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Nikola-Lenivets invites artists, architects, writers and directors to apply to its new Residency Programme 2019/2020.
The 'contextual' or 'organic' - as Nikolay Polissky defines it, is an important concept for Nikola-Lenivets Art Park. It is a subtle idea that requires total immersion in the the world of the Nikola-Lenivets, and an ability to detect possibilities for artistic intervention in the contextual layers of the park. We therefore invite you to play a game with us, in which the artist is first given the opportunity to discover a train of thought, carry out research, get a feel for a possible location, a possible idea, and only then - if they are lucky - discover the proposal that this leads to. Our proposal is for you to to discover your work, rather than invent it…

The artists Residence in Nikola-Lenivets does not require the artist to realise a work by the end of their stay. Our main aim is to form a body of proposals for realisation in the long term.

Applications deadline 30 May 2019. Results announced 20 June 2019.
2019/2020 Artists' Residency theme: Laziness

Laziness has always carried a special meaning in culture and in history; at times people needed saving from it, at times it became the saviour. Laziness led to the development of civilisation, Turgenev considered laziness to be a mind driver, futurists indulged in it, and Kazimir Malevich praised laziness, calling it the mother of perfection.
People are frightened by the idea of laziness and who accept it are persecuted, everything happens because no-one understood laziness as the truth, having branded it 'mother of vices' when it is the mother of life.
Kazimir Malevich
Laziness is also present on the modern map of Nikola-Lenivets. Art works are lazy in their principles. Each work is created according to one single principle, technological or artistic, as conceived by the author, without anything unnecessary or complicated. The architecture here is also lazy, embedded in the local context of 'Russian Povera', it absorbs simple rural technologies without much ado.

It is the nature and context, which often becomes an amplifier of the creative gesture, they inspire, the element become material, and we forget about laziness.

What place is devoted is laziness here and now? What meanings does it have?

In the format of an Artists Residency, we suggest exploring laziness as an engine for the development of world culture, but above all exploring its local manifestations: the parallels and patterns that arise in the context of the Nikola-Lenivets Art Park, with the subsequent manifestation of this idea at Archstoyanie Festival 2020.

Anton Kochurkin, Curator
Archstoyanie in Nikola-Lenivets
Project Objectives
- To create of a programme of support and a platform for experimentation and creative expression for Russian and international artists, designers and architects, exploring the themes of art mastering the natural landscape and the harmonious installation of works of art in the natural context.

- To form and develop an art community, sharing the values and principles underlying Nikola-Lenivets Art Park.

- To popularise new types and formats of art, exploring the interaction of man and nature, through public events and programme.

- To present projects created as part of the Nikola-Lenivets Artists Residency Programme in Russia and abroad.
Residency Description
The Artists Residency is a space and a program to promote the development and implementation of artistic (intellectual and material) works that meet the idea and objectives of the Artists Residency project.

Participants who have passed our preliminary selection criteria have the opportunity to:

- Live in Nikola-Lenivets Art Park.

- Become acquainted with the Park's collection of art works and to carry out research and analysis.

- Develop and implement their own project using the resources of the Art Park.

- Participate in public events with other residency artists.

- Publicly present their project in a format that takes into account the content and specifics of the project.
- An artist, an architect, a designer, a musician, as well as just a creative person over 18 years of age can apply for participation in the Nikola-Lenivets Artists Residence programme.

- To submit an application, please send us a brief biography, portfolio and concept of the project that is planned to be implemented at the Artists Residency or on the territory of Nikola-Lenivets Art Park to

- Applications will be considered by the Expert Council of the Artists Residency, which includes the founder of Nikola-Lenivets Art Park and curators of the Archstoyanie Festival, from various years, as well as invited experts. The composition of independent expert panel changes annually.

- Members of the Expert Council assess the originality, relevance and feasibility of the proposed concept, as well as their compliance with the ideas and objectives of the Artists Residency.

- Applications selected by the Expert Council are published on the Artists Residency website, and their authors are notified by a personal invitation.

- The terms and conditions of the project are negotiated individually with the author of each project.

Applications deadline: 30 May 2019
The Residency Provides
- Return transfers from Moscow / Kaluga to Nikola-Lenivets Art Park.

- Free accommodation.

- Three meals a day.

- Necessary tools and equipment.

- Public platform and online resources for the presentation of the project.
Our Expectations
- To host a public welcome lecture for visitors of the Park.

- The formulation or refinement of project ideas on the basis of the entire period of work in the Artists residency in an online format.

- Presentation of final ideas to the Expert Council of the park in any convenient format.
How to get there and what you need to know
Additional materials
Contact the coordinator:
Alexandra Hoholeva
+7 (929) 555 36 45
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