Artist in Residence Fellowship in Romania

The project TRACES - Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts From Intervention to Co-Production, is a three year international research project founded in 2016 within the European Community Programme Horizon 2020 - Reflective Society.

TRACES develops, researches and establishes innovative, artistic/aesthetic and collaborative approaches which productively challenge taken-for-granted assumptions on contentious cultural heritage and thereby contribute to their negotiation in new and different ways. The TRACES case studies critically asses and evaluate how and in which arrangements artistic/aesthetic methods and creative everyday practices contribute to strengthening communities both culturally and economically; and to emphazising minority voices and ultimately setting in motion a process of reflexive Europeanisation from below which unfolds within Europe and beyond its borders. TRACES seeks to enhance this through empirically and theoretically grounded best-practice advice and reports for policy-makers and stakeholders.

At the centre of TRACES practical "experimentation" is the development, investigation, contextualisation and implementation of a new way of transmitting contentious cultural heritage: the CCPs - Creative Co-Productions.

The project goes beyond academic boundaries to generate policies, practices, operational proposals and on-site interventions. TRACES is characterized by an on-site approach, both through its Creative Co-Productions and through ethnographic research. It is structured to develop a number of experimental participative actions and integrated multi-disciplinary projects in specific places, involving different stakeholders, demonstrating the potentialities of generating knowledge through actual practice using research methods and promoting innovative methodologies of intervention in cultural heritage valorisation, that can be transferred to and implemented in different contexts

One of the artistic and research activities related to TRACES is Absence as Heritage: Visualizing a Shared Past, Creating a Common Future Through Archives and Architecture of Vanished Communities, at the synagogue complex in Mediaș, Romania.

Julie Dawson, researcher and archivist at the Leo Baeck Institute (NYC/Berlin), and Anda Reuben, administrator of Medias synagogue and archives and coordinator of local events, are currently promoting a call for an artist to develop a three-year collaborative project based at the Medias synagogue complex.

Here are the contacts of the organisers:

Julie Dawson, researcher and archivist at the Leo Baeck Institute (NYC/Berlin), director of Leo Baeck. Institute’s ongoing survey of Jewish archives in Bukovina and Transylvania. blog: http://jewish-transylvania-bukovina.tumblr.com/ Twitter: @jbat_lbi

Anda Reuben, administrator of Medias synagogue and archives and coordinator of local events. https://www.facebook.com/sinagogamedias/

Info: medias.traces@gmail.com, and this website's Opportunities page.