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Adornment and Gender: Engaging Conversation

Deadline: 15 Feb, 2018

Disciplines: All Disciplines.

Location: Oslo, Norway

Deadline: 15 Feb, 2018

Duration: The residency will take place in Oslo from 23 April – 3 June 2018, with intensive collective activity taking place in two sessions (i) 23 April - 4 May and (ii) 21 May - 3 June.

Eligibility: Open to all with relevant interest and experience

Support: Accommodation, studio, lunch, weekly group dinners, 3000 NOK stipend towards food

Costs: 70 NOK (€7.20 as of 10/01/18)


Program Description:

Applications are welcomed for PRAKSIS’s 9th residency, Adornment and Gender: Engaging Conversation developed with artist, writer and curator Benjamin Lignel, in collaboration with Norwegian Crafts. The residency will take place in Oslo from 23 April – 3 June 2018, with intensive collective activity taking place in two sessions (i) 23 April - 4 May and (ii) 21 May - 3 June. Selected residents have the option to stay in Oslo for the entire duration, or to commute for each of the two sessions (further details below).

Over the past two years, Benjamin Lignel has been researching together with Namita Wiggers. This duo are interested in how gender politics are intertwined with material practices of creating, putting on, customising, mixing adornment. They have been talking, with performers, thinkers, artists, collectors, dealers, asking them how adornment has informed their professional and or private lives, and how it contributes to (their) performance of gender.

The residency will be divided in two sessions:

Session 1 (23 April - 4 May) will be devoted to presenting participants’ involvement in subject, sharing sources (through reading sessions and screenings), discussing Lignel and Wigger’s material to date, questioning methodologies, harvesting new testimonies locally. A seminar will take place during this first session to hear artists, anthropologists, queer theorists, performance artists on gender and adornment.

Session 2 (21 May - 3 June) will focus on presentation strategies, online and in real life, of the material produced/discussed in session 1. During this second session, a series of visits will create the opportunity for participants to meet with: information designers, sociologists, educators, graphic designers, conservators.

Selected residents have the option to stay in Oslo for the entire duration from March 19 to May 4, or to commute for each of the two sessions.

PRAKSIS residencies are intensive and structured around the interests and needs of their participants. Bringing together a community that shares common interests through the theme is the first step in creating a beneficial working environment. The particular form that the residency then takes is developed collectively through discussion once the group comes together. Each member of the group is encouraged to discuss why they applied and what they hope to get out of their time with PRAKSIS. In addition to visits, public events and other activity arranged by PRAKSIS and Norwegian Crafts, residents are welcomed to suggest/lead an action that will both offer insight into and benefit, their own background, interests or methodologies. Participants are also encouraged to contribute towards a shared reading list in advance of the residency, as well as to suggest films for potential screening during the residency itself.

The outcome(s) of the residency remain open.

This residency is multidisciplinary: applications are welcomed from anyone with relevant experience and interests including but not exclusively: artists, curators, writers, designers, and sociologists. PRAKSIS aims to provide an environment for development and professional growth: applications are welcome across generation and experience level.
Places are available for 1 non-local resident and up to 6 locally-based residents to work alongside Benjamin Lignel.

English is the common language at PRAKSIS and residencies must be sufficiently fluent to participate in group discussion and activity.
Residents are expected to involve themselves fully in the work of the residency: joining meals, participating in events and engaging with the resident community.
Accepting a residency involves a commitment to participation for the full residency term

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