Container Artist Residency and ZIM Integrated Shipping Services are pleased to launch CONTAINER ARTIST RESIDENCY 01, the inaugural edition of a unique artist-in-residence program onboard commercial cargo ships. The residency invites visual artists from around the world to produce artworks while voyaging into the heart of international commerce. Kicking off with an open call for artists in October 2015 and the hosting of artist residencies at sea in early 2016, the project culminates in seven international exhibitions from June–December 2016. Working at the dynamic intersection of industry and culture, CONTAINER ARTIST RESIDENCY 01 seeks to forge new connections between individual practices and vast global networks.
Artists can apply by responding to a call for proposals from October 7 until November 9, 2015. Seven winning artists will be selected by a jury that includes Prem Krishnamurthy (curator, Container Artist Residency 01), Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy (Curator, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros), Niels Van Tomme (Curator, Bucharest Biennale 2016), Xiaoyu Weng (Associate Curator, Guggenheim Museum), and Maayan Strauss (artist and founder of Container Artist Residency).
The selected artists are offered accommodations and studio space on board ZIM’s container ships for up to three weeks. Hosted as a resident alongside the operating crew, each artist works and stays in a modest private cabin. Given that Internet access on the ships is extremely limited, the residency presents an opportunity for solitary thinking and working while traveling internationally.
Each resident artist will receive a $1,000 honorarium, return travel allowance, and a stipend of up to $5,000 for equipment, materials, and production. The artists are expected to explore their practice within this exceptional environment, with the aim of producing artworks that will be shown in a traveling exhibition. The exhibition will open in June 2016 in Tel Aviv, Israel, and will subsequently be presented in six additional cities around the world.
The online application is open until November 9, 2015, and welcomes international candidates working across all media within the visual arts, such as sculpture, painting, installation, performance, photography, video, and digital art. The residency is open to all visual artists, regardless of experience.
Container Artist Residency identifies the shipping industry as a driving cultural and economic force in the contemporary world and encourages artists to rethink their practice from this unique perspective. By rendering existing infrastructures as new environments for artistic production, ZIM and Container Artist Residency hope to provide artists with a different outlook and a meaningful opportunity for professional and artistic development.