RE:SOURCE Residency | Part 2: The Sanctuary

Open Call for Netherlands based artists


RE:SOURCE OPEN CALL 2: The Sanctuary

FIBER x Semibreve | 6 - 16 November

Continuing with the second part of our Reassemble Residency, FIBER Festival is now collaborating with the Portuguese Semibreve team inviting artistic makers and thinkers to respond to the second RE:SOURCE Open Call: The Sanctuary.

This open call encourages artists, designers, and artistic researchers based in the Netherlands to conduct artistic research around the captivating scenery encompassed within the Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Gerês-Xurês, located in the North Region of Portugal as well as the Autonomous Community of Galicia in Spain. This will lead to the creation of an art installation.




The territory’s importance as a site of natural and cultural heritage is recognized by UNESCO adding it to The World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The varieties of landscapes – reaching from mountain ranges to rivers and low valleys – as well as various microclimates encompassed within the area enable an impressive diversity of species and habitats. These qualities also allow the reserve to be an ideal home for numerous migratory species, offering them refuge and safety outside of their natural habitats. 

Qualities of interconnectedness and symbiosis, allow diverse species of animals and plants to thrive; the territory also embodies an element of separation, as it hosts the border of two countries, Portugal and Spain. Divided by man-made borders and united by nature, culture, and history, the site offers interdisciplinary perspectives on and guidance towards dealing with changes and interactions between social and ecological systems.

The Sanctuary

A sanctuary is more than just a physical space, it provides refuge, comfort, and safety to those seeking shelter. Originally, the term referred to the idea that something important – something holy or someone loved – was kept within the boundaries of a sanctuary. Focusing on the preservation of something or someone. Quickly the meaning got extended to places of safety and protection from various possible threats. And within a sanctuary, there is balance, where diverse species cooperate, allowing the ecosystem to thrive, and where knowledge and secrets are kept.

Understanding the Sanctuary as the beginning of an artistic exploration into histories of transformation, regeneration, and conservation, what can we learn from the site for a more sustainable interaction between us humans and nature? Can we trace, visualize or speculate on the many symbiotic relationships that are preserved here? Guiding us towards future imaginaries of our society and the natural world around us, what can we take from illuminating and understanding the entanglement between the biosphere reserve’s inhabitants and the intricate life they create? Are you an artistic maker and thinker interested in exploring these themes and have you already done research into the topics, connecting them to bigger questions around the current climate emergency? Then we encourage you to apply to our second open call!

Criteria & Application Process

  • First site visit: 2 – 4 October 2023
  • Residency: 6 – 16 November 2023
  • Work Presentation: 15 – 16 December 2023


Research and a physical installation developed during this residency will be showcased from 15 to 16 December 2023 in Braga, Portugal. Please keep in mind that the work is not shown during the Semibreve Festival in October but within the context of a different event. Stay tuned for more information!


We extended the deadline to apply for this open call. This open call closes on 23 August 23:59 CET. 



When applying, you are asked to work with / reflect on the following areas of research:

  • Ecological reality & biodiversity of the reserve
  • Specific plant or animal species
  • Conservation, preservation & regeneration
  • Communication and cooperation between these diverse species
  • Transborder territory
  • Future imaginaries of interconnectedness

Feel free to focus on one or more of these areas as well as build on them to derive new angles.

Check our FAQ section for more details about these research areas.


  • € 5000 artist fee
  • € 2500 production costs (including material costs, material transportation costs, rental of local gear/tools
  • Travel & Accommodation
    • First Site Visit | 2 – 4 October
    • Residency | 6 – 16 November
  • On-site work space
  • Opportunity to meet and learn from people who know more about the area and its unique
  • Guidance by the FIBER and Semibreve teams


  • Call Open: 
    • Open: 4 July 2023
    • Deadline: 23 August 2023
  • First site visit: 2 – 4 October 2023
  • Residency: 6 – 16 November 2023
  • Work Presentation: 15 – 16 December 2023

Application process

We warmly welcome makers based in the Netherlands to apply. This does not require a Dutch identity / nationality, but it does require a Dutch address where you are currently based or live. Additionally, you need to be registered as an artist at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. Based on a number of questions, and a research and project proposal, we accept applications. Applications from artists living outside the Netherlands, or who do not have a strong and current relationship with the Dutch art sector and creative industry, will not be accepted. 

A few days after your submission, you will hear from us whether everything is complete, and we can officially accept your application.

You can apply by filling in a Google Form. Within the form we ask you to provide a written proposal for your research project and a written description of a possible presentation form or medium for an installation derived from that research. This does not have to actually be the final outcome, but what you are thinking of right now. Additionally, you have the option to share visual/audiovisual impressions of the possible work you are thinking of.

Are you in doubt about whether you are eligible for the open call? Or do you experience any other barriers to participation? We are committed to discussing options. This can also be done after submitting the open call information. Please contact us directly at

Selection process

The FIBER Festival team will work closely together with the Semibreve team to make a final selection, based on a submitted motivation, a project proposal, and the match between the artistic practice and the call subject. The team is: FIBER: Jarl Schulp and Allegra Greher / Semibreve: Rafael Machado and Luís Fernandes.


Earlier this year, FIBER Festival launched the project RE:SOURCE, taking the Reassemble Labs international. Artistic makers and thinkers working towards increasing ecological and geological awareness were encouraged to apply to the first one of two European Residencies. This first residency, set up and made possible in close collaboration with the NEW NOW Festival, is a fact and its first research outcomes can now be visited until the beginning of August at the Zeche Zollverein in Essen as part of the exhibition of the NEW NOW Festival 2023. The second residency will take place in the biosphere reserve Gerês-Xurês in Braga (Portugal) beginning of November and will be realised in symbiosis with the Semibreve Festival.


Semibreve Festival (Auaufeiomau)

The Semibreve Festival, organised since 2011 by AUAUFEIOMAU has established itself as an inescapable event in the current national and international exploratory electronic music scene. Under programs designed from the local and heritage specificities of the city of Braga, respecting principles of inclusiveness, diversity and community, the Semibreve presented, over the years, shows, orders and installations by some of the most relevant artists today, also maintaining an active role in the promotion of digital art in the North of Portugal.

AUAUFEIOMAU is a cooperative that develops its own programming initiatives, especially focused on music and sound. Activities such as the SEMIBREVE Festival, Ocupa Festival, Ciclo da Fragua, and working with partners like GNRation, which always aim to stimulate new areas of sound exploration, promote opportunities for artists to develop their projects, relate to the communities where they work, thus increasing interest in the arts.



Transboundary Biosphere reserve Gerês-Xurês

The Gerês-Xurés Transboundary Biosphere Reserve (RBTGX) was declared on May 27, 2009, by UNESCO, and is located in the Autonomous Community of Galicia (Spain) and the North Region (Portugal). With an area of ​​267,958 ha, of protected territory in two natural spaces divided by borders, but united by the characteristics of nature and culture. With a dense hydrographic network, ecosystems in a good state of conservation, fauna and flora species of exceptional interest for the conservation of nature and biodiversity, the Geres Xurés Transfrontier Biosphere Reserve constitutes in many aspects the differences that enrich our natural heritage and cultural, a unique reality that requires permanent collaboration in defence and revaluation.



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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