Residency 11

Claire Le Clezio  is a video and installation artists from France. During her residency at CeRCCa she developed ‘Geografies Emocionals’ a collaborative video and performing art project together with Zoe Balasch.


Amb GEOGRAFIES EMOCIONALS hem investigat allò que no és tan evident en la percepció del paisatge, entenent que aquest no és tant sols allò que es veu, sinó també allò que no es veu però que hi és present. Pretenem crear vincles entre vessants artístiques, geogràfiques, estètiques i territorials en relació al paisatge.

El mètode de recerca que hem utilitzat per profunditzar en la comprensió i representació dels valors intangibles del paisatge s’ha composat d’un instrument de recerca corporal : la dansa, i un instrument de registre : la videocamara.
El nostre enfoc o mètode d’anàlisi del paisatge per una banda es basa en estudis sobre la dansa i del cos on aquest és concebut com a productor d’imatges i conseqüentment de paisatge. Per altra banda, ens nutrim dels fonaments de l’art relacional fent ús de la video-imatge per aproximar-nos hi.
El cos ballant esdevé mitjà de vivència i expressió del paisatge, mentre que la videocamara proporciona la imatge instantània de la interacció del cos amb el territori intentant fixar i representar un paisatge efímer, que no deixa de ser una rèplica a petita escala de la condició transitòria i canviant del paisatge.
Ens preguntem com el cos humà pot arribar a captar la realitat territorial i plasmar uns paisatges desde la seva vivència i si això servirà per ampliar-ho a una concepció existencial per a superar de manera individual i col.lectiva el conflicte paisatgístic present en relació a allò que veiem i allò que ens agradria veure . També ens preguntem si així arribarem a recuperar el sentit del lloc que actualment es troba en vies d’ extinció.
GEOGRAFIES EMOCIONALS representa un paisatge que en conté molts de diferents, tants com experiències possibles’ .

Zoe Balasch

Irina and Olga Ertakhanova are two sisters from Russia. Their art practice evolves arround  digital art, fine art, sculpture, crafts and ceramics. During their residency that will take place from the 7th February till the 7th of March they will be working on ‘Vetana’s stories’ a book of Tibetan tales.  The seconf project they want to develop is related to the upcoming yera of the Snake. Their project ‘Snake imitators’ will involve a series of ilustrations. As they say:

‘In the modern world we often try on the image of popular heroes of mass media, psychological stereotypes and different masks for convenience and protection of our own world. According to zoology, snake-simulators are not poisonous, but for the evolution they  have some behavioral properties and colour of poisonous snakes, which helps them to survive in the environment. The goal of our project – to create a series of works with the  image of a girl snake-simulator, a modern girl masquerading as artificial protective cover for the challenge detractors. We wanted to show the similarity between modern society and the natural world’.

Irina and Olga Ert presented the Tales of Vetala in Barcelona at Jiwar Creation and Society. The Tales where performed by Francesc Torrent. You can see some pictures of the exhibition/performace HERE.

IOERT poster presentation

Neja Tomsic is an artists from Ljubljana (Slovenia). She will be resident from the 5th of February till the end of March 2013 (aprox.).  During her residency she will be working in her Phd Research on documentary film in gallery context in the past ten years, the so called documentary turn in contemporary art, especially documentary film and video.  As she says:

‘By means of interpretation, subjective speech, displacement and camouflage, they transform concrete and real events and creatively  intervene in the documentary structures. The narrator and subjective experience, often including fiction, is underlined and the work transits between actual information and  fictions narrative. By this means it favors subjective experience instead of factographic’ Her research will attempt to answer the following questions: Which elements separate art documentary film from other video art in gallery context? What is the position of the author in documentary film: is he the narrator, the commentator, the interpreter, is he active or passive and how are these statuses related to concrete sociopolitical contexts that the film addresses?

Apart from this she will be editing a book for a project she is leading named ArtistTalk. ArtistTalk is a project developed with two partners from Prague and Wroclaw. The aim of the project is to build an online platform for interviews with artists that conclude with a collection of interviews in the form of a book.  Besides that she will also work in drawings and illustration as well as play the ukulele.


An Vandevelde is a play writer and social worker from Brussels. She will be resident at CeRCCa from the 9th till the 24th February.

She is interested in the dialogue between play writing and her job as Social worker and has been cofounder of a theater group that investigated the relationship between the self, the city and everyday life. She also supports and develop projects with citizens of Brussels with projects like ‘Blok’ a play with 15 youngsters of Arabic origin about their life in the city, ‘Children’s Choice Awards’, a project with 10‐year old kids who go to adult plays and write critics about them, ‘Ergens Hier’ a project with a class of 11‐year olds about their dreams in their neighborhood. In 2009 She founded her own company for kids: ‘Endewolf’ ( With this company she is developing her 3rd play ‘Gerda’ that will have it’s première on the 23rd of January 2013.

In 2012 She formed a duo ‘Veld en Zand’ with Sara Vanderzande, a plastic artist. The aim of this collaboration is to develop installations and performances that have a direct influence on the public. During 2013-2014 She will be working on two plays. One for kids named ‘the wolf of fame’, a play about the difference between being famous and being creative. The second one will be her first play for adults. It will be based on ‘Madame de Sade’ (Mishima). In this play the 5 women around Marquis de Sade tell his life story. Next to that the story will  tell a lot about woman and their role in life: wife, mistress, prostitute and mother. For this project she wants to interview women about those 5 roles and the relationship with men.

Alexander Zaklynsky is the coordinator of The Lost Horse Gallery ( as well as a visual artist based in between the U.S.A, island and Ukraine.

The work he developed at CeRCCa was two tiered. One tier was that of his personal art work which is centered on painting. He brought with him large canvasses to continue work on. These were large perspective drawings dealing with figures and abstract geometry. This work was in development for a solo exhibition of sculptures , paintings and audio/visual installations at the Newport Art Museum in Newport Rhode Island (US) scheduled for May 2013.

The second tier was that of the Barcelona-Reykjavik project which was recently initiated. This project is still in the development stage. For him it was invaluable to be close to Barcelona for some time to help develop this project with Amanda Cuesta and Sant Andreu Contemporani. They invited him to give a presentation at the center for the Europes Culture Fest in 2010 in their Forreign Office program.