NEARCH Art & Archaeology in Limburg research residencyThe Materiality of the Invisible

NEARCH Art & Archaeology in Limburg research residencyThe Materiality of the Invisible

Jan van Eyck Academie

ENCI quarry Maastricht. Photo: Stichting Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij ENCI-gebied.

November 26, 2016
NEARCH Art & Archaeology in Limburg research residency—The Materiality of the Invisible

Application deadline: January 9, 2017

Jan van Eyck Academie
Multiform Institute for Fine Art, Design and Reflection
Academieplein 1
6211 KM Maastricht
The Netherlands

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The Van Eyck in Maastricht (Netherlands) invites artists who have a strong interest in applying archaeology as a method in their own work to apply for a one-year research residency. The Heritage department of the Province of Limburg sponsors one place for an artist at the institute in the context of NEARCH (New Scenarios for a Community Involved in Archaeology).

Van Eyck is a partner in the EU NEARCH project, which entails a long-term collaboration with Europe’s leading archaeological institutes and faculties. NEARCH receives EU funding and spans a period from 2013 to 2018. The fields of archaeology and art diverge in significant respects but we can also observe many parallels between them. Not only do artists and archaeologists share a passion for probing what lies beneath the surface, but they endeavour to reveal things that were formerly disregarded yet which have the potential to change our views of the past, present and future.

The Materiality of the Invisible
The Materiality of the Invisible is one of several themes touched on by NEARCH. It forms the starting point for research into what it is that connects and distinguishes the work of artists and archaeologists. It presents an opportunity to learn about the respective professions, as well as to exchange knowledge and to debate their fundamental assumptions, in a period of rapid change and shifting cultural positions.

Research residency
The selected artist will be expected to engage with the activities of NEARCH and with the rich cultural heritage of the Limburg region. Like NEARCH, the Government of the Dutch Province of Limburg is occupied with the question of how the contemporary relevance of that heritage can be furthered by new applications, new styles of presentation and new experience options. The artist will take his or her own artistic practice and research, combined with discussions with the heritage institutes and stakeholders of Limburg, the Netherlands and the world at large, as a basis for developing proposals, concepts and/or new work. The outcome will be presented at EAA 2017, the annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, which is taking place in Maastricht in 2017. This presentation will form part of a wider exhibition on art and archaeology, The Materiality of the Invisible, in the Van Eyck, Marres and Bureau Europa in Maastricht.

What we are offering
–One one-year residency at the Van Eyck
–A monthly grant and a working budget
–The support of Van Eyck advisors, use of the Labs, and being part of the international multidisciplinary community of the Van Eyck
–Participation in the EU project NEARCH
–Participation in the exhibition The Materiality of the Invisible spread out over three venues in Maastricht

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