[artinfo] Onassis AiR open call 2019/20

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Onassis AiR: (inter)national artistic research 
residency program in Athens, Greece
Open call: 2019/20

Application deadline: November 26, 2018, 12pm


ONASSIS AiR (Artists-in-Residence) is a 
year-round program, located in the urban centre 
of Athens, that grounds its mission in commitment 
to supporting artistic process, towards a less 
product-obsessed arts ecosystem. The 
(inter)national artistic research and residency 
program in Athens (Greece) is being born in 2019 
and is established by the Onassis Foundation.

The Onassis Foundation inaugurates 
AiR, an (inter)national Artistic Research and 
Residency Program for international artists, and 
artists living and working in Greece, and invites 
them to submit their applications due November 
26, 2018 (12pm EEST).

The selection for the 2019/20 ONASSIS AiR will be 
conducted by an international advisory board 
consisting of: Myriam Ben Salah, Efi Birba, 
Daniel Blanga Gubbay, and Barbara van Lindt.

ONASSIS AiR will support Greek and international 
artists, curators, and thinkers working in 
time-based artistic disciplines, who wish to 
deepen, reconsider, or transform their practice 
or methodology.

What if we took the artistic practice, the craft, 
the process of creating, the process of research, 
each individual trajectory that artists, and 
other curious minds, go through day in and day 
out, as the starting point towards a less product 
obsessed arts policy? What if we refused the 
precarity of our arts institutions? What if 
artists and curators could take time to 
reconsider their practice without expectations 
and constraints of the production frenzy?

Onassis AiR program and the resources it will 
offer, will hopefully create a community. A place 
where all the participants can interact with each 
other as peers. Regardless of age or how 
accomplished they are. To work and think and eat 
together as a community that does not strive for 
the next project, the next premiere, the next 
product. A community and space that is very much 
local. A community that has the ability to pause, 
to rethink how each one of us functions and 
creates. A space that offers time. Time to learn, 
to change, or go deeper, by doing and undoing or 

Onassis AiR has been designed and will be run by 
Ash Bulayev (director of Onassis AiR) and Nefeli 
Myrodia (creative producer & dramaturg of Onassis 

OnassisÐ AiR Strands
AiR Critical Practices Program is a full-time, 
3-month encounter of 5 practitioners living and 
working in Greece. The program is designed as a 
collective artistic research community of 
time-based professionals (visual artists, 
choreographers, theatre and film directors, 
composers, performers, curators, producers, 
designers, writers, cultural theorists, and other 
curious minds).

AiR (inter)national Curator & Artist-in-Residence 
Program is a one-month, individual artistic 
research residency for international and Greek 
artists, living in Greece or abroad. This strand 
is for any artist or curator or other creative 
and curious practitioner (time-based practice) 
who has a concrete artistic research question or 
project they would like to take further. 
Regardless of experience level, but assuming that 
each participant has an existing individual 
practice at the time of the application.

AiR Exchange Residencies are individual artistic 
research residencies, varying in duration and 
scope, taking place at one of our collaborating 
institutions, outside of Greece. Exchange 
Residencies are intended for artists living and 
working in Greece within time-based practices: 
artists, makers, designers, theorists, curators, 
and other curious minds who would benefit from 
participating in one of the collaborating 
programs around the world.

Onassis AiR Emergency Fellowships are the most 
reactive and tailor-made strand of Onassis AiR 
program. Emergency Fellowships are intended for 
international and local artists, curators, and 
other practitioners. Emergency Fellowships are 
meant to be a stimulus to artists and curators 
who have a unique, unanticipated, and very 
time-sensitive need.

OnassisÐ AiR DNA

Time-based: This program is for artists and 
curators who work with time-based mediums.

In-flux: This program is for artists and curators 
with an existing professional practice, who are 
going through a shift, who are in-flux, and those 
who look to redefine how they work or create.

Local: This program is very much rooted in the 
city of Athens and all the contradictions, tempo 
and light that it offers.

(Inter)national: This program is for artists and 
curators who live in Greece & international 
artists, regardless of their nationality.

DIWO: This program prefers to avoid the ethos of 
DIY (do-it-yourself) and instead embraces the 
logic of DIWO (do-it-with-others). All 
participants must have an interest of working and 
thinking and being with others (peers), and are 
willing to connect and engage socially within the 
diverse communities of Athens.

Self-learning: This program is not educational, 
but is based on the principles of self-learning 
and learning-by-doing.

No gurus: This program will not have teachers or 
master-classes or students - instead it is based 
on peers who all have their individual craft and 
methodologies and questions, and who share such 
concerns and questions with each other without 
unnecessary hierarchies inherent in the notion of 
"master artists".

Welcome back: This program, and its different 
strands, is meant to be a place you can return 
to. If you have been part of one of the strands 
of Onassis AiR, you are always welcome to apply 
again for another strand, or simply come and talk 
to us about your needs. And as a past 
participant, you are always welcome to drop by 
for lunch, or to borrow equipment and use the 
spaces (if what you need is available during that 
moment), or ask for advice, or use the library.

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