Funded projects for 2016
Applicant: Sharleen Cauchi
Reference number: RSG 04-FN 1582
Project Title: Baggage (Re)Claim
Amount awarded: €5,000
Sharleen k/a Charlie Cauchi would like to combine her research expertise and work in the audio-visuals and performance-arts to create an innovative platform for public engagement. Sahha, Sirocco is a socially-engaged, multi-disciplinary transmedia project focusing on Maltese diasporic communities in various parts of the world. The research project is part of a larger project supported by the Valletta2018 Foundation. A component that sits within the Sahha, Sirrocco framework is Baggage (Re)Claim, which is motivated by discussions of identity and place. The activity is reliant on public-engagement techniques and explores innate responses on discussions of home and nationhood. In collaboration with a design team, a bespoke suitcase will be created. Incorporating mobile technologies, the case collects responses to a series of questions via media technologies. The suitcase will be made using materials that have some affinity with Malta. It will be easy to transport, have a unique and distinctive aesthetic and incorporate the technology needed to capture responses from Maltese participants living abroad. By eliminating the interviewer and using a process of gamification, the results yielded may differ from other interview techniques.
Applicant: Alexandra Pace
Reference number: RSG 03-FN 1581
Project Title: Curating For The Future
Amount awarded: €4,200
Alexandra will be carrying out research to achieve a better understanding of curation and to explore new strategies in exhibition-making, with particular reference to working with time-based media, exhibiting outside the art space and working with other disciplines such as science, technology, performance, communities and networks. The objective of this project is to research experimental methods of curation to reach new audiences, raise the understanding and accessibility of contemporary art in Malta by discovering new ways of encouraging people to participate and advocate. This research project is an investigation into breaking the boundaries of art curation to research a multi-disciplinary approach that aims to bridge the academic with the practical and participatory element of art.
Applicant: Cristina Ghinassi
Reference number: RSG 06-FN 1584
Project Title: CODE SWITCH #1
Amount awarded: €3,700
CODE SWITCH #1 is a research project preceding the implementation of CODE SWITCH, a multi-disciplinary project that explores how both nature and nurture can impact us humans using a combination of arts (new media art) and science (epigenetic). The project aims to demonstrate how our lifestyle and the social environment can impact how our genes work and consequently, who we are. The major goal of the project is to run a proof-of-concept performance and tests. The beneficiary plans to use new media art as the basis to run scientific experiments to show the positive and/or negative effects on gene expression in humans. These experiments will show the effect on arts practitioners that practicing and performing an artwork have on them. During the research project, the beneficiary will identify which experiments would need to be performed by studying the academic literature. Following interview with experts from various fields, a test performance will be conceived and key epigenetic markers will be tested before and after the performance. The process and results of the performance will be disseminated in a public event. The project will be part of the Science in the City Festival.
Applicant: Eleni Papadopolou
Reference number: RSG 07-FN 1585
Project Title: Interaction Design intervention and engagement practices for Palazzo Falson
Amount awarded: €5,000
This project aims to research how Interaction and Game Design tenets can be applied to Maltese cultural sites, more specifically Palazzo Falson, in order to increase visitors’ engagement. Eleni plans to make an analysis of the site’s exhibits to explore ways of reinforcing the storytelling affordances of the space, as well as investigating approaches already successfully employed in the international museums. The main goal of the project is to generate a design document that depicts in detail the creation of a stimulating environment where people explore, question, debate and reflect on the nature of the museum collections. Special attention will be paid in providing the basis for a redesign that offers an intrinsically rewarding experience for the visitors allowing them to physically and digitally manipulate material in a meaningful and enjoyable way.
Applicant: Rebecca Camilleri
Reference number: RSG 02-FN 1580
Project Title: Thinking as a rehearsal space
Amount awarded: €2,100
‘Thinking as a rehearsal space’ is a collaborative research process between Rebecca Camilleri and Maritea Daehlin which will be held in San Cristόbal de Las Casas in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. Over a period of a month, the artists intend to challenge the expectations and outcomes of a performance practice that conventionally occurs in a studio. Alternatively, the artists propose a training approach based on the process of THINKING, DOING and DOCUMENTING. The artists will investigate these three processes through the mundane action of meeting and having a conversation in a public social space. During the final week of the project, the artists will analyse the process to find ways of collecting the research results into a blog. The project intends to instigate a learning process towards the creation of collaborative models of working. Researching this concept in a Mexican context will inspire new form and structure, engage a different audience and enable the artists to continue developing an artistic professional international network.
Applicant: Fiorella Camilleri
Reference number: RSG 09-FN 1833
Project Title: Lateral Thinking in artistic collaboration: Maltese Għana and Japanese Nasori in the process of Musical Translation
Amount awarded: €4,997.45
This research project suggests redefinition and cultural adaptation with a consequential preservation of both Għana and Japanese traditional music Nasori. It will explore the boundaries of ‘The Otherness’ through artistic collaboration and interdisciplinary studies. The project will bring together the two forms and will explore how they can be mutually beneficial for the enhancement of each other’s aesthetic value and appreciation. The research phase will lead to a performance presentation in Japan in February 2017 and a final performance in Malta in May 2017. The project’s main collaborators are Fiorella Camilleri, Japanese composer Miho Watarai, Futa Kubo, Chris Galea and Dr Malaika Sarco-Thomas from the University of Malta. The project aims to revive the practise of Maltese folk music locally, whilst exporting it beyond our shores, virtually or otherwise.
Applicant: John Paul Azzopardi
Reference number: RSG 12-FN 1836
Project Title: Exploring the internal spatial dynamics of sculpture
Amount awarded: €5,000
Sculpture, in the traditional phenomena of experience, has only been experienced from its outer dimension. Some sculptures are translucent, however the study to experience the internal space within sculpture is still a field that requires exploration. This research project aims to create the possibility to experience the internal space and structures within sculpture by means of innovative medical equipment. The research will allow the possibility to research, experiment and develop two different types of video media that will investigate the dimensions of sculpture. The project features collaborations with professionals from the medical field and also the 3D scanning domain so as to further enhance the artistic discipline and experience of contemporary sculpture. Among the professional collaborators of this project one may mention Mr Joseph Tabone, Head of Radiography at St. James Hospital in Sliema and Mr Sean Buttigieg, Director of Fablab and an architect at Architecture Project in Valletta.