with the CCA Derry-Londonderry (Northern Ireland)
Open call for residency programme curated by CCA-Londonderry at the Art Centre of Vassiviere, France
20 June – 30 October 2015
The residency programme is seeking applications with a thematic focus, in response to architect Rem Koolhaas’s assertion that the ‘countryside is now the frontline of transformation … more volatile than
the most accelerated city.’ Referring to the countryside as a ‘toxic mix of genetic experiment, science, industrial nostalgia, seasonal immigration, territorial buying sprees, massive subsidies, incidental
inhabitation, tax incentives, investment, political turmoil’, Koolhaas contradicts the notion of the countryside as a space that is both inactive and immune from the forces of global capitalism and
technocracy. The thematic approach has particular relevance to the immediate vicinity of Vassiviere, an artificial island that is simultaneously a hydro-electric power reservoir, a holiday resort, an art centre, sculpture park, and a ‘managed’ woodland consigned for foreign export. The wider region of the Limousin meanwhile represents one of the lowest population density regions of France.
The residency hopes to provide a unique opportunity to respond to and develop these ideas within the terms of individual creative practice. The programme will also be supported through occasional group events organised between CCA, CIAP and Treignac Projet, an artist run project space in the Limousin.
The residencies emphasise a discursive and process-based approach with no fixed outcomes, yet there will be the opportunities to present aspects of the residency at CCA Derry~Londonderry in late 2016, in form of exhibition, talk, or research presentation.
Nest residence planned for 2017:
The call for application will be published in our newsletter for the end of 2016
Photo: Notus Loci, restoration of Vassivière castle by Berger&Berger and BuildingBuilding.
© Thomas Raynaud