RESIDENCY NO. 1// 21 MARCH - 21 APRIL 2016
NEW TECHNOLOGY AND THE POST-HUMAN
Led by David Blandy & Larry Achiampong
APPLICATION DEADLINE// 10/02/2016
PRAKSIS is now inviting applications from prospective participants based in Oslo, across Norway and internationally for its inaugural residency, running from the 21st of March - 21st April 2016.
Held in collaboration with PNEK, Atelier Nord, and Notam, David Blandy and Larry Achiampong’s NEW TECHNOLOGY AND THE POST-HUMAN residency will bring together an interdisciplinary community to consider issues around identity and states of existence in digital societies:
What makes us human in virtual environments inhabited by chatbots and algorithmic responses? What drives us to use new technologies? Multiple online avatars on Facebook, Twitter, forums, games etc. are common, but does identity shift across differing platforms? Are human interactions changing with these new forms of communication? Is the digital realm a space of emancipation or increased control? What are possible counter-movements to these developments? These questions are some of the starting points for conversations and research during the course of the residency.
ABOUT DAVID BLANDY AND LARRY ACHIAMPONG//
Blandy and Achiampong examine ideas of communal and personal heritage, investigating cultural hierarchies and the “fiction of the self”. Their practice is multi-faceted - encompassing film, performance, music, and installation. They have exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally, both individually and as a duo, at venues including Tate, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai; and MOMA PS1, New York.
This residency is multidisciplinary: applications are welcomed from artists, designers, programmers, 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 for 1 non-local resident and 4 locally-based residents to to work alongside Blandy and Achiampong. In addition to this, Canadian artist Jeremy Bailey will join PRAKSIS for a two-week research visit in April.
WHAT PRAKSIS PROVIDES//
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 residency collaborator Notam (Norwegian center for technology in music and the arts), and at organised events and meals.
Notam is providing one main shared project room, two smaller spaces more private spaces, as well the use of a bookable room, and open-plan communal kitchen and social area. Access to Notam's sound recording studio can also be arranged.
Regular 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 Notam. 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. The New Technology and the Post Human residency aims to introduce the residency community to Oslo creatives in various spheres: curators, artists, designers, and tech specialists.
Activities and events will be mainly held at Atelier Nord's ANX space in Grünerløkka. 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, and a film screening – some open to the public. A screening/seminar event will address issues surrounding the residency theme, and the residency will conclude with an optional presentation of residency outcomes to coincide with Oslo Open - an artist-run festival that provides artists the opportunity to be discovered outside the established institutions.
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 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.
- 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: email@example.com
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 Blandy, Achiampong 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 (£4.60 as of 04/01/16) .
Open Call// 4 January to 10 February 2016
Interviews with shortlisted applicants via Skype// 11-15 February 2016
Announcement of selection// by 19 February 2016-01-02
Residency// 21 March to 21 April 2016
Closing date for applications// 10th February 2016