APRIL / MAY 2018 | Dominique Cameron
Get Lost: In which ways is it possible to articulate the physical and psychological conditions of being lost, and are the stories we make a way of finding home?
My practice centres on walking. I repeatedly walk the lines drawn on maps, exploring what I find on the route; drawing, painting and writing about the encounters made with the landscape and its people. These walks form the basis for new narratives about transience, familiarity, solitude and memory. I will be exploring the woodlands around Collemacchia, walking random, undefined paths in order to get myself in effect, lost. Through drawing and text I will articulate a sense of place which is unknown, and consider what the markers, memories and visual vocabulary might be that we carry with us to project onto new landscapes.
Image: 'Only the wind', mixed media on paper,142 x 60 cm , 05.12.17.
MAY 2018 | Annabel Howland
Prompted by the consequences of the 2008 financial crisis, I launched the research-based project, Producers-Parasites-Hosts, (2012-). The meeting points of art, science and finance are navigated by exploring cooperation/cheating, stability/instability and profit/loss. This project and related work about the 450 million-year old symbioses between plants and fungi focus on two questions: What motivated so many natural scientists to switch to investment banking in the 1980s? How does a fungus ‘decide’ which way to grow to find a plant it can ‘trade’ nutrients with? In Collemacchia walking will act as a performative approach to engage with my guiding theme of ‘switch points’ or decisions that lead to a change of direction.
Image: Given Space / Gegeven ruimte (detail, photos given by Jan Theun van Rees), cut-out photographs pinned to wall. 330 cm x 275 cm, 2015.
MAY / JUNE 2018 | Dee Heddon
I will be researching, thinking and writing about the place of forests as sites of loss and renewal: memorials to loss and remembering, environments of devastation and restoration, harbingers of despair and hope. This research will contribute to my forthcoming monograph, Performing Landscapes: Forests, which aims to explore the multiple relationships between performance and forests. What can forests and our relationships with them tell us about loss and renewal?
Dee Heddon holds the James Arnott Chair in Drama at the University of Glasgow. She has written widely about autobiography and performance, contemporary performance, and walking as an aesthetic practice (including The Walking Library). Her work on forests is an emerging research venture. Her father was a forester.
Image: Walking Library, Crossroads, Bothy Walk
JUNE 2018 | Emily Fong
Emily Fong’s practice investigates containment: the body as container and the container as body. She is curious about observing humanity in the inanimate by drawing from life. How can the language of objects be used in new ways to understand the embodiment of human existence? Is there a path to freedom through play? Emily will be using her time in Collemacchia to shed old skin and turn her close attention to the environment. The media she uses varies from the timeless to the trashy; however what she will find to work with in Collemacchia is yet to be discovered.
Image: Emily Fong, Portrait by Sinclair Cunningham Photography, 2018.
AUGUST 2018 | Martina Geccelli
Trained as an architect and sculptor, I work intensely with photography and run the independent artist-led project space RAUMX London. Using the language of the image to investigate the familiar, The Vanishing Point project will contribute to (re)search into individual and collective identity. Embracing the concept of continual change, I will research my specific surroundings, expose myself to the past and present of the village, its architecture and its nature. My methods will be recollection of the visual and archiving of the new. This residency is also an opportunity to delve into my Italian ancestry, and my story of immigration and displacement. Living away from my first language, German, I am interested in language’s specificities. Image and word, representation and word: who knows what I will hear, read and see in Collemacchia?
Image: Insomnia, studio Hombroich, 2012
SEPTEMBER 2018 | Artist working and living in the Hauts de France region of France
<<IDEAL>> Residency in Collemacchia
Artists based in the Hauts de France region of France will be invited to apply. The <<IDEAL>> Residency is organised in partnership with artconnexion, contemporary art production and mediation consultants, Lille.
This project is supported by the City of Lille and the Institut Français.
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OCTOBER 2018 | Beverley Hood, Morna Young, Sarah Rose Graber and Tom Flint
“When you die, you become the subject of stories.”
What would happen if you could truly control how the world remembers you after you’re gone? Not just in a story, but in a true experience that shares with people who you were. Through live performance, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and 360 filming, artists and creative technologists Beverley Hood, Tom Flint, Sarah Rose Graber, and Morna Young have teamed up to explore this idea. During their residency they will create a pilot for a VR experience that presents an immersive performance of a life digitally remembered.
Image: Morna Young, Development Session at National Theatre of Scotland.