[artinfo] cfp for thematic residency 'Culture of permanence'

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Call for participation for thematic residency 'Culture of permanence'

Arc artist residency


From 7 till 14 April 2016 in Romainmôtier, Switzerland

Deadline for application: 2 January 2016

A thematic residency around the questions of 
communal shareholding and knowledge build-up at 
Arc artist residency in Romainmôtier, Switzerland.

In the second decade of the 21st century the 
neoliberal model is in crisis: we live in a 
society where 30 to 40 % of the population are 
knowledge workers within a system that is 
speculative and expresses the value of social 
collaboration in a way that does not fit. That 
leads us to imagining an exodus to a new 
prototype: we have to create new values and 
develop new ways of collaborating. Until now 
philosophers have imagined a different world with 
various kinds of theories, but how can we 
actually change it?

One possibility of relational dynamics is the 
peer-to-peer one, which is a form of communal 
shareholding: people can contribute to a group 
project in a horizontal way and can benefit from 
the results of the collective work, without 
direct individual reciprocity. Peer-to-peer is 
about building up a system through contribution 
from different points of view, by confronting 
different disciplines with each other, in a 
community of practice around a mutual goal. 
Transdisciplinarity starts from the objective, 
not from a single discipline. The question is 
rather: who has the best methods or techniques to 
better understand the objective.

By bringing together practitioners from different 
fields during a week in April 2016, Arc would 
like to explore how artistic strategies can be 
used to address wide-ranging issues related to 
peer-production and knowledge building.

The common objective during the week will be to 
develop a vegetable garden at Arc. By orienting 
ourselves towards permaculture - or 'culture of 
permanence' - we want to look at the link between 
the historical, social and biological settlement 
(abbey garden, farmer garden, ecosystem) and a 
new project. Can the development of a vegetable 
garden contribute to novel articulations about 
object oriented sociality: collaborating towards 
a mutual goal, according to the principles of 
anticredentialism (you don't need references or 
degrees to do a specific task well) and 
equipotential (everyone has the same potential to 
contribute to a collective project with their 
specific talent or project)? What are the social 
innovations? And how can peer-production be 
evolutionary and sustainable?

The residency will bring together applicants of 
this open call with an invited group of experts 
from different fields.

Participants are invited to contribute with their 
own research and projects to the explorations and 
reflections about peer-production.

This thematic residency is developed in 
collaboration with the Swiss anthropologist 


- The call is open to artists and practitioners 
from other fields, from Switzerland and from 
other places.

- Participants will be selected by a jury of arts 
practitioners and experts from other fields.

- The residency will take place from 7 to 14 
April 2016 at Arc artist residency, in 
Romainmôtier, Switzerland.

- The language of the residency will be English.

- Besides the workshops and work space, Arc 
offers travel, accommodation and food for this 
thematic residency.

How to apply:

- Fill in the 
form on our website (under 'NEWS' - 'Call for 
thematic residency: Culture of permanence') and 
send it along with a recent CV (only one pdf file 
/ maximum 2 MB), a portfolio/documentation (only 
one pdf file maximum 5 pages / maximum 5 MB) to 
<mailto:info at arc-artistresidency.ch>info at arc-artistresidency.ch

- For videos or audio, please provide links to 
your own website, Vimeo page, YouTube page, etc. 
Do not attach video or audio files.

- Deadline for application: 2 January 2016

- Incomplete application forms will not be accepted!

More info on <http://www.arc-artistresidency.ch/>www.arc-artistresidency.ch

<mailto:info at arc-artistresidency.ch>info at arc-artistresidency.ch
Arc artist residency
Cour du Cloítre 22 - Postbox 2
1323 Romainmôtier


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