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Water Weighs. Tracing underwater memory, the sea’s life and its corporality

Residency + exhibition about Underwater Culture

MAREBOX project (614735-CREA-1-2019-1-EL-CROSS-SECT-INNOVLAB) co-funded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Commission (Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency) is pleased to announce the call for artists and interdisciplinary teams Water Weighs. “Tracing underwater memory, the sea’s life and its corporality”.

Developing cultural, artistic, innovative and audience-centered experiences on the topic of underwater culture, through the bridging of culture and audiovisual content, is the key objective of MAREBOX Project.

Various artistic practices and innovative digital experiences will form an audience centered exhibition that will be displayed in spaces around Europe, with an aim to enable the protection and promotion of European Underwater Cultural Heritage and to raise awareness on the current challenges of the sea.

This call is open for multidisciplinary teams or individuals whose work and research is concerned with the possibility of exploring the memory of the sea and the flux of its layered and complex underwater life, and in engaging with listening to echoes from the sea. The artists are expected to provide creative ideas that can be worked through a multi-disciplinary Residency Programme for the creation of artwork. Artwork created by the applicants will be displayed in exhibition spaces in Greece, Italy and Germany. The final exhibition will be curated by SAVVY Contemporary (project partner).

Core Theme: the Sea is History, as Derek Walcott teaches us with his condensed poetry. Sea is limitless. Sea is a Map. Sea routes re-memory the timeless bridges that link the past with the present and the future.

Creative project proposals from artists and professionals as collaborative teams of all backgrounds involved in arts, science, cultural and technology fields, are welcome. This is a creative cooperation among artists, archaeologists, biologists, 3D and VR specialists, video makers, visual designers, scientists, historians, activists, coders, policymakers etc. All participants must be EU residents or come from any of the associated countries (list of associated countries). Fluency in English is also necessary.

The selected teams (preferably of 3 people each) or persons will be invited for a two-week-long residency in Calabria. The residency will encourage critical moments of discussion and exchange during the first 3 days. Scholars, writers and professionals of various disciplines will take part.
During the residency programme, several workshops will take place along with artwork creation, tutoring and supporting the teams.

The residency programme will take place around the end of May 2021. Travelling costs to the residency, accommodation and food are covered by the project (any other costs for personal expenses are not covered). The residency programme will cover the artist’s production costs (fully or partially) and will provide a living/working space. In addition to the above, all the artists will receive the needed help, in terms of materials and professional staff for the creation of the projects.

The designed Exhibition will display digital technologies and replicas of artefacts jointly used to communicate the relationship between the European cultures and the Mediterranean Sea. The Exhibition will be hosted in 3 exhibition spaces in Europe for a month and it will be curated by SAVVY Contemporary (project partner).
Cosenza, Italy
Alonissos, Greece.
Berlin, Germany
The exhibition can be potentially transferred within various locations around Europe after the project.

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