transcultural art lab
The TRANSCULTURAL ART LAB (TAL) is a collaborative residency program that brings together young artists from the South Caucasus and Germany. Andrea Martens co-founded TAL together with Fanny Rieber. From 2016 to 2019, TAL brought a total of 213 creatives from six countries to the island of Juist and was continued intraregionally in subsequent collaborations. Many of the participating artists had never met a single person from neighbouring countries before. By fostering creativity as a transformative force, TAL promotes a dynamic network of creative minds across the South Caucasus and Europe. During the residency each year 50 participants have investigated the idea of ‘utopia‘ through cross-cultural dialogue and interdisciplinary artistic practice. The works of art that were created as part of the project have since been exhibited in Berlin, Tbilisi, Yerevan and Baku. Together they raised funding from the European Union, the German Federal Foreign Office and the Ministry of Social Affairs - Lower Saxony. For further information please visit our website: www.designyourutopia.com
TAL is freely conceived as a space where experimental research and multiperspective community life go hand in hand. Every participating artist contributes to the creation of it and the process itself stands as a Social Sculpture. In six fields of artistic exploration: music, video, editorial design, performance, Dance & installation the artists collaboratively explore ‘utopia’ through shape, sound and movement.