12 Day Residential Workshop | The Map is Not the Territory, Cow House Studios, Co. Wexford

Application deadline: 30 April

The Map is Not the Territory is an exciting new opportunity open to emerging and mid-career artists, writers and those operating at the intersection of the two art-forms, during which participants work with a dynamic group of facilitators to produce material, both textual and visual, for a collaborative publication and exhibition. This residency is a joint effort between Cow House Studios, writer Nathan O’Donnell and curator Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll.

The curatorial team and project facilitators’ aim is to capitalise on the natural resources of the local area through a direct engagement with the land surrounding Cow House Studios. They take their cue from Alfred Korzybski’s dictum, ‘The Map is Not the Territory’, which points to an ontological gap between lived reality and the mapped or otherwise abstracted models of reality through which much of the world is understood. Following on from this conceptual dichotomy, this residency will explore the geographic location of the studios, unpacking ideas of abstraction, translation, cartography, and other fictions.

This twelve-day programme is comprised of two component parts; workshops and open studio time. The goal is to explore writing at the point of its transference from other disciplines, investigating ideas of abstraction, translation, cartography, and the sculptural qualities of text. Following the residency, the curatorial team will work with designer Clare Bell to collate the resulting material and produce a small publication to be printed in a limited run, distributed in galleries and independent bookshops.

Dates: 17 to 28 October 2017
Price: €950

Price Includes:

  • three delicious and healthy meals daily
  • most comfy accommodation
  • informative and challenging readings, workshops and presentations
  • a day trip to Dublin visiting a selection of archive and research facilities
  • access to all Cow House Studios facilities, computers, darkroom, studios and supplies
  • 5 copies of the resulting publication
  • an exhibition of work to be displayed at NCAD Gallery, Dublin

Submit the following documents in PDF format by Sunday, April 30, 2017.

  • Completed application form
  • Recent CV/resume
  • A portfolio or writing sample (only one pdf file). Although there is no maximum number of images that will be accepted, we advise applicants to only submit relevant materials to reduce the size of email submissions. The images should include captions or short descriptions. For videos/films/audio, you may provide links to your own website, Vimeo page, YouTube page, within the application form. Do not attach actual video files. Writers should submit up to ten pages of written material.

For more information see: www.cowhousestudios.com/map-not-territory/

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