Container Artist Residency takes artists onboard commercial container carriers along existing international shipping routes. Hosting artists in the ships’ available cabins, this backstage pass provides firsthand encounter with maritime shipping.
An ongoing artwork, the Container Artist Residency challenges the traditional idea of studio residencies and invites artists to work within a unique intersection of industry and culture. The residency’s geographic location can only be defined in relation to the various shipping routes and the nexus of destinations that is the backdrop of global trade. Anchored in a context yet without a fixed physical location, Container foregrounds global commerce as the artist’s own immediate work environment.
Container Artist Residency 01, the inaugural edition of the project, kicked off with an open call in October 2015, and the seven selected artists completed their journeys in summer 2016. Subsequently, an exhibition featuring the artists’ work will open this December in Para Site Hong Kong. The exhibition will then travel to MoBY (Museums of Bat Yam, Israel) in March 2017 and will arrive in New York next Summer (venue TBA).
The basic strategy and premise of the Container Artist Residency is using existing economic infrastructure as an infrastructure for cultural exchange. This exchange is achieved by forming collaboration with a maritime shipping company for each edition of the project. The company will be committed to facilitation the residency and being accountable for the artist time onboard. The company would ideally provide financial support to the project during the period of the limited partnership.