Photo: Alembic project IN/BODY by RaShaunda Books
Alembic = apparatus used in alchemy or distilling. The word “alembic” is also used metaphorically for anything that refines or transmutes, as if by distillation (as in “the alembic of creative thought”). PWNW || LAD invites artists working in original and contemporary time-based performance, whose work engages a strong movement, body or dance-based component, to apply for year 7 of our Alembic Resident Artist Program.
Three Portland-area artists or artist groups will receive 100 hours of studio time to be used between June 17, 2019 and March 31, 2020. Additional time once the 100 hours is reached can be rented at $5/hr during the residency period.
There is funding for each artist to engage a mentor/dramaturg/outside eye of their choice to visit rehearsals, give feedback, engage in conversation, help the process along in any way the two (artist and mentor) dream up. This person will receive a minimum honorarium of $300. We will have a short-list of possible folks if you need help deciding.During the course of the residency, the artists will have the opportunity share the results of their studio time with each other, the panel, mentors, and invited friends. A weekend of work in any stage of completion will be presented in March 2020, with a minimum of fee $500 paid to each project. Depending on funding, there may be more!
Post Residency Perks: Each artist can continue to rehearse at PWNW for a discounted rate of $7/hour in the year following their residency. In addition, each artist is eligible to be considered for an evening-length-performance during the two years following their residency as part of PWNW’s Alembic Co-Production Series.
Our vision and goals for the residency:
With this opportunity, PWNW wants to make a significant difference in the lives of artists, creating conditions to make the acts of exploration and creation easier. Through the Alembic Residency, we support artistic investigations that are movement-based, but that may incorporate other disciplines and collaborations, with a focus on experimentation. In each application cycle, there are many artists who fulfill the criteria in their own individual ways. However, we can only choose three. Since one of our goals is to create the grounds for a lively confluence of diverse creative ideas, artistic and personal backgrounds, the selection of a fertile mix of artists and approaches is a part of the process.
We also wish to state that PWNW seeks to engage a more diverse and inclusive participant body and strives to recognize individuality and create equal opportunities for all, regardless of race, class, gender, ability, ethnicity, sexuality or age. The demographic survey that is part of the application is a tool we hope will help us evaluate our progress towards this goal.
1- Send a quick email ASAP signaling your intention to apply.
2- Answer all the following sections of the Application Narrative, and assemble into a single document. You don’t need to separate the sections on separate pages.
3- Save it as a PDF.
4- Email your application by 11:59 pm April 8, 2019 to THIS LINK.
5- Fill out our online demographic form HERE, also by the same deadline April 15. This information, kept anonymous, is used to evaluate the reach and access of our programs and in reporting to our funders. Please note: This information will NOT be made available to the Alembic Panel as a part of your application. The Panel will be provided anonymous aggregated data of the full applicant pool.
1. Your name, pronouns, and contact info including email, mailing address, phone and website if any.
2. Bio (up to 400 words)
3. Artist Statement: You and your process (up to 500 words–Please also look at the Criteria for Selection below when writing)
4. Work Sample + Info
HINT- See how to link to a specific portion of your video:
YouTube: Super easy. Go to your video. Click the SHARE option below the video. In the popup window that opens click the box that says “Start at…” and fill in the time. Then copy and paste the link.
Vimeo: Simply append #t=0m0s to the URL. Replace the 0 with your desired values (m=minutes \ s=seconds) and the link will scrub forward to the specified point. Example:https://vimeo.com/147258245#t=6m5s starts 6 min and 5 sec into the clip.
5. Recommended panelists [optional]: Feel free to recommend a Portland artist, arts writer, curator from performance, visual or media arts.
Criteria for Selection: based on evidence from writing, work sample and knowledge by the panel of the artist’s work.
In addition to the above Criteria, the panel will also consider the makeup of of the group as a whole, looking for a group that is heterogeneous in terms of qualities such as background, aesthetic approach, stage of artist’s career, etc.