Accommodation, local transfers to and from airport, various expeditions, lectures and research trips and unlimited coffee, tea and water. There will be two group dinners and breakfasts provided per week. The participants are responsible for other meals for the rest of the residency period. The organizers will facilitate regular trips to buy groceries and connect to good internet in the town of Curacautín (20 minutes by car).
International travel costs and expenses, visa cost, production budget, 5 days of meals per week, individual trips, additional snacks or alcoholic beverages.
They welcome professionally established as well as up-and-coming artists from all disciplines and backgrounds. They also welcome scientists, curators, chefs, architects, philosophers, researchers, art managers and other thinkers and makers with a specific interest in, or at the intersection of, the following subjects: art, ecology, Indigenous culture, natural and social science, architecture and food.
Applications are welcome according to the open calls and guidelines published on their website.
Valley of the Possible aims to offer artists, scientists, ecologists, philosophers and other makers and doers a place to find (re)connection with nature, time for research and space for artistic development. Valley of the Possible facilitates the development of new perspectives on the relationship between man and nature and seek to develop an artist- and community-led model for nature conservation.
For their first open call, they seek adventurous artists, scientists and other creatives for a research pilot program in the valley of Cañon del Blanco. For 30 days between April and May 2019 (autumn in the southern hemisphere), they will set out on expeditions (as a group and as individuals) to discover and articulate the ecological, social and cultural complexities of the valley, its history, its ecosystems and its community. The goal of these research expeditions is to connect new and old territories of knowledge with methods from field science and the arts, which will contribute to a holistic insight into the valley. This deeper understanding will help to shape the future of the residency and the co-creation of an on-site refugio for art and research.
Some questions they ask participants to consider are:
They ask the participants to be flexible and open-minded. It’s important to the organizers that you are curious about the needs of the (Indigenous Mapuche) community and realize your active role in co-creating and designing the future of the refugio/residency. Good physical fitness and a basic knowledge of Spanish is an advantage, though not required.
Program: Valley of the Possible will organise a tailor-made program for the duration of the pilot research. This program consists of various trips (approximately one per week) into the valley as well as the surrounding areas, national parks and reserves, guided by ecologists and specialists from local universities. It also features guest lectures by conservationists, Mapuche leaders, Chilean artists and community spokespeople. Halfway through the period, we will initiate an appropriate form for a dialogue with the community. They will screen relevant documentaries about Araucanian and Chilean nature and culture, as well as supply a small range of relevant books.
Apart from the program, there is time and freedom to reflect or work on your own projects and to go on explorative trips in the area. From the grounds of the accommodation, participants have direct access to native forest, hot springs, geysers, and the Rio Blanco, with mineral water that springs from the adjacent Sierra Nevada volcanic mountain range. Private paths lead over the Sierra Nevada into Conguillío National Park, accessible with a guide.
In addition to the program, they offer access and introductions to a broad network of art and science institutions and universities in Chile, Latin America and The Netherlands.
Valley of the Possible does not seek specific outcomes. However, the organizers ask the participants to be flexible and open-minded. It’s important to them that you are curious about the needs of the (Indigenous Mapuche) community.
Participants are hosted in a mountain lodge on a small farm located on several hectares of privately owned land. The lodge provides five basic rooms (private or shared), with comfortable beds, linens and towels, small working desks and heating in each room. Bathrooms are shared. The lodge also offers a communal kitchen, living room with fireplace and a collection of books. A fogón (traditional Chilean communal fireplace), a café and sandwichería, stables, laundry room and a primitive barn are also part of the property. There is free access to the local thermal hot springs.
Valley of the Possible is a research-based residency program, they do not provide any studio or workspace. Each room has a desk and there is a simple rustig barn with basic tools. Participants do have access to a communal livingroom and a café.
From the grounds of the accommodation, participants have direct access to native forest, hot springs, geysers, and the Rio Blanco, with mineral water that springs from the adjacent Sierra Nevada volcanic mountain range. Private paths lead over the Sierra Nevada into Conguillío National Park, accessible with a guide. There is very limited phone signal and NO WIFI at the accomodation.
The physical location is in the valley Cañon del Blanco, a remote and secluded valley in La Araucanía Andina in Southern Chile, surrounded by spectacular volcanic landscapes with a high level of biodiversity.
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