OBORO: M&M Curatorial Research Residency Program, 2020 edition

Deadline: December 16, 2019 at 5 p.m.

In a desire to support curatorial research in new media and digital arts, Laboratorio Arte Alameda (Mexico City) and OBORO (Montréal) created the M&M Curatorial Research Residency Program. Over the course of 4 to 6 weeks in 2020, one curator from Mexico City and one curator from Montreal will be traveling to the sister city to investigate the contemporary art practices of the host location. During their stay, the curators will either pursue or begin a research project using the resources available locally.

The goals of the M&M Curatorial Research Residency Program are to encourage dialogue and the sharing of knowledge and to instigate a means of creation and exchange between the active players of the contemporary art milieu in two major poles of contemporary art in North America. While allowing curators in Montreal and Mexico – established or emerging – to put forward ideas, concepts and innovative initiatives in current art, this program will act as a strategic platform for bridging the two communities together.

Call for proposals

The selected curator’s visit will be organized and hosted by the partner organization (LAA in Mexico City and OBORO in Montreal), which both have extensive experience in hosting artists. Each organization will connect the curator with relevant people and institutions locally to pursue their research.

The residency for the Montreal curator in Mexico should take place over a maximum period of 4 to 6 consecutive weeks between the months of March and June 2020. The expenses are covered as follows:
– Travel fees, up to $1000
– Per diem: $200 per week
– A residency fee of $2000
– Accommodation, up to $2000, upon presentation of receipts. The resident is responsible for securing their own accommodation in Mexico.
– Materials, up to $200, if applicable (upon presentation of receipts)

Note: Applicants for Mexico City should at minimum have a functional base in Spanish so they can be autonomous on location.

Please submit your project electronically only by December 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.; results will be announced in the week of January 13, 2020.

Your proposal should include:
– A text summarizing your main research interests (2 pages maximum), as well as a 200 words summary;
– A short text indicating your interest in pursuing your research in the host city;
– A CV (3 pages maximum);
– A 150-word biography;
– Up to 3 published articles or any relevant press clippings or publications about previous projects, if applicable;
– A maximum of 10 digital images and 2 videos (3 minutes maximum), if applicable;
– A list of your specific technical needs, locations you wish to visit or individuals you would like to meet in the host city, if you have targeted any at the moment of applying.

For Montreal applicants: Proposals should be sent by email or via Dropbox, WeTransfer, or another web bulk sender to the email address mm@oboro.net. You may submit your application in either English or Spanish.

More info: http://www.oboro.net/en/page/mm-curatorial-research-residency-program

Photo: J. Brouillard, 2019

OBORO thanks the Kanien’kehá:ka people for hosting us in Tiohtià:ke.