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CAMP is a residential arts facility in the French Pyrenees. It's a place where great art is made, new movements are formed, new ideas are explored and groundbreaking people are nurtured. CAMP is located in Aulus les Bains, the last village before the France/Spain Pyrenean frontier chain. The location is spectacular - we are nestled at 750m above sea level, surrounded by snowcapped peaks over 3000m high, ancient forests and cascading waterfalls. There are eagles, lammergeiers, vultures, ibex and bears. Walk out of the residency, and within ten minutes you are completely alone in one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Europe. Aulus les Bains is also a spa village - there are hot water springs, and a thermal spa in the village to take advantage of the healing and relaxing properties of the water.
    
Workshop dates:
17/08/2022 - 22/08/2022
    
XOIR is a non-utilitarian vocal workshop focused on alternative modalities of group singing, led by artist, composer, performer and choreographer Colin Self. Rooted in somatic research and experimentation, the goal of XOIR is to foster a generative environment for individuals to connect with voice and vocality on an individual and collective level. XOIR is open to anyone interested in exploring their voice as a tool for learning or re-posturing a new relationship to singing and listening. Prior participation in choral or vocal practices is not required, but any prior experience with listening and engaging experimentally in a musical or studio practice is encouraged.

Day 1: Anne Carson and The Gender of Sound

Starting with Ann Carson’s essay "The Gender of Sound" from her seminal book Glass, Irony, and God, this session is focused on developing an entry point for participating in XOIR through a politics of listening. Carson’s essay outlines how systems of domination and power translate to how we hear and categorize all voices, including our own. The use, identification, and permission of vocality has been shaped over time by these forces and demands a re-examination of how we relate to our own voice and the surrounding sounds.

Day 2: Dr. Bessel Van Der Volk's The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

For the second section of this program, I would like to connect an awareness of how dominant modalities of measured hearing (or a body politic of shame and guilt, especially amongst minorities) relates to a kinesthetic awareness of the central nervous system. The Vagus Nerve (or 10th cranial nerve) is the only parasympathetic nervous system that runs from the brain through the throat, down through the stomach and vital organs, and is greatly regulated by breath and voice. Primarily responsible for controlling the adrenal system, the Vagus Nerve and its functions point to an interdependent bodily relation to processing trauma.

Day 3: Jon Lindblom, Mark Fisher, and Ursula K Le Guin on Critical Imagination 

For the third section of this program, I wanted to tie these two previous points of interest toward the writing of Jon Lindblom, who curiously extends the unfinished research of his late instructor, Mark Fisher, toward an investigation of analog practices in times of digital sovereignty. Investigating what Fisher called a "responsibilitization" of creative practices; Lindblom’s writing outlines the social effects of professionalization in opposition to collectivity and experimentation. 

Day 4: Hannah Hurtzig's Blackmarkets & A Pedagogy of Amateurism 

For the fourth and final part of this session, I want to invite all the participants of XOIR to collectively build a curriculum of their own in response to the three points of inspiration aforementioned. Either in response to the various texts presented over the course of the first three days, or anything of interest in relation to / in distance from what we explored in days 1-3, this is an intentionally indeterminate part of the program.

Day 5: Dialogue & Public Presentation

For this final day, we will meet to begin a XOIR session with our usual initiatory practice, then engage in a group dialogue about events of the last several days. One-on-one conversations with storytelling in relation to each individual experience would finish with a conversation in-the-round with all participants. Whereas the primary function of XOIR is meant to exist without an audience, participants will be given the option to present the curriculum created in Day 4 to a public, or outdoors in a sonically resonant space. 

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DRAWING RESEARCH RESIDENCY - EXILE, MIGRATION, FOREIGNNESS

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DRAWING RESEARCH RESIDENCY -  EXILE, MIGRATION, FOREIGNNESS

This artist in residence programme will run alongside a major exhibition entitled ‘ODYSEES’ that we are hosting in partnership with the Abattoirs Museum - Frac Occitanie, Toulouse. ‘Odysees’ is part of the programme ‘Je suis né étranger’

Artists : Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Julien Creuzet, Ninar Esbar, Bouchra Khalili, Nil Yalter

“Je suis né étranger” - “I was born a foreigner" is an outreach programme of exhibitions organised by the Abattoirs, and based on the exhibition "Picasso and Exile - A history of Spanish art in resistance" at the Abattoirs, 15 March - 25th August 2019. Each exhibition is unique and articulated in relation to the specific history of each territory and its public, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Retirada.

The residency programme is two fold - Drawing Research and Mediation.

We want to give selected artists the opportunity to develop their work alongside a major exhibition featuring several recognised international artists whose work reflects contemporary stories of exile, articulating a personal and a collective story.

Artists are expected to establish a dialogue between their own artistic practice and that of the current exhibition. How does the viewer perceive contemporary art and engage with it and others.

Artists will also have the opportunity to show  their own work and offer workshops, artist talks etc in compliment to the ‘ODYSEES’ exhibition programme

We are interested in creative people who would appreciate the opportunity for cultural exchange and sustained concentration in a supportive professional studio environment, in order to develop their artistic practice by engaging in new perspectives, experiences and challenges.

Proposals are invited from visual artists for whom drawing plays an important part in their creative practice. We would encourage a residency period of two or three months to make the most of this opportunity, the minimum period would be one month.

DRAWinternational set out some years ago to celebrate drawing ‘for itself’ and ‘for others’ i.e. as it relates to other representational media. Our artists-in-residence programme attracts artists who wish to extend their professional practice and theoretical understanding, with the very issues reflected in contemporary society. That is, through human endeavour, reflection, discourse and action. These artists come from many different countries and bring with them many diverse experiences, but all have something in common, a humanity and a passion for drawing.

We work with architects, designers, writers and professionals in the applied and fine arts. Our provision is both theoretical and practice based, working with artists when required, assisting them to be more objective, thus distancing themselves somewhat from the aesthetic object. (The Phenomenology of Aesthetic Experience, 1973, Mikel Dufrenne).

The centre for drawing research is situated in the heart of Caylus, a small medieval village in SW France, a rural community with a growing number of artists and craftspeople.

DRAWinternational A-i-R programme continues to expand notions of drawing:

to cater for creative people in pursuit of new and dynamic form, in preparation for exhibition, publication or postgraduate qualification and support artists in their professional practice/research.

Artists are selected on the quality of their residency proposal, its relevance to DRAW's philosophy, the environment and evidence of previous artistic work.

The centre organises events such as, exhibitions, open workshops and seminars/presentations, to promote it's activities, share creative experience and opportunities within the public domain.

Accommodation/studio/workshop facilities

Artists are accommodated in self catering apartments with private rooms and shared kitchen, bathroom, dining/sitting room and gardens at ‘l'Ancienne gendarmerie’.

Artists are allocated individual studio spaces to suit particular project requirements at the "gendarmerie" with unlimited access.

Academic support and access to relevant documentation.

Regular discussion of work to include individual and group critiques and practical workshops

Organisation and promotion of an event at the beginning/end of the residency for the public. Editing and translation of written text.

Cultural Program (visits, meetings and other facilitated activities together)

Support for artists to encourage integration within the community.

Internet access (wifi) for personal laptops.

Fees

The DRAWING RESEARCH RESIDENCY - EXILE, MIGRATION, FOREIGNNESS is partially funded.

Residency fee 1750 euros, selected artists will receive a stipend of 850 euros. Therefore the fee per month is 900 euros.

DRAWinternational is an independent organisation initiated and sustained without any public or private support or sponsorship.  Our commitment is to DRAWing research, the artists and our public for which we have to create our own resources.

DRAWinternational is an independent organisation initiated and sustained without any public or private support or sponsorship.  Our commitment is to DRAWing research, the artists and our public for which we have to create our own resources.

 

 

 

 

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30/May/2019
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Drawing Research Residency

Presented in partnership between L’AiR ARTS at FIAP PARIS and DRAWinternational, Caylus, France

The invisible realm of possibility 

Two-part residency program:
Part I - Creative Practice in a medieval town of Caylus
Part II - Contextual Research and Exhibition in Paris
Application deadline: January 4, 2019

The project will focus upon notions of intention and the physical act of drawing as it arrives as a vectorial force on a material surface. One could say, an infrastructure from where other possibilities collide, from common habitual behaviours toward the realm of the unknown. 

A conscious reflective engagement with the world felt through our our skin, flesh and bones is a spatial process of perception directed upon an environment of mass, volume and depth. A world encountered by the whole human interactive corporeal sensorium through which we become inexorably a part. As such, there can be no gap between biology and society as we move in and around the world, finding out that we are made of the same fundamental stuff as everything else. From this perspective our bodies are situated ecologically, in a role which is not simply ‘subjective’ but social and of nature itself. It is a body for others as it exists in its tension between agencies of power and systems of resistance, what is and what is in the becoming. 

To trust oneself and to be honest in a creative act, which takes cognisance of the world around can only help foster an initial space of meaningful conscious engagement. A continued focus and sense of purpose, with a loss of self, can only lead to a cyclical state of pre-reflective awareness. It is the doors of realisation and insight that resides in the depths of a primordial, intercorporeal, ‘chiasmic’ intertwining of truths, a radical space to be. 

As David Abram has stated:

. .. meaning sprouts in the very depths of the sensory world, in the heat of meeting, encounter, participation. (Abram, 1997,p75)

© Edited from ‘Choreography of Drawing: The consciousness of the body in the space of a drawing’ John McNorton, PhD Royal College of Art, 2003.

Residency Program

This residency program is two-fold: a full month of creative practice at DRAWinternational, located in a medieval town of Caylus, near Toulouse. Followed by two weeks in Paris with L'AiR Arts for contextual research and exploration, while exhibiting the work at FIAP Paris.
​Artists have an option to apply for a full program (7 weeks) or only for 2 weeks in Paris.

Part I - Caylus, France with DRAWinternational: Drawing Research Action Works
February 20 - March 29 (5 weeks)

This art production residency program continues to expand notions of drawing: to cater for creative people in pursuit of new and dynamic form, in preparation for exhibition, publication or postgraduate qualification and support artists in their professional practice/research. 

The DRAWinternational residency in Caylus includes:

Accommodation - self-catering apartment with private bedroom and shared kitchen, bathroom, dining/sitting room and gardens.

Evening meal together on Monday to Thursday / welcome and closing dinner.

Individual studio: Artists are allocated individual studio spaces to suit particular project requirements, with unlimited access.

Academic support and access to relevant documentation.

Regular discussion of work to include individual and group critiques and practical workshops

Organisation and promotion of an event at the beginning of the residency for the public. Editing and translation of written text.

Cultural Program (visits, meeting and other facilitated activities together)

Support for artists to encourage integration within the community.

Internet access (wifi) for personal laptops.

Additional facilities include, flexible studio space for large scale works/installation/performance/music, a technical workshop, technical assistance

Promotion of the residency via DRAWinternational's website, radio and local newspapers.

Train ticket from Caylus to Paris

Part II - Paris, France with L’AIR ARTS at FIAP: Exploration, Reflection & Exhibition 
March 29 – April 12 (2 weeks)

After a full month of creative practice and art production at the DRAWinternational Residency, artists will travel to Paris for a two-week program of research, exploration and reflection with L’AiR Arts, as well as exhibiting their work at FIAP Paris.

Exhibition

Work produced at DRAWinternational will be curated for an exhibition at FIAP Paris, by John and Grete McNorton. Dr. John McNorton, a former visiting professor at the Royal College of Art in London and Head of Centre for Art and Design Education at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, will give an opening presentation to the exhibition.

​Please note: those artists joining for the Paris part only, will be able to showcase their work, but will not be included in the curated exhibition.

Reflection 

During the residency period, artists are encouraged to reflect and exchange ideas with their fellow residents. We also organize facilitated artistic discussion sessions with curators, who offer portfolio readings and mentorship to the artists.  Artists can also use shared work space and are invited to offer talks / workshops relating to their practice and participate in an Open Studio event. 

Exploration Visits - Contextual Research

During the residency in Paris, group visits will be organized to relevant contemporary art institutions, such as:

Drawing Now Paris 2019 

Drawing Lab Paris 

Galerie Catherine Putman 

Artists will also be provided with a historical context related to the location of the residency in Paris, including:

Tour of Artistic Montparnasse 

Zadkine Museum-Atelier (learning about artist's legacy in both Caylus and Paris)

Giacometti Institute

L'AiR Arts Residency in Paris includes:

Accommodation in either a private or shared room (based on your preferences and availability, see Centre page) 

Access to additional facilities including, plenty of common areas, cafe, an outdoor terrace and garden, laundry facility, meeting rooms and internet access (wifi) for personal laptops

Flexible meal plan: buffet breakfast and either lunch or dinner of traditional french cuisine (with a to-go option)

Welcoming and closing dinner / reception at a historic restaurant or an artistic venue

Shared work space and open studio event or/and exhibition 

Exhibition space for large scale works / installation / performance / sound, technical assistance

Cultural Program (visits, meeting and other facilitated group activities)

Portfolio readings and discussion sessions with curator

Support for artists to encourage integration and intercultural exchange

Exposure on L'AiR Arts website and social media

Promotion of the residency via local media

Paris Museum Pass

Book of ten Paris metro tickets
 

Program fees

The fees include full residency program depending on the session and its duration and are based on accommodation selection. Financial support is available for artists based in less economically developed countries and artists chosen by art collectors / patrons on our selection committee. For more information, please see our Funding page.

Caylus + Paris: February 20 - April 12 (7 weeks):

3600 euro (based on private accommodation in Caylus, but shared in Paris between 2 - 4 artists)

3950 euro (based on private accommodation in both Caylus and Paris)

Caylus only, February 20 - March 29 (5 weeks):

1750 euro (based on private accommodation) 

Paris only, March 29 – April 12 (2 weeks): 

1850 euro (based on shared accommodation between 2 – 4 artists)

2200 euro (based on private accommodation)

Expenses such as airfare, additional meals and transportation, as well as any art materials and other purchases are not included in the residency fee.

Application and Selection Process

Artists will be selected on the quality of their residency application, and its relevance to current discourse about drawing. Applications are reviewed by a panel of international and Paris-based arts professionals. The selection process ranges from an open call application and panel process to nominations or by invitation.

 

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