NEW LIFE RESIDENCY WOOLOO Open Call // Non-visual residency at Manifesta 8

Deadline: 15th August 2010

Non-visual residency at Manifesta 8

Deadline for applications: August 15, 2010

NEW LIFE RESIDENCY is the world's first non-visual residency program for artists. The residency is organized by Wooloo as a work of Manifesta 8, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, and will take place this fall in the Region of Murcia, Spain.

For one week each, five artists will be selected to live and work in a dark, visually distorted exhibition space. To support them in their life and work for the week, the artist will collaborate with a local Murcian assistant who is blind.
In cooperation with her/his assistant, the artist will use the one-week residency to create a guided tour of the non-visual space and experience in which s/he is living. The blind assistant will be the guide of this tour in darkness and the tour will be open to the biennial audience.
Additional to the guided tour, the five selected concept proposals will furthermore be exhibited in one of the main museum locations of Manifesta 8 and will be on view throughout the biennial from October 7th, 2010 (preview) to January 9th, 2011.
The five NEW LIFE RESIDENCY periods are:

October 4th to October 9th, 2010

October 11th to October 16th, 2010

October 18th to October 23rd, 2010

October 25th to October 30th, 2010

November 1st to November 6th, 2010
Artists are now invited to apply for the residency at www.wooloo.org/residency
The deadline for work proposals is August 15th, 2010.

Wooloo (founded 2002) is a networked artist group operating through the online community http://www.wooloo.org/

Mixing digital communication with physical participation, Wooloo has developed a working method based on the advocacy of collectivity. While the Wooloo website currently connects the resources of more than 13.000 cultural producers in 140 countries, the group's various projects function as social experiments in direct collectivism.

Recently, Wooloo organized the housing of three thousand activists with private families during the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen. Supplying the infrastructure for visitors to come and voice their opinion – and for strangers to share their homes and experiences – the NEW LIFE COPENHAGEN project was a large-scale exercise in communal cooperation.

Wooloo projects have been presented in such places as Artists Space (USA), Basel Kunsthalle (Switzerland) and the Third Guangzhou Triennial (China).


Sixten Kai Nielsen . T +45 6166 1566 . contact@wooloo.org

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