MOMENTUM is a non-profit platform for time-based art, active worldwide since 2010, with headquarters in Berlin at the Kunstquartier Bethanien Art Center. MOMENTUM’s program is composed of local and international Exhibitions, Artist and Curator Residencies, Video Art in Public Space Initiatives, a Performance Archive, an Education Archive, and a growing Collection. Positioned as both a local and global platform, MOMENTUM serves as a bridge joining professional art communities, irrespective of institutional and national borders. MOMENTUM is dedicated to providing a platform for exceptional artists with a program focused on the growing diversity and relevance of time-based practices, continuously seeks innovative answers to the question ‘What is time-based art?’.
The MOMENTUM Residency is dedicated to artistic research into time and temporality in visual language. Open to artists working in a variety of media and practices, MOMENTUM AiR is a process-based residency designed to facilitate research as much as production of new work, while providing a framework for building professional networks and cooperations within Berlin’s thriving art community.
MOMENTUM AiR is designed to further the mission of MOMENTUM as a global platform for time-based art, focused on the growing diversity and relevance of time-based practices. Visual languages will continue to evolve in concert with the technologies which drive them, and it is the role of visual artists to push the limits of these languages. By enabling Research, Creation, Discussion, Exchange and Exhibition, MOMENTUM AiR provides a platform and a network in which artists and curators can develop their practice, further their knowledge, innovate and experiment, within a respected international professional framework.
MOMENTUM AiR hosts up to 3 artists or curators at a time for a suggested period of 3 months. Each Residency is individually programmed, and therefore the duration is flexible. With weekly supervision by the Residency Coordinator, and with the support of MOMENTUM’s curatorial team, artists/curators are given individual guidance and support with the research and development of their work. Drawing on MOMENTUM’s extensive network of contacts in both the visual arts and the broader cultural field, the Residency arranges studio and gallery visits, and other events in order to connect art professionals who mutually benefit from cooperation and exchange. The Residency culminates in a public event such as an Open Studio Exhibition, Artist Talk, Workshop, Performance, or Kunst Salon. The Residency is committed to documenting its activities, emphasizing the importance of process-based research, allowing AiR participants to showcase their work during development and to maintain a lasting legacy of their work on our online platform and Education Archive.
Situated in Berlin, the ‘City of Artists’, The MOMENTUM Residency is located in a beautiful residential apartment in the lovely neighborhood of Prenzlauerberg. Within walking distance of the gallery district, Mitte, and extremely convenient for public transport to the rest of the city, MOMENTUM AiR presents a wonderful opportunity to experience the ‘Art Capital of Europe’ in comfort and style. The apartment is fully furnished, has wireless internet, and houses a private art library. The 4 rooms plus two bathrooms and kitchen allow for 3 artists/curators/couples to occupy the Residency concurrently.
The Residency offers 3 options of accommodation: a large double room with en-suite bathroom, a large double room with shared bathroom, and a small single room with shared bathroom. All Residents share a living/dining room, kitchen, and balcony.
The Residency space may also be used for Kunst Salons and other events to introduce the AiR Residents to the Berlin art community. Furthermore, artists and curators undertaking the AiR program have access to the facilities and support of MOMENTUM and our partner institutions.
Positioned as both a local and global platform, MOMENTUM serves as a bridge joining professional art communities, irrespective of institutional and national borders. Working on a model of international partnerships and cooperations, MOMENTUM supports artists and artistic innovation, bringing to Berlin work by international artists that would not otherwise have been seen there, and ensuring an international audience for exceptional local artists. The key ideas driving MOMENTUM are: Cooperation, Exchange, Education, Innovation, and Inspiration.
MOMENTUM continuously seeks innovative answers to the question ‘What is time-based art?’. By enabling Exhibition, Discussion, Research, Creation, Collection, and Exchange, MOMENTUM is a platform which challenges the notion of time-based art in the context of both historical and technological development. Visual languages continue to evolve in concert with the technologies which drive them, and it is the role of visual artists to push the limits of these languages. As the world speeds up, and time itself seems to flow faster, MOMENTUM provides a program focused on the growing diversity and relevance of time- based practices, exploring how time-based art reflects the digitization of our societies and the resulting cultural change.
Having been founded by Rachel Rits-Volloch in Australia as a parallel event to the 17 Biennale of Sydney in May 2010, MOMENTUM moved to Berlin to a permanent space in the thriving Kunstquartier Bethanien Art Center in January 2011. Since its inception, MOMENTUM has presented nearly 100 Exhibitions worldwide, showing the work of over 500 artists, as well as over 60 Education Events filmed and archived on the website, in addition to an ongoing program of Artistic Research Residencies which has so far hosted 45 international artists, alongside a diversity of parallel programming. MOMENTUM is also proud to feature the works of 40 international artists in the MOMENTUM Collection, in addition to close to 50 works comprising MOMENTUM’s Performance Archive.
- Independent Association/Foundation
- Part of a Gallery/Museum
- Months: 1 – 3
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
- Printmaking facilities