Watermill Center Announces 2018 Artists-in-Residence
Anne Carson, Masako Miki and Barthélémy Toguo
The Watermill Center, the interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities located in Water Mill, has announced that ANTIMÉTODO (Chile), Ville Andersson (Finland), Jarrod Beck (US), Tania Bruguera (Cuba), Anne Carson (Canada), Jayoung Chung (South Korea), El Colegio del Cuerpo (Colombia), Lauren DiGiulio (US), Saskia Friedrich(Germany), groupe Karol Karol (France), Molly Joyce (US), Masako Miki (Japan), Iva Radivojevic(Serbia), Hugh Ryan (US), Bastienne Schmidt (Germany), John Stintzi (Canada), Tercer Abstracto (Chile), Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroon), Boris Willis (US) and Joe Zorrilla (US) have been selected as the Center’s Artists-in-Residence for January – December 2018. Each artist will spend two to six weeks at Watermill to create works that critically investigate, challenge, and extend the existing norms of artistic practice.
“We are excited that the 2018 Artist Residency Program has expanded to include more writers, researchers and visual artists than ever before” notes Elka Rifkin, Director of The Watermill Center. “This dynamic mix allows artists working across disciplines to develop their individual practice and share ideas with an eclectic community while gathered in a common space. We have also expanded our Educational Programming to provide more interactions between our Artists-in-Residence and the local community, including more workshops for children and professional development opportunities for East End teachers and educators.”
The Watermill Center’s Residency Program provides artists with the opportunity to utilize the Center’s art collection, library, archives, and grounds, as a home and workshop to create and develop their own work. Resident artists are chosen by a distinguished, international selection committee composed of artist peers, journalists, academics, and other cultural leaders from all disciplines.
“The gift of a residency at The Watermill Center is an invaluable treasure,” says returning Artist-in-Residence, Alvaro Restrepo of El Colegio del Cuerpo. “Inhabiting Bob Wilson’s physical, mental and spiritual environment is a lesson in the quest for artistic and human excellence.”
2018 marks the first year that Artists-in-Residence will have access to the Center’s new onsite digital research tool, The Library of Inspiration, launched in November 2017. The library allows artists and researchers to explore Watermill’s collection of art and artifacts; documentation of new works created on site; the archives of it’s Founder and Artistic Director Robert Wilson; and the supporting collection of books.
Sharing access to The Watermill Center’s dynamic resources, recipients of the Inga Maren Otto Fellowship are provided a stipend, travel expenses, and financial support to present a public exhibition of the work created during the residency. Masako Miki will be the first fellow to take up residency at The Watermill Center in February 2018, followed by Tania Bruguera and Anne Carson in March 2018, and Barthélémy Toguo in June 2018 . The Inga Maren Otto Fellow exhibitions are curated by Noah Khoshbin and Daneyal Mahmood.
The Residency Program will begin on January 8th, 2018 with Iva Radivojevic and Borris Willis. Radivojevic is a Serbian video artist based in Brooklyn. While at The Watermill Center, she will develop Aleph, a video journey through a labyrinth of ten different countries and characters using magical realism to steer the viewer through collected stories. Willis is an American artist merging performance and technology, crafting interactive multimedia works that draw from his theatre and dance background.
The Watermill Center’s Artist Residency and International Summer Programs are made possible through awards from American Chai Trust, the Cowles Charitable Trust, the Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, the Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation, Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art, JAF Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, The LLWW Foundation, mediaThe Foundation Inc., The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Nightingale Code Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation,May & Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, The Royal Danish Consulate General, The Mortimer D. Sackler Family Foundation, The Shack Sackler Foundation, The Suffolk County Office of Economic Development, The Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Leila & Mickey Straus Family Charitable Fund, the Town of Southampton,Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust.
THE WATERMILL CENTER’S ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM
The Watermill Center Residency Program began in 2006, when The Center officially opened as a year-round facility. Over the course of the program, up to twenty collectives or individual artists take up residence at The Watermill Center to create new works. During each residency, artists present their work to the public as part of In Process @ The Watermill Center. Past residents have presented work that was created and developed at The Watermill Center, at festivals and venues including the New Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kitchen, Roulette, PS122, American Realness, Clocktower Gallery, Performa, Vienna’s Donaufestival, Kampnagel in Hamburg, CPR – Center for Performance Research, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center, among others. To date, The Watermill Center has hosted over 640 residents.
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