A Natural Oasis? - Open call for a Transnational Research Program

A Natural Oasis? is a two years nomadic free school dedicated to the development of new curatorial research paths in the field of contemporary visual and performing arts starting from the geopolitical peculiarities of the artistic scenes of those European territories which are commonly considered remote, marginal, small, insular or liminal.

The purpose of this project is to build a transnational cultural platform able to critically question the ideas of territorial remoteness/marginality/smallness/insularity through the lenses of artistic research, triggering a reflection on the fictional procedures that empowered the idea of Europe in its geopolitical and cultural immunity via the exclusion or the vampirization of its “provinces”. The project aims to develop radical curatorial and artistic discourses assuming geo-cultural areas as polemical fields in which a precise ecology of fluxes describe their cultural, economical and political morphology. Moreover, this project focuses on the controversial shortage of cultural professionals in “peripheral” cultural and artistic systems in relationship with on-going processes of educational centralization and with the concentration of artistic legitimation processes in big European “centres”.

Young curators aged up to 34 (born from January 1st 1984) from: Republic of Cyprus, Republic of Greece, Republic of San Marino and United Kingdom can apply.

The selected participants will be contacted by email. Travel and accommodation expenses for the selected curators for the first step in Palermo will be covered by the partners of the project. Meals expenses must be covered by the selected curators.

For the steps foreseen in 2019, fundraising activities are undergoing, and all the efforts will be done by the project partners to secure the funds and/or help the selected curators to apply for mobility grants.

Deadline: 21 May 2018

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