CeRCCa’s AIR Program responds to the aim of challenging conventional formats. By conventional formats CeRCCa understands the AIRs that offer a space isolated from its socio-cultural context that potentiate individual artistic production of aesthetic objects. CeRCCa believes that the experience of living and creating in a different context has to be facilitated through exchange and collaboration. This experience takes place both in the practices of art and research and also out side of these discourses; that is, in everyday life. With this objective CeRCCa proposes a residency format where dialogue and interaction become essential.
The characteristics of CeRCCa AIR Program are:
Each year CeRCCa organizes 3 to 4 AIR Programs that last for approximately 2 months. For each residency 3 to 4 artists are selected.
In order to facilitate the mutual knowledge both from the different creative perspectives of the artists and the different realities of Llorenç del Penedes, during the first week of the residency, CeRCCa organizes work presentations by the artists and the organizers of the program.
Depending on the necessities of each artist, the organizers bridge the gap between the artists, researchers and the different associations of the village.
CeRCCa also facilitates a series of cultural visits to regional and national organizations as well as to different artistic production centres of Catalonia. These activities can be accompanied by guided tours and informal meetings with different cultural agents.
The residency also promotes the participation in workshops, local festivals and events.
CeRCCa is located in an old house built by the Marles Vinyes family in the 1850’s. The house is situated in the middle of Llorenc del Penedes, a 2,000 inhabitant village 50km south of Barcelona and 10Km from the sea side in a region famous for the production of wine, cava and olive oil called El Penedes.
Besides its traditional rural characteristics, Llorenc has suffered and engaged in what has been called ’the globalization process’. Although Llorenc hasn’t been the victim of mass tourism the village is immersed in a deep transformation of its basic economic and cultural structure due mainly to industry and property development,.
These transformations are due to on one hand immigration not only from the rest of Spain but also from Romania and Morroco, and on the other hand the diversification of its industry. During the last 5 years the village has seen the development of large private and public infrastructures as well as the construction of new neighbourhoods, sometimes in direct contradiction with the interest of the old inhabitants.
Llorenc del Penedes could then be taken as a good example of the ambiguous consequences of globalization, a changing prototype of what has been happening around the region and most rural areas of occidental Europe. It is in this context that CeRCCa develops and it is to this process that CeRCCa tries to react.
At the end of each residency, CeRCCa organises a public presentation of the work that the artists and researchers have developed. These public presentations can take the format of open studios or exhibition at the local art gallery or the Cultural Centre of the village. Depending on the circumstances an exhibition can also take place in a gallery or cultural space of the region or in Barcelona.
At the end of each residency and with the agreement of the resident artists and researchers, CeRCCa proposes a short video interview with each resident aiming to document his/her experience at CeRCCa.
2 months approximately
The cost of the residency is 600€ per month. That includes electricity bills, water, gas and internet. Moreover, the resident artist should cover his/her trip, accommodation, food and materials.
Due to the current socio-political situation, CeRCCa can not offer funded residencies. They are fully aware that most artists do not have sufficient economic means to cover all the costs of the Program they decided to offer the residencies at affordable prices.
In case there is a final exhibition CeRCCa also covers the rent of the local gallery, flyer / poster design and printing and vernissage.
Please contact CeRCCa for an application form. Each application is evaluated by a selection committee. For its nature and characteristics CeRCCa is keen on applicants that base their practice in social and cultural research through writing, film, photography, drawing and projects that involve the community.
The residency studio is available for a fee of 650 euros a month. Applicants are responsible for transportation costs to and from the residency and daily expenses.
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