“You can't make either life or art,
you have to work in the hole in between,
which is undefined,”
according to artist Robert Rauschenberg. Despacio seeks to activate this undefined space by piercing through the divisions of private and public, personal and collective, fiction and reality.
An art space determined by the Absence of Divisions would be one in which both mental and physical barriers are actively blurred, broken, and reconfigured to the point that it becomes impossible to establish with certainty where art begins and ends.
The Central Archive will consist of an indoor garden designed by Carlos Fernandez and an archive of seeds from local plants that are regularly exchanged with visitors and people attending workshops at Despacio.
Despacio will realize its artistic and intellectual pursuit of absence in three acts that will unfold over three years:
Each act brings together exhibitions, happenings, and Libraries in Residence around the theme, as well as a Central Archive, which is a collection of works that are carefully compiled and include physical art objects, correspondence, and traces of happenings and actions. At various times over the year, a selection of these works will be activated in the exhibition space alongside the archive itself.
Two days of walking along a winding path through the dense Costa Rican jungle brings them to one of the world’s most isolated indigenous communities: The Cabécars in Alto Telire. Despacio’s newest uniquely tailored residency program is for artists excited by the opportunity to engage with the local community in a place that has been inhabited for centuries but rarely appears on a map.
If we want to establish new paths in the field of art, it is essential that artists seek inspiration in places far away from the old, ingrained patterns of thinking. It is only by questioning and rethinking established rules that artists have achieved innovation throughout history and have led us to where we are now.
Like many of the world’s most secluded places, contemporary art has no meaning in Alto Telire. There is no place for art as the rest of the world knows it in the everyday life of the Cabécars, nor is there a word for it in the local language.
Update April 14, 2017
The application period for the 2018 residencies will be announced on Instagram later in the year.
Update February 15, 2017
Ayami Awazuhara and Matthias Dolder’s returned from their ten day trip to the jungle. A selection of images have been published on Facebook.
The application period for the 2017 residencies closed on September 1, 2016.
How to apply:
Record a short video with your smartphone telling us a little about your background and practice and explaining why you believe you should be a part of this once in a lifetime residency. If you have an opinion on how art can inspire reflection and understanding of global and social issues, share it as well. Email your video to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What the residency includes:
The residency takes 6-14 days, depending on the availability of local guides. Please note that you may be asked to carry a certain amount of food or medicine for the community you are visiting.