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16 Jan 2020

Open Call / The East Call Curatorial Residency




Fruzsina Kigyós, Róna Kopeczky, Alexandra Nagy

6 Képíró street
1053- Budapest

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Period: 20 April - 1 May 2020
Length: 2 weeks
Location: Budapest, Hungary / Bratislava, Slovakia
Application deadline: 31 January 2020

The East Call Curatorial Residency offers a unique opportunity for emerging curators to gain a comprehensive insight into the Hungarian contemporary art scene by examining its characteristics and understanding them in a broader, regional context.

East Call is an intensive program that focuses on the status and practice of artists, contemporary curatorial conditions, institutional situations and the understanding of issues affecting contemporary art, with a focus on the roles and responsibilities of curators as mediators between audiences and artists, and researchers as theoretical transmitters of knowledge, interpretation and contextualization.

East Call aims to foster dialogues on issues surrounding curation and to interrogate what constitutes 'the curatorial' in the Central Eastern European region. The East Call program focuses on open, horizontal and conversation-based transfers of knowledge and experience.

The program is designed for emerging curators and curators-to-be still involved in their studies who expect to work in the field of contemporary art. It intends to introduce participants to current and relevant practices as well as to the mechanisms of curating in relation to exhibitions, institutions, audiences, aesthetics and cultural-political discourse.

The residents spend ten days in Budapest, and two days in Bratislava as a final regional case-study. Throughout this period, participants intensively expand their professional knowledge and practice by conducting in-depth investigations of contemporary exhibitions, getting introduced to case studies of leading curators and their engagements, taking part in curatorial workshops, visiting artist's studio, and exchanging, discussing with each other during their stay. By sharing the experiential and theoretical best practices of leading contemporary art museums, galleries, the program offers to the participants a unique chance to develop project ideas, conduct research of their particular interests, enrich connections and networks internationally as well as elaborate discussions with contemporary art professionals active in Budapest and Bratislava. The residency aims to conclude with the conception of a publication, the curation of an exhibition or the presentation of a lecture in the form of a case study.

Participation fee: 1.000 EUROS

The fee includes the use of office facilities, participation in workshops, guest lectures, entry fees of museums and special events, the use of public transport in Budapest, inland transport for provincial venues and regional transport for Bratislava.

Easttopics also provides budget for a project developed in the frame of and as a result of the residency program.

Travel to Budapest for the start of the program and back at the end of the program, as well as accommodation expenses are NOT included.

Please send a letter of intent and cv to:
Application deadline: 31 January 2020.
Selection process: 7 February 2020.

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