The international residency program (UN)LEARNING DISTANCES has been launched for the FAVORITEN Festival 2024.

Exchanging artistic practices, overcoming distances in the process, learning from each other and developing a shared vision: In the program, artists from NRW connect with artists worldwide to form a working tandem. In digital space and on location, four individual teams research a common question and develop artistic works that are shown as part of the FAVORITEN festival.

More than 120 applications were submitted for 2024 as part of an open call. Not only existing teams were able to apply, but also individual artists from NRW and the global context who would enter into a new constellation for the residency and begin a joint working process.

From all the submissions, the following four teams have now been selected for the international residency program

  • Ignacia González Torres (Chile / Cologne, Germany), Pablo Garretón (Chile / Cologne, Germany), Lorenzo Morales Lobos (Santiago de Chile, Chile) 
  • Calvin Hein (Ghana/ Dortmund, Germany) und Kay Kwabia (Accra, Ghana) 
  • Liza Baliasnaja (Lithuania / Cologne, Germany) und Vera Boitcova (Russia / Helsinki, Finland)  
  • Maria Renee Morales Garcia (Guatemala / Bochum, Germany) und Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi (Kumasi, Ghana) 

Further information on the residents at the FAVORITEN Festival 2024 can be found at (UN)LEARNING DISTANCES

(UN)LEARNING DISTANCES has already been successfully tested at the FAVORITEN Festival 2022 with 17 residents from 9 countries. The project is initiated and supervised by Anne Mahlow (Festival Director) and Patrick Kohn (Project Director). (UN)LEARNING DISTANCES is funded by the Kunststiftung NRW and with the kind support of the Goethe-Institut.