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Note that it is desirable for the participants to stay for the entire period of the residency.
The team of the Old School residency is pleased to invite you to participate in the seventh edition of residency – THE ROAD as a Ritual, 2017. Within ten days the building of the ex-school will shelter artists from different nations who will create art together with the idea of working in a new environment.
The topic: The work of the artists will be organized based on previously prepared written materials in which THE ROAD will be presented as a symbol – through the prism of the mystical manifestations of travelling, as well as through the mathematical formulas and physical quantities connected to it. The road of the artist, the road towards the New/Old world, the road as a ritual… Where the road begins, can we get lost, the role of the crossroad and the choice of direction. The speed at which we are going. Are we stopping or diverting from the road. The path of our movement – a straight line or a ritual circle. The time that we need. The road as a magical tool for change and release. What is the aim of our travelling?
The artists will have the opportunity to experiment and cross (walking, running) distances from one ancient Roman road which once went through the region beginning from the ancient village Novae /near Svishtov, on the shore of the Danube river), through the Roman town Nikopolis ad Istrum /its ancient ruins are situated near Gorna Lipnitsa/ and leading all the way to Constantinople (Istanbul).
Parallel program, connected with the theme of the residence; A closing exhibition in the end of the residence; media coverage of the event; presentation of the participants and their works through online exhibition; contact with the local community.
Guests houses, private homes of people from the village, sleeping places in the ex-kindergarten. The accommodation will be on the principle of hospitality. The sleeping places represent the typical village way of life in Gorna Lipnitsa.
Gorna Lipnitsa is a picturesque village, located in the central part of Bulgaria – northeast along the road from Pavlikeni town to Polski Trumbesh town, in the western part of the small valley of Elia river. The village covers an area of 1500 decares with a population of 500 inhabitants. In the past the Thracian tribe Crobyzi – a large Getic sub-tribe, lived on the lands of northern Bulgaria, including the territory of Gorna Lipnitsa. According to fragmentary information by Turkish sources for Bulgarian history, the village dates back to the middle of the XV century.
Gorna Lipnitsa has a typical architecture and the houses, agricultural buildings and walls are made mainly by stone. The stones have been gathered in the past from the nearby quarries. There is a legend that Gorna Lipnitsa was geographically named after its one-time linden woodland, which used to extend south from it. Nowadays, there is no track of that linden woodland, except for the outlying parts.
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