Camargo’s core activity is to provide residency opportunities and neutral ground for interdisciplinary exchange among artists, scholars, and thinkers, as well as possible interactions between the residents and the local communities.
The question of time is also an important factor. Residencies at Camargo—whose duration spans from a few weeks to several months—are relatively long when compared to other residency centers.
Moreover Camargo also offers its residents the possibility of coming back through follow-up opportunities. Residents at Camargo are also not constrained by any expectation to produce a finished outcome. The campus has been conceived for research, reflection, and exchange, and Camargo can count on the support of its local network of partners to cover some material or technical needs of the residents.
Up until 2014, the Camargo Core Program was the sole program of the Foundation. Since then, Camargo has developed a wide variety of new programs that reinforce the Foundation’s mission and serve the ever-changing needs of artists, scholars and thinkers in today’s world. Organized in partnership with artistic and academic organizations both in France and in the U.S., these programs offer various types of residency opportunities that differ in terms of duration, purpose, selection process, funding, impact, community engagement, etc.
Historically, it has been the primary program at the Camargo Foundation, created by Jerome Hill in 1971. Since then, the Camargo Foundation has been offering time and space, free of obligations and expectations, to its fellows.Th eprogram is now called The Camargo Fellowship.
Camargo specifically offers programming that welcomes already constituted teams of scholars and artists, further fostering their interdisciplinary collaboration. The main purpose of the residency is to meet on neutral ground to explore both creative and scientific approaches to a specific topic or question. Camargo organizes interdisciplinary incubators with the Aix-Marseille University, the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Goethe-Institut Marseilles, and the Regional Fund for Contemporary Art (FRAC).
These programs bring together artists, scholars, and thinkers who share a common question/focus. During a few weeks, residents work on their own projects or open-ended exploration, while they exchange with the rest of the group on their common questions. In collaboration with the Calanques National Park, the Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers Institut Pythéas (Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, IRD) and the writer and landscape architect Gilles Clément, the Foundation initiated in 2018 Les Calanques: territory of science, source of inspiration, a interdisciplinary program exploring the connections between humans and the natural world in the specific context of the Calanques National Park. A second thematic program, The Cultural Diaspora, aims to bring together African-American and African playwrights to share ideas, viewpoints, strategies, and work around the subject of the African Diaspora.
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Through this category of residency opportunities, Camargo invites an artist, scholar, or thinker for several months over the course of two to three years. Camargo is currently developing this type of residency opportunity to focus on work that requires long research and experimentation processes. Production-focused partnerships include the joint programs with the contemporary music center in Marseille (gmem-CNCM-marseille), the international film festival FIDMarseille and the Opera Festival in Aix-en-Provence. This type of residency is also to be developed for scholars and thinkers.
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