Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative PCAI

Name of Residency: PCAI Residency

PCAI is excited to announce the launch of its Artist-in-Residence program focusing on the interaction between contemporary art and environmental consciousness. Believing that art is the best way to stimulate dialogue about sustainable thinking and the crucial matter of toxic waste PCAI invites artists from all over the world to reside for a week in Athens, get inspired and create a video work on the topic.

During the residency the selected artist will be able to perform research, draw inspiration from local waste management sites and facilities, interact with scientists involved in the waste handling process, meet other Athens-based visual artists, curators and environmental experts and exchange ideas and opinions.

The produced video work (max. duration 30´) will be presented in exhibitions in Athens and abroad the forthcoming year.

TIMELINE

Application deadline June 15, 2019

Shortlisted selection until November 15, 2019

Final selection announced on January 15, 2020

Residency duration 16-22 March, 2020

Work production 4 months upon completion of the residency

STIPEND

The selected applicant will receive the amount of 5.000 euros covering production costs. In addition to that, travel and accommodation expenses will be covered.

Residency Programme since: 2019
Description of Organisation:

PCAI is an awarded Athens based cultural organization, founded in 2014, that primarily aims at raising environmental awareness through its unique art program and collection inspired by the crucial issue of waste management. The transition to moving image in the last decades as a dominant expressive medium is the main reason for PCAI’s primary focus on video and film. PCAI was founded in 2014 by Mr. Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Executive Chairman of Polyeco Group, as a result of his genuine belief that art is the best tool to stimulate dialogue about critical environmental issues. Kika Kyriakakou, the Artistic Director of the PCAI Residency and the PCAI Collection and Exhibitions Manager, supervises all the arts and education related projects of the organization and undertakes its international expansion and promotion. PCAI implements its objectives though three areas of activity, its Collection, its Projects and its Support.

The Collection is based on special commissions mainly of moving image art. PCAI provides mid-career and emerging artists with the means and resources to create an artwork inspired by urgent environmental issues in their broader relation to current sociocultural, economic, philosophical concerns. Artists may draw inspiration from the waste management sites and facilities, the countries, the workforce and the people involved in the waste management process in a free and innovative way. They can investigate waste sources and itineraries; they can research the external factors and taboos that affect our perception of waste. PCAI’s Collection includes moving image projects by renowned Greek and international artists such as Wu Tsang (Guggenheim Hugo Boss Prize 2018 nominee, Sharjah Biennial), Eva Kotatkova (Metropolitan Museum 2018) and George Drivas (57th Venice Biennale). Eleven of these works were originally presented in the context of PCAI’s, Paratoxic Paradoxes exhibition at the Benaki Museum, Athens, in 2017.

The PCAI Projects are all the activities and events, i.e. special commissions, exhibitions, publications, educational programs and workshops, organized by PCAI around its growing commissioned based Collection. Additionally, the PCAI Support refers to the organization’s engagement with other initiatives and individuals that share the same vision and concerns. Up to now PCAI has supported, collaborated or been connected with various international festivals and institutions including the Berlinale International Film Festival, the Climate Change Conference in Athens, the European Independent Film Festival Paris, the Festival du Nouveau Cinema of Montreal, the Institut Français de Grèce, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival, the Kunsthalle zu Kiel, the Mu.ZEE Ostend, the Greek National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), the Panorama of Ecological Films, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Triple COPs Geneva Conference.

In 2018 PCAI became a member of the International Association of Corporate Collections of Contemporary Art IACCCA and it was awarded in the Corporate Art Awards 2018 in the European Parliament in Brussels.
In early 2019 PCAI was excited to announce the launch of its Artist-in-Residence program focusing on the interaction between contemporary art and environmental consciousness. Believing that art is the best way to raise dialogue about sustainable thinking and the crucial matter of toxic waste PCAI invites artists from all over the world to reside for a week in Athens, get inspired and create a video work on the topic. During the residency the selected artist will be able to perform research, draw inspiration from local waste management sites and facilities, interact with scientists involved in the waste handling process, meet other Athens-based visual artists, curators and environmental experts and exchange ideas and opinions. The selection committee includes

Athanasios Polychronopoulos, PCAI Director and Founder

Kika Kyriakakou, PCAI Residency Artistic Director

Krist Gruijthuijsen, KW Institute for Contemporary Art KUNST-WERKE BERLIN Director

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director.

Organisation founded in: 2014
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Greek
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 1
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • New Media
  • Film-making
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Meals
  • Cleaning
  • Access to salvaged and natural materials
  • Office
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Yes, we intend to introduce resident artists to the Athenian art scene, to artists, curators, museum and cultural institutions directors as well as scientists and environmentalists working in the waste handling area.
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): 5.000 e
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Travel
    • Accommodation
    • Production costs
    • Food
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Eleftherios Venizelos, Athens
    Street & Number: 24 Dervenakion str.
    Postal Code: 185 45
    City: Piraeus, Attica
    24 Dervenakion str.
    Piraeus, Attica 185 45 GRC
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