The Kammari Residency is a research centre and residency for writers, researchers, artists, artisan artists and makers, aspiring to critically understand the modern techno-fossil experience in ecological, technological, psychological and political senses, and to create ecologically as well as socially sustainable environments to live and work in.
The residency space in the mountains of Cyprus facilitates research and art practices, including a studio, accommodation, basic tools and necessities, and a garden. The working environment is embedded in a natural surrounding with increasingly reduced modern fossil fuel dependencies, which means that life sustaining necessities are an essential part of our research and art practices.
The residency house is an old stone house built mainly with traditional methods and materials, surrounded by several unique ecosystems of the Troodos mountain area. The house has electricity and internet. Being a space for research, artistic practices, and the combination of the two, the residency is in itself an attempt to create a ground for discovering new material post-fossil forms of living.
In terms of documentation and publications, we aim to create and support continuous long term research, critical dialogue and public exhibition of politically significant research combined with contemporary arts. Our research platform is one of the methods to do this.
On a social level we aim to bring artists, philosophers, researcher and writers together and develop international partnerships with individuals, organisations, research centres and universities.
The Kammari Research Group that coordinates the project consists of active artists and researchers. Apart from their individual projects, they work collectively on a large and long-term research project combining arts and academic research. The current project is Technology as Ideology. More information on the research project: kammari.org
The residency in the mountains is partly accessible for wheelchairs. We have built a ramp to the residency house, however mountain conditions pose challenges to autonomous functioning with wheelchairs due to steepness of the terrain. Also upstairs rooms are inaccessible to wheelchairs due to the infrastructure. The gallery space in Limassol is fully accessible.
The Kammari project is administered by the not-for-profit art association Kammari – elävän filosofian ja taiteen ry, based in Helsinki.