Open Call Residency in Speculative Design

Residency in June 2018 in Namur (Belgium)

The Goethe-Institut in collaboration with KIKK Festival, its Creative Hub & Fab Lab TRAKK and the cultural center Les Abattoirs de Bomel are awarding a grant for a residency project on SPECULATIVE DESIGN. The residency program will take place in Namur from the 1st of June to the 1st of July 2018.

The project is aimed at artists, students and recent graduates in the art and/or design field. People with backgrounds in other disciplines are also welcome to submit their applications. We are inviting two residents in total: one from Germany and one from Belgium. To be eligible you need to be resident in one of the 2 countries (for at least 2 years) or have the country’s nationality.

Abattoirs de Bomel © Jonas Leupe / Picture in header: © Caroline Wolewinski, Wrong moves, Dead ends – Speculative Design Residency 2017

Abattoirs de Bomel © Jonas Leupe / Picture in header: © Caroline Wolewinski, Wrong moves, Dead ends – Speculative Design Residency 2017

The subject of the residency is the pursuit of speculative design / design fiction / critical design

Critical design allows for speculation on how the future could look like and therefore enables a debate over the forms of the future we wish for (or reject). Design fiction enables interactions and discussions about a possible future, that would otherwise not exist, or only to a small degree. It renders specific visions of the future tangible for participants in real life and allows for a fundamental discussion.

The project is a cooperation between three partners: the Goethe-Institut Brussels, the globally active cultural institute of the German Federal Republic, Les Abattoirs de Bomel, a new, interdisciplinary cultural center of the Wallonian capital Namur with rooms for exhibitions and residencies and the KIKK Festival. This annual festival for creative and digital culture researches how new technologies will affect art, science and design. The creative hub TRAKK, which belongs to the festival and is a space for collective, multidisciplinary design, places its laboratory (Fab Lab: FABrication LABoratory) at the residents’ disposal.

The residents’ main focus should lie on acquainting themselves with new technologies within the TRAKK laboratory while benefiting from professional assistance. A final product is not compulsory. The residents are free in the realization of their projects. They may choose to create a project in collaboration with the other resident. After consultation with the organizers, the project may also be exhibited at the KIKK Festival in November.

During their residency, the artists will have to participate in a cultural activity to share details about their work practice or research with the audience of Abattoirs de Bomel. It can be a workshop, a talk, a discussion or anything else. This will be decided with the artists during their stay in Namur.

Here is a video of last year's residency program:

The grant includes:

  • A total budget of €10.000 (€5.000 per resident). This includes the expenses for materials, food and travel for a period of four weeks.

  • A private flat (39 to 47m2) with a bathroom, kitchen nook, space to sleep and work and access to the internet.

  • Access to the TRAKK Fab Lab, including the use of all machines (3D printer, cutting plotter, milling machine with numerical control, laser cutter, wood working tools, and other technology) and on-site assistance.

  • Use of the studios within the Abattoirs de Bomel (wood working, iron working and screen printing studios; assistance and introduction by the technical management)

CNC milling machine at TRAKK Namur.

CNC milling machine at TRAKK Namur.


Please submit your application to Julian Volz ( until the 4th of March 2018 including the following documents:

  • CV in French or English

  • Personal statement in French or English

  • Project outline with images and technical drawings, if possible in French or English.

  • We also accept unfinished projects, which could use further funds in order to be completed, or finished projects, which could use further funds in order to be expanded upon. In the latter case, please outline how further funds will help your project.

  • Budget planning in French or English

The jury meeting will take place in April. The applicants will be informed about the decisions at the beginning of May 2018.


working spaces at Abattoirs de Bomel © Jean-François Flamey

working spaces at Abattoirs de Bomel © Jean-François Flamey

Download the call


TRAKK & KIKK Festival | Marie du Chastel

KIKK Festival:
Other KIKK projects:


Goethe-Institut Brüssel | Jana J. Haeckel, Julian Volz



Abattoirs de Bomel | Marylène Toussaint