KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis
KONTEJNER is a non-profit NGO from Zagreb, Croatia, founded in 2002. and engaged in curatorial work, organization of art festivals, public cultural events, artwork production, education, publishing, and social theory. Our main field of interest is progressive contemporary intermedia art, sound art, and experimental music, with special emphasis on projects investigating the role and meaning of science, technology, and the body in our society, as well as relevant and current phenomena, provocative and intriguing subjects, and those perceived by the society as taboos.
Working specifically in the framework of cross-sectoral collaborations, KONTEJNER is connected with many institutions, organizations and individuals - from universities and museums to scientific and research institutes from Europe and beyond. Annually KONTEJNER collaborates with more than 40 partners from all over the world through numerous local and European projects and networks.
A Sea Change – Open call for production/research residencies and presentation of artworks consists of:
1) a two-week residency program in May 2023 at the Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences (MedILS) in Split, Croatia as part of their ARTScience programme;
2) participation in exhibition and performances programme in Split, 18 to 22 May, with already existing artworks.
They are calling for art projects that focus on creative and innovative interventions in cultural and natural ecologies related to the sea with a special emphasis on sub-topics such as biodiversity and sustainability, blue economy, bioacoustics, community life in seaside areas, and tourism.
The projects should belong to at least one of the following contemporary art fields:
- hybrid intermedia and investigative artistic practices
- art, science and technology
- bio-art and biomedia
- sound art and experimental music
Key criteria for the selection of projects (both residency and presentation programme) that the curators will take into account are:
- Creativity, innovative aspects and critical approach in project/research concept;
- Elaborate and precise realization plan: realistic and manageable production budget breakdown and resources necessary for project/research realization;
- Content quality, conceptual elaboration (in line with the project theme), research and theoretical background.
For both open calls, special consideration will be given to artworks that can be presented at the outdoor space of MedILS atrium and the ones that engage with the MedILS space and its surroundings.
A Sea Change project is focused on integrating current high-quality European critical, interdisciplinary, and participatory artistic practices that deal with the sea (blue economy, tourism, biodiversity) into the lives of coastal communities in a more direct and purposeful manner going beyond the profit agenda and tourist-oriented cultural activities, and emphasizing sustainable living, critical approach and social inclusion.
Project partners are: Quo Artis (Barcelona), MOMus (Thessaloniki), NeMe (Limassol), and KONTEJNER (Zagreb).
The main local partner, Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences (MedILS), is an independently funded, international, non-profit research institute. Led by enthusiastic professionals, it strives to create and sustain a top-quality research environment for both international and local exceptional scientists.
Two artists / artistic collectives (one Croatian and one international) will be invited to take part in a residency programme. Residency applicants must be available to travel to Split for the residency period, which runs from May 8 to May 21. They also offer the possibility of an earlier start of the residency for applicants who wish to have additional time to work on their projects.