The artistic experiment »Virtual Residency« uses the examination of the
states of personal and collective destabilization as the actual, powerful
engine of the migration movements. Hope, fear, dreams, necessities, distress
and the wish and the will for change generate individual images. They are
examples, »samples« or patterns for migration motives. Through the virtual
projection screen of the project, its Internet platform, they receive a
direction, they will be made visible and find a domicile. There, on behalf of
their creators, they become virtual residents.
The project group will then enable a part of the virtual residents to
materialize their ideas and concepts in reality. Based on the »sample
character« of the concepts that had been submitted to the Virtual Residency,
the group has developed an approach to realize the ideas as real multimedia
installations in various exhibitions in Europe, so called »model houses«.
One associates the term »model house« with a collective image of the
paradise. It is a pure place, a white place, a vessel, at the same time
a »void«, a »blank space«, a place without its own character, without
personality. Thus, the »model house’« will be the ideal projection screen for
migration motives. Model houses will be created from October 2006 in Germany,
France, Poland and Luxembourg.
The Virtual Residency is supported amongst other sponsors by the
organizers of the Luxembourg and Greater Region European Capital of Culture
2007 project, as well as the Ministry of Education and Culture of the
Saarland, the office of the plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany
[Saarland], as well as by the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and other partners.
The project executing organization is the HBK Saar - School of Fine Arts, Saarbrücken.