Deadline: 20/07/2018

Analog Extreme : desert trek in Mauritania

Digital detox for artists - in one of the most beautiful areas in the Sahara.

Description of residency programme
Analog Extreme is a digital detox programme for artists. In an age where online activities overshadow many other forms of human experience and interaction, you may have felt the need for occasional digital disconnection and for establishing a more direct, physical relationship with your environment. If travel is something else than chasing material for rapid digital interaction, will it change our experiences and our creative processes?

This programme is open to artists and creatives of all disciplines. It is arranged in collaboration with an experienced local tour operator. It takes the form of a 10-day tour, including a 6-day desert trek in the Adrar, one of the most beautiful areas in the Sahara. It is run by the Waaw residence in Saint-Louis, on the border between Senegal and Mauritania. For details about the programme, see our website.

Duration of residency
The duration of this residency is 10 days; from 18 to 27 February 2019.
If you like, you can combine this programme with a regular one-month stay at Waaw in Saint-Louis. In this way, you can see the best of two countries, and allow your impressions time to transform into creation. Please see the Waaw website for more information.

Disciplines supported and technical information
Visual art in all its forms – but we recommend the programme for practitioners of sound art, dance, design, architecture and writing, for instance. The emphasis is on collecting impressions, and there will be fairly little time for actual creation. Bring any materials and tools yourself. Traveling light is essential.

During the trek, accommodation in simple traditional Mauritanian tents for 2-5 people. In addition, two hotel nights in Nouakchott.

Fees and support
The fee of €600 comprises two hotel nights in Nouakchott, bus transport Nouakchott-Chinguetti and Tergit-Nouakchott, and the actual 6-day desert trek, which is all inclusive. You need to calculate with the cost for international flights and a couple of meals. The fee goes to the local tour operator and providers of transport and accommodation. Waaw offers no support.

Expectations towards the artist
To respect the philosophy behind the programme, as this is not a regular tour. Be prepared to present your artistic practice.

Application information
To apply, please send us an informal letter by email and tell us why you would like to join us for the Analog Extreme tour.

Selection process
We will try to ensure a variety of different disciplines and nationalities. Participation is limited to 10 people. The Waaw committee will make its selection in early August.

Analog Extreme : desert trek in Mauritania

Analog Extreme : desert trek in Mauritania


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