Open Call 2017

Spring Sessions 2017 | Open Call for Participation

Dates: 20 March – 30 June 2017
Location: Residency space in Jabal Weibdeh and other locations
Deadline for applications: 13 February 2017

Art of the Possible

Overview
Spring Sessions is an experiential learning program and arts residency based in Amman. The program brings together emerging and established cultural practitioners to produce work and share outlooks. Our purpose is to encourage participants to question existing paradigms by experimenting outside of traditional modes. The 15-week program consists of workshops, mentoring sessions and other activities that encourage participants to research and realize ideas related to the program.

Spring Sessions 2017 will explore Amman through the subversive potential of utopian thinking. Considering Thomas More’s depiction of utopia as an imaginary society where governing systems are fair, loyal and dedicated to the welfare of its citizens, our impetus to create alternative realities is not rooted in a desire to achieve perfection, but rather to individually and collectively explore what is thinkable, permissible and doable.

Utopian thinking will inform how we encounter and interact with non-hegemonic spaces in the city. By situating ourselves in these various anomalous spaces, the program aims to create an environment where participants are encouraged to consider, negotiate and challenge notions of personal and collective desires as they manifest within states of control, autonomy and liberation.

A series of workshops and mentoring sessions, conducted by invited artists and practitioners from various fields, will set the framework for the production of works by the group. This will be complemented by a theoretical component that uses practical and active exercises, such as observation, drawing and translation. The workshops allow participants to value their process of art making, and thus they are free to determine the motivations and methodologies pertaining to their work.

Content
Spring Sessions is a learning environment that aims to expand fields of knowledge and foster creative working skills. Now in its fourth year, the program consists of a combination of workshops and talks, as well as regular mentoring sessions, research excursions, and other activities as suggested by the group. Participants will develop and present a personal project over the course of the program.

Confirmed workshops:

  • Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences;
  • Tita Salina and Irwan Ahmett;
  • Gareth Evans;
  • Brian Conley.

As well as:

  • Activities and reflection with Yvonne Buchheim;
  • Mentoring sessions with Raed Ibrahim;
  • Talks by visiting speakers (tbc).

More information on the workshops will be released shortly. Details and schedules will be shared with accepted participants.

Requirements for Participation
Participants will meet 4 to 5 times per week, with a short break every month. Participants are expected to participate in all sessions. Weekday sessions will be held in the evenings and weekend sessions will be held all day. Workshops will be conducted in both Arabic and English.

Participants will be expected to contribute a fee of 70 JOD per month (scholarships are available).

Participation & Application Process
Spring Sessions will be accepting a maximum of 18 participants. Interested applicants should see the program as a chance to develop their practice and creative process. Resident artists and workshop facilitators have been invited based on their collaborative and process-based methods of working. We are therefore looking for participants who are interested in furthering their creative development along these lines. We encourage applications from artists and cultural practitioners from all disciplines. Previous applicants came from a range of diverse fields such as visual performative and culinary arts, architecture, urbanism, design, photography, film, writing, cultural management and curation.

Please submit the following in one Word or PDF document to thespringsessions@gmail.com by 13 February 2017:

  • Name, email, and phone number;
  • A short bio (250 words);
  • A paragraph explaining why you would like to take part in this program (250 words);
  • A proposal for a project to be realized over the course of the program (250 words);
  • Up to 10 samples of your most recent work in image or text form OR a detailed CV including relevant experience (These may be sent in a separate document).

Informal interviews with the organizers will take place from 20 – 22 February 2017.

Accepted applicants will be notified a few days after the interviews.

Further Information
Regular updates will be posted on our Facebook page. For questions and further information, please contact us via email at thespringsessions@gmail.com or by phone at (+962)-79-529-0230.

 

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