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Selection Open Call Van Doesburg Studio-House Paris #2

25 september 2018

In July 2018 a second open call was issued by the public cultural funds – the Mondriaan Fund, Creative Industries Fund NL, Performing Arts Fund NL, the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the Netherlands Film Fund – for a residency at the Van Doesburg studio-house in Meudon-Val-Fleury. The residency is intended for artists who are working in the many fields in which Theo van Doesburg and Nelly were active: architecture, visual art, literature, poetry, music, design and performing arts.

The open call attracted a total of 29 applications spread across the creative industries, performing arts and film disciplines. From these applications a committee selected screenwriter Helena van der Meulen (film), Jason Hansma (digital culture), and a duo application for an interdisciplinary project by Rozalie Hirs (composer) and Machiel Spaan (architecture). All these creatives will develop their artistic practice in the Van Doesburg studio-house over a four-month period.

Helena van der Meulen (film)
Helena van der Meulen will use her residency at the Van Doesburg studio-house for the last developmental phase of Human Beasts, a feature film about the emergence, blossoming and demise of the CoBrA movement with a crucial role for Paris. During her sojourn she will undertake the final stages of (field) research with the support of a French co-producer, write the script for the film, and develop a storyboard for the project in partnership with the prospective director.

Jason Hansma (digital culture)
During his residency, Jason Hendrik Hansma will be investigating the interdisciplinary work of Theo van Doesburg and filmmaker Jean Painlevé. Hansma will incorporate the outcomes in new work that uses algorithms to transpose the work of these two artists to the present day. The working period will result in an exhibition where the work will be presented.

Rozalie Hirs (music) and Machiel Spaan (architecture)
During their joint residency, Rozalie Hirs and Machiel Spaan will be working on their interdisciplinary installation Ways of Space, an investigation into the significance of sound within a space. Hirs and Spaan will be taking the characteristic sounds of the Van Doesburg studio-house as a source of inspiration – an instrument, as it were – to develop an interactive music composition that is not only inspired by their personal sojourn in the studio-house but also elaborates on Theo van Doesburg’s ideas about a new architecture of exploded space. The residency in the studio-house will result in a concert and an exhibition.

evaluation of the proposals
In its evaluation, the interdisciplinary advisory committee’s prime consideration was the artistic quality of the selected residents, secondly the strength of the proposal in relation to the residency’s location.

contribution
The residents receive a contribution of €1,000 per month for travel, materials, transportation and living expenses. The funds cover the rental of the studio and living space, as well as support, settling these expenses with the Van Doesburg studio-house directly.

first open call
From the first open call, an interdisciplinary committee selected visual artist Antonis Pittas and architect Marcel Moonen.

third and final open call
For the third and final open call in 2019, creatives and intermediaries can submit a proposal in the fields of visual arts & heritage and the performing arts. Keep an eye on the websites of the Mondriaan Fund and Performing Arts Fund NL for further information.