The Africa Open Institute for Music, Research and Innovation (AOI), at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, is pleased to announce the CALL FOR APPLICATIONS, for two National and two International Sonic Residencies (funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), taking place in 2019/2020.
AOI SONIC RESIDENCY is an intensive and experimental, research residency programme. It offers freedom of creativity and an inter-disciplinary environment, in which musicians, theorists, artists, composers, writers, performers, producers, designers, dj’s, film-makers, broadcasters and critical thinkers, can develop ideas and work on sound-related projects according to their own agency, over a period of 4 weeks.
Artists-in-Residence are encouraged to incorporate into their Sonic Residency, conceptual frameworks which restitute African thought systems, explore Pan-African audio cultures, philosophies, aesthetics and languages. Sonic Residencies support art’s role in shifting how, and under what conditions knowledge is produced, communicated and archived, in societies reflecting African worlds.
AOI Sonic Residency is located within the sprawling urban city that triangulates the nodes of Cape Town city-center, Stellenbosch town and Muizenberg sea-side neigbourhood. Monetary provision will be made for travel, subsistence, and Residency research-production. Artists-in-Residence have the choice to be accommodated in either Stellenbosch or Cape Town, for the duration of their 4-week Residency. Sonic Residents will have access to a modest studio space and Stellenbosch University library facilities and research archives. Please note that Artists Fees are not given.
SONIC RESIDENCY PUBLIC ENGAGEMENTS
The Sonic Residency programme creates a space for public conversations and experimental events-interventions. Artists-in-Residence will be required to present a colloquium to the Stellenbosch University’ broader research community, in the first week of their Residency; and create a performative or dialogical public event, off-campus in the last week of their month-long Sonic Residency. Artists-in-Residence receive a research-production grant to realise their live public event, which can take the form of presentation, performance, publication, recording, installation, exhibition, intervention, conversation or provocation, to name a few modes of contemporary artistic practice.
SONIC RESIDENCY CRITERIA
AOI accepts submissions from emerging and mid-career creative professionals who are either formally trained in their respective discipline or self-taught. National Sonic Residencies are open to applicants who live in South Africa; International Sonic Residencies are open to applicants from other countries on the African continent, and who reside in Africa for minimally six months of the year.
PROPOSED DATES for SONIC RESIDENCY
- April/May 2019
- July/August 2019
- October/November 2019
- February/March 2020
Value of National Sonic Residency: ZAR 36,000
Value of International Sonic Residency: ZAR 46,000