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OPEN CALL AFFECT 2018, AGORA’S PROGRAM FOR COLLABORATIVE ARTISTIC PRACTICES,Deadline: May 20

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OPEN CALL AFFECT 2018, AGORA’S PROGRAM FOR COLLABORATIVE ARTISTIC PRACTICES IN BERLIN

*The program is now open for applications until May 20th 2018

AFFECT is a Program for Collaborative Artistic Practices initiated by Agora Collective e.V. in Berlin, currently in its forth edition.

A hybrid between an educational program and a research-based artist’s residency, the 2018 edition consists this year of a curriculum of 4 topics growing out of the research and practice of 4 Berlin-based international artists, under the theme “Micro-Utopias: Cartographies of Relational Art in Berlin”. 

Each module takes the form of an intensive week-long participatory workshop revolving around a central research question supported by a series of activities proposed by the leading facilitators.

Content wise the modules renew the question about the social function of art, offered as case studies tu support residents contextualizing the program’s main question in Berlin, triggering autonomous research strands at AFFECT based on the insights gained through the exchange of practices during their stay.

Participants will have the opportunity to collectively delve into the proposed research question, bringing in their own sensibilities, practice and experience. The residency outcome consist of an e-publication project, with growing contributions by residents issued by topics, shaping a self-styled cartography of subjectivities, encounters and methods within Berlin’s micro-utopias of art+life.

AFFECT 2018 is facilitated by Diego Agulló, Club Real (Georg Reinhardt, Marianne Ramsay-Sonneck), Zorka Wollny, Susanne Bosch, curated by Paz Ponce and hosted by Agora Collective – Center for Contemporary Artistic Practices in Berlin. 

*The program is now open for applications until May 20th 2018.
www.agoracollective.org/affect/apply
Information Brochure & Call for applications 2018 

1

PROMISCUOUS ANOMALIES / A practical philosophy to encounter and mix with alterity

June 4 – 10

Facilitated by Diego Agulló

How much do you risk in the process of art making and researching? How much chaos can your practice deal with? How ready are you to de-territorialize your identities? Can art inject anomaly and challenge the social order?

Agullo’s intensive collective investigation suggests mixing with alterity to stimulate the emergence of something new, embracing disorder, chaos, confusion, confrontation and affection as transformative aspects of exchange. In this immersive workshop, exercises, dialectal discussions and concept diagrams will be employed to confront practical problems and enter the process of value finding in heterogeneity.

2

DISTURBANCE & DEVELOPMENT / PARTICIPATORY ART INTERVENTIONS IN BERLIN 2000-2020

June 11 – 21

Facilitated by CLUB REAL (Georg Reinhardt, Marianne Ramsay-Sonneck).

What possibilities did Berlin in the early 2000s offer to participatory art in public space? What happened to the spaces where such interventions took place? Where can we find inspiring cracks and voids in the body of the city today?

In a city that is becoming more and more dense and utilized, the Berlin-based artist collective Club Real aims to explore the above questions and some of the city’s projects in order to widen the perspective on the possibilities and limitations of participation in art and art interventions in public urban spaces, using the concept of “disturbances of every day life” and presentations as a form of intervention. 

 3

WHO NEEDS ART ANYWAY? /  LABORATORY OF SOCIAL SENSITIVITY

July 2 – 8

Facilitated by Zorka Wollny

Under what conditions could smaller communities benefit from art, and artists benefit from contact with specific groups? How to do it with the full respect to the people and contexts within which one wants to work?

In an intensive week workshop testing ideas through the district of Neukölln, Zorka Wollny proves there is ‘no escape from the context’, putting forward ideas on collaboration from her experience in site-specific and socially involved projects. Discussing all the stages of the art 

production and using various exercises, the workshop will cover the conceptualization, organization and evaluation of contextual projects, involving a series of practical exercises and first drafts of performances as an action research.

TOOLS FOR CONVIVIALITY / HOSPITALITY & THE ART OF HOSTING

July 16 – 26

Facilitated by Susanne Bosch

What makes a heterogeneous group of people ease into a situation to collaborate? Do you dream of really collaborating or of a participatory process within an art work? What does it mean to be the host of such a process? What does it include?

To answer these questions is to accept the complexity of the collaborative practices and their multiple layers, reviewed by Bosch in her extensive 

research experience in participatory public art. Concepts such as friendship, equality and otherness, power relationships, leadership and negotiation, will be explored as essential tools for every cooperation and hosting, seeking to find new models of togetherness and 

interdependence and revisit the idea of conviviality.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION 

Program dynamics

ONE WEEK / TEN DAYS – Group meetings 7 days of 5 hours each. Participants can choose to enroll in one or more individual modules.

Groups are open to 15 international and local participants, who will be selected from an open call.

Fees & support

The participation fee is 450,- EUR for each module. A production budget covers group visits, public activities, documentation and a final collective publication. Agora does not provide accommodation. Support letters for grant applications can be issued upon request. Our hybrid model between an artist residency and an educational platform opens up more possibilities to apply for financial support. Previous AFFECT participants have been granted to attend our program by university career departments, academic research fellowships, cross European and overseas mobility funds for artists, etc.

Disciplines

AFFECT is based on an interdisciplinary approach. Selection criteria is purely based on the variety of backgrounds and experiences of applicants in order to create a mixed group where micro-collaborations could take place. Some of the main fields of interest for the development of the program are: Visual & Live Arts, Social & Community Work, Critical Studies and Education. 

Expectations towards participants

Prerequisite for selected candidates is the willing to engage in a collaborative and group working dynamics to all the stages of the process with energy, respect and openness.

About Agora

The Agora Collective – Berlin-based Center for Contemporary Practices – was originally founded in 2011 by a multidisciplinary team as an independent project space in Berlin. Since then, Agora expands its mission to be a place to conceive and experiment with models of working together; providing stable spaces for artists to engage within collaborative and community-based practices.

In 2017, the project has been totally relocated to the former Kindl-Brauerei Area in Rollbergstrasse / Am Sudhaus, being proudly part of the “Vollgutlage”, a 38.000 sq. meters area acquired

Contact & Applications:

AFFECT at AGORA
c/o Agora Rollberg Studios
Am Sudhaus 5, 12053 Berlin
www.agoracollective.org/affect

Coordination & Communication:
affect@agoracollective.org

Further information to content and registration in our project website

WWW.AGORACOLLECTIVE.ORG/ AFFECT/APPLY

About Agora

The Agora Collective – Berlin-based Center for Contemporary Practices – was originally founded in 2011 by a multidisciplinary team as an independent project space in Berlin. Since then, Agora expands its mission to be a place to conceive and experiment with models of working together; providing stable spaces for artists to engage within collaborative and community-based practices.

In 2017, the project has been totally relocated to the former Kindl-Brauerei Area in Rollbergstrasse / Am Sudhaus, being proudly part of the “Vollgutlage”, a 38.000 sq. meters area acquired by the Swiss Foundation Edith Maryon. This location in the heart of Neukölln, has been secured for initiatives devoted to social, ecological, cultural and artistic projects.

Under this unique stage, the Agora team is devoted to create cross-disciplinary models of cultural and educational production expressed in a diverse, inclusie program of artistic projects and events that deals with relevant questions of nowadays.

Since its beginning, Agora’s focus has ranged from food and hosting practices, co-working spaces, event series, workshops, and programming, as well as with a strong take on visual and performing arts. Other formats running in the house: a contemporary dance platform, studios for artists, community driven activities and artistic residency opportunities.

Agora means “now”, in Portuguese, language of its Brazilian founders and also coincidentally, in Greek, Agora is the place for encounters and exchange, the assembly and the market-place.

/ Agora Team contact:

Caique Tizzi caique@agoracollective.org
Sheena McGrandles sheena@agoracollective.org
Elena Polzer elena@agoracollective.org

 

Paz Ponce
 
Coordinator of AFFECT Program
Curator of education at Agora
Agora Collective
C/O Agora Rollberg Studios

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