CIKE is currently hosting a two-month art residency whereby five creatives and artists from Košice are working directly from their homes. At the end of June, you will be able to see the work of these creatives:
- Ľudmila Žoldáková
- Samuel Velebný
- Róbert Rampáček
- Natália Zavaďáková
- Tomáš Straka
Get to know them better in this article.
Artists will create works in the following thematic areas:
- HUMOR IN CRITICAL TIME
Humor as an aesthetic approach and participatory art as a method of creating are used to foster interaction, dialogue, and cooperation between communities. The closing of state borders has made migration impossible for a large part of the world or has narrowed it only to the necessary return home. Today, for many of us, the walls of our apartment, social distancing, or face masks represent the border. This situation has raised many questions. How long will this situation last and how can we deal with it? What does this mean for people who are currently migrating and the borders are closed for them, or for those whose livelihoods depend on migration? How will marginalized groups handle this? And what does this mean for communities in general? Can we still look at the situation with humor?
Keywords: artistic residence, borders, migration, contact zones, multicultural interaction sites, conflict zones, intercultural dialogue, inter-community relations, excluded communities and integration, humor as a means of artistic practice, humor as a means of communication between communities, participatory art
- WITH SOLIDARITY TO A NEW FUTURE
The current crisis has made many people more considerate towards others. Though isolated, we are thinking intensively about ways to create a new future for the healthcare system, politics, economic relations, and culture. What is the value of the digital technology that has become necessary for us, giving us free access to information, open-source designs, and support of communities or people in need? On the other hand, by increasing the use of the Internet and social networks, we share a lot of information about ourselves with large companies. Tracking movement through data has become a "new norm" for accelerating the fight against the virus and a state tool for maintaining public health. How can isolation in digital reality help develop creativity? How can we, as citizens, maintain our identity while being in contact with others? How to stand up for our rights or rights of others in the time of digital democracy?
Keywords: data, digital democracy, open-source, cultural research, solidarity, community, isolation
- CULTURE AS A TOOL FOR UNDERSTANDING AND PARTICIPATION
Artists communities are responding to the current situation by transforming creative centers into “maker spaces”, places where they help to cover medical material shortages by producing protective textile or 3D printed masks or disinfectants. At the same time, it is precisely these communities that are threatened by a loss of income and a worsening life situation. How can we create better working conditions for local cultural centers and artists together with governments after the crisis? What utopian future can we imagine at the moment? How to create an active public cultural space at the time of isolation?
Keywords: culture, cultural centers, cultural research, community, municipalities, cooperation
- ART AS A REFLECTION OF THE PRESENT SITUATION
One of the key characteristics of art is its ability to respond to current events. Subjectively, critically or celebratorily. Artists have always been one of the driving forces of accelerating change in our countries. Is it also possible today? Is the current economic, social, or political situation so tough that art can reflect it adequately and credibly? Can art represent a collective consciousness in critical times?
Keywords: artistic residence, isolation, limitations, inspiration, creativity, subjectivity, perception, complexity, community vs individuality, cooperation
The two-month residence includes a scholarship in the total amount of EUR 1000. The individual scholarship is awarded to five selected residents and is provided on a monthly basis (i.e. support in May - EUR 500, support in June - EUR 500).
Who is the residency for?
The scholarship is for professional artists active in one of the following areas:
- Performative art
- Architecture and design
- Graphic design
- Visual arts
- Conceptual art
- Media and sound art
- Site-specific and time-based art
- Art criticism
- Cultural research
What will be the outcome?
The course of the residence is adapted to the needs of selected participants. Within the residence they must be able to do:
- at least one online presentation during the project. The form of presentation depends on the type of project, it can be a live transmission of a lecture, workshop, or other forms of interactive output. It can also be in the form of video, text, etc.
- individual presentation of the project – output and project summary in the form of a blog post after the residency ends.
- group discussion at the end of the project with other residents.
Art residencies often include the possibility of sharing, consultation, and collaboration. We would, therefore, like to support networking and active cooperation between selected participants through the home residence.
The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.