With the 17th Call for Web Residencies by Akademie Schloss Solitude, curated by Sarah Fartuun Heinze, Andara Shastika, Franziska Goralski and Ulla Heinrich for dgtl fmnsm, artists are invited to experience, explore and enjoy taking a restful break in a utopian space of possibility from an intersectional and queer feminist perspective. Because the radical break – whether in the form of creative freedom in the context of a virtual artist residency or a self-chosen sabbatical – is, above all, one thing: a space of possibility.
The organisers are interested in what artists and collectives do in their breaks, which aesthetic and emotional practices exist and which ones have yet to be invented. Who can actually take breaks, and what class issues are associated with breaks? What is more feminist than taking a break together, alone, or just because? What if our lives were structured by pleasure, softness and community instead of our deadlines? What happens to us when we close the tabs in our head? What do breaks in the digital world look like? What would we do if we did not make use of every opportunity? What qualities must a break display in order to be more than a mere charging station in the capitalist cycle of exploitation, and is this even possible?
Individual artists as well as groups and collectives are invited to adopt the space of the radical pause, shaping it as they see fit. Go on vacation, complete an aesthetic project that has long been eating up your breaks, or design your own break-free utopia: because perhaps breaks have become superfluous in our contemporary utopian spaces. Who knows?
Neither the curators nor the staff of Akademie Schloss Solitude will select projects for this call. After all, who can decide who is most in need of a break room? All groups and artists who apply for the call are then invited to decide who should be selected. This call is rewarded with a four-week residency and a 750 euro grant.