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PRAKSIS: ‘Party as Form’ Residency Exploring Social Gathering (Norway)

Colourful partygoers paddling in a canoe.

The PRAKSIS residency Party as Form invites a multidisciplinary group of thinkers and makers to explore the craft of social gathering from 27 May - 24 June 2024.

Party as Form takes the craft of celebration as the starting point for a residency that blends cultural theory with current experiments in curating, social practice and performance. This four-week residency offers up to four Oslo-based and two international artists, art workers and other creative, critical, and cultural practitioners the opportunity to work with Kelly Lloyd and Shannon Stratton on collective research and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Lloyd and Shannon seek to convene a group of practitioners interested in the party as a form, whether this is already the foundation of their practice or a potential lens through which to continue their research. The residency will be a think-tank-style sharing of ideas and resources that allows for both group and solo planning and ideas-testing. In the process participants will look in detail at the history, aesthetics, labour, and conventions of parties, from the intimate to the public, the religious to the secular. Topics may include (but not necessarily be limited to) liminality, community, hosting, the formation of publics, spectacle, utopias, leisure, play, pleasure, refusal, ritual and the commons.

The group will collectively plan a schedule at the residency’s outset, including daily group meetings and activities (such as readings, discussions, visits to relevant spaces in Oslo, networking events, communal meals, leisure outings, and deployments) alongside unstructured time for independent reflection and research. In the first week, residents will participate in PRAKSIS’s customary ‘Meet the Residents’ event, informally introducing themselves to the rest of the group and the Oslo arts community.

The residency provides:

  • An active, facilitated programme connected with the residency topic.
  • A communal work space at PRAKSIS, in the centre of Oslo.
  • 3000 NOK (~250 EUR) for two international artists.
  • Comfortable accommodation for 2 international artists, sharing a flat with Kelly Lloyd and Shannon Stratton. Oslo-based residents will continue to stay at their local address.
  • Two group dinners with invited guests and simple lunches on weekdays held at PRAKSIS HQ.

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