PLAY UNTIL UNITED!
Antropical is a research-based artistic residency established in 2016 within the wider frame of the Kolla festival. Every year, it welcomes international practitioners across disciplines for
three weeks in the natural reserve of Steinfort in
The residency relies on the concept of an
ongoing research process, where the theme of
every round is determined as a natural
response to the past year’s topics, solutions
and issues. Taken in the context of the Kolla
festival, our first residency explored the
relation between art and nature, the following
one addressed the role of the audience in the
creative process, and last year’s edition
focused on the idea of the microcosm. Our
residencies aim at perpetuating an evolving
course of research through reflection and
Kolla Festival acts as a playground,
in which people can safely experiment, interact and create without the competitive pressure of society. Drawing from this idea, we now wish to make play our tool for connecting with other communities (natural or human) to widen the microcosm of Kolla. In 2019,
we are therefore investigating the definitions of play and its power as a uniting factor within and between communities.
accepting the element of chance in development and encouraging playful interactions between participants. In that sense, we regard the Kolla Festival as a location wherein Antropical residents can conduct fieldwork that seeks ways of engaging with festival goers through their artistic practices, in accordance with our core belief that art should be accessible beyond institutional walls. To stay true to our concept we have also introduced the “Ambassador” program in 2018, which will enable two participants from the previous years to bridge the gap between editions.
We look forward to receiving applications from artists, theoreticians and artisans of all backgrounds and disciplines!