Smashing Wor(l)ds at U-jazdowski

Smashing Wor(l)ds at U-jazdowski

Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art invites to apply for the artistic residency within the project Smashing Wor(l)ds: Cultural Practices for re/Imagining & un/Learning Vocabularies. This project aims to engage with vocabularies, languages, and narratives of resistance in order to build new forms of expressions against an epistemic violence of growing levels ingrained in our vocabularies.

The project is built as a collaborative and multidisciplinary platform bringing together institutions, artists, grassroots organizations, and researchers for a multivalent dialogue between diverse life practices, stories, and voices to oppose cultural and social marginalization. The forms of communication and practices of European cultural institutions will be addressed through processes of questioning vocabularies, hegemonic narratives, and centric knowledge. The project will establish a map of sharing experiences, and a charter and podcasts for future vocabularies, inspired by counter-cultural activities opposing xenophobia, heteronormativity, and racism. This project is the result of a partnership between the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art (Poland), the Inna Przestrzeń [Other Space] Foundation (Poland), Centre for Fine Arts Brussels (BOZAR) with the Africa Museum (Belgium), Kulturen in Bewegung (Austria). It is funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

The Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw is devoting its long-standing residency programme to the above project. For the first time, in connection with the current pandemic, the residency can either be a monthly stay in Warsaw, Poland, or can be carried out online. There are two month-long residency slots available for artists, activists, academics, collectives, theorists, organisers and curators; people working at the interface of art, education and activism; people living anywhere in the world. This residency, which takes place at the onset of the project, will serve as findings shared and at specifying further artistic activities. It is a research-based residency, rather than being production-oriented, though the collaboration can be developed to an artwork commission where possible.

This residency will support:

  • practices based on various forms of expression, for example: performance, language, visual arts, body, video and audio, text, voice, literature and translation. These may function online and be based on encoding of new and decoding of existing content and formats. Special attention will be paid to works envisioned as intervention via the internet, not only the online representation of pre-existing forms.
  • practices that recognise and counteract communicational oppression, those that celebrate creative forms of communication (not exclusively verbal), as well as communication resulting from the experiences of various environments that, in its online form, can reach beyond local networks of interaction and solidarity.

The residency offers:

  • fee of 1200 EUR;
  • full accommodation in Warsaw, in the Ujazdowski Castle;
  • up to €300 in travel expenses to and from Warsaw;
  • an official invitation for visa purposes;
  • free access to U–jazdowski’s exhibitons and programmes, including the November film programme accompanying the project entitled Decolonising the Screen;
  • the dissemination of the resident’s work in written form or a podcast or a commissioned display as part of the project;
  • where possible, admission to the programmes of the partner institutions in this project;
  • curatorial and organisational support in research, connecting with the relevant milieus in Warsaw, as well as a readiness to discuss and look after the resident's work.

From the participants it is expected:

  • commitment to the topic of Smashing Wor(l)ds project and residency;
  • presentation on the resident’s practices and contexts of activity at U–jazdowski;
  • sharing of information and resources between the resident, the U–jazdowski staff, partners and audiences; an openness to the possibility of the participants of the process taking joint action;
  • a written summary  of the residency and/or a podcast (upon earlier agreement with the curators. If the resident participates in creating a podcast, separate funds will be allocated as necessary).

Deadline for applying is 28 September 2020. Please send to [email protected] one PDF document (in English) with:

  • a short biography (up to 200 words) as well as formal address and contact information, a website address or Facebook page as applicable;
  • a short expression of interest statement (up to 500 words);
  • your proposal of a topic for research and/or practices during the residency, and an indication of whether you propose to be present in Warsaw or not.

The organisers do not wish to impose a predetermined form of presentation; they appreciate creative, narrative and innovative formats that will allow them to better understand your practice. A portfolio in PDF, a weblink, or a three-minute video or audio statement are also accepted. If the inability to communicate in English is the only obstacle to applying – please contact them to discuss whether other solutions are available.