May 15, 2012 - Videobrasil - Open call: Videobrasil in Context artist residency
May 15, 2012

Open call: Videobrasil in Context artist residency

Open call: Videobrasil in Context artist residency
Residency for visual artists with a research-based practice

Application deadline: June 4, 2012

The Associação Cultural Videobrasil in partnership with Casa Tomada (São Paulo, Brazil) and Delfina Foundation (London, UK) are pleased to invite applicants from Brazil and the Middle East, North Africa & South Asia (MENASA) for a three-month artistic residency split between São Paulo and London. The aim of the residency is to produce a new work in response to Videobrasil’s Collection.

The Videobrasil em Contexto Prize (Videobrasil in Context) is focused on artists, under the age of 35, whose practice involves a strong element of research. Artists must be interested in the archive and collection as a point of departure for their work. Two artists (one from Brazil and another from MENASA) will be selected based upon their proposed projects to participate in a three-month residency split between São Paulo and London from mid-September 2012. The works developed during the residency will become part of the Videobrasil Collection.

The collection available for each artist includes the works that have been part of the Southern Panoramas show since the Festival’s 8th edition (1990), when Videobrasil focused on the geopolitical South, as part of its mission to research, foment and promote the artists from the places which have been traditionally bordering and outside of the main art world circuit. This Collective offers a group of very different artworks, including the production of the 90s and 2000s and a wide variety of artistic languages, subjects, discourses, and intentions. From immersive contact with this Collection, the selected artists will develop their projects. An overview on this 20+ year selection (featuring artists list, short bios, works description, video excerpts, film stills, and other information) is available for the applicants through the Videobrasil Online page:

Along their six-week at Casa Tomada in São Paulo and at Delfina Foundation in London (from September until December 2012), the artist will work in a collaborative environment that will include critical accompaniment through discussion meetings, texts, and/or activities provided by other artists, curators, critics, or guest professionals invited by the organizers. During their stay in London, the artists will present their projects, their research processes and works of their choosing from the Collection to be shown publicly. At the end of the residency, the artists will be asked to prepare a presentation of their projects to be part of the activities of the Festival’s 30th Anniversary in October 2013. The resultant research will also form part of a digital publication.

The initiative continues Videobrasil’s policy of promoting and giving visibility to art produced in the geopolitical south, as well as Casa Tomada and Delfina Foundation’s commitment to fostering artistic development. The residency takes place in the context of 30 years of International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil and aims not only to bring visibility to its important collection of video art and performance built over the past decades, but also to the production of critical and conceptual creative contributions around these works.

The deadline for submissions is June 8th. Further information may be accessed at or (also in Portuguese).

The International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil  is an undertaking of SESC – the The Social Service of Commerce, and Associação Cultural Videobrasil.

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