Considering new models that allow us to remain connected through existing platforms has become an essential practice for many cultural projects such as ours. Both Can Serrat and guion_bajo aim to accompany creatives in their processes and offer spaces to reflect and come together.
Travel restrictions meant that guion bajo lived at Can Serrat longer than originally anticipated before being able to return home. Being in the same physical space gave way to discussions about new ways we could work together. Part of this dream is materialized in REMOTA, a virtual project that brings creatives together to dialogue and to collaborate, and that undoes the concept of a residency as existing as a physical space. The programs REMOTA residing at a distance and REMOTA workshop are both a part of this new initiative.
The pilot residency REMOTA residing at a distance was carried out on Zoom from April 6 to 17, 2020 where projects and ideas were shared and discussed. It brought together various curators, artists and writers who reflected, together with the teams of Can Serrat and guion bajo, on the influence the confinement and related current situation have on creative processes, on new practices of collaboration and communication, and on the role of the arts in the collective construction of what we are suggesting is a new kind of narrative about reality. Helle Kaarem (Norway), Asli Seven (Turkey), Luisa Ungar (Colombia), Martin Jackson (England), Xavi Acarin (Spain), James Cross (England) and Marloes Staal (Netherlands) shared their work and concerns and we established an open dialogue that allowed us to receive their comments and recommendations for a long-term program. Observers Tone Fjereide, Maria Kim (MODS) and Natasha Cox also enriched this exploratory exercise.
What is the program?
This new virtual space makes it possible to transcend borders and bring together a diverse group of creators who enrich one anothers’ processes by offering different perspectives and strengthening and expanding each other’s cultural networks. The groups, as tends to be the case in physical residencies as well, are inclusive and will consider a diverse range of artistic practices, places of origin, ages, and genders.
The program is aimed at creators who have time to devote to their creative process and who cannot travel (due to restrictions on movement, lack of economic resources, or lack of time for exclusive dedication on their projects due to work or family commitments, etc.)
Residents participating in the remote program will be selected through public open calls or from those who have already been selected to participate in the physical residency at Can Serrat but who are unable to travel in 2020 or 2021.
The remote residency will run for four weeks in which residents will share their work in virtual sessions and continue working individually on their respective projects, along with the support and input of the REMOTA staff.
- Presentation preparation. The REMOTA team will meet with participants on an individual basis to discuss how they will share their work and process based on their applications, in accordance with their needs and interests, and will consider topics that arise for future possible group discussions. [2 hours]
- Presentations of projects/work to the group. Both the residents and the CS team will actively participate in the presentations and generate discussion by asking questions, suggesting references or commenting on relevant issues as they come up. [2 hours]
- 1 or 2 follow-up meetings will be held to offer individual attention and support to participants to discuss and address progress, approaches, difficulties, and needs, etc. [2 to 4 hours].
- A more in-depth seminar will be held collectively on topics and themes that arise out of the presentations, texts, and individual meetings of the previous sessions (1 session) [3 hours].
- In the last session, residents will present on the progress of their work over the course of the month [2 hours]
The time required to participate in the virtual sessions will depend on the number of residents and you will be informed in advance
By participating in REMOTA, the resident agrees to attend the presentation of the other residents’ projects, participate in the discussions and share their portfolio and progress of their work with the other residents.
Cost: $1.890.000 COP — 452 € (for groups 6 participants minimum)
Date of residency: October 2020
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