OPEN: Domaine de Boisbuchet, Lessac, France

Deadline: 14 April 2017 (midnight)

French chateau at Domaine de Boisbuchet

Residency: Two intensive weeks, 25 June - 1 July and 23 – 29 July 2017

Domaine de Boisbuchet integrates innovative architecture and design into the splendid setting of a 19th century French country estate, offering a unique creative and collaborative environment for people of all cultures to share.

Boisbuchet's intensive workshop programmes invest deeply in cultures that respect the past and build for the future, at the same time stimulating research that promotes a more sustainable relationship between the natural and the man-made.

AER is offering a UAL graduate the opportunity to take part in two intensive one-week workshops at the Domaine de Boisbuchet: Electro Nature led by artist collective Studio Drift and Address the Site led by renown textile designer Petra Blaise. 

Address the Site with Petra Blaise

25 June - 1 July 2017

Domaine de Boisbuchet’s beautiful country estate is scattered with architectural pavilions and follies, in the is workshop Petra Blaise will ask participants to reflect on the inter-connection of these buildings, and their relation with the interior and external surroundings. Participants will question spatial movement, the nexus between objects in space, and the relationships between the occupants be they humans or nature to imagine new scenographic scenarios - physical and/or ethereal.

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Electro Nature with Studio Drift

23 - 29 July 2017

Reflecting on the notion that all human systems, all technology and all electronics are a direct simplified copy of nature Studio Drift’s workshop will encourage participants to zoom in on aspects of nature and research how to make use of, and combine them with our human systems. Together participants will develop concepts and create future scenarios/situations, installations and products whereby the boundaries between science fiction, virtuality and the real world fade.

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AER at Domaine de Boisbuchet includes: 

  • Two 1-week workshops
  • Free accommodation and catering
  • Use of a shared-studio space
  • Two round trips to Poitiers, France up to £250
  • Two curator / critique feedback
  • UAL grant of £500 on completion of the residency and final report

Please note the applicants are responsible for visa, health and travel insurances. 

Boisbuchet website