Interviews – Experiences
International AiR programs and other mobility schemes are an integral part of art practice today. AiR centres function as alternative ‘academies’, catalysing artistic intelligence and dialogue. Hosts, guests, peers, and the public explore, build, and share knowledge and experience, that cross borders and cultures.
On this page you will find out more about artists’ experiences as well as opinions of cultural professionals regarding AiR opportunities (via the videos on the right).
Download below the interviews from the ON-AiR book – Reflecting on the mobility of artists in Europe (read more about the book):
Tudor Bratu, 1977, is an international artist currently living and working in Amsterdam and Bucharest. Besides his involvement with visual art, his activities include teaching, lec- turing and critical writing. In 2010, he set up Bucharest AiR, an artist-in-residence project that wants to facilitate international artistic production, research and cultural exchange in Romania.
Creating a bigger context: GeoAiR, Georgia.
Georgian artist Sophia Tabadatze (1977) lives between her studio in Berlin and her hometown Tbilisi, where she started GeoAIR, an artist-in-residence built on top of her family house.
Interview with Hedwig Heinsman from DUS Architects
DUS architects were founded in 2004 by the three architects, Hans Vermeulen (1977), Martine de Wit, (1977), and Hedwig Heinsman, (1980). Their office creates, what they call ‘public architecture’: architecture that is consciously designed to influence our daily lives. This social significance shows at all levels of DUS’ work, ranging from large urban strategies to outdoor breakfast designs. DUS sees architecture as a craft and combines research and design with a hands-on approach and unique use of materials.
More about the interviewees in video:
Tudor Bratu (1977, NL) is an internationally active artist currently living and working in Amsterdam and Bucharest. Besides his involvement with visual art, his activities include teaching, lecturing and critical writing. In March 2010, Tudor Bratu set up Bucharest AIR, an artist in residence project meant to facilitate international artistic production, research and cultural exchange in Romania.
He talks about this artist initiative, this open structure in which artists can work and live for free in exchange of a lecture or a workshop in an local Art Academy.
Maria Tuerlings, Director of Trans Artists, a knowledge centre on artist-in-residence opportunities. Find out more about Trans Artists here.
Marietje Schaake, Member of the European Parliament, Committee Culture and Education
Petra Groen, Sculptor, Artist and makes, Sculptures, installations, drawings, collages public artpieces and studio work. Petra Groen is since 2007 project manager from ARE. Every 3 months 2 new artists are selected to come and stay in the city of Enschede.
Daniel Jacoby is an artist born in Lima, Peru and living and working in Barcelona, Spain. He was in residence at AREholland, Enschede, The Netherlands in April 2011.
Valencia James is a young dancer from Barbados. She lives and works in Budapest, Hungary. After attending the ON-AiR workshop in Budapest, she explains the reasons why she came and reflects on ON-AiR as a networking opportunity for organisations and a useful information platform for artists. She expresses wishes for the future of the workshops, focusing on practical issues such as application procedure and work presentation.