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A-I-R Laboratory CCA in Warsaw - Open Call for International Artists 2012, Poland



TIME: A three month long residency between 15.03–15.06.2012
Deadline for applications: 31.01.2012

Please send the portfolio to: [email protected]
Additional audio and video materials on CD/DVD are kindly asked to be sent to:
Open Call, artists-in-residence laboratory
Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski
ul. Jazdów 2
00-467 Warszawa, Poland

The artists-in-residence programme laboratory at the Centre for Contemporary Art at the Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw announces an Open Call for international artists and researchers working in the fields of visual and performing arts, as well as design and architecture, to take part in their 2012 residency.

Artists would be invited to work on research conducted within the the frames of Studio Warszawa (Studio Warsaw), a platform for conducting artistic research projects on the basis of an international residency and study programme. Studio Warszawa is based on collaboration between various cultural organisations in Warsaw and involves the mutual use and exchange of resources. The programme features a regular series of seminars with the participation of A-I-R’s residents and organised by A-I-R in conjunction with the Institute of Polish Culture.

The organizers would like selected artists to respond to a proposed topic:
Images as endangered species
“Images are more real than anyone could have supposed. And just because they are an unlimited resource, one that cannot be exhausted by consumerist waste, there is all the more reason to apply the conservationist remedy. If there can be a better way for the real world to include the one of images, it will require an ecology not of real things, but of images as well.” (On Photography, Susan Sontag)

Selected artists are asked to join and enrich research on the relations between people and images in the times of proliferation of self-representation demands from a variety of groups in public spaces. A popular diagnosis regarding “image overproduction” engages images in an ecological discourse. Taking up this language, we want to ask questions about the possibility of engaging in practices of image recycling, ethical stances of image production and dissemination; the symbiosis of people and images; efforts of determining the "healthy" number of images in an urban environment; as well as endangered kinds of images (exemplified by the fear of the passing away of analogue photography).

The choice will be made based on the quality of portfolios presenting past projects and a motivation letter, including the artist statement. The description of the proposed project to be realized in Warsaw is not obligatory and will not influence the results of the call.

The organizers are offering:

  • Individual living space connected with the working space
  • Grant of 3000 PLN per month / approx. 700 EUR
  • Travel costs reimbursement up to 1600 PLN / approx. 370 EUR
  • Project budget of 3000 PLN / approx. 700 EUR

How to apply:

Portfolio - electronic version – preferred format: pdf – in English, including:
1. documentation of selected works
2. artist’s statement
3. letter of motivation - short explanation why you want to take part in our program
4. CV

* The submitted materials will not be returned.
* In 2012 A-I-R Laboratory will announce two more thematic Open Calls for international artists.
Deadline for applications: 01.03.2012
Open Calls to be announced soon.

The Artists-In-Residence Laboratory:

The A-I-R Laboratory program has been organizing residencies for international artists at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw since 2003. In parallel, it seeks to promote Polish artists internationally by facilitating their participation in creative residencies hosted by the laboratory’s partner programs throughout the world. At present the A-I-R Laboratory can host up to seven artists at one time in studios placed in the CCA and the adjacent Laboratory building opened in 2010.

Resident artists receive an opportunity to present their projects to a public at the CCA as lectures, projections, public discussions, exhibitions and performances. The laboratory also strives to encourage visiting artists to realize their work in the public spaces of Warsaw or in one of the A-I-R Laboratory’s numerous independent partner galleries.

More: www.csw.art.pl/air

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Institute of Polish Culture at University of Warsaw:

The Institute of Polish Culture at the University of Warsaw (IKP) is a leading academic centre in Poland in the field of culture studies. An anthropological approach constitutes the theoretical foundation for both the research programme and the curriculum which includes courses covering the anthropology of culture, anthropology of the word, anthropology of performance, and – most importantly for the residency programme – anthropology of film and visual culture. Courses are based on inquiry into the nature and the historical uses of the basic media of culture: word, performance, image, as well as their technical actualizations: spectacle, different genres of literature, film, photography, mobile and digital media and so forth.

Contact: [email protected]

More: www.ikp.uw.edu.pl

The Bęc Zmiana Foundation:

The Bęc Zmiana Foundation is a non-profit organization. It supports the development and advancement of contemporary art and culture and carry out projects of artists/architects/designers/interdisciplinary minds who are receptive to change, who are open-minded and imaginative.

The organization does art projects, exhibitions, design competitions, publish books, magazines, guides and maps. It run a very small space where it turns theory into practice – this multifunctional place is a gallery space, a bookshop, a site for cultural information for locals and foreigners, and more – it can shape its function according to our current needs.

Bęc Zmiana also strives for facilitating encounters between artists and the audience, thereby filling the gap that exists between the artwork and its public. That is why creating a common ground where this meeting can occur is essential for us. It try to achieve this by creating measures that push the artwork out into the streets and public spaces, making it accessible for all social groups. Since the organization is based in Warsaw, it also try to emphasize the city’s peculiarity in many of our projects.

Bęc Zmiana creates a path for an undisturbed flow of energy, ideas and thoughts. It does not interpret art - it tunnel it.

More: www.funbec.eu

Partners: Fundacja Bęc Zmiana, the Institute of Polish Culture at the University of Warsaw

The programme is co-finanaced by the City of Warsaw.