The c.off residency is for dancers, choreographers, artists, curators, writers and others who do not have adequate funding for their work, and need a place where their work can be entangled as much as it can be unfolded, and a place where a focus is put on the process rather than on the product.
The c.off residency is driven by and through a need of a different exchange economy, whereby a mutual, but unforced, exchange is proposed. c.off provides residents with a place and practical conditions to reprocess, articulate and alter artistic practices within c.off’s discursive environment. Furthermore, a place for thoughts and processes to manifest themselves in their own right. In turn, c.off invites residents to suggest a practice, social or discursive exchange by an informal event such as studiekretz, bransch_brunch or a reading intervention in the READING EDGE library. Otherwise, residents are encouraged to donate a publication to the READING EDGE library, register a study circle (which helps us pay our rent), or suggest an exchange in another way, or not at all. Our residency exchange proposal is to be approached as a possibility, and not as a demand.
The c.off residency welcomes individuals and groups who are just beginning, who don’t fit into the more normative criteria of other residencies, or those whose work may elsewhere be considered too unarticulated— inquiries without a traced end, processes in the middle, in the very beginning or in the final end, and explorations that argue with known disciplines and genres – a labor under the radar.
As a c.off resident, you are invited to self-dependently use the space and its resources in whatever way might make your process its most abundant. This may be as a residency for a certain project, as your hub for general explorations, as a point of departure for gleaning further perspectives, as a space outside of your comfort zone, or as a room to get comfy in. Residencies can be provided for a day, for a weekend, or for 1-4 weeks, depending on availability. Residents with no external funding and residents who are not rehearsing for a staged performance are prioritized.
If you are interested in taking part in our residency program, please write us a note. We have no forms and no formal application system. We simply want to know who you are, what you do, why, how and when you want to use the space during a residency.
Send an email to Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org and feel free to include links or attachments to current or past work.
See our list of past residents here.