Koumaria 2017 Open Call

Koumaria 2017 Open Call

Since 2009 the artist collective Medea Electronique has organized annually a 10-day experimental artist residency, Koumaria, near Sparta in Greece, focusing on improvisation and new media practices. The Koumaria Residency 2017 is looking for sound artists, dancers / performers, photographers, video artists, programmers and DIY makers to work on a multidisciplinary project Soundscapes/Landscapes_Rizome III – Sparta and its environs. This involves a sound walk application together with DIY wearables and DIY electronics.

In 2017 the residency will focus on generating content (and documentation of the creative process) for a new sound walk app for visitors to Sparta and the surrounding countryside. This is the third such app to be brought on-line by Medea, and the first to focus on both urban and rural locations. They will select and visit a number of sites, including Sparta, the village of Sellasia (adjacent to the residency base) and any number of archeological, historical, and religious significant sites, along with sites of great natural beauty and interest. Given the theme, they are looking for artists excited by the idea of collaborative artistic creation, grounded in an improvisatory spirit and practice, which relates and speaks to specific sites. Residents should be excited by the idea of researching the history and function of specific sites, conceiving in association with other residents appropriate creative content to produce, and then engage in the production and documentation of the content.  The content may well vary site to site—from the filming of an in-situ dance performance, to photgraphic projects, musical performance, cross/multi art performances, or the use of new technologies, triggers, control surfaces to animate the spaces. 

Alongside the sound walk App that will be developed during the Koumaria Residency, there will befocus on music/sound, audiovisual, and performative artwork that makes heavy use of technology and new media. Be it sensors, projection mapping, practices like live coding and live patching, networked performance, or any other use of technology, they are open to new ideas and suggestions. The works that will be produced don't necessarily need to incorporate all the above-mentioned forms of expression (sound, visuals, and movement), but as a genuinely interdisciplinary artist collective, we have an inclination towards cross-media artworks.

It is worth emphasizing that Koumaria’s focus is collective art creation. Individuals should expect, and desire, substantive input from other residents, and be open to having their projects morph considerably during the course of the residency. While the final outputs that are produced may each have a primary organizer behind them, Koumaria is not the place for the development and presentation of solo works/content.

Artists are responsible for transportation to and from Athens. The residency provides:

  • transportation from Athens to the residency and back.
  • housing and food supplies during the course of the residency
  • transportation to all the sites visited as part of the residency
  • an additional stipend of 200 Euros
  • rooms & bathrooms at the residency are shared
  • cooking and cleaning the house during the stay is undertaken collectively according to a rota (organizing what tasks people are expected to do on what day)
  • while there are few expenses the residents need to consider while at the residency, it is worth having some funds for trips to local cafes and the like - calculate approximately 5-10 euros a day for such incidentals. Your stipend will more than cover this.

Access to technology:

  • residents should bring their own equipment (instruments & computers etc.)
  • the residency takes place in a remote region of Greece, with limited ability to obtain tech/electronic materials while we are there - it is far easier to get in the area a bail of wire, or a piece of pipe then a semi-conductor or an obscure battery!
  • for this reason residents should check in advance concerning what materials will be available, and what they will need to bring.
  • No Internet access at the House.

Please read carefully the rules and regulations before applying. The application is online, with deadline 15th June 2017.