The "Outside/Dehors" summer residency will take place in the cabin community of McGillvray Falls, on Anderson Lake, BC, where I spent many of my childhood summers. There are around 30 families that travel there on the weekends to escape their day to day work life, and have been doing so for years. A handful have decided to retire there. An unspoken tradition of the community is to gather together every Saturday night on the communal lawn by the water, with each house bringing a simple appetizer, and socialize. As many people travel there for solitude, this is often the only time everyone gets together as a community. There is catching up, locally political discussions, and stories exchanged. We call this time hors d'oeurves.
Hors D'Oeurve is a french phrase which literally translates to "outside, exempt, or apart from the main work". It is familiar as a culinary term, a course of the meal that is easy to prepare, and can be eaten by hand. The idea is that the cook can participate in the social act of eating as the meal is being prepared. The course is considered apart from, outside of, the main work of the dinner.
The emphasis of the residency is on the work that takes place outside of the practice-based art world. The week-long period is meant to focus on conversation, discussion, and unpressured inquiry into the prospect of the visual arts and critical studies. I ask that everyone leave behind the physical tools of their practice, and bring nothing but a query or line of questioning to the group. The area has no cellular service, little electrical power, and no internet connection, so the discussion will exist outside of the larger networks we usually rely on for lateral references. I would recommend bringing books or readings that you might like to share, as you will not be able to google anything. The general structure of the time away will have optional, mostly unorganized activities such as hikes and swims and boat trips, lots of food and wine, and a group of people that is interested in sharing their queries and giving feedback to others.
Each attendant will be responsible only for preparing an appetizer of some kind for the group, along with abstract material for speculation, rumination and critique .
The residency will tentatively take place from the 20-27 ofJuly, 2015.
Meals and transportation will be taken care of by me, but anyone wishing to contribute food or a car would be welcome to.
If you are interested in attending, please send me an email at email@example.com, with a line of inquiry you are personally interested in sharing with others, and a general idea of some broad question you think you need time and space and other people to work through. The deadline for proposals is June 15th.