The theme Supernatural Women opens up questions of culture, history, legend, politics, femininity and womanhood. Participants may decide to focus only on a tiny segment of the theme for their work. For example, they might focus on just one woman. Or, they might look at a group of supernatural women. They may opt not to focus on specific women, but on a female element of the supernatural that is widely known, or that could be invented by the artist.
The content of discussions during the residency will be determined by the work undertaken by participants. Some participants might plan to produce deeply conceptual work. For others the process will be more practical. Others will work on a mixture of both.
“(of a manifestation or event) attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature.””— Supernatural
The Igbo goddess Ala
The various manifestations of Eve
The women that make up the Hindu Trivedi
Mermaids and sirens
Mystics, clairvoyants and fortune tellers
A ‘supernatural beauty’
Supernatural women as a concept
The scope of gender
Some of the questions that may arise for those incorporating supernatural women into their art practice:
Where did the stories of these women originate?
Who created supernatural narratives for women, and what was their purpose in doing so?
How do supernatural women relate to real women, in the past, present and future?
What are supernatural women made from? What shape, material, texture, colour and scale do they have? How do they sound and smell?
“The residency was beyond expectations. Knowing that there was community and support throughout the week was amazing for encouragement and inspiration.”
(Anonymous feedback for Virtual Residency)
The timetable takes place between 11am and 7pm local to Barcelona (CET). Use the Timezone Converter to see times in your location.
- Welcome and introduction (1h on Sunday)
The six participants will introduce themselves, say where they are from, a little about their creative background and state their intention for the week, as well as how they intend to begin that day. Facilitator shares information about the program and the organisation
- Plan and Progress (30mins to 1h daily)
Report on progress from the previous day and state a plan for the current day.
- Presentations (45mins to 1h daily)
Participants will each give a ten-minute presentation followed by Q&A
- Debriefing (1h on Saturday)
Participants will be asked to share their thoughts surrounding the outcomes of the residency and future plans.
/ Prepare and deliver a ten-minute presentation of their work to fellow residents.
/ Commit to attending all meetings.
/ Allocate the majority of the working day outside the meetings to creative practice.
/ Actively take part in discussion of others work, seek ways to contribute ideas and offer support to fellow residents.
/ Be willing to listen to the ideas and support from fellow residents regarding their own work.
/ Contribute one ‘daily newsletter’ of inspirational content (text or visual) to be sent to residents (a template will be provided).
/ Abide by our community guidelines.
/ Be familiar with and able to use the apps Google Meet and Telegram. Attention to video calling set up is essential.
A virtual program allows those who cannot travel to take part. However, the residency is also a commitment, and shouldn’t be undertaken unless at least four-to-five hours per day can be set aside to attend meetings and move creative work forward.
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