RESIDENCY NO. 1//   21 MARCH – 21 APRIL 2016

RESIDENCY NO. 2 //  20 MAY - 21 June 2016

mucker mate
Led by seamus harahan


PRAKSIS and events partner Oslo Pilot are pleased to invite applications from international, national and local participants for an arts based residency on the theme of mucker mate running from 20 May – 21 June 2016. Led by Jarman Award winner Seamus Harahan (UK).

Mucker' and 'mate’ are prevalent slang in Belfast where Harahan lives and works. They most often project warmth and community, but they can also harbour a false intimacy. This residency is about new meetings, about connection, about character, about understanding and misunderstanding people, place and cultures. It is about bringing together a community and seeing what happens, be that: deep anthropological debate or collective music making (for example). Seamus Harahan will be exploring Oslo, intuitively following personal interests in sound and music: folk, electronic, noise, experimental, found. He may be film making, he may be drawing, he may become absorbed in other interests. The residency provides a studio space, but residents are likely to also come together in parks, pubs, by the fjord; making the most of Oslo (particularly in early Summer).


Artist and musician Seamus Harahan’s deceptively simple work focuses mostly on the urban scene, discovering a sensual poetics in everyday, marginal and overlooked subjects and peripheral details. Much of Harahan's work engages directly with place. The content of his films arises from where he is, and where he goes. Working primarily with video and sound, he explores his environment intuitively, meeting the cultural, social and experiential fragments that present themselves with an open, experimental eye. He says; "I am interested in film-making that is about looking—recording before thought, the visual consequence of an absent-minded gaze in response to the world; locating yourself, locating others—mapping emotional and intellectual spaces, being part of the moving mass: The accumulation of meanings in the dislocation of the familiar, where narratives recede in the minutiæ of gesture and sound."

Installation is a central part of Harahan's practice: he looks to retain the open ethos of chance occurrences, and to create an environment that is sympathetic to the content of the film, the context and the viewing demands. The filmed space is brought into the gallery space as a further suggestion. TV, monitor, projection, back projection; he looks for appropriate means and furnishing in the city/place the work is showing, on the streets, in markets—museum benches are a no.

Harahan’s work was described by Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, as: “challenging and experimental while also humorous and accessible.” Harahan has exhibited widely internationally, including at Tate Britain, London, and representing Northern Ireland at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. He received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists in 2009, and won the 2015 Jarman Award. He is ex-director of Catalyst Arts Belfast. Harahan lives and works in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


This residency is multidisciplinary: applications are welcomed from artists, musicians, anthropologists, curators, writers, and anyone else with relevant experience and interests. PRAKSIS aims to provide an environment for development and professional growth: applications are welcome from practitioners of differing ages and experience levels.

Places are available 1 non-local resident and 3 locally-based residents to to work alongside Harahan.


This residency offers comfortable accommodation for non-Oslo based residents in central Oslo. Local residents will continue to live at their usual address. The residency community will regularly come together at the residency studio space located at Vandaler Forening, and at organised events and meals.

Weekly meals will bring the residency community together for discussion, debate and friendship. On week days PRAKSIS will cater lunch and provide afternoon tea/drinks at Vandaler Forening. Food to make meals will be provided for non-Oslo based residents, and dinners for all residents will be held weekly with invited guests.

Oslo has a vibrant and adventurous arts landscape. PRAKSIS will provide residents with information and links to the city’s art scene, informing them about exhibitions, talks, performances and other events. PRAKSIS seeks wherever possible to connect participants with relevant organisations and individuals in Oslo. PRAKSIS residencies aims to introduce the residency community to Oslo creatives in various spheres including: curators, writers, artists, and musicians.

Activities and events will be mainly held at Oslo Pilot's space in central Oslo. At the start of the residency, participants will be invited to make a presentation, informally introducing themselves and their practice to the rest of the group. Other activities include visits to Oslo-based artists’ studios, a tour of Oslo's galleries, networking events, discussions and group critiques – some open to the public. A screening/seminar event will address issues surrounding the residency theme.

While the residency is free and offers accommodation and meals, PRAKSIS regrets that at this stage we cannot yet offer transport costs or a fee. However our team is happy to advise on and support applications for external grants wherever possible.


  • English is the common language at PRAKSIS and residencies must be sufficiently fluent to participate in group discussion and activity.
  • Residents are expected to involve themselves fully in the work of the residency: joining meals, participating in events and engaging with the resident community.
  • Accepting a residency involves a commitment to participation for the full residency term.


Please submit:

  • A completed application form. We kindly request that you send a PDF version of the application.
  • Recent CV/resume.
  • Portfolio (only one PDF file). Up to 5 images. The images should include captions or short descriptions.  For videos/films, please provide links to your own website, Vimeo page, YouTube page, etc. Do not attach actual video files.

Please submit only electronic copies of the above in ONE email under 5 MB to:

In the subject line of your email, please write your name and country of residence per the following order:  Last Name, First Name, Country.

Selections will be made by Seamus Harahan and the PRAKSIS team on the basis of each individual’s potential to participate in and benefit from residency involvement, and are not based on applicants’ academic or professional backgrounds. Successful applicants will be selected for Skype interviews with residency admissions jury, which will take place shortly after the application deadline.



There is an application fee towards administrative costs of 60 NOK (approx. €6.00 as of 1 March 2016).



Open Call//  1 March to 25 March 2016
Interviews with shortlisted applicants via Skype//  2 - 5 April 2016
Announcement of selection//  by 10 April 2016
Residency//  20 May -  21 June 2016
Closing date for applications//  Midnight GMT, 25 March2016


Application Form


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