Put Evaluation into Practice: The Collaborative Residency Life Cycle

Published on June 30th, 2018


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ISEA2018, the 24th International Symposium on Electronic Art, is the first ISEA to be held in the African sub-continent. Hosted in the coastal city of Durban, South Africa. In a strategy to build a local partnership and legacy, the event will be hosted together with the 5th iteration of the Durban University of Technology Digifest and Innovate Durban’s Innovation Festival.

ISEA2018 / Digifest05 / IF Durban

28-30 June, 2018

ISEA2018, the 24th International Symposium on Electronic Art, is the first ISEA to be held in the African sub-continent. Hosted in the coastal city of Durban, South Africa. In a strategy to build a local partnership and legacy, the event will be hosted together with the 5th iteration of the Durban University of Technology Digifest and Innovate Durban’s Innovation Festival.

Bringing new audiences, academics, and practitioners together, the theme, INTERSECTIONS, positions creative technological innovation as an activist engagement into public space and public practice with underlying critical questions of ownership, imposition and development. Creative collaboration between artists, artisans, designers, technologists, entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and inventors will take place in a context where survival is the most basic instigator for solutions. In such a scenario, technological developments should follow and support these solutions. This symposium and festival will focus on accessible and alternative platforms that encourage partnerships across sectors and regions, highlighting the strength of industry, institutions and government to think about how we can improve our environments and find locally relevant approaches for everyday challenges.

INTERSECTIONS brings together projects networks and programs that not only push the local debate on art, science and technology collaboration but builds a national network of practice and collaboration. By bringing together platforms such as DIGIFEST, DUT’s Digital Art and Design Festival and Innovate Durban’s IF DURBAN Innovation Festival the strategy is to grow the current a city-wide legacy project.

The academic symposium hosted at DUT will present Peer Reviewed Papers and Panels and Keynote Presentations.

The city-wide cultural program will host local and international projects and presentations in public spaces across Durban and surrounding areas. These will include Artist Interventions and Performances, Site-specific Workshops, Talks in Alternative Spaces, Thematic Exhibitions and Activation Tours. This will culminate in a series of public engagements through the AMAPHIKO Social Entrepreneurship Festival and INTERPRET DURBAN.

Local ISEA2018 / Digifest05 / IF Durban partners:

Durban University of Technology’s Faculty of Arts and Design, Innovate Durban, eThekwini Municipality, Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau, The Trinity Session.

 

Abstract

Keywords: Artist residency, conceptual space, transnational, collaboration, human-to-human network, trust, producing organization, shared resources, evaluation

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A residency is a conceptual space that typically sits within the physical space and networks of an organisation. The residency itself is intangible, yet exists through a structure of time, discussion, thought, action and proclamation. The residency provides space for creative practitioners to develop ideas within a supported environment, outside of their usual context. It enables immersion within different culture, exploration of practice with new people and a safe space to take risks. Practiced worldwide, the residency has become an invaluable resource for artists and the development of new work – but is its potential much greater? As producing organisations, can we work together to connect our individual residency spaces? Can we use this connection to increase value to artists and the development of art? Can we offer a more diverse cultural contribution? Can we open up our practice to new audiences? And in this unpredictable, global financial climate, can we offer greater stability by combining (often limited) resources? These were the leading questions that we posed ourselves five years ago. What happens if we go back to these outcomes and use them as a format for evaluating existing collaborative projects and testing and setting up new collaborative residencies? In this paper we will present the background, development and outcomes of our previous experience with collaborative residencies. At the same time we will focus on what we have termed the Collaborative Residency Life Cycle, a model that can serve as a means to start thinking and developing new collaborative residencies. At ISEA2018 we aim to test the model with the audience and existing labs and individual artists/practitioners in Durban as well as the wider region of South Africa.

 


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