TRANSCULTURAL ART LAB 2017

Bringing Together Young Creators from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Germany, Georgia and the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia

Project Description

TRANSCULTURAL ART LAB

16th – 29th OCTOBER ON THE GERMAN ISLAND OF JUIST

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 20th of AUGUST 2017

The TRANSCULTURAL ART LAB is a creative experiment, an artistic research laboratory dealing with national identities, questioning cultural heritage and daring to look into our common future. We invite fifty ambitious young creatives, aged between 18 and 27, to the German Island of Juist. You should be from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, or Germany, or from the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, or live in one of these countries.

Under the broad theme of “Design your Utopia”, six artistic workshops will explore tensions between collective responsibilities and individual visions of the future in national and international contexts. The collaborative artwork provides a starting point for dialogue and an open space for divergent thinking. Each workshop is facilitated by a professional artist.

A Traveling Art Show

The emerging art pieces are to be shown in a public exhibition on the island at the conclusion of the Lab – and will then be curated to form a traveling art show in Baku, Berlin, Tbilisi and Yerevan. Additionally, documentation of the project will be published in an online publication. The TRANSCULTURAL ART LAB is organized by a team of international artists, with financial support from the German Federal Foreign Office, the European Union and the Ministry of Social Affairs for Lower Saxony. It aims to follow up last year’s successful contribution to cross-cultural dialogue.

Conditions

We are looking for young adults who are keen to go on a twelve day joint venture, and who are:

• aged between 18 and 27
• living in Abkhazia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, South Ossetia or Germany
• interested in creative work & involved in artistic or cultural activities
• motivated to collaborate with others, regardless of their origin

Participation Fees

Most of the costs will be covered. The fee for the two week experience is €150*. We will cover all of your travel costs from the capital of your country to Germany, and we will also take care of food and accommodation. Once your application has been accepted, we will ask you to confirm your registration. We will then facilitate the visa application process and book the flights, in cooperation with our partners in Baku, Berlin, Sukhumi, Tbilisi, Tskhinvali and Yerevan.

* In the case of social hardship / if the amount of €150 exceeds your financial capacities, please let us know and we will try to find extra funding to facilitate your participation nonetheless. Talk to us!

Location

The TRANCULTURAL ART LAB takes place on a tiny German island in the North Sea, called Juist. The area is part of a National Park, and is very much exposed to the natural forces of the tides and the weather. There are no cars allowed except for the ambulance and the fire brigade! Therefore, it’s an ideal place to retreat from the loud noises of the cities, to rethink commonplaces and to start on something new, living in a multinational community. The course language is English. You will share a room with two or three people. All food is provided; vegetarian, halal and other diets are available upon request, just let us know.

For further information check out our FLYER

 and visit our last years project documentation:

www.designyourutopia.com

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