The Unifiedfield Artist-In-Residence Programme [Granada, Spain: 2012 – 2014]

From 2012 till the summer of 2014, The Unifiedfield‘s Artist-In-Residence (AIR) programme offered to artists a very special experience to create work in the Spanish city of Granada, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The space was a charming old antique apartment located right in the middle of the old town (Albayzín) on Carrera Del Darro, an emblematic street in Granada with direct views to the Moorish palace the Alhambra. In 2013, The Unifiedfield initiated its second artist residency: The Unifiedfield Nomadic Artist-in-Residence Program in The Philippines.

Access to The Unifiedfield’s artist residency programme in Granada was open to all artists, musicians, writers and curators without restriction, but priority was given to artists working on the experimental and interdisciplinary fringes.

The Unifiedfield selected the most interesting proposals, in terms of quality and artistic interest, from the total number of applications. For artists who applied, this was a production-based residency where The Unifiedfield assisted the participants in the development of a new project or the continuation of an existing one, and at the end of the residency the participants were asked to give a public presentation in Granada about the work produced / developed during the residency. Eventually if circumstances allowed, under the discretion of The Unifiedfield, we organizez several other national and continental presentations for further promotion of the artists internationally.

The Unifiedfield worked closely with the selected artists to seek the subvention needed to cover the residency fees as well as the necessary support for the artist’s production costs, living expenses, travel expenses and fees.

 

Last Artist-In-Residence in Granada (July 2014):
Kristina Guison


Photography by Henry Chan.

Kristina Guison is a Filipino-Canadian artist, currently based in Toronto. She explores the state of “fragmented existence” through her light/sound installations and project experimentations on the mechanics of scientific and musical instruments.

The residency project Transductions is an amalgamation of the audio-visual field recordings/fragments collected in 2012 during the artist’s experimental research on the traditional tattooing culture in Southeast Asia, in 2013 during the Nomadic artist-in-residence, Reverb project with The Unifiedfield across the Philippines, in the fall of 2012 and winter of 2013 in Ontario College of Art and Design University campus in Toronto and in July 2013 during the artist-in-residence program in Granada.

+ info: The Unifiedfield Programme#21.

2013 Artists-In-Residence:

Tania de Rozario


Tania De Rozario is an artist, writer and curator interested in issues of gender and sexuality. Co-founder of EtiquetteSG, she is the author of “Tender Delirium” (Math Paper Press, 2013) and was the 2011 winner of the NAC-SPH Golden Point Award for English Poetry. She is currently penning her second full-length book, ”And The Walls Come Crumbling Down”. Her residency project ´The Devil Un-Dressed’ is an ongoing visual arts project that re-imagines the monstrous feminine in (primarily Eastern) Asian horror films.

+ info: The Unifiedfield Programme#20.

Shaun Sankaran + Natasha Noor

Shaun Sankaran has presented his brand of experimental sounds across the globe under his various incarnations with several album releases, and collaborations under his belt; Natasha Noor is a multidisciplinary artist who has been a practitioner of photography, painting and visual art & design. With Granada’s beautiful historical architecture and the nature surrounding it, Shaun Sankaran and Natasha Noor collaborate to turn Granada’s vibe and feel into a visual and aural experience in their residency project The Soundtrack to Granada.

+ info: The Unifiedfield Programme#19.

Bani Haykal + Shahila Baharom



As a collaborative duo, Bani Haykal and Shahila Baharom ‘s interest in interdisciplinary and intercultural projects tap into culture and language as primary resources. They investigate the correlation of the visual and sonic languages, combining them together to formulate audiovisual performances revolving around a narrative. During their residency, the artists will intend to further explore and develop their audio-visual performance vocabulary. This body of work will include the development of a new physical structure (instrument / sound sculpture) which would be incorporated into the performance which consists of overhead projections, physical movements and sound.

+ info: The Unifiedfield Programme#18.

anGie seah

anGie seah is a Singaporean artist whose multidisciplinary practise traverses the mediums of drawing, installation, performance and sculpture to respond the human condition in relation to the social environment. Since 2002, she has continued to create vocal pieces rooted in raw emotion and the imagination in the context of her autobiographical situations.

Angie will present her research during her residency (July 2013): ‘Every Heart Vibrates to That Iron String’, a work in progress of understanding ‘Duende‘, making drawings as processes and sound sketches, field trips and recordings. As part of her residency programme, anGie seah will also conduct a free workshop which aims to let participants find the authenticity of their “voice”.

+ info: The Unifiedfield Programme#17.


Harry Chew



The aim of Harry Chew´s residency is to further explore and document Tara’s life touring in Europe, her day to day activities and interviewing friends who knew her when she was Marc. The wide spectrum of interviews- from gender studies experts to international artists to friends here in Granada- will further reveal Tara’s kaleidoscopic world and highlight topics regarding transsexualism and art.

During his residency at The Unifiedfield (15th of April – 15th of May), Harry Chew will present some fragments of his documentary Tara and use the opportunity to have a discussion with the audience present regarding the topics that surround his latest work.

+ info: The Unifiedfield Programme#16.

2012 Artists-In-Residence:

Pierre Bastien + Truna

Mecanation + Truna at The Unifiedfield, Granada from The Unifiedfield on Vimeo.

Truna : experimental musician from Valencia, Spain. He will be developing in Granada a new improvisation setup as part of his collaboration with One Man Nation.

Pierre Bastien: French multi-instrumentalist, considered on the international music scene “the pioneer of some of the latest sound discourses within experimental and electronic music”. Pierre will be coming to The Unifiedfield in November to work together in a new collaborative project with One Man Nation which will conclude with a production of a vinyl and in a live performance at The Arts House in Singapore (organized by The Unifiedfield with the support of the National Arts Council and the Institut Français).

+ info: The Unifiedfield Programme#15.


Zihan Loo


Zihan Loo : artist from Singapore whose work is anchored in the moving image and extends to performance and mixed-media installations.

“I will present the research process and materials for my next experimental video piece titled ‘Duende’. This project in progress takes inspiration from Federico Garcia Lorca’s ‘Ode to Walt Whitman’ and the Grenadian poet’s letters from New York. It will be the third part of a trilogy of experimental essay films that I have been working on since 2009. These first two pieces, ‘Aemaer’ (2010) and ‘Chancre’ (2011) will be screened as part of my presentation‘ In Search of Duende’ at the end of my residency at The Unifiedfield (1st – 15th of July)”.

+ info: The Unifiedfield Programme#14.

Kai Lam

Kai Lam, an interdisciplinary artist from Singapore, developed the new performance / installation ‘Kai Lam Sucks Big Time‘ at The Unifiedfield from the 16th of June till the 3rd of July 2012. He also conducted a free workshop on Circuit Bending.

“My work is about us as hybrid beings, how cultural surrogation takes shape and is built through the process of performance and proliferates into the possibility of cultural and political freedom. Performance is not made to serve anything, but it is a repeated act of resistance against the dominant cultural hegemony that has become an authoritarian machinery which systematically oppresses individual freedom and restricts the evolution of human creativity. As an artist working with such contradictions, I expect to articulate my own system of representation and a humanity that perpetuates the body in my own perplexed and plural existence”.

+ info: The Unifiedfield Programme#13.

Zul Mahmod


Zul Mahmod: sound artist from Singapore who stayed at The Unifiedfield Artist-In-Residence [AIR] Programme from the 15th of May till the 15th of June working on his project Imaginary City, Granada.

“The objective of this project is to create a new body of work and investigate the sound ecology in different cities. For my residency at The UnifiedField, Granada, I will be recording sound from the city of Granada and combining it with sound from Singapore, Hong Kong and Ptuj and sound from my DIY sound instruments. These sounds will be layered together during a live sound performance”.

+ info: The Unifiedfield Programme#12.

* Zul concluded his residency with presentations and performances in Granada (The Unifiedfield, 03/06/2012), Madrid (La Bagatela, 08/06/2012) and Valencia (Plutón, espacio híbrido, 09/06/2012).

*Singaporean artists were generously supported by NAC and SIF (Singapore).