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Urban-Practitioner Call

Urban-Practitioner-in-Residence at Floating University

Urban Practice is at its best when holding the complexity of the city. A practice of transformation and in constant renegotiation, deeply rooted in the arts, Urban Practice works to intersect the spheres of the socio-political, the spatio-cultural, the ecological and the pedagogical. It can be understood as a transversal approach enacting urban transformation.

Floating e.V. is pleased to announce the 2021 open call for Urban Practice. We invite berlin-based practitioners to apply for an action-research residency at the Floating University Berlin. We welcome proposals that engage directly with the site of the Floating University and with the city of Berlin at large while they question, challenge and expand the notion of urban practice. Applicants are encouraged to consider hybrid modes of thought, research and practice. We favour experimental formats and forms of expression that transcend disciplinary boundaries. Proposals can range from performance to walks, urban games to sculpture, installations to projections, texts to podcasts, research-based, process-based, perhaps open to participation, perhaps facing the public on site.

Selected practitioners are expected to develop their proposal within the period March to October 2021. The practice-based-research period culminates with a public presentation. Throughout the residency period, practitioners are invited to work on site and follow the ethos of Floating e.V. that is a self organised space and group, where practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds meet to collaborate, co-create and imaginatively work towards futures. Residents will have full access to the site of the Floating University, curatorial guidance and production support depending on needs and availability. Each proposal is awarded with a 6.000€ grant that covers fees and production costs.

Floating e.V. does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, abelism, national origin. We are actively taking steps to meet our commitment to diversity and to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We especially encourage members of historically underrepresented communities to apply, including FLINT*, BIPoC, LGBTQIA+ people and people with diverse abilities.

How to Apply

The selection process is two-tiered: Applicants submit proposals online. A short-list of five proposals will be selected by an internal committee from the Floating e.V. Finalists receive 250€  to further develop their ideas for public presentation at an online jury session. In this public session, an international jury in debate with members of the public will decide upon two winning entries. The public session is envisioned as a space for dialogue designed to enrich, nurture exchange and continue to build on what Urban Practice is, should be or strive to do.

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: their relevance to the site of the Floating University – both to the character of the water basin and relation to the host association; the contribution of the proposed project to the field of urban practice; and on its aesthetic merit – either as a form of knowledge or aspect of design.

Jury members will be announced early in January 2021. The public jury event will take place ONLINE on February 15th.

Find the full dossier open call here

Phase 1: Short-list nomination
Deadline January 18th, 2021

A written description detailing your planned research/work (max. 500 words)
CV (max. 2 pages)
Portfolio (max. 10 pages – 5MB)
The application process is entirely online. Short-listed proposals will be informed on February 1st, 2021

 

deadline:  January 18th, 2021
more info: //www.floatinguniversity.org/en/urban-practice/