WORD PLAY: Art & Poetry

VIAINDUSTRIAE and the Mahler & LeWitt Studios' Open Call for an artist, writer or curator to join their ‘WORD PLAY: Art & Poetry’ residency session, organised in collaboration with poet Rachael Allen, for up to 4 weeks between 26 August - 30 September 2020.

Residency session: 26 August – 30 September 2020 | Exhibition opportunity: opening 25 September 2020
VIAINDUSTRIAE and the Mahler & LeWitt Studios are pleased to announce an Open Call opportunity for an artist, writer or curator to join our ‘WORD PLAY: Art & Poetry’ residency session, organised in collaboration with poet Rachael Allen, for up to 4 weeks between 26 August and 30 September 2020. As part of the residency opportunity, the awardee will develop a display of artist’s books and ephemera, relating to their own practice and the broader concerns of the residency session, using the VIAINDUSTRIAE archive and collection of artist’s books and documents on the history of contemporary art.
The ‘WORD PLAY: Art & Poetry’ residency session is a research focussed program exploring the dynamic relationship between poetry, experimental writing and the visual and performing arts. The 2020 residency session will be followed by a second, related residency session in 2021, which will include a week-long symposium.
Viaindustriae is a non-profit organization and a collective, active since 2005, developing contemporary art projects – publications, residencies, exhibitions and events – which respond to educational needs and conceive cultural projects as a creative, modular and open practice that can be inclusive and socially permeable. It is based in Foligno, Italy, in a former clothing factory. With its practice, it aims at investigating the intermediate territories between art and architecture, off-media publishing. Viaindustriae establishes a relationship with artists who seeks to engage with and enhance co-operation and co-generative instances of artistic production. In 2009 Viaindustriae launched INbook OUTbook IFbook, a biennial research and residency project on the possibilities of display and archive of artist’s books. Word Play: Art & Poetry is part of 2020 INbook OUTbook IFbook program.

As part of the residency opportunity, the awardee will develop a display of artist’s books and ephemera, relating to their own practice and the broader concerns of the residency session, using the VIAINDUSTRIAE archive and collection of artist’s books and documents on the history of contemporary art.

The ‘WORD PLAY: Art & Poetry’ residency session is a research focussed programme, exploring the dynamic relationship between poetry, experimental writing and the visual and performing arts. The 2020 residency session will be followed by a second, related residency session in 2021, which will include a week-long symposium.

Viaindustriae is a non-profit organisation and a collective, active since 2005, developing contemporary art projects – publications, residencies, exhibitions and events – which respond to educational needs and conceive cultural projects as a creative, modular and open practice that can be inclusive and socially permeable. It is based in Foligno, Italy, in a former clothing factory. With its practice, it aims at investigating the intermediate territories between art and architecture, off-media publishing. Viaindustriae establishes a relationship with artists who seeks to engage with and enhance co-operation and co-generative instances of artistic production. In 2009 Viaindustriae launched INbook OUTbook IFbook, a biennial research and residency project on the possibilities of display and archive of artist’s books. Word Play: Art & Poetry is part of 2020 INbook OUTbook IFbook programme.

Rachael Allen’s first collection of poems, Kingdomland, is published by Faber & Faber. She is the co-author of a number of collaborative artists’ books, including Nights of Poor Sleep with Marie Jacotey, and Almost One. Say Again! with JocJonJosch. She has written about art and poetry for ArtReview, TANK magazine and Music & Literature, and is the poetry editor for Granta magazine and Granta Books. She is currently a Burgess Fellow at The University of Manchester.

The Mahler & LeWitt Studios is established around the former studios of stone sculptor Anna Mahler (1904-1988) and conceptual artist Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) in Spoleto, Umbria IT. The Torre Bonomo, a medieval tower once used as a residency and exhibition space by the gallerist Marilena Bonomo (1928-2014), is also central to the programme. The residencies provide a focused and stimulating environment for artists, curators and writers to develop new ways of working in dialogue with peers and the unique cultural heritage of the region. Each residency is facilitated in response to an individual’s needs and interests: experimentation is encouraged. The studios curators facilitate research as well as events or exhibitions, when appropriate, during the residencies. Each resident is provided with accommodation and 24 hour access to a studio. There are facilities for making ceramic as well as a range of other tools for production. Several libraries are also accessible.

The residency concentrates on the process of research and development. However, this Open Call opportunity incorporates a connected exhibition opportunity inside Viaindustriae’s LIBEROLIBRODARTISTALIBERO/FREEBOOK 10th biennial exhibition on artist’s book practice. The exhibition will open on 25 September 2020 in a venue (to be confirmed) in Spoleto.

The deadline for submissions is 10 August 2020

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