Arc was an artist residency for research and dialogue in Romainmôtier, Switzerland, from January 2015 till December 2018.
Arc facilitated exchange and collaboration in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Artists and experts from different backgrounds were invited to appropriate the place over time, to critically reflect upon their practice, experiment and take their work forward, through shared activities and encounters.
Making is thinking
Arc was an inclusive laboratory, incubator and test bed for fresh ideas, new projects and imaginative formats. By focussing on research and dialogue, Arc created a climate where “making is thinking” - where artistic practice and creative discourse coalesce and flourish.
The residency offered a space for agency at the intersection between the arts and society. Arc welcomed approaches that encouraged the exchange of knowledge and skills, which led to transversal collaborations. Artists were invited to engage with experts from other fields, as this practical and productive process allowed them to widen their fields of investigation and forge innovative partnerships beyond the confines of the art world.
National and international network
Arc supported artists in their research activities by allowing them to develop thematic discussions and incorporate themselves into Arc’s local, national and international network, which at times it pursued purposely off the beaten institutional tracks.
Rewarding artistic exchanges can only take place in a friendly atmosphere that fosters trust, mutual respect and consideration, making artists and other practitioners feel welcome. This hospitality was central to Arc, and was shared by the hosts and the guests, the team and the artists.
Arc wanted to keep re-inventing itself, by continuously questioning the residency as an art institution from within and without, challenging values, testing new ways of collaboration and questioning the wider socio-cultural ecology. Participants were invited to contribute to these thematic explorations and reflections with their own research and projects.