What is the wind? Where does it come from? And why does it blow? These were questions which preoccupied thinkers in the Renaissance and led to the development of a global science, including the creation of the concept of the atmosphere. Previously theories abounded – from ideas that winds were stored underground in caverns deep in the earth’s core to other ideas that the winds being an expression of the humours which were then let rip on the world.
In this second year of the Earth Water Sky open call to find the next Science Gallery Venice artist in residence, the theme is Wind – one of the invisible forces which has shaped our history – including that of the city of Venice where the 2 month residency will take place.
The winning artist will be working mainly with the international scholar and historian of science and philosophy, Craig Martin, who is writing a global history of wind at Ca Foscari University of Venice.
In addition, the artist will be put in contact and work with scientists from the Veneto region who are looking at different aspects of wind, including the formation of waves and tides, thermodynamics and as an alternative power source.
Earth Water Sky are looking for an artist who is truly inspired by the idea of investigating wind, enjoys the research process as well as public engagement, and can create imaginative, extraordinary new work which captures the public’s attention, their senses, minds and hearts.
Earth Water Sky is Science Gallery Venice’s 3 year residency programme for artists interested in the environment and the latest in cutting-edge environmental science and thinking. Every year there is an open call for artists from any art form – digital arts, painting, sculpture, dance, performance, music, multimedia, video, film, photography, writing, drawing – to apply for a 2 month fully funded residency in Venice. The winning artist/s will work with leading scientists from Ca Foscari University and the Veneto region.
The Earth Water Sky residencies are generously supported by Fondation Didier et Martine Primat.