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Posted 4 March 2016

2016 CIAP residency programme recipients – Sabrina Chou, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, and Riccardo Giacconi

2016 CIAP residency programme recipients – Sabrina Chou, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, and Riccardo Giacconi

We are pleased to announce that Sabrina ChouCiarán Ó Dochartaigh, and Riccardo Giacconi, are the three recipients of our 2016 international residency programme, delivered in partnership with CIAP (International Centre for Art & Landscape) and Treignac Projet, and supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and British Council Northern Ireland.

The residency programme takes place at the castle on Vassivière Island, France, from 20th June to 30th October 2016. Recipients will be supported with a budget that includes a living allowance, travel, and production costs, as well as use of live/work facilities at the dedicated residency space, recently renovated by architects Berger&Berger and BuildingBuilding.

The recipients were selected from an open call.  They will respond to architect Rem Koolhaas’s assertion that the ‘countryside is now the frontline of transformation … more volatile than the most accelerated city.’ Referring to the countryside as a ‘toxic mix of genetic experiment, science, industrial nostalgia, seasonal immigration, territorial buying sprees, massive subsidies, incidental inhabitation, tax incentives, investment, political turmoil’, Koolhaas contradicts the notion of the countryside as a space that is both inactive and immune from the forces of global capitalism and technocracy. This thematic approach has particular relevance to the immediate vicinity of Vassiviere, an artificial island that is simultaneously a hydro-electric power reservoir, a holiday resort, an art centre, sculpture park, and a ‘managed’ woodland consigned for foreign export. The wider region of the Limousin meanwhile represents one of the lowest population density regions of France.

The residency hopes to provide a unique opportunity to respond and develop these ideas within the terms of individual creative practice. The programme will also be supported through occasional group events organised between CCA, CIAP, and Treignac Projet, an artist run project space in the Limousin. The residencies emphasise a discursive and process-based approach with no fixed outcomes, yet there will be the opportunities to present aspects of the residency at CCA Derry~Londonderry in late 2016, in form of exhibition, talk, or research presentation.