Hey! A last-minute update! There are two additional places available in the upcoming residency time in March 2018, due to some good old unforeseen circumstances. So, dear reader, we’d love to have you here in March. To apply, please send a letter of intent to Kata Kovács before Wednesday, February 7. (6pm CET). Get all the information about the springtime residencies here — and apply now!
There are many artists, dancers, researchers, makers, and explorers who have spent time in Ponderosa undertaking residencies, and we wanted to show some of the traces of that work, which are available online in various places. Over the years, the residency program at Ponderosa has been a place of investigation for and incredible variety of work — videos, sculptures, installation, sound, dance, movement, painting, and more. Including...
Tiffany Rhynard made a series of video portraits in 2012, of people who were at Ponderosa during this time. These portraits were an investigation of what it means to think about ourselves as being normal or abnormal.
Ethan Folk’s black-and-white short film, Clock Wipe, an investigation of duration, repetition, and neutrality, was created as part of the multidisciplinary CON|Verge residency in 2013, and features Anna-Lizette Conner, Miriam Wolodarski, Miguel Angel Guzmán, and Jillayne Hunter.
Katelyn Stiles created a short film here, Nest, as an semi-improvised piece which was shot, edited, and screened in one day June 2014. It is a collage of interviews with other residents and attendees at Ponderosa, about their relationship to home, and what they consider ‘home’ to be. It took place in a wooden nest installation that Katelyn created during her residency, in which many subsequent performances and happenings occurred.
Katelyn also created an interview-based film in 2013 From Somewhere in the Middle, loosely based around the participants in the P.O.R.C.H. program that was running alongside the residency.
Artist duo Kovács/O’Doherty used time during a residency in 2017 to work on a performative sound installation, 1-100, where sound from a hundred copies of the same record was slowly layered over time. The work was then shown at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin.
Also in 2017, Ainsley Tharp was working on After All This Time, a video and movement multimedia piece that was presented as part of The Beholder, a group exhibition at SomoS in Berlin.
Stephanie Hanna’s Lorelei film, shot with a head-mounted camera while swimming, is visually transfixing:
Ir/rational Studies is a dance film created by Reza Mirabi and Jozefien Beckers that was first presented as a work-in-progress at Ponderosa during a residency in 2015.
In 2014, A group of students from both HZT (Berlin) and SNDO (Amsterdam) spent time undertaking a residency at Ponderosa, working and living together, developing work, making connections, and much more — and it was documented in this video, edited by Diethild Meier, which gives a glimpse of what was happening while the residency unfolded.
Konrad Behr’s Branden is a spontaneous snapshot of filmic investigation, inspired by a poem by Viktor Dallmann. The film transports moments from an urban environment back to a place, a production facility that often gives town its character - a concrete factory. It was created on-site in Stolpe, at Betonest, our neighbours.
All of these works, and much more, were partly or fully realised at Ponderosa. If you’re curious about the possibilities of undertaking a residency here, take a look at the available information about residencies, including the upcoming spring residencies and the dual-location REMIX residency — or get in touch and propose your own to us. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
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