The project "Alexandria: (re)activating common urban imaginaries" (ALEX), supported by the European Union's Creative Europe programme, draws on the resources of eight main partners, aims to take a fresh look at the many challenges faced by the arts and heritage sectors, through the historic and contemporaneous prisms of the city of Alexandria, Egypt and its influence on urban imaginaries in the Mediterranean region and beyond.
The project takes its first steps by organizing two fully-funded residency cycles, which will evolve independently but which will encounter each other at various moments during the project:
- The Caravan Residency Program: Thinking with Alexandria conceived and realized by UNIDEE residency programs at Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto in Italy and curated together with Edwin Nasr and in conversation with Sarah Rifky.
- The Politics of Heritage - School for Sonic Memory Residency, organised by Onassis Stegi and Theatrum Mundi, is a pluri-disciplinary nomadic residency program exploring sound, memory and trans-Mediterranean resonances.
Eligibility: Caravan Residency: Applicants must currently reside within: an EU member state, or, the United Kingdom, an EU pre-accession country: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey / an EFTA member state: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland / one of the following countries of the EU Southern Neighborhood: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia; Applicants can be emerging to mid-career artists working in diverse media or cultural practitioners and activists; Applicants demonstrating commitment towards generating new insights around urban histories and dynamics, coloniality and power formations, infrastructures and networks, and maritime cultures and poetics will be prioritized.
Politics of Heritage: Applicants should be engaged in the study, protection or production of collective urban memory - in the form of built heritage, soundscape, music, stories, social and political practice, with sound as a primary medium of research.
What you get out of it: The program covers travel, accommodation and meals. Participants will receive € 3,000 fee, payable in accordance to international and local laws. Additionally, each artist will have a budget of up to € 500 to cover the production costs of their final projects. During both residencies the residents will receive mentorship by the curatorial teams and by selected guests.
Deadline: 30 May 2021
Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto (Italy) and Onassis Stegi (Greece)