Sonic Acts, an interdisciplinary arts organisation based in Amsterdam, invites you to apply for the OVEREXPOSED residency programme. Starting in December 2020, this environmental residency is part of a four-year research programme on the materiality of pollution and systemic and political issues related to the contamination of our environment. As Sonic Acts are currently unable to host residents physically, this call invites three international artists and researchers to take part in a home-based residency.
The residency is an opportunity for artists and researchers to expand their practice and develop new ideas and methodologies while being supported financially in their work over a period of one month.
Residents are expected to develop their artistic practice around the core questions underlying the Sonic Acts OVEREXPOSED programme, investigating pollution as a global thread that affects everything living and non-living on the planet. With this residency programme, Sonic Acts wishes to create awareness about pollution in our local surroundings and its interconnectedness on a planetary scale; stimulate thought and imagination about necessary steps, both locally and globally; and of course, mobilise direct action. They consider artistic research as an exploration of the connections between aesthetics, historical materiality and politics.
Residents are expected to present their research in three formats: 1) As a text that will be published in one or more suitable Sonic Acts channels. The length of the text should be between 4000 and 8000 words; 2) As a research journal that focuses on visual materials – field notes, photos, archival findings, etc. – to be published alongside the text; 3) As a public presentation, such as a lecture, concert or video screening, to be organised by Sonic Acts in collaboration with the resident.
The residency lasts for one continuous month. After the selection has been published, successful applicants are required to choose a one-month period between December 2020 and May 2021 for their residency, in consultation with the Sonic Acts team. The presentation dates are also to be agreed upon with Sonic Acts.
The OVEREXPOSED residency programme is intended for artists and researchers active in the fields of environmental, blue, animal and energy humanities, discard studies, disaster studies, waste colonialism, health care studies, postcolonial studies, geopolitics, media and experimental arts, etc.
There is no age limit for applicants. Sonic Acts particularly welcomes and encourages applications from disabled, queer, non-binary and POC artists and researchers. They also encourage applicants younger than 35 years old.
Each resident receives a total fee of €2000 for the residency, including production costs during the residency. Cost for presentation in the context of a Sonic Acts programme will be borne by Sonic Acts.