Residency at Otto's AbodeDuring the periods of:
*** 2020 ***
Otto’s Abode is actively seeking creative residents during the summer/fall of 2020.
We encourage emerging artists, academics, and activists to explore and share their practice while based out of a visitor/community center and store located in the heart of a remote and isolated Adirondack hamlet. Residents are invited to stay from one day to one month.
The owners of Otto’s Abode would like to host artists
Gateway to Wilderness – Residency Information and Application
Gateway to Wilderness is an ongoing open-call collaborative project interested in intersections between contemporary art practices and the geological, ecological, and political identity, formation and management of the Adirondack Mountain Region with Otto’s Abode acting as headquarters. The project aims to foster, create, exhibit and document permanent, ephemeral, individual and collaborative work in, with, and around Otto’s Abode.
Residents are invited to stay and work with Otto’s Abode for one day to one month free of charge.
Otto’s Abode is seeking ambitious emerging artists interested in exploratory project based approaches to art discovery, creation, documentation, and theorizing. Artists are encouraged to weave themselves into local phenomenon, history, and community. Otto’s Abode hopes to gain new insights into the understanding of itself through the interaction of its own practice and that of the visiting artist in residence.
While the experience can be undoubtedly rich in solitude, residents are encouraged to explore a balance of both public and private though community engagement opportunities such as:
Engagement with local organizations.
Public performance, exhibition, presentation, classes and/or workshops.
The creation of reference material to be included in our in-house public library.
Due to Otto’s Abode’s’ remote location and proximity to larger centers of commerce, at this time it is best for residents to have their own form of transportation. Most shopping must be done in neighboring towns which average ten miles to just under an hour for a one-way trip.
The exhibition space & camp store (Otto's Abode public/proper) is through a doorway in back of studio. The Store has snacks, drinks, candy, ice cream, materials, supplies, souvenirs, etc... Whether providing a product or a service, residents are encouraged but not required to use the store –physically and conceptually- during residency experience. There is a public restroom within this space. The space serves as an exhibition and performance space, general store, social center, café, etc.... A mixture of formal and informal, subtle and more obvious interventions with and within Otto’s Abode intends to facilitate an active sense of wandering and discovery while in and around this ever-changing venue. You'll see when you get here.
Heading out the front door of Otto’s Abode is the front porch, town Post Office, stand-alone public restroom, vending machines, public gazebo, and the town green. There is public swimming and dock a stones-throw away on the Oswegatchie River and the vast Five Ponds Wilderness Area right on the other side. We are Gateway to Wilderness.
E-mail any questions, comments, concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org
Create a PDF file of reasonable size and email to: email@example.com
or (preferred) snail mail a care package, printout, data disc, etc... to:
Otto’s Abode, PO Box 1, Wanakena, NY, 13695
Including the Following in order as listed below:
Name, Location, Contact Information.
CV, Personal information you’d like to share.
Gateway to Wilderness Project Proposal; Description, Images.
Relevant Previous Projects; Descriptions, Images.
Any other information you think we should know (hobbies, passions, favorite book, play any instruments? etc...)
Questions for us?
Otto’s Abode will notify you upon our receiving of your proposal/application.
A Terms of Exhibition form MUST be signed before working in or with Otto’s Abode. Copies of the form are on file at Otto’s Abode.
Otto’s Abode seeks to encourage, examine, and celebrate collaboration and exchange with, within, and without a public home for art.
Housed within a former grocery store in the hamlet of Wanakena, NY, nestled in the knobby north-west foothills of the Adirondacks, Otto’s Abode is a volunteer-based store/visitors center/performance+exhibition space its four creators view as a collaborative public art project. The aim of the project is to cultivate an environment that showcases positive and enlightening experiences; where the professional and the amateur, the performer and the spectator, can entertain, puzzle and inform, grab a snack, a map, and a bag of ice, and be informed, entertained, and puzzled.
The perpetual stew of formal, subtle, informal, and obvious intervention intends to facilitate an active sense of wandering, discovery and necessity while passing through and with this ever-changing venue; a digestion. Otto's Abode seeks to understand wellness through an examined life. Otto’s Abode seeks ideas. Otto’s Abode seeks sounds. Otto’s Abode seeks obsessions. Otto’s Abode seeks what it might not realize it will uncover through this search. Otto’s Abode invites you to become.