Deadline: 31/03/2018

Call for writers, sound artists & visual artists: 12 windows

Opportunity to reflect on and interpret the perspectives from the windows at the Pfaelzer Hof.

Description of residency programme & expectations towards the artist
We are inviting applications from writers, sound artists and visual artists to creatively reflect on and interpret the perspectives from the windows at the Pfaelzer Hof. By putting out this call we are stating our own philosophy of democratic multiplicity in which every viewpoint is not only valid but encouraged.

The Pfaelzer Hof is a historically significant, former hotel in the town of Idar-Oberstein, Germany, renovated in 2010 and hosts artists and visitors from across the globe. It is unusual in its floor plan which is trapezoid in shape, which means there are perspectives from its many windows in every direction, making it a metaphor for plurality.

The third floor apartment (the Atelier), where the selected artist or writer will reside and work, has '12 windows' which encompass views of the urban environment, railway viaduct, hillside church, historic castle, surrounding hills, natural woodland and dramatic skyscapes and soundscapes. This apartment affords the best views of the surrounding urban and natural landscapes and artists are invited to enjoy these perspectives and be inspired to create original, contemporary works. The ’12 windows’ are modern, simply framed and double-glazed but single-pane (no crossbars), offering easy access to interesting vistas and sounds in every direction.

Whilst working with the same stimuli (the '12 windows'), we are keen to see what different artists, working in different disciplines and from different individual perspectives, produce in response to the same subject matter.

The town of Idar-Oberstein has an interesting history as a centre for gem stone cutting, trade and jewellery manufacturing, a specialised cultural industry and expertise that continues today. The town has contrasting elements of wealth and urban decay, giving it an edge, which some have compared to Berlin before the wall came down.

This residency is part of an ongoing artistic project, which aims to build up an archive of work by different artists and will conclude with a curated, group exhibition inspired by the '12 windows' in 2020.

Studio/workspace & accommodation
Artists will work from and be accommodated in the Atelier apartment, on the third floor of the Pfaelzer Hof. You may be sharing the apartment with another artist. Photos of the apartment can be viewed here: 

Residency duration & fees
Artists are invited for a minimum of 4 weeks from 9th April 2018 onwards. The residency fee is 800 Euros for 4 weeks. Applications selected and dealing with the industrial heritage of Idar-Oberstein and the Pfaelzer Hof will be included in our funding application for Kultur Sommer 2018, Rheinland-Palatine, and benefit accordingly.

Disciplines & work equipment
This call for applications is aimed at self-directed writers, sound artists and visual artists. We expect artists to provide their own equipment and materials.

Find out more
Read more about the residency programme at the Pfaelzer Hof (including application information and the assistance that we offer artists):

Call for writers, sound artists & visual artists: 12 windows

Call for writers, sound artists & visual artists: 12 windows


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