The Autumn Artist Exchange is a three-week open residency which will happen at Ponderosa, from October 21. to November 7., 2019. 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. 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.
The time of the residency will be hosted by Adi Brief, Stephanie Maher, and Caitlin Fisher on behalf of Ponderosa.
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 collaborative 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, as a participant in the Autumn Artist Exchange, you will have your own artistic project or other active curiosity on which you intend to work during the time of the residency — but this is not essential, and you can see what the place brings to you or inspires in you.
The collective living that participants experience will be self-directed and self-managed, and will happen in a collaborative and social atmosphere.
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 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.
Costs. The cost to attend the entire time of the Autumn Artist Exchange is 425 €. This includes:
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 make sure everyone gets what they need.
Living together. A collective effort is required to organize daily living tasks and to keep working and living environments clean, comfortable, and inviting. 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.
Collaboration. Participating artists bring their own artistic projects to work on. It is possible for artists to collaborate, share works, organise showings, or undertake other shared practices — but it is also fine to simply be working on your own. There may be some practices and collaborative proposals that can be open to everyone during the residency. Evenings might include sparkling hot topics and artistic investigations around the dinner table and cocktail bar.
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 Ponderosa funding page helpful in this regard.
Time. Participants in the full length of the residency will be arriving to Ponderosa on the morning of 21. October, and will be departing on the morning of 7. November. Curious about how to get to Ponderosa — take a look here.
Available studios. Ponderosa has four available studios, along with myriad other spaces for exploration and transformation. The four main studios are:
We will be listing participants here that have confirmed their participation in 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).
The Autumn Artist Exchange 2019 will have following participants (not a complete list — check back soon for more)
During the first Autumn Artist Exchange, in October 2018, we conducted interviews with some of the participants in that year’s residency time, and gave some outlines of their work. This was summarised in our post about the Autumn Artist Exchange 2018 on the Ponderosa blog. It gives a good overview and sense of what the residency time here was like — take a look.
Apply to participate
We invite applicants to come and join the Autumn Artist Exchange as an activated working environment.
The residency has a limited group size, and we encourage interested potential participants to contact us as soon as possible in order not to disappoint.
To apply, please send us an email describing your project, or otherwise indicating in what manner you will be focusing your residency time.
Cancellation policy: Your registration is valid after we have received your full payment. If you cancel your attendance up to five weeks before the starting date of the event (i.e., on or before September 16., 2019), Ponderosa will refund you your costs, minus €50 to account for administrative overhead. If you cancel your attendance after September 16., then all costs are non-refundable.