>> Money, Madness, and Consumption! Guerilla Art-taking it to the streets: Call for all discipline artists to generate material to shift perception on the madness of consumption with portable, mobile art. 50-100% scholarship offered towards accommodations in Costa Rica.
We offer *50-100% discount for housing to artist(s) willing to help transform perception and increase participation in rejuvenating natural areas surrounding farms and prevent ecological disaster. All disciplines are welcome to apply. Artists are invited to rally their medium in order to dramatically influence perception about the dire crisis falling upon natural landscapes—even in so-called protected areas. Rather than focusing on ‘gallery-esque, commodity art’, the focus is to take art to the PEOPLE and lift them into the great shift with whimsy and wonder.
Guerilla art is when an artist imagines their works in unique places at unique times outside of typical gallery, venue, theatre spaces. Organizing rocks, shells, or driftwood on the beach in front of 5-star hotels that spell out “Whales stomachs are full of plastic”, or taking masks to a town’s plaza and doing spontaneous theatre that playfully reveal how we hide under the disguise of privilege, entitlement, fear and conformity.
It has been said, “artists are the journalists of our times”, speaking truth to power to motivate direct action and change. Even in eco-protected areas, such as Costa Rica, the mass consumption continues without a thought to the affects of planned obsolescence, entitlement tourism (visitors arrive yet – do nothing thinking they can ‘buy’ the problems away through ziplining through a rainforest’), We are in dire times. How do artists take the magic of their imagination to people who cannot step into a museum, gallery or theatre, nor have the time or willingness?
As we move into new economic strategies for the future, how can purchasing things become an act of greater responsibility and help the restoration of vitality on the planet. Is it impossible opposition, to consume and not destroy the planet?
We have learned art from nature and used her materials to create designs, instruments, costumes, paints, etc… we present an opportunity for you, the intelligent, compassionate artist to devote some of your time to produce materials that poise gratitude and resolution for the things we use to generate beauty, study and money.
Our area is severely deforested in many areas from palm oil production, pineapple (mono-crop) and cattle grazing. The images from Google maps are startling. Unfortunately the views of denuded lands are not uncommon around the planet. Many protected national parks are isolated and need important buffer zones to assure wildlife vitality. Agri-foods and overpopulation are out of balance with reforestation efforts. Furthermore, while reforestation is excellent, it does NOT host the biodiversity of intact woodland and forests. That takes years to energize naturally.
If you are a concerned artist and wish to present us a project that you feel will shift perception and even help protect and generate interest in shifting how humans consume, we invite you to our amazing creative laboratory in the could forest.
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 are actively involved in a reforestation and river habitat restoration program to increase buffer zones for wildlife in rural areas. When artists arrive and participate they are simultaneously ‘doing the right thing’.
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).
We have 2+ theatre spaces. Our outdoor amphitheater has its own dressing area, with a giant jaguar head that actors can utilize. We have an indoor theatre with a trap door, which can be used for actors to enter stage from below. We also have plenty of outdoor areas such as our bamboo tree platform and our hummingbird tower actors can engage to prepare works. The grounds around the Center can also be used for ‘roving theatre’ type projects.
Fees and Support
Awarded artist(s) will receive an accommodation at reduced rate of 50-100% for the duration of the agreed stay from 2 weeks to 3 months (up to $4500 value). ***Artists will be responsible for materials, travel and food and reservation fee of $175 (deducted from cost for long term stays over 1 month).
We invite artists who are willing to devote time to the escalating sensitivity to tricky perceptions that surround consumption, money and economy.
Artists are encouraged to make suggestions about format and presentation of how their works will grasp people’s attention quickly and deeply. We are not looking for *gory imagery that furthers apathy or depression.
At the end of the residency, artists will present a version of the work they constructed during their stay at our Center and other locales. The project will be recorded and used to promote shifting consumption in Costa Rica and the world.
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 for residency from January 2020 through April 2020 and July/August 2020.