MAPPING RESIDENCIES #02
Mapping Residencies #02
With this second issue of Mapping Residencies magazine, we aim to reopen the debate on what it means to work in a network within the field of art production: what is it that makes them effective? How can they generate increased artistic and social impact?
Moreover, to what extent does the artist’s need to establish contact networks tally with his/her work in the studio? How does it affect the creation process and the artistic validation system?
The magazine features articles, interviews and a discussion forum that offer an extensive range of views. Some of these are optimistic while others challenge or criticise the raison d’être and the workings of a network devoted to art creation and the meaning of the word “networking” within the contemporary art system.
Cuauhtémoc Medina’s familiar text “Beyond Networking“ (originally published in Folio 025 of the collection Folios MUAC) opens the magazine. Our intention is to highlight his analysis of the transformation of the Mexican art scene over recent decades and the experiment in curatorial research and artist interaction conducted by the University Contemporary Art Museum.
Danda Jaroljmek, Director of the Circle Art Agency, provides Mapping Residencies with an interview in which she offers her perspective on the panorama of artistic creation in East Africa regarding infrastructures and opportunities for mobility and professional development for artists. She also explains Circle Art Agency’s initiative aimed at promoting visibility and market opportunities for contemporary artists in Africa.
Molly Rideout is the Co-Director of Grin City Collective and Co-Chair of the Arts + Ecology Affinity Group of the Alliance of Artists Communities. In an article for Mapping Residencies, “This is The Part Where We Save The Earth”, she recounts the challenges and experiences on developing an ecological residence for artists and the new aims to pursue in order to maintain a more effective, cohesive network on art and ecology.
Beatriz Meseguer, the cultural journalist, has also contributed an article, with her theme being freeDimensional (an organisation that currently operates as ArtistSafety.net). This is another major reason for maintaining an international network between organisations: to serve as an emergency response in support of artists and other people who are at risk because of their work for social change.
This edition of Mapping Residencies also features a collective interview conducted by the Mapping Residencies team with artists who participated in a residency program through a network organization (Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Ali Cherri, Akiq AW, Basir Mahmood, Susanne Bosch, Mónica Rikić, Kelvin Brown, Bernhard Hetzenauer, Anaisa Franco, Shiraz Bayjoo, Gail Priest, Giorgio Cugno, Katie Lee, and Abel Korinsky). This reveals the perspective of 14 artists in response to three key questions: (1) what are the main obstacles you encounter in pursuit of your profession as an artist in your country? (2) to what extent does participation in a residency program help your work? and (3) what role does the establishing of contact networks play in your work?
We also reprint an extract from the book, “A Congregation of Volitions for the Arts: Discussions on Residency Spaces 2012”, which was first published by the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture as part of the Network Project of Residency Spaces and Alternative Art Spaces held in Seoul in 2012. Our aim is to build on the discussion forum in which three of the principal promotors of networking endeavors in Korea (Kim No-am, Seo Jin-seok and Kim Hee-young) bring their experience and critical vision to the workings of alternative space and residency networks and discuss the future direction for creation spaces.
Finally, our interview with Eliza Roberts, Vice President of Res Artis and Asialink Arts Residencies Manager, brings us first-hand information on the establishing of the Asia-Australia-Europe Creative Residency Network (AAECRN). This is the residency network in Asia, Australia and Europe implemented by Res Artis, On The Move, Asialink, and the National Association of the Visual Arts (NAVA).
The concluding section of the magazine features a DIRECTORY. Created with a view to being a starting point, it lists the principal artist residency networks, information exchange platforms and other related artistic/cultural networks.
Interview with Danda Jaroljmek
This is The Part Where We Save The Earth
freeDimensional, an international support network for endangered artists
Questionnaire to Artists in [Networked] Residence: Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Ali Cherri, Akiq AW, Basir Mahmood, Susanne Bosch, Mónica Rikić, Kelvin Brown, Bernhard Hetzenauer, Anaisa Franco, Shiraz Bayjoo, Gail Priest, Giorgio Cugno, Katie Lee, Abel Korinsky
“The Networking Fever Sweeping over Residency Spaces and Alternative Spaces around the Nation,
Must it Continue?
Network Project of Residency Spaces and Alternative Art Spaces 2012
Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture
Interview with Eliza Roberts:
Asia-Australia-Europe Creative Residency Network (AAECRN)
_Information Exchange Platforms
_Other related artistic or cultural networks