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.
guion bajo was staying at Can Serrat when the travel restrictions of March 2020 were put in place. It meant that she stayed at Can Serrat for 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?
REMOTA residing at a distance is an online residency for artistic and writing practices. Through this virtual space, the program seeks to transcend borders by bringing together a diverse group of creators who will enrich one anothers’ processes by offering different perspectives and strengthening and expanding one anothers’ cultural networks. The selection process aims for inclusivity and will consider a range of creative practices, places of origin, ages, and genders.
The residency will run for one month, in which the residents will share their work, projects, and creative process in a series of online sessions. Residents are encouraged to work individually on their respective projects for the duration of the residency and can expect regular support and input from the REMOTA residing at a distance team. The team will also suggest various digital tools for individual or collective experimentation and platforms or files for sharing their works and for building a library of references. Throughout the residency, there will be various channels of open and ongoing communication among participants as well as between the residents and the REMOTA team to maintain the thread of discussion.
- First group sessions: Welcome, introduction to the residency and individual presentations. (Each resident will have 15 minutes to briefly share the topic of their project).
- Resident’s Time: We are proposing this optional meeting as a space in which residents will have the opportunity to socialize, speak about past projects, and to get to know one another better. (The REMOTA team will not be present for this session).
- Individual Sessions: The REMOTA team will meet individually with each resident to discuss the projects they have proposed and will be working on throughout the month, address questions that may arise and offer support and resources in accordance with residents’ needs and interests.
- Second group session: Participants will be divided into smaller groups according to common themes and interests. The residents as well as the REMOTA team will actively participate in the presentations by asking questions, suggesting references, or debating over some of the shared topics.
- Xerrem/ tea time /diálogo: Previous residents from the October 2020 session will be invited to hold a group dialog related to residents’ work and presentations.
- Group Session Residents will present on the progress of their work over the course of the month.
Who is the program for?
This program was developed for creators who have time to devote to their practice and who are unable to travel (due to current restrictions on movement, lack of time for exclusive dedication on their projects, or due to work or family commitments, etc.)
Terms of the Open Call
The jury will select 10 applications to participate in the program, one of which will be awarded a full grant and nine will be awarded partial grants*. Applications and/or writing samples may be submitted in Spanish, although the online group sessions will be held in English.
Cost of the residency:
520 € — $2.301.260,00 COP
The jury will select 10 proposals to be part of the remota residency program.
The breakdown of scholarships and invitations will be as follows:
- 1 full scholarship
- 1 scholarships of 70%
- 1 scholarships of 50%
- 7 scholarships of 30%
For questions or inquiries, please contact us as: firstname.lastname@example.org
Next open call: November 9-December 9, 2020 for residency in March, 2021. Please visit our open call page for more information.