bb15 > Open Call for ART+MAGIC Residency (Austria)

Science rationalises the world by proposing explanations to diverse phenomena that were often understood previously through the logic of mystical, spiritual and religious systems. Today, the vast majority of society still uses only excerpts of the knowledge available to us to understand the world, resulting in creative representations or distortions of reality. Magic remains effective partly because systems that manipulate consciousness are always successful to a certain extent.

Since its beginnings, the process of art-making has continually been intertwined with mystery and magic. Artistic gestures and processes can be seen as magical rituals, from which the myth of the artist has emerged over time. The aura of the artwork is used to cast a spell on its viewer! In the art scene in particular, mysticism around art-making is kept alive by common rituals such as exhibitions, vernissages, and performative events, which propose collective shared experiences of something bigger. Magic can appear in various forms and thrives on surprise. Technology provides many tools that inspire wonder.

For this open call, the Austrian contemporary art space bb15 is seeking original project proposals that trigger mental associations and subliminal experiences at the junction of art, ritual and magic, which might also relate to themes such as techno-mysticism, ecofeminism, alchemy practices, the sublime in art, etc.

The residency programme focuses on and explores the interplay between contemporary visual art and auditory practices, in relation to the theme of ART+MAGIC. The call doesn’t exclude any artistic media. The format of the residency offers a vital platform for international artists who can respond to the given theme and propose a convincing potential residency outcome (installation, object making, performance, etc).

Residencies last 2-3 weeks and can take place in spring 2021 or autumn 2021. There is a €1200 all-in budget per artist in residence. This amount should cover all costs such as travel, equipment, production costs, daily expenses, and artist fees. Artists will be provided with free accommodation and a workplace at the premises of bb15.

Deadline: 5 September 2020

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