´ace stands for "arte contemporáneo en expansión", which is an acronym in Spanish for "expanding contemporary art". Its main mission is to promote contemporary artistic practices and the exploration of their mutual interfaces through Exploration and Production residencies. ´ace's programs are aimed at artists, curators and researchers and promote collaborative work, exchange, debate and experimentation.
The acePIRAR | Artist-in-Residency International Program provides its participants with time, space and guidance to explore different mediums, while it connects the residents with the art and cultural scene of Buenos Aires. To be in residence at ´ace means to work collaboratively, to receive technical and artistic assistance and to be immersed in a vibrant city's cultural life. While at ´ace, residents will benefit from an intense production time enhanced by the exchange of ideas and experiences with peers.
The residencies vary in duration: Exploration and Production Residencies: 4 weeks; Micro-residencies: 1 week; Mural Painting Residencies—Palimpsest Project: 10 days.
Covid-19 update: After a whole year dedicated to remote and online programs aimed at supporting the local and international artistic community, the organisers were able to re-launch the residency programs on February 1st, 2021 thanks to a special permit that they were granted by the National Migrations Office from Argentina, and so they started 2021 in the best way possible: with the first physical resident working in the studio. They are currently following all sanitary and safety protocols, which means, amongst other things, that they can host simultaneous residents at a lesser amount than they are used to. For this reason, they encourage candidates to reach out to them when applying to the programs, and they will gladly assist them in the application process while clarifying any questions that may arise about this and any other related topics.
Residents at ´ace are expected to work on a specific project and present results (Production Residency) or to do their own research without a specific outcome (Exploration Residency). In both cases, presented projects for residency periods are plausible of evolving through experiences acquired within the residency periods, and residents are encouraged to embrace these experiences with an open heart and mind.
Due to sanitary protocols (because of Covid-19) currently, they can't host public exhibitions of a resident's work, but artist talks are encouraged if residents want to give them and they do hold open studio instances in which the residents can receive the visit of curators, artists, colleagues and the public in order to be able to share their work and process with members of the local artistic community.
- Production residency artists make use of the ´ace workshop: a large, quiet space with lots of natural light and equipment to facilitate a variety of traditional and new printing processes, works on papers, monotypes and artists books. In addition, the Poliglota Room is a perfect space for performance art, audio-visual installations, lectures, video projections, etc. There are also many tools available and a photo lab for photographic print media techniques, as well as video and sound equipments already installed for video projections or audio-visual experimentations.
- Exploration residency residents work in The Tower: a silent and luminous studio located on the second floor with an open view, accessible by a spiral staircase. It is ideal to do research, study, write and create in an independent atmosphere. Other studios can be setup according to the project proposal and each resident's needs.
Residents may choose to stay at one of Fundación´ace's apartment or choose their own accommodation.
Buenos Aires is a multicultural city, one of Latin America’s cultural centres, and has a wide offer of visual arts, theatre, cinema and music to experience. The ´ace team will guide you through all sorts of cultural and artistic activities happening in this pulsating Latin American city that hosts great events such as ArteBA (contemporary art fair), FIBA (theatre), BAFICI (cinema), Performance Biennial (performance art), FILBA (literature), BAPhoto (photography) and many other exhibitions, conferences, festivals and more.