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KORDON: Food and Energy Lab for Artists from the Nordic and Baltic Region (Estonia)

Kordon Lab: Food and Energy

KORDON invites artists from the Nordic and Baltic region to widen the understanding of food in relation to energy. Over a two-year cyclical residency following the variety of the seasons, this lab will allow the selected participants to create an in-depth relationship to the north-east context and its recurrent political reshapings.

KORDON recognise food as a carrier of locality and culture wherein techniques such as smoking, drying, salting and fermenting have been necessary transformations of energy sources to sustain life in the northern hemisphere. This connection has been disappearing with the separation of food production from its origin and the artificial refinement of produce – maintaining the social and economic status quo of globalisation.

  • How can we identify modes other than production and consumption?
  • How to merge traditional techniques with contemporary knowledge?
  • How can transdisciplinary practices propose alternative relations to food and energy?

The grounds and the context of the residency, situated on the UNESCO biosphere reserve amidst the Baltic Sea on Hiiumaa island in Estonia, forms a starting point for further engagement between the residents’ artistic practices, the locality and its inhabitants. By inviting residents to map, reflect on and transform techniques and knowledge of food in relation to energy the project seeks a paradigm shift in our perception of making human and other-than-human life possible.

KORDON invites applications from artists from the Nordic and Baltic countries, from a wide range of artistic practices including architecture, visual and performing arts, etc. In addition they are keen to receive applications from professional chefs who wish to broaden their practice in relation to the arts. The residents are expected to carry an individual artistic process as well as have the willingness to live and work in a collective setting wherein caring for the common and working collaboratively is essential.

Each resident will be invited for approx. 11 weeks of residency that is divided between three different time periods (each period with a duration of approx. 1 month) to emphasise the long-term process in relation to the change of seasons. The full cycle will run from summer/autumn 2023 to summer 2024.

Each resident will receive a one-time artist fee of 3000€, production grant up to 2000€, per diems up to 900€. KORDON cover slow travelling costs (by land and sea) up to 275€ per round trip. They also offer free accommodation in the newly reconstructed residency house (including a separate bed and bathroom).


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