[artinfo] Curatorial Residency at Ujazdowski Castle

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Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle

Open call for Re-Directing: East Curatorial Residency
"The Making of Collective Agencies"

Application deadline: February 28, 2016

Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle
2 Jazdów Street
00-467 Warsaw

<MAILTO:csw at csw.art.pl>csw at csw.art.pl


The Artists-In-Residence Laboratory at the CCA 
Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw invites art 
professionals such as curators, organisers, 
researchers and art managers to apply for a 
one-month long residency. The notion of 
"re-directing" refers here to a need to 
facilitate collaborations in-between art 
initiatives, which due to geopolitical conditions 
hasn't had many opportunities to collaborate thus 
far. The Re-Directing: East Curatorial Residency 
is a peer-learning workshop, a curatorial 
seminar, extended site exploration and a research 
opportunity for a group of four to 
six individuals together with the CCA team and 
local participants. The participants are expected 
to share their experience and understanding of 
respective artistic and socio-political contexts, 
as well as to prepare themselves for 
participation in this year's exploration of the 
topic "The Making of Collective Agencies." This 
curatorial residency is a platform for developing 
a possible working collaboration with the CCA 
Ujazdowski Castle and other parties concerned in 
the years to come.

During the month long residency we want to (self) 
reflect on the curatorial practices that take 
place outside of formal institutions and which 
draw inspiration from critical, social, and 
collective modes of action for the commonwealth. 
The starting point will be to look at examples of 
social practices (e.g. cooperative work, like the 
Indonesian "gotong royong," or the already 
non-existent Polish "communal work," which has 
been replaced by modern forms of the "exchange 
platforms"), artistic (e.g. activities supporting 
the self-governance of artistic circles and also 
"alternative" institutions and forms of 
presentation and creation of art) and beyond, or 
post-artistic practices within politics, 
economics, and social life (protests, cultural 
resistance, informal education). We will utilize 
the presentations as well as the experiences of 
the participants to talk about the different 
strategies and consequences of entangling 
curatorial and artistic practices in collective 
actions and implementing within their frames 
political commentary regarding the position of 
specific collectives. The question of who and 
what collectives are, on behalf of those and 
within the frames of those which artistic 
statements are created will constitute another 
important issue.

The month long residencies: July 18-August 17, 2016
Submission deadline: February 28, 2016
The results will be announced by April 8, 2016

Selection will be based on the professional 
excellence of the applicant's work and their 
plans for sharing the benefits of the exchange 
with artists and institutions in their home 
country / site of activities. Due to the 
programme agenda aiming at creating collaboration 
opportunities beyond the already existing 
cultural policies, we do not accept applications 
from individuals residing and working within the 
EU. Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of 
English to function independently and communicate 
with the A-I-R Laboratory staff and other 

We will be offering:
-Individual living space connected with the working space
-A grant of 3200 PLN / approx. 800 USD
-Reimbursement of travel costs
-Organizing a customised programme of lectures, 
presentations and study visits in Warsaw and 
-Organizing the final seminar including 
participants' presentations created 
collaboratively during the residency
Please note that we do not cover visa fees or the 
insurance costs required for visa application.

How to apply
Please send an electronic version of your 
application in one document to the 
e-mail: <mailto:air.opencall at gmail.com>air.opencall at gmail.com-preferred 
format: pdf (in English). The application 
document should include:
1. professional work experience in the form of a 
portfolio containing a description of maximum 
five projects
2. a cover letter
3. a paper proposal (max. 300 words). This should 
describe the presentation subject which you would 
like to develop in relation to this year's topic 
"The Making of Collective Agencies." The 
presentation will contribute to the seminar 
during the RDE residency.
4. your CV.
Please label the portfolio as follows: your surname_your name_application.pdf.

The project is implemented with financial support from the City of Warsaw.

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