MOMENTUM – TRAFO ARTIST RESIDENCY EXCHANGE1. Nov - 26. Jan 14 / ended MOMENTUM | Berlin
Process-based Artist Residency and Exhibition
In November – December 2013, MOMENTUM inaugurates its process-based residency program, in collaboration with TRAFO Art Center, Szczecin. The Residency reactivates the MOMENTUM gallery space as a living studio. Located in the Kunstquartier Bethanien, the gallery space was formerly the site of one of Berlin’s most exceptional international artist residencies, the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien. Originally a hospital built in the mid-19th century, the building was repurposed as artists’ quarters in 1973, with exhibition spaces, studios and project spaces – remaining an active art center to this day.
Through the Residency Exchange with TRAFO Art Center, MOMENTUM hosts a Polish artist, Szczecin-based Natalia Szostak, and a Polish curator, Poznan-based Aurelia Nowak. By inviting artists and curators to live, work, and show in this space, MOMENTUM brings the process of creation back into the exhibition space and invites the public to experience a synergetic creative matrix, resulting in a reworking of conventional gallery practice. During the residency, the space will remain open to the public, shedding new light on the role of the gallery within the creative process.
In turn, the TRAFO Art Center hosts the German sculptor Andreas Blank, and the Dutch painter, Jarik Jongman. TRAFO Trafostacja Sztuki in Szczecin is the first center for contemporary art in the northwest of Poland. Founded in 2013, TRAFO takes advantage of its geographical potential – the cross-border location within the Baltic Sea region and the immediate vicinity of Berlin, the cultural capital of this part of Europe. TRAFO was founded in an exceptional moment in the history of Szczecin, when the city is in the process of establishing its identity as a new artistic and cultural center. It acts as a bridge between the art scene of Szczecin and its neighboring city Berlin, the emerging global art capital, and the surrounding regions. TRAFO works with contemporary artists to take an active part in the process of forming a new, experimental aesthetic quality. The center features and promotes contemporary artists, organizes activities in the fields of education, publishing, international cooperation and exchange, including the Artist Residency exchange with MOMENTUM Berlin. TRAFO’s Artist-in-Residence program provides an unconventional space for artists where they can live and work, at the same time offering visitors an opportunity to observe the creative process.
Process-based residencies, by allowing access to an artist’s creative process, act to reveal the apparatus of production behind the final product. As such, they contribute to the demystification of the art object and allow insights into the creative process, from conception to the many stages of execution. Process-based residencies are an instantiation of what John Baldessari termed “Post-Studio Art”. He encouraged students to “stop daubing away at canvases or chipping away at stone” and embrace a wider framework for art production, and to thus question traditional modes of production, distribution and reception of art. Following the tennets of artists as diverse as Murakami Saburo of the Gutai Group, and Theaster Gates at Documenta 13, the MOMENTUM – TRAFO Residency Exchange brings to life the idea that the role of process is as important to artistic creation as the final result, and the process of creation can become an artwork in itself.
This Residency, in partnership with TRAFO Trafostacja Sztuki in Szczecin, is made possible by the Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation.
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