We are pleased to announce the call for The Summer Camp for Radical Hope, which will run from 3-14 July 2023, launched by Open Set and Baltan Laboratories. It's a programme for designers, artists, cultural and social practitioners, and educators to enrich their creative practices and ongoing research in a collaborative, transdisciplinary manner. The 12-day research camp will take place on a farm — a site where theory and practice align — to allow participants to move through their own practices and rehearse new forms of relating, co-operating, working and living together within an ecological, political and sociological context.

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If you are interested in joining our current programme, The Summer Camp for Radical Hope, please send submit the following documentation via an email to info@baltanlaboratories.org:

1. Motivation letter or a video which contains (max 2 A4 or a video of max 10 min):
—Introduction of yourself and your practice (artistic, theoretical, scientific, pedagogical…);
—How do you relate to the topics of the Summer Camp;
—A research question that connects your work to the theme of the Summer Camp

2. Curriculum vitae.

3. Research or artistic portfolio with a maximum of 5 projects.

Should you wish to participate in the Camp, but do not have a possibility to pay the fee, please specify this in the motivation statement.

Application (extended) deadline: May 8, 2023

Submissions will be accepted until May 8th, and selection will be announced on a rolling basis within five days of the deadline.

Who and how to apply?

Approximately 20 participants will be selected based on their motivation, as well as their profiles and practices. The selection will be based on experience and intent within the themes of the program. The group diversity and coherence will be attempted in this process. It is advisable to have a medium level of English, oral and written.

Fees: €1,800

The fee for the program is €1,800, which includes registration, accommodation on the farm and Dutch Design Week participation. Travel and food are not included. One full stipend is available and should be communicated in the application if needed. We are happy to support applicants in applying for funding or support to finance their fees.