Call for residency 2016

Call for residency 2016

Oudeis - electronic, digital and media art lab - calls for applications to a one month research and creation art residency in Le Vigan, France. The organization takes part to new modes of art productions in an interconnected society. Cross-meeting artists, researchers and theorists, Oudeis facilitates the mutations of creation and invents new forms of curating, mediation and transmission. The laboratory is the place for research and experimentation which results may be surprising and out of standards. As an identified and active entity in the field of digital art, Oudeis works with a cultural network of collaborators at a national and international level.

Oudeis is located in the south of France's Cevennes mountains, in Le Vigan. The exceptional context offers artists to fully give time to their research in a special environment, still having access to all the accommodations. The Oudeis residency is to considered as a cooperation with an involved and skilled team in the new media field. It is a dedicated time for thinking, questioning, experimenting and creating.


For this call, Oudeis initiates a new type of residency where the transmission and the sharing of knowledge are the core of the cooperation between a resident artist and a senior artist. Thus, the resident artist benefits from a fellowship and an extern point of view about her/his practice and project. She/he can exchange from peer to peer on esthetic, critical, technical, contextual or professional points. Oudeis observed that a deficit of connections between junior and senior artists exists, particularly in the fields of new media and digital art. Yet, to Oudeis, these connections are essential to support the present and coming creation.

The mentor artists are Annie Abrahams and Thierry Guibert. They will be involved in the selection process of the two laureates. Each of them will be associated to one if the resident. Time for meetings will be organized during the residencies for the mentors and residents to exchange and debate.

Annie Abrahams and Thierry Guibert's biographies

Annie Abrahams 

Born in 1954 at Hilvarenbeek, in Netherlands, Annie Abrahams has a doctoral (M2) in biology from the University of Utrecht and a MA2 from the Academy of Fine Arts of Arnhem. In her work, using video and performance as well as the internet, she questions the possibilities and limits of communication in general and more specifically investigates its modes under networked conditions. She is known worldwide for her netart and collective writing experiments and is an internationally regarded pioneer of networked performance art.

From 2002 till 2005 she taught at the University of Montpellier in the Arts Department. She curated and organized the project InstantS from 2006 to 2009 and theBreaking Solitude and Double Bind webperformances series in 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2012 she co­organised the first Cyposium – online symposium on cyberformance, and published an article on webcam mediated communication and collaboration in JAR #2. In 2013 she started with Emmanuel Guez the ReadingClub project, an online venue for collaborative reading and writing performances. In 2014 she published two books : from estranger to e­stranger with CONA and Aksioma, Ljubljana; and CyPosium ­ the book, co­edited with Helen Varley Jamieson and published by by LINK Editions and La Panacée.

Thierry Guibert

Thierry Guibert is a visual artists working in the field of media arts. Associate professor of Visual Art and graduated with a MA2 degree of Fine Arts, he is currently finishing his Visual Art doctoral thesis at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Thierry Guibert explores from fifteen years the digital image in all its forms ; interactive, reactive, programmed, autonomous.

His visual approach favors an art where the objects are determinate par the programming and generated by the computer. Images, sounds, gestures and languages are hybridized to create elaborated objects mixing photography, video game, sound, sculpture and light.

His current work has for materials cinema, films the first image and sound machines. It is this cinematic material that he transforms in a way to show the cinema under a new angle, to unveil an unexpected dimension.

On the theory part, he is specifically interested about the concept of technè and its connection to art as well to the issues if hybridization in media, particularly in cinema and its mutation through digital tools. His artworks and researches have been presented internationally (Berlin, Bruxelles, Dubaï, Kyoto, London, Montreal, Santa Barbara) and in France (Paris, Bourges, Pau, Thours, Bagnols-sur-Cèze).

Orientations and expectations

Oudeis choices will tend toward a singular proposition at the intersection of art and a peculiar approach of new technologies. Our bias being that every technology, as new it would be, must be analyzed in terms of benefice and constraint, in terms of emancipation and domination, in terms of re-appropriation and transformation. Obviously, because if these technologies may insure improvement, precision, rapidity, performance, evolution, subtlety, relevance and knowledge, they may also prove to be alienating.

This year, Oudeis team will give priority to two orientations : “Space/Time” and “tactical media” related to the living, cooperation and geopolitics.


- The artist will take part of the research and creation dynamic of Oudeis team and will contribute through her/his work to the production of thinking. She/he will regularly give a progress insight of the project and will let the team document the residency, by sharing documents, audio and video recordings. In a way, the artist will become during the residency an actor of the laboratory, contributing through her/his project to the global dynamic which may resonates to the issues approached by Oudeis. Besides, the aim of the residency is to benefit from a fellowship and an exchange with the mentors. Thus it is expected that the laureate artists participate actively to the exchanges with a spirit of openness and curiosity toward their interlocutor.

- The project hosted to Oudeis might involve a coproduction with other partners or be part of a mid-term production.


- For the residency, the artist will have a methodological support : technical support (observations, tools, computer, electronic or mechanical development) or theoretical support (structuring, conceptualization, interviews, writing). The artist will access to an equipped workshop. Computers, digital recorders, wood tools, video and photo cameras...

- An independent accommodation next to Oudeis location.

- Travel expenses will be taken care of, in the limit of 200 € for the artist living in France, and in the limit of 800 € for the artist living in a foreign country.

- A 1000 € grant (all charges included) will be allocated at the end of the residency.

Groups are accepted but no other expenses will be supported by Oudeis, regarding the grant or the costs of travel.

Useful informations
Duration of the residency : 4 consecutive weeks.
Periods : one residency in July (Thierry Guibert), one residency in October (Annie Abrahams) 2016.
Grant : 1000 euros, all charges included.
Application deadline : March 31st 2016.

The artists willing to applicate to the residency must email a full artistic portfolio including a CV and a note on the project with : an outline, the needs and the expectations. It is possible to precise if the application concerns a specific period or not. All relevant documents are welcome.

In case of voluminous files, prefer a transfer solution as FTP or wetransfer.

Contact : (+33) 467 688 719 / gaspard -- AT --