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. Eight international artists/curators have participated in Residence of Reflection during years of 2019-2021: 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.
The research should be an independent and site-specific initiative, adjusted for a 3 to 6 months residency, but resulting in a concrete reflection communicated publicly through a talk, performance, installation or screening (depending on the actual sanitary situation).
- 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.
- 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.
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.
An atypical building with venues adaptable to shared studios, exhibitions, performing arts, encounters and presentation, vitrine art, co-working. The project’s audio-video equipment and material is available for use (projectors, sound system, podcast system, power tools, etc.)
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. 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.