M&M Curatorial Research Residency Program


M&M Curatorial Research Residency Program
Project Description and Call for proposals, 2020 edition

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

Curatorial practices have become an integral part of contemporary art. They are generally associated with critical research and writing, but they are evolving to take on a variety of new forms: artists now take on the role of curator, and curating itself has become an art form. Bridging research, creation, critical thought and writing, contemporary curators work between in-studio and out-of-studio practices and renewed locations for presentation.

In a desire to support curatorial research in new media and digital arts, Laboratorio Arte Alameda (LAA) (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-word 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.

About the host organisations

Laboratorio Arte Alameda (LAA)
Laboratorio Arte Alameda 
is dedicated to experimentation and the exchange of knowledge through art. It is specially interested in interdisciplinary artistic, curatorial and pedagogical projects. LAA focuses on site-specific work that responds to our space and create dialogues between art science and technology, and in the study of contemporary museology. Our program reflects on diverse audiences, strengthens artistic processes, and is based on four fundamental principles: to exhibit, document, investigate and disseminate interdisciplinary art.  LAA also maintains the Centro de Documentación Príamo Lozada (Príamo Lozada Documentation Centre), and archive of previous LAA exhibitions and of Latin American new media from 2000 to today.

Founded with the conviction that living transcultural artistic experiences contribute to the betterment of humankind, OBORO is an artist centre that furthers the development of intergenerational art practices in visual and media arts as well as experimental performing arts. OBORO promotes awareness and dialogue within the art community and society at large and wishes to contribute to a culture of peace.

About Conseil des arts de Montréal
A dynamic partner of artistic creativity in Montreal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal identifies, supports and recognizes excellence and innovation in the creation, production and presentation of professional artistic endeavours. It encourages experimentation, discovery and daring at the heart of Montreal’s artistic landscape, thanks to its initiatives that stimulate emerging and culturally diverse artists. Since 1956, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has been an influential player in the development of “Montreal, Cultural Metropolis.”