About the residency

The Kammari Residency’s general aim is to bring together contemporary art, academic research, experimental thinking and critical curiosity towards the political and social reality around us. In the residency this happens in a natural setting with experimentation on environmentally sustainable 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.

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.

We aim to create an affordable, rural and materially sustainable space to work in. The residency house is an old stone house built with traditional methods and materials. It is surrounded by several unique ecosystems of the Troodos mountain area. These surroundings are combined to possibilities of working with contemporary tools.

The daily functioning of the residency is on a DIY-basis, the whole crew works voluntarily and guest artists and researchers participate in creating and maintaining the place. It is administered by a non-profit association Kammari – elävän filosofian ja taiteen ry, registered in Helsinki.

THE HOUSE

Downstairs are communal kitchen and a studio for music, performance work, exhibitions etc. Upstairs is reserved for residency guests with two double bed rooms, one small room and one studio space in the middle. See the spaces in Photos.

SELF-SUFFICIENCY OF THE HOUSE

Materially the daily life in the residency is based on experimenting and exploring ways of post-fossil self-sufficiency in terms of food, energy, infrastructure, systems and materials. The residency crew has built facilities in the village also for artisan wood work, a garden with several fruit and almond trees as well as a field near the local water stream for cultivation.

This also means that life in the residency is materially different, requires a bit more voluntary participation and can be less comfortable than the usual modern accommodation. For example the toilet is outside, fire wood for heating must be made in the winter manually and all grey water goes to the garden and thus use of chemical soaps and liquids is impossible. Different sorts of sustainable heating and other life supporting systems are constantly being developed and experimented. More info about the life in the residency in our Residency_info_pack.