Call for applications – Re-Directing: East Curatorial Seminar and Residency “Hospitality”, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland

Submission deadline: February 25, 2018

Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art invites curators, researchers and art managers to apply for a one-month-long curatorial residency.

Re-Directing: East is a platform for carrying out research and meetings between curators, representatives of the most interesting grass-root initiatives, and people in charge of organising artistic events from all over the world. It is a peer-learning workshop, a curatorial seminar, an extended site exploration, and a research opportunity for groups of four to six individuals together with the U–jazdowski team and local participants. The notion of « re-directing » refers here to a need to facilitate collaborations between art initiatives which due to geopolitical conditions have not had many opportunities to collaborate thus far.

The participants are expected to share their experience and understanding of respective artistic and socio-political contexts, as well as to prepare themselves for participation in this year’s exploration of the topic: hospitality.

The term « hospitality » is derived from the Latin word hospes meaning both a person playing host to someone, and a guest: an alien, a wanderer. Here is the beginning of an ambiguity which prevents us from determining the roles. A guest turns out to be both the saviour, and the one who disturbs order. Letting the host welcome him, he therefore offers hospitality of his own: by visiting the host’s hearth he symbolically takes it over. That is why « hostis » in Latin means both an alien or a visitor, and an enemy. That ambiguity was noticed and thoroughly described by Jacques Derrida who also came up with the neologism « hostipitalité » (« foespitality, » expressing both welcome and hostility) which best displays the ambiguity in question. From the angle of hospitality we will observe contemporary artistic and curatorial practices, rooted in contemporary reality and aimed at studying, understanding and changing it. We are going to ask questions about the efficacy of art and analyse that issue in all the fields where it overlaps with activism, society-focused activities, artistic creation, research or education.

The month-long residencies: June 2018

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