HELEN'S DRESS - THE TSAKONIAN DRESS
Combined e-Residency and exhibition project consisting of three parts. It applies to multimedia and interdisciplinary artists, jewelry and fashion designers, performers who wish to combine various disciplines, such as jewelry and textile art, story telling, mythology and performance.
Project duration: 20 August - 20 November 2021
Application deadline: August 1, 2021 (12.00 pm CET)
PART I: Intensive e-Residency from 20-22 August 2021.
PART II: Two successive exhibitions showing the participants' work
1. in Leonidio, Arcadia/Greece from 22-29 October 2021
2. in puuul contemporary art space, Vienna/Austria from 5-20 Νovember 2021, during VIENNA ART WEEK (13-20 November 2021).
PART III: Live online presentation on 20 November 2021 plus documentation in SMCK Magazine For Independent Artists (November 2021 issue).
PART I - THE e-RESIDENCY:
Helen is the immortal daughter Zeus and Leda. Like her mother, Helen is the queen of Sparta. She is the personification of beauty, the ruler, the cause of war, the mistress, the faithful and the unfaithful wife, the mother, the scapegoat. Like the moon – her name's meaning in Greek – Helen gets lost and comes back.
How did this divine woman dress? We may guess by studying the Tsakonian Tzoubelou dress, scarlet and gold, gown and skirt, topped by a delicate velvet fes, and worn over a long white dalmatica shirt.
The art/design project reconstructs Helen's identity through the media textile, jewelry, performance, photography and video. Artists and designers participate in an intensive 3-day e-Residency in late August 2021 and reflect on the mythical figure of Helen.
Helen's Dress e-Residency aims at inspiring artists, designers, writers, performers and photographers to develop their own contemporary version of the ancient Greek myth. The archaic red and golden Tzoubelou dress of Tsakonia will be the starting point to deal with non-verbal expressions of feminity, hierarchy, power, women's history, glamor, awe and pride. The 3-day workshop program also addresses current issues that have a negative impact on women's lives, such as misogyny, abuse, manipulation, fake news, conflict.
The e-Residency introduces artists into the tradition of Greek art and culture, emphasizing narrative, Greek mythology, jewelry art, dress culture, women's history, performance and design. It also deals with applied art and design questions on how dresses may reflect power, determination, empathy, feminity, dominance, sexuality.
e-RESIDENCY BACKGROUND & CONCEPT:
The idea of the eResidency program reflects the tradition of 18th and 19th century travelers in Greece whose impressions greatly influenced artists and intellectuals in their own countries. Johann Joachim Winckelmann, archaeologist and founder of the Art History discipline, for example, never visited Greece, but developed his approach based on what he had read or heard from travelers. German poets Goethe and Hoelderlin found inspiration in Greek antiquity without ever having visited the country. The rediscovery of "Greek aesthetics" in art, architecture and fashion, and the revival of democracy in the age of enlightenment was more a product of imagination than of physical presence.
References: A similar e-Residency workshop - Helen's Dress - designed for and funded by Stavros Niarchos Foundation, was realized by us in June 2020. For project documentation, please visit: Helen’s Dress Flipbook / Saturnalia (Video).
e-RESIDENCY DETAILS -WORKSHOP (21 hours):
• From Greek mythology to narrative: 5 hours
• Performance: 6 hours
• Video scenario: 3 hours
• Basic video techniques: 1 hour
• From Greek crafts (textile, jewelry, ceramics) to contemporary design: 4 hours
• Objects as performance inspiration: 1 hour
• Individual coaching: 2x30 minutes per artist
PART II - DOUBLE EXHIBITION:
Participants' work - objects, photo narrative, video - will be presented in two group exhibitions.
The first exhibition will take place in the 19th century historical town of Leonidio in Arcadia, Greece, from 22-29 October 2021. The town is famous for preserving Greece's oldest traditions, including textiles, kilims and dresses, the doric dialect, dance and architecture. The dates chosen refer to the autumn holiday season for Greek and foreign visitors. The exhibition will present participants' photos and videos in public buildings, cultural venues and private spaces in the historical heart of Leonidio.
The second exhibition takes place in puuul contemporary art space in downtown Vienna, Austria, from 5 – 20 November 2021, during Vienna Art Week (13-20 Νovember 2021).
PART III - ONLINE AND MAGAZINE PRESENTATION:
An interactive online presentation (interviews and videos), as well as a website documentation of the exhibition in puuul art space, Vienna, will promote participants' work to art specialists, collectors and art lovers around the globe.
The participants will be presented in the fifth issue of SMCK Magazine.
REQUIREMENTS / EXPECTATIONS TOWARDS THE ARTIST:
Artists are expected to attend the e-Residency program, and to deliver for the exhibitions: one to six objects, a performance video, a photographic narrative (1-3 images) reflecting the eResidency theme. Artists' statements and pictures will be published in SMCK Magazine.
The works presented in the two exhibitions and in SMCK Magazine have to be new or of a recent date. They must not have been exhibited yet. No previous experience in performance or video scriptwriting or video editing is required.
The participants are expected to participate in the workshop program and to be open to new techniques and approaches.
Note: a good internet connection ( for teleconference, live streaming) throughout the e-Residency and live presentation is necessary.
PARTICIPATION FEE: 380 euro, paid by each participant.
SUPPORT: On request, we provide artists who wish to apply for funding, a letter of support. We do not provide funding.
HOW TO APPLY: To apply, send your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, including:
1. Website link and/or 6 photos of your work
2. Artist's bio/statement
3. Your motivation for participating in the e-Residency and exhibition project
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Maximum 20 artists.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, August 8, 2021 (12.00 pm CET)
METAMORPHOSES - e-RESIDENCY & EXHIBITION PROJECT 2021/22
Open call for artists and designers working with traditional and interdisciplinary media, including jewellery, textile, ceramic artists, performance.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: HAS ENDED ON 30 MAY 2021 !!
PART I: e-Residency including three online workshops between July and September 2021, as well as individual coaching and group meetings between November 2021 and February 2022.
PART II: group exhibition from 24 February - 2 April 2022 at Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein Gallery in Munich during Schmuck 2022, accompanied by a website and a LIVE online presentation.
Metamorphoses, transfigurations, mutations as mind-opening revelations can be found in many religions, art and literary traditions. The changes in form and substance, documented by innumerable myths and doctrines, have a common denominator: the ascend of the human being into a higher spiritual sphere.
From the animal faced gods of ancient Egypt, Homer, Hesiod and Ovid to Moses' burning bush or Christ's Transfiguration, from the djinnis of 1001 Nights and Brother Grimm's folk tales to Goethe's Faust and to Rabbi Loew's Golem, or to the Japanese medieval legends collected by Lefkadios Hern, the message is clear: A sublime power shows its omnipresence through transformation and mutation; and it enchants humanity with promise and hope.
Franz Kafka's famous novel Metamorphosis parts from the spiritual tradition of pre-modernity and casts a grim omen on a society obsessed with order, segregation and racial hygiene on its way to the war tragedy.
The alchemists expressed mankind's desire for endless knowledge, wealth and immortality through their efforts to convert waste into gold. Nowadays, upcycling is a common practice. Fashion and luxury brands proudly advertise the pre-used origin of their raw materials. It is ethical and kind, indeed, to recycle; but is it not void of existential meaning? Recycling makes us feel good as consumers and makers. But does it also help us to make contact with something bigger than us, such as nature, humanity, common good or even god?
Does contemporary jewelry need to be spiritual? Is the quest for something that stays alive for ever just a psychological side effect of mutating Covid-19, or is the search for a talisman against fear, disease and loss the bridge leading to our archaic roots?
Metamorphoses challenges participants to look at the practice of upcycling from a philosophical and spiritual perspective, and encourages them to add meaning and context to their work. The three preparatory online workshops focus on the development of the participants’ concept, communication skills, understanding of art and literary traditions, and encourage the dialogue between different art disciplines. Jewelry, objects (metal, paper, plastic, wood, textile, glass), objets trouvés and ready mades, 3D print and e-waste are the exhibits of the show reflecting the present discourse on nature and environment. Videos created by the participants are presented at the BKV exhibition and the Live online presentation.
The concept of Metamorphoses also applies to the media artists use to highlight their creative procedure: Jewelry, performance and video.
The project includes:
• Three workshops on the history and meaning of jewelry and objects, narrative and scriptwriting, rituals and performance, communication and video (Total of 25 hours)
• Online individual and group coaching
• Six+ week-long exhibition in BKV Munich during Schmuck 2022
• Exhibition documentation plus social media promotion
• Exhibition opening plus • Live online presentation during Schmuck 2022
• Exhibition website & documentation in SMCK Magazine
• Exhibition advertisement
• Sale of participants’ work by BKV
• Extensive press campaign in German and English
Expectations, requirements, support: All works presented in the exhibition must be new or of a recent date and have not been exhibited before. Artists do not need to be present in Munich during the show. No previous experience in performance or video scriptwriting or video production is required.
The participants are expected to participate in the workshop program and to be open to new techniques and approaches. The e-Residency takes place exclusively online via Zoom and chat.
On request, the participant will be provided with an invitation letter.
Number of participants: max. 25
Participation fee: The fee charged for the preparatory workshops, the curatorial work, the communication and documentation of the exhibition is 750,00 € - payable in four installments:
250,00 € payable in June 2021
200,00 € payable in September 2021
150,00 € payable in December 2021
150,00 € payable in February 2022
Application: email us your
1. website or 6-8 photos high res sent via Wetransfer
2. artist's statement and bio
3. motivation for your participation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: HAS ENDED ON 30 MAY 2021 !!
Contact us for more details on the workshop, the exhibition venue and Schmuck Munich.
After the end of the selection process, applicants receive a written agreement specifying terms and conditions regarding exhibition, sale and object return details, as well as the dates of the workshops' meetings during weekends.
Links / information:
Initiation exhibition series
Open Call on Klimt02
Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein gallery
ONE ARTIST A WEEK
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTIES CONNECTED WITH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN GREECE, NO "ONE ARTIST A WEEK" APPLICATIONS ARE POSSIBLE DURING 2021 !!
ONE ARTIST A WEEK questions the dynamic of quickly changing trends, topics and "fashions" in the international art world and asks how each of the participating artists individually responds to this development.
The one-week residency + exhibition program addresses artists who want to develop and present their work in Athens following an intensive creative and learning process.
Besides (shared) accommodation in central Athens, ONE ARTIST A WEEK offers a solo exhibition for each artist. The program supports the artist with media, press and communication, and offers assistance for the setup of the exhibition or presentation.
For more information, please check our >>> documentation.
And the past shows presented 2017 during Athens Documenta 14 >>> here.
• 7 days living and working space in downtown Athens (6 nights, Mo-Su)
• A 3/4-day curated solo show in downtown Athens venues
• Promotional support, press and media networking
• Customized introduction into ancient and contemporary Greek culture
• Individual documentation on the FaveLAB project website.
DISCIPLINES: Artists working in all disciplines, designers, actors, dancers, art journalists, crafters are welcome to apply.
Please note: applicants must be 30+ years old.
APPLICATION: NO APPLICATION POSSIBLE DURING 2021 !!
1+1 (ONE PLUS ONE)
14-day Residency & exhibition project in Athens / Greece
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTIES CONNECTED WITH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN GREECE, NO "ONE PLUS ONE" APPLICATIONS ARE POSSIBLE DURING 2021 !!
1+1 is a residency and exhibition project for international artists who wish to explore Athens' rich cultural life and opportunities and present their work in a local art venue.
1+1 provides shared accommodation and working space in central Athens for two weeks and two (1+1) artists who are open to share experiences and take part in a duo show in Athens. The two artists will present their work at the end of their 14-day residency period in a three/four-day curated exhibition in central Athens.
The 1+1 residency includes a customized introduction into ancient and contemporary Greek culture (two guided visits at Unesco sites, museums and art venues), individual networking advice, tips on Athens secret addresses, as well as curatorial assistance/advice for the realization of the exhibition.
1+1 services also include promotional, press and social media support, plus e-invitation+press release for the show (GR/EN) and website documentation.
Find the 2019 projects >>> here.
• Accommodation in a central Athens studio apartment with separate bedrooms and shared studio space
• A curated four-day exhibition in downtown Athens
• Assistance in / advice for the setup of the exhibition
• Two guided visits at Unesco sites, museums and art venues
• Individual networking advice
• Promotion, social media support, press release
• E-invitation, website and photo documentation
DISCIPLINES: Artists who work in the field of sculpture, painting, installation, photography, performance, textile art, comics, design or jewellery are invited to apply.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications are accepted by individual artists as well as by artist duos who welcome the challenge to live together and present their personal work or their residency experience in a duo exhibition. Please apply only if you are 30+ years old.
RESIDENCY DURATION: 14 days (13 nights). Each residency period begins on Monday and ends on Sunday.
EXHIBITION: 3-4 days during the second week of the residency
APPLICATION: NO APPLICATION POSSIBLE DURING 2021 !!
ATHENS FOR WRITERS
Due to the Corona virus pandemic, our writers residency program for 2020 will be postponed.