15 Aug 2010
Spain: 'New Life' Residency for artists
NEW LIFE RESIDENCY is the world's first non-visual residency program for artists. The residency is organized as part of Manifesta 8, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, and will take place this fall in the Region of Murcia, Spain.
For one week each, five artists will be selected to live and work in a dark, visually distorted exhibition space. To support them in their life and work for the week, the artist will collaborate with a local Murcian assistant who is blind.
In cooperation with her/his assistant, the artist will use the one-week residency to create a guided tour of the non-visual space and experience in which s/he is living. The blind assistant will be the guide of this tour in darkness and the tour will be open to the biennial audience.
All applicants must apply with their precise concept for this guided tour. A tour of a social sculpture, so to speak.
Apart from the guided tour, the five selected concept proposals will furthermore be exhibited in one of the main museum locations of Manifesta 8 and will be on view throughout the biennial from September 30th, 2010 (preview) to January 9th, 2011.
The five residency periods are:
September 27th to October 2nd, 2010
October 4th to October 9th, 2010
October 11th to October 16th, 2010
October 18th to October 23th, 2010
October 25th to October 30th, 2010
Due to the site-specific nature of the project and its local collaboration, applicants who speak Spanish will be preferred.
Travel, living and production costs will be covered for the selected artists.
CLICK HERE to download a blueprint of the residency space in Murcia.
APPLICATION DEADLINE is August 15th, 2010.
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