research, participate in their projects and have a drink with them. It is also a moment for the Arc community to come together, for artists to share work and exchange with each other… and for everyone to party together. 

After three Spring Parties, it feels important to re-think this public event. Not only has Arc opened up to a local and wider audience, and its community and network been constituted, but also the art field in general has evolved. There is less and less time and space for artistic research. Artists and art institutions are increasingly pushed to produce results. How can we present artistic research against the backdrop of this market? 

By bringing together former Arc residents from different fields in February 2018, we will re-invent the party. We will explore what artistic research is, and why it is important to share it with others. How do you present and communicate it? Who do you address, and how do you invite them? What are the ideal conditions? Alongside this we will de-construct the “party” or “fête” in a broader sense and think about public moments and artist gatherings. 

The common objective of the week will be to come up with a format for a public moment/ gathering / event/ thing at Arc in June 2018. A new way to share artistic research. 

This thematic residency is developed by Sally De Kunst, Sheila Ghelani and Gosie Vervloessem. 

Participants: Sally De Kunst (director Arc), Sheila Ghelani (artist), Jonas Gillmann (artist), Ward Goes (designer / anthropologist), Renaud Loda (artist/curator), Jacek Smolicki (artist / designer), Vreni Spieser (artist), Gosie Vervloessem (artist) and Conrad Willems (artist).