Frontiers in Retreat

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Ecology in Contemporary Art 2013-2018

Frontiers in Retreat is a research residency platform that fosters multidisciplinary dialogue on ecological issues within a new European network involving artist residencies, art and education organisations, artists, experts in various disciplines as well as diverse audiences. The aim of the project is to broaden the understanding of global ecological changes and their local impacts on European natural environments by means of contemporary artistic practices and through a multidisciplinary approach.

23 artists have been invited from across Europe for research residencies in the residency centres run by the partners of the project. Their sites, recognized as frontiers, are approached as resonant of the entwined geopolitical and socio-economic processes. During the project, the artists will move within the residency network, research the particular ecological contexts of the sites, initiate knowledge exchange between diverse disciplines in incubator workshops, and develop new artworks.

Re-thinking Art and Ecology

Frontiers in Retreat residency activities started in the spring of 2014. The research processes and activities at each residency location are documented and communicated on the official website connecting the sites with each other as well as with different audiences.

The website also contains further information about the artists and partner organisations.

Frontiers in Retreat
is organised by HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme in partnership with the art organisations Mustarinda, Finland; Scottish Sculpture Workshop – SSW, Scotland; Interdisciplinary Art Group SERDE, Latvia; Cultural Front – GRAD, Serbia; Centre d'Art i Natura de Farrera, Spain; Skaftfell – Center for Visual Art, Iceland; and Jutempus, Lithuania.

The project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

The project is also supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Kone Foundation and Alfred Kordelin Foundation.