Studio 14: rezidenční pobyt na téma Co se stalo s Bohem?
Centrum současného umění Halle14 vyhlašuje první ročník mezinárodního stipendijního programu Studio 14, v němž budou udělena dvě umělecká stipendia v oblasti současného umění. Stipendijní program umožní umělcům a umělkyním, aby strávili 3 měsíce (od června do září 2011) v ateliéru světoznámé lipské Baumwollspinnerei a to prací na tématu Co se stalo s Bohem? Stipendisté/stky obdrží měsíční stipendium ve výši 1000 Euro a jednorázový příplatek na materiál 500 Euro, cestovné 600 Euro, prostor ateliéru a byt. Stipendium zahrnuje také účast na 14ti denním výměnném workshopu, který Halle 14 organizuje ve spolupráci s Wiels Centre for Contemporary Art Brussels a Maumaus School for Visual Art Lisbon. Uzávěrka pro předkládání přihlášek je 20. května 2011.
Studio14: What happened to God? (2011)
Application Deadline: May 20, 2011
Ende der Bewerbungsfrist: 20. Mai 2011
International Fellowship Programme of HALLE 14
In 2011, with the start of the International Fellowship Programme Studio14, the centre for contemporary art HALLE 14 will for the first time award two residency fellowships to artists. The programme invites artists from around the world to work for three months (June 30 - September 30, 2011) in a studio at the world-famous Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei. The theme for the current programme is "What Happened to God?" An independent jury of art experts will meet on May 25, 2011 to select two fellowship recipients from the applications, which must arrive at HALLE 14 by May 20, 2011.
The fellowship recipients will receive a monthly stipend of 1,000 Euros and a one-time materials fee of 500 Euros, travel expenses up to 600 Euros, a studio space and a flat. In 2011, the fellowship also includes participation in a 14-day European Artist Exchange Workshop (August 15-28, 2011) that HALLE 14 has organised in cooperation with Wiels Centre for Contemporary Art Brussels (BE) and Maumaus School for Visual Art Lisbon (PT). The two fellowship holders from HALLE 14 will meet in Leipzig with two fellows from each partner institution to take part in a joint programme.
The work created during the fellowship may be exhibited in HALLE 14 during the September Gallery Tour of the Spinnerei (September 17-18, 2011).
THEME: WHAT HAPPENED TO GOD?
Whether we believe in a god or not, whether we identify ourselves as theists, atheists or even anti-theists, our world is profoundly influenced by concepts of god and the divine. The image of the divine, the absolute and the human pursuit to bring oneself in harmony with a "higher power," condensing these things into an image of a transcendent, benevolent creator, using these things to find protection, solace and happiness through collective worship, but also to maintain relationships of power, are as old as humanity itself. Why doesn‘t such a higher consciousness prevent or relieve suffering and misfortune in the world? This central, critical question that has occupied believer and non-believer alike since the beginning of religion finds its culmination (so far) in the formulation that it is God who allowed Auschwitz to happen.
The urgent issues of the 21st century – religious and ethnic conflict, terrorism, the struggle over natural resources (and the associated poverty and famine), globalisation and the lack of rational solutions to save the world – on the one hand, appear to correspond to a heightened religious awakening, to a growing commitment to other religious cultures, to a partially fanatical, radicalized adherence to faith and religiousness. On the other hand, renunciation of the church, lack of belief and misuse of belief are no rarity. People lose their faith, dedicate themselves to other forms of spirituality and search for new meaning in their lives that seems worth holding onto. It seems that the person without belief is not truly human.
Nevertheless religion becomes "the sigh of the oppressed creature," "the heart of a heartless world," "the soul of soulless conditions" and "the opium of the people" (Karl Marx), and one can reach a higher level of humanness through completely stripping away western Christianity with a "transvaluation of all values" (Friedrich Nietzsche), by criticizing it just as the culture of belief itself is contested by numerous scientists, historians, psychologists and ethnologists – those who in past decades rejected any form of religion, irrationalism, superstition and pseudo-science and lobbied instead for a world that is dominated by rationality and intellect in lieu of irrationality and religious hatred.
Those who count themselves among the faithful: what have they found? And those who look for something new: what do they aspire to? Does a shared vision of a utopic Paradise on Earth unite them? Do they share a common dilemma of the untraceableness of this place, while they search for their salvation in different vanishing points? What does God offer them? What has happened to God in a world in which the disillusioned abandon him, others know only to defend him with violence, and yet others turn away in anguish and horror, and consume, but still disregard, the images of religiously motivated violence that have become commonplace? To be an artist, to live out a commitment to art, does this not also mean to be a practicing believer, a monk, to operate with the goal of giving new meaning to one’s own life and those of others? Does art know the answer to the question: What Happened to God?