deadline: Sept 25, 2015
Sineglossa, in partnership with the Grotowski Institute, is looking for partners – theatre companies, galleries, museums, applied art research institutions and other organizations – to join Heresies, a project organized in connection with European Capital of Culture Wroclaw 2016.
The project is intended to support a series of artistic residencies in the countries where the partner organisations are based, with the aim of building a European artistic network exploring the topic of “Heresy”.
During these residencies, each lasting between 10 and 15 days, each artistic group selected by the partner organisations will have the opportunity to share one of its previous works with the other groups involved and to develop it with contributions and suggestions from the other partners. During each residency, the works of all partners will be presented at the same time and venue (or in closely located spaces) so the exchange can be effective and the audience can perceive it as a coherent event and journey.
Starting from their own works the artists will be able to exchange and share the artistic material they find useful with the other groups, even inviting artists of the other groups to add to their works, contributing an action or leaving a sign.
The Wroclaw phase, which will inaugurate the project in June 2016, will be led by Sineglossa. The next residencies, hosted by the organisations involved, will be held in the following 12 months and will close in summer 2017. At the end of each residency a final event involving the audience would be a welcome addition.
The topic: heresies in their multiple forms
The choice of the topic was prompted by the artistic work of Sineglossa, who, as a performing arts group, have been conducting a research about heresy for the last three years. The process culminated in White Heresy, which was first realised as an artistic intervention in shop windows and art galleries in Ancona, Rome, Kraków and Wroclaw, and then was developed in former churches, including in St Bernard Church in Jesi (Ancona) and other repurposed buildings, including a former post office in Modena and an abandoned police station in San Sepolcro. The aim of the project is to imagine potential new uses for these buildings, including a venue for secular spirituality where new, ephemeral communities can meet to think and doubt through art.
Since the artists arrived some days before the opening, they studied each space and filled it up with new symbols. In all those spaces the spectators saw something that was at once a performance and an exhibition, but it also offered a moment of contemplation.
In Sineglossa’s Heresy the audience is surrounded by three different “actions” happening at the same time in three different parts of the venue, which requires them to be attentive or to choose a vantage point:
– The projection of the silent movie The Passion of Jean of Arc by C.T. Dreyer, which forms the skeleton of the work. It is a cult movie that Sineglossa post-produced. The group superimposed and inserted new frames corresponding to what is happening in other actions.
– The performance involving a 45-minute melting of an icon of Jean of Arc’s, who crumbles and becomes much more human and less iconographic. She steps out of the picture frame and enters the audience/witness space in front of her, asking the audience for a simple and effective action to be shared.
– The analog screening of ephemeral icons burning at a stake. Projected on the walls are images of saints, pop stars and political leaders who entered history with a solid identity, but they can’t keep their aplomb anymore.
Sineglossa has already shared its work with fashion designers, musicians, visual artists, perfomers and designers, who have contributed artistic elements that survive in successive presentations, creating a never-ending, temporary performance.
Being heretic means imagining a non-dogmatic vision of the world which the artists can face without fear because they are used to it because of the nature of their work. This means giving up certainties: the space and time conventions typical of the past centuries’ representation or some features of the dominant styles used in many mainstream artworks, often conceived with the sole aim of distracting and for this reason with a low level of complexity. The independent contemporary scene, despite national differences, is the place where artistic products and processes dissent from the standard models.
To be heretic it is not necessary to address social or political topics. The Heresies project welcomes groups of artists who produce works where the audience is challenged in interpreting the signs, where they can have an active role. “Heretical” is not just the topic, but the process itself, since it challenges the production and representation standards, questioning the artists involved in their creation processes as well as the audience participating in the event. The audience will be asked to put together their own personal experiences, assembling pieces of the different works happening close in time and space.
This is an attempt to create an ephemeral international heretic community, made up of audience and artists alike, around the dissent from the more abused and old-fashioned commonplaces, sharing together the creation of a new Reality, full of possibilities, not yet written down.
– creating a practical investigation into contemporary arts processes, promoting the creation of a community of artists, audience and curators;
– supporting the work process proposed, giving the groups new artistic tools through the exchange of practices and content;
– giving the artists the opportunity of international mobility;
– giving the organizations involved the opportunity of building an international network.
A committee composed of members of Sineglossa, the initiator of the Heresies project, and of the Grotowski Institute will select three new partners for the programme. The selection will be announced by the end of November 2015.
Each organization involved will have to fulfill the following conditions:
– meet the other organizations and artists in a meeting at the beginning of 2016 in Wroclaw;
– as part in the initial phase in Wroclaw, which will be hosted by the Grotowski Institute in June 2016 as part of the European Capital of Culture programme;
– host the selected artistic groups, providing board, lodging and travel expenses for up to 5 people from each group in periods between June 2016 and July 2017;
– provide at least 3000 euros fee for each group;
– provide the work and performance spaces and the technical rider for all the works that will be part of the Heresies project;
– provide logistic support and accommodation for all artists involved;
– promote the event in the home country.
How to get involved:
If you wish to take part in Heresies, you are invited to submit:
– a description of your organization
– a video of the work you want to present
– a portfolio of the artists involved
– a description (up to one page) of how the work deals with the topic of “Heresy”.
The material must be emailed to the following addresses:
Federico Bomba at firstname.lastname@example.org.