AADK Spain invests 850€ (a 60%) per resident in the residency program, and the Municipality of Blanca supports with the accommodation.
AADK Spain is an international artists platform that creates space for research and contemporary art creation. Focused on process and experimentation, the main interest is to explore the notions of body, spatiality and territory. In 2006 AADK (Aktuelle Architektur Der Kultur), an artist's network based in Berlin came together to develop curatorial and artistic projects. Invading and transforming spaces that goes from unused places to art institutions; establishing new relationships between curation, creation and reception; and generating experiences that displace the margins of the art practices. As a continuation of this project, in 2012, Abraham Hurtado, performer and visual artist, founded AADK Spain, settling at Centro Negra, (Blanca, Murcia, Spain) to work in a rural context - from local to global. Along these years, AADK Spain has created and established different programs such as: Interventions, The Residency Program, Contemporary Practices, Cartographies, AADK Radio, or La Peña Negra, among others. AADK Spain also works in close collaboration with other artistic and cultural spaces, this allows them to promote the mobility and exchange for the visiting artists and their art-work at a national and international levels.
They invite residents to work at the intersection of art, social sciences, and local communities. Connecting the topics with the context, AADK Spain supports cultural decentralization and access to contemporary art in the rural areas, considering the town of Blanca and its surroundings an integral frame where to intervene.
Committed to a direct, engaged, hands-on approach, they are interested in facilitating research and knowledge building about how rural environments can move forward in the current era of mass urbanization, from social, economic, and environmental perspective. They believe in the importance of process and experimentation, resisting the violence of fast time, and in connecting the rural and the urban, the local and global. By facilitating encounters between visiting artists, the landscape, and local communities, AADK Spain offers an opportunity for thinking together in a time of globalization and crisis.
Current open call: AADK Spain invites all artists and researchers who wish to work on the topics of body, territory and spatiality to participate in its Artistic Residency Program. For this call, projects that respond to the axis of spatiality will be prioritized.
Housing facilities are divided into two areas, being these: a group of four apartments bordering Centro Negra, and an old house in the center of the town. The latter was the former Video Art Museum, EDOM. The apartments are equipped with private kitchens and toilets with shower. They have a terrace for common use and direct access to the main building.
The house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen with a living room. It is located in the heart of the village so it has excellent access to all shops and stores. It
is also ideal to get immerse in the daily life of Blanca. Both housing areas have access to washing machines and are equipped with bedding and towels.
Centro Negra is the main building of AADK Spain. It serves both as working área and exhibition space. The building is located on the slope of a mountain, being reachable only on foot. It stands at the foot of a Moorish castle of the twelfth century. At the beginning of the 20th century this area was allocated for animal husbandry. Therefore, an assembly of small poultry yards slowly developed, but fell later into disuse. In 2010 a group of these constructions were recovered and transformed into the modern and integrated building of the Center that still retains stone walls and mountain ledges.
The current building is made up of 6 different and interconnected spaces. Each of them is unique in its size and morphology, constituting a set of great versatility and capable of adapting to multiple purposes.
At CENTRO NEGRA you will find support at every level of your project from AADK. The conditions of the stay and the access to equipment and materials should be discuss with the artistic direction individually.
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