All questions we receive will be answered in this section.
A _ Questions regarding the application
a1) What is the 6 digit code for?
The 6-digit code number is used to anonymise the project proposal (including the text explaining the applicant’s motivation for applying and their visualization of the project).
The jury will first review the anonymised project drafts and decide upon a shortlist. Portfolios and the application form will be reviewed only after this initial selection.
a2) What is meant by the artist statement?
The artist statement should briefly describe your practice and artistic position.
(It should tell us about what you do, why and how.)
a3) Is there a limit to the CV (i.e. 2 pages) and for the project proposal?
I – CV: Please fill out the application form. Education, Exhibitions, Projects max. 3.000 characters including spaces / Awards, Grants max. 1.500 characters including spaces / Artist Statement max. 1.200 characters including spaces (in total 2 pages).
II – PROJECT PROPOSAL: Please attach a separate document, anonymised with a 6-digit code number (e.g. 123456_project.pdf). The text and images should together be a maximum 3 pages, 5 MB.
III – PORTFOLIO: Please attach a pdf (name_portfolio.pdf) with a representative selection of works from the last 5 years, maximum 10 pages, 10 MB.
a4) Is this project limited to visual art projects, or would you also accept proposals for participatory performance works?
We accept proposals for participatory performance works.
Projects within the full range of contemporary art practice can be submitted. That includes performance, audience participation artworks, conceptual art, sound and media, as well as photography.
a5) Should the works be temporary or permanent?
The call is limited to temporary works in situ.
a6) Is it a requirement that the refugees should participate in the proposed art project?
No. The participation of the refugees is an option but not a requirement.
a7) Where do I get the 6 digit number from?
You chose the six digit code yourself.
B _ Questions about the refugee accommodation center
b1) Roughly how many people are living in each residential building?
Between 225 – 480 people live in each residential building, depending on the size of the units and number of basic modules.
b2) What are the countries of origin of the residents of an accommodation centre?
We can’t provide precise information about this. The majority of the residents come from the Near East, in particular from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
b3) What languages do the residents use to speak among themselves and with others?
The refugees use their first language to speak among themselves (for example, Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Hausa, Pashto) and use English, French or German to speak with others.
b4) How long are the residents likely to live there?
We can’t provide precise information about this. A stay of around a year was planned. However in reality the refugees continue to live in the collective housing, till they have found an apartment and can move in.
C _ Questions about the artist’s residency / the construction trailer / the scholarship conditions
c1) Can artist couples or artist groups apply for the scholarship?
Unfortunately the art residence can only provide space for a single artist.
c2) Is it possible to communicate with refugees in the place that you provided for the artists? Can we take photos or videos there?
We can’t say, whether the refugees will want to take part in projects. Children will probably be more easily drawn in. The taking of photos or videos is of course only possible with the consent of those being photographed or filmed, and in the case of children with the consent of their parents.
c3) Is it possible to have a projector and audio equipment? Would there be camera or camcorder equipments available for artists in your organization?
Unfortunately it is not possible for us to provide such equipment. Artists are required to organise equipment they need themselves. There are however possibilities in Berlin to hire such equipment.
c4) Are you looking for finished work by the end of the residency or can the residency be considered as a platform for future developments within the Refugee Accommodation?
The jury are certainly open to process based work. The residency does however have a time limit and it is not certain what if any future possibilities there would to work there/ with the refugees after the one month residency period.
c5) Is there a shower/bath room in the trailer?
There is not a shower/bathroom in the trailer itself. Each scholarship holder is linked to one housing unit in the MAR and uses the infrastructure there (sanitary facilities and shared kitchen). As a rule, eight persons share one set of sanitary facilities, with separate facilities for men and women. Each is equipped with at least two toilets, a shower and several washbasins. Each floor also features a common room and a kitchen where the residents cook their own food.
c6) Is there any possibility for security concerns while living in a trailer?
The trailer is lockable. The plots of all facilities are surrounded by fences and are secured by a gate and 24-hour security staff at the entrence.