Borderline Offensive > Call to arms for artists

Borderline Offensive (2017-2020) is a partnership of 12 countries in Europe and the Middle East, using humor and art to mediate intercultural dialogue and tackle societal challenges as framed by the so-called xenophobia/populism/migrant crisis. Applying artists are invited to join us in a 3-year artistic research & societal development process:

April-August 2018

• Be part of an artistic residency for 10 working days, with 3 other artists;
• In Sweden, Serbia, Netherlands, Bulgaria or Slovakia (as host or guest);
• Free time for research, creation and inspiration;

As part of residency programme:

• Design artistic workshops instigating dialogue between migrant/refugee and host communities (2 days)
• Peer-learning with local artistic community/public (1 day);
• Conceive an artwork in preferred discipline/genre, imbued with humor aesthetics' elements (gallow's humor, parody, satire, sarcasm, irony, slapstick, etc.);

September 2018

• Deliver an artwork proposal for potential production and international touring.

During 2019

• International touring of the produced artworks, a minimum of 3 occasions in 3 different European countries;

During 2020

• Presentation of artwork + process in international conference in Sweden.

The organisers are looking for

• 20 Artists (all disciplines, career stages, tribal ideologies), with interest in humor aesthetics (NB: =/= comedy), intercultural dialogue, participatory art practices and art-based societal development;
• 19 out of 20 applicants are locally based in Sweden, Serbia, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, Syria (any national origin);
• 1 out of 20 applicants may represent any country, nationality and legal status (as relevant to project's topics, preferably MENA)

What is offered:

  • Fully covered travel and accommodation;

  • Per diem for 10 days + Stipend, in line with EACEA's max. daily rates per country*

  • Seed budget for artwork production (upon approval of proposal, up to 3.000€ by residency);

  • Travel, accommodation, and stipend for presentation/performance of artwork in 3 other European countries in 2019;

  • Travel, accommodation, and per diem covered for public presentation of artwork in international conference in 2020;

  • Promotion of Artwork and artist via project's portfolio, shared across Europe for further performance/presentation opportunities during 2019-2020.

Deadline: 14 February 2018

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