Open call #2 – Artists in Residence Program



Moving landscape #2 is a workshop open to both national and international visual artists, without age limitations.
The project aims to jumpstart a study of the landscape, specifically the parts of it crossed or influenced by the railway, and to build a discourse on the dialogue between, travel/land/crossing.
Moving Landscape takes form following the need to give a new and alternative aesthetic  value to the territory touched by the railway and to the anthropological consideration that it sparks. Our goal is to supply monetary support and an organizational setup to artistic research

The residency program will take place in Lecce, Puglia with an overall duration of 18 days split in two phases between September and December 2014.

Each application has to include:
- CV in PDF format (Ita or Eng);
- Portfolio;
- One or more proposals for the workshop with an abstract in PDF format and useful attachments (pictures and blueprints);
- optional: reviews, websites, catalogues;


Deadline 15 July 2014
applications must be submitted to and files mustn’t exceed 10mb size. Selected applicants will be contacted within July 2014

Moving Landscape #2 Curator: Francesco Buonerba
Moving Landscape Coordinator: Elisabetta Patera


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Southern Puglia, late 20th century, a dense net of 400km of railways is the nexus of commerce and communication, transporting people and wares throughout the region. With the advent of paved roads and electricity, commerce change his routes and railways lose swiftly their supremacy as means of transport. Crossing keeper’s houses lose their value and their task, get forgotten and with them is forgotten also the sense of community and the social life that surrounded them.

The aim of the project Rete dei Caselli Sud Est (Crossing Keeper’s Houses Network), launched by PepeNero in 2011, is to regain familiarity with the region, to build possible pathways, greenways on the pre-existent layout, mantaining the relation between the working and the social aspects of the keeper’s houses, to map places and verbal accounts, and in the meantime to walk cultural associations through the Keeper houses’ assignment process, seeing as, since about 10 years ago, management of disused keeper’s house was entrusted to cultural associations.

Between January and March 2012 we started mapping the old railways, and forsaken crossing keeper’s houses one by one, to acquire a first hand knowledge of the landscape and of the people that inhabit it, collecting stories and pictures.
After two years of work the archive grows bigger and with a distinctiveness and importance stronger by the minute. Here we propose the chance to draw from all the archive materials to create something unique.

PepeNero, inside the frame of the G.A.P. PROJECT (City as a participatory art gallery), propose Moving Landscape, a writing and visual arts workshop to open the territory of southern Puglia to new interpretations.
Moving landscape is a workshop that combines collective writing and visual arts along the common route of the railway and of the places touched by it, sparking an active exchange of experiences about image and movement the workshop is articulated in various phases. The first one, between April and June 2014 consist of an experiment of collaborative writing of 11 writers led by Luca Di Meo (aka Wu Ming 3) then, between September and October the writings will merge in performances building a dialogue with locals and travelers. The Artist in Residence program between September and December will be connected to the writers’ workshop. An Art Book will be published at the end of the workshop as a visual and textual synthesis of the Moving Landscape experience.

A PepeNero project inside the frame of GAP, a territorial laboratory of art’s experimentation and contemporary languages contaminations. GAP is realized with the help of the Foundation “Con Il Sud”, inside the innovative and special projects on 2010, and with the contribution of the Puglia Region.