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Medea Electronique | Koumaria Residency

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Since 2009 the artist collective Medea Electronique has organized an annual 10-day experimental artist residency, Koumaria, near Sparta in Greece (the village of Sellasia), focusing on improvisation and new media practices. New-media artists from all over the world, inspired by the Greek natural landscape, come together to create a multicultural and cross-media ‘dialogue’ culminating in a collective presentation both locally and in Athens at the end of the residency. Past residents have formed lasting friendships and new artistic partnerships. For us the residency serves as a model for future creative collaborations.

The theme of the residency this year is the intersection of collaborative new media art and local politics/community. How can improvising artists, committed to community building and trans-cultural dialogue, manifest these tendencies in the larger community they work in? How can collective art help form healthy and inclusive larger communities? How can such art speak to and for such communities, give them a voice and an identity?

We invite applications from artists working across the spectrum of new media arts (musicians, dancers-performers, video artists, photographers, etc.) to participate in the residency. We will select up to 10 participants from the applications received.

Application deadline: June 15, 2014

Location

Sellasia: Greece

The residency is held at an organic olive oil farm at the foot of Mount Taigetos in Sparta. The base for the residency, a modern and comfortable house, features dormitory-style bedrooms, large and comfortable common rooms (featuring fireplaces and magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and fields), two primary spaces for project development and practice, terraces, rooftop overlooks, and a large and modern kitchen. The surrounding hills, mountains, villages and the not too distant sea, coupled with a vast expanse of sky, stars, and ever-changing mountain vistas, afford the residents amble space and opportunity for creative work.