The Autumn Artist Exchange is a three-week open residency which will happen at Ponderosa, You are invited to participate.
Applications are open to all interested people and groups — including, but not limited to, artists, researchers, curators, dancers, and writers — to apply now. Details on applying are given below.
This time of the Autumn Artist Exchange is offered as an opportunity for artistic work and research, in a collaborative environment, together with other participants.
We hope to allow for a space that can be open to possibility and utopian dreaming, and we hope you’ll join us for the experience.
Autumn Artist Exchange — gestate, collaborate, investigate
Ponderosa is a place where many artists, performers, writers, and others have spent time — researching, reimagining, repurposing, rehearsing, and refining their work.
Residencies at Ponderosa provide everything that is needed for deep and concentrated work, while also allowing for a collective experience, shared social spaces, and collective discussion and exchange with like-minded artists and investigators. The Autumn Artist Exchange follows in this path of creating space for the imagination and investigation of possibilities. For being guardians of social equilibrium embracing the poetics of process.
Ideally, participants in the Autumn Artist Exchange will have their own artistic project or other active curiosity on which they intend to work during the time of the residency. The work that participants will undertake will be self-directed and self-managed.
We offer one old farm, with four studios, and endless surrounding fields, forests, lakes, and rivers in the area of the Nationalpark Unteres Odertal, right by the Oder river – all of this ready to trigger your imagination and creativity.
We offer both shared dormitory sleeping and single rooms. Participants share a living space and a kitchen with a cozy fireplace. Residencies often involve shared dinners, cats on your lap, deep thoughts, focused time, and the possibility for sustained creative work. Participants often share physical and artistic practices, as well as work-in-progess showings, discussion, and feedback.
Studio time. Studio time will be scheduled each week by the visiting residents. Since studios are shared by all artists-in-residence, collective effort is required to organize daily living tasks and to keep working and living environments clean, comfortable, and inviting.
Collaboration. Ponderosa is a space built around collaboration, flexibility, community, and shared efforts among all who are here — if you or your group can also be flexible and collaborative, then that is how the place works best.
Funding. Participants in Ponderosa residencies are often able to participate through the assistance of various funding and support structures. Applicants who may need to apply for funding can rely on Ponderosa to supply letters of intent, information about residencies, and any other details that many be relevant to funding authorities. Applicants may find the new Ponderosa funding page helpful in this regard.
Available studios. Ponderosa has four available studios, along with myriad outdoor spaces for exploration and transformation. The studios are:
We are listing here the confirmed participants of the Autumn Artist Exchange, in order to give a sense of the multiplicity of artistic approaches that will be represented at the exchange (please note that there is no necessity to be listed as a participant if you do not wish to be).
Apart from the participants listed here, there are also the participants in the two other residencies — Garden as Stage and Tipping Utopia — that are occurring in parallel with the Autumn Artist Exchange. These participants are listed below. However, we will all share the space together, and overlap both practically and creatively.
Shared space: Autumn Artist Exchange and its surroundings
The Autumn Artist Exchange will be sharing the spaces of Ponderosa with two other residencies — Tipping Utopia, and Garden as Stage. These residencies will both be undertaken by invited groups, and will not open to general applications. However, the shared space of Ponderosa and the overlap of these two residencies with the time of the Autumn Artist Exchange will allow for improvised and aleatoric intermingling between all groups. The details of these two residencies are outlined below.
Tipping Utopia · 8.–21. October, 2018
Tipping Utopia is a residency that will be based around creative research and investigation of the future potential of performative practice at Ponderosa, imagining the possibilities of this space.
Tipping Utopia will be embracing the poetics of process as we stamp the foothills towards the future — with a focus on the possibilities imagined for Ponderosa during the time from 2019 to 2021. The residency will include invited participants who have been involved in Ponderosa over the last decade-plus, alongside newcomers and returnees, and will be partly an effort to imagine new potential at this site.
Invited participants will include:
Documenting, investigating, surviving...
At the Tipping Utopia residency, we want to begin with documenting our deeds — our acts of artistic, practical, and ecological labour over the last fifteen years. During the residency, different individuals will recall and personally archive their experiences of the Ponderosa past.
Each individual leaves a trace, juxtaposing a collectively-made archive. Not only the sweet and ecstatic utopian moments, but also the frustrations and hindrances — naming the rub and the friction between what was and what is today.
Interrogating, collecting, igniting...
Many us have developed covert survival tactics and devotional bodily-centred practices in response to, and inspired by, the Ponderosa environment. Let’s interrogate the who--how--why of the existing power structures that circumnavigate around Ponderosa — in an artistic and participatory manner.
We hope to ignite the Milk Garden library-gallery-installation space, and activate a collection of practices and scores for a continued dialogue around the art of performance.
Imagining, struggling, dreaming...
The work of making a place — of holding a thing together, of keeping a show on the road, of showing up — is also the work of imagining possibilities.
The steps taken now are based on dreams of how a place can function in the future. This work is both completely practical, and yet simultaneously utopian and abstract. We hope to allow for this process to be work that is aesthetic in nature, as well as quotidian. To be beautiful as well as functional.
This is the chimerical dream we will explore at the core of this residency. The practical questions — what happens next year? In five years? In twenty years? — become possibilities for fantasy.
Garden as Stage · 15.–25. October, 2018
The Garden as Stage residency is facilitated by Jared Gradinger as part of his collaborative work with Angela Schubot. This residency is in support of the work that Jared and Angela will be presenting at HAU (Hebbel am Ufer) in the latter half of 2018.
Jared Gradinger and Angela Schubot have developed their own original and distinct aesthetic and movement language together over the past 9 years. With extreme physicality and radicality, but at the same time in fragile situations of high intimacy, their works are constantly revolving around the question: How can we co-exist together?
During the time of the Garden as Stage residency, Jared and Angela will be extending their constant work on the dissolution of the self to the non-human part of our world. This artist duo will work for the first time with a group, and extend their existing symbiotic ‘we’ into a plural, supra-personal ‘we’ — including not just other humans but also a sustained collaboration with the natural world.
Interview with Jared Gradinger by Diego Agulló, as part of a series of interviews with artists based in Berlin who have a connection in their work with dance. Jared was interviewed while tending to his garden-sculpture-installation-project, The Impossible Forest, in Uferstudios, in Wedding, Berlin.
Apply to participate
We invite applicants to come and join the Autumn Artist Exchange as an activated working environment, in combination with the two other parallel residencies occurring during this time.
We particularly welcome proposals to participate from applicants who feel able to use this time as a personal residency that allows for collaboration and participation. The residency has a limited group size, and we encourage interested potential participants to contact us as soon as is practicable in order not to disappoint.
There will be some practices and collaborative proposals that will be open to everyone during the three parallel events. Days will be collaboratively structured, and evenings will include sparkling hot topics and artistic investigations around the dinner table and cocktail bar.
To apply, please send an email describing your project, or otherwise indicating in what manner you will be focusing your residency time.