For the first residency of 2013, five artists and researchers were selected:
The collective ‘Eart’ formed by Irina and Olga Ertakhanova, two illustrators from the Eastern Russian region of Buratia, developed their digital illustrations for their book of ancient tales from Tibet. The tales were performed by the Catalan actor Francesc Torrent at Jiwar Creation and Society in Barcelona.
During her time at CeRCCa, Marina Saura, a Catalan cultural researcher and coordinator of the cultural exchange project MUTIS developed a series of video interviews of different performing art collectives and institutions from Barcelona, and worked on her MA dissertation about the use of the Internet as a creative tool in the performing arts scene of the city.
Irene Schaap, a photographer from the Netherlands, continued her documentary project on micro stories of the Spanish Civil War in the context of Llorenç del Penedès.
An Vandevelde, a playwright and social worker from Belgium came for a period of two weeks to work on her new project involving performance and social action for a group of immigrant kids of Brussels.
Neja Tomšič, a researcher and artist from Slovenia, and a member of MoTA - Museum of Transitory Art, developed different projects in poetry and drawing while editing the publication of the project Artist Talk, as well as undertaking research for her PhD thesis about the so-called documentary turn in contemporary art and the display of documentaries in gallery contexts.
Eart is the collective formed by Irina and Olga, two sisters from the Eastern Region of Buretia, in Russia. Since 2010, they are represented by the Khankhalaev Gallery in Moscow and their work has been exhibited widely, including in Art Taipei and Art Miami. For the illustrations of the book Zarhai, they won the The best book for children of Buryatia prize. Their art practice evolves around digital art, fine art, sculpture, crafts and ceramics.
During their residency at CeRCCa they worked on the illustrations of the Vetala Tales.
In Hindu folklore, Vetala is a spirit that wonders cemeteries and inhabits corpses. It is usually regarded as a devilish spirit that brings bad luck to humans. However, although they can be carriers of big disasters, they are also the guardians of cities and villages. Vetala is a spirit that does not respond to the conventional laws of time and space, and has exceptional knowledge about the past, present and future. This knowledge gives him an in-depth knowledge of the human physique.
The Vetala Tales is a compendium of stories of ancient Tibet and India that have been passed through from generation to generation since remote times. The content of the main story that frames multiple secondary stories varies from teller to teller, but also includes the figure of a horrible king and of young adventurers that carry a corpse possessed by the Vetala.
Irina and Olga Ert presented The Tales of Vetala in Barcelona at Jiwar Creation and Society. The Tales where performed by Francesc Torrent.
Marina Saura has been working for different theater companies in London.Recently she was awarded an MA in Critical Arts Management at the London South Bank University. She is the coordinator of MUTIS, a project created in 2012, with the aim to create a participatory platform for communication between the contemporary performing arts communities of London and Barcelona. The objective of MUTIS is to create a channel for communication, to talk and to create cultural actions related to the contemporary performing arts and to the culture of both cities. Furthermore the project will introduce artists, companies, spaces and festivals from each city becoming an info platform with useful resources for the promotion, investigation and diffusion of projects related to performing arts and the Internet.
As a resident at CeRCCa, Marina developed research on the use of the Internet as a creative tool in the performing arts scene of Barcelona. Her research comprehended literature review and field study, as well as interviews to different cultural operators, artists, curators and representatives of the most important companies and spaces working today in the performing arts in relation to the Internet in Barcelona. Her project was presented as her dissertation for the MA in Critical Arts Management at London South Bank University in May 2014.
Irene Schaap is a visual artist from the Netherlands. Her artistic practice revolves around the different uses of painting, sculpture and installation art. During the last few years, she has further developed her artistic approach through the mediums of photography and video to better fit her interest in documenting everyday life and memory.
Her most recent project Silencio, focused on the documentation of the traces left by Herman Scheerboom, the last surviving ‘brigadist’ from Holland who fought during the Spanish Civil War for the lost cause of the Republicans. This three-year project was developed through in-depth archival research in the main institutions of Holland and Spain specializing in the subject. Additionally, she interviewed local elders that had fought in the civil war, and documented the different places where Herman Scheerboom was sent in his time of service. The documentation work of the project, encompassing various photographs, interviews and text, has been exhibited in different institutions in Holland, and is now part of the archive of the University of Amsterdam.
The aim of Irene’s residency at CeRCCa was to continue with her research on the memories of the Spanish Civil War. She shifted her research focus from the experiences of the international ‘brigadist’ to the everyday consequences and micro-stories that the inhabitants of Llorenç del Penedès could remember, with an emphasis on the women’s perspective of the conflict.
With this aim in mind, and with the support of CeRCCa’s team, Irene interviewed Jaume Catà de Cala Angelina, a soldier for the republicans who had fought against his will, and Paquita Ferrer de Cal Ploraire, a woman who experienced the precariousness of life during the time of the civil war in the small village of Llorenç. Their stories were complemented by those of the elders of the village participating at the weekly ‘Memory Workshop’ organized by the municipality of Llorenç. She also interviewed Marta Coll and Marc Morales, young historians, Ramon Arnabat, president of the Centre d’Estudis Penedesencs and Queralt Soler, professor at the Contemporary History department of the Universitat de Barcelona.antoineberthiaume.com zoebalasch.com
An Vandevelde is a playwright and social worker from Brussels. She is interested in the dialogue between playwriting and social work. She is cofounder of a theater group that investigates the relationship between the self, the city and everyday life. She also supports and develops initiatives with the citizens of Brussels with projects like Blok, a play with 15 youths of Arabic origin about their life in the city, Children’s Choice Awards, a project with 10 year old kids who go to adult plays and write critiques about them and Ergens Hier, a project with a class of 11 year olds about their dreams for their neighborhood. In 2009, she founded Endewolf, her own theatre company for kids. As part of Endewolf, she is developing her 3rd play Gerda. In 2012, she formed Veld en Zand with Sara Vanderzande, a plastic artist, with the aim to develop installations and performances that have a direct influence on the public.
During her residency, An Vandevelde worked on two plays. One for kids named The Wolf of Fame, a play about the difference between being famous and being creative. The second one will be her first play for adults. The play is based on Madame de Sade. In this play, the five women around the Marquis de Sade tell his life story. Next to that the story investigates the traditional roles allocated to women: wife, mistress, prostitute and mother.
Neja Tomšič is a visual artist and writer from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since graduating from the painting department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, she has been apart of individual and group exhibitions for drawing and media, exhibiting her performances, publishing poetry and prose, amongst others. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy and Theory of Visual Culture at the University of Primorska, researching documentary cinema and related practices in the contemporary art context. She is co-founder of MoTA - Museum of Transitory Art, a research and production space devoted to transitory art, where she has been working since 2006. She is the manager and editor of the ArtistTalk project (www.artisttalk.eu).
During her residency, Neja Tomšič worked on her PhD research on the exhibition of documentary films in gallery contexts in the past ten years, and the so-called ‘documentary turn’ in contemporary art. Her research attempts to answer the following questions: Which elements separate art documentary films from other video art in the gallery context? What is the position of the author in a documentary film: is s/he the narrator, the commentator, the interpreter, is he active or passive and how are these statuses related to concrete sociopolitical contexts that the film addresses?
Apart from this research she was editing Outerviews, the final publication of the ArtistTalk project, developed collaboratively by MoTA (Ljubljana), CIANT (Prague) and WRO (Wroclaw) with the aim to build an online platform for interviews with artists. Outerviews is comprised of interviews with 17 artists selected from the archive of the ArtistTalk project. The book presents authors active in a variety of artistic fields which challenge the common conceptions of art. It includes interviews with the following artists: Zbig Rybczyński, Eyal Sivan, Harun Farocki, Piotr Krajewski, Jorge Rodriguez Gerada, Arjan Pregl, Société Réaliste, Zimoun, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Emptyset, Plaid, Burnt Friedman, Julian Oliver, Roy Ascott, Joe Davis, Ion Sørvin – N55 and Biennale de Paris.ne-ja.com