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    rural scapes – lab in residence is a rural residence program that focuses on research, articulation, reflection and trans-disciplinary artistic practices and critical production in the rural environment.

    Video documentation: 2014, 2015 and 2016: rural.scapes -< archivos.
    Access to  “Guia do Residente”.


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     			           | routs
    				    | sugar cane 
    				     | milk production and cattle raising
    				     | vegetables - orchards  
    				      | eucalyptus 
    		countryside             | water
    				     | Natural Park
    				    |Parque Nacional da Serra da Bocaina
    		          / Cities \
    			/   19 km   \___
    	São José do Barreiro    	\Areias 
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    		    |	Vale do Paraíba 	  \
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    		  |232 km  		         \
    		  \Rio de Janeiro 		   \ 
    	   	    | City			     | 260 km
    					 	     \ São Paulo 
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     regulations & submission

    – Deadline: June 2, 2016.
    – Residence Period

    visiting scholar
    3 to 5 days
     in residence between:
    October 1st and October 31st, 2016.

    8 proposals
     and 1 critic in residence:
    From October 1st till October 31st, 2016.


    Who can apply?

    – Brazilians and foreigners, residents, non-residents and regardless of age.


    rural.scapes – Lab in Residency is headquartered at the main house of an old coffee farm in São José Barreiro, at the foothills of Serra da Bocaina National Park, located on the triple border between São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, three economically important poles of southeastern Brazil. The farm took part in the coffee and milk economic cycles and is currently dedicated to agriculture and cattle raising.


    Santa Teresa farm belongs to the Paraiba Valley in São José do Barreiro, 19km from the city center. The second closest city is Areias, approximately 12km away. The nearest urban centers offering full commerce and services available are Cruzeiro (51km), Taubaté (130km), Rio de Janeiro (228km) and São Paulo (260km).  MAP >

    #labRes rural.scapes mapa - vale do paraíba trilha do ouro rural.scapes laboratorio em recidencia fazenza santa teresa

    How to apply?
    – Submissions are online, through the form available in the end of this website;
    – Up to 10 Mb attachments will be accepted. Video and audio should be hosted on platforms such as Vimeo or Youtube (if necessary, inform the password along with the link mention).


    The Lab in Residence proposal works on decentralization of artistic production from large urban centers to rural areas. How do interdependencies undermined between urban and rural worlds happen? How are these two contexts connected and/or dissociated into their everyday experiences? Displacement, as well as exchange, has a transformative action on paradigm, view, practice and production in both contexts? Considering nature as a group of biosystems and online intelligences networked, these Altered Fields points to small emergencies within the infinite experiences of re-cartographing, in small and large scales, creating new representations of old constellations, in processes that demonstrate these places’ potential to resilience.


    Laboratory in Residence

    Proposals related to participatory experiences may be held at Santa Teresa and/ or non-formal education spaces. rural.scapes has partnered with CRAS (Social Assistance Reference Center) and the Rural Union, as well as an agreement with the Department of Education of São Jose do Barreiro, which enables the residents to use the space of the schools. The applicant may suggest spaces and describe the dynamics of work, such as collaborative projects, collective and participatory experiences, as well as writing his/her work plan with the community through workshops, seminars, performance, etc.

    Open Labs
    Lectures and debates will take part during the development of the projects, in the presence of an art critic or other professional of the area.

    Open Talks
    Talks will be scheduled at rural.scapes’ main house, CRAS, Projeto Guri or/and at Clubão (local multi-use spaces), in São José do Barreiro, intended to promote further exchange between the artists in residency and the local community.

    Among the resulting works of the residency, a curated selection can be presented at the end of each residency period at the main house of Santa Teresa Farm in São José do Barreiro, as well as in the city of São Paulo, place and date to be confirmed.

    What projects can be submitted?
    – Projects related to nature and the environment, biology, zootechnics, agronomics, veterinary, astronomy, and other sciences related to rural areas;
    –Works generated by the meeting of traditional rural technologies with electronic ones, of retro-technologies, transposition exercises, translations, trans-creations, and transplants of affective and geopolitical topographies, which disrupts the black box of industrialized technologies of “consuming and discarding” and of “plug and play”;
    – Projects related to research and creation of artwork and interventions through ‘Rural InterMedia’, defined as the use and knowledge of existing technologies in the rural environment, traditionally based in the DIY culture (Do It Yourself);
    – Projects related to nature as a group of biosystems and online intelligence networked;
    – Proposes related to culture, tools, local technical, memory, intangible heritage, traditions, etc. from the Silveiras-Bananal axis, located at Tropeiros Road;
    – Works that use resources from Tropeiros Road area, and/or from the main house or the farm, such as water, virgin forest, organic gardens, etc., all considered as laboratory elements;
    – Collaborative and collective experience projects;
    – Innovative projects involving low-cost technologies.


    Selection Criteria

    rural.scapes – Lab in Residency program will select projects of different technological supports, analogical and/or digital, where technique, art and handicraft build essays out of their relationship with ‘technology’, here considered as the general technical and scientific knowledge. The program will accept proposals based on the idea of transforming the use of local (electro-mechanic) tools, processes, materials and/or infrastructures (integrated circuits), creating connections between local and global (on-line/ off line network) contexts, considering the specific territory of the residency as base for their development.

    The selected projects must relate with the local context. We will consider projects that work on Tropeiros Road’s local surrounding elements, between the cities of Silveiras and Bananal, including Queluz, Areias, São José do Barreiro and Arapeí.


    Selection process – International jury

    – Five professionals, 2 Brazilians and 3 from abroad will gather at Santa Teresa Farm to evaluate and select the proposals.

    – Proposes focusing on the premises of this open call, quality and viability of its execution in the period of the residency.

    – Proposals will be analysed and selected also according to their viability in the local context. Each proposal’s needs must be described in the application form, in the field “Equipment and Tools”.

    – The applicant’s proposal will be the key element of evaluation. Name, portfolio and career level of the applicants will be considered as complementary information.

    – Applicants may be contacted by the jury to discuss further details of the proposal, aiming alternative solutions, when challenges are found regarding the project’s viability within the existing conditions at rural.scapes.

    – Pre-selected artists will be interviewed via Skype in the beginning of June. After the interviews, the final list of selected projects will be defined.

    – The applicants are required to develop and finish the production of the selected proposal during the period of residency. The selected proposal can suffer changes, as long as they relate to the original proposal chosen by the jury.

    General Conditions


    # 1 category: 8 selected proponents
    8 proponents will be selected for the development of an artwork, interventions or actions with the community (workshops, performances, meetings, etc.), individually or in pairs.

    # 2 category: 1 selected proponent – critic in residence
    1 candidate. For those who are interested on creative and critical thinking in the field of contemporary art, outside of traditional production guidelines. Applicants must provide a critical text about the development of the selected category #1 proposals.

    # 3 category: 1 visiting scholar (minimum)
    1 candidate will be selected as a visiting scholar. For interested researchers, developing researches related to # labRes2016. Selected researches must share memories, photos, texts, audio and the experience after the residency.Support
    # 1 and # 2: the selected proposals will get support in logistics, local accommodation and meals (full board) during the 30 days of the residency, transportation from São Paulo to the farm, local transportation, articulations and a funding of R$2.000,00 (Brazilian currency). Doubles will receive the same support as individual proposals.

    # 3: The visiting researcher will receive lodging, meals (full board) and support in local transport logistics.

    Travel – São Paulo to the Farm

    # 1 and # 2: rural.scapes is responsible for transportation between the city of São Paulo and the farm and for local transportation during the residency period. Applicants must provide their own transportation between their place of residence to the city of São Paulo, when necessary. The time and place of the departure will be announced in advance. The selected artist remains responsible for the transportation to the farm in case of not being available to travel in the announced date, never exceeding 48 hours from the official starting date of residency, otherwise the participation in the residency may be cancelled by the organizers. Local/regional transport in the area of the residency is also rural.scapes responsibility.

    # 3: rural.scapes: Local/regional transport in the area of the residency is also rural.scapes’ responsibility. Researcher must provide their own transportation between the selected applicant’s place of residence to São José do Barreiro, Areias or Queluz. In case there will be an available place in rural.scapes’ car,  from São Paulo to the farm, researchers will be invited to travel together with the other residents.

     offers studios, a stream, vegetable plantation, animals, forest, woodwork tools, farming tools (shovel, hoe, wheelbarrow, etc.), projector (Benq Mw519, 2800 lumens, 13.000:1 contrast), 3 projection screens (4.6 x 3.3 meters), 3 active sound system, basic electronic workshop (welder, pliers, components, arduino, etc.), printer, sewing machine, DMX controller crocodile 2024 pro, LED RGBW programmable , sound mixer 4 channels and a rural poor 3G internet. rural.scapes remains open to the possibility of discussing extra equipment or materials when necessary and financially possible. This need must be indicated in the application form. Purchased extra materials will remain at the farm as rural.scapes lab’s patrimony in order to be used in future residencies.

    Selected individuals will stay at the main house of Fazenda Santa Teresa, an ancient coffee farm in the city of São José do Barreiro, located at Estrada dos Tropeiros (former Estrada Real and Caminho do Ouro), Paraiba Valley, São Paulo State, Brazil. Selected artists will have individual bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen with wood-burning stove, laundry room and two bathrooms for collective use.

    The work space is located at the ancient main remodeled house’s basement, and in an ancient chapel. These spaces will serve as studios and as exhibition venues for the works produced during the residency.

    An old colonial lodge restored houses a library and space for study. It is located on the banks of Ribeirão Santana, with hammocks and a view of Bocaina Mountains.

    Common Space
    Selected artists are responsible for their own acts, compromising not to put in risk the well being of others and themselves as well as the environment, as well as the main house, library, tools, library, studios, chapel and the farm. They are also responsible for the rooms cleaning and the preservation and maintenance of common spaces.

    The meals will be produced and/or provided by the farm, with local ingredients and inspired by the local “Tropeira” cuisine (light), for we consider culinary as an important element that contributes to the immersion in the local culture. The farm grows organic vegetables, tubers and fruits, according to the time of the year and season. The farm also raises goats, ducks and chicken and produces eggs, milk, butter, yoghurt and fresh cheese. Meals will also include local products such as pork, corn meal, pine seed, as well as rice and beans. Corn bread roasted in banana leafs, cakes, jellies, corn puddings are also present in the local cuisine. The water comes from a local well. Any special need beyond the typical regional products of this rural environment mentioned above must be provided by the applicant. The farm’s cook, D. Cida, will prepare three meals each day. At night, the heating of the meal at the wood-burning stove will be organized by the group collectively.

    Personal items
    Medication and personal items are to be provided by the applicants. Since it’s a rural residency, it is highly recommended that artists bring all personal needs for the whole residency period.


    The program doesn’t cover any type of insurance, being the residents responsible for their own health and equipments.

    The selected artists authorize the program to use their texts, images and sounds for promotion and documentation purposes in electronic or press media. This material can be used either by rural.scapes or its partners as well as the São Paulo State Secretary of Culture/PROAC Editais, the financing institution of the third edition of this residency, as well as by other supporters of the project.


    Submitting a project characterizes the acceptance of the terms of this call.

    on-line submission here!