DocX Development Lab – Otherwise Histories, Otherwise Futures

Deadline November 27, 2023

This development lab aims to support artists and researchers (working within academia and independent researchers) whose archival practices, documentary art practices and scholarship seek to explore the history and possibility of living, thinking, being and sensing otherwise. What are your bold visions for making and remaking worlds, past and present?

No project is too big, small, personal or political. We are energized by microcommunity histories or the creation/preservation of community archives; critical fabulations; experiments in cocreation and socially engaged practices; and everything in between. This is an opportunity to invest in the potential of documentary practice to forward counter-knowledge and potential histories; imagine speculative futures; interrogate what it means to listen and hear community, and ourselves; articulate decolonial imaginations; weigh our embodied and situated knowledge; trouble matters of address and agency; and be in communion with these questions and with each other.

A cohort of 8-10 participants, including a mix of documentary artists, independent researchers and scholars, will be brought together at Duke University from April 4-12, 2024, to engage in dialogue; share their practice and proposed work; explore interdisciplinary collaboration; and receive feedback during a week-long intensive that coincides with the 2024 Full Frame Documentary Film FestivalIn addition to travel and lodging support, each fellow will be awarded $10,000.

The intensive lab is a unique opportunity for documentary artists working across disciplines, including filmmakers, photographers and audio artists, as well as researchers, to gather and develop new ideas alongside each other. During the week, fellows will hear from guest artists and meet Duke University scholars and industry leaders to connect and network toward future opportunities to exhibit, publish, teach, develop, produce and/or further distribute their work. By curating an interdisciplinary cohort, we can learn from each other and consider exciting ways to hack traditional avenues of creating and exhibiting work.

Applications open on October 25, 2023, and close on November 27, 2023. Learn more here.

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