REMIX is a new 11-day artist residency happening May 16.–27., 2018, which will be occurring collaboratively between two art spaces: Betonest and Ponderosa. Both are located in the eastern German countryside outside Berlin, near the Polish border and the Oder River.
Artists of all disciplines — performance, music, media, visual arts, and others — are invited to come together for a collaborative experiment called REMIX.
REMIX begins with a weekend of sharing art, whether in performance, installation, screening, presentation, or concert. All of the artists in residence will have the opportunity to show, experience, and be inspired by each other’s work.
Next, the REMIX: join in collaboration with other resident artists of your choosing. Take your work(s) apart. Make a prequel. Or the sequel. Re-arrange things. Start at the end. Make it into a video. Build the set. Merge the dance with live music. Convert the performance into a sculpture. Do it outside. Choose your own adventure.
Artists will have a full week to create in collaboration, using the studios and spaces at Betonest and Ponderosa. During the week, there will be additional opportunities to exchange in dialogue and practice with the entire residency group.
The final weekend, we experience the outcomes of the REMIX: all-new works through all-new collaborations!
REMIX: an explanation. A video by Mary Pearson, remixed by Kata Kovács, remixed by Mary Pearson.
Who is REMIX for?
This residency is intended for artists with an established art practice. A suggested guideline is minimum 2-5 years working professionally. The collaborations will be self-directed. This requires mature experience with creative process, as well as self-responsibility in interpersonal relations. The residency curator will offer the residency group light facilitation. To include: support in choosing collaborative groups, coordination of times and spaces, availability as a sounding board or outside eye as needed, and facilitation of collective exchanges for the entire residency group.
What do you get from REMIX?
As a participant in REMIX, you will be able to:
Participants will experience Ponderosa and Betonest in a special set-up. The two independent art residency spaces will join their resources and connect their paths for these 11 days. Residents will be equally spread between the two places for sleeping (which will be in shared dorms), however all residents will be able to use facilities (studios, kitchen, outdoor places) in the location that best suits their needs and their collaborative processes. We outline a few further practicalities below.
Transportation between the two places will be mainly with bikes – participant are encouraged to bring their own, however there will also be bikes available to rent for a small fee. For residents who own or need a car, that can be useful as well.
Cooking and meals
Cooking will be partly a communal effort. For the performance days we will organise a cook. However, during the working days, participants will be responsible for cooking for themselves or in groups. The kitchens both in Betonest and in Ponderosa will be set up and available for residents regardless of where they have their accommodation. We'll also organise some communal dinners where we'll all share a meal and our stories.
Please note that both Ponderosa and Betonest are low-tech facilities. We have some lights and musical equipment and a lot of goodwill and inspiration for working together. However, flexibility and a DIY approach to your technical needs will be necessary.
About the curators
Mary Pearson is an interdisciplinary performance maker whose background includes dance, improvisation, CI, comedy, visual art, voice and experimental theatre. A co-curator and co-organiser of artist-led gatherings Raw, Roar, Rare festival (2010) and If only…! performance series (Liverpool, UK), Con|VERGE collaborative performance residency 2013-2015 and E.C.I.T.E. 2014 (Ponderosa). She has mentored at P.O.R.C.H. summer school and her FAILURE Lab improvisation and performance workshops are hosted internationally by universities and art spaces since 2012.
Yoav Admoni is a multi-disciplinary artist working with sculpture, dance and performance with an emphasis on the public space. His works travels between site-responsive, socio-political conceptual performance and between sculptures and installations that often involve an image of nature, in its imitation or in its fusion with domestic images.
Admoni is an artistic advisor and mentor and currently is undertaking the creation and curation of betOnest, an artist residency space in Stolpe, Germany.
Kata Kovács is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and arts organiser. She studied contemporary dance in Budapest, after which she was a participant in the inaugural year of P.O.R.C.H. in 2010. Since 2011, she has lived and worked in Berlin.
Her work frequently focuses on repetition, contemplation, and listening, often involving unusual spatial situations. She is also part of the duo Kovács/O’Doherty, in collaboration with Tom O’Doherty.
To apply, please write a letter of interest to the curators at email@example.com. Please tell us about your practice, the art you’d like to show, and why you are interested in participating in REMIX.
Individuals and small groups (existing collaborations) are welcome to apply.
Deadline for expressions of interest: February 28th, 2018.
The costs of the residency are €520, all inclusive. As such, food and sleeping costs are included, and residents are welcome to explore and use the available facilities at Betonest and Ponderosa, indoors and out.
Potential participants may be interested in exploring our available information about funding possibilities for attending REMIX.