Name 
gabriele juvan
Art practice 

I do installations & communication projects since the 1990s. Both on a national and international scale. Often, I collaborate with fellow artists of different fields (i.e. performance, music, dance).

Highlights and challenges 

ELEVEN artspace is located in a former school building on the limits of the little village of Börstingen-Starzach. The surrounding scenery is soft, lovely and quiet. The 1950/60s (?)style of the building, the vastness of the building and the quiet atmosphere are ideal for concentrated work in arts, music and literature. Forrest and a lovely valley allow hiking breaks right from the door. A car is most helpful for shopping and exploring the surroundings. There are no shops for food or other supplies in walking distance. The hosts Monika and Frank are helpful and generous in many ways while continuing to work on their own artistic projects.

Expectations vs. experience 

The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing. A very good focus for work. Informal meetings with fellow artists - both present and visiting - gave opportunity for inspiring feedback and discussions. Monika and Frank are well-connected. They contribute with ELEVEN to the cultural life in their rural neighborhood. Their'Red Sofa Talks' with visiting residents find a sure and open-minded audience.

Affect 

I stayed at ELEVEN for 2 weeks. During this time I did a site specific installation called _NEST - Ten Steps of Arrival. For this, I used my own experience of coming as a foreigner to Starzach, the vast staircase of the school as a space and supplies both brought and from location. Apart from the opening of the exhibition, there was a 2-day-cooperation with the local kindergarden which happened because it fitted _NEST perfectly.

Conclusion 

I've enjoyed the residency enormously. Quiet and focused periods of work alternated with high-profile discourses with colleagues. This was positively influenced by the quiet and scenic background and the natural hospitality of Monika and Frank. The contacts with local people were limited but both kind and open. An ideal blend for a great working session.