The organizational team of the project has decided to postpone the program until next year. It was a hard decision to make but taken into account the upcoming very uncertain times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we choose to put the health of our artists and employees first.
Are you an applicant? We will invite all candidates to apply once again in the beginning of 2021. Until then we will keep you updated on this website and on our social media channels.
The Right To Be Cold¹ – Circumpolar perspectives
The Right To Be Cold program has been developed with advisory from Tero Mustonen (Snowchange) and Elin Már Øyen Vister (Røst AiR). The Goethe-Intitut would also like to acknowledge the contributions of everyone currently involved: Aka Niviâna, Assinajaq, Avataq Cultural Institute, Dáiddadállu, Giovanna Esposito Yussif, Malakta, Patricia Rodas, Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš, Stina Aikio, Sunna Nousuniemi, The National Art Museum of the Republic of Sakha.
Established and emerging residency programs in Nunavik, Finland, Yakutia, Norway and Sápmi are forming a network to host artists and researchers within the frame of the project.
The residency aims to:
- connect and develop an exchange between residency programs in the circumpolar north.
- develop a circular exchange practice with the residents, providing the opportunity for them to interact and exchange their knowledges and practices with fellow residents and local communities.
Every resident will experience two residencies, in two different locations. A total of to two months all together. There will be an overlap of two residents at each place, with the intent of sharing/ exchanging research and artistic practices with each other and in the respective local context.
We are reaching out to individuals from diverse disciplines and practices (i.e. artists, researchers, writers, curators, storytellers, artisans, filmmakers, cultural workers, architects, scientists) who are indigenous or have a strong knowledge of and relation to indigenous communities in the circumpolar north. The residents will be invited to do a public presentation of their practice to the local communities.
Each resident will have their travel cost and stay/ accommodation/ working spaces covered. Greenest possible travel will be encouraged where it is feasible. In addition each resident will receive a stipend of 500€ per week. The residencies are supposed to take place between August – November 2020. Please check the specific availability of each residency in the information below. There will be chosen five residents in total.
All applicants should provide the following:
- your knowledge field and practical experience
- your motivation for applying to this particular program
- CV, bio and link to online portfolio or a pdf of relevant work
- Please indicate 2 of the 5 residency spaces you are most interested in (availability cannot be guaranteed though)
If possible send the application in English, although other languages are also accepted.
Applicants will be notified latest by the 28th of February.
The following residence programs are part of the network:
In the spring of 2009, Avataq Cultural Institute set up a new department called Aumaaggiivik, the Nunavik Arts Secretariat, with the goal of promoting the development of the arts in Nunavik, as well as encouraging economic development and the creation of long-term employment opportunities in the region’s arts and culture sector.
Aumaaggiivik – which takes its name from the Inuktitut work that means "the place where sparks are sourced” – provides support to artists in every artistic discipline (the visual arts, music, media arts, literature, storytelling, etc.) by boosting their careers through a programme of arts grants and specialized training.
Aumaaggiivik also provides artistic residencies, and supports the establishment of local infrastructure to provide work space for artists and to promote the arts both within and outside the region. In the context of ‘The right to be cold - Circumpolar perspectives’, the selected artist would be oriented to a community that suits its project's statement with the supervision of Aumaaggiivik’s staff.
Availability: August, September or November 2020
Avataq Cultural Institute, Nunavik
Malakta AiR focus on to bringing artists to Malakta art community which have nature as the inspiration subject in their art practice. Nature as a subject but also nature as a raw material. Nature as, by definition, something opposed to human creations, and Art, as a physical process of human creation. With the results of the residency is experience and rising awareness between natural and prefabricated habitat in which the contemporary society is moving towards.
The aim of the Malakta AiR programme is to create encounters between art and nature, to increase an awareness of nature and art and to enable visiting artists to develop, create and share their work in a supportive and creative environment that includes a thriving artist community and purpose-built working spaces with nature around the corner. Malakta AiR continues to build a multi-art residency programme that has a clear and direct impact on local and regional communities, and that contributes to a more versatile and virile art scene and creates new forms of participatory and community art in the region.
Availability: 8.9-15.11, 23.11 -20.1.2021
Spaces, equipment, resources:
A private studio and 24 hour access to other work spaces and tools. Wood and metal workshop. A studio with a wooden dance floor. An editing suite (built as a mini-cinema). A photographic dark room. Accommodation - a choice of 3 double rooms with access to shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, a total capacity for 6 people at same time. Access to traditional Finnish wood-burning saunas (one larger and one small). A laundry room with a washing machine and dryer. The use of a car and bicycles. Large outdoor spaces suitable for activities and events with a fireplace/barbecue.
Staff and support:
Guest artists will be assigned one contact person, from the board of Malakta, who will guide and support the guest. Additional support from 1-2 artists from Malakta's communityl. Visits to other artists and organisations, partaking in other arts and culture events.
MALAKTA ARTIST IN RESIDENCY, MALAKTA, FINLAND
We invite artists from multiple disciplines, whose practices are focused on themes raised by “The Right To Be Cold” project and address the local context. A dialogue with local residents is essential: artist-talks, artist-led workshops, and a public presentation of final work will be supported by the museum staff.
We provide studio space in the House of Artists, a coordinator from the staff of the National Fine Arts Museum of the RS (Y), support in communication with local institutions and the art scene.
Availability: July until October 2021
Røst AiR ist eine multidisziplinäre Non-profit-Vereinigung mit Artist-in-Residenz und Artist-run-Programmen. Sie hat ihren Sitz auf Røst und zusätzlich während der Sommermonate einen Standort im Leuchtturm auf Skomvær, einer Insel im Schärengürtel vor Røst (Nordnorwegen/Sápmi, (67. Breitengrad). Nur einen Steinwurf entfernt liegt das Naturreservat Nykan, auf dem sich die größte nordeuropäische Kolonie von Seevögeln befindet.
Unsere Schwerpunkte und Interessen beinhalten folgende Bereiche, sind aber nicht auf sie beschränkt:
Ökologische Umstellung, Geopolitik, Diversität, Selbstversorgung, Rassen- und Gendertheorie und die Schnittstellen zwischen Ökologie, dekolonialem Denken und Handeln, postkolonialer Feminismus und Queer-Theorie. Standortspezifische Projekte, Prozessarbeit und interdisziplinäre Treffen werden gefördert. Trotzdem möchten wir unterstreichen, dass wir für jegliche Art von singulären oder gemeinschaftlichen Ausdrucksformen künstlerischer Praktiken offen sind.
Røst AiR arbeitet an alternativen Wegen, um in dieser Welt zu navigieren, sie zu erschaffen und in ihr zu sein, und erforscht beispielsweise das Potenzial postfossiler Brennstoffe. Wir lassen uns inspirieren von der Tradition der Küsten-Sámi sowie der nordnorwegischen Fischer und Bauern und legen allmählich die alten Gemüse- und Kräutergärten am Leuchtturm wieder an.
Wir beherbergen während des Jahres eine unterschiedlich große Zahl von Künstlern in der Residenz. Außerdem organisieren und beherbergen wir auch Workshops, Seminare und Happenings. Røst AiR erfolgt auf Einladung, es werden jedoch einige Plätze für offene Nachfragen und einige für Gastkünstler/innen zur Verfügung stehen. Alle künstlerischen und theoretischen Praktiken sind willkommen.
Die Residenz umfasst einen kombinierten Wohn- und Arbeitsraum sowie Unterstützung von „grünen“ Reisekosten. Die Verpflegung besteht hauptsächlich aus Biokost und/oder lokalen Produkten und ist in der Unterbringung enthalten; es gibt ein bis zwei gemeinsame Mahlzeiten am Tag. Jede/r Künstler/in erhält ein Stipendium für grüne Reisekosten und für den Aufenthalt. Manchmal bieten wir auch Material-Stipendien.
Wir haben ein umweltfreundliches Profil und bitten die Leute, „grün" zu reisen und so lange wie möglich zu bleiben. Die Residenz-Künstler/innen (und Personen, die aus dem Ausland anreisen) sollten für mindestens einen Monat bleiben (einschließlich der grünen Anreise).
Røst AiR, in Lofoten, Nordland NO/Sápmi
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org
This residency will be co-hosted by:
- The Sami Center for Contemporary Art/Sami Daiddaguovddas (Karasjok/Kárásjokha)
- Dáiddadállu – Artists Collective (Kautokeino/Guovdageaidnu)
- Sunna Nousuniemi (Inari/Ánaar)
Dáiddadállu is a unique Sami artist collective founded in Guovdageaidnu/ Kautokeino, Sápmi in 2014.
Today: The artists on Dáiddadállu possessing expertise in their respective fields and together we represent subjects like visual contemporary art, photography, film, television production, graphic design, writing, music, choreography, interior design, acting, yoik and music. All Dáiddadállu members have connections to Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino, but traveling and working on projects around the world. Dáiddadállus overall objective is to create a strong and enabling environment for Sami artists. Our goal is professionalization of disciplines and profitability in the artists' businesses.
Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš/ the Sami Centre for Contemporary Art (SDG)
SDG was founded in 1986 by the Sami Artists’ Union, which along with the Sami Parliament of Norway created the Sámi Dáiddaguovddás foundation in 2013. The foundation continues the work started in 1986 in its new premises in Karasjok, which opened to the public in 2014.
At the new centre, SDG carries out an extensive programme of exhibitions and events with a primary focus on Sami contemporary art, featuring artists from Norway, Sweden, and Finland but also other international artists. SDG aims to be a resource centre for Sami art and culture and also engages in external activities both nationally and internationally. SDG’s mission is to promote and present Sami visual art and similar endeavours, act as the leading resource centre for Sami contemporary art, and serve as a forceful, recognized, respected, and broadly visible actor on the contemporary art scene. SDG works on developing and expanding the encounters between Sami contemporary art and the general public. SDG also aims to present, arouse interest in, and help viewers appreciate contemporary art, provide a venue for new, experimental artistic practices, and work to ensure artistic freedom.
¹ The title of the project comes from the long battle of Inuit to have their rights linked to climate change. The book of the same name by Sheila Watt-Cloutier (2015, Allen Lane Publication), testifies of her pioneering work in connecting climate change to human rights with the Inuit legal petition she and 62 fellow Inuit from Canada and Alaska launched to the Inter American Commission on Human Rights in Washington DC in 2005. Inuit leaders and climate change activists use this expression to capture their struggle and hope for political leaders to realize their communities are being severely impacted by climate change. Although the Commission did not go ahead with the Inuit petition they did have a historical hearing on the legal impacts and connections between climate change and human rights. Okalik Eegeesiak, Former Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) used the expression in her discourse at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 21 December 3, 2015 in Paris, France: “Climate change is not just an environmental issue it is a human rights issue and the melting of the Arctic is impacting all aspects of Inuit life, therefore, the final text must make the rights of Indigenous peoples operative and keep it in Article 2.2. We have the right to be cold” argued Eegeesiak.
The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of Germany with a global reach. One of its` main missions is to support and encourage international cultural exchange as encounter and dialogue are fundamental for free and discursive societies. Our projects bring artistic, scientific, social and daily practices and thoughts together, that reflect the diversity of cultures in our societies. We search to give visibility to silenced knowledge, challenge hegemonic narratives and consider other possible perspectives when shaping and communicating our programme. We most value collaborative and joint work in our team and with committed partners.
The climate crisis threatens all societies, particularly those living in the circumpolar north. While indigenous knowledges are increasingly recognized in international discourses, they are especially considered in response to the challenge of climate change. The Right To Be Cold program acknowledges the connection and interrelation between the urgency of the climate crisis and the relevance of indigenous rights and self-determination. The project is a starting point for knowledge-sharing and connecting discourses in the North with those in the South.
The residency chain is thematically part of the dossier The Right To Be Cold, with a growing number of texts by people from the circumpolar North under the motto « Climate Justice for the Arctic ». This is in turn embedded in the online magazine Ecologues - How We Survive the Age of Man, with contributions from experts around the world.