ATTENTION>> Awaken, Aware, Perceive the Shift NOW. Call for Visual Poetry by Photographer, Filmmaker, Graphic Designer // FREE Accommodation offered to artist(s) in Costa Rica in 2020
We offer *free housing to an artist(s) in Photography, Film or Graphic Design to help us transform perception and increase participation in preventing ecological disaster. Artists are invited to rally their medium to dramatically influence perception about the dire crisis falling upon natural landscapes—even in so called protected areas. Right now, there are critical ‘teaching moments’. Rather than mundane, banal, didactic outreach, we are looking for artists who are ready and willing to use their talents to shift perception. In our region of Central America, there are many incongruent practices. On one hand, there is the desire to protect natural landscape from toxic behaviors, and on the other hand there is the need to ‘survive’ (income). Hence, the battleground becomes the life force, the natural landscape, which is increasingly and grossly stressed from unruly ecotourism and agro-industry.
Many areas in Central America are forced to grow exotic foods for the world at a severe cost: desertification, denuding river riparian, toxic runoff to water systems, overpopulation, excessive canine/feline domestic animals, etc. Rather than finger-waggy imagery and try to force farmers and tourists to change, we are looking at ways to ‘invite’ them to ‘do the right thing’. We are looking for art that shocks, exposes and exemplifies the beauty to protect. Art that reveals ways to adjust formats of travel and ways of farming. Ecotourism has good intentions, yet is leaving the very places toxic with water consumption (more dams), lack of participation (such as reforestation or river/beach cleanup) and leaving places loved-to-death. Farmers stressed to grow foods at lower price yields sidestep care for the ecological systems.
We are looking for artists to design and implement a visual campaign, using temporary billboard type structures (think artist works by Banksy) that visually motivate viewers to reconsider their practices.
Changing the psychology of the situation is complex yet approachable if done so in an empathic and dynamic form. Privilege and entitlement go unmentioned or unthought-of with tourists, that simple things like taking hot showers everyday, buying excessive plastic or items using palm oil, or motorboats chasing whales, or trekking through jungles to get a photo of a jaguar… take an extreme toll on natural habitats. Electricity for hotels comes from somewhere—even materials to make solar panels come from somewhere. So where are we going with the incessant rhythm to consume at unprecedented rates and world population exploding to over 9 billion people?
Travel is a privilege. Offsetting carbon footprint is transmuted when the traveler takes at least one day to reforest or help on a farm. Exotic foods such as chocolate, cinnamon, coconut oil, palm oil, sweetened vitamin drinks (pineapple juice), coffee are grown to accommodate low prices and burden the farmers with cutting corners to have enough cash to live on.
Like the video projects placed on prominent world landmarks to illumine the dire situation of mass extinction, we are ready to illumine visual poetry * that quickens perceptual change and invokes behaviors that care for sensitive habitats.
The detrimental fallout from capitalism, and confrontational psychological viewpoints are ready for a reawakening to greater sensibility about travel and food consumption.
Our Center is wildly unique; it combines ecology, community, mutual cooperation and the arts at a fantastic location within remarkable facilities. We aim to change the relationship of the arts (moving beyond art as strictly commodity or objectification) towards a way to balance the dire situation on the planet, by providing promising interaction between communities and artists that benefit and heal the natural ecosphere.
We provide rustic, comfortable, imaginative habitats for artists to create and imagine easily with the muse. Lodging is located in a hilly environment with access to group kitchen. We have 5-shared bathrooms. From private/shared cabins to lofts, or dorm rooms, we have a place that is right for all types of artists. Housing is shared only on agreement and is private unless otherwise stated.
The cabins are suitable for live/work space, and we have separate workshops available for construction/clay/wood working, etc. Dance, theatre can be held in the common building, our dance tower, outdoor amphitheater, or our elevated tree platform. Film/Photography is possible anywhere. Writing can be facilitated in a number of spaces that include our screened in Kiosk (also for photography).
Fees and Support
Awarded artist will receive a cabin free-of-charge for the duration of the agreed stay from 2 weeks to 3 months (up to $3000 value). ***Artists will be responsible for materials, travel and food.
***note: Artists may also work on personal, individual projects during their stay as long as aspects of the proposal are incorporated or completed.
We invite artists who are willing to devote time to the escalating sensitivity to tricky perceptions that surround food production and ecotourism. Together with an artist(s) we will look at ways to place visual poetry that astonishes, amazes and invigorates everyone to take a second look at their behaviors. Rather than saying “eat only this way” or “don’t travel that way”, we are looking for images that quicken compassion and empathy and thus shift behaviors into common sense and participation.
Artists are encouraged to make suggestions about format and presentation of visual poetry works in a scale or presentation that grasps people’s attention quickly and deeply. We are not looking for *gory imagery that furthers apathy or depression.
Imagery can be recyclable or reused or even transported to other areas of the globe as the artist’s desire. We will do our best to work with the artist on location, setup, etc. Please include your ideas/samples in the proposal.
The situation is dire, and we aim to move the phrase ‘little-by-little’ to ‘YES< NOW”.
Send resume, references, and time-frame/season of residency requirements from 2 weeks to 3 months. Jaguar777luna@gmail.com re: Queer Jaguar
Please send proposals by December 31, 2019 for residency from January 2020 through April 2020.