[artinfo] Artists' residencies at Utopiana
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call for projects 2016-17
Deadline for applications: January 30, 2016
Avenue des Eidguenots
<mailto:utopiana at utopiana.ch>utopiana at utopiana.ch
The activities of mankind have generated an instability on earth that
calls for the emergence of a "biospheric consciousness." "The absence
of future is already here" and "the end of the world" have
established themselves as a form of mythical fabulation in the
contemporary imagination. How can we learn to be affected by this
situation? How can we reinvent our relationship with the
When in A Thousand Plateaus Deuleuze and Guattari make territory the
result of art and position the artist as "the first person to set out
a boundary stone, or to make a mark," they point towards the
essential link that humankind maintains with the earth, revealing the
human's endless effort to position itself within it and to make it
habitable. In other words, the creative act is linked to what
instigates and produces changes within the biotopes and what makes
the movement towards new equilibriums possible.
Underlying this gesture of reinvention is the inclusion of human
beings into ecological biotopes. Indeed, descriptions of biotopes
omit to mention the human amongst the other living organisms such as
mushrooms, bacteria, vegetation, animals. Ecosystemic properties are
preserved thanks to the diversity amongst these living organisms and
they maintain and encourage multitudes of relations and exchanges.
However, in order to integrate humans into the biotopes, we must
think alongside the image of a biochore. While the Greek topos sends
us back to a static and constrained understanding of space, the chora
represents a place of human becoming, its matrix and its traces. This
relational understanding of space makes the chora a place of
"growing togetherness of things within the concreteness of the
sensible world." (A. Berque). Thus, in becoming biochore, the biotope
opens itself up to the question of meaning and of possibilities, to
the creative work where the foundations of all life forms are forged,
including human life interacting with all other forms.
How can we challenge and rethink the imaginary so as to include
mankind as an active agent participating in equal measure with other
life forms in the production of and care for an ecosystem? How can a
biotope/biochore welcome and integrate other communities into its
The prospective candidates must send their applications via email to
the address <mailto:residence at utopiana.ch>residence at utopiana.ch.
Applications must include:
-a letter of motivation mentioning the artist's availabilities
between March 2016 and December 2017 (max. three months)
-description of the project including participative activities such
as workshop, conferences, etc.
-portfolio (photographs, video, and sound files, etc.)
Conditions of residency
Each application will be carefully reviewed by the selection
committee at Utopiana. Utopiana offers housing and a participation of
about 1000 CHF each month all included.
Nonetheless and if possible, we encourage each artist to apply for
Once the application is accepted, and in order to create the optimal
working conditions for the project, a collaborative exchange will
begin between the artist and Utopiana. Artists in residence can count
on administrative support from Utopiana.
For more information, please write to us at
<mailto:utopiana at utopiana.ch>utopiana at utopiana.ch.
During the residency, the participants will have access to the
following: a room in Utopiana's house, a shared studio space, access
to cooking and common areas, use of a bicycle belonging to the
association, and a washing machine.
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