RE-tooling RESIDENCIES. Closer look into Eastern European Mobility of Art Professionals

RE-tooling RESIDENCIES. Closer look into Eastern European Mobility of Art Professionals


June 29, 2011
RE-tooling RESIDENCIES. Closer look into Eastern European Mobility of Art Professionals

The two year long project RE-tooling RESIDENCIES terminates in August with a publication and launching of a new website. Curators, artists, and organisers together with managers representing emerging organizations and 5 institutions running residency programmes were involved in a learning process about practical and theoretical aspects of residencies. RE-tooling RESIDENCIES was a collaboration of CCA Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw, Poland), Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, Germany), FUTURA Center for Contemporary Art (Prague, Czech Republic), Gasworks (London, UK), Botkyrka konsthall (Stockholm, Sweden).


The project started with an international conference on artistic residencies joined by the first Eastern European Res Artis Meeting and was followed by an exchange programme for art professionals and institutions new to the field of residencies. The book and the website have been launched as a sign that both practical and critical investigation in the area is needed. The intense development and spread of residency programmes reflects the changing position of art and the artists. It encourages face to face collaboration and networking. The spread of residencies provides opportunities for artistic and social institution practices to intertwine. However, the idea of residency itself has rarely been subjected to critical investigation. This publication should trigger off a discussion about it. It’s a call for developing methodology for a reliable analysis of the creative and social processes related to such mobility and socialisation of the artistic studio in the global perspective.


If Individual artistic activity, artists’ development and the experiment used to be the basic goals and roots of residency programmes. It’s time to consider what should be the current methods for supporting knowledge development and the often hidden processes related to the work of curators, organisers and artists. If the residencies are based on the idea of re-location – what kind of consequences do they bring in terms of mapping the national, global or Eastern European flows of labour, conflict and co-operation? Can the experience of the art scene in Eastern Europe be used as a basis for creating unique ways of organisation of artistic work? What are the possible methodologies that could provide a critical framework for the instititution of artistic residency?


The book suggests several critical ways of approaching the issues concerning residencies and mobility of art professionals. The website invites its users to submit comments, feedback, tools and resources. It’s a platform for sharing the knowledge on residential theory and practice. It also provides space for qualitative reflection on how networking, exchange, learning and artistic practice could be evaluated in the context of mobility of arts professionals.




Contributions by


Jacob Racek, Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Agnieszka Pindera, Johann Pousette, Odile Chenal, Astrid Honold, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Chris Fitzpatrick, Kari Conte, Jean-Baptiste Joly, Yeb Wiersma, Hagen Betzwieser, Friedrich Meschede, Vytautas Michelkevicius


Publisher: CCA Ujazdowski Castle
Graphic Design: Krzysztof Bielecki, Marianna Dobkowska


Editor: Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt


Web Design: Berber Studio


Project team: Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka, Marianna Dobkowska, Anna Ptak, Alessio Antoniolli, Amy Walker, Joanna Sandell, Angela Butterstein, Ondrej Stupal, Agnieszka Sosnowska.


Participants: Zuzana Bodnarova, Svätopluk Mikyta, Magda Bogdańska, Alena Boika, Lenka Dolanová, Ivars Gravlejs, Vera Mlechevska, Dominik Kuryłek, Ewa Tatar, Wojciech Orlik, Magdalena Ujma




23 August, 6 pm, FUTURA Center for Contemporary Art


Holečkova 49, Prague 5, Czech Republic




The project has been developed in frames of Pilot Programme for Artist Mobility.


The project has been funded with the support of European Commission. This publication reflects the views of the author, the Commission cannot be held responsible for  any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


Supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland.


A-I-R Laboratory at Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle
Jazdów 2, 00-467 Warsaw, Poland
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