A group of artists from across the network give their perspectives on what residencies are and what possibilities they give that are currently under-explored
There is a growing network of 200 artists representing 42 nationalities who make up our community. Since the beginning we have listened to their voices as we bring espaço agora now to life. Each has a distinctive view, something we cherish and celebrate.
We asked them what they would do in an espaço agora now residency.
Photography by Maarten Mooijman
“I would see if it is workable to make an instrument deliberately 10 or 12 metres long and see what this does to sound.”
Photography by Ruth Cook
“I would use the space, use materials, use canvases – use all kinds of options available … Being in a larger space would make me think bigger”
Photography by Stephen Wright
“I think there would be conversations to be started with people I find interesting or people I want to return to and new people. The outcomes would end up being a multitude of new seedlings. ”
Photography by Marianne Kortbani
“I think as a community of practitioners it is a beautiful opportunity to raise our children closer to the studio.”
Photography by Vladimir Opsenica
“If I go to Argentina, for instance, I probably wouldn’t go with a prescribed concept in my head. I would allow myself to be there in the space, see what would happen, and discover my territory.”
Photography by Sebastian Arpesella
Amparo González Sola
“I would bring my own process of research to a different place and I would open it, to let it be affected by the context”
Photography by Tiago de Jesus Brás
“I could invite other artists to think together with me but also the public – the space brings that possibility.”
Photography by Alessandro Sala
“I would make a production of open and public content. I would invite people to give public lectures about these themes. How can the content leave the spectrum of the art piece – which is inaccessible to the public?”
Photography by Kurt van der Elst
“For me, meeting other artists or other collaborators quite often comes out of chance encounters … COVID really cut off that possibility so I would use the time and space to create those encounters.”
Photography by Heartefact
“An important part of the residency would be to discover the community and environment where I go to work. The other thing would be to make a connection to that space between my practice and what I think, hope and imagine, and the existing structures in that space”
Since espaço agora now’s inception we have held conversations with artists to understand their needs and hopes for a new kind of development space. espaço agora now is on a ‘with’ rather than a ‘for’ basis and is co-designed with the input and leadership of artists.
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An important question we have been asking since the beginning of this project is “what is a residency?”. In 2021 we mapped hundreds of residency spaces for performing arts globally, longlisted 86 in all continents (less Antarctica) and shortlisted 20 with the goal of learning as well as understanding how espaço agora now could differentiate and complement existing models.
During the research we identified 11 differentiating features of espaço agora now:
+ International network of artistic residencies
+ Shared ownership
+ Arts faculty
+ Intrinsic public engagement
+ Focus on mid-career artists
+ Large scale spaces
+ Paid residencies
+ Process-based residencies
+ Families welcome
+ Long and flexible residency periods
When comparing all the residency spaces with espaço agora now’s main elements, the findings showed that there was no single space with the same 11 features.
In February 2022 we gathered with our artist community to discuss what a residency is and what it can be. We explored ideas around the concepts of time, displacement, mobility, residencies post-pandemic, inhabiting territory, and reciprocity. Together with Argentinian choreographer Amparo González Sola we asked questions including: How can we think in a way of creating through residencies beyond intensive and hyper concentrated modes? How do we relate with questions of displacement in moments when displacement has consequences in ecology?
If you are interested in reading the research or if you would like to share with us what your views of a residency are, email us firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!
Andrej Boleslavský, Mária Júdová and Patricia Okenwa