The New Dictionary of Old Ideas

Open call for artists based in Spain

Term: 11/01/2019 - 18/02/2019


hablarenarte and CentroCentro, in the framework of the programme The New Dictionary of Old Ideas, open a call for three production residencies with a duration of 3 months each (from June to August 2019). The residencies will be connected to a travelling exhibition to happen in 2020.

This call is aimed at artists who work and live in Spain. Deadline: February 18th, 2019.


The leading theme of The New Dictionary of Old Ideas is Central Europe. In the course of the centuries, this concept has changed many times its geographic and political dimensions. The main aim of the project is to work around this topic as a direct response to the current cultural and political situation in Europe, with the strong rise of nationalism, EU-skepticism and anti-immigration attitudes. 

The three selected artists will develop their residency at Meetfactory, Prague (June-July, 2019) and Trafo, Szczecin (August, 2019), together with three artists from Georgia and the two exhibition curators, Alba Folgado and Data Chigholashvili (information see below). The resulting works of the residencies will be part of a touring exhibition to take place in 2020 at CentroCentro (Madrid), Silk Museum (Tbilisi), Meetfactory (Prague) and Trafo (Szczecin).

This programme is based on a project under the same title developed during the last two years by a network of Eastern and Central European cultural agents, led by Meetfactory.



This call is aimed at artists who work and live in Spain.

We are looking for artists who are willing to work in the international context and with a capacity to carry out the idea of the exhibition that deals with the notion of Central Europe and its specifics.

It is necessary that she/he would be interested in working with politics and contemporary topics with a new and challenging approach.

Since the project is narrowed to regional identity issues we are seeking for artists who are able to develop it into a more universal/general level that could be understandable also outside of Europe.

Submitted applications should include a CV and a motivation statement.



- The successful candidates agree to realize a new artistic work or to develop an already existing work during or after the residency stay working around the above mentioned theme.

They also agree to:

- Participate with the produced work in the travelling exhibition based on The New Dictionary of Old Ideas.

- Adapt her/his piece to the four exhibition locations, if necesarry (Prague-Szczecin-Madrid-Tbilisi).

- Work on the spatial arrangements of every edition in a close communication with the curators as well as with the production team.


- Only one application per person or collective permitted. Artist collectives have to assign one member as the resident.

- Applicants should have an appropriate level of English.

- Applicants should indicate if they are available during the residency period: (3 months, June - August, 2019). They should at least be able to spend 80% of the time in the residency location.

- Applicants should be able to travel to the four exhibition installations and openings (travel expenses, as well as accommodation, will be covered by the organizer).


Terms of the residency

The New Dictionary of Old Ideas will provide the following for each resident:

  • In and outbound travels.
  • 1.500,- € as per diems (1.000,- € to be paid at the beginning of the residency in Prague and 500,- € to be paid at the beginning of the residency in Szczecin).
  • A residency fee of 1500,- € (VAT included). (To be paid 50% before and 50% after the residency stay.)
  • An exhibition fee for realizing and adapting the artistic work for the exhibitions of 2000,- € (VAT included). (To be paid at the end of the project.)
  • A material budget for the residency of 460,- €. (To be paid before the residency stay).
  • A production budget for the new artistic work or the adaption of the already existing work to be developed for the exhibition. The budget will be defined individually with each artist depending on the caracteristics of the proposed work. (To be paid at the moment of the production).
  • Accommodation (own bedroom in shared flats close to the artists' studios in Prague and Szczecin).
  • A studio with internet connection (Please bring your own laptop as no computer will be provided).
  • Technical assistance for the activities that the candidates will undertake during their residency.



Required additional documents

Ensure that all required attachments are included. Incomplete or incorrect applications will not be considered. Please note that there is a 5MB limit for the archive that has to be uploaded.

Please upload:

  • A CV/resume of your professional activity (no template provided, please create your own pdf-document, max 5MB).
  • A motivation statement explaining your specific interest in the theme of the project and how it is related to your artistic work.

Whereas the form has to be filled out obligatorily in English, the resume of your activity can also be submitted in Spanish. Nevertheless we strongly recommend to submit an English version or summary, as several members of the international jury do not speak Spanish.


Dates, deadlines, procedure

  • Deadline: Applications should be submitted online not later than Monday 18th of February 2019 at Midnight [Spain, CEST].
  • Jury: The residents will be chosen on the basis of the submitted applications. The jury will be composed of the two curators and one member of each of the partners of the programme, namely: Alba Folgado, Data Chigholashvili, Flavia Introzzi (hablarenarte), Soledad Gutiérrez (CentroCentro), Piotr Sikora/Lucia Kvočáková (Meet Factory), Stanisław Ruksza/Jędrzej Wijas (Trafo) and Mariam Shergelashvili (Silk Museum).
  • Notification: The successful applicants will be notified latest by Friday 8th of March 2019.

About the Curators

Alba Folgado:

Alba Folgado is a Spanish curator and researcher based in Uppsala, Sweden. She holds a MA in Curating from the Royal College of Art postgraduate programme. In 2016 and 2017 Folgado was awarded with the Botin Foundation grant for curatorial studies. She has worked in collaboration with Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and with Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo in Madrid for the Convention on the Use of Space. Prior to this, she was part of the team of Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam. Recent projects include the exhibitions Rhythmic Encounters in Chalton Gallery London; I would prefer not to, developed for CreArt in Valladolid; and the radio programme Who Cares? A radio tale in Gasworks, London. Folgado’s practice is concerned with addressing issues of current social and political interest, as well as connecting with critical and non-hegemonic discourses. Currently she is researching how the structures that rule contemporary cities affect people’s lifes, and what responses artists and activists develop to challenge their physical and social boundaries. Additionally, she finds important to explore new artistic languages and their potentiality to connect with audiences outside art institutions.


Data Chigholashvili:

Data (David) Chigholashvili works between social anthropology and contemporary art. He is mainly interested in topics concerning visual and urban anthropology, ethnography, socially engaged art practices, public space, migration, foodways, and memory - some of which are usually interconnected in his collaborative work. Data’s works are strongly related to the specificity of their contexts. Through direct commentary, or subtle forms, he aims to present and question issues of the surroundings, while exploring connections between various disciplines and ways of expression in order to challenge conventional definitions and forms. In 2012 Data joined GeoAIR. Since 2018 he works as a curator of international programmes at the State Silk Museum in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has been working on projects, texts, publications, and talks locally and internationally.



About the Partners

hablarenarte and CentroCentro (Madrid)

hablarenarte is a Madrid based non-profit office for cultural management, curating and mediation. Founded in 2001, it has since then developed into a sustainable and independent platform for cultural projects. The programmes of hablarenarte are rooted in the fields of contemporary creation, education and social cooperation and unfold through a wide range of projects and international networks. hablarenarte always produces its programmes in collaboration with other cultural agents, be it individuals, or public or private institutions. hablarenarte is a team of six that operates through a horizontal structure, dividing responsibilities based on personal skills and making decisions through group consensus.

CentroCentro is a public, open space in Madrid devoted to contemporary art which focuses in particular on artistic and curatorial practices. CentroCentro is built on the local artistic context, with a network that connects it to the national and international environments and in close connection with the people who inhabit and visit the city of Madrid. The activities the centre organises are based on collective learning and on supporting work processes via a programme of exhibitions, concerts, workshops, seminars, meetings, reading groups, performance art, screenings and publications, among other elements. The aim is to be porous, pursuing organic knowledge transfer without paying heed to traditional formal methods, exploring the boundaries and possibilities of the language of exhibition. CentroCentro values art as experience and the aesthetic nature of work processes as well as their ability to foster collective learning. The centre seeks to share, with different audiences, both the results of the projects it participates in and the various ways they can be approached.


Meetfactory (Prague)

Meetfactory is the leader of this European project. Meetfactory is a non-profit international center for contemporary art founded in 2001 by the artist David Černý. It is located in an industrial building in Prague's quarter Smíchov. Its mission is to foster a dialogue between individual genres and make the current happenings on the art scene accessible to the widest public; to support original projects in the fields of visual arts, theatre and music as well as interdisciplinary and experimental platforms and to create a space where art is alive and artists are present, enhancing a direct exchange between international artists and the visitors, as well as between different fields and generations. The programme of MeetFactory consists in four dramaturgic departments - music, theatre, gallery and the international artist-in-residence programme. The residency programme of Meetfactory is the largest studio programme in the Czech Republic. It facilitates fifteen studios, which annually host over thirty visual artists, curators, musicians, theatre directors or writers.


Silk Museum (Tbilisi, Georgia)

Originally founded in 1887 as part of the Caucasian Sericulture Station, the State Silk Museum today is one of the oldest museums in Georgia and has been focused on sericulture and other related themes. The new phase of the museum’s life, as a contemporary museum started in 2007. Since then it actively works to preserve and represent the knowledge and experience it has. Besides the permanent exhibition and education programmes, the museum hosts and/or collaborates on various projects, exhibitions, conferences, lectures, discussions and public activities for different groups. One of the aims of the State Silk Museum is to use its historical background and create a new platform for sharing knowledge. It is open to creative experimental approaches to involve different groups. The museum has started an interesting dialogue with local and international contemporary artists and curators, and has been working on many art projects, exhibitions, interventions and residencies.


Trafo (Szczecin, Poland)

Trafo Center for Contemporary Art was opened in 2013. It is located in Szczecin – the Polish capital of the German-Polish border region Pomerania. Trafo serves as a multifunctional meeting platform for artists and visitors. It introduces the audience to the tools of art by putting them in various contexts and transdisciplinary relationships. Visual works interact with literature, music, theatre, social sciences and new technologies. Trafo acts as an "interpreter" promoting art and placing it in an extremely complex cultural, socio-political, economic and existential domain. It also has to be considered a testing ground for the history of art, it provides a space for experimentation and demonstration of the artistic process, production and testing of knowledge. The programme of Trafo consists of exhibitions, research and residency programs, publishing activities, meetings, concerts, lectures. Its integral part is an ongoing educational programme addressed to different age groups and introducing them to the issues of contemporary art. Trafo Center for Contemporary Art in Szczecin is a public art institution organized by the City of Szczecin.


The New Dictionary of Old Ideas is supported on the European level by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union (EACEA). For the Spanish part of the programme it counts on the contribution of the involved partner CentroCentro.




Carmen Mateos or Flavia Introzzi (carmen at // flavia at


Submission term closed.

Closed on 18/02/2019.