When nature writes, collective creation residency
Call for January – February 2025
The residency When Nature Writes – the sixth edition of encounters around collective creation in Colombia and the fifth edition in Spain – proposes an exploration of rhizomatic connections between creation and ecology. It proposes that writers, contemporary artists, and people from diverse disciplines and knowledge backgrounds be sensitive to the landscape surrounding Can Serrat and to make this place visible, through different disciplines. This gathering is also an invitation to participate in the ongoing reflection on the concepts of authorship, collaboration, and creation through collective experimentation.
This program is part of an ongoing research project of the residency guion bajo and Cajón de Sastre (in Colombia) and Can Serrat (in Catalonia), whose focus is on the exchange of interdisciplinary experiences, as well as an inquiry into processes and methodologies to address creative practices. The individuals selected to participate in this new edition we conduct together at Can Serrat should dedicate part of their time to contributing to the reflection on a collective project. The format, schedule, and outcome of this collaboration will not be predetermined but will be developed collectively throughout this 6-week residency.
For Collective Creation edition #2025, guion bajo and Cajón de Sastre will be present at Can Serrat in El Bruc.
The criteria to be considered during the selection process will include the quality, style, originality, coherence and argumentation of the proposal, the experience, and relevance of the applicant’s work in relation to collective creation processes.
Residence dates: January 13 – February 24, 2025
Application period: February 12 – March 12, 2024
Results announcement: April 2024
The jury will select 20 proposals to be part of the program.
- OPTION 1: ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS_shared room 1271.34€ (6 weeks)
- OPTION 2: ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS_private room 2009.70€ (6 weeks)*
- OPTION 3: SHARED STUDIO (without accommodation or meals) 274.50€ (6 weeks)
*limited number available each month.
- Accommodation at Can Serrat
- 1 basket of basic dry food per month + 1 basket of vegetables/fruits each week + a communal dinner prepared by our cook every Friday
- Shared workspace during the residency
- Access to all common areas
- Access to all equipment
- Promotion through social networks
- Human and technical resources
- Participation in public and community cultural activities
- Connections with the local territory
- Publication in the biannual digital catalog of Can Serrat projects
- Collective production scholarship, subject to obtaining public aid_300€
The actual value of the residence for the year 2025 is calculated at 2567€/month and covers all the aforementioned conditions. However, this is not the cost that residents will pay.
We understand the house as a community, a space that needs to be collectively cared for, so all residents and users of the residence must follow the weekly tasks (these include cleaning common areas such as the kitchen, garden, dining room, bathroom, etc.).
WHO CAN APPLY?
Everyone from everywhere and all ages (if under 18, needs parental or guardian authorization). It is not necessary to be an artist or writer. Individual, duo, collective.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
– Fill out the FORM with your details.
-You will also be asked for a .PDF file titled: “surname_name_NATURE2025”
This document should include:
- A written or recorded audio or video statement from the writer/artist (a brief summary of your work, research interest, themes, references, and/or process within a contemporary context, and some information about your current research field) and a brief explanation of why you are interested in participating in the collective creation residency*.
- A video* (max 3 min) or a series of images (max 10) or a voice note (max 3 min) or a sample of 1 page of writing project(s).
- If you have experience in collective processes, describe a collaborative dynamic that you find interesting (one paragraph).
* Please include an embedded link in the .pdf so we can access the reading on SoundCloud or YouTube.
The application can be in Catalan, Spanish, or English. We cannot accept other languages at this time.
Residents commit to:
- Accept the terms of the call
- Ensure their stay on the proposed dates (not postponable)
- Participate in activities organized during the residency
- Participate, at the end of the micro-residency, in materializing the experience (trans piece) that can be published and disseminated by guion bajo, Cajón de sastre, and Can Serrat.
- Authorization for the use of documentation for dissemination purposes and archive of the micro-residency
Sarah Goodchild. Sarah Goodchild Robb is the Coordinator of programs at Can Serrat. She received her bachelor’s degree in Art History and French from Bard College at Simon’s Rock and completed a master’s degree in Studio Practice from The City College of New York, CUNY. There, she was nominated for a Master of Fine Arts Fellowship from the Dedalus Foundation and received the Therese Ralston McCabe Connor Award for study abroad, which allowed her to do a residency at Picture Berlin, Germany. While completing her master’s degree, she interned in research at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Before her studies, she worked as an art administrator and educator at a non-profit organization in Portland, Oregon. In 2018, she co-founded MODS with visual artist Maria Kim (2018-2023), an international virtual support initiative for active artists.
Paola Caballero Daza. Cultural manager and Director of the guion bajo foundation. She studied literature at the University of Los Andes, a master’s degree in Asian and African Studies from El Colegio de México, and the diploma Expanded Writings: Language, Science, and Art from the José Emilio Pacheco Chair of Unam. She has been a pre-reader, reader, and jury member of various national and international scholarships, awards, and incentives, and among her publications are Voy y vengo with El Peregrino Ediciones. Twin beds, edited by Cajón de Sastre, is part of the Reading Colombia 2022 and 2023 catalog, and was a finalist for the National Published Novel Prize 2022 from the Ministry of Culture.
Catalina Vargas Tovar. Director of Cajón de Sastre. She studied Philosophy at the University of Los Andes. She is an editor and researcher with experience in editorial curation, content generation, and communication strategies in ecology, literature, and art. She has been an advisor to organizations such as Tropenbos Colombia, FLORA ars+natura, Museum of Archaeology (MUSA), and the Arts Management of the Gilberto Alzate Avendaño Foundation, among others, and has recently coordinated exhibitions such as “From nature an open book” (Bogotá International Book Fair, 2019). She has participated in numerous artist book projects and developed various creation workshops in alternative settings. She currently works as a writing professor in the Master of Arts on the university Jorge Tadeo Lozano.