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The project Alexandria: (re)activating common urban imaginaries (ALEX) aims to take a fresh look at the many challenges faced by the arts and heritage sectors, through the symbolic and historical prism of the city of Alexandria and its influences on urban development in the Mediterranean and beyond. ALEX includes two residency cycles which will evolve independently but which will encounter each other at various moments during the project cycle.

The project, supported by the European Union's Creative Europe programme, draws on the resources of eight main partners: the Royal Museum of Mariemont (Morlanwelz), the Palais des Beaux-ArtsBOZAR (Brussels), the Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella, Italy), the Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean "MUCEM" (Marseille), the Onassis Stegi (Athens), the University of Leiden (the Netherlands), the Kunsthall of Aarhus (Denmark) and the Undo Point Contemporary Art centre (Nicosia, Cyprus).

1. Open Call for Caravan Residency Programme: Thinking with Alexandria

The Caravan Residency Programme aims to survey the European cities of Athens, Brussels, Marseille, and Nicosia, through the lens of Alexandria an its contested urban imaginaries.

Who are we looking for?

This year-long multi-city residency invites artists, cultural practitioners, and activists to articulate and configure new modes of relating to and understanding urban, infrastructural, and social processes and formations.

Find out all about the residency and how to apply here:

 

2. Open Call for Politics of Heritage Residency Programme: School for Sonic Memory

This pluri-disciplinary nomadic residency programme explores sound, memory and trans-Mediterranean resonances. The curatorial lead for this programme will be Theatrum Mundi.

Who are we looking for?

The call is aimed at anyone engaged in the study, protection or production of collective urban memory – in the form of built heritage, soundscape, music, stories, social and political practice, with sound as a primary medium of research. Together, and in collaboration with local artists, urbanists and researchers, the participants will form a ‘school’ for sonic memory, investigating the ways that three cities across the Mediterranean resonate with one another, how elements of a connected and conflictual past are made audible within them.

Find out all about the residency and how to apply here:

 

Application deadline for both programmes: 30 May, 2021

As applicants must be fluent in English, the open calls are only available in English.


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