04.05.2021

Alexandria: (Re)activating Common Urban Imaginaries: Nomadic Mediterranean Residency Programme, Politics of Heritage - School for sonic memory (Greece, Egypt, France)

As part of the Alexandria: (Re)activating Common Urban Imaginaries, Creative Europe project coordinated by MUCEM, Theatrum Mundi and Onassis Stegi are producing a pluri-disciplinary nomadic residency programme exploring sound, memory and trans-Mediterranean resonances. The curatorial lead for this program will be Theatrum Mundi.

The current open call is aimed at anyone engaged in the study, protection or production of collective urban memory – in the form of built heritage, soundscape, music, stories, social and political practice, with sound as a primary medium of research. Together, and in collaboration with local artists, urbanists and researchers, the participants will form a ‘school’ for sonic memory, investigating the ways that three cities across the Mediterranean resonate with one another, how elements of a connected and conflictual past are made audible within them.

The school will develop a shared conversation over the course of the residencies – learning from local urbanists, activists and cultural producers as well as one another – leading to a collection of new, interrelated works in the form of texts, sound and/or film.

The outcomes of the residency will be:

  • One completely new text, score, or recorded audio-visual work produced individually or in collaboration with a contributor from one of the cities visited.

  • (i.e. guest writer, performer, editor contributing partially to the work – €500 fee).

  • Live presentation of this work in at least one public event (i.e. as a talk, solo performance, or screening).

  • Recorded / exhibited presentation of the work in two other public events.

Works produced must be easily transportable from one exhibition location to another and should not take the form of voluminous / heavy constructions or depend on sophisticated technology for their installation.

There will be three one-week creative research residencies:

  • Athens, November 2021.

  • Alexandria, January 2022.

  • Marseille, March 2022.

The selected artists will have to travel to all 3 cities and collaborate with a group of local artists. A final week-long event will be organised in Biella, Italy in July 2022 to share insights and the results of the residency.

Applicants should be engaged in the study, protection or production of collective urban memory - in the form of built heritage, soundscape, music, stories, social and political practice, with sound as a primary medium of research. They should reside in one of the following: an EU member state, or, the United Kingdom; an EU pre-accession country: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey; an EFTA member state: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland; one of the following countries of the EU Southern Neighborhood: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia.

The program covers travel, accommodation and meals. Participants will receive a €3000 fee, and will have a budget of up to €500 to cover the production costs.

Deadline: 30 May 2021

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