“To be entangled is not simply to be intertwined with another, as in the joining of separate entities, but to lack an independent, self-contained existence” — Karen Barad
North AiR : Expanding Entanglements is a residency and research cooperation spanning six residency/ arts organisations in Scotland and Finland. Each partner fosters long term enquiries into its role and response-ability within the ecological crisis and together we look towards a post-fossil culture with a trans disciplinary approach. As a key part of this research cooperation we pool our resources and networks to think beyond dominant artist exchange models and look to question the role of artists’ residency in a time of climate breakdown.
Through North AiR : Expanding Entanglements we collectively set out to explore:
In an effort to address the demands of instantaneous global mobility and to promote a more ecologically aware network, we will be supporting the project’s mobility through land and sea travel only.
North AiR : Expanding Entanglements seeks to explore the multiple knotted knowledges and practices situated between ecology, location, community and history in order to share and learn from these relationships. These residencies do not seek final outcomes but look for applied and expansive research into the above ideas and questions. The localised nature, ecology, and society, as well as the scientific environment and infrastructure of the programme is intended to act as a catalyst for AiR North: Expanding Entanglements.
Two artists will be selected to participate in this pilot residency aimed at restructuring and considering the requirements of the artist to be perpetually globally mobile for increasingly short phases. Artists will spend one month consecutively with each organisation in Scotland or Finland, gaining contact with three unique ecosystems over a total period of three months:
We are seeking applications from artists to undertake an extended three month residency spanning three different locations/ ecologies and organisations in Finland or Scotland.
The North AiR Finnish partners are Mustarinda, KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre and Bioart Society. Together they will support one Scotland-based artist across their three sites in Finland.
The North AiR Scottish partners are Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW), Taigh Chearsabhagh and Timespan. Together they will support one Finland-based artist across their three sites in Scotland.
To support project activity, each selected artist will receive:
We are accepting applications from artists who:
All Scotland-based artists applying to undertake the 3 month residency in Finland please apply online via Bioart Society. If you have any questions or problems with the application process please contact Bioart Society producer Piritta Puhto.
All Finland-based artists applying to undertake the 3 month residency in Scotland please apply online here. If you have any questions or problems with the application process please contact SSW Programme and Communications Manager Jenny Salmean.
When applying you are advised to complete your application off-line until it is ready to be submitted, as the contents of the forms cannot be saved before submission. The language of the application is English.
You will be asked to submit:
(Please note that the application process is the same for each organisation, but by applying to the relevant partner we are able to share the administrative workload more easily across the network.)
All applications will be read by the North AiR network made up of a representative from each participating organisation. Together the network will assess the applications in relation to how residency proposals answer the themes outlined in the above introduction and framework, alongside examples of previous work and supporting materials. We are looking to support residency applications that demonstrate:
The residency takes place across three organisations and locations and requires each artist to travel by land and sea for the duration of the residency. Due to the logistics of booking travel and partner programmes, the timeline cannot be flexible and is outlined below:
Deadline for applications: 7 December 2018, 10pm GMT / 12pm EET
All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 21 December 2018.
w/c 14 January 2019 : Public announcement of selected artists
April 2019 : Mustarinda / Taigh Chearsabhagh
May 2019 : Bioart Society / Timespan
June 2019 : KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre / SSW
w/c 1 July 2019 : Both artists will meet and share experiences at informal public event at Finnish Institute, London
September 2019 : Artists will share research in their home countries with the support of all partners
Finland-based artists applying to Scotland: As an alternative to a written application, you can submit by video or audio. To do this please use the online application form. You can upload your cover letter and artist statement in the format of video (no more than 5 minutes long). In the fields Cover Letter and Artist Statement please write “[see video]”.
Scotland-based artists applying to Finland: To submit a video or audio application please upload the file to Vimeo or YouTube, set as private and share the link and password in your application form.
Due to the nature of this residency spanning six organisations access varies across each site and location. Please read about the partners via their websites in order to understand this in full. Please note that many of the partners are based in highly rural and often isolated locations with highly limited access to amenities and medical support.
If you have any access requirements you would like to discuss or that we can assist with please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com in advance of making an application.
North AiR is a network made up of Bioart Society, KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre, Mustarinda, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Taigh Chearsabhagh (with support from the University of the Highlands and Islands) and Timespan. This programme is supported by The Finnish Institute in London and their Mobius Fellowship Programme.
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The image of lake Saana by Björn Kröger.