Contemporary Artist Residencies
Reclaiming Time and Space
Edited by Taru Elfving, Irmeli Kokko, Pascal Gielen

Livia Alexander, Nathalie Anglès, Helmut Batista, Taru Elfving, Pascal Gielen, Francisco Guevara, Maria Hirvi-Ijäs, Jean-Baptiste Joly, Patricia Jozef, Irmeli Kokko, Donna Lynas, Antti Majava, Vytautas Michelkevičius, Marita Muukkonen, Nina Möntmann, Jenni Nurmenniemi, Bojana Panevska, Florian Schneider, Ivor Stodolsky, Alan Quireyns


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Artist residencies provide space, time, and concentration for making art, doing research and for reflection. Residencies are crucial nodes in international circulation and career development, but also invaluable infrastructures for critical thinking and artistic experimentation, cross-cultural collaboration, interdisciplinary knowledge production, and site-specific research. This book examines the present and potential function of residencies for artists, the art world and society

Contemporary Art, Theory / History / Criticism
The globalization process and the demands of the creative economy have had an impact on artist residencies. How do social, ecological and geopolitical changes affect the artist residency? Ecological and geopolitical urgencies are now also affecting them more and more. In response, many residencies today actively search for more sustainable alternatives than the current neoliberal condition allows for artistic practice. With a range of critical insights from the field of residencies, this book asks what the present role of artist residencies is in relation to artists and the art ecosystem amid transformations in society.

Taru Elfving is Helsinki-based curator and researcher with a practice focused on site-sensitive investigations at the intersections of ecological and feminist thought.
Irmeli Kokko is a curator who has worked within the field of contemporary art locally and internationally, both in managerial and creative tasks since 1988.
Pascal Gielen is professor cultural sociology at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA).

272 pages
Paperback, 13.5x21 cm
Valiz, 1st edition 2019
ISBN 9789492095466