The G.INCUBATOR OR G.IN is a research and/or creation residency process established over 4 weeks per year for emerging artists in the performing arts. Within the G.IN, artists put their project to the test of space: how to live in a residency space? how to let the residency space inhabit them? how to share this space with other artists and the public? The process is divided into 3 temporalities: 1 week of writing, 2 weeks of research, 1 week of experimentation with the pubic and within the framework of the OFFestival. During these different weeks of work, the artists can help each other by meeting other artists, students, professionals who can intervene in the process in the form of debates, workshops, meetings, etc.
Concretely, the G.IN is interested in the emergence of the artist’s project. Taken as a pretext for research, the project is questioned, put to the test, explored in various forms through encounters with other artists, performing arts professionals or the public. These encounters are discussed beforehand, organised on a case-by-case basis, in the course of the collaborations always sought with structures, such as art schools, theatres, festivals or structures whose mission is the professionalisation of artists.
In a broader sense and through its proposals, the G.IN reflects on the conditions for the emergence of stage ideas. How does an idea come about? What are the essential ingredients for scenic discoveries? In this sense, G.IN’s mission is to create and develop the conditions of error, chance or misunderstanding that are considered fundamental in the search for stage ideas, overturning the classical frameworks of residency work. Thus, hybrid formulas, such as writing residencies workshop-creation, co-residency, are proposed to artists, who are invited to mix private/public, fictional/real spaces, move their points of view, reverse roles, etc.
The writing residency
The writing residency is a moment of debate, brainstorming, questioning and verbal confrontation. This residency often takes place at the beginning of the process, although it can sometimes take place elsewhere, depending on the needs of each project. The aim is to question the dramaturgy of the project, the possible writings around its theme, the technical means necessary for its realisation, etc. On this occasion, the project can become the pretext for a meeting with artists from the world of writing (scriptwriters, writers, art critics, journalists, etc.), a meeting that can take the form of a workshop or a debate aimed at finding dramaturgical scenarios around the theme of the artist’s project. The idea is to bring together the diversity of tools and techniques for writing a novel, comic book, film script, etc. and thus question the format of the project from the very beginning of the research.
The workshop – creation
The workshop – creation is a 2-week process where the artist works with a group of participants – students in a workshop, integrating the dramaturgical issues of his project as well as his stage vocabulary. He will use the group and the diversity of points of view on his proposal and will try to identify its edges in order to arrive at a presentation on the last day before an informed audience. The idea here is to focus on the effect of the time spent together searching, which inevitably ends up making the result visible – like a deposit of mud at the bottom of the pond – rather than looking for a product to present. The formula is meant to be challenging for all the partners in the experiment: students can experience a lightning process leading to a public presentation; the creative artist experiences leading a group and testing these ideas; the audience is placed in the role of witness to a process rather than as consumers of a product; the G.IN re-evaluates its objective of the emergence of the artist’s ideas and project.
A co-residency is a co-habitation, or co-working of two or more artists working on their individual projects at the same time in the studio. Depending on the cases or possible collaborations, it can be a G.IN artist and an artist from elsewhere, or from another artistic discipline, or two or more G.IN artists. The idea here is to share a space by observing the effects of this co-habitation on each artist’s project. How the atmosphere, the objects, the universe of one project influences the other project and vice versa, without trying to combine them and without any obligation of result, but letting oneself be contaminated by the difference in approach and functioning of the others.
Residency in the home of the inhabitant
In the spirit of forging links between artistic creation and everyday life, Garage29 offers Schaerbeek’s neighbours and residents the opportunity to host an artist in residence in their homes. The idea here is to take advantage of a different working environment, while sharing the living space and daily life of the inhabitants. Workshops, back houses, gardens, huts, garages, verandas, attics, lounges, some neighbours have unusual spaces to offer to the artists invited to observe and multiply the dialogues with their future public from the basis of their project which develops while remaining close to the people and societal realities.
The open residency
The open residency, usually at the end of the process, is a week that builds on all the experimentation done so far and reflects on how to welcome and involve the public in experimenting with the artist. The “public” will be any person or group of people welcomed during a presentation. But the very idea of presentation is itself redefined because it is a question of moving away from the classic modality of public presentation to allow us to explore all together. What is sought is to find a formula for public presentation, which is not necessarily the final form of the show, and where the audience is led to give live feedback, calling on their reactivity and spontaneity. During the public residency, the artists can question the way they want to relate to the public, and multiply the ways of welcoming, in groups, in personalised meetings, several times during the week, etc. This week usually takes place during the OFFestival in May.