AFFECT is a program for Collaborative Artistic Practices initiated by Agora Collective e.V. in Berlin, currently in its fourth edition. A hybrid between an educational program and a research-based artist’s residency, the 2018 edition consists of a curriculum of 4 modules growing out of the research and practice of 4 Berlin-based international artists under the overarching theme: “Micro-Utopias: Cartographies of Relational Art in Berlin”.
Each module takes the form of an intensive week-long participatory workshop revolving around a central research question supported by a series of activities proposed by the leading facilitators. Participants will have the opportunity to collectively delve into the proposed research question, bringing in their own sensibilities, practice and experience. Content wise the modules renew the question about the social function of art, offered as case studies to support residents contextualizing the program’s main question in Berlin, triggering autonomous research strands at AFFECT based on the insights gained through the exchange of practices during their stay. No previous collaborative experience is required to participate in AFFECT, the combination of participatory workshops, studio visits, guided walks, public lectures, open reading groups and series of interventions planned under the 2018 edition, serve international applicants as a practical research base & capacity network for the implementation of future projects in the city.
Every module finalizes with a public moment hosted at Agora, involving targeted audiences in the district of Neukölln, the area where the residency is located. The residency's final outcome consist of an e-publication project, with growing contributions by residents issued by topics, shaping a self-styled cartography of subjectivities, encounters and methods within Berlin’s micro-utopias of art+life. The publication will include i.e: essays, interviews, performative scores, conversations, manifestos, artistic exercises, video documentations, etc. The publication will be launched in January 2019.
AGORA offers seminar rooms for all indoor residency meetings (50% indoor / 50 % outdoor activities) and for the hosting of 4 public activities.
No accomodation provided by host institution. The organization can provide support finding one.