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The call for applications for the 2025 Principal Residency Program is open!

 

Candidates can apply for a three-month or six-month residency (organized into two three-month periods), to take place between January and November 2025.

 

Please consult all the documents below before submitting your application via the form. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at applications@labecque.ch.

 

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APPLICATION FORM

 

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 22, 2024 at 23:59 (CET). Applications sent after this date will not be considered during the deliberations.

 

Calendar

Opening of the call for applications: March 1, 2024 (12:00, CET)
Closing of the call for applications: March 22, 2024 (23:59, CET)
Meeting of the Jury: June 2024
Announcement of the laureates: July 2024

Principal Residency Program

Participants to La Becque’s Principal Residency Program are selected globally by a transdisciplinary jury of experts. The program is open to both accomplished practitioners and up-and-coming candidates with a high potential for artistic growth. Applicants are evaluated on their practice as well as on the quality and pertinence of a residency project specifically written for their time at La Becque.

The residency program will dedicate particular attention to projects exploring the interplay of nature, the environment and technology – notions which are more than ever intertwined and at the core of contemporary preoccupations.

A purposefully broad playfield, this thematic nexus opens up very different yet similarly rewarding avenues of exploration – for example: documenting what and who makes up the “Anthropocene”; using technological tools to document and transcribe natural environments into artistic contexts; exploring new junctures at which technology becomes part of our natural environments, and vice versa.

Jury :

François J. Bonnet Composer and theoretician

François J. Bonnet is a Franco-Swiss composer and electroacoustic musician based in Paris. In addition to being the Director of INA GRM (Institut national de l’audiovisuel / Groupe de Recherches), François J. Bonnet is also the author of several books published in English by Urbanomic. He wrote the manifesto The Music to Come, published by Shelter Press in 2020, and the co-edited the “SPECTRES” series of publications, a joint project of INA GRM and Shelter Press.

As a musician, Bonnet often works under the project name Kassel Jaeger. He has collaborated with artists such as Oren Ambarchi, Giuseppe Ielasi, Stephan Mathieu, Stephen O’Malley, Jim O’Rourke, Akira Rabelais, James Rushford or Gisèle Vienne. While his own music has been played in renowned venues and festivals all over the world, François J. Bonnet has been working closely with groundbreaking composer and electronic music pioneer Eliane Radigue, and has been performing regularly her composition in concert.

Anne-Catherine de Perrot Director of evalure

Anne-Catherine de Perrot studied sociology and anthropology at the University of Zurich before heading the Education, Health and Leisure Department at Pro Juventute Switzerland for nine years. From 1996 to 1999, she managed the AIDS research program at the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, where she helped set up the social sciences thematic axis and evaluate prevention programs. From 1999, she worked at Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, as Head of the Foreign Exchanges Sector, then Deputy Director and Head of Central Services. In these roles, she introduced evaluation methods to the Arts Council, and developed and managed the Evaluation Department. In 2009, she founded the evalure Center for Cultural Evaluation in Zurich, which she has been running ever since, carrying out external evaluations, supporting cultural policy development processes and helping to clarify the measures required for their implementation.

She is also a member of the Board of Reso – Réseau Danse Suisse, Vice-President of the Fondation Oertli, a member of the Board of Fondation Françoise Siegfried-Meier in La Tour-de-Peilz and a member of the Klangbox Board.

 

Patrick de Rham Director of Arsenic

Patrick de Rham is the director of the contemporary performing arts center Arsenic, in Lausanne, since 2017. Before that, he headed the interdisciplinary emerging arts festival Les Urbaines for during 10 years.

He has also created and directed Post Digital Cultures, a symposium dealing with the relationship between contemporary arts and digital media, under mandate from the Swiss Federal Office of Culture.

He is or has been an expert for art juries and commissions such as the Swiss Dance Days, Corodis, PREMIO, the Irène Raymond Foundation or Pro Helvetia (for its call for interdisciplinary cooperation projects in new media). He was the first president of the Particimedia association, which supervises the art education structure Culturadio among others.

Before working in the art field, he worked as sound designer at the Swiss National Radio, from 1995 to 2007.

Stefanie Hessler Director of Swiss Institute

Curator, writer, and editor, Stefanie Hessler’s work focuses on ecologies and technology from an intersectional feminist perspective. Director of Swiss Institute in New-York since 2022, she was previously Director of Kunsthall Trondheim in Norway, where she has curated solo exhibitions by Jenna Sutela, Diana Policarpo, and Frida Orupabo, as well as the transdisciplinary exhibition Sex Ecologies which focused on queer ecologies, sexuality, and care in more-than-human worlds.n In 2020–21, she served as chief curator for the Seventeenth MOMENTA Biennale, Sensing Nature in Montreal.

Deborah-Joyce Holman Artist and curator

Deborah-Joyce Holman is a multidisciplinary artist based between London and Basel. Their work has recently been shown in many institutions around the world, including Oregon Contemporary, Portland (2023), Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (2022), 7th Athens Biennial (2021), La Quadriennale di Roma (2020) and Auto Italia, London (2019), among others.

From 2020 to 2022, she worked at East London arts organisation Auto Italia first as Associate Director. They were the founding director of 1.1, a platform for early-career practitioners in arts, music and text-based practices, with an exhibition space in Basel, Switzerland, which ran from 2015 to 2020.

Deborah-Joyce has curated the 2018 and 2019 annual group exhibitions for the arts and music festival Les Urbaines in Lausanne, presenting newly commissioned works by over 15 international artists.

Nora Nahid Khan Curator, editor and author

Nora Nahid Khan is a curator, editor, and author of critical texts on digital visual culture, software politics, and the philosophy of emerging technologies. She is the former executive director of the Project X Foundation for Art and Criticism in Los Angeles, which publishes the X-TRA Contemporary Art Journal. In 2020, she curated the exhibition Manual Override at the Shed in New York, working with artists Sondra Perry, Morehshin Allahyari, Simon Fujiwara, and Martine Syms.

She frequently publishes in journals such as Artforum and Art in America and has written essays commissioned for major exhibitions at the Serpentine Galleries, Chisenhale Gallery, and the Venice Biennale. Her practice extends to a wide range of artistic collaborations, including screenplays, librettos, and films.

The first former resident to join the jury of our Principal Residency Program, Nora N. Khan maintains several direct links with Switzerland, thanks in particular to the 2024 edition of the Biennale de l’image en Mouvement, organized at the Centre d’art contemporain de Genève, which she is curating with Andrea Bellini.

Samuel Leuenberger Director of SALTS Exhibition Space

Leuenberger has over 25 years of experience in the visual arts bridging commercial and curatorial sectors. He is the founder and director of SALTS, a non-profit exhibition space in Birsfelden and Bennwil, Switzerland, which aims to promote interdisciplinary exchange and dialogue with emerging artists. He is the curator of Art Basel’s Messeplatz Project and the Art in Public Space Project with Globus in collaboration with Fondation Beyeler. From 2016-2023 he was the curator of Art Basel’s Parcours sector. He has contributed widely to international exhibitions and programs including Centre Pasquart (2018), Bienne, Salon Suisse–Pro Helvetia, Venice (2017); Les Urbaines, Lausanne (2015); and 14 Rooms, Basel (2014). Previous roles include arts advisor with Frahm Ltd in London; assistant curator at Kunsthalle Zurich; and Post-War & Contemporary Art Specialist at Christie’s Auctioneers in Zurich and Stephen Friedman Gallery in London. He was a committee member of Kunstkredit Basel (the nation’s oldest City Arts Council) from 2015-2020. He is currently an external Mentor at Institute Kunst Gender Nature (HGK) in Basel.

Boris Magrini Curator at LAS Art Foundation

Born in Ticino (Switzerland), Boris Magrini studied art history at the University of Geneva and received his PhD from the University of Zurich.

Former head of Program and curator at HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel) and current curator at LAS Art Foundation in Berlin, Boris Magrini has organized numerous exhibitions that promote transdisciplinary dialogues between artistic practices and sciences, and that address the economic, cultural and political implications of the development of artificial intelligence.

Among the exhibitions he has curated are Radical Gaming (HeK, Basel, 2021), Entangled Realities. Living with Artificial Intelligence (HeK, Basel, 2019), Future Love. Desire and Kinship in Hypernature (HeK, Basel, 2018), Hydra Project (Sonnenstube, Lugano, 2016) or Grounded Visions: Artistic Research into Environmental Issues (ETH, Zürich, 2015-2016). He has also published texts in various publications and his book Confronting the Machine: An Enquiry into the Subversive Drives of Computer-Generated Art (Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter, 2017) offers an unconventional perspective on digital art and its relationship to technology and society.

Luc Meier Director of La Becque

Luc Meier studied international relations in Geneva. He then spent over ten years abroad, working on cultural projects in Japan and in the United States. From 2008 to 2012, he developed swissnex San Francisco’s and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia’s common art and technology program and directed it out of San Francisco.

Upon his return to Switzerland in 2013, he coordinated the curatorial development of ArtLab at EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, and was its director of programs until June 2018. A programmatic and architectural initiative, ArtLab brings together art, science and technology in an exhibition infrastructure designed with architect Kengo Kuma. Since August 2018, Luc Meier is the director of La Becque | Artist Residency.

Satellite

La Becque also supports long-term projects of artists based in Switzerland and beyond by offering them a residency adapted to the needs of their project.

The proposals selected for these satellite residencies deal with the themes addressed by the Principal Residency Program, i.e. the interactions between nature and technology.

Resident 2024

Quinn Latimer

ECAL

La Becque is partnering with the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne to create a new residency format to welcome renowned artists and teachers. The first joint venture between La Becque and an art and design school, the initiative offers the opportunity to residents to conduct a personal project at La Becque while guest lecturing at ECAL within one of the department over the course of an entire semester.

 

More information regarding the partnership on ECAL’S WEBSITE.

Resident 2024

Philippe Malouin

EXECAL

The EXECAL Residence at La Becque initiative aims at fostering research projects and promoting excellence in art and design education. It offers two ECAL alumni per year the opportunity to each participate in a four-week residency to develop a project while benefiting from an exceptional setting and infrastructure. The call for applications is open to all ECAL alumni, coming from all disciplines, who graduated at least three years before the beginning of the residency programs at La Becque.

 

The call for applications for EXECAL residencies is open until March 10, 2024.

 

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Pro Helvetia

In association with Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, La Becque participates in the Swiss dynamics of international cultural exchange: it selects and hosts artists as part of the exchange programs helmed by Pro Helvetia’s offices abroad, and develops residencies for exploration, production and co-curation with the Swiss Institute in New York and the Centre culturel suisse in Paris, two of the main hubs for the dissemination of contemporary Swiss artistic practices abroad.

EDHEA

La Becque offers a Bachelor’s or Master’s graduate from EDHEA – The Valais School of Art the opportunity to spend three months at La Becque, developing a project in line with the themes dear to both institutions.

Resident 2023

Amina Jendly

Resident 2022

Elias Würsten

Shifting Places

Initiated by artlink and supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Shifting Places is an initiative assisting artists affected by war to continue their work in Switzerland. The initiative is addressed to artists who have either fled to Switzerland from war or who are still living in war affected countries. Shifting Places is built around three main pillars of artistic work; Networking, Creating, Sharing, and gives professional artists and cultural practitioners from all artistic disciplines supported by Pro Helvetia the possibility to continue their professional activity and to integrate their practice into the artistic scene of Switzerland.

Resident 2023

Olena Morozova

Cooks!

La Becque is partnering with the Mise en Place Cooks! residency program created by the creative culinary center Deli Social in Lausanne to host month-long culinary residencies on the shores of Lake Geneva. This program offers selected culinary teams the opportunity to develop and test their vision of a new collective dining experience.