[ 25 January 2013 16:00 - 18:00 ]

Space Ain't the Place

A discussion on cultural production in an ever changing economic climate

Space Ain't the Place
Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria

As the European region’s economic situation rapidly forces insitutions and governments to make harsh decisions on spending, cultural activity is often the first item to be cut.  This event is gauged towards a conversation on how to maintain an healthy level of cultural activity within the present day.  As co-founder of a 3 year old non-profit arts organization, created during a period of continuous economic turmoil in theUSA,Sebastien Sanz de Santamariawill address how multi-layered and de-centralized formats play a defining role within the current cultural environment, and how these new methodologies affect us on both psychological and logistical levels. A brief presentation on the history of the young organization, Residency Unlimited, will be conducted followed by a round-table like discussion with audience participation.

Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria lives and works in New York City since 2001. After completing a preparatory year at the Academie Julien (Paris, France) in 1997, Sebastien received a BFA from the Ecole de Beaux-Arts de Montpellier District (Montpellier, France) in 2001. He devotes himself to the development of the artist run not-for-profit Flux Factory, worked as assistant director of the International Residency Program at Location One from 2004 to 2009, and is currently director and co-founder of Residency Unlimited, a not-for-profit arts organization exploring innovative art residency formats and fostering customized residencies to support and advance the practices of local and international artists and curators. He will be an artist in residence at Open Ateliers Zuidoost – Artist in Residence (OAZO-AIR), in Amsterdam in December 2012 / January 2013.

This presentation is a collaboration between:

GEMAK | Vrije Academie, OAZO-AIR and Residency Unlimited

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