Description of the current residency program:
The Fossil Subject -program
We are concentrating on two areas of research, which are essential in creating ways forward from the pressing ecological and political crisis of today. In The Fossil Subject -research and residency program, for 2019-2020, we look for researchers and artists who, (1) working on understanding the technological, fossil fuel generated modern experience and/or imagining a post-fossil society, and (2) how contemporary ideology functions in this context. This includes a vast range of research and art projects in the fields of ecology, technology and contemporary ideology.
The residency program is for researchers, artists and hand craft creators from all disciplines. Our work group (introduction here) currently works on research on the ideology of technology, which is elementally connected to the larger research area of fossil boosted modernity as an experience. We aim, through this exchange of insights and knowledge on the matter, to reach a better understanding of the current state of the topics at hand. Therefore we organise weekly meetings with our research group and the selected guests that will be working together in the residency during the research period.
The research centre includes facilities for research work in an environment that is in itself an experiment on the possible post-fossil experience. It is located in the mountains of Cyprus, in an old stone house. The house is warmed by wood stoves, the water comes from a source in the mountains and there are gardens around that are going to be turned into organic, experimental food production areas, that hopefully in the future will feed the residency.
In these surroundings we aim to inspire theoretical and practical research on the modern experience. Our own research project concentrates in the ideology of technology (info here), but we encourage and wish to collaborate with researchers and artists working in a vast area of topics around the complexity of the techno-fossil experience, it’s ideology and post-fossil future perspectives.
One of the main general aims of the Kammari-project is to combine research with contemporary art practices. The aim is to extend the theoretical to the realm of experience, searching for neglected and overlooked aspects that in turn can advance our understanding and research. The Kammari Research Group works primarily with theatre and cinema, but we encourage artists from all disciplines to participate.
We also work in collaboration with local handcraft artists who are rehabilitating lost working methods that are based on sustainably and locally creating the materials, skills and the whole production of life sustaining objects. We also encourage handcraft creators with interest in the topic to apply.
Duration of residency
The two yearly residency periods are the spring season from May to July and the autumn season from September to November. During these times it is possible to apply for a one month or full three month residency. Outside of these times it is also possible to negotiate an exceptional residency period. Please contact by email: residency.kammari.org.
Disciplines and assistance
We aim to promote and facilitate artistic work and research in all disciplines.
We provide assistance to the artist in terms of connecting to other institutions, researchers and artists on the island. It is also possible to organise shows or performances, inclusing in our space in Limassol: limassol.kammari.org. The hosts of the residency is available to assist with all practical questions.
Studios/work spaces and equipment
The residency has a small downstairs studio for performance and music work with basic equipment. Upstairs we have another studio for writing, painting and visual arts in general.
We have a wood workshop with basic hand tools. There is also a shared computer for internet access and writing. We have a cinema and art space in Limassol, where works can be exhibited. There it is also possible to construct larger scale works in collaboration with professional metal and wood workshops.
See the spaces in Photos.
Accommodation facilities include three rooms in the residency house.
For selected artists there are no other costs than the accommodation. The rent is the only cost for the selected researchers and artists (more information on rents by email: residency.kammari.org) and includes all the basic facilities: shared kitchen and bathroom, internet, electricity and water. Buying food, fire wood and personal necessities is the responsibility of the guests.
All people working on the project are volunteers without salaries and the residency and the association administering it are not-for-profit. All income from rent goes to paying costs of the house.
Fees and support
The residency is artist-run and we have no external funding at the moment. Thus everyone involved with the residency works voluntarily and we cannot provide the visiting artists and researchers with grants. In case we are granted external funding, grants for guests become possible. The residency does not charge any additional artist fees.
Expectations towards the researcher or artist
The artists or researchers at the residency are not expected to provide any predetermined results. We facilitate free research and artistic work, creating voluntary possibilities for public presentations or exhibitions. We collaborate with an art centre in Limassol that organises discussions, exhibitions and events with renown international guests (neme.org). We also run a cinema and art space in Limassol where exhibition of works is possible: (limassol.kammari.org). The residency guests are encouraged to engage with the local and international researchers and artists.
The residency strives to have an ecologically sustainable material basis. Thus the facilities are simple with mostly natural materials and use of toxic chemicals is not possible etc.
There is a small vegetable garden at the residency where the guests can voluntarily participate in and eat from. For buying food there is a vegetable and fruit shop in the near by village. For bread there is a bakery in the village. There are also young organic farmers in the village who, seasonally, have vegetables, fruits and eggs to sell.
The residency is open for families and partners of the guests. Let us know if your pets come along so we can agree and arrange it with the other guests. The residency hosts are ready to help with any questions.
The following link provides a pdf file for a practical information package on living at the residency and the village: Residency_info_pack