December 16, 2013

SOMA Summer 2014: call for applications

Visit to Xochimilco, SOMA Summer 2013.

SOMA Summer is a unique eight-week program for visual artists, art historians, and curators conducted in English in Mexico City.

SOMA Summer offers a series of short seminars and workshops led by a selection of renowned Mexican and international artists. Participants will meet weekly for individual critiques with a variety of artists and curators. Activities are designed to promote intense creative work and artistic dialogue.

SOMA Summer will introduce participants to the very dynamic art scene in Mexico City through visits to museums, openings and artists’ studios. At the end of the program, participants will show their work in an open studio event.

SOMA is a space for reconsideration and reflection, where participants have the opportunity to critically analyze their work and to revisit their creative processes. SOMA facilities consist of shared working studios. Labs and workshop space are not available. Nevertheless, we provide logistical support for producing work within Mexico City. Applicants must demonstrate significant experience in their field. Accepted SOMA applicants are expected to participate in all of the program activities.

All program activities will be in English.

SOMA Summer 2014
SOMA Summer 2014 will take place from June 30 to August 22, 2014.

SOMA Summer 2014 will focus on the notions of participation and collaboration in art.

The increasing number of college degree programs termed “Social Practice” and recognized art collectives illustrate the normalization of collective work as a mainstream artistic strategy. Yet collaboration in art is frequently political by nature or, at least, claims this status. The group dynamic allows for a certain kind of anonymity that often translates into a high degree of open confrontation and criticality. But, in war rhetoric, to collaborate can mean “to work with the enemy.” To collaborate can also connote neo-liberal, creative entrepreneurialism. This is to say, there are many ways to engage the other. This summer, seminars and workshops will focus on the various forms of collectivity and its operational implications.

Seminars and workshops:
Eduardo Abaroa (artist, MX)
Carlos Aguirre and Víctor Muñoz (Proceso Pentágono, artist collective, MX)
Alexander Garcia Duttman (philosopher, DE)
Harrell Fletcher (artist, USA)
Superflex (artist collective, DK)

Mariana Botey (artist, MX)
Camel Collective (artist collective; DK, MX, USA)
Ted Purves (artist, USA)
Chip Lord (artist, USA)

Studio visits and individual critics:
Magali Arriola (curator, MX)
Irving Dominguez (critic, MX)
Carlos Amorales (artist, MX)
Maris Bustamante (artist, MX)
Amy Sara Caroll (art historian, USA)
Tatiana Cuevas (curator, MX)
Mariana David (curator, MX)
Ricardo Dominguez (artist, USA)
Iván Edeza (curator, MX)
Magnolia de la Garza (curator, MX)
Anthony Graves (artist, USA)
Graciela Kasep (curator, MX)
Alejandra Labastida (curator, MX)
Luis Felipe Ortega (artist, MX)
Raúl Ortega Ayala (artist, MX)
Bárbara Perea (curator, MX)
Paola Santoscoy (curator, MX)
Iker Vicente (artist, MX)
Tercerunquinto (artist collective, MX)

For more information, please check our site:
A detailed list of activities scheduled for this summer can be found at
Application procedures:
Any further questions: [email protected]

SOMA Summer is part of SOMA, an experimental pedagogical project launched in 2010 conceived to promote discussion and exchange in the field of contemporary art. Our goal is to produce a counterpoint to the dynamics of art schools, museums, and galleries.


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