An exploratory contemporary arts project working in the desert and altiplano of Northern Chile close to frontier with Bolvia. Begins October 2017 ran by La Wayaka Current artist-led project working with anthropological and ecological themes. We currently offer a residency program for artists and projects at Desert. Here you will work with us for 21-42 days. Each group of artists will be given accommodation in a an isolated desert retreat and observatory center, a base for working, taken on research expeditions into nature, be introduced to flora fauna and local people. We will create a place in Desert for research, discovery, collaboration and experimentation whilst focussing on the crucial and pressing issues of our time.
This vast, spacious and extreme desert environment includes surrounding geological fasinations such as volcanoes, geysers, rainbow mountains, oasis, archaeology, astronomy and indigenous communities. This provides a spectacular and otherworldly setting for an artist to research, explore and develop projects.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance:
All disciplines are welcome to participate in the project to create a dynamic, collaborative and open environment. In the past we have worked with drawers, painters, sculptors, along with other visual artists, writers, performers, musicians, photographers, film makers etc.
Work equipment includes basic tools (tools used in the local area/culture). Creative, technical support and assistance is provided to artists. Natural materials are available for artists from the area to use such as found objects, wood, stone, clays. Possibility to bring materials from nearby town out to the base. Possibility to rent out equipment from the observatories.
As an artist at Desert you will be based in rustic accommodation traditional Atacameño architectural structures made from natural materials. Here is outdoor workspace, living space with toilet, shower, bed, sheets, communal spaces, dining area, kitchen, energy – light, power outlets, and pool – artists will be sharing rooms, private rooms available for couples.
There will be shared living and work space for artists provided. Artists are also able to work outdoors along the large outdoor areas of the base.
Expectations towards the artist:
Artists are expected to act independently and self direct their personal projects. We encourage participation in programmed events but it is not obligatory. We expect artists come into the project with a basic knowledge and respect for the local area and culture.