Residency Dates: Sunday, June 27 to July 17, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
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Carol Becker: The New Now
Today we are living in a society that has been turned in on itself. A New Yorker a writer called our time, “The New Different.” I am calling it the New Now. And in this world, that must take seriously how we are already altered by this pandemic, we can ask what will be the role of artists? Will it be the same or different, if essential then how?
I am interested in artists who think about such things and who make work about such things and are interested in where and how art and they fit into society––now and into the future.
Because our present condition speaks to the imbalances of our physical world, we will need art that operates on many levels–– I am interested in it all: art that speaks to climate change and the fragility of humans and the planet, art that touches the unconscious, art that reminds us that nature and beauty can be healing, art that understands that we are complex beings who understand ourselves and our identities in very distinct ways. All such work, if done effectively has impact.
At present we have to consider what does it mean that while we humans are stopped or paused, the planet is regenerating. Our absence helps other species to live more healthfully. How can we, the collective, talk about the new life we should be considering, as we observe how a greater balance is achieved when we are no longer able to pollute the world to such an extent.
I would like to bring together a group of artists who take their role in society, seriously and who are interested in the complexity of our present condition and want to discuss it and approach it in original ways, in their work.
There is no one type of media or practice that does this more successfully than others; there is only intention–– what artists are trying to accomplish.
For the Associates, it would be excellent to have a group of artists and writers who would like to discuss this range of thinking, across different practices, whether in painting, film, installation, essays, memoir and so forth. The most important thing is that the work tries to address its relationship to a larger world outside itself, and has succeeded or failed in interesting ways.
There will be readings and discussion that will range from excerpts from the classics––writings by philosopher Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition, Simone Weil’s Gravity and Grace, Buddhist teachings such as Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, the poetry of William Blake, and works by thinkers such as Giorgio Agamben, Judith Butler, and Fred Moten.
I would also hope to welcome a mix of writers, artists, and thinkers working in multiple forms, so that feedback about the work crosses disciplines and orientations. A global, and diverse group if possible, would be ideal, since societies and cultures differ in how they understand the importance of contemporary art.
For the application: I would like to see samples of work, enough to witness a trajectory of thought and I would like each person to write a short statement of intention that addresses how the time of the residency will be used and useful, how working in a retreat situation while coming together as a group for conversation and critique, will help the artist’s/writer’s practice. And I’d like to know how the world is looking to the applicant artist/writer/thinker today in this Covid-19 (and eventually post-Covid), climate changed world.
1) A short clear statement on intent. It should be no longer than 4 pages and should explain a bit about your own history––who you are, what your work is about, how you would use the time of the residency, and why you would be interested in thinking together with such a group.
2) No more than 20 carefully selected images with brief explanations of media and scale for each.
3) If a video is submitted, it should be no more than 7 minutes in duration. It should also include a link to a pdf format.
4) If a writer is applying, then a one page summary of intent and a sample of writing that is no more than 20 pages and one or two more links to writing if appropriate.
Residency Fee: All residency fees, room, and board are waived; this does not include travel, transportation, and artist materials.
Scholarships / Financial Assistance
Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.
Application fee: $25
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page