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09 Jun 2017

OPEN CALL _ /'vɔɪs/ Summer School 2017

International Summer School 'VOICE in the field of contemporary art practices'
CALL FOR APPLICATION: Can Serrat 1st Summer School


Deadline to apply: 16th June 2017 During: 24th - 30th July 2017

Daniel Moreno Roldan
+34 937 71 00 37

Can Serrat International Art Residency
Masia Can Serrat s/n

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The Can Serrat International Art Residency is making a call to artists and students who would like to participate in an intensive summer course focused on the potential of the voice as an artistic medium.

/'vɔɪs/ is an artist-driven, one-week-long course designed to be a laboratory for artists whose work involves their own voice or voice as subject matter and research focus. The aim of the course is to assist in developing the voice as raw material and tool-kit for exploration. In this respect, /'vɔɪs/ will provide a space for experimentation and investigation on the possibilities of voice in performative practice. The syllabus will be based on discussions about artistic projects that question the sign system of spoken language and its use for interaction. Participants are expected to explore disembodied voices, embodied voices, post-human vocalization, machine-made voices, as well as politically motivated voices.

Artists Stine Janvin Motland and Tomomi Adachi are the invited teachers for this first edition of the course. They will lead two workshops focusing on their respective methodologies, which link voice, language, speech, sound and performance.

Artists Laia Estruch and Jaume Ferrete, cofounders of the course and based in Barcelona and Mexico respectively, will manage the course and provide support and guidance to participants when developing their projects for the final presentation.

The basic schedule will be divided between morning workshops with the guest teachers and afternoons dedicated to individual projects with the assistance of both teachers and coordinators. The latter will also promote discussion and share selected theoretical texts as a means to reflect on the processes and experiments discussed in the morning sessions.

The workshops will take place at the Can Serrat International Art Residency, located next to El Bruc, a village at the foot of Montserrat mountain, about 30 minutes NW of Barcelona by car. Can Serrat will be the space for teachers and students to live and work side by side, creating a common living and working experience during which all involved can share their research processes in an intensive manner.

At the end of the week, participants will be able to present their resulting works in the auditorium of the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona.

Invited Artists:
Stine Janvin Motland. Stavanger born, Berlin based vocalist Stine Janvin Motland works with experimental music, sound and audiovisual performance, with a special interest in the ambiguous and unrecognisable qualities of the voice. Her recent work is focussed on imitation and abstract storytelling through sound collages inspired by a variety of genres and traditions of electronic music, sound poetry, folk music and languages of various peoples, birds and animals.

Tomomi Adachi. born in Kanazawa, Japan in 1972, is performer, composer, sound poet, installation artist, occasional theater director. He studied philosophy and aesthetics at Waseda University in Tokyo. Recently, he is focusing his activities on solo performance (with voice, sensors, computer, self-made instruments), sound poetry (especially to the unknown great Japanese sound poetry tradition), video installation and workshop style big ensemble with non-professional voices and instruments.

Course coordinators:
Laia Estruch. Born and based in Barcelona, her work is mostly performance-based. Her artistic proposals feature voice and word as a space of experimentation.

Jaume Ferrete. Born in Barcelona and based in Mexico, his work revolves around ideologies of voice and listening by way of concerts, performance, workshops, listening sessions, conversations, sound work and websites.

Course Schedule and Program:
Duration: Monday, July 24th to Sunday, July 30th, 2017

The workshops will be given in English

Monday 24th to Thursday 27th

Morning classes (10:30am – 1:30pm) with Stine Janvin Motland and Tomomi Adachi
Afternoon work on individual projects monitored by both teachers and course coordinators
Friday 28th: Critique sessions

Saturday 29th: Final preparation for the presentations at Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

Sunday 30th, at 1 pm: Presentations at the Fundació Joan Miro Auditorium

Application Process

Interested applicants should send the following to

Art statement and motivation letter
Website, sound file or video materials showing current voice/sound research
as a PDF file (MAXIMUM 5MB) titled 'YOURNAME_VoiceCourse_July2017'

Application deadline: June 16th

The application can be sent in English, Catalan or Spanish.

The course fee is 915,00€*, which covers the following:
- Participation in both workshops.
- Iindividual monitoring.
- Use of technical equipment.
- Final presentations of individual projects at the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona
- Accomodation in a shared room (extra 10€/day for a private bedroom).
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the residency kitchen and dining room.

There is no application restriction according to age, gender or nationality.

Admission results will be announced in early June 2017.

The summer course is open to up to 18 participants.

* Option without accommodation/breakfast/dinner : 700€. Open to 5 local participants. Please precise in your application, if you are interested.