In multifarious ways and different economic and political circumstances, artists and cultural practitioners have imagined and shaped modes of connectivity and togetherness. Our present and future hinge on collective action and assumed interdependence between and beyond places, between and beyond humans. The restrained mobility and the prolonged state of stillness we are experiencing on a planetary scale provide the impetus to reconfigure and construct new alliances from below, thus moving away from financially viable networks shaped by the market. This open call foregrounds the relational quality of solidarity, its ability to articulate politics and construct collective agency as a necessity of now. New and existing artist collectives, practitioners across the fields of art, design, writing, and performing arts invested in collaborations and collective approaches are invited to submit proposals.
»Solidarity as a verb« is situated in the realm of doing and imagining. First, this understanding acknowledges that one cannot take for granted forms of relationality and pre-existing communities; we need to continously construct and sustain them. Solidarity as such is always intentional and process-oriented. Historically, solidarity embodied colonial attitudes, it has been idealized and limited to prerequisites of sameness and identification. Shifting from a shallow understanding of »global sisterhood,« feminist thinkers reclaimed solidarity as a continuous production of relation grounded on common differences and politics of location. »The most principled way to cross borders« (Chandra Mohanty), solidarity can account for significant similarities while intensifying encounters with contextual differences , have a political basis rather than strictly biological or national, remain attuned to one’s immediate locale while reaching outside. Lastly, solidarity as a verb entails a definition of solidarity as an inventive practice (David Featherstone) that can shape unexplored ways of relating and expand the boundaries of a community with whom we stand in solidarity. In times of severe state and military control, artists have circumvented limitations of resources and mobility and stretched their locality through heterogenous initiatives from residencies, festivals, and mail-art communication to publishing and editorial endeavors. In the spirit of such past initiatives, this open call encourages practitioners to imagine new ways of negotiating distance and proximity. While projects can inhabit the web as a space to practice solidarity, this open call encourages in equal manner initiatives that unfold beyond the screen, whereby the interconnection between off- and online should be taken into account.
Proposals can involve analogue means and low-tech, physical gatherings where possible and safe. Projects do not need to be conceived from scratch; ongoing initiatives (such as existing associations, networks) are welcomed.
For this call, curator Anca Rujoiu and Radu Lesevschi from ARC Bucharest will select four project proposals whose creators are rewarded with a four-week residency and a 750-euro grant.
Call Release: May 24, 2021
Deadline: July 1, 2021 (midnight IDLW / BIT)
Announcement of the jury’s decision (via mail): July 30, 2021
Web Residency starts 1st of September 2021
Launch Web Residency projects: Autumn 2021
Please write to digitalsolitude(at)akademie-solitude.de if you have any questions.
In 2016, Akademie Schloss Solitude launched the Web Residencies to encourage young talents from the international digital scene and artists from all disciplines dealing with web-based practices. ZKM was the program partner from 2017 to 2019. For each call, the curator or collective selects project proposals whose creators receive a four-week residency and a mini-grant.
Artists, collectives, associations, and initiatives of all kinds are invited to experiment with digital technologies and new art forms, and reflect on the topics set by the curators. Web residencies are carried out online, and the works are presented online.
Artists and students of all disciplines as well as former or current Solitude fellows may apply. There is no age limit.
Is it possible to apply with more than one project?
No. We accept only one submission per applicant (individual artist or collectives)
Can individual artists apply, or only artist collectives?
Yes, individual artists can also apply.
Anca Rujoiu (born in Bucharest) is a curator and editor living in Singapore. As curator of exhibitions and later head of publications (2013–18), she was a member of the founding team of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, contributing to the institution’s numerous exhibitions, public programs, and publishing projects. Rujoiu was the co-editor of several publications including the artist’s books Thao Nguyen Phan: Voyages de Rhodes (2018), and Simryn Gill & Michael Taussig’s Becoming Palm (2017). In 2019 was the co-curator of the third edition of the Art Encounters Biennial in Timișoara, approached as a one-year institutional program. As part of the curatorial initiative, FormContent in London, she worked on a nomadic project, It’s Moving from I to It (2012–14). In 2013, she was co-curator of Collective Fictions, one of the selected projects in Nouvelles Vagues, a program by Palais de Tokyo in Paris dedicated to young curators. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Monash University, Melbourne. Drawing on feminist methodologies, her Ph.D, research, First-Person Institutions focuses on institution building, artists’ archives, and transnational imaginaries.
Arc Bucharest is a residency program organised by Solitude Project Cultural Association aimed to spark new opportunities for collaboration and exchange between artists and cultural practitioners based in Romania and the wider art world. Arc Bucharest is organized by Solitude Project Cultural Association and co-funded by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund (AFCN). More details: http://arcbucharest.ro
Graphic design by Anne Lippert and Stephan Thiel
Anne Lippert is an artist, designer and DJ currently based in Dresden, Germany. She graduated in 2019 with a degree in Fine Arts with a focus on time-based media from the Dresden University of Fine Arts. Together with Matt Arnold she founded DOCUMNT, a hybrid journal for text-based art and concrete poetry.