Artists are asked to submit a proposal for an art project based on the following curatorial prompt: still there are seeds to be gathered, and room in the bag of stars.
In The Carrier-Bag Theory of Fiction, author Ursula K. Le Guin offers another understanding of the power of storytelling. Throughout the essay, she envisions stories as bags: tools to sustain and provide for ourselves and our communities; opportunities to carry and to bring together; essential repositories for our survival. Through a critical reading of the past and present, she argues for a decentering of our society's obsession with the heroic, the canonical and the singular. Instead, she invites all of us to imagine future gatherings that honour the vastness and value of our humble, everyday gestures.
With these reflections in mind, how can art allow us to imagine spaces, temporalities, conditions, or systems where we can all get together, again? To borrow another of Le Guin’s turns of phrase, what kinds of “strange realisms” might mirror this “strange reality”? With these questions in mind, PHI MONTREAL invites artists to imagine other modes of gathering for survival.
PHI MONTREAL is an annual production residency that offers 5 artists based in the Greater Montreal area the opportunity to make new work that responds to a curatorial theme based on current questions, ideas, and issues. Works produced during the residency will be presented in a group exhibition at the PHI Foundation.
Artists across all disciplines are welcome to submit a proposal, while bearing in mind the residency's objective is to produce an artwork — installation, visual art, sculptural, media, or otherwise — which will be exhibited at the PHI Foundation in September 2021.
PHI Residencies — MONTREAL , an annual production residency
At PHI, we value the role of art and culture in our everyday lives. The purpose of PHI MONTREAL is to nurture a relationship between artists, curators and visitors by inviting them to investigate the pressing issues of our time through the production and presentation of artworks. This residency explores art making and presentation through the concept of the ecosystem, a community-building network that relies on interaction and interconnectivity for its health and wellbeing.
Selected artists participating in PHI MONTREAL Residency will receive:
- Individual artists will receive 2,000$ CAD as an artist fee and up to 4,000$ CAD for production expenses;
- Personalized support from the PHI Team over the course of the residency period:
- curatorial support;
- creative direction;
- technical support;
- production support.
- Access to the following PHI Studio facilities: PHI’s sound recording and editing studio and sound engineer; access to PHI offices and administrative spaces.
- Promotional support of the artist and the final presentation across PHI networks;
- Public exhibition of the final artworks at the PHI Foundation, including installation support;
- Access to PHI’s vast network of collaborators;
- Production of a short video profile on each artist for promotional purposes;
- Cost of transport, insurance, and installation of the final artwork during its presentation.