Call for Applications: KHOJ International Residency Program Ed. III: Coriolis Effect

Khōj International Artists' Association, New Delhi, India, invites applications from artists and cultural practitioners for the third edition of an international residency, as part of the ongoing Coriolis Effect Project under the theme Migration, Memory and the Current Moment.

Call for Applications: International Residency Program Ed. III

18th September – 31st October, 2017*

Application Deadline: 15th July, 2017

To apply, please submit the following to applications@khojworkshop.org

  • Updated CV (No more than 2 pages)
  • Images / Links of recent and relevant works
  • Project Proposal / Statement of Interest (1 – 2 Pages)
  • Applications are open for Artists-in-residence and Critic/ Writer-in-residence

Khoj invites applications from artists and cultural practitioners for the third edition of an international residency, as part of the ongoing Coriolis Effect Project. This project seeks to activate the social, economic and cultural relationship and historical exchange which has existed across the Indian Ocean World. Coriolis Effect will not only use the present context of 21st century migrations, but equally refer to various moments of exchange through history; from the recent past of the Non-Aligned movements in the 20th century, to the cultural relationship shared exchanged by the various territories of the region from the 1st century AD onwards.

This project was grown out of a response to the negations and spaces of encounter visible in Khoj’s neighborhood of Khirkee Village; a dense urban- village environment in New Delhi that is home to a stream of immigrants from within the Indian Subcontinent, as well as from nations across the Global South. People move here seeking education, access to healthcare, opportunities for employment, political asylum or simply a new beginning. Arrival is often accompanied by tension and experiences of discrimination based on race and social difference. This moment is not exceptional to the experience of entering Khirkee as an outsider, but is indicative of a greater universal encounter.

Migration, Memory and the Current Moment

Over the past few years at Khoj, we have been deeply contemplating Migration – the voluntary or involuntarily movement of peoples from one place to another. Globally, we have borne witness to the forced displacement of thousands of people from their homelands, and locally we have first hand experienced the trauma of re-location. We are caught in a paradoxical moment in which we witness growing religious extremism and intolerance towards difference, while simultaneously experiencing an abandonment of traditional definitions of community and inherent culture. We are also extremely interested in the formation of memory – both individual and collective, the lived and the told. We invite artists to look back at the past and comprehend the present. What happens to your identity when you lose your place of belonging? What are memories of home and place that you carry with you? How does the collective memory inform a sense of belonging?

In light of these global phenomenons, the 2017 Coriolis Effect will focus on Migration, Memory and the current moment.

This application is open to practitioners from all fields including the visual and performing arts, music, literature, anthropology and the social sciences. Through this project, we are also interested in the topics of trade & labour flow, language & musicscapes, informal communities, asylums and voyages in the context of India and Africa.

For information on the 2015 and 2016 edition of Coriolis Effect, please click here

Residency Details

Selected applicants will receive a production budget, daily living allowance, studio space and accommodation at Khoj, as well as curatorial and administrative support to realize proposed projects. Khoj supports national and international travel for selected applicants where possible. International applicants are encouraged to seek support for travel where possible.

* Final residency dates are subject to change. Selected applications will be informed of the residency dates after the selection process has been completed.

About KHōJ

From its modest beginnings in 1997 as an annual workshop, Khoj has established itself as a not- for-profit, contemporary arts organisation based in Delhi which provides a financial, physical and intellectual space for artists through its various programs. It has built an international reputation as outstanding alternative arts incubation space. It plays a central role in the development of experimental, interdisciplinary, and critical contemporary art practice in India– constantly challenging the established thinking about art.

Through a variety of programmes including workshops, residencies, exhibitions, talks, and community art projects, Khoj has supported the experimentation of many leading Indian artists well before they went on to receive international acclaim. While catalysing a vibrant art-community in India, Khoj has also actively developed the South Asia Network for the Arts (SANA). Khoj has also hosted over 400 international artists from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Uganda, Kenya, Turkey, Pakistan, Japan, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Korea, UK, Germany, France, Mexico and the US.

With a focus on building such networks, developing alternative pedagogies, and learning through collaboration and exchange, Khoj programmes have created unconventional synapses between art and disciplines such as science, architecture and fashion. Khoj facilitates change by encouraging artists and audiences to engage with vital concerns such as ecology, sustainability and community participation. It is constantly expanding the understanding and development of cutting-edge contemporary art practice in India, thereby creating a legacy for the future.

Our Mission

Khoj aims to connect creative practitioners and catalyze interdisciplinary collaboration and experimentation to create new possibilities of art and art-making. It also seeks to build networks and informed audiences who engage critically with contemporary art in India. In its uncompromising commitment to support creative thinking by building an institutional infrastructure in India for making, exhibiting and researching contemporary art, Khoj is creating a unique legacy for the future.

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