Mortem: Death and Thanotology for artists
Mortem is a residency for artists interested in death and decay to explore the concept from many points of view and to meet the people who work with death regularly. The residency will facilitate daily excursions led by historians, biologists, philosophers and taxidermists.
Artist talk: We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.
Momentum Moris: Vanitas in art history, a guided tour of the collection at the National Gallery of Canada
Mythology: Death deities seminar at Ottawa University
Philosophy: Visit a temple to learn about death in Buddhism
Burial: Visit to a funeral home to learn about traditional burial processes and eco burials
Guided tour of the Beechwood Cemetery
A talk by Aborigional WalkS to learn about native burial traditions
Biology: Death begins when the heart stops beating. A talk about the process of death and extinction.
Collect recently deceased birds with FLAP
Taxidermy: Visit to the studio of a local taxidermist
Tour of the National Museum of Nature's large skeleton collection in the archives
Hide tanning workshop with local artist
Haunting: Attend a séance lead by a psychic.
Seminar lead by paranormal investigator.
Paliative car: Talk with a death doula.
Duration of residency
The residency will take place over a week in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada in the autumn of 2017.
Disciplines supported and technical information
All disciplines are supported. No urbex experience or history background necessary.
Residents will be picked up in Ottawa and driven to the Ayatana residency house, where they will have a bed and bedding and will be driven to all activities. Meals will be provided.
Indoor and outdoor workspace is available
Residency fee is $1200 USD
Expectations towards the artist
Residents are not expected to produce work during the program. Residents are expected to give a 20 minute artist talk to the group.
Application instructions are on the program website
Residency places are limited to 6 artists. Selected applicants will be notified shortly after the application deadline.