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Credit photo: Giuliana Grippo by RubĂŠn Molina

autumn/winter 2017 Artist in residence

centro negra/aadk spain Blanca - Murcia - Spain deadline august 15th

AADK Spain

Open call AADK Spain residency programme 2017 Blanca, Spain

AADK Spain is an international artists platform that creates space for research and contemporary art creation. Focused on process and experimentation, the main interest is to explore the notions of body, spatiality and territory. In 2006, AADK (Aktuelle Architektur Der Kultur), an artist's network based in Berlin, came together to develop curatorial and artistic projects. Invading and transforming spaces that range from unused places to art institutions; establishing new relationships between curation, creation and reception; and generating experiences that displace the margins of the art practices. As a continuation of this project, in 2012, Abraham Hurtado, performer and visual artist, founded AADK Spain, settling at Centro Negra, (Blanca, Murcia, Spain) to work in a rural context - from local to global. Along these years, AADK Spain has created and established different programs such as: Interventions, The Residency Program, Contemporary Practices, Cartographies, AADK Radio, or La PeĂąa Negra, among others. AADK Spain also works in close collaboration with other artistic and cultural spaces, this allows them to promote the mobility and exchange for the visiting artists and their art work at a national

Credit photo: Artwork Elena AzzedĂ­n

About the Residency

Open call AADK Spain residency programme 2017 Blanca, Spain

The Residency program is a space for experimentation and dialogue where the artists are confronted with their ideas and find the deeper meaning of their work. Process-based and focused, we challenge the artists to experiment and take risks, sharing their doubts, and trials. We invite residents to work at the intersection of art, social sciences, and local communities. Connecting the topics with the context, AADK Spain supports cultural decentralization and access to contemporary art in the rural areas, considering the town of Blanca and its surroundings as an integral frame where to intervene. Committed to a direct, engaged, hands-on approach, we are interested in facilitating research and knowledge building about how rural environments can move forward in the current era of mass urbanization, from social, economic, and environmental perspective. We believe in the importance of process and experimentation, resisting the violence of fast time, and in connecting the rural and the urban, the local and global. By facilitating encounters between visiting artists, the landscape, and local communities, AADK Spain offers an unparalleled opportunity for thinking together in a time of globalization and crisis. The purpose of the residency program is to improve the artist's work, as well as experiencing the co-living in a temporary community – a core of which is the knowledge exchange and the mutual caring. We are currently seeking artists and researchers for the next round of residencies, which lasts from 1 to 6 months, between September and December 2017. We support our visiting artists by providing: curatorial and organizational support; facilitating open dialogue through organizing critiques, guest visits, seminars, and workshops; basic tools, supplies, and technical equipment; communication structures in the form of promotions; connecting artists to other art institutions nationally and internationally.

Credit photo: Blanca’s landscape detail

About Centro Negra

Open call AADK Spain residency programme 2017 Blanca, Spain

Centro Negra, the of AADK Spain, is located in a town of Blanca (Murcia region, south of Spain). Blanca is a unique historical town of 6.000 inhabitants, settled in the Ricote valley, crossed by the Segura river. A picturesque site surrounded by mountains and citrus orchards. Centro Negra is nestled in the cradle of a mountain on the former site of a 12th century Moorish Castle, only accessible by foot. A set of poultry yards build in the beginning of the XX Century was transformed in the actual building, a minimalistic space that preserve in its structure the walls of the mountain. The studios/exhibition area has 6 different spaces, which are connected to each other and could serve for multiple purposes. The living area has 4 individual apartments, with private kitchen and shower, and direct access to the terrace and studio/exhibition area.

Application: To apply for the Residency Program, two years of professional experience is required. Please send an email to, asking for the application form. Then send residency proposals including: the completed application form, research proposal -including motivation and expectations from the residency- (maximum length of 1000 words), a short biography of maximum 250 words, and a resume in PDF form. Deadline: 15th August 2017 The selection process will take place between the 15th to the 20th of August 2017 The projects will be selected by a committee composed by members of AADK platform.

AADK Spain [International platform of research and contemporary creation] Team 2017

Abraham Hurtado Artistic Director Elena Azzedín Residency Program Director Selu Herraiz AADK Lab Director Daniel Hernández Communication Rubén Molina Production & Spaces Coordinator facebook




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Open Call Autumn/Winter 2017  
Open Call Autumn/Winter 2017