About CCQO

The Culture Commons Quest Office (CCQO) is an interdisciplinary research community of artists, activists, academics and commoners within the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA – Antwerp University).

The CCQO focuses on the interaction between culture and society with a special attention for the commons and the semi-public domain as a third space between the government and the market, between the private and the public sphere. We understand research as a quest in which reality is not only studied and described, but also co-created on the border of imagination and reality. We see culture as a sensemaking praxis at the base of society that gives meaning to one’s own life, as well as to artistic, ecological, economic, political and social practices.

The CCQO supports research about, in and with the arts that, in addition to traditional academic output, can result in artistic performances, exhibitions, films, novels, design, podcasts, opinion pieces, essays, books and atlases. The Office also provides policy advice and actively participates in the sustainable and commons-based transformation of organizations, living and working environments.

Illustration by Karina Beumer

CCQOfficers collaborate on a voluntary basis or are supported through self-acquired funds ranging from traditional cultural and academic funds (ERC, Horizon, Creative Europe, FWO, BOF, academic funding, culture grants) to funding through research and other assignments from cultural organizations and various governments.


Please read about the different individual (research) projects on the projects page.