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Vogelklang Soundcamp Festival: Production Residencies (Germany)

Illustration of a colourful stripy bird with a mohawk.

The organisation Kunstverein Global Forest in St. Georgen, Germany is looking to award two project-based, 2-3 month artist residencies for research and artistic production. The residencies will take place after individual arrangements between February - early May 2024. The results of the residencies will be presented to the public at the annual Vogelklang Soundcamp on 4 and 5 May 2024.

The Vogelklang Soundcamp is a locally and independently organised event which is also linked to a global network of different actors. It aims to explore the behaviour and habitat of our feathered friends through art and creative contributions. The event was inspired by environmentalist and broadcaster Chris Baines and is part of the International Dawn Chorus Day, which he founded. Over the course of the festival weekend, May 6-7, various temporary sound camps around the world will connect to form one global acoustic network. Through the cooperation of all sound camps, including the Vogelklang Soundcamp in the Black Forest, a 24-hour livestream of continuous morning chirping is created. Thus, along the sunrise a worldwide phenomenon can be experienced: the morning song of the birds.

In addition to the 24-hour bird concert produced collectively by the many sound camps, an on-site and transmedia festival programme will take place in the realm of the Vogelklang Soundcamp in the Black Forest. This includes workshops, lectures, installations, performances, etc. – many of which are interactive and designed for participation.

The two residencies are intended to enable artists to develop a project- and theme-related work and to present it at the Vogelklang Soundcamp. During the production process, the artists will be supported by the Global Forest team. Generally, all artistic media that can be realised within the framework of the festival are welcome. The work should show a special perspective on or direct engagement with nature – in particular with birds or topics from this context. Sociopolitical issues can be individually and artistically in focus. At the core of the Vogelklang Soundcamp is the attempt and claim to assign subjectivity to nature and to engage with it as a biopolitical agent.

Both residencies include a rent-free stay at Kunstverein Global, a scholarship of 1000€ per month, the reimbursement of material costs up to max. 500€, the reimbursement of travel costs up to max. 250€, as well as free food and accommodation during the Vogelklang Soundcamp.


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