REART ⇆ 
RESEARCH RESIDENCES

REART ⇆ is a networked project for the promotion of artistic research involved in specific contexts, through three residences, a collective meeting-laboratory, and a digital archive of projects. It is promoted collaboratively by Idensitat, Casa Planas (Palma), La Escocesa (Barcelona) and Le BBB Centre d'Art (Toulouse).

Through the call made by REART ⇆ four projects have been selected to carry out artistic research residencies in three specific locations but with a common thematic framework around the concept of "transperiphery".

Of the four residences, two are onsite: one in Barcelona, with the support of La Escocesa, and another in Palma de Mallorca, with the support of Casa Planas. The third takes place virtually, with the accompaniment of Idensitat. The projects carried out in these residencies must be completed before December 15, 2022 and will be published on the REART ⇆ digital platform.

After the residencies, there will be a joint 4-day meeting organised at the BBB Centre d'Art in Toulouse, which will take place in November 2022, on which the three selected projects must participate. This meeting is understood as a complementary part of the residency and will be organised as a collective laboratory space combining time for production and reflection with meetings with professionals, to promote the launch of the research projects once the residencies are completed.


More information about the Open Call

SELECTED PROJECTS

Josephine Lunal. Texo. / La Escocesa (onsite residency)
Lourdes Peñaranda. Contigüidades. / Casa Planas (onsite residency)
María Alcaide. I've left so many times I don't know if I'm going forwards or backwards / Idensitat (online residency)
Célin Jiang. My Best Emotions — Hard-discount of (#self ) Love. / Idensitat (online residency)


THEMATIC FRAMEWORK: TRANSPERIPHERY.

The projects are conceived as an opportunity to downshift, and to question the relationships between the centre (as a predictable space of control) and the periphery (as an uncertain space of disarray). The concept "transperipheral" allows us to develop the idea of traversing, overflowing, deactivating, or expanding, to project it beyond what is found inside and outside the opposing imaginaries of control/chaos, or essential/marginal. The creation and production spaces participating in REART ⇆ are aware of their location, and at the same time of their peripheral stance, both in relation to the urban context and to the artistic practices they promote.
The objective is to develop working processes in which residencies become an opportunity to rethink temporal and spatial displacement, while also advancing proposals that draw attention to the possibility of envisioning possible transgressions.


ABOUT THE PROJECTS

Josephine Lunal. Texo. / La Escocesa (onsite residency)

JOSPHINE LUNAL O2


Text and textile come from the same Latin word, “texo”. This common etymology indicates that to conceive a text is to create a tension among several threads, and to intertwine them. Josephine compares this to the work of the artist; assembling concepts and materials. Thus, in this project, she proposes to reflect upon the artist's work.
Josephine proposes to create a series of text-objects that will be both sculptures and publications. The series will be inspired by tissue and fabric (in the textile and anatomical senses of the words), reinventing the book using the ideas of networks/interconnections, fabric/mesh, layers/pages; like mille-feuille. Each piece in the series will be made of bioplastic, ceramic and text. The composition as a whole, an assembly of fragments, will form a network, a constellation. The superimposed layers will play with transparencies, between the veiled and the unveiled, what is hidden or exposed to view; thus forming an invitation “to see through, and to let yourself pass through”. It will evoke skin, which is,  for the artist,  the organ of relationship par excellence, insofar as it represents an interface with the other, completely enveloping, as a periphery, a porous border between the self and the world.

BIO
Born in 1992 in Nîmes, a graduate in Fine Arts in Toulouse in 2017 and in Anthropology in 2020, she lives and works in Toulouse. She develops her research using a variety of media (performance, video, installation, ceramics, etc.) to conceive constellations of works that allow her to approach themes from different perspectives. She thus develops her projects in series, variations and declensions. Her works put into perspective the way in which relationships with others influence and constitute identities. She is interested in alterity and work on human/non-human relationships. Her practice is located within a feminist and ecological approach. The idea of communication occupies an important place in her work, and writing is almost always a starting point for creation. Her way of thinking and creating is more arborescent than linear, and approaches forms that free her texts from the temporal linearity inherent in the spoken word.


Lourdes Peñaranda. Contigüidades. / Casa Planas (onsite residency)

Rondo Triple Zona

 

During the residency at Casa Planas, Lourdes will work with the Planas Archive, establishing a classification of photographs based upon the contiguities and coincidences in landscape between the different collections, in order to trace out new narratives in the organisation of the archive. The project presents that which is marginal and shared (Garcés, 2013) as that which is seen, in order to establish a meeting-place for possible antagonisms between things, desires, stories and words.
Categories for discussion will be drawn up, based upon the archive, that will help to interpret the landscape using its collective reconstruction, while a creative process will be set out in order to find that contiguous space that recognises and involves us in the landscape.
The unexpected gaze offers us the emergence of new horizons and the dissolving of prefabricated gazes to make way for the chance discovery, to not only look but to be able to touch with the gaze, and to let other gazes touch us (Pallasmaa, 2005). We live isolated and distanced within an underworld of images that we apparently control while feeling protected within a media armour; which is why Lourdes maintains that peripheral vision represents a means of leaving the enclosure of that controlled gaze, in order to expose ourselves to, and to involve ourselves in, the world in which we may be wounded, finding new territorial connections, other common and contiguous topographies.

BIO
As a multidisciplinary artist, she has participated in numerous individual and collective exhibitions since 1985. Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Zulia, 1990. Master of Landscape Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design, USA, 1993. Doctor of Architecture, 2011, Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña. Doctoral Thesis Award at the VIII Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism 2012, Cádiz.
In 2008 she participated in the Global Institute programme at the 7th Gwangju Biennale in Korea, and she received the Order of Artistic Merit from the University of Zulia. She received an Honorable Mention in the exhibition of Venezuelan art, The past and the future in the present, 2017. Her work forms part of collections in America and Europe, such as ESCALA, Essex Collection of Latin American Art in England.
From 2014 to 2017 she directed the Museum of Contemporary Art of Zulia, receiving the MACZUL Order and the AICA 2017 Special Award for her management.


María Alcaide. I've left so many times I don't know if I'm going forwards or backwards / Idensitat (online residency)

MARIA ALCAIDE 01

This project by Maria Alcaide deals with those who are neither here nor there, those who are not from here, but who temporarily occupy a space here that is almost always to be found on the edges, those who make do with what is left over in cities, institutions, centres. This project has been set up as a virtual space which belongs to them, and which is for them – it is ours – because we live in virtuality, in the untouchable, that which is sensed.

I’ve left so many times that I don't know if I’m going forwards or backwards is a virtual town square, serving as a centre(or as centres) that encourage(s) all those who once left their place of origin to meet; those who, after the pandemic, have been forced to abandon their centre(s), and/or have decided to regroup from the margins.

Although some of them have already taken the step and have abandoned the city, others still doubt the possibilities that those spaces outside the centrality can offer, because they are normally considered to be cultural deserts. That is why this project attempts to demonstrate geographical alternatives, bureaucratic solutions and livable ways of life for those who exist in between.

BIO
María Alcaide (Aracena, 1992) is a visual artist who usually works with video, installation and text. Her research methodology is flexible and porous. She always takes as her starting point her own personal experience, and her own economic and spatial limitations as an individual body.
She graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Seville, completed a Licence in Arts Plastiques at the Université Paris VIII, and has a Master's Degree in Research in Art and Design from Eina-UAB in Barcelona. Internationally, she has displayed her work in Helsinki (Muu Kaapeli), Berlin (ACUD) and San Francisco (EAS, Reed College). She has received an award at Jeune Création and Salon de Montrouge 64 (Paris), and has also taken up a number of residencies including Berlin (Agora Collective), Leipzig (LeFugitif) and Western Sahara (Artifariti). She has received the Generació 2021 award and the 2020 LaCaixa Foundation production grant, as well as the Sala d'Art Jove creation award and the Injuve grant. She has also taken up residencies at Fabra i Coats-Sant Andreu Contemporani, La Escocesa, C3A, Bar Projects or Bilbaoarte.


Célin Jiang. My Best Emotions — Hard-discount of (#self ) Love. / Idensitat (online residency)

CELINE JIANG 01

Bisou Magique 茜茜 is a virtual human, modelled after the artist's features. She lives online, scrolls endlessly, interacts with her audience, to find her happiness in the supermarket of love. Based on the clicks and matches on dating apps, the heroine wonders how to create desire in the other person, how to get their attention: she questions her omnipresent connections and finds answers thanks to Google's oracle. Her virtual entity determines how these exchanges take place: through chat, gifs, or live streaming, interactivity is thus at the core of the romantic dynamic. Therefore, to fall in love, she relates to other humans and feeds the desire to meet them. We attend the first videoconferences, the first reactions: how does the other interact with the avatar of her digital double? As Bisou Magique 茜茜 multiplies her encounters, the individuals she exchanges with become increasingly standardised, pixelated, and dehumanised…

As part of the residency, the artist will explore the concepts of borders, of the porosity of places of sensitive experiences, whether online or in real life. Questioning the experiences of authenticity and empathy with the virtual human allows us to confront postcolonial imaginaries to feed new emancipatory strategies. Imagined and produced from (in)tangible spaces, these bifurcations superimpose artificiality and naturalisation, producing new ways of apprehending the notions of the living. From a cyberfeminist and decolonial perspective, the final result will reveal the technological apparatus infiltrated within social networks, in the form of a web page, where the human body and the digital double rub shoulders.

BIO
Célin Jiang's work is transdisciplinary, political and infiltrated. She aims to explore the arts, technologies and digital humanities online. The analysis and misuse of creative tools in social networks offer opportunities for critical expression and collective experimentation. Célin Jiang is an artist-researcher. A graduate of HEAR (with honours) in 2018, she pursued her internship in Shanghai within the research programme L'école Offshore, Création et Mondialisation of the ENSAD de Nancy until June 2019. In autumn 2019, the artist pursued her research in the Arts et Créations Sonores postgraduate programme at ENSA de Bourges. In 2020, she pursued her research-creation work within the DIU of the ArTeC + University Research School. At the end of 2021, she joined the Digital Image and Virtual Reality (INREV) research team of the École Doctorale Esthétique, Sciences et Technologies des Arts (EDESTA) at the University of Paris 8, to carry out a research-creation thesis; her research focused on Fembots Pop Stars in Asia and the West. In 2020, she won the third prize for radiophonic creation Oreilles curieuses from Radio Campus Paris for the sound piece "Voyage en Bus". Her work has been exhibited at Ars Electronica (Linz, AT), Artes Sonores Tsonami Festival (Valparaíso, CL), Madein Gallery (Shanghai, CN), Rencontres internationales Monde-s multiple-s (Bourges, FR), Liebe und Zuneigung Festival - Europäischen Kulturtage (Karlsruhe, DE), Exhibitronic Festival (Strasbourg, FR)


Information about REART ⇆ centres

> Idensitat is an arts project which experiments with a variety of ways of constructing social space, functioning as a system that incorporates other projects, actions or processes that extend through a number of contexts. It promotes composite strategies for realising activities that combine research, production, educational actions and collaborative dynamics. www.idensitat.net

> La Escocesa, Barcelona is a factory of creation managed by the participating community who comprise its association. It meets the needs of artists in various phases of their career, offering workspaces and resources for the development of projects. www.laescocesa.org

> Casa Planas, Palma de Mallorca, is a centre for research and contemporary culture. It is an independent factory of creation dedicated to encouraging interdisciplinary contexts for creation, experimentation, research, and production. It has a sizable photographic archive on the history of tourism with more than 3 million uncatalogued images, activated through socially impactful residencies and projects. www.casaplanas.org

> BBB Centre d'Art, Toulouse is both a structure dedicated to artistic creation, and a platform for resources, training, and professional support for artists. Since its creation, it has shown its commitment to contemporary art by disseminating artistic and social critical reflections, working with individuals and organisations within its area of influence, while also encouraging a greater diversification in its audiences. www.lebbb.org


REART ⇆ is supported by the Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion, as well as other institutional supports related to the different leading members: Generalitat de Calunya Departament de Cultura, Gobierno de España Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte, Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics, Ajuntament de Barcelona, Marie de Toulouse, Préfet de la Region Occitaine y Conseil Départamental de l'Haute-Garonne.

 

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