miercuri, 15 iunie 2016

Call for applications - Cultural program "The undisciplined Eye. Everyday Life beyond Narration"

CEREFREA Villa Noël launches a residency program for artistic research in Bucharest, dedicated to artists from Central and Southeastern Europe whose practice is actively exploring the concept of intermediality and tests different transdisciplinary methodologies in the artistic production. 

The focus of the residency is to set up a regional network in the sphere of artistic research, strengthening the exchanges with connected cultural domains such as social sciences, humanities, architecture, opening up opportunities for dialogue and collaboration between various artists and researchers. The CEREFREA residency program aims at building up a centre for international cooperation and a platform for academic and artistic exchange in Bucharest.

The program follows closely a research theme, which will be examined in the course of two years. A guest curator will coordinate the program and will organize at the end of the residencies an exhibition project together with the selected artists. The art historian and curator Alina Șerban will coordinate the first edition of the CEREFREA residency program.

The undisciplined Eye. Everyday Life beyond Narration is the theme of the first two editions of CEREFREA Villa Noël artistic residency in Bucharest. The purpose of the program is to reflect by means of artistic research upon the idea of document and to explore its multiple codes in contemporary visual practices. The theme endeavours to interrogate the specific conditions of life of the contemporary man, proposing to renounce to descriptive and narrative formats with the help of analytical and transdisciplinary methods.

The program will support those artistic projects that propose a site-specific research inspired by the Romanian social context or an in-depth reflection on subjects from the living contexts of the artists of the former Eastern bloc. The residency program encourages projects that advance new frameworks for visual research and touch upon the territories of negotiation between different collective histories and personal experiences, between contemporary social realities, urban economies and everyday life space.

During the residency, the selected artists will give a public talk and will participate in an exhibition and a panel discussion at the end of their stay in Bucharest. A series of meetings with local artists, curators and scholars will be organized.

Conditions of residency:
Number of places: 3 positions for 3 non-Romanian Central and Southeastern European artists

The residence period is 2 months: between July 1 to August 31, 2016.

The grant includes:
• Transport to Bucharest and return;
• A monthly stipend of 4050 lei gross (approx. 900 euro gross);
• Accommodation in Villa Noël in Bucharest;
• Individual and common work areas;
• A joint production grant for the final exhibition of 8,000 lei gross (approx. 1750 euro gross).

Deadline for submitting the applications: June 20, 2016.
 The application consists of a CV (not to exceed 4 pages), a cover letter presenting the project and its relevance in the context of the theme of the program (not to exceed 2 pages) and the contacts of two people who can provide references for applicant. All materials will be written either English or French. Materials will be sent in a single PDF (not to exceed 3MB) by e-mail: residency@villanoel.ro 

Selection committee:
Simona NECULA, General Secretary CEREFREA Villa Noël, University of Bucharest
Damiana OŢOIU, Lecturer, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest
Dan PERJOVSCHI, visual artist, writer, journalist
Alina ȘERBAN, art historian and curator, PEPLUSPATRU Association

Founded by the University of Bucharest, New Europe College, New Bulgarian University in Sofia and the French Embassy in Romania, the Regional Francophone Centre for Advanced Research in Social Sciences (CEREFREA Villa Noël) at University of Bucharest aims primarily at strengthening the visibility of academic research in social sciences and humanities in Central and Eastern Europe, in French language. The project CEREFREA (www.villanoel.ro) rests on the excellent cooperation between local and international francophone partners specialized in research and training programs. CEREFREA won the prestigious cultural price Louis D. of the French Academy, which has transformed Villa Noël into a centre for excellence in the study of francophone social sciences. From a technical standpoint, Villa Noël has conference rooms equipped with video conferencing systems, seminar rooms, and offices for researchers, a library and accommodations for researchers and artists in residency.

In partnership with:
It is a platform for cultural exchange and interdisciplinary research in the field of visual arts active locally and internationally, founded by artists Anca Benera, Arnold Estefan, Cătălin Rulea and art historian Alina Șerban. The programs and projects initiated aim to reconnect the various local and regional / international histories and to foster various encounters between the artistic practice and the academic research area. The association is recognized for its self-organized institutional project Centre for Visual Introspection (2008-2012) and its publishing platform P+4 Publications, dedicated to the research and international promotion of Romanian contemporary art.
Project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund.

The project does not necessarily represent
 the official position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN shall not be held liable for the project's content or any use to which the project outcome might be put. These are the sole responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.

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