Residency 2015 Description

Khôra // Χώρα

A 10-day residency for site-specific cinema & sound projects

26 June - 6 July 2015
Ano Syros, Cyclades Greece

Invited Artists:
Michael Pisaro & Deborah Stratman (U.S.)

We are happy to announce Khôra Residency, a new 10-day residency program for cinema and sound artists, on the Cycladic island of Syros. The residency will play host to a select group of artists working on film/video and sound/music, for an intensive collaborative project. The program is a joint initiative by Syros Sound Meetings and Syros International Film Festival.

Khôra will take place at the Syros Institute, housed in a refurbished 16th-century Jesuit Monastery in Ano Syros. Up to 12 active film-makers/video artists and musicians/ sound artists with a documented track record and interest in site-specific, documentary, experimental and/or cross-media projects will be given the opportunity to stay at the premises and work in group to create original, collaborative sound-film works on the theme of Khôra, a key term in ancient and contemporary philosophies of place (including Plato, Derrida, Kristeva and others). The resultant works will be screened as completed or in-progress projects at the end of the residency, and as part of the Syros International Film Festival. Participants will also have the opportunity to work with two internationally acclaimed guest artists, Michael Pisaro (composer, California Institute of the Arts) and Deborah Stratman (artist & filmmaker, University of Illinois at Chicago), who will also contribute their own projects.

An important aspect of the residency is the required collaboration between cinema and sound artists. In various sized groups formed ad hoc and on site, joint projects will be undertaken, with the artists sharing responsibility in the development, production and editing of their projects. We hope that this dialogue will produce multi-faceted, hybrid pieces that will reflect different aesthetic and intellectual concerns and pay witness to distinct artistic processes; indeed, each piece will ‘come from different places’. Artists interested in the combination of visual and sound art, who have experience (or stake) in various disciplines at any level, are encouraged to apply. Please note that the working language of the residency will be English.


To apply, please consult the detailed residency call here and submit the following by e-mail to

  1. A short project proposal (1-2 pages), responding to the residency theme
    as stated in the links below and outlining what you plan to work on during
    the residency and how working with an artist from the other field would
    benefit and relate to your project.
  2. A sample of your work (site, video, etc)
  3. Your C.V.

Deadline: 31 March 2015. Selected applicants will be notified by April 5.

Participation and accommodation (in shared 2-bed en suite rooms) for the duration of the residency are free of charge, and participants will be offered
roundtrip ferry tickets within Greece. The residency also offers equipment necessary for the final presentation of artists’ work, such as speakers, projector,
screen. Travel to and from Greece, daily provisions and equipment for filming, recording and production have to be secured by the participants themselves.

Khora residency is partially funded by a grant from the US Embassy in Athens and made possible with the support of Syros Institute.


Syros International Film Festival

Syros Sound Meetings


Michael Pisaro

Deborah Stratman