The Winter Artist Exchange is a three-week open residency which will happen at Ponderosa, from 24. February to 13. March, 2020. 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 Winter Artist Exchange is offered as an opportunity for artistic work and research, in a collaborative environment, together with other participants.
Winter Artist Exchange — navigate, hibernate, collaborate
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 Winter 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 Winter 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.
The Winter Artist Exchange follows on from the Autumn Artist Exchange, which first happened in October 2018.
There is a post on the Ponderosa blog about the 2018 Autumn Artist Exchange, which may be helpful to take a look at in order to get a sense of some of the possibilities that could occur at the Winter Artist Exchange.
We offer one old farm, with two heatable 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 shared dormitory sleeping. Participants share a living space and a kitchen with two cozy fireplaces. 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 Winter Artist Exchange is 490 €. 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.
Available studios and spaces. Ponderosa has two available heatable studios, along with myriad outdoor spaces for exploration and transformation.
The studios are:
We will be listing participants here that have confirmed their participation in the Winter 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). Check back soon for more.
The Winter Artist Exchange 2020 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 Winter 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 is practicable, in order not to disappoint.
To apply, please send 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 50% of the residency fee (245 €). If you cancel your attendance up to six weeks before the starting date of the event (i.e., on or before January 13., 2020), Ponderosa will refund you your costs, minus €50 to account for administrative overhead. If you cancel your attendance after January 13. 2020, then all costs are non-refundable.