What is the purpose of this residency?
The aim of the residency is to provide a space for makers and thinkers to artistically explore histories of resource extraction, transformation, regeneration, and conservation as well as connect them to bigger questions around the current climate emergency. It is a place to gain and exchange knowledge and learn from the context and history of the location hosting the residency. The outcome of the residency is a first prototype of an installation artwork, which will be presented in Portugal as part of the public programme of the residency. After the residency the work can also be presented by FIBER in Amsterdam.
What are the research areas of the residency?
When applying, you are asked to work with / reflect on the following areas of research:
- Explore the ecological reality of the landscape; the delicate balance and biodiversity:
- Zoom in on unique species of plants and animals living together in the area
- Explore the communication between these various species
- Provoke new ways of perceiving and appreciating the natural world around us
- Reflect on the site’s qualities of providing shelter and refuge to various migratory species
- Reflect on the element of separation as enforced by man-drawn boundaries within the sanctuary:
- Reflect on the influence of the transborder quality on the area
- Think about how it might influence the various species within the territory
- Question what we can learn from the sanctuary when it comes to the borders that we are confronted with within our human societies
- Reflect on themes of conservation and regeneration derived from the reserve
- How can we start to de-centering ourselves, the human, from the perception of a thriving ecosystem?
- Think about future imaginaries derived from the interconnectedness represented within the area as well as other qualities of the space
Feel free to focus on one or more of these areas as well as build on them to derive new angles.
What do I get from participating in this residency?
This residency offers you the opportunity to further develop your own project, experiments, and research in relation to landscapes of regeneration, cooperation and conservation, more-than-human systems, non-human communication, and much more. In the end, you will be able to present your work from 15 – 16 December 2023 in Braga, Portugal. More information about this event will be published later, stay tuned.
Where is the residency taking place?
The residency is taking place at the biosphere reserve Gerês-Xurês, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Braga (Portugal).
Can I also attend if I am not available for the full 10 days of the residency?
Unfortunately, this is not possible. To participate in this residency you have to be present during all the days of the residency.
How does the open call work?
We work with an open call structure to find out more about anyone who wants to participate in the residency. We do this in order to give everyone curious to be part of the residency a fair chance. Based on the submissions, our team will make a decision together with the Semibreve team.
How am I being financially supported during this residency?
If you are selected to take part in the residency, we will offer you an artistic fee of € 5000 as well as cover € 2500 worth of material costs. We will provide an on-site working space for you during the residency, as well as the opportunity to meet and learn from other artists working with Semibreve. We are also taking care of your travels and accommodation.
Do I have to pay for my accommodation?
No, you do not have to pay for your accommodation. This will be covered by both organisations.
Do I have to pay for my travel?
No, you do not have to pay for your travels. The travel costs, based on the amount of visits specified earlier, are paid by FIBER.
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