OPEN CALL // MONUMENTAL-TEMPORAL
PRAKSIS and Fellesverkstedet invite international, national and local applications from anyone with relevant interest and experience to participate in a residency developed with artist Gereon Krebber (DE) between 22 August and 16 September 2018.
Thingness is a key term for thinking about Gereon Krebber’s practice, which references the long tradition of Western and modern sculpture while distorting and perverting it. Deploying a mixture of readily accessible and often completely unconventional materials – for example, porridge oats or mayonnaise – Krebber develops objects that are often both monumental and ephemeral. They frequently relate to their locations in unruly ways: blocking entrances, sprawling over floors, walls and ceilings, and disrespecting boundaries between interiors and exteriors. They are encouraged to morph, distort or disintegrate. Language also features in Krebber’s repertoire of media, becoming another kind of substance available for manipulation, distortion and proliferation. Conventional assumptions about public art and culture (for example that it should be permanent, ‘valuable’, or ‘compliant’ or “complementary’ to its location) are placed in question.
PRAKSIS's eleventh residency, Monumental-Temporal will involve a period of intensive, hands-on three-dimensional construction using a variety of substances, alongside discussion of public art and the expanded field of sculpture. Participants will be able to develop their own work whilst supporting other participants’ constructions, helping brainstorm and resolve technical and formal problems and enacting solutions. Applications are invited from cultural practitioners with an appetite for co-operative making and the lively exchange of ideas, and an interest in one or more of the following topics: monumentality and ephemerality, improvisation and scale; the protocols of sculpture, art and cultural manifestations in the public realm.
The residency will culminate in an exhibition.
Sculptor Gereon Krebber studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and the Royal College of Art, London, and has exhibited extensively since the early 2000s. His work has featured in solo and group shows in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, London and elsewhere, and he has received commissions to develop public work in Bonn, Bochum and Viersen (DE). Awards received include the UK’s Jerwood Sculpture Prize (2003) and the Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Stipendium (Duisburg, 2009). His working processes probe questions about sculpture as a discipline in relation to site, time, language, communication and the body, and extend across a highly experimental range of media, including writing and speech: for example, via the Laberflash, a new form of performance that he has developed, in which participants’ bodies, voices and thinking processes become unexpected new media for sculptural experimentation.
Fellesverkstedet is a not for profit organisation providing open access production facilities and knowledge in the centre of Oslo.
This residency is multidisciplinary: applications are welcomed from artists, curators, writers, designers, and anyone else with relevant experience and interests. PRAKSIS aims to provide an environment for development and professional growth: applications are welcome from practitioners of differing ages and experience levels.
Places are available for one non-local resident and up to four locally-based residents to work alongside Gereon Krebber.
WHAT PRAKSIS PROVIDES //
This residency offers comfortable accommodation for non-Oslo based residents in central Oslo. Local residents will continue to live at their usual address. The residency community will regularly come together at the residency studio space, and at organised events and meals.
Weekly meals will bring the residency community together for discussion, debate and friendship. On week days PRAKSIS will provide lunch at the working space. Dinners for all residents with invited guests will be held weekly.
Oslo has a vibrant and adventurous arts landscape. PRAKSIS will provide residents with information and links to the city’s cultural scene, informing them about exhibitions, talks, performances and other events. PRAKSIS seeks wherever possible to connect participants with relevant organisations and individuals in Oslo. PRAKSIS residencies aims to introduce the residency community to Oslo creatives in various spheres including among others: curators, writers, and artists.
Activities and events will be held at PRAKSIS’s space in central Oslo and other locations in the city. At the start of the residency, participants are invited to make a presentation, informally introducing themselves and their practice to the rest of the group. Other potential activities include residency-related visits, a tour of Oslo's galleries, networking events, discussions and group critiques – some open to the public.
While the residency is free and offers accommodation and meals, PRAKSIS regrets that it cannot yet offer transport costs or stipends. However, where possible, the team is happy to offer advice and support applications for external grants.
REQUIREMENTS // English is the common language at PRAKSIS and residencies must be sufficiently fluent to participate in group discussion and activity. Residents are expected to involve themselves fully in the work of the residency: joining meals, participating in events and engaging with the resident community. Accepting a residency involves a commitment to participation for the full residency term. APPLICATION GUIDELINES //
Please submit:A completed application form. We kindly request that you send a PDF version of the application. Recent CV/resume. Portfolio (only one PDF file). Up to 5 images. The images should include captions or short descriptions. For videos/films, please provide links to your own website, Vimeo page, YouTube page, etc. Do not attach actual video files.
Please submit only electronic copies of the above in ONE email under 5 MB to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the subject line of your email, please write your name and country of residence per the following order: Last Name, First Name, Country.
Selections will be made by Gereon Krebber and PRAKSIS’s team on the basis of each individual’s potential to participate in and benefit from residency involvement, and are not based on applicants’ academic or professional backgrounds. Successful applicants will be selected for Skype interviews with residency admissions jury, which will take place shortly after the application deadline.