Munich Workshop Report

Munich Workshop Report

On-AiR Workshop in Munich

The first workshop from ON-AiR took place in Platform 3 in Munich in July 2010. The 'pressure' of the first workshop from the programme and the city's motto "München mag Dich" (Munich Likes You) were in the back of my head while landing in Munich airport with my Trans Artists colleague Heidi Vogels.

Day 1

As soon as we arrived there was no time to lose. There were places we wanted to visit, to learn as much as possible about the art scene in Munich, so the next day we could present the workshop "How to become an artist in residence" hosted in Platform 3 with help of The City of Munich.Among the others, we visited DomagkAteliers/Haus 50. Since April 2009, more than 140 artists are working there in 102 studios. The studio house also offers an exhibition space with 160 square meters, offices for administration, storage and shared facilities. 2 residency-studios are reserved for international artists.With all this information, together with Heidi we could make final decisions on the format of the workshop for tomorrow.

Day 2

Platform 3 provides space for the creation, exhibition, analysis and questioning of contemporary artistic and cultural practice. Located at the core of an industrial complex, Platform 3 boasts 2 exhibition spaces (400m2), 21 artist's studios and one studio space as well as accommodation facilities for visiting international artists. Opened in March 2009, it has hosted a wide array of artistic events such as exhibitions, talks, lectures, performances and concerts, all of which were conceived by a group of young cultural managers and implemented with the assistance of three property managers.

And here it all began!We arrived at Platform3, while the participating artists were still gathering. Quick look around the room and we could see approximately 30 artists, sipping their coffee or tea, mingling and preparing for the workshop.At the beginning of the workshop everybody presented themselves, telling us who they are, what they are doing, what their expectations are etc.

The mixture was amazing, we had the young and inexperienced, the mid career and experienced, artists who have been into a residency, artists who were trying to grasp the concept of residency and everything in between.Whenever a question would come up, it was not only Heidi and me that gave answers, but the whole group was actively involved in the discussion, sharing their personal experiences and giving advices to each other. After digesting the lunch and the information so far, Annette Schemmel, a curator form Munich showed a lot of examples and possibilities where artists can apply for funding and for residency opportunities founded by the city.

Judith Egger, a performance artist (who has a studio in platform 3) gave us a presentation of her experiences while being in a residence, the projects realized at that period of time and how the residency influenced her work. Next was the director of platform 3, Marlene Rigler, talking about her experience with residents artists. It was important for the workshop and the artists to hear the other side and realize the importance of matching their own wishes with the wishes and expectations of the organizers.

During the later discussion, moderated by Diana Ebster, many questions came up, some more and some less specific (How to manage to apply as a collective?; If we end up in jail will the residency help?; As a commercial graphic designer, can I apply for a residency?)In terms of the respond of the artists this workshop was really needed. With over 1000 residencies in the Trans Artists database, the artists have a lot of homework to do, but now they are equipped with the right tools for the search, while Heidi and I got a lot of feedback for further research. And yes, we also like Munich.

Bojana Panevska