'Kitchen.apass.be' is an open source digital platform, programed and design by OSP for a.pass, to support the researchers in a process of exchange by enabling collaborative documentation and discussion. This platform is conceived as a website that can host the written, visual and sonic materials used during the processes of research. It will enable collective note-taking, co-writing and simple publishing. This tool is developed through thinking about the continuous processes of documentation and share-ability that are essential in research practices. Being open source is an important aspect of the new platform, which desires to be an accomplice in new forms of digital exchange, including free software, Free Art Licence and Creative Commons, all of which are in alliance with a.pass’ political orientation.
Artistic research in apass
Artistic research cannot exist. a.pass does not consider artistic research as a discipline but as an inclusive library of heterogeneous, impermanent, precarious yet rigorous constructions, modulating singular relations between art, research, theory, practice, aesthetics and politics. a.pass affirms the paradoxical fact that if artistic research were to crystallize into a normed set of parameters determining it as a discipline, artistic research would cease to exist. Only as a non-discipline can artistic research create the conditions for a generative field that hosts multiple sites of intersection between academia and art, as well as methodological conflicts critical discursive inventiveness and continuous experimentation with tentative sub-categories – all interconnected through hybrid artistic practices.
The search for transversality in and between different categories of knowledge and practices is intrinsically necessary to address the complexity of contemporary problems in general and for artistic research in particular. Critical transversality is one of our most valuable assets and a.pass is not alone in practicing this. However, many institutional frameworks are still more inclined to segregate practices into disciplines and professions, trimmed to be economically viable.a.pass is a platform to experiment with these questions. It is not only dedicated to providing and channeling such transversality as a pedagogic and aesthetic concept, but also seeks to generate transversality as a critical instituting practice. Needing to provide frameworks for crossing between problematics, people, practices, perspectives, fields of knowledge, materials, etc., critical transversality becomes a.pass’ primary live source. The energy revealed by crossing through fields of knowledge is the one that nourishes and provides positive criticality toward the status quo. However, to criticality reflect upon the very need for transversality is as much part of a.pass’ self-understanding as is the criticality that it produces through practicing such transversality.
Publishing in apass
At a.pass, we open up document, archive and publication as processes of making-public by engaging with the performativity of these concepts. In this sense, they are methodologies for practicing artistic research. The program seeks to to find public formats or outlets for research in the course of its development. One of a.pass’ underlying methodologies is to develop publications that don't regard knowledge, art making, aesthetics, context and politics as separate communication channels. Publication is seen as a witnessed process of simultaneous artistic creation, contextualization and doubt. We address publication under the hybrid transdisciplinary term of ‘performative publishing’, a concept coined to contain the multiplicity of publishing practices present at a.pass and at the same time to sharpen the question of the publication’s purpose within the sphere of artistic knowledge production. We ask: How do publications perform? What are their aims and inner workings? How do they activate the criticality of the viewer? Documenting is an inherent part of the process of research, whether this process becomes a publication or not. a.pass accompanies the way in which researchers may take notes, sketch, draft, draw, make diagrams, assemble different types of information, relate concepts and materialities. The way the information is gathered is significant to ways of thinking, organizing and bringing the research into shape. During the program, researchers are invited to think their trajectory at a.pass as a transversal crossing of ways of doing, theories and aesthetics. They are asked to pay attention to the hinges that provoke questions, criticality, etc., and to develop forms of notation that resonate with their research. The work on documentation delineates possible forms of publishing that can integrate several mediums and be individual or collective.