Default 19: Call for Participants (NEW DATES)

RAMDOM ASSOCIATION is calling for research-based artists to take part in a 6-day group investigation aimed at ideas related to extreme lands and remote areas. Situated at the southern tip of east Italy on the Mediterranean, Gagliano del Capo poses as an ideal location for participants of the DEFAULT 19 Residency to contribute to an investigation of the extreme land.

The residency program asks what we can learn about being situated in a remote location like Gagliano del Capo. What can it teach us about the contemporary global condition, including sociological, anthropological, political or scientific positions? Can we assign a psychological profile to someone who seeks the end or the extreme? Artistic research and resulting works can bring forward proposed impossibilities and new imaginaries shaped by the characteristics of the extreme land. Approaching “extremity” as a state of mind allows for a confrontation with a contemporary world where national identities are fluid and boundaries are no longer static. The finis terrae may have captured the imagination of dreamers and adventurers, but in what ways can it also serve as a call to action for urgent realities and a methodology to be implemented elsewhere?

During working days participants will individually and collectively develop their research approach in workshops and seminar sessions. They will expand their network and exchange ideas with the support of the programme curators, external guests and lecturers.

Conceived to encourage the research as a separate moment from the production, DEFAULT 19, will function as a platform that aims at re-negotiate the notion of time by nurturing a radically non-productive oriented format. During the six-days of residency, participants are called to be individually and collectively engaged with the landscape in its broader geographical and anthropological extent. The residency will serve as a laboratory and as an experience to nurture new forms of thoughts and approaches to the topic of the extreme lands.

The residency will be finalized afterword by producing a publication edited by Ramdom and release by the end of the year. All participants will contribute to the publication with a text.

The call is open to all disciplines: artists, curators, and researchers; or coming from other disciplines: writers, anthropologists, linguists, architects, urbanists, geographers and, professionals from scientific disciplines.

Works will be in English.

This is an international call open to any artist of any nationality and at least 21 years of age. Application of mid-career artists is encouraged.

Accommodation will be provided by Ramdom

Participants’ travel expenses will be cover by the Institutional Partners.

Active and collaborative participation to the program is mandatory. Participants are expected to stay in Gagliano del Capo (LE) for the whole duration of the project (workshop and residency, 8-13 October 2019)

Candidates can submit their applications from March 27th to May 31st 2019.

The selected participants will be contacted via e-mail by mid-July 2019

to confirm their participation and sign the Participation Agreement.


Applicants are invited to send an email to [email protected] with the Subject: “Application_Default19” yourname&lastname” and the following attachments:

  1. Application form completed with the required information (Annex A, online);
  2. An Artist Statement detailing how your practice relates to the extreme land theme and your particular focus of interest, preferably detailing a previously realized project OR a paper on a theoretical subject related to the thematic framework. (in.doc or pdf format, max 700 words).
  3. Copy of your Identity card or Passport (please make sure the expiration date is visible);
  4. Curriculum Vitae (biography) with your personal data, your educational background and former artistic experiences (no more than 2 x A4) ) (in.doc or pdf format);
  5. Portfolio with images of recent works or links to the useful documentation (video, audio, sketches, etc.) – max. 5 images or 1MB/ Video link via Vimeo/YouTube or website link;
  6. Signed Release Note (Annex B);

PLEASE NOTE that all the documents have to be submitted in English. Other languages will not be admitted to the selection.


The winning applications will be determined by the selection committee based on the evaluation of: general presentation, creative vision, coherence between previous works and the topics of Default19, critical perspective, and sustainability of new potential work.


Defaul19 is organized by Ramdom with the Institutional support of the Apulia Region


Ramdom would like to thank Arthub Asia (Shanghai, China) and the New Art Exchange (Nottingham, UK) for their Institutional support.