Performing Life Akademia Network [PLANT] is a 2-year transdisciplinary project, funded by Creative Europe Programme, that aims to encourage the development and experimentation of contextual artistic and curatorial practices around cross-performing arts, eco-thinking and everyday life. PLANT is a collaboration between three research and creation centres: CRL – Central Elétrica in Porto (PT) – project coordinator, Isadora & Raymond Duncan Dance Research Center in Vyronas, Athens (EL) and Espai nyamnyam in Mieres, Girona (ES).
Through a mutual exchange of experiences, local concerns, methodologies and tools, the project will conceive and develop new sustainable artistic methodologies based on Raymond Duncan’s heritage, the Permaculture principles and Contextual Art Practices while advocating the notion of ‘commons’ in art as a key concept in addressing urgent social and environmental challenges.
PLANT is now calling for proposals for artistic projects to be developed through residencies of 1 year period, in the countries involved in the project (Portugal, Greece and Spain). They are looking for three artists or collectives (represented by a maximum of 2 people), who have carried out previous works focused on relational modes, and are committed to participating in the development of artistic practices and methodologies capable of establishing strong connections with diverse places and contexts.
From October 2023 to October 2024, the selected artists or collectives will participate in internal meetings, artistic residencies and open moments in Portugal, Spain, Greece and online. They will develop artistic methodologies and implement them in each context and then meet in Portugal for the final replication of the created works. The three partner centres will actively participate in accompanying each process to relate to context.
The funding allocated for each selected project is 7000 euros (all taxes included). Adding to that, the project will cover travel, accommodation, food expenses and also a limited amount for project implementation. The selected projects should cope with the project framework to produce sustainable practices aligned with the permaculture principles.