Koumaria Residency is open for applications from artists, musicians, composers, video artists, designers, dancers and anyone who designs, builds and/or employs new interfaces or preexisting interfaces in innovative ways, and performers who are excited by the prospect of working with new interfaces or becoming one.

Sellasia, Greece

When: Oct. 22nd – Oct. 31st

Deadline for applications: June 1st

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/)


Applications from artists, musicians, composers, video artists, designers, dancers and anyone who designs, builds and/or employs new interfaces or preexisting interfaces in innovative ways, and performers who are excited by the prospect of working with new interfaces or becoming one.


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 us, the residency serves as a model for future creative collaborations.

The Koumaria Residency – Background
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
This year we celebrate our tenth anniversary of the residency. We are also partners in the pan-European “Interfaces” Project which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union (http://www.interfacesnetwork.eu/), and so the theme for this year’s residency is INTERFACES. What is an interface? When is an instrument an interface/an interface an instrument? How does the structure of an interface determine the structure of the art it is used to produce? When is a performer an interface? Can a whole performance be an interface? We will explore themes such as these. We therefore invite applications from artists, composers, designers and dancers who design, build and/or employ new interfaces or preexisting interfaces in innovative ways, and performers who are excited by the prospect of working with new interfaces, or becoming one! As always Medea Electronique is committed to the high-quality documentation of our residency, and so those interested in creating innovative documentation are also invited to apply. Residents will have the opportunity to employ the interfaces we use as part of the content for our Rhizomes III soundwalk app, created in association with ZKM in Germany and the Onassis Cultural Centre Athens, dedicated to the landscape surrounding the residency site.

Given the theme, we are looking for artists excited by the idea of collaborative artistic creation, grounded in an improvisatory spirit and practice. You are welcome to come to the residency with a new interface already built, or work on the design and creation during the residency (but note that we have limited technical/industrial equipment on site, we are in rural Greece!) Alternatively, you may be interested in employing interfaces in novel and creative ways. We place no limitations on what we may do, we only ask that you be expert in your chosen media and willing to work with others in realizing the content. We will also present the outputs of the residency in a performance and mixed-media presentation in Sellasia (the local village) at the end of our time there.

It is worth emphasizing that Koumaria’s focus is collective art creation. An 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.

Please visit the website: http://medeaelectronique.com/koumaria/ to find documentation of past residency projects. Your letter of application must reference past projects and demonstrate how you see your own art practices related to the range of artistic practices that have taken place at Koumaria.

About Residents
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 (although fluency is not necessary, an ability to interact with other artists in English is necessary).

Members of Medea Electronique will also be on hand to both guides the overall direction of the content being developed and fully participate in the content development. While these members will be able to lend their expertise in assorted new media practices and have great knowledge of the area, and the precise needs of the app, 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. The residency takes place in a remote region of Greece – see the residency details for what this means for availability of technology materials when there.

The 2018 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.

Practical Residency Details

The residency provides hospitality as follows:
• transportation from Athens to the residency and back.
• housing and food supplies during the course of the residency
• transportation to all the sites visited as part of the residency

Accommodation is organized as follows:
• rooms & bathrooms at the residency are shared
• cooking and cleaning the house during our stay is undertaken collectively according to a rota (organizing what tasks people are expected to do on what day)

Access to technology:
• residents should bring their own equipment (instruments & computers etc.)
• the residency takes place in a remote region of Greece, with limited ability to obtain tech/electronic materials while we are there – 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!
• for this reason, residents should check in advance concerning what materials will be available, and what they will need to bring.
• No Internet access at the House.

Living expenses:
• while there are few expenses the residents need to consider while at the residency, it is worth having some funds for trips to local cafes and the like.
• calculate approximately 5-10 euros a day for such incidentals.
Transportation to and from Athens:
• the residency does not provide transportation to and from Athens
• residents are responsible for arranging this themselves

Application Procedure
Please submit the following materials to the online application link http://medeaelectronique.com/koumaria/apply-to-koumaria/

Make sure you read how to apply before feeling up your application http://medeaelectronique.com/koumaria/#howtoapply

1) A completed application form
2) A personal statement detailing why you wish to participate (which should address the 2018 residency theme)
3) A small sample of your individual work (site, demo, pictures etc.)
4) Your C.V.

Costs for participants: free

Contact details: info@medeaelectronique.com

For further information, please visit koumaria.gr

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