The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (RRF) is pleased to announce the third season of the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida and the release of Rising Waters, a video documenting the artists and scientists who were invited to participate in the inaugural Rauschenberg Residency focused on climate change.
Interdisciplinary in its focus, the Rauschenberg Residency is based on Rauschenberg’s formative experience at Black Mountain College, North Carolina, and his belief that art can affect positive social change. Sited on the grounds of Rauschenberg’s former home and studio on Captiva Island, the residency maintains a robust commitment to the preservation of the land, its history, and the stewardship of the natural environment.
Each year, the foundation appoints an anonymous group of artists, arts administrators, curators, and partner organizations to identify emerging and recognized artists and other creative thinkers. The foundation has, for the second year, invited an artist to organize a residency focused on the environment.
Of the nine five-week residencies this season, six include invited artists in a wide range of disciplines, while three have a particular focus: a family residency for artists with young children; a performance residency held in partnership with Danspace, New York; and the second Rising Waters Confab, which aims to address climate change.
The 2015–16 participants represent diverse ages, geographies, and disciplines. They range in age from 25 to 78, and originate from 14 states and 13 countries, including Botswana, Greece, Ireland, South Africa, and Vietnam. The array of disciplines includes: choreography, dance, interdisciplinary filmmaking, painting, photography, poetry, sculpture, and sound art.
September 21–October 23, 2015: Muriel Miguel Borst, Andries Botha, Maria Hassabi, Naomi Natale, Silke Otto-Knapp, Cauleen Smith, Tamara Staples
November 16–December 18, 2015: Susan Banyas, Will Cotton, LeBrie Rich, Louise Steinman, Lavinia Vago, Kate Wallich, Bill Will
January 11–February 12, 2016: Jane Hirshfield, Victoria Marks, Susan McAllister, Danny McCarthy, Mick O’Shea, Jasiri X, Bob Tannen, James Weingrod
February 29–April 1, 2016: Katie Aliprando, Caitlin Cherry, Ty Defoe, David Harper, Jill Sigman, Alex Smith, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Christopher Williams
April 18–May 18, 2016: Rising Waters Confab II organized by Buster Simpson
June 13–July 15, 2016: Family residency: David Hartt, Ralph Lemon, Meleko Mokgosi, Chemi Rosado
August 1–September 2, 2016: Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Magdalena Campos-Pons, Josephine Halvorson, Steffani Jemison, Dinh Q. Lê, Neil Leonard, Harold Mendez, Sohrab Mohebbi, Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Deanna Van Buren
September 19–October 21, 2016: Performance residency with Wally Cardona in partnership with Danspace, New York.
November 14–December 16, 2016: Raul Ayala, Kevin Beasley, Jen Bervin, Fernanda Espinosa, Matthew Goulish, Lin Hixson, Deborah Luster, Kate McNeely, Eiko Otake, Steve Roden, Rachel Schragis
Rising Waters video
Held in April and May 2015, the Rising Waters Confab was the inaugural climate change residency. Including twenty invited artists and scientists, it was designed to spark dialogue and influence civic will toward finding and spreading solutions to the rising waters crisis. The resulting video will provide a glimpse into the creative exchange between artists and scientists and reveal how individual differences and cross-disciplinary approaches to problem solving can generate innovative ideas and be a motivator for action. The attached clip presents a tantalizing overview of the final piece, which will be on the RRF website this fall.