Deadline: 27/06/2015

Camargo Goethe Institute Residency

One month residency in Cassis, France, for artists based in Germany

Following the experience of the first residency cooperatively developed in 2014, the Goethe-Institut and the Camargo Foundation aim to further support an international exchange of artists and scholars in the area, situated in the heart of the Euro-Mediterranean region. Ongoing challenging projects for the region include the newly established National Parc of the Calanques and the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropole, which is one of the three future French metropoles with Paris and Lyon.

One of the subjects addressed by these projects is the relationship between the city and nature. The metropolitan area is concerned with challenges of shaping the interface between city and nature in urban planning. On a national level, these questions also play a crucial role as Paris is to host the next conference on climate, the COP21 this November.

An interdisciplinary approach at the crossroads of artistic, cultural and academic practices is interesting to respond to these challenges. Some experiments are already going on in the area. An example is the GR 2013, a 365 km hiking trail through the Marseille Provence region exploring its cultural, artistic and touristic heritage ( , which was proposed in the framework of the European Capital of Culture, Marseille-Provence 2013. In general, artists, scholars, and cultural and social actors in Marseille and its region have developed dynamic and innovative approaches to art in public spaces. One of the reasons is without question the complexity of the territory as a topographic site between sea and mountains, shaped by people for several millennia.

The residency will also be inscribed within a national project of the Goethe-Institut France. In cooperation with the German embassy in Paris, it proposes for 2015 the interdisciplinary German-French project “garten(T)räume” (“garden dreams/spaces”) ( within the context of the International garden festival to be hold in Berlin in 2017. A rich program of conferences, exhibitions, concerts, debates and workshops will question individual and cultural phenomena of parks and gardens in different places in France.

The Camargo Foundation

The Camargo Foundation, located in Cassis, France and founded by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, is a residential center offering programming in the humanities and the arts. It offers time and space in a contemplative environment to think, experiment, create, and connect. The Foundation encourages the visionary work of scholars, artists, and thinkers in the arts and humanities.

The Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institution operational worldwide. It promotes the study of German abroad and encourages international cultural exchange. It also fosters knowledge about Germany by providing information on its culture, society and politics. The Goethe-Institut has opened an office in Marseille at the occasion of the Capital of Culture in 2013 and will further develop its cultural activities in the years to come.


The Goethe-Institut and the Camargo Foundation invite Individual artists and scholars or groups of up to four people from Germany and the Mediterranean region to apply for a residency in the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.

The deadline for application is 27 June 2015. The residency will be 3 to 6 weeks in duration depending on the availability of the selected team and the Camargo Foundation. It would preferably take place from November 2015 through January 2016.

Particular consideration will be given to projects and ideas engaging artistic, ecological, historical or academic approaches to questions of city and nature as mentioned in the Background section above. A special focus will be on questions of methods for the exploration of space and time and possibilities of reading it. The idea is to contribute to multiple perspectives on the question.

Interdisciplinary approaches by more than one candidate and participative formats that enable intercultural encounters and engage the public and young people in a sustainable dialogue will be prioritized.

We especially invite artists and scholars to present their common projects. The program promotes mutual cultural exchange to allow the team and the local artistic and scientific scenes to benefit from the perspective of the other and broaden its horizons. For this, workshops and encounters with students and professionals working in the same area as well as a dialogue with the public will be organized. A presentation of the project is foreseen for the end of the residency.

The international artists and scholars will be supported during their residency both by the office of the Goethe-Institute in Marseille and the Camargo Foundation.

Contribution by the program

1. A single global grant of 2.500€ will be awarded to the project selected to cover costs linked to the residency (including travel costs, allowance and cost of materials for the chosen artist(s) and/or scholar(s))

2. Accommodation for up to 4 persons in fully equipped apartment(s) with bathroom and kitchen in the Camargo Foundation for 3 to 6 weeks depending on the availability of the selected team and the Camargo Foundation. It would preferably take place from November 2015 through January 2016.
Applicants must be professionally active in the listed disciplines. At least one person in the group must have his/her main place of residence in Germany. A priority will be given to teams in which some members are located in the Mediterranean region (this includes the Provence Alpes Côté d’Azur region, European countries as well as the Southern and Eastern countries of the Mediterranean region).

The application of young candidates is strongly encouraged.

Application documents
• Motivation letter
• CV of all candidates
• Description of the project (1200 to 2000 words)
• Overview of previous works
Application should be sent by e-mail and must be submitted in English or French:
Application deadline: 27 June 2015

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Camargo Goethe Institute Residency

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