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Call for entries for the international exhibition "Towards a critical rurality"

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The Rural Design concept derives from the need to develop a new gaze that interprets the territory in a dynamic way, focusing attention on the connections within an organism and between organisms. This gaze is capable of advancing concrete planning proposals, immediately expendable, but also implementable over time.

Specifically, the design must be oriented by ecological and systemic criteria.

The designer (in its broad sense) must conceive production processes in which the output of one system can become another’s input (circular economy) and elaborate visions and plans that take into account the whole system that generates processes, products, services and environments, as well as the flows of materials and energy between the different phases that distinguish their life cycles, favoring the use of renewable or low environmental impact resources and a proper end-of-life treatment. Until a few years ago, all these aspects were not taken into account in the design practice.

In this new scenario, new images of the agricultural environment are elaborated: not only as a place for material goods production, but also as a source of symbolic goods

Nature, the main producer of the symbols of this environment, is the foundation for a new conception of rurality and to redefine city-countryside relationships. By being aware of the complexity of these processes, we are also forced to confront the generosity and fragility of nature itself. In this framework, cultivating – in its broadest sense of managing the soil seen as a common heritage and of primary activity for human existence – deserves special attention and requires a critical reworking of the rurality itself.

PURPOSE OF THE CALL FOR ENTRIES

Artists, designers, architects, start-ups and researchers from all over the world are invited to participate in this call, by sending works which adhere to this redefinition of rurality, investigate the relationship between the urban and the peripheral areas, as well as  those between human activities and natural cycles. Candidates are invited to confront and engage, primarily, but not exclusively, with the resources typical of the Matese area – raw materials, production waste, construction techniques, local crafts – that will host the first edition of the Rural Design Week.

The participants in the exhibition “Towards a Critical Rurality”, part of the first edition of Rural Design Week, regardless of the resources – natural, economic and socio-cultural – that will be used for their works, can contribute to the following categories:

Category A: Rural design / systemic design objects

Category B: New naturally-based materials

Category C: Projects or processes inspired by the principles of circular economy and systemic design.

All the selected works – e.g. artifacts or products, installations, new materials or processes – will be exhibited (or realized in situ, in agreement with the authors/designers) in the Municipality of San Potito and in the surrounding areas.

VISITS: For those interested, the proponents of this call will be available to conduct visits of the territory. Visits can be booked until 19 April, to do so please email us.

COMPETITION PROMOTER

Ru.De.Ri – Rural Design per la Rigenerazione dei Territori

JURY COMPOSITION AND WINNERS SELECTION

The jury is presided by Mario Festa (architect, President of the Ru.DeRi Association) and composed of:

  • Marco Scotini – Head of NABA Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies Department  (Milano, Italy)
  • Iain Chambers – Professor of Cultural and Postcolonial Studies at the Oriental University in Naples and Founder of the Center for Postcolonial and Gender Studies of the Oriental University.
  • Michael Obrist – Architect, partner of Feld72 studio and Professor of Housing Construction and Design at the Technische Universität of Wien (Austria)
  • Rihards Funts – Designer – Latvia
  • Marjetica Potrč – Artist and architect – Slovenia
  • Ugo La Pietra  – Designer – Italy
  • Maria Thereza Alves – Artist – Brazil

The jury will evaluate the contributions to be set up in the Matese Regional Park and included in the exhibition catalog. The selected works will be notified by 6 May 2019).

Three winners will be selected, one for each of the following categories:

  • artifact related to rural design/ systemic design
  • new material based on natural components
  • project or process based on the principles of circular economy/ systemic design

The winners (one for each category) will receive a prize of €1,500 and will be invited to publicly present their contribution during the Matese Rural Design Week (travel expenses, board and lodging will be covered by the organizers).

In addition, the jury will select other works of particular note, which will be exhibited from May 31st to June 9th 2019 in the San Potito municipality and surrounding areas, both indoors and outdoors, taking into account the specific characteristics and needs of the individual contributions.

The jury will also assign a special mention to one of the selected works: an art residency (from 10 March to 7 April 2020) at the Art Center “La Regenta”, an exhibition space in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The residency, offered by “La Regenta”, includes: accommodation (with kitchenette), €400* for board expenses, a production space, a €500* fee and the chance to present the work to the public of the Art Center at the end of the residency period.

(*VAT must be deducted from the two amounts, based on the percentage in force in the winner’s country of residence).

Deadline: 
04/26/2019

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Fee Detail: 
€40,00
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Mediterranean Contemporary Art Prize

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The “Mediterranean Contemporary Art Prize” is created and organized by Porta Coeli Foundation and aims to foster Contemporary Art as a means for social and cultural development. The Prize was conceived to ensure a primary role to contemporary art within the framework of artistic and cultural European events of interest involving the town of Matera and the Basilicata region.
The “Mediterranean” as a concept rather than a mere place is meant to inspire the creation of absolutely free and original artistic themes, identity-oriented and open to cultural contaminations at the same time. Thinking “Mediterranean” equals recognizing the undeniable value of diversity and seeing cultural contamination as the only instrument for individuals and communities’ evolution, not as a risk for each single identity. Thus, the international nature of the format, aimed at a wide range of individualities and cultural identities, wants to offer an extraordinary opportunity for encounter, dialogue and growth at a time in which the word “evolution” seems to refer to increasingly stereotyped and uniformed solutions. The carefully selected exhibition space will immerse artists and artworks into the dearest that were dear to Emperor Frederick II. Known as Stupor Mundi, in the Middle Ages he promoted the concept of human knowledge unity and universality, feasible only allowing exchange between cultural identities, each contributing with their own knowledge.
The Castel Lagopesole village will host the contemporary art group exhibition “Mediterranean Contemporary Art Prize” in its Frederick’s castle and Medieval atmospheres.

ARTISTIC CATEGORIES

  • Painting
  • Sculpture and installation
  • Photography
  • Digital art
  • Drawing, graphics and calligraphy
  • Performance

PRIZES

The “Mediterranean Contemporary Art Prize | European Capital of Culture 2019” to be awarded to 1ST PLACE artists in each category includes:

  • 1000 €;
  • personalized artistic trophy made by a master smelter;
  • certificate containing the motivation for the prize awarded by the Jury;
  • mini-solo exhibition in one European city during the month of December 2019.

The “Mediterranean Contemporary Art Prize | European Capital of Culture 2019” for 2ND PLACE artists in each of the six categories features:

  • personalized artistic trophy made by a master smelter;
  • certificate containing the motivation for the prize awarded by the Jury;
  • mini-solo exhibition in one European City during the month of December 2019.

The “Mediterranean Contemporary Art Prize | European Capital of Culture 2019” for 3RD PLACE artists in each of the six categories includes:

  • personalized artistic trophy made by a master smelter;
  • certificate containing the motivation for the prize awarded by the Jury;

The “ARTIST IN RESIDENCE” PRIZE

Within the “Mediterranean Contemporary Art Prize 2019”, three “Artist in Residence” Prizes will be awarded to the most talented artists in the “painting”, “sculpture and installation” and “photography” categories.

The “Artist in Residence” Prize includes board and lodging, working spaces, materials, logistics.

Deadline: 
05/15/2019

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Fee Detail: 
€250,00
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Default 19: Call for participants (NEW DATES)

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>>> NEW DATES <<<

RAMDOM ASSOCIATION is calling for research-based artists to take part in a 6-day group investigation aimed at ideas related to extreme lands and remote areas. Situated at the southern tip of east Italy on the Mediterranean, Gagliano del Capo poses as an ideal location for participants of the DEFAULT 19 Residency to contribute to an investigation of the extreme land.

The residency program asks what we can learn about being situated in a remote location like Gagliano del Capo. What can it teach us about the contemporary global condition, including sociological, anthropological, political or scientific positions? Can we assign a psychological profile to someone who seeks the end or the extreme? Artistic research and resulting works can bring forward proposed impossibilities and new imaginaries shaped by the characteristics of the extreme land. Approaching “extremity” as a state of mind allows for a confrontation with a contemporary world where national identities are fluid and boundaries are no longer static. The finis terrae may have captured the imagination of dreamers and adventurers, but in what ways can it also serve as a call to action for urgent realities and a methodology to be implemented elsewhere?

During working days participants will individually and collectively develop their research approach in workshops and seminar sessions. They will expand their network and exchange ideas with the support of the programme curators, external guests, and lecturers.

Conceived to encourage the research as a separate moment from the production, DEFAULT 19, will function as a platform that aims at re-negotiate the notion of time by nurturing a radically non-productive oriented format. During the six-days of residency, participants are called to be individually and collectively engaged with the landscape in its broader geographical and anthropological extent. The residency will serve as a laboratory and as an experience to nurture new forms of thoughts and approaches to the topic of the extreme lands.

The residency will be finalized afterword by producing a publication edited by Ramdom and release by the end of the year. All participants will contribute to the publication with a text.

The call is open to all disciplines: artists, curators, and researchers; or coming from other disciplines: writers, anthropologists, linguists, architects, urbanists, geographers and, professionals from scientific disciplines.

Works will be in English.

This is an international call open to any artist of any nationality and at least 21 years of age. Application of mid-career artists is encouraged.

Accommodation will be provided by Ramdom

Participants’ travel expenses will be cover by the Institutional Partners.

Active and collaborative participation to the program is mandatory. Participants are expected to stay in Gagliano del Capo (LE) for the whole duration of the project (workshop and residency, 8th-13th October 2019)

Candidates can submit their applications from March 27th to May 31st 2019.

The selected participants will be contacted via e-mail by mid-July 2019 to confirm their participation and sign the Participation Agreement.

Deadline: 
05/31/2019

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Artist residency in southern Italy, July 2019

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Pietraroia lies in the Matese mountains. It is a small village situated in a stunning mountainous setting. The locals have a strong local food tradition, plus the wine of Campania is consistently prize-winning. Archaeological sites are also nearby, as are many other villages, each with their own character. It is also home to a paleontology museum. Pietraroia is situated about two hours north of Naples, making it possible to do daytrips or overnight trips to Naples, Caserta (home of the Caserta Palace), Pompeii, the Amalfi coast, and Benevento. Summertime is the season for festivals where each village celebrates their local food traditions such as cheese or olive oil. The residency program is open but as it is located in the heart of the village in a schoolhouse provided by the municipality, artists working with community-engaged projects are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted until April 1. For details on the fee and to download the application form, please visit the website.

Deadline: 
04/01/2019
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The Wilds of Venice: Study Contemporary Art + Creative Entrepreneurship at the European Cultural Academy with the Jealous Curator

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Education Opportunity for Artists: the 'Wilds of Venice'

Certificate Course in 'Creative Entrepreneurship + Contemporary Art' 

With The Jealous Curator at the European Cultural Academy in Venice, Italy  

July 15-27, 2019

For two wild weeks this July, The Wild Residency invites you to Italy to study contemporary art, creative entrepreneurship, curatorial studies, and the Venice Biennalé at the European Cultural Academy in collaboration with The Jealous Curator!   Artists, curators, and creatives from all fields and backgrounds have the opportunity for a unique insider's education behind the scenes of the world’s oldest and most prestigious art fair, while intimately collaborating with leading experts in the heart of the rapidly changing art world. 

In the spirit of giving back and building community in the arts through this amazing program where The Wild Residency got its start, eight admission placements are being saved for the Wild Residency community (if you’re reading this, it could be you!).    

This fun and intensive two week certificate course is in collaboration with Danielle Krysa, aka The Jealous Curator: world renowned art writer, curator, artist, and author of four best selling books on contemporary art and creativity including "A Big Important Art Book (Now With Women!)".  This program is an accelerated learning experience set within the context of the 58th Biennalé Arté, with one of the most beautiful cities in the world as your classroom.  This year's 58th Biennalé, "May You Live In Interesting Times" curated by Ralph Rugoff, marks the first time that 50% of exhibiting artists are female.  During this landmark year Canada will be represented by Indigenous Inuit artists for the first time at our Canada's National Pavilion.  In this unique historic context and world class setting, study strategies and approaches unique to your creative endeavours, while connecting with a supportive network of international peers and leading curators in making our wildest creative dreams a reality. 

Wilds of Venice x ECA Student Travel Scholarship: 

The Wild Residency is proud to present one successful applicant who is a student (enrolled at a college or university) with the 'Wilds of Venice X ECA' Student Travel Scholarship: up to €1000 euros in travel support funding to be used towards airfare and / or train tickets.  To apply for this scholarship, simply register with the Academy for the course with tuition deposit and provide a letter from your educational institution stating why this program would be a benefit to your studies.  The Wild Residency can also provide you with a formal Letter of Invitation to support any further funding endeavours for this tuition course abroad.

Deadline: 
07/09/2019
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Application is free for this tuition course. A tuition deposit of €350 is all that is required to hold your place, the tuition fee remainder of €1300 is not due until a week before the course.
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SARDINIA 2019 - AiR - Exhibition - Symposium - Art Festival

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International and Transdisciplinary Art Residency in a cultural heritage village in Sardinia, Italy.

31st May – 24 June 2019 – IVYnode is organizing the 2nd Art Residency Program with the theme “Su Bixinau”, the neighbourhood, in Nurri, a small village in the center of Sardinia.

Thanks to the precious collaboration with Fondazione Sciola, Local Municipality of Nurri, Proloco di Nurri and Archeogeo this 2nd Art Residency will include an Exhibition in the Monastery of Santa Rosa in Nurri, a Symposium during the Festival Sant’Arte in San Sperate, and a 2nd Exhibition in San Sperate curated by Fondazione Sciola.

About
The theme of the Art Residency is ‘Su Bixinau’, Sardinian for ‘the neighbourhood’.

The character of the Residency is Transdisciplinary and it is open to artists, researchers, writers or everyone who wish to be integrated in an unique place where is still possible to appreciate authentic aspects.

The participants will live in houses in the village of Nurri, in a calm environment rich in history and beautiful landscapes. During the program the artists will have the possibility to work and exhibit in the Monastery of Santa Rosa  in Nurri, dated XVII century, a perfect surrounding for side specific work and temporary installations. The participants will have the possibility to keep in touch with locals and artisans, who still preserve an ancient knowledge of old techniques that are risking to disappear. Thanks to the professionalism of Archeogeo, the artists can visit archaeological settle, exploring the territory and connecting with the nature, which can also be inspiring for landart projects.

If your art practice embraces community interaction or collaboration in some way, if you like cultural exchange programs and discovering local traditions, if you are interrested in temporary public art or site specific installation, sustainability or other models of art as social practice, this is the residency for you.

The artists participating in the Art Residency in Nurri will have a unique opportunity to be part of the Symposium “Su Bixinau” during the Festival Sant’Arte, guests for 3 days of the Fondazione Sciola, to exhibit their work first in the Monastery of Santa Rosa in Nurri and then in San Sperate, during a 2nd exhibition curated by Fondazione Sciola.

For more info about all the program we invite you to visit our page IVYnode.

 

How to apply
The program has a transdisciplinary approach. Emerging and established artists working in 2 and 3D media, performance, video, photography, sustainable materials, food, but also researchers and writers who have an interest in social practice, collaboration, cultural exchange program or research are invited to participate.

– Summary of proposal (description of the work you would like to do, including the type of materials you would like to work with. (max. 300 words)

– How your project (motivation) fits the theme “Su Bixinau” (the neighbourhood) (max. 300 words)

– A bio, web link, or other information about your art work or research

The selection of the artists is based on the curriculum, motivation letter and proposal.
DEADLINE:  15 of March

 

Program fee
The program includes:

– 3 days in San Sperate during Sant’Arte Festival and accommodation in shared dormitory at Scuola degli Scalpellini, guests of the Fondazione Sciola.

– Symposium “Su Bixinau” during Sant’Arte Festival

– 3 weeks in Nurri, accommodation in shared rooms in private houses.

– Exhibition in the Monastery of Santa Rosa in Nurri

– Second exhibition in San Sperate end of June or July (to be decided yet)

The organization does its best to support projects, providing guidance in acquiring materials, seeking information, making connections within the community.

IVYnode is a non-profit network and tries to keep the fee and expenses of the participants at the minimum.

The fee is 850€ and covers the cost of accommodation and the use of the studio. Artists must cover the cost of their own art supplies, food and transportation and to contribute to gas costs if we go somewhere by car. Cooking and cleaning are also the responsibilities of the artists.

At the moment we are not able to provide any funding but we will be happy to assist you by writing official letters of invitation or any appropriate documentation.

Deadline: 
02/28/2019
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