Artist in Residence

Call for Applications: Belonging Artist-in-Residence 2021

APPLICATIONS DUE AUG 20th, 11:59pm PST (Application Form)

Tower & Dungeon Oakland meeting, Complex Movements, group gathered around a table and video chatImage: 2020 AIR Complex Movements' Oakland dialogue with Aneb Kgositsile

Residency Vision

Stories, symbols, relationships and rituals are at the root of authentic belonging. Belonging speaks to who we are and who we can be. But it also requires a reshaping of social and economic practices, and the systems, structures, and institutions that govern our lives. Artistic and cultural practices frequently hold radical insight into reshaping these systems and practices - but only if we are attuned to notice those insights. Audre Lorde said it like this:

“The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives. It is within this light that we form those ideas by which we pursue our magic and make it realized. This is poetry as illumination, for it is through poetry that we give name to those ideas which are, until the poem, nameless and formless-about to be birthed, but already felt.” (Poetry is Not a Luxury)

The third year of our Artist-in-Residence program supports one artist or artist collective to shift the quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives in order to illuminate understandings and practices of belonging. We are seeking applications from an artist whose work can offer deep insight into the radical transformation of elements of society towards belonging. We recognize that the transformation of systems and structures is most powerful when it builds from the personal, intimate and interpersonal. In particular, we are interested in works that bring people together for dialogue and connection. In the context of Covid-19, this is unlikely to be about physical gathering, but may include other types of exchange and the nurturing of new connectivities.

While the residency may be used to deepen or expand on a project that extends beyond the residency period, we are looking for the development of discrete activities, outcomes and reflections that respond to this vision.

What the Residency Entails

Your residency with us brings you into connection with a leading social science research Institute and our interdisciplinary partners, collaborators and community that hail from sectors as diverse as academia, government, nonprofit, law, the arts, philanthropy, faith-based communities, science, policy advocates, community organizers and interested individuals. You will work in close collaboration with the Institute’s Arts and Cultural Strategy Coordinator to develop a work plan, budget and process for documenting your time. The artist(s) may work remotely for the bulk of the residency period. The program does not provide living space or studio space.

To view the incredible work of our first AIR, Christine Wong Yap, please see her project page here, created for the project. Christine also provided a helpful review of her inaugural residency. Our second resident, the collective Complex Movements, has spent the year deepening their investigation into Tower & Dungeon, the out-of-print work of Detroit scholar/activist Aneb Kgositsile. Through internal and curated conversations with an intergenerational group of artists and organizers, Complex Movements is using the work as a guide into a constellation of creative strategies at the intersection of the prison industrial complex, city planning, and the climate crisis. A conversation on cultural strategy with Complex Movements and our Arts and Cultural Strategy Coordinator will be published this fall.

Through the residency, the artist will have:

  • A platform for sharing completed work through our diverse network 
  • Amplification of the work through our online presence and publications 
  • Support from the Arts & Cultural Strategy coordinator Evan Bissell throughout the process
  • A $15,000 honorarium 
  • Limited materials and travel budget is available based on project concept. 

How the Resident will be chosen

The Artist in Residence will be selected by a diverse panel that represents the Institute’s interdisciplinary approach. And... 

You meet all eligibility requirements:

  • Artists or artist collectives working independently of a 501c3 nonprofit are eligible. If you are working under a registered 501c3, you are not eligible to apply.
  • If you are a collective, you must submit one application. Multiple applications for collectives are not permitted. If you are a collective, you must designate a primary contact who will be responsible for managing the scheduling and communication of your collective.
  • The AIR does not have to reside in the United States.

Your application exceptionally demonstrates:

  • How you will illuminate practices and understandings of belonging that can shape systems and structures  
  • How dialogue and relationship are core components of the process
  • A process and practice of belonging
  • Results in compelling, high quality outcomes
  • Contains elements that can be completed within the timeframe of the residency and shared publicly

Please note in preparing your application: We use the above points as the rubric for assessing artist applications.

Application    

APPLICATIONS DUE AUG 20th, 11:59pm PST (Application Form)

  • A 500-word letter or 3:00 minute video of intent that describes your proposed activities during the residency. (To help guide your writing, please see the section above on how the panel will choose the artist)
  • A 500-word or 3:00 minute video artist statement that helps us get to know you and how the residency vision resonates with your work.
  • A CV, or multiple CVs if applying as a collective

Media Sample - Please choose from the following for your submission 

  • 10 images combined in one pdf with max 50 word descriptions per image
  • Up to three minutes of video or audio. 
    • Note: If this is part of a longer video/audio, please indicate the time-stamp. Panelists are not expected to review more than three minutes.
  • Up to five pages of prose or ten pages of poetry
    • Note: You may also combine images, video, audio and writing in the following forms or similar combination:
      • 5 images in one pdf and 90 seconds of video or audio
      • 5 images in one pdf and 5 pages of poetry
      • a similar combination of these

Please note, reviewers will not be expected to review more than 3 minutes on any audio/video submission

HOW DO I UPLOAD AUDIO OR VIDEO SAMPLES TO YOUTUBE OR VIMEO?
Check out the following video links explaining how to upload audio files OR videos to YouTube.
Check out the following video link explaining how to upload videos to Vimeo.

Timeline (subject to change)

July 21, 2020: Call for applications is released
August 20, 2020: Applications are due by 11:59pm (PST)
September 4, 2020: Short listed candidates will be notified and receive request for interview. All other applicants will be notified of decision.
Sept 7-Sept 11, 2020: Interviews with short-listed candidates
September 16, 2020: Chosen Resident notified
September 22, 2020: Public announcement of chosen Resident 
October 1, 2020: Residency period begins. Planning meeting with Arts and Cultural Strategy Coordinator.

The period of the residency will be October 1, 2020 - September 31, 2021.

For any questions about the Artist-in-Residence application process, contact evanbissell@berkeley.edu

The Artist-in-Residency program is made possible by the generous support of the Hewlett Foundation.


Artist in Residence 2019/20

The Othering & Belonging Institute has chosen Complex Movements to be our Artist in Residence for the 19/20 academic year. The Detroit-based artist collective was chosen out of over 150 applicants for its unique practice of using art and culture to hold together the fabric of communities in the face of systems of othering.

Five people standing in gridded dome: (L to R: ill Weaver/Invincible, Waajeed, L05/Carlos Garcia,_Sage Crump, Wesley Taylor). image credit: Doug Coombe

photo: Complex Movements (L to R: ill Weaver/Invincible, Waajeed, L05/Carlos Garcia,_Sage Crump, Wesley Taylor). image credit: Doug Coombe

Complex Movements supports transformation by exploring the connections of complex science and social justice movements through multimedia interactive performance work. As part of its residency, Complex Movements will seek to illuminate community-led spatial justice strategies that are rooted in belonging to equitable city development and prison abolition. The collective's work is inspired by the writings, philosophy, and experience of Detroit based activist Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015) as well as grassroots networks in Detroit. Tower and Dungeon is the current evolving body of work by Complex Movements about the intersections between real estate development and the prison industrial complex. Tower and Dungeon is based on the book of the same name by Detroit author and activist Dr. Gloria House aka Aneb Kgositsile.

In their residency, Complex Movements will leverage cultural work and creative expression to illuminate visionary, community led spatial justice strategies, which take the form of equitable city development and prison abolition rooted in belonging and inclusion. The collective’s methodology builds from deep listening, conversations, and study groups to the cultivation of collaborative, community expressions that integrate music, graphic design, video game elements, animation, film, and performance. The project will engage communities in Detroit and the larger Bay Area. 

While we were only able to offer one award this year, we want to express gratitude for the incredible quality and originality of the applicant field, which spanned an impressive array of media, practice and content.

Short-listed applicants for this year were:

Our dynamic review panel consisted of:

  • Kevin B. Chen has been involved in the Bay Area arts community for over two decades as a curator, visual artist, and educator. He currently serves as faculty at San Francisco State University’s School of Art and at Stanford University’s Department of Art and Art History, a member of Recology's Artist in Residence Program Advisory Board, and a Curatorial Committee member of Root Division. He recently served as co-chair for the City of Oakland's Public Art Advisory Committee and managed the de Young Museum’s Artist Residency Program and Public Programs. He was the Program Director of Visual Arts at Intersection for the Arts for over 15 years, where he curated over 70 exhibitions and hundreds of public programs. He has been a funding and residency panelist for Creative Capital Foundation, Multi-Arts Production Fund, Alliance of Artists Communities, Creative Work Fund, and the City of San Jose.

  • Lulu Matute (mah-too-té) is an activist-scholar grounded in Liberation Theology, Ancestral Curanderismo (healing work), and the making of social memory. She designs collaborative spaces, experiences, and multimedia art projects that deal with Central American diaspora, memory and migration, environmentalism, and freedom from incarceration. She works at Cal's Latinx Research Center where she produces academic events and art galleries. 

  • Christine Wong Yap is a project-based artist who investigates positive psychology and well-being. In 2018–2019, she was the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Othering & Belonging Institute. Born in California, she was a longtime resident of Oakland, CA before relocating to Queens, NY in 2010.

Applicants were assessed on the following questions:

  • 1. Does the project explore and expand on the relationship of belonging and the dynamic qualities of being human, grounded in an analysis of systems of exclusion and othering?
  • 2. Does the project have dialogue as a core component of the process?
  • 3. Does the project demonstrate a process that is inclusive and seeks transformative change?
  • 4. Does the project result in visually compelling, high quality outcomes?
 

2018/19 Artist in Residence

 

Certificates

Above: Certificate of Belonging: The Stud, nominated by Torreya Cummings & John Cartwright. One of 25 certificates installed in locations of belonging, as part of Artist-in-Residence 2018/19 Christine Wong Yap's  project.

 
 

About the Othering & Belonging Institute

The Othering & Belonging Institute is a vibrant network of researchers and community partners. The Institute is a national leader in translating, communicating, and facilitating research, policy, and strategic engagement to produce change and make a meaningful impact.

The work of the Institute is guided by a focus on “Othering and Belonging.” We seek to deter, prevent and remediate othering, while promoting, expanding and institutionalizing belonging as not only a core value, but as policy, best practice, and an opportunity to envision an inclusive and fair society.

The Othering and Belonging framework has allowed us to better articulate intersections that generate unique positions of marginality, domains in which othering occurs as well as the forces that generate inequality from public finance to immigration and incarceration.

The Othering & Belonging Institute's work promotes belonging by designing systems of structural inclusion and identifying fundamental structures, systems, and institutions that inhibit a genuine and inclusive sense of belonging. The Institute's diverse array of work and inquiry areas are uniquely aligned to create belonging and identify its barriers.

About the Artist in Residence

The annual Artist in Residence program furthers our work in Othering and Belonging and integrates with the Institute's focus on arts and culture as a primary way to advance our collective vision of inclusion. 

Belonging is deeply ontological—it speaks to who we are and who we can be. We recognize that stories, symbols, relationships, and rituals are central to a sense of belonging. They also motivate, frame, and ground the systems, political parties, laws, and actions that either advance belonging or enforce othering. 

We are looking for work from the Artist in Residence that seeks to advance and expand our concept of belonging at the nexus of being human and the systems and structures that operationalize structural inclusion. 

The residency supports artists to deepen their practice. The chosen artist’s project and process will illuminate and advance our understanding of belonging in new and complex ways. In particular, we are interested in works that explore practices of dialogue and engage a broad audience through process and/or outcomes. The Artist in Residence will be selected by a diverse group of public artists, advocates, and partners from the Othering & Belonging Institute and its network. While the residency may be combined with existing or ongoing projects, we do expect discrete activities and/or outcomes that are generated through the relationship to the Institute and the guiding frameworks of the residency.

We view the artist as a resident in the ideas, work, and relationships of the Institute, and in that sense the artist might work remotely for the bulk of the residency period. This program does not provide living space or studio space. Your time with us brings you into connection with a leading social science research Institute and our extremely diverse, interdisciplinary partners, collaborators and community that hail from sectors as diverse as academia, government, nonprofit, law, the arts, philanthropy, faith-based communities, science, policy advocates, community organizers and interested individuals. 

To view the incredible work of our first AIR, Christine Wong Yap, please see her project page here, created for the project. Christine also provided a helpful review of her inaugural residency.  

 

Background Information on Artist in Residence 

Eligibility requirements:

  • Artists or artist collectives working independently of a 501c3 nonprofit are eligible. If you are working under a registered 501c3, you are not eligible to apply.

  • If you are a collective, you must submit one application. Multiple applications for collectives are not permitted.

  • The AIR does not have to reside in the United States.

We are interested in projects that:

  • Explore and expand on the relationship of belonging and the dynamic qualities of being human, grounded in an analysis of systems of exclusion and othering

  • Have dialogue as a core component of the process

  • Demonstrate a process that is inclusive and seeks transformative change

  • Result in visually compelling, high quality outcomes

  • Contain elements that can be completed within the timeframe of the residency and shared publicly

Please note in preparing your application: We use the above points as the rubric for assessing artist applications.

What you can expect as the artist:

  • A platform for sharing completed work through our diverse network

  • Amplification of the work through our online presence and publications such as the Journal of Othering and Belonging, the Institute news magazine, and other methods of digital media

  • Support from the Institute’s Communications Director Rachelle Galloway-Popotas throughout the process

  • A $15,000 honorarium 

  • A modest budget for materials and travel reimbursement if travel is part of the AIR work

The application requires you to submit the following:            

  • A 500-word letter of intent that describes your proposed project (please see section on “We are interested in project that…”)

  • A 500-word artist statement

  • A link to a website that showcases your project or a relevant body of work (please indicate the specific links or images you would like us to focus on). If no URL is available, you may submit a PDF which contains no more than 10 images or samples. Please submit combined as one pdf, or up to three minutes of video that shows your body of work.

  • A CV, or multiple CVs if applying as a collective

Submit all application materials via the following portal: Artist in Residence 2020

Timeline

  • July 1, 2019: Call for applications

  • August 9, 2019: Applications are due by 11:59pm (PST)

  • August 28, 2019: Short-listed candidates will be notified and receive request for interview

  • Weeks of August 26 and September 2, 2019: Interviews with short-listed candidates

  • September 9, 2019: Chosen artist notified, residency period begins with planning meetings with the Othering & Belonging Institute 

  • September 10, 2019: Public announcement 
     

The period of the residency will be October 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020.

For any questions about the Artist in Residence application process, contact evanbissell@berkeley.edu.