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LABxS 2018 Residency Program
Arts, communities and aesthetics of the commons

OPEN CALL FOR SHORT TERM RESIDENCIES: ARTS, COMMUNITIES AND AESTHETICS OF THE COMMONS

LABORATÓRIO SANTISTA announces an open call to select artists, researchers, creators and inventors for short term artistic residencies hosted at its headquarters.

 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Artists; researchers; creators; inventors; people interested in being part of a collaborative process of learning, unlearning, and creation, as well as in exchanging knowledge and opening up to creative experimentations with art and life.

The open call is directed towards both Brazilians and non-Brazilians with a special focus on people who identify as belonging to the Global South. The term South is not understood here as strictly geographical, therefore there are no restrictions as to country of origin. In this open call we understand South as a cultural, geopolitical, and identity based recognition of voices, territories, and bodies who have been historically silenced, explored, oppressed, colonized and/or subjugated.

If you’re a collective or a duo, please make this evident in your application and we will search for a way to welcome you, even if funds are available to host only one member of your group. The residencies will take place between July and November 2018 and may last a minimum of 10 and maximum of 30 days. We have a total of six openings for this edition.

WHAT ARE THE ACCOMODATIONS?

The accommodations are in individual 97-square-foot rooms equipped with pull out beds or bunk beds, a closet, workspace, wireless internet, and a ceiling fan. The rooms are inside LABxS (Laboratório Santista), a 1,500-square-foot cultural venue located at Santos’ Downtown area (Rua Sete de Setembro, 52, Vila Nova, Santos, São Paulo). Bathrooms are located in the same floor as the rooms, few steps away from the entrance door; the space also has a fully equipped kitchen with a refrigerator and gas range, where residents can cook and eat.

The floor where the residencies take place is shared between the residents and the management teams of both LABxS (Lab Santista) and Instituto Procomum and have partially controlled access. For the time being, there is no accessibility for wheelchair users, only stairs. If you have special needs, we will do whatever possible to adapt and tend to them. Please include this in your application.

WHAT WILL LAB SANTISTA OFFER TO SELECTED APPLICANTS?

  • Funds for round trip travel;
  • Daily spending money: BRL 90.00;
  • Funds for production and materials: up to BRL 500.00;
  • Stipend for residents: total of BRL 1,000.00;
  • Assistance with travel logistics and temporary housing;
  • A shared work and creation space, equipped with power, internet connection, tables and chairs;
  • Access to Laboratório Santista’s (LABxS) entire infrastructure: locker rooms, an urban permaculture lab, a kitchen, a multipurpose room, a classroom, housing, storage, a recreational area, and everything else still to be invented;
  • Opportunity to develop a social-artistic project in the Baixada Santista area;
  • Languages: Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

WHAT SHOULD SELECTED APPLICANTS OFFER IN RETURN?

  • Involvement with the processes and dynamics of Lab Santista’s space, its network of  people and initiatives, and the territory surrounding it (residents of Bacia do Mercado – the Market Wharf –, in the downtown area of Santos);
  • Develop a dynamic of shared upkeep of the space, ensuring that its maintenance is everyone’s responsibility;
  • Document the processes, so they can be shared;
  • Carry out at least one conversation circle and/or workshop for the community, LABxS and its neighbors.

WHAT ARE THE FIELDS ADDRESSED BY THIS RESIDENCY PROGRAM? – PLEASE UNDERSTAND THE TOPICS BELOW AS KEYWORDS

  • The commons in all of its expressions: aesthetic, cultural, social, political, and economic;
  • Art and expanded education (collaborative methodologies of creation and development, research and exchange of knowledge; pedagogies for autonomy);
  • Ancestrality, memory, and popular culture;
  • Art and open technology;
  • Community based art;
  • Activation of public spaces and the relationship between art and territory;
  • New gender perspectives;
  • Decolonial and antiracist practices;
  • Practices and dialogues on care and self-care;
  • Alternative cultural production and management, and curatorial studies.

HOW WILL THE APPLICANTS BE SELECTED?

The selection will be carried out by the managing team of Instituto Procomum – IP and will include an interview with preselected candidates.

Please note that all Instituto Procomum’s projects are founded on the premise of strengthening the actions and creations of women (plural form), people of African descent and other people belonging to what are conventionally referred to as underrepresented groups.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Interest in and connection with Lab Santista’s proposal;
  • Aesthetical relevance and creative capacity;
  • Priority for artists and producers who demonstrate networking and collaboration skills;
  • Thematic diversity (search for different languages and formats);
  • Valuing popular culture, traditional knowledge and marginal pathways of creation;
  • Ability to share knowledge and educational experience.

2018 CALENDAR

May 29th to June 17th – Online applications at: http://labsantista.procomum.org/register-labxs-2018-residency-program/

June 22ndAnnouncement of the results

July to November 2018: Residencies

ON COPYRIGHT OWNERSHIP

All applicants selected in this open call are expected to license their productions in part or full under open licenses such as Creative Commons (the category of the license can be discussed with our team).

CONTRACTS WITH SELECTED APPLICANTS

All selected applicants will sign a term of consent with Instituto Procomum to act in accordance with the information provided in this open call.