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OSSO Collective

Open Call - OSSO Research Residency

Residency period: May 2020
Submission deadline: 29 February 2020
Notification: 15 March 2020

THEME: Expansive Territories

The concept of Territory is multifaceted and ambiguous. It relates to notions such as space and place, identity and community, dominion and control. It may refer to areas of land, but also areas of knowledge, activity or experience.

A Territory is never clear or neutral. It operates as ground, foundation, a space to act and dwell, but also as a specific domain or locale, in which human and physical patterns overlap, singular perspectives are shaped, and unique communities emerge, inhabit or conflict. Territories are social constructs, products of agency that encompass physical, virtual, social, political, experiential and affective spaces. These inform identities, generate values, produce meanings and ways of living. 

A Territory is never static or fixed. It intersects with other territories, and feeds from the transgression of its borders or limits, its geographical, political and ecological interferences. The margins, as territories themselves, are the site of particular situations where differences come into contact, dialogue and exchange. They are in permanent transformation, expansion and contraction, generating new territorial dimensions of convergence, conversion, or conflict.

We propose the idea of Expansive Territories to comprehend expansion as a process of perpetual motion – physical, social, political and conceptual. Through exploratory and erratic movements, different territories overlap, merge, interact, are reconfigured, and reimagined. Deriving from Krauss’ “expanded field” – a notion that has itself expanded throughout most of artistic disciplines – Expansive Territories seek to gain ground towards a sustained, active regenerative process as a way of resisting any formalization that interrupts their transformation. 

In this cycle of OSSO Research Residencies, we invite practice-based research projects to engage with the proposed theme – its physical or natural dimensions and its cultural and metaphorical potentialities - as a way of expanding their field of action, while experimenting with fluid articulations across different spheres of activity.

We welcome experimental and expansive artistic practices that transcend disciplinary constraints through critical analysis, thus enabling dynamic spaces to emerge and generate new meanings, new narratives, and new inquiries.



– Raquel Castro (CICANT – Centre for Research in Applied Communication, Culture and New Technologies, Universidade Lusófona / Lisboa Soa / Invisible Places)

– Pedro Rebelo (SARC – Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast)

– OSSO Colectivo: Diogo Alvim (CESEM – Centro de Estudos de Sociologia Estética Musical), and Matilde Meireles (SARC – Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast)



Residency proposals should have a minimum duration of one week and a maximum of one month. We will privilege projects of interdisciplinary and experimental nature, with a focus (but not exclusively) on practices that explore the notion of Expansive Territories. Proposals can be individual or of up to 5 people*. These include projects that require the studio, workshop, or simply a bedroom with a work space.

* we can exceptionally welcome a larger number of people if previously agreed.


All applications should be submitted through the following online form.


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