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This residency proposes a process of collective research into relationships between body and environment, through an investigation of the impact of chemicals and toxins on human and non-human bodies.

Kajsa Dahlberg writes:
I still vividly remember the childhood sensation of visiting my grandmother’s tiny fabric store in the (then) working class neighborhood of Majorna in Göteborg. I would suffer immediate physical reactions: itchy eyes and throat, nausea and fatigue – plus an emotional conflict between the comfort I felt in the company of my grandmother and the messages coming from my body, telling me, “Get out!” Even as a small child I was able to sense the significance of the shop and its contents as a place that was simultaneously familiar and deviant, even threatening.

This residency sets out to investigate environmental pollution and its unequal effects on all things living and non-living from the perspective of transcorporality – a concept developed by Stacy Alaimo to describe the ways that human and non-human bodies are “intermeshed with the dynamic, material world, which crosses through them, transforms them, and is transformed by them.”

We are all exposed to a material world that is constantly moving in and through our bodies. In this respect the body could be seen as the scientific instrument through which we register our environment. When overexposed, the body autonomously sets boundaries, and in this process, it also describes the world from which it emerges. It is one way of being in touch; of being in a reciprocal relation to the world.

An example: Parallel to the growth of the petrochemical industries since World War II –i.e. the beginning of what has been named the Anthropocene Epoch– more and more people experience bodily reactions to "normal" amounts of environmental toxins. These toxins come from an increased use of agricultural fertilizers and pesticides. Synthetic materials such as particle board, plastics, food additives. Chemicals used by the textile industry.

Throughout the course of the residency participants will be invited to question the ways in which their bodies become registers of their environments. Questions guiding this enquiry include: What is the threshold between that which is toxic and that which is not? How do we, the residency group, register the Anthropocene in our bodies and by what normative standards? What is a normal body? In what instances do our intensities and sensitivities become strengths that help us see the world as habitable and animate? What opportunities arise when we have non-normative experiences of the world?

To understand ourselves as trans-corporal subjects for the duration of the residency means not only to put emphasis on the possibilities and limits of our own corporeal selves, but it also entails acknowledging that the marks left across bodies are not equally distributed. They are informed by the conditions under which one works and are connected to the landscapes one inhabits. This opens up questions such as: whose bodies sustain the most extreme impacts of contemporary industrial production? In what ways does pollution extend beyond geopolitical boundaries and how are these ongoing material interactions gendered, racialized and reverberated by massive inequality?

Research Approach
This investigation “moves through” bodies both literally and metaphorically, inviting multi-disciplinary perspectives. Applications are welcomed from potential participants whose approaches may be historical, nonhuman, medical, ecological, legal, geological, personal,  political or otherwise relevant to the residency agenda. Kajsa Dahlberg hopes to bring together a group of collaborators from diverse backgrounds to focus on a process of collective learning, research and the sharing of experience. 

The residency’s key foci will be; on the ways that the interactions of material worlds and bodies become visible; on the variable politics of representation that inflect those processes; on the relationships between the body as instrument, registering the world that surrounds it; and the physical registrations that artists make via images, sound and the reorganisation of matter.

Through the residency, participants will engage with spaces and things, seasides and roadsides and each other, through presentations, readings and talks, physical and imaginative exercises, queerfeminist discourse,affect theory, crip theory, environmental activism and/or much more.

Potential Outcomes
The residency aims to bring together aspects of the residents’ collective research into a publication or another form, to be launched at Index in Stockholm – most likely alongside Dahlberg’s upcoming solo presentation at the gallery (dependent on Covid and/or other contingencies).

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What PRAKSIS Provides
This residency is free of charge and offers comfortable accommodation for non-Oslo based residents in central Oslo. Local residents will continue to live at their usual address. The residency community will regularly come together at PRAKSIS and other locations, and at events and meals.

Selected international participants receive a stipend of 3000 NOK (approximately 300 euros) towards additional costs.

Weekly meals encourage discussion, debate and friendship. On weekdays PRAKSIS will provide lunch at PRAKSIS HQ. Dinners for all residents plus invited guests are held weekly.

Oslo has a vibrant and adventurous arts landscape. PRAKSIS will provide residents with information and links to the city’s cultural scene, informing them about exhibitions, talks, performances and other events. PRAKSIS seeks wherever possible to connect participants with relevant organisations and individuals in Oslo, introducing the residency community to Oslo creatives in various spheres, including curators, writers, and artists.

Residents are responsible for their own travel and any further costs.

Three places are available for international residents. Further places may be offered subject to securing support. Approximately four spaces are available to local residents.

Deadline: 
01/09/2022
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Art4Water Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition

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The Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition is the inaugural program of Art4Water, an initiative to advocate for environmental protection through the lens of art. The exhibition is a collaboration between Wimberley Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) and Sky Wind World and brings together the art community around our love for Texas’ great springs. For over a quarter century, WVWA has protected and preserved clean, clear flowing water in Jacob’s Well, across the Hill Country, and all over Texas. Through this exhibition, Art4Water, Sky Wind World, and WVWA will raise awareness of the vital connection of water to life. With the Well as one example, “Sacred Springs” seeks to float a collection of groundwater icons in the sky. Art shapes culture, and changes people and communities. Art tells a universally powerful story that communicates the value of water beyond words. The exhibition will be designed to tell the stories of our springs and the value of water. A selection of 20 artworks from among the submissions to this open call for entries will fly as kites in community events and then hang on display in galleries internationally, beginning with the inaugural exhibition at the Austin Central Library in the spring of 2022.

Project Description: We are looking for original artwork expressly for this exhibition that are an extension of the artists’ reverence for Nature and a belief that the right relationship with the Earth and natural systems is essential for the continued health of all life and specifically the sustainability of environmentally sensitive regions in Texas. The artwork must be fairly large and colorful enough to be seen from a distance since all will be made into genuine well-flying kites. A wide border/frame made of ripstop nylon will be added to the paintings in some instances, giving them more square feet of lightweight sail area.

Artwork Goals: Water creates the most magical parts of our world. This is especially true for the Hill Country. We are seeking art that captures that magic. The art should be focused on water in all its forms and the life that springs from it and the efforts to preserve it. Texas is a land of many more than eleven hundred springs. Like the stars at night, the springs that dot the state are too numerous to count. Water flowing underground through rock wells up through faults in plentiful springs, which became the watering holes and the sources of life for early outposts and cities. Today, many are dwindling, drying up under twin threats of climate change and over pumping to serve a bursting population. “Sacred Springs” recalls the reverence of indigenous people and an enduring mystical connection with the source of life. Water falls as rain from the sky, filters into the ground, and emerges later through cracks and openings to form the great river basins. Many Texans drink from the groundwater that powers these springs every time we turn on the tap. As growth and demand for water grows, many of our springs have been lost, draining more than just a piece of our history or a source of water.

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Artists will receive $1,000 for a selected artwork for the Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition
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Artists will receive $1,000 for a selected artwork for the Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition, recognition in the exhibition and accompanying catalog in print and online, as well as in press promotion and community events connected with the touring schedule.

Deadline: 
09/01/2021

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Exhibition: Climate and the Natural World

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Now accepting submissions for an upcoming group exhibition of artworks that are related to climate change and the natural world. We are accepting submissions of work across media including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, installation, and performance. Subjects of interest may include but are not limited to science, climate justice, environmental activism, design, and artwork that illustrates or expresses ideas related to the environment and climate change. The exhibition will be held in the lobby gallery of Workshop 4200 on West Diversey Avenue. The will exhibition will open September 1st and run throughout the month. The final title of the exhibition and dates for reception and accompanying events will be determined at a future date. Though not all submissions can be accepted some will be considered for future exhibitions along a similar theme. Please feel free to contact Evan Carter at evancarterartist@gmail.com with any questions regarding the application process. Deadline August 5, 2021 Artists will receive a response during the month of August, 2021.

ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS: We are leaving this call open to artists around the world because it is a global issue. Hoever we cannot cover the costs of shipping artworks overseas. Keep in mind digital files of video and audio work are being considered for this exhibition. 

You can log in to access the application for m link or use copy this: https://airtable.com/shrrYSRRyrLQQTCph

Deadline: 
08/05/2021

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RESIDENCY 108 fall session

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The application period is currently open for our fall session, October 10th-November 7th, 2021.
The deadline is July 18th, 2021. Applicants will be notified by or before August 1st.

Artists of any age from any country may apply. We accept solo artists as well as collaborating teams of up to three people. We are particularly interested in applicants whose practice involves a defined engagement with landscape, ecology, and or projects that employ historical or first-hand research of the 108 site. Please have your statement reflect this intention. If you have social practice or an interest in community engagement, this program may not be a good fit due to the isolated nature of our site.

Deadline: 
07/18/2021
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Coney Island Art Dance

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Coney Island Art Dance is calling for artists now! 

Coney Island Art Dance - CIAD is a site-specific event of Global Water Dance, engaging local artists in Brooklyn, New York to raise people’s awareness about Coney Island’s pollution from the individuals, infrastructure and natural storms.
We are calling for 20 Artists living in Brooklyn and NY City, with diverse cultural backgrounds and working media, joining us through the process of sharing, dancing, and creating.
May 13th - May 28nd: Open Call
June 12th: CIAD Event Day! (ON SITE)

 

Prize summary: 
Documentary and Online Pop-Up Exhibition
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Several photographers would document the event on-site. We will release a short documentary film on the pop-up gallery on CIAD website and the Global Water Dance official channel.

Deadline: 
05/28/2021

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Free
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Points of Return

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Arts platform A La Luz is seeking entries for Points of Return, an exhibition in summer 2021 that will shed light on the wide-raging environmental issues the world faces in this time of climate crisis, whilst also presenting paths to possible solutions. A La Luz will also produce a book featuring all the artists’ works selected for the exhibition.

A La Luz is calling artists from any origin at any career stage to submit works and projects that highlight some of the impacts that human actions have had on our planet and also foster critical thinking about positive change. The title of the exhibition, Points of Return, references the fact that we haven’t reached the dreaded “point of no return.” Therefore there are still many opportunities for our civilisation to curb climate change and move toward a balanced and more sustainable and harmonious way of inhabiting Earth. 

Points of Return will present some of the most alarming consequences that our actions have had on nature, but it will also highlight hope and the possibility of a bright future for our home planet.

Works from any art discipline are welcome, and projects that involve collaboration or dialogue with science are encouraged, but not required. Some of the environmental issues that the proposals might address are:

  • Plastic pollution
  • Air pollution
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Monoculture
  • Degraded soils
  • Extensive farming
  • Overfishing
  • Melting ice caps
  • Deforestation
  • Water pollution
  • Desertification
  • Extreme meteorological phenomena
  • Changing precipitation patterns
  • CO2 emissions and green house effect
  • Rising sea levels
  • Ocean acidification
  • Erosion

Works that have been developed from 2018 onwards are eligible for Points of Return. We also accept projects that are ongoing or that are currently being developed but that may have not come to a conclusion yet.

Between 10 and 15 artists will be selected, depending on the number of applications and the ability of the projects submitted to communicate ideas related to humanity’s impact on the environment and ways to have a healthier relationship with nature.

All selected artists will feature in a book related to the exhibition, in both digital, and eventually printed format.

Deadline for applications July 1st

JURY PANEL

The jury panel comprises a group of artists, scientists and activists whose practices focus extensively on the environment. They will select 5 works that will become part of the Special Jury Selection.

  • Joseph Calleja, Artist
  • Luce Choules, Artist and Writer, Founder of TSOEG.org
  • Inés García, Artist
  • Begoña Izquierdo, Biologist and Activist
  • Anna Macleod, Environmental Artist
  • Miranda Massier, Director of The Climate Museum
  • Elizabeth Monoian & Robert Ferry, Founders and Directors of the Land Art Generator
  • Yasmine Ostendorf, Founder of the Green Art Lab Alliance

ABOUT A LA LUZ

Run by artists David Cass & Gonzaga Gómez-Cortázar, A La Luz is an international wide ranging platform for sustainable and environmentally focussed creative works. Our name, “A La Luz”, translates from the Spanish as “to bring to light” or, “to shed light on”.

Just as the climate crisis can only be tackled collectively, so too is this art project inclusive and collaborative in nature. A La Luz shares, promotes, and acts as a reference tool and forms a compendium of creative responses to climate change.

Prize summary: 
Online exhibition and publication
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The selected artists will participate in an online exhbition and their work will be part of a book. 

Deadline: 
07/01/2021

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