The Tipping Utopia residency is a three-week residency happening at Ponderosa from October 8.–26., 2018. It will be based around creative research and investigation of the future potential of performative practice at Ponderosa, imagining the possibilities of this space.
Applications to join this event are open for a limited number of participants, and full details are below.
The Tipping Utopia residency will be occurring in parallel with the Garden as Stage residency, facilitated by Jared Gradinger as part of his collaborative work with Angela Schubot. These two events will intermingle and overlap in the autumn sunshine, allowing for creative cross-pollination and juxtaposition. Full details of both events are outlined below.
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.
Tipping Utopia — to archive, to investigate, to imagine
During the time of the Tipping Utopia residency, we 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:
The residency will also overlap with the Garden as Stage residency, outlined below.
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 residency — overlapping, intermingling
Tipping Utopia will last from October 8. to 26., and for ten days during this time — from October 15. to 25. — it will share space with the Garden as Stage residency, 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.
The Garden as Stage residency will be undertaken by an invited group, and is not open to public applications. However, the shared space of Ponderosa, and the overlap of this residency with the time of Tipping Utopia, will allow for improvised and aleatoric intermingling between both groups.
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.
Apply to participate
We invite applicants to come and join this activated working environment, and 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.
Their will certainly be some practices and collaborative proposals that will be open to everyone during the run of the residency. Days will be collaboratively structured, and evenings will include sparkly hot topics and artistic investigations around the dinner table.
To apply, please send an email describing your project, or otherwise indicating in what manner you will be focusing your residency time.