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Pier 2 Artist in Residence

Theme for 2021: “Ocean: The Dark Side”

Since its inauguration in 2015, the Pier-2 Artist-in-Residence Program (hereafter referred to as PAIR) has gradually established its operating team and artist-in-residence procedure, at the same time advancing international exchange, connecting the community and campus, and promoting public art education. We expect to do more and keep asking ourselves the question: What is the role and function of PAIR with regard to Pier-2 and Kaohsiung City? Therefore, starting from 2020, we proposed the concept of “RePAIR” as the problematic for the open call: art can repair malfunctions and restore, while “re-” also implies retrospection, rethinking and reflection on pre-established impressions. With the problematic, we hope to introduce more diverse and cross-disciplinary reflections on social concern, local research, international connection, and explorations of residency designs.

There exist various and complicated relationships between humankind and ocean, ranging from colonial powers, industrial structure, scientific research, ecosystem, to folk beliefs. This continuous project initiated in 2020 open call is accompanied by a journey of retrospection and realization, during which we found that humans and the ocean are not just separated by geographical or historical distance; there are also distances of ethnicity, cultures, interpersonal communication, and even psychological distance. We have profoundly realized our limited knowledge and understanding of the ocean. Especially in recent years, the world has witnessed a series of momentous events, including protests, natural and man-made disasters, and super viruses, which had deterred cruise ships from docking at ports, disrupted the widely-connected transportation network, and forced international, large-scale exhibitions and events to be suspended. Economic, trading, and political problems also show more signs of chaos and stagnation. The ocean is not just a vehicle of life and connection; it also holds darkness and unseen reality.

Darkness is like an admonition that instructs us to explore with vigor and to gradually understand and empathize with the seemingly unfathomable unknown. Therefore, for 2021, we propose “Ocean: The Dark Side” as the theme of the year, hoping to reconsider the infinite possibility of the ocean/port with regard to the city/art through artists’ participation and interaction. PAIR hopes to work with artists and together dive into the deep dark, to touch upon unknown oceanic agendas in more depth, and to know ourselves better during the process of research and art practice.

The open call for "Pier 2 Artist In Residency 2021" starts to submit and apply: April 1st till May 31th 2020. 

(This year's open call finished at May 31th 2020)

1.  Applicants must download file of General Regulation.

2.  Applicants should fill in the online application form. 

3.  Applicants must provide documents required as follows:
(Please send the e-copied applications either via google drive, dropbox, or any other cloud drive/ download link before the relevant submission deadline.) 
3-1. Curriculum vitae and artist statement (no more than three A4 pages); 
3-2. Plan of residency and workshop (no more than three A4 pages); 
3-3. Portfolio
3-4. One Recommendation Letter from art institutions, curators, critics, etc. (in Digital file)

4.  Evaluations will be carried out based on all documents submitted by the applicants. Any application that is falsely written, incomplete or does not meet the requirements will not be considered.

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