A Closer look into Eastern European Mobility of Art Professionals
The project started 2009 with an international conference on artistic residencies joined by the first Eastern European Res Artis Meeting and was followed by an exchange programme for art professionals and institutions new to the field of residencies. The book and the website have been launched as a sign that both practical and critical investigation in the area is needed. The intense development and spread of residency programmes reflects the changing position of art and the artists. It encourages face to face collaboration and networking. The spread of residencies provides opportunities for artistic and social institution practices to intertwine. However, the idea of residency itself has rarely been subjected to critical investigation. This publication should trigger off a discussion about it. It’s a call for developing methodology for a reliable analysis of the creative and social processes related to such mobility and socialisation of the artistic studio in the global perspective.
The two year long project RE-tooling RESIDENCIES concluded with a publication and the launch of a new website. Curators, artists, and organisers together with managers representing emerging organizations and 5 institutions running residency programmes were involved in a learning process about practical and theoretical aspects of residencies.
The project was an EU-funded collaboration between CCA Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw, Poland), Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, Germany), FUTURA Centre for Contemporary Art (Prague, Czech Republic), Gasworks (London, UK) and Botkyrka konsthall (Stockholm, Sweden).