CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF SUBSTRUCTURED LOSS
LiTE-HAUS is proud to host a residency program by the Centre for the Study of Substructured Loss from August through October 2017. This represents our commitment to making space for international artists to explore and develop art forms that push the boundaries of art's purpose and definition. Here's more information about the Centre's history and the artists who will participate in this three-month residency. A PDF download is available here.
Established in 2009, the CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF SUBSTRUCTURED LOSS is a Canadian organization dedicated to the development of applied grief and bereavement research. Documented through the use of practice-led methods within art and comprised of work from an interdisciplinary network of creative and technical practitioners; the CENTRE is committed to the advancement of the arts and sciences; providing programming in support of education; public and professional engagement; and the development of field research in partnership with local, national, and international academic bodies, institutions, foundations, and non-profits.
The artist-in-residence candidates are selected annually through an open call application process or by invitation. The program supports emerging and established artistic professionals/researchers working in any medium/discipline. This can include artists, researchers, curators, practitioners (art therapists, or in technical fields etc.) etc. Residents can continue with existing projects or undertake new research. The residency program encourages experimentation and the development of multi/interdisciplinary studio work grounded in research within the field of grief and bereavement. The work can encompass and explore varying physical and emotional processes (or loss) that people undergo. Previous residents have undertaken both theoretical-historical and practice-based projects surrounding loss. Working with, but not limited to the following subject matter: the aging process and the elderly, cancer, miscarriage, suicide etc. Participants are expected to present their findings when the residency program concludes and are given the flexibility to choose which form of presentation suits their findings best (i.e. brief exhibition, lecture, panel or similar). The residency aims to provide working artistic professionals with a platform for research and production; one that may lead to expanded possibilities, collaboration, a broader network, and possibly new works.
Berlin Summer 2017:
Aug 16 - Sep 14 Residency
Sep 15 - Sep 17 Exhibition ("Boardering Grief") click here for details
Berlin Autumn/Fall 2017:
Sep 20 - Oct 19 Residency
Oct 20 - Oct 23 Exhibition (Select Dates)
Berlin Summer 2017 Participants:
Katherine Fiona Jones (Wales, UK):
She is an artist from Wales, UK. Her work investigates discursive exhibition environments using objects as vessels for discourse and research. Katherine has a Degree in Illustration, a Master in Fine Art and a PGCE in higher education. She has spoken at a number of events across the UK concerning women’s politics and art politics. She has also co authored two peer reviewed papers on learning and wellbeing and is a devotee of graphic facilitation as a qualitative data collection method. Katherine has exhibited her work globally. Work will focus on the gap that becomes apparent when translating languages. A diminution of meaning occurs during translation, a dilution of sense. Her mother tongue (Welsh) has specific words that elucidate feelings associated with bereavement, that are untranslatable. As such, a liminal space occurs between languages where true feelings of individuals become incommunicable. Often, the healing process when one suffers a loss or bereavement requires understanding and empathy. As such, we need to use the right words to communicate and say what we really mean.
Anna Piatou (Volos, Greece):
Born in Volos, Greece, in 1971. Studied Fine Arts at the department of Visual and Applied Arts, Florina School of Fine Arts, University of Western Macedonia, Greece (2017). Work consists of the concept of collective memory juxtaposed with its social implications in the history of time, and is the purpose of her art practice. Issues like, migration in association with people forced to deportation due to war, psychological trauma, and the way we look at the “other” are embedded in the concept of her work. Lieselotte Fontrodona (Amsterdam, Netherlands): Landscape architect and urban planner. Studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam the Netherlands. Exhibited and lectured in the Netherlands and abroad. Including artist-in-residence positions in Spain and New York. Interests include mental illness, mental health, cultural lineage, and family history.
Debbie Lin (Los Angeles, California, USA):
Taipei born, Taiwan and Canadian-raised interdisciplinary artist, holds master's degrees from Berklee College of Music, Spain, The New School for Public Engagement, New York and a B.A. from UCLA University of California, Los Angeles. Interests include stages of grief, identity.
Stefani Kuo, (NYC, NY, USA):
Stefani Kuo is a native of Hong Kong. Received her B.A. in Theater Studies from Yale University. She is a playwright, poet, and performer. Interested in researching and writing a performance piece focused on the mechanisms and rituals of hoarding. Studying philosophers and sociologists who have written about memory extensively, such as German Egyptologist Jan Assmann who coined the term “cultural memory"; Part of Assmann’s philosophy, built on French Philospher Maurice Halbwachs’s idea of "collective memory"; in his work La mémoire collective (1950), is the importance of embodied memory and embodied ritual. Assmann discusses experience, such as trauma, as influenced by both culture and memory. A prominent example he gives is a memorial, a symbol of both individual memory and shared loss.
Lieselotte Fontrodona (Amsterdam):
Lieselotte Fontrodona is an Amsterdam-based artist. Holding a degree in Fine Arts from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Netherlands and founder of the Fontrodona Artspace in Amsterdam. Her work consists mainly of sculptures and installations and her artistic research is focused on identity (identity in travesty and cultural identity versus universal identity). In 2016 she won the 1st prize for her concept for the Melkweg (concert hall in Amsterdam) with the GRIT-project organized by the Amsterdam Centre of Enterpreneurship, participated in an artist residency at HANGAR.ORG in Barcelona in 2016 and she will be participating in a residency at the NARS foundation in New York in 2017. Her work has been exhibited widely internationally.