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Article | Mar 2012

RE-tooling RESIDENCIES. A Closer Look at the Mobility of Art Professionals

Individual artistic development and experimentation used to be the basic goals of residency programmes. Now, with the residency idea often being incorporated into the core of artistic production, contributing to changes in artistic geography, it is time to consider the most relevant methods for supporting knowledge development and the often-hidden processes related to the work of curators, organisers and artists. This book is a call to develop a methodology for the effective analysis of the creative and social processes related to such mobility in a global perspective. If residencies are based on an idea of re-location, what kinds of consequences do they have in terms of mapping national, transnational or global flows of labour, conflict and co-operation? Can the experience of the art scene in Eastern Europe be used as a basis for creating unique ways of organising artistic work and which possible strategies could provide a critical framework for the institution of artistic residencies?


The intense development and spread of residency programmes reflects the changing position of art and artists, encouraging face-to-face collaboration and networking, which provides opportunities for artistic and social practices to intertwine. However, the idea of the residency has rarely been subjected to rigorous critical enquiry. This book and the related website aim to stimulate much-needed analytical and practical investigation in the field. This specifically applies to the countries of Eastern Europe, where the institution of residency, as such, is relatively fresh and in search of legitimisation. This publication suggests several critical ways for approaching issues concerning residencies and the mobility of art professionals. At the same time, the website invites its users to submit comments, feedback, tools and resources, offering a platform for sharing theoretical and practical knowledge around the idea of residencies. In tandem with the publication, it provides space for qualitative reflection on the ways in which networking, exchange, learning and artistic practice could be evaluated in the context of mobility of art professionals.


Contributions by:


Rasa Antanavičiūtė & Vytautas Michelkevičius, Hagen Betzwieser, Odile Chenal, Kari Conte, Chris Fitzpatrick, Maja & Reuben Fowkes, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Astrid Honold, Jean-Baptiste Joly, Tobi Maier, Kaja Pawełek, Agnieszka Pindera, Johann Pousette, Raumtaktik: Matthias Böttger & Jennifer Morone, Jakob Racek, Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka and Agnieszka Sosnowska, Ewa Małgorzata Tatar, Yeb Wiersma.


Edited by: Anna Ptak


Graphic Design: Krzysztof Bielecki, Marianna Dobkowska


Managing Editor: Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt


Publisher: CCA Ujazdowski Castle & A-I-R Laboratory
Web Design: Berber Studio


Proofreading: 100% Proof


272 pages


 Download HERE the book in PDF format

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