RESIDENCY: LUMINOUS BODIES – Canada

RESIDENCY: LUMINOUS BODIES
Deadline date: March 31, 2016;

City: Toronto, Canada; Source: Teresa Ascencao

International Call: Programmed Art Residency
Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island, Canada
Facilitator, Teresa Ascencao

Program Dates:  July 4–18, 2016
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2016

Cost including taxes: $790 for shared accommodation or $1075 for private bedroom (package includes accommodation, large shared studio, workshop facilitation, and an exhibition)

Luminous Bodies is a two-week residency to create artworks that shed new light on the human body. Its objective is to challenge “normativity” and Otherness. Its goal is to reinvent and re-present the body in most inclusive and diverse ways. Visual and textual references, guest artist talks, gallery tours, and studio visits by members of the local art community, help uncover how our bodies are culturally and aesthetically constructed, displayed and controlled. Cinema, artworks, philosophy, theology, transpersonal psychology, post-colonialism and social movements may be explored for ideas in transgressing these forces. Residents work individually or collaboratively to create artworks that reinvent the body through media of their choice, such as photography, video, installation, drawing, painting, performance art, new media etc. Critiques of residents’ work in progress occur on a regular basis. There will be a closing exhibition of artworks created during the residency (if preferred, artists may show in open studio fashion). The essence of Luminous Bodies is about bringing to light heterogeneous bodies. It welcomes people in all walks of life and genders into a creative journey of critical innovation and self-discovery.

AGP (Artscape Gibraltar Point) is an artist retreat nestled against the magnificent natural backdrop of Toronto Island. It offers a distraction-free environment to focus on art creation, and a rich potential for the creation of corporeal artworks amongst its blue-flag beaches (one of them being clothing optional) and natural surroundings of Lake Ontario, forests and gardens filled with flowers, fruit and vegetables. On the island, there are tiny quaint homes, a historic lighthouse, a hobby farm and antique carnival grounds. Cozy up in a furnished studio and bedroom, and enjoy amenities such as a fully equipped common kitchen, shared bathrooms, laundry facilities and wireless Internet. AGP is a barrier free and inclusive environment. The Toronto city core is just a 15-minute ferry ride away.

Teresa Ascencao is a multimedia artist whose work toys with social forces that shape gender, seduction, consumption, and class. She was born to Azorean parents in Sao Paulo, Brazil and immigrated to Canada at a young age. Ascencao holds a Graphic Design Diploma from Humber College and graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto’s Honours Fine Art Studio program. She holds an MFA specializing in Media Art and Sex-Positive Feminism from OCAD University. Ascencao’s work has been exhibited widely in Canada and internationally. She lives and works in Toronto and teaches at OCADU.

Luminous Bodies is limited to 22 residents. Skills guidance is available in photography, video editing and installation. Prices include sleeping quarters, large shared studio, facilitation and exhibition. Arrivals are on July 4 from 1pm to 3pm, and departures on July 18 before 11am.

For more information visit: www.LuminousBodies.com

To apply, fill out the online form and include your website and indicate you are applying to Luminous Bodies. Questions? Cntact Teresa Ascencao at info@LuminousBodies.com

Online form: www.artscape.wufoo.eu/forms/online-application-for-artscape-gibraltar-point/

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