The east side of Stavanger, Norway is expanding rapidly, incorporating culture, business and residents. The city’s habits and patterns are changing at a speedy rate but what kind of changes does this imply? Looking at the route that starts at Nytorget, Pedersgata ending up at Tou Scene, this project invites artists, citizens, city planners and local businesses to comment the route, a 15-minute walk. We hope these comments will highlight the route as an extraordinary experience/walk in itself and question and explore this specific environment.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Creative people from all artistic fields are invited to propose work inspired by sites on this route. The selected artists will be offered a 10 days research period developing work in Stavanger followed by a 5- day showing/event and 2 days of aftermath. The artists will be sharing their process and working methods during the workshops and participate in worktasks, lectures and a seminar as a shared process. Each artist selects a site that will be negotiated with the curators and the local residents. Private homes, shop windows, the public restrooms of the old square, a street corner and a bush can all become hosts for artistic triggers and the work be everything from alternative road signs, ephemeral shops/temporary cafés, people as places/sites, walk in cinema etc. Work can result in installations, interactions, sound pieces and live work, the sky is the limit and we hope to get surprised, shocked or amazed by your suggestions!
1. A 10-day workshop/research 14th – 23rd of March
2. 5 days of showing 4th – 8th of June
3. 2 day seminar/aftermath 29th – 30th of August
Artist fees: travel and accommodation will be covered. You will also receive payment for workshop, showing and seminar which is Euro 150 (NOK 1200) per day.
Anne-Marte Eidseth Rygh: Performance artist and curator of an annual Performance Day in Stavanger, Norway. Project manager of an artist residence and lecturer of art theory. http://www.annemarte.wordpress.com
Johanna Tuukkanen: Founder and artistic director of the ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival, Kuopio, Finland. An international festival focusing on site-specific work made for public spaces. She is also a practicing artist working in the fields of performance, live art and contemporary dance. http://www.tuukkanen.net
Tou Works is a series of new-art-productions at Tou Scene, Center for Contemporary Arts, Stavanger, Norway. The project is supported and in collaboration with Stavanger2008 European Capital of Culture.
Artistic board: Nils Henrik Asheim, Anne-Marte Eidseth Rygh, Kenneth Varpe and Hege Tapio.