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Visual Arts Thematic Residency | Plastic - Online 2021

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Plastic is everywhere, and is increasingly an object of environmental concern. However, it also provides the basis of our contemporary infrastructures including buildings, clothing, and communications networks. Despite the necessary campaigns for the elimination of single-use plastics, it is a material that cannot be easily dismissed. Plastic is one of the most intimate manifestations of our connections with oil, as it is used in everything from baby bottles to sex toys. It is also one of the foremost materials used in the production of contemporary art, from molds to vinyl to paints.  

This residency explores how we might reconfigure our relations to plastic, seeing it as a material of potential connection, of resilience, of queer productivity without denying its immediate and devastating environmental consequences. What might happen if we thought of plastic as incredibly valuable material, rather than as immanently expendable? We invite makers and thinkers to reimagine their relations with this now fundamental material, to explore processes of recycling and reconstituting, and to pay attention to the uneven materialities of plastic and its affordances as an artistic material.

What does the program offer?
This online program will provide a discursive forum for visual artists, curators, and other cultural producers to explore plastic in relation to their work, communities, geographic locations, and current societal conversations. Participants will form an online community of peers; share work with each other and continue work already in progress; partake in online studio visits; participate in conversations, presentations, and workshops; and engage with faculty and each other to develop ideas, insights, and connections that can be applied to the theoretical and practical development of their practice.  Please see the Itinerary section for an approximation of the program schedule. 

What length of residency is available?
This program requires a dedicated commitment over a period of 3 weeks with the understanding that absence from weekly synchronous activities will be minimal and cannot be made up. 

Who should apply?
This residency is open to visual artists, curators, and academics. Applicants should have completed formal training in visual arts or a field related to this program at the post-secondary level, and should demonstrate a history of exhibitions, publications, and projects. Collectives of no more than two people are welcome to apply.

***Financial Aid up to 100% available.

Program Dates: July 12 - 30, 2021
Program Deadline: June 16, 2021
Learn more and apply online: https://bit.ly/2SOoukK

Prize summary: 
100% scholarship available
Deadline: 
06/16/2021
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Plastic | Visual Arts Thematic

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Plastic is everywhere, and is increasingly an object of environmental concern. However, it also provides the basis of our contemporary infrastructures including buildings, clothing, and communications networks. Despite the necessary campaigns for the elimination of single-use plastics, it is a material that cannot be easily dismissed. Plastic is one of the most intimate manifestations of our connections with oil, as it is used in everything from baby bottles to sex toys. It is also one of the foremost materials used in the production of contemporary art, from moulds to vinyl to paints.  

This residency explores how we might reconfigure our relations to plastic, seeing it as a material of potential connection, of resilience, of queer productivity without denying its immediate and devastating environmental consequences. What might happen if we thought of plastic as incredibly valuable material, rather than as immanently expendable? We invite makers and thinkers to reimagine their relations with this now fundamental material, to explore processes of recycling and reconstituting, and to pay attention to the uneven materialities of plastic and its affordances as an artistic material.

What does the program offer?

Residencies offer a structured program where visual artists, curators, and other arts professionals come together to create work and discuss pertinent themes. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, studio work, formal lectures, and studio visits from world-renowned visiting faculty, artists and curators, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and professional development of their work.

This program is designed for participation over the entire period. Variable dates will not be considered.

Who should apply?

This residency is open to visual artists, curators, and academics. Applicants should have completed formal training in visual arts or a field related to this program at the post-secondary level, and should demonstrate a history of exhibitions, publications, and projects. Collectives of no more than two people are welcome to apply.

Application Deadline: March 04, 2020
Dates: July 20 - August 21, 2020

 

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Financial Aid up to 100% is available to cover tuition (meal plans and accommodations are not eligible).

Deadline: 
03/04/2020
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The Universal Sea – Pure or Plastic?! Call for Artists

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Creatives from all around the world get your work tools ready and set your imagination free: The Universal Sea’s Call for Artists is officially launched! We are seeking out for artworks and projects which deal with water in the Anthropocene’s context until 31st December 2017.

„The Universal Sea: Pure or Plastic?!” is a European art and innovation project. The aim of our project is to strengthen creative civil participation now and for the future. It’s about creating urgency to take action! The project seeks to find new approaches by exploring the power of art questioning and rethinking existing systems through making thought processes visible and physically tangible. Based on Beuys’ social sculpture concept, we are looking for artists that are open to engaging with the public beyond their individual art creation.

What is in for you:

  • Be shown in an international exhibition in a museum in Oronsko, Poland.
  • Be selected for an Artist Residency
  • Get a budget of 5.000 Euro for your extended art production
  • Show your final artwork at The Universal Sea Festival in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Be published in the official The Universal Sea Book.

And overall, contribute to a global cause with your work and show that art can be a catalyst for change. Your choice, your action!

Apply now and find more information: http://universal-sea.org/actions/artist-open-call.

Deadline: 
12/31/2017
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