Language 
English
Founded 
2008
Duration 
1-4 weeks
Paid by artist 

Artists pay on a sliding scale, depending which program they participate in. Costs are inclusive of food and transportation during the residency.

Application guidelines 
For more information, please visit their website
Deadline 
29/02/2016 01/04/2016

Signal Fire

Signal Fire

Description 

The 2016 theme "Unwalking the west" is shaped by historical land journeys that helped form the cultural and political geography of the contemporary American West. The idea is to retrace segments of these routes in the reverse direction as a symbolic gesture of “unwalking.” The discussions will focus on the continuing demand for indigenous sovereignty, as well as the contemporary legacies of development and resource extraction. From Francisco Vasquez de Coronado's brutal quest for El Dorado, to John Wesley Powell’s strangely prescient survey of the Colorado River Basin, the routes will look to the sagas of European- American exploration and aggression, and attempt to connect those formative journeys to the challenges facing the West today.
For each of the trips, Signal Fire plans routes, coordinates transportation, and supplies food. The Unwalking the West trip participants will each receive a reader with a selection of texts that frame the experience within the context of the human and nonhuman interests at stake. Wide Open Studios trips dedicate time to individual and collaborative art projects, facilitated by Signal Fire instructors.

Studio Information 
Residents live and work in 12x12 canvas wall tents, a short distance from Signal Fire base camp. The tents are supplied with a work table, sleeping cot, camping stove, and food for breakfast and lunch. Signal Fire organizers prepare a group dinner each evening. Conditions are rustic and remote. There is battery power available to recharge camera and laptops, but no running water, plumbing, or regular electricity. There will be stars. Signal Fire organizers are trained in backcountry first aid, but the closest town will be over two hours' drive.

 

Location 

Various

Address: 
5205 NE 19th Avenue
Portland, OR 97211
United States

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