onAIRISIM - challenges and transitions

onairism conference

Join for the onAIRISIM - challenges and transitions conference online on 10 and 11 November 2021

10 November 2021 at 5pm Berlin time for 3h | 11 November 2021 at 6pm Berlin time for 2h.

Register here for the conference (E/ES) (until 08 November 2021)

Artists' residencies are an intrinsic part of the mobility infrastructure in the art and cultural field. They can also play an increasingly important role for artists' international careers and their exchange with local art scenes in different countries.

Today, ecological, political and economic crises around the world are widely questioning the mobility concepts of recent decades and are giving rise to a desire to render Artist in Residence (AIR) programs more sustainable. New concepts are being developed that enable the local population to participate, including digital formats that allow for both a greener approach and the mitigation of the inequality among artists worldwide with respect to accessing such programs.

With onAIRISM in 2021, IGBK is seeking out an exchange with AIR programs in selected regions of the Americas to discuss the visions of the program organizers and how they define their programs within the political and social environment on regional as well as on an international level. How can residencies offer alternative infrastructures and open up to facilitate artistic work in the midst of societal upheaval, transformation and ecological crises?

The conference will build up on the May 2021 workshop, which assembled AIR program organizers and artists from Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Cali, Calgary, Gatineau and Medellín, as well as partners from the 2020 IGBK project Art Space Connect, curators and independent art space organizers from Berlin, Budapest, Poznan and Tbilisi.

The conference will feature keynotes and numerous inputs and presentations by AIR program organizers from the Americas.

We will debate a.o. topics such as: Revaluation of spaces during and after the pandemic: What can residencies provide? | How AIR programs network – locally and globally | Residencies as political shelters

The event will be held via Zoom in English and Spanish. Simultaneous translation E/ES will be available.

View the conference program here.