Koumaria Residency invites applications from artists, musicians, composers, philosophers, archivists/researchers, video artists, designers, dancers and anyone who designs, builds and/or employs new interfaces or pre-existing interfaces in innovative ways, and performers who are excited by the prospect of working with new
Where: Sellasia, Greece, Sparta
When: May 29th – June 10th
Deadline for applications: April 1st
Improvising the Archive/Archiving the Improvisatory
By artist collective Medea Electronique
In Partnership with the Onassis Cultural Centre(OCC) in the framework of the INTERFACES project supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. (http://www.sgt.gr/eng/SPG1810/)
Please note the dates—we have moved the residency to the early summer to take advantage of different weather patterns and natural landscapes.
Since 2009 the artist collective Medea Electronique has organized an annual 10-day experimental artist residency, Koumaria, near Sparta in Greece (the village of Sellasia), focusing on improvisation and new media practices. New-media artists from all over the world, inspired by the Greek natural landscape, come together to create a multicultural and cross-media ‘dialogue’ culminating in a collective presentation both locally and in Athens at the end of the residency. Past residents have formed lasting friendships and new artistic partnerships. For
The residency is held at an organic olive oil farm at the foot of Mount Taigetos in Sparta. The base for the residency, a modern and comfortable house, features dormitory-style bedrooms, large and comfortable common rooms (featuring fireplaces and magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and fields), two primary spaces for project development and practice, terraces, rooftop overlooks, and a large and modern kitchen. The surrounding hills, mountains, villages and the not too distant sea, coupled with a vast expanse of sky, stars, and ever-changing mountain vistas, afford the residents amble space and opportunity for creative work. Meals are taken communally, with an emphasis on fresh and local produce and traditional recipes. In this environment artists not only have the chance to live and work together interacting with the Greek landscape, but also to trade their experiences concerning everyday life and culture. Chores are undertaken collectively, but there is ample time for residents to work, create, explore the surroundings and enter into new artistic partnerships.
This Years Theme.
Improvising the Archive/Archiving the ImprovisatoryIn partnership with the pan-European EU funded Interfaces Project (http://www.sgt.gr/eng/SPG1810/), this year’s residency is on the theme of Improvising the Archive/Archiving the Improvisatory. Medea Electronique has collected documentation (audio, video, photos, text, image) of its past ten residencies, in and about Sellasia, approx. 10 km north of Sparta. Focusing on site-specific mixed media performance, this material not only traces the history and development of
Koumaria 2019 will explore these themes, as part of our ongoing project to create an innovative archive for Koumara, and therefore also for Sellasia. In
Your application should include a way you want to use/revisit one or more of these projects. Examples might include (but of course feel free to propose your own idea!):
What would it mean to restage a past performance with different (or perhaps the same?) performers), in the same site, or a different site?
How might a past piece of documentation be used itself as a score for producing a new work?
How might a new work bring into dialogue a number of past documented performances?
What might it mean to archive these past performances in an innovative way?
How might a little change in a past work (the Epicurian swerve (paregklisis) effect a large change in meaning/affect/aesthetics?
More generally your proposed project should think creatively about our existing archive—about ways to improvise with it.
Given the theme, we are looking for artists excited by the idea of collaborative artistic creation, grounded in an improvisatory spirit and practice, who are excited by the thought of reanimating our archived works. We hope this call will be of interest not only to new and mixed media artists, but also to archivists excited by the idea of thinking about the archive itself, and methodologies for its creation and access, in new ways.
It is worth emphasizing that Koumaria’s focus is COLLECTIVE art creation. Individual should expect, and desire, substantive input from other residents, and be open to having their projects morph considerably during the course of the residency. While the final outputs we produce may each have a primary organiser behind them, Koumaria is not the place for the development and presentation of solo works/content.
Medea Electronique, being an eclectic art collective, is interested in people from diverse cultural and artistic backgrounds. Past residents have come from a variety of artistic backgrounds, and from numerous countries. While assorted nationalities and ethnicities have been represented, the common language of the residency is English (athough fluency is not necessary, an ability to interact with other artists in English is necessary).
Memebers of Medea Electronique will be on hand to both assist in guiding the overall direction of the residency, and to fully particapate in the residency as artists. While these members will be able to lend their expertise in assorted new media practices, and have great knoweldge of the area, they are equal partners with the residents in the artistic production. In other words, the Koumaria Residency is not a school, or workshop in new media art production run or taught by Medea Electronique, the residents are expected to be experienced in their chosen media, understand the use of the technologies they interact with, and come with these technologies or make it clear in advance what they will need to be supplied.
(Note: This is a remote region of Greece, with limited ability to obtain tech/electronic materials while we are there. Residents will need to check in advance concerning what materials will be available, and what they will need to bring. It is far easier to get in the area a bail of wire, or a piece of pipe then a semi-conductor or an obscure battery!)
Artist working in any media or practice are welcome, as long as you have experience in collective improvised work, and interest in the archive project outlined above.
We hope to attact archivists, particularly those working on innovative digital plateforms for interacting with archives in creative ways.
The 2019 Koumaria residency is organised in partnership with the Onassis Cultural Centre Athens (OCC) in the framework of the INTERFACES project, an international, interdisciplinary project focusing on bringing new music to an extensive range of new audiences. With the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Interfaces unites nine diverse partners from the UK, Germany, France, Cyprus, Belgium, Romania, Austria and Greece with main objective to explore innovative ways of introducing audiences to the work of cutting-edge musicians and sound artists and engage new audiences of all ages to the music of our time.
Make sure you read how to apply before filling up your application
Contact details: Medea Electronique firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, please visit www.koumaria.gr