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DEADLINE 01/08/2016


Led by Eliza Naranjo Morse & ICDP

DEADLINE //  01/08/2016

All people will at some point become ancestors. What legacy do we leave for those who follow us? How do we pass down knowledge and what form does it take?

Together with Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and Sami Center For Contemporary Art (SDG), PRAKSIS has invited artists Eliza Naranjo Morse (Tewa, Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, USA) and Ivan Liotchev of International Collaborative Drawing Project (ICDP) to develop its Autumn 2017 residency.

Applications are now open for local, national and international participants in this multidisciplinary residency. Information about the residency and how to apply follows:

In time, we too will become ancestors… will explore intersecting cultural histories and shared philosophies between differing peoples, seeking synergies that transcend geographical distance. It will seek to bring together people of different cultures, to consider concepts of societal progress and value, and explore questions of identity, history, ancestry and sustainable futures, in relation to aesthetic practices.

Narratives of progress, dominated by ideals of growth – acceleration, expansion, yield, profit, gain – have led to environmental imbalance and global humanitarian crisis. Alternative forms of culture and production are beginning to reshape social and cultural models, but the process needs to go a long way further.  Dominant concepts of value demand radical re-evaluation.  

Eliza Naranjo Morse comes from the Tewa people of Santa Clara Pueblo. Located along the Rio Grande river of Northern New Mexico, this indigenous agricultural population has over centuries developed nuanced systems for collaborating with, and celebrating, its natural environment. Despite colonization and the imposition of western culture and technology, this indigenous group continues to assert the life systems and values created by its ancestors, seeing them as central to the establishment of a positive, healthy future

ICDP is an international art project that uses cooperative art-making to create productive dialogue between different cultures and communities. Acting as a mediator and instigator, ICDP will help create situations for the emergence of new perspectives and collaborative production within the residency.

This residency will reserve at least one place for an artist with Sami heritage, whilst welcoming applications from participants across disciplines and from all cultural backgrounds. Generating a ripple-effect of thought and action, the residency will invite participants and audiences to consider their inheritances and their neighbours, and understand the choices they make beyond local perspectives. Residents’ differing histories and perspectives, and the various challenges they face, will be mobilised as a valuable resource for considering fundamental hopes and needs shared by all of humanity.

All members of the residency community will have time to work autonomously on self-directed projects, research and activities, and to participate in developing both internal and public-facing group events and workshops. Potential events and workshops include: storytelling, screenings, talks, seminars, “meet the residents” events, and collaborative artworks such as large-scale drawings, installations, performances, and/or digital interventions.


Based in Northern New Mexico, USA, Eliza Naranjo Morse works across disciplines from sculpture and drawing to social projects involving cultivating land and working in public schools and the local youth detention center.  Through her interdisciplinary work she seeks to celebrate place, and to consider the intangibles of life including spirituality, balance, resourcefulness and renewal.

Eliza Naranjo Morse studied drawing at Parsons School of Design and at the Institute for American Indian Arts, and ultimately graduated from Skidmore College with a B.S. in art in 2003. Naranjo Morse has shown her work in a number of international venues including, among others, at Cumbre de el Tajin, Veracruz, Mexico; Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, Ekaterinburg, Russia; Chelsea Art Museum, New York, New York; SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, USA; Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA; Berlin Gallery Phoenix; School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe. A participating artist of the Site Santa Fe Biennial in 2008 she is also a 2007 awardee of the King Artist Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe.


International Collaborative Drawing Project (ICDP) is a global participatory initiative which uses drawing as a starting point for cooperative creation. Founded in London in 2010 by artist Ivan Liotchev, the project works with diverse cultural organisations and communities to develop drawing events, exhibitions, public art, and multi-media spectacles that explore drawing within a broad context.

ICDP has developed projects throughout the UK, Europe and USA, with communities ranging from Hopi and Acoma Native American pueblos in the American Southwest to underpriviledged youths in London and Wakefield, England. Recent projects include: London Brain Project, London (2016); COLLABORATE!, Glyndwr University/Focus Wales, Wrexham, UK (2015); The Kingswood Draw, produced by Emergency Exit Arts for Southwark Council, London (2014); Right Up Our Street, DARTS, Doncaster (2014); Light Up Lancaster, (2013); A Million Minutes, produced by AIR @ Central Saint Martins for Islington Council, London (2012). Ongoing work with The Guinness Partnership facilitates opportunities for social housing residents to create their own public art across the UK.


The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) is a foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in 2001 with the aim of developing cultural collaborations between Norway and the international arts scene. OCA aims to become one of the main organs in the international contemporary arts debate through initiatives such as exhibitions, seminars and publications, as well as by providing support to Norwegian artists for their activities in the international art arena, and by inviting international curators and artists to Norway. OCA has been responsible for Norway’s contribution to the visual arts section of La Biennale di Venezia since 2001.


Sami Daiddaguovddas/Sámi Center for Contemporary Art – is a center for Sámi visual art. Its year-round programme foregrounds international contemporary art with a focus on Sámi culture, and is international in scope and reach.


This residency is multidisciplinary: PRAKSIS, SDG, and OCA invite applications from artists, philosophers, sociologists, historians, writers, curators, and anyone else with a relevant and particular interest in cultural history, ceremony, social praxis and/or legacy to apply.

We are looking to create a demographically diverse group, and at least one place is reserved for a resident with Sámi heritage.

PRAKSIS aims to provide an environment for development and professional growth: applications are welcome from practitioners of differing ages and experience levels.


This residency offers comfortable accommodation for non-Oslo based residents in Oslo. Local residents will continue to live at their usual address. The residency community will regularly come together at the residency studio space, and at organised events and meals.

Weekly meals will bring the residency community together for discussion, debate and friendship. On week days PRAKSIS will cater lunch. Food to make meals will be provided for non-Oslo based residents, and dinners for all residents will be held weekly with invited guests.

Oslo has a vibrant and adventurous cultural landscape. PRAKSIS will provide residents with information and links to the city’s art scene, informing them about exhibitions, talks, performances and other events. PRAKSIS seeks wherever possible to connect participants with relevant organisations and individuals in Oslo. PRAKSIS residencies aims to introduce the residency community to Oslo creatives in various spheres including: curators, writers, artists, and musicians and where suitable other disciplines.

While the residency is free and offers accommodation and meals to non-local participants, PRAKSIS regrets that at this stage we cannot yet offer transport costs or a fee. However our team is happy to advise on and support applications for external grants wherever possible.


  • English is the common language at PRAKSIS, and residents must be willing to engage with group discussion and activity largely based in English.
  • Residents are expected to involve themselves fully in the work of the residency: joining meals, participating in events and engaging with the resident community.
  • Accepting a residency involves a commitment to participation for the full residency term.
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