September 26, 2017

Open Call | Deviant Practice Research Programme 2018 at Van Abbemuseum, Netherlands

Application deadline: 17 November

In 2016 the Van Abbemuseum launched the research programme Deviant Practice. Following the conclusion of nine research projects over the past year, they are seeking new proposals from artists, curators and writers for 2018. Researchers will be awarded a grant of 2,000–10,000 EUR depending on the project for a mutually agreed period of work in and with the museum.

There are two research frameworks:

Archives: The Van Abbemuseum understands the archive as encompassing the collection of art works, the library’s collection and the museum’s paper archives. Within the museum it plays a central role in the formation, categorization and preservation of histories. As such, it is a contested site and needs to be continually interrogated. They are seeking proposals that challenge the role, status and use of the archive and the narratives it can produce.

Constituencies: They feel that today, more than ever, a museum cannot define its subjects. It needs to understand them and form joint positions with them. They wish to further their understanding of how to work with and through constituencies both locally and internationally. They are seeking proposals that address the museum’s ongoing engagement with its existing constituent groups with whom they will connect you, as well as with new groups.

Researchers will be given open access to the museum archives and networks to be negotiated on an individual basis. They are expected to present an internal seminar for museum colleagues at the start of their research and a public paper for publication within the Van Abbe and/or L’Internationale digital platforms in early 2019. Other possibilities such as exhibition or further publication can be discussed. Residency in Eindhoven is not expected and researchers will able to make use of the museum’s free accommodation on their visits, depending on availability. Limited travel costs may be covered within the total grant. Researchers will work with an interlocutor at the museum from either the curatorial, mediation, library or collection departments.

For more information and application details:

Open Call | Deviant Practice Research Programme 2018 at Van Abbemuseum, Netherlands