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open 2018 call Artists In


DeadlÄąne 25th MArch

centro negra/aadk spain Blanca - Murcia - spaÄąn

(c) Josman P

Open call AADK Spain residency Programme 2018 proposal AADK Spain invites artists and researchers from all disciplines who wish to produce works related to AADK’s primary lines of research - Body, Territory and Spatiality - with this call in particular emphasising the idea of ​​“ Spatiality”. The abandonment of the historical centre (an area adjacent to the Centre), the aging of the population due to a lack of activities and opportunities for the young, the difficulties in integration of different communities, and the reduced access to contemporary culture within rural areas, are some of the major problems that Blanca faces. We invite applicants to explore these concerns of AADK Spain within the context of Centro Negra and its unique location.

Goals Since AADK Spain’s establishment in Centro Negra, many other cultural initiatives have gradually appeared in Blanca - evidence of a shared desire to recover an abandoned heritage; to create a space that integrates different, and sometimes disparate, communities; to provide increased access to contemporary culture in rural areas; and to create new local economies with a global impact.

Methodology and intention AADK proposes to face these problems as a challenge and to create a working environment within which workshops, seminars, residences, and pilot studies take place; with the intention of ​​injecting life into the area via cultural actions. It is about facilitating an exchange of knowledge between artists and theorists, incorporating the experience of the local community. We believe that creating an open and inclusive workspace will serve not only to help bring regeneration to the area, but also to form a case study for other initiatives tackling similar themes. It is a challenge that will demonstrate how, through art and thought, it is possible to transform the environment on a physical, social, and above all, a symbolic level.

Open call AADK Spain residency Programme 2018 about AADK 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 Peùa 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 and international level.

(c) Josman P

Open call AADK Spain residency Programme 2018 About the Residency 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 believe in art as a life experience which, at least, changes those who practice it. The temporary communities created in the residency program with a wide range of nationalities, ages, and professional stages of their career, enrich not only the artwork but the - being in the world-, opening our understanding, and engaging with what we do.”

(c) Josman P

Open call AADK Spain residency Programme 2018 about Centro Negra 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 built in the beginning of the 20th 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. Lately, we expanded the accommodation place for the Residency Programme by acquiring a townhouse located in the centre of Blanca. The house is equipped with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a shared living and cooking area with access to a washing machine. It is emerged into the local happenings and neighbours locals shops. Having been used as a video art museum in recent years, there are still traces of retro-esque decoration left on the walls. We are currently seeking artists and researchers due to our recent expansion. We can now host two more projects per month and thus we decided to release a new Open Call for May until December 2018. 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.

(c) Josman P

Open call AADK Spain residency Programme 2018

(c) Josman P

we are lookÄąnG for: Artists, architects, landscapers, scientists of all disciplines who want to think and affect these spaces, as well as artists whose interest is to work with themes of the body and territory. Requirements: 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: 25th March 2018 The selection process will take place between the 25th to the 31st of March 2018 The projects will be selected by a committee composed by members of AADK platform.

AADK Spain [International platform of research and contemporary creation] Team Abraham Hurtado Artistic Director Elena Azzedin Residency Program Director Selu Herraiz AADK Lab Director Juan Conesa Head of Production Daniel Hernรกndez Head of Communication Josman P Production and Documentation Klara Menzel Cultural Management Harry Bullen Assistant of Communication Merve ร–zcan Visual Design Curatorial Team: Abraham Hurtado and Elena Azzedin

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