Social Distance

OPEN CALL for Online Residency with focus on Performance





collaborate, engage, be inspired, share ideas and concepts

PILOTENKUECHE Online Residency Program gives artists the opportunity to engage online with a global community of artists. Selected artists from various disciplines are invited to participate in the task and discussion based program which includes sessions with experts on topics that expand artist experience. We want to create a space for experimentation with formats and strategies. The fact that artists are potentially on different continents will not impede the possibility of collaborating with each other.

exhibit in both worlds

Artists’ work will be shown to a wider community digitally and in analog.  Content produced will be shown at Galerie KUB, presented on our website, pktv and IGTV. In summer we will have a curated exhibition of 8-10 artists at Kunstkraftwerk, Leipzig digital art museum. Only artists who have participated in the online residency will be eligible to submit pieces for possible inclusion.

Each participant will also be interviewed and a well-written piece will be published on our website.

what we offer

-6 week online residency
-2 sessions per week
-9 hours with experts
-task and discussion
-published interview
-exhibition at Galerie KUB
-pktv, IGTV
-chance of being in curated summer show at KKW

what we expect from artists

-attend sessions
-time and space for reflection
-time to complete tasks
-participatory attitude
-stable internet
-access to video editing program
-willingness to experiment 
-open to show incomplete or drafts in sessions
-work from own space
-provide own materials



We provide all necessary documents for artists to apply for funding.

expert sessions

Performance Art, free your soul / Tessa Theissen

Tessa is interested in  visceral sensibility, touch and care within different artistic practices and the specific kind of knowledge they produce. She has Master Degrees in Theatre Studies and Choreography and Performance. She is currently teaching Theatre Studies at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. 

Read about Tessa in the article written by our Remote Culture Journalism intern, Ben Gosling.

find connection / Jacqueline van de Geer

Jacqueline van de Geer is a Montreal-based artist working primarily in performance. Hailing from the Netherlands, where she studied visual and performance art, her current practice is inspired by literature, mythology, history and personal memory. Since her arrival to Montreal in 2005, her performative actions have combined performance, object theatre, devised theatre, dance, movement, multi disciplinary and integrated arts. 

Collective creation is an important part of her practice, and this philosophy informs her work both with fellow artistic collaborators as well as with her audiences. As such, developing strong connections with viewers is elemental: her performances offer many the opportunity to become active participants, with these spontaneous exchanges becoming an integral part of her pieces. Intimacy and surprise then surface as key components in her work, facets that irresistibly draw her audiences in.

Mixing performance art with experimental theatre, and always working intuitively, her non-linear storytelling is infused with dark humor, absurdity and irony. Slipping seamlessly between these varying modes, the result is an evocative hybrid form coming from a uniquely refreshing voice.

She has performed with several Montreal companies including Le Pont Bridge, Joe, Jack and John, Nervous Hunter and Mobile Home amongst others and presented solo performances in for instance Rotterdam, Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Roubaix, Rotterdam, Norway, Cyprus, Rennes, Wakefield and Harrisonburg. She often feels blessed.

Write on! / Elizabeth Gerdemann 

The session with interdisciplinary visual artist Elizabeth Gerdeman focuses on the different ways that writing and language are deeply implicated in creative practice and the task of the contemporary artist to engage others on an international scale. The course will consist of discussions on various professional practice issues and engagement in writing exercises and presentations.

Elizabeth  is a visual artist from the USA currently based in Germany. She has a Masters in Fine Art and a Certificate of Interdisciplinary Specialization in Art History and Social Geography. Recent exhibition venues for her work include the Modern Art Museum in Yerevan, Armenia; Athens Digital Arts Festival in Athens, Greece; (Z)ORTEN in Graubünden, Switzerland; Else Foundation Symposium in Mexico City, Mexico; site-specific interventions in Venice, Italy; Hammond Harkins Galleries in Columbus, USA; and Бükü, Helmut, and BSMNT galleries in Leipzig, Germany. Having taught in universities since 2008, she currently lectures at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig where she gives a seminar course offered to all students in the Diploma and Meisterschüler Programmes.

Read about Elizabeth in the article written by our Remote Culture Journalism intern, Ben Gosling.

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The Shut In Dance Film Fest



The Shut In Dance Film Fest is a digital festival for artistic growth and creative collaboration in times of separation.

​Directed by Nicole Berger (choreographer for The Good Place, VEEP, Brooklyn Nine Nine), Shut In Dance Film Fest has curated a roster of master artists to offer educational resources as well as creative inspiration.

​Our educational resources are FREE video tutorials providing tips and tricks for creating cinema quality dance films from home and on a budget.

​For inspiration, our team of Creative Directors have each provided a directive to spark your creativity.  

To contribute to the festival, film a short video based on these directives (that follows our guidelines for submission) and submit to be considered for our final projects.  

The final projects will be designed by our Creative Directors, based on selected submissions, and edited together by our team, resulting in original dance films, made in collaboration, while apart.


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