The Map is Not the Territory

Dates: October 17th – 28th, 2017

The Map is Not the Territory is an exciting new residency opportunity open to emerging and mid-career artists, writers and those operating at the intersection of the two art-forms, during which participants work with a dynamic group of facilitators to produce material, both textual and visual, for a collaborative publication & exhibition. This residency is a joint effort between Cow House Studios, writer Nathan O’Donnell and curator Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll.

The curatorial team & project facilitators’ aim is to capitalise on the natural resources of the local area through a direct engagement with the land surrounding Cow House Studios. They take their cue from Alfred Korzybski’s dictum, ‘The Map is Not the Territory’, which points to an ontological gap between lived reality and the mapped or otherwise abstracted models of reality through which much of the world is understood. Following on from this conceptual dichotomy, this residency will explore the geographic location of the studios, unpacking ideas of abstraction, translation, cartography, and other fictions.

This twelve-day programme is comprised of two component parts; workshop facilitation & open studio time. The goal is to explore writing at the point of its transference from other disciplines, investigating ideas of abstraction, translation, cartography, and the sculptural qualities of text. Following the residency, the curatorial team will work with designer Clare Bell to collate the resulting material and produce a small publication to be printed in a limited run, distributed in galleries and independent bookshops. Bell’s presence as a facilitator during the residency will enable input from participants into the shaping of this final publication. Additionally, participants will have research materials and text on display in NCAD Gallery, Dubin for the month of December, 2017.

To achieve these ambitious goals, a range of practical workshops, talks, and engaged informal discussions led by prominent practitioners from a diversity of backgrounds will be organised to provoke new avenues for thought and production. Additionally, the knowledge base and contact network of the curatorial team will help to place these books in relevant bookshops and galleries in Ireland and internationally.

This residency opportunity is sure to result in the production of new work, introduce participants to a network of practitioners from a diversity of locations, provide a fantastic publication and exhibition opportunity and open up new possibilities within each participant’s practice.

Contact

For any further questions about The Map is Not the Territory, please contact Frank Abruzzese, Co-Director, Cow House Studios.

Price: €950

Price Includes:

  • three delicious and healthy meals daily
  • most comfy accommodation
  • informative and challenging readings, workshops and presentations
  • a day trip to Dublin visiting a selection of archive and research facilities
  • access to all Cow House Studios facilities, computers, darkroom, studios & supplies
  • 5 copies of the resulting publication
  • an exhibition of work to be displayed at NCAD Gallery, Dublin

 

Application Guidelines

The application deadline was Sunday, April 30, 2017. Dates for Spring 2018 residencies will be announced in September 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the residency?
The residency is open to emerging and mid-career artists, writers and those operating at the intersection of the two art-forms.

How long is the residency?
The residency is 12 days and runs from October 17th – 24th, 2017.

Do you offer residencies at other times of the year?
Yes, we offer several residency opportunities each year. You can find a list of current opportunities here.

How many artists are awarded this residency?
There will be twelve artists participating in this residency.

How do I apply?
Submit the following documents in PDF format by Sunday, April 30, 2017.

  1. Completed application form
  2. Recent CV/resume
  3. A portfolio (only one pdf file). Although there is no maximum number of images that will be accepted, we advise applicants to only submit relevant materials to reduce the size of email submissions. The images should include captions or short descriptions. For videos/films/audio, you may provide links to your own website, Vimeo page, YouTube page, within the application form. Do not attach actual video files.

Please submit electronic copies of the three attachments in ONE email under the size of 10 MB to info@cowhousestudios.com.

You will be contacted by a Cow House Studios representative to confirm receipt of your application within five working days. Successful applicants will be contacted by Monday, May 15, 2017.

What facilities are provided in the studio?
The 343 m2 (3700 ft2) open plan space contains a darkroom and computer lab. Generous individual spaces are provided. There is a large shared open area for specific projects and working methods.

The darkroom consists of three Omega D5XL enlargers with black & white printing capabilities up to 50 x 60 cm (20 x 24 in).
The computer lab consists of four Apple Macintosh computers, a Minolta Dimage Scan Multi Pro high-resolution film scanner, an Epson 4900 A3 17″ wide colour printer, Adobe Creative Suite, two NikonD3300 DSLR cameras with assorted lenses, Zoom H4n audio recorder with assorted microphones and wireless broadband.

How do I get to the Cow House?
If you do not have a car, or are travelling from abroad, you will be collected from the bus stop in Enniscorthy. Artists must arrive in Enniscorthy by 12 noon on the first day of the programme. For detailed bus schedules please visit Wexford Bus or Bus Eireann.

Where is the closest town/village?
Cow House Studios is located in rural farmland. The closest village, Rathnure is three miles away. The nearest town, Enniscorthy is twelve miles away.

Do you provide transport?
Yes, there will be frequent trips into town and the surrounding area. We also have four electric bicycles which can be used locally.

 

Should I bring any materials with me?
We have an extensive selection of materials and equipment which you may use freely, however, you may want to bring specialised items we may not have available.

Where can I buy art materials?
Basic art materials may be purchased in Enniscorthy, New Ross and Wexford. If you need more that what is provided we recommend that you order additional or special materials online that can be delivered directly to the studio.
Building or hardware supplies can be ordered and delivered by a local builders supply.

Do I have to pay for the residency?
The cost of the residency is €950. This includes the following.

  • three delicious and healthy meals daily
  • most comfy accommodation
  • informative and challenging readings, workshops and presentations
  • travel to and from Dublin
  • access to all Cow House Studios facilities, computers, darkroom, studios & supplies
  • 5 copies of the resulting publication
  • an exhibition of work to be displayed at NCAD Gallery, Dublin

Where will I stay?
Artists live in the Barn during their stay at Cow House Studios. This building lies adjacent to the studio. Each artist shares their room with three other artists.
Cow House Studios is located on the O’Gorman family farm. Rosie’s parents, Michael and Mary, live next door and Michael still works the land. There is a family atmosphere at the Cow House, we have three very friendly dogs, as well as three cats, a horse and a peacock, and we occasionally have family and friends visiting.

What about food?
Delicious home cooked meals are provided three times daily. We are happy to cater for any dietary requirements or preferences.

Do I need a visa to travel to Ireland for the residency?
EU residents and residents from specific countries such as the USA and Canada do not need a visa for travel to Ireland. Citizens of certain countries do require a visa to travel to Ireland. Visa requirements for Ireland can be found HERE. If you need a letter to assist in securing a visa, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Can I have visitors during my residency?
No, due to the intensive nature of this residency we cannot accommodate guests.

Do I need to bring bed linens or towels?
We provide bed linens, but please bring your own towels.

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