OPEN CALL // Picture Berlin Summer Session 2015


Picture Berlin, a 6-week residency program for contemporary artists and photographers, is now accepting applications for its Summer Session (July 1-August 15, 2015). Using the city as its platform, the program offers artists an opportunity to focus on their studio work, engage with their creative peers, attend lectures and discussion panels with international and Berlin-based artists/curators, take part in group meals, studio visits, work reviews, a curatorial marathon, and choreographed artist walks. Throughout the residency, artists will form a collaborative network in which they benefit their own work, as well feed off the group dynamic, all in the artistically vibrant city of Berlin.

Now in its 6th year, Picture Berlin has continuously adapted to meet the artists’ needs, changing venues and facilities and providing artists with a productive environment to pursue their practice. The 2015 studios will be located at ZK/U in Moabit, while the artist talks (which are also open to the public) will be held at tête, a project space in Mitte.

The program will kick off with an intensive, 10-hour artist walk, titled In Search of the Miraculous, which will include 7 different artists and will explore 6 neighborhoods throughout Berlin. Artists will exhibit their work three times throughout the Summer Session, at the beginning, middle, and end, learning about the various ways of exhibiting and witnessing the progression of their work along the way.

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Among this year’s confirmed lecturers/curators is Pauline Doutreluingne, an independent curator, visual researcher, and co-founder of artistic collective Mindpirates, who has organized numerous projects exploring the relationship and exchange between society and culture. Her most recent project for the 5th Marrakech Biennale 2014, “If You Are So Smart, Why Ain’t You Rich?” (2014), is an ongoing study of the power struggle between knowledge and economics in society.

Prospective artists must be 20+ years old, fluent in English, must have exhibited their work at least 3 times, and must be able to provide their own health insurance throughout the program.

The cost of the program is €3295 without housing and €4600 with housing, including lectures, site visits, work reviews, German language lessons, German SIM card, studio space, transportation fees, and many more.

The deadline for applications is March 11, 2015.


For more information about Picture Berlin and how to apply:


Blog entry by Nora Kovacs in Berlin; Friday, Mar. 06, 2015.

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