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SOMA Summer 2014 Call for Applications

SOMA Summer is a unique eight-week programme for international visual artists, art historians, critics, and curators conducted in English in Mexico City. SOMA Summer offers a series of short seminars and workshops led by a selection of renowned Mexican and international artists. Participants will meet weekly for individual critiques with a variety of artists and curators. Activities are designed to promote intense creative work and artistic dialogue. The programme will introduce participants to the very dynamic art scene of Mexico City through visits to museums, openings and artists' studios. At the end of the programme, participants will show their work in an open studio event. SOMA is a space for reconsideration and reflection, where participants have the opportunity to critically analyze their work and to revisit their creative processes.

Applicants must demonstrate significant experience in their field. Accepted SOMA applicants are expected to participate in all programme activities, which will be in English. SOMA Summer 2014 will take place from 30 June to 22 August 2014.

SOMA Summer 2014 will focus on the notions of participation and collaboration in art. The increasing number of college degree programmes termed Social Practice and recognized art collectives illustrate the normalization of collective work as a mainstream artistic strategy. Yet, collaboration in art is frequently political by nature or, at least, claims this status. The group dynamic allows for a certain kind of anonymity that often translates into a high degree of open confrontation and criticality. But, in war rhetoric, to collaborate can mean "to work with the enemy." To collaborate can also connote neo-liberal, creative entrepreneurialism. This is to say, there are many ways to engage the other. This summer, seminars and workshops will focus on the various forms of collectivity and its operational implications.

The application deadline is 31 March 2014.

For more information, please visit: somamexico.org/en/soma-summer. A detailed list of activities scheduled for this summer can be found at somamexico.org/program-2014.

Application procedures are available at: somamexico.org/soma-summer-applications-2. For any further questions, please contact: info@somamexico.org