NXT – Making a Living from the Arts is a 3-year project co-funded by the EU Creative Europe programme (formerly known as NE©XT Accelerator), that started on 1 May 2015 and will continue until 30 April 2018.
ELIA – The European League of Institutes of the Arts is the project's main coordinator working in collaboration with 25 partners from 15 countries. Please review here the full list of partners here.
ELIA is the primary independent network organisation for higher arts education. With around 300 members in 47 countries, it represents some 300.000 students in all art disciplines. ELIA advocates for the arts on the European level, creating new opportunities for its members and facilitating the exchange of best practices.
The main aims of the project are:
Make Yourself an Expert Hub: GOING INTERNATIONAL
Are you an emerging artist and you want to give a boost to your artistic career? Would you like to GO INTERNATIONAL? Would you like to learn how to collaborate internationally and develop your skills to properly manage your artistic career? This RESIDENCY might be just the thing for you.The NXT Residency programme gives 5 European artists the opportunity to learn, experience and practice their skills to successfully GO INTERNATIONAL. During this 3-month residency, the selected artists will have the unique chance to kick-start their international careers and use the skills they acquired to establish successful careers in the art world.
Vienna, a well-known stepping-stone for internationalisation and with a vibrant scene in culture and art, is the perfect location to apply and master these skills.
ELIA is looking for artists who have developed already a consistent body of work and want to take their careers to the next level through a hands-on programme that aims to broaden their skills in networking, self-marketing, negotiation, pricing, international distribution and management of their artistic careers.
As part of the NXT Residency, the 5 selected artists will attend a 3-month training programme called MAKE YOURSELF AN EXPERT HUB together with selected local artists.
MAKE YOURSELF AN EXPERT HUB is a programme of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the Centre For Knowledge Transfer, a trans-disciplinary and inter-university project that aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial skills of artists.
In 2017 the theme of the MAKE YOURSELF AN EXPERT HUB will be GO INTERNATIONAL.
The GO INTERNATIONAL programme consists of 3 intensive courses (1 to 2 days each), accompanied with handover tasks between coaching blocks. Professional trainers and coaches will work in group- and individual trainings with the artists to improve their readiness for internationalisation.
Based on transferable skills and tools, the artists will be training in:
The selected artists will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a variety of artistic and cultural fields in Vienna and experience the day-to-day challenges of working and living abroad.
Attendance of the training sessions is mandatory.
During the last weekend of June, the NXT resident artists showcased the projects they have been working on since April, at the FabCity Campus.
FabCity was a temporary and freely accessible campus at Java Island in Amsterdam. It was conceived and realised as a green and self-sustaining city where urban innovators, students, creatives and artists worked on their pavilions, installations and prototypes. The NXT residents each found a way to connect to the ethos of this city of the future, for example by reinventing the rules of behaviour in public space and by repairing and reusing household objects to promote sustainability. Here are some of the highlights.
Viktor Vejvoda’s bike and electronics repair container ISO Café was a huge success, not just during the final weekend but throughout the 3-months of the residency. Viktor had a high amount of visitors, equal to the large institutions present on the FabCity campus. Artists, companies, professionals and local inhabitants used the ISO Café as a meeting point, a confrontation moment, and a creative environment in which broken everyday objects are repaired, reused and reinvented. Viktor documented his journey on his blog, amsterdaminiso.tumblr.com.
Remi Duprat is an artist who works with sculpture, photography and installations. At the beginning of the residency, Remi shared the container workshop with Viktor, to experiment on building sculptures with recycled materials. Through the medium of sculpture, he attempts to create a new image and cleanse the object of its connotations. Furthermore, Remi continued working on an ongoing research on the concept of landscape as a complex object. Because of a solo exhibition in Paris, Remi could not attend the final showcase at FabCity.
During the course of the residency, Ben Smart developed a research on urban development. After confronting himself with various stakeholders, Ben was advised by the Amsterdam City Hall urban planning office, to look into a specific area in the west side of the city. Thus Ben developed a model for a part of the street called Jan Evertsenstraat. His plan was to collect creative solutions from residents and other stakeholders, who are normally less involved in the urban development process.
The Spacehunters Collective, aka Dora Durkesac and Zofia Kuligowska, collaborated on You have bright future behind you, a multimedia installation inspired by their shared living experience in close quarters in Amsterdam. The exhibition was composed of objects, photos, quotes and videos, harmoniously installed in the circular space of the Network Democracy Dome. Visitors could enjoy the multiple projections sitting on chairs set in a circle in the centre of the space.
Both artists developed individual artistic projects in addition to their collaborative installation.
On Sunday afternoon, Zofia performed a piece entitled Dog Wrapped in Bacon in which the audience was asked to divide their attention between pre-recorded videos uploaded on YouTube and the actual performance. It was a dynamic performance piece at the tip of Java Island. You can view her videos on her YouTube channel here.
In addition to the performance at FabCity, Zofia started a long-term project in Amsterdam that she will continue working on in other cities. Project Sirenium is a network of enjoyable and pleasant places in public spaces - accessible for everyone and open for all of you to make it grow. See the Project Sirenium Facebook page here.
Photos and illustration by: Zofia Kuligowska
Visual by Dora DurkesacThe FabCity Campus closed down at the end of June. It has been an interesting 3 months and the artists all had their individual journeys throughout the residency.
The artists of the NXT residency are wrapping up their projects in Amsterdam. They spent three months in Amsterdam, doing research, collaborating with other artists and designers on and off the Fabcity Campus and attending events organised by Europe by People.
At the end of June, the artists are going to showcase their projects that they were working on during those 3 months. Their projects are very different, yet they all embody the themes of the Fabcity campus: urban ecology, private space in the city, movement in the city and the recycling and reusing of materials to contribute to a more sustainable society.
The programme is still subject to change and it will be updated as soon as we have all the information regarding times and project descriptions.
Saturday, 25 June, between 13.00 and 18.00 – SPACEHUNTERS collective, New Democracy Dome at Fabcity Campus
Title: You have bright future behind you
Topic: The SPACEHUNTERS collective’s presentation in New Democracy Dome is a collection of treasures they gathered along the way, during the time they spent together and the things that they created to survive during their residency in Amsterdam for the past 3 months. The title came from song lyrics combined with associations they developed of their experiences during the residency.
The SPACEHUNTERS collective is (Dora Durkesac HR and Zofia Kuligowska PL).
Saturday 25 June, 15.00 – BEN SMART (UK) - Fabcity campus, the Wikkel huis
Title: Streetshaping – An artistic collaboration with you (presentation at Fabcity)
Topic: Artist in residence, Ben Smart, is collaborating with Amsterdam city council, to help visualise the future of Jan Evertsenstraat's western end with a collaborative, hands-on art project. He called upon the community earlier this week, now he will present his research to the public at the Fabcity campus.
Sunday, 26 June, 15.00 – DORA DURKESAC (HR) - Fabcity Campus, the Wikkelhuis
Title: Beautiful Struggle
Topic: Project Beautiful Struggle serves as a gathering platform for artist to share their unrealised or unfinished projects. The goal is to revive ideas, exchange with others, test them or start collaborations if possible or needed.
You are invited to come and share your unrealised project or unfinished ideas. Come with a text, picture or any other media or leave a contact for further collaboration on 26th of June.
Sunday, 26 June, 17.30 - ZOFIA KULIGOWSKA (PL) - Fabcity Campus, outdoors at the tip of Java Island
Title: Dog wrapped in bacon
Topic: Performance art piece combined with a screening of video performance series made in the city of Amsterdam. Dog wrapped in bacon is a description of the vision produced by Zofia’s brain without a particular reason. While it is a perfect example of randomness of her brain’s creation, it also depicts human’s relation with nature nowadays. The concept refers to coincidences that are happening to us and therefore underlines the tricky part of planning the future and the field we can actually foresee.
Ongoing ISO Repair Café project – VIKTOR VEJVODA (CZ) – until the 26th of June, Fabcity Campus, the Repair Café is located in the shipping container on the first floor nearby the entrance of the HvA Learning Lab.
Title: ISO Repair Café
Topic: Join artist-in-residence Viktor Vejvoda for a cup of Dutch espresso style coffee at the terrace of the Shipping Container Café to enjoy spectacular views of the eastern part of the island, Amsterdam Centraal Station and undertake activities including…
+ Small electronics repairs and destructions, bicycle basic repairs and bike parts library and exchange shop.
+ Print, scan and OCR on recycled printer, design of daily needed info papers: announcements, advice, lists not to forget, manifestos and greetings cards of only kind and more
Follow Viktor’s blog for the latest updates amsterdaminiso.tumblr.com
Registration is not necessary but is useful. This is possible by e-mail.