CAMP AS ONE is a curated international residency that is calling for artists and artistic collectives for a shared retreat on a sandy seaside in Southern Russia. Located at a recreational compound on dunes and seas, it provides all the best for a remote networked retreat of a collective artistic body. The very building of the residency refers to “turbaza” — a health resort where builders of Soviet utopia had to recharge by means of disciplined self-care. Lermontov, Mann, Nabokov chose such resorts as grounds for both physical and spiritual growth of their book characters. Michel Foucault claimed that genuine care of self is a collective one where all activities such as regime, diet, breathing exercises, walks, communication with peers are equally important.
Soviet curortology considered such romantic orthobiosis as labor where one was obliged to care of self with help of different exotic treatments such as aero-, mud- and landschaft-therapy. Current liquid capitalist modernity according to Zigmund Bauman wants us to be alone — in order to cope with it we need to exercise collectivity. As the surveillance of post-panoptikum times relates mainly on our online self-disclosure, this collectivity must be exercised in a physical presence of each other.

With this networked retreat the intention is to foster intercultural communication, to facilitate artistic exchange and to strengthen the collective body of critical tourists in Russia and beyond. To apply for thsi event, that includes housing and sustenance, one needs to send a proposal for a collective action / ritual / exercise. The residency treatment program will be formed out of selected proposals. The organziers especially encourage artists active in the dance / performance / visual art fields to apply.

This is a process-based relational residency with no expectation of producing an exhibition, but the final decision will be made together with participants of the residency. The organziers will provide accomodation and food, possibly some materials, but no travel and visa expenses, though they can assist the artists with help of getting visa or / and an invitation letter. The artists will live in double/triple rooms (incl. meals) at recreation compound “Black Sea”. The sanatorium is situated at a health resort that is located on sandy dunes of the Black Sea and Vityazevsky lagoon and is famous for its healing mud.

The application is open until 10th June to artists and artistic collectives without any geographical or age limit. No application fee. It is possible to get a response earlier in case you need to apply for a travel grant in your country. Groups can apply with a single proposal, but the CVs + portfolios / websites of all participants must be included. The number of participants is limited and is agreed later in the process. Please send us the following documents in pdf format in English / Russian to [email protected]:

  • Brief motivation letter
  • Proposal for a collective action / ritual / exercise
  • CV / Portfolio / webpage