Open Call: Research Residencies
Residency period: 2nd semester 2020 (to be scheduled with selected candidates)
Submission deadline: CLOSED (29 February 2020)
Notification: 15 March 2020*
*Contact by email.

All applications should be submitted through the following online form.

THEME: Expansive Territories
The concept of Territory is multifaceted and ambiguous. It relates to notions such as space and place, identity and community, dominion and control. It may refer to areas of land, but also areas of knowledge, activity or experience.

A Territory is never clear or neutral. It operates as ground, foundation, a space to act and dwell, but also as a specific domain or locale, in which human and physical patterns overlap, singular perspectives are shaped, and unique communities emerge, inhabit or conflict. Territories are social constructs, products of agency that encompass physical, virtual, social, political, experiential and affective spaces. These inform identities, generate values, produce meanings and ways of living.

A Territory is never static or fixed. It intersects with other territories, and feeds from the transgression of its borders or limits, its geographical, political and ecological interferences. The margins, as territories themselves, are the site of particular situations where differences come into contact, dialogue and exchange. They are in permanent transformation, expansion and contraction, generating new territorial dimensions of convergence, conversion, or conflict.

We propose the idea of Expansive Territories to comprehend expansion as a process of perpetual motion – physical, social, political and conceptual. Through exploratory and erratic movements, different territories overlap, merge, interact, are reconfigured, and reimagined. Deriving from Krauss’ “expanded field” – a notion that has itself expanded throughout most of artistic disciplines – Expansive Territories seek to gain ground towards a sustained, active regenerative process as a way of resisting any formalization that interrupts their transformation.

In this cycle of OSSO Research Residencies, we invite practice-based research projects to engage with the proposed theme – its physical or natural dimensions and its cultural and metaphorical potentialities – as a way of expanding their field of action, while experimenting with fluid articulations across different spheres of activity.

We welcome experimental and expansive artistic practices that transcend disciplinary constraints through critical analysis, thus enabling dynamic spaces to emerge and generate new meanings, new narratives, and new inquiries.

– Raquel Castro (CICANT – Centre for Research in Applied Communication, Culture and New Technologies, Universidade Lusófona / Lisboa Soa / Invisible Places)
– Pedro Rebelo (SARC – Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast)
– OSSO Colectivo: Diogo Alvim (CESEM – Centro de Estudos de Sociologia Estética Musical), and Matilde Meireles (SARC – Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast)

Accommodation includes three bedrooms, one kitchen / living room, a shared bathroom, a fully functioning Studio (60m2) and a Workshop (50m2). For detailed information, please check the following document:

Wellcome file

For the realisation of their projects, residents may require continued support from our technicians (audiovisual and workshop) as long as previously agreed and budgeted. However, at the beginning of each residence we will ensure the presence of a technician to set up the Technical Rider or give any clarification on the requested equipment.

We will organise a presentation of the research results in an Open Studio format in collaboration with each Open Call resident. It is also possible to present projects in Caldas da Rainha. This will be facilitated in collaboration with Grémio Caldense, a local partner.
Further presentations in an academic context can take place in LIDA Research Unit – Laboratório de Investigação em Design e Artes in Caldas da Rainha, and Centro de Estudos de Sociologia e Estética Musical (CESEM), from Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in Lisbon.

All projects will be disseminated through OSSO’s digital platforms such as website, newsletter, social networks, as well as in local, national and international media partners. In addition, the work developed during the residencies will be documented on the Research Catalogue, an online platform managed by the Society for Artistic Research (SAR), a non-profit organisation that nurtures, connects and disseminates artistic research as specific practices of creating knowledge and insight. This documentation will form the basis of a public multimedia archive. For such, residents should authorise the residency documentation and its publication.

We welcome residencies from artists of all areas. Residency proposals should have a minimum duration of one week and a maximum of one month. We will privilege projects of interdisciplinary and experimental nature, with a focus (but not exclusively) on practices that explore the notion of Expansive Territories. Proposals can be individual or of up to 5 people*. These include projects that require the studio, workshop, or simply a bedroom with a work space.

* we can exceptionally welcome a larger number of people if previously agreed.

Budgets will be determined according to the number of applicants per proposal, work space required, tech rider and project relevance according to the proposed theme. Budgets will be based on the following chart.

OSSO is unable to provide financial assistance to cover travelling costs and accommodation for artists accepted on the Open Call. However, we can provide letters of support for artists seeking funding. For any further queries, please contact ossoopencall[at]

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