08.09.2020

Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art > Smashing Wor(l)ds: Cultural Practices for re/Imagining & un/Learning Vocabularies (Poland / Online)

Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Poland invites applications for an artistic residency within the project Smashing Wor(l)ds: Cultural Practices for re/Imagining & un/Learning Vocabularies.

Epistemic violence of growing levels is ingrained in vocabularies all over Europe. Smashing Wor(l)ds: Cultural Practices for re/Imagining & un/Learning Vocabularies aims to engage European cultural institutions in questioning their forms of communication, encouraging more inclusive practices. The project is conceived as a collaborative and multidisciplinary platform bringing together institutions, artists, grassroots organisations and researchers for inclusive dialogue between diverse life practices, stories and voices in order to reduce social and cultural marginalisation. Official and dominant languages will be opened up by the processes of regenerating knowledge-making, changing institutional vocabularies and encouraging non-hegemonic narratives.

The Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw is devoting its long-standing residency programme to this project. For the first time, in connection with the current pandemic, the residency can either take the form of a month-long stay in Warsaw, Poland, or can be carried out online, 9 November – 9 December 2020.

Focusing on the study of verbal and visual dictionaries of cultural institutions, the residency will be devoted to research, practice and action on how to disarm violent mental, linguistic, and communicative constructions in the field of art, or to create new ones. The process of unlearning and transforming vocabularies can draw on various manifestations of culture, such as conversation, cooking, fashion, activism and its digital forms, informal education and art.

Among various forms of curatorial and in-kind support, Ujazdowski offers:

  • A fee of 1200 EUR.

  • Full accommodation in Warsaw, in the U–jazdowski building.

  • Up to €300 in travel expenses to and from Warsaw.

This is a research-based residency, rather than a production-oriented one, though the collaboration can be developed to an artwork commission where possible. The programme is open to artists, activists, academics, collectives, theorists, organisers and curators working in various forms; to people working at the interface of art, education and activism; and to people living anywhere in the world.

Deadline: 23 September 2020

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