The NXT Residency is part of the NXT Project, 3-year project co-funded by the EU Creative Europe programme.
The purpose of the trainings was to focus on the artists' professional development, such as their vision for their artistic projects and strategies and skills to make a living from the arts. The selected artists collectively came up with the idea to create a limited edition of numbered and signed A3-sized prints for their final presentation.
The final presentation took place on 22 June in Schönbrunner Straße 6, Vienna.
Artist Statement: In our workshop discussions, we agreed that our group of 10 artists-in-residence could be at the base of a future mutual support network. We have taken this idea seriously. Prints have been traditionally used for promoting and internationally spreading knowledge about works of art. The decision to create a set of prints is the first step of GOing INTERNATIONAL, as our artworks will travel to the Czech Republic, Germany, Croatia, Great Britain, Spain, Austria and beyond.
Furthermore, the functioning of the art market has also been discussed in the workshop. Sharing our artworks among us is a reaction to this discussion. Only a very small fraction of artists can ever be successful. Success is relative, and it depends on effort and luck in equal parts. Realistically, the chances of MAKING A LIVING IN THE ARTS by selling our art are very thin. Nevertheless, while there's life, there is hope. The pooling and exchange of our artistic labouris an investment of mutual trust: we shall care for each other’s works and co-promote them together along with our own work.
We respect our mutual creative freedom, and we have decided not to limit the content of the individual prints. Each of us is free to select a motive that is representative of his artistic style and themes. The aim of NXT was to develop artistic strategies and not new artworks, therefore the stress of the print edition project remains on the strategic concept that it is trying to achieve and not on the content of the individual prints.
The title “Hauruck!” refers to the German interjection used for doing a collective move that is short and focused on causing a movement. It reflects the spontaneous nature in which the NXT workshops, our discussions and the conception of the edition took place. As individual creatives, we constantly face precarious conditions and a lack of clarity. A quick Hauruck might be the most efficient way to move a little step forward towards our goal. MAKE A LIVING. GO INTERNATIONAL. HAU RUCK!
NXT Residency 2017: Make Yourself an Expert HUB, Vienna