Main theme ‘Here we are’
The current location of the PAIR, former Suikerunie terrain, gives the opportunity to do specific artistic research in two very interesting subjects: it is a former industrial location that is turning into a cultural hotspot with artists and events. This is changeover that is happening all over the Netherlands and makes us shift from material goods producing – to an events producing society.
We strive for documenting change and hope to create a visual landscape biography.
History of PAIR
The landscape, the location and the local inhabitants inspire the PAIR. Since 2009 the PAIR stood on 15 different locations ( http://www.landscapelabs.nl/portfolio/pair-places/ ) . And always there was the extra attention for the quality of food, ecology, practical knowledge of the landscape, community spirit and the supply of energy.
The P.A.I.R. started with a broad view on landscape and thru sub theme’s about knowledge, location and population it’s working method now comes down to three words: school, library and workshop. These words are now the basics of the P.A.I.R., a portable-artist-in-residence.
The PAIR offers artists the opportunity to contribute to the research of a very specific landscape: the former sugar factory location in the city of Groningen and it surrounding landscape.
Air-address: Energieweg 10, Groningen
PAIR technical Information: Two shipping containers, solar powered, with simple solutions for water and waste. The containers have a bed/living room, kitchen, toilet, workshop, small library, and some tools. The PAIR is suitable for all kind of work. It must be stressed that the PAIR is not only a workshop but also place of residence. You will be living in
the PAIR and be responsible for the accommodation and its surroundings. Your location is next to different projects and people.
More PAIR history
The Portable Artist in Residence project was conceived and builds, in 2009, by a specialist in site-specific arts, Henry J.Alles. As initiator and curator he is, besides being an artist, trained as an environmental engineer and is therefore technical and otherwise very employable.
The P.A.I.R. project started of with the theme Landscape & Memory, which fitted perfectly with the low impact and portable way of working in the landscape. Being free in where to work and still not leaving any garbage behind except for a beautiful experience. During the different art projects, from 2009 until 2014, the theme gained depth. The different suggestions and ideas for
m all over the world helped in this and influenced the program. In the past two years, due to a smaller budget, we continued the program by exchanging stays for books about landscapes. To grow even a better landscape library in the PAIR.