Container Artist Residency 01 is what happens when an artist-in-residence program partners with an international cargo ship company. The program has selected seven artists for its first at-sea residency, which will place each artist on the route of their choice aboard a shipping container carrier for up to six weeks. In an unlikely meeting of the industrial and the expressive, the Container Artist Residency program seeks to explore the intersections of art, industry, and culture from seven different perspectives.
The call for admissions opened in December 2015 and over 2,000 applicants vied for the opportunity to cast off and take up sea life for a while. Mari Bastashevski, Tyler Coburn, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Erin Diebboll, Ferenc Grof, Christopher Page, and Samson Young are the seven artists chosen to participate in the inaugural Container Artist Residency. Starting this spring, each artist will hop aboard a ship run by ZIMM Integrated Shipping Services, an Israel-based logistics company that launched in 1945.
Each of the seven artists will embark on a fully-funded trip on board a commercial cargo ship along a route of their choice, spending up to six weeks utilizing on-ship studio space and staying in one of the ship’s cabins. The residency also includes an honorarium and production funding. Artworks produced during the residency will be exhibited in a set of international shows from late 2016 to summer 2017.
New York-based multidisciplinary artist Maayan Strauss is the Director and Founder of Container Artist Residency. In a statement about the program, Strauss explained its aim: “While the project takes the maritime shipping industry to be the embodiment of the infrastructures on which contemporary art relies and today’s dominant cultural-economic force, we are looking forward to seeing how this specific context for art-making can impact different kinds of practice.”