Funded projects for 2017
Research Support Grant
Applicant: Guerrilla Ltd
Reference number: RSG 04-17-2022
Project Title: Interactive Serialized Narrative
Amount awarded: €4,000
Guerrilla Ltd.’s project deals with the tradition of storytelling, redesigned for audiences which are now becoming more mobile. What happens if we allow the audience to take different paths along a narrative by visiting different geographical locations? The project will be exploring the use of Geographical Information System (G.I.S.) to locate the position of the audience and to create narrative. Considering the multiple paths an interactive narrative may take, the research project aims to find the best practices to employ as stories are developed. The projects aims to understand better how technology can be leveraged to make storytelling more interactive and compelling for contemporary audiences.
Applicant: Jesmond Vassallo
Reference number: RSG 07-17-2026
Amount awarded: €4,989
Through this research project, Jesmond Vassallo will be working on an innovative print making collaboration between a Maltese geologist, a Moroccan master lithographer and a number of Maltese artists. Through their research, they will investigate whether our island, with its geological DNA, can offer a local substitute to the Bavarian Solnhofen limestone. The findings of this research could be ground-breaking as they may result in the local reintroduction of this art and contemporary medium.
Applicant: Stefan Aquilina
Reference number: RSG 12-17-3137
Project Title: Cultural Transmission of Actor Training Techniques
Amount awarded: €1,762.01
The project revolves around how a specific element of actor training, namely the technique known as ‘magic “if”‘, derived from Stanislavsky’s System, is taught by different theatre cultures. The idea is to use the training of this common element to draw differences but also recurrent issues in cross-cultural theatre training. The project has the dual advantage of looking both ‘inwards’, towards current performance issues, but also ‘outwards’, to include broader matters pertaining to 21st century cultural hybridity. Its main creative concept is in the application of actor training as an example of ‘cultural transmission’, namely the study of how cultural practices are transformed when transmitted across cultures.
Applicant: Moira Scicluna Zahra
Reference number: RSG 13-17-3139
Project Title: Creative Maltese in Parallel – exploring multidimensional identities
Amount awarded: €4,620
Moira will be looking at the relationship between creative identity and place by exploring how a creative Maltese identity changes, adapts and whether it becomes multilayered when we are exposed to a different culture and/or make another country our home. She will be focusing more specifically on creative identities as creatives tend to rely on their surroundings for inspiration. In addition, changes in their identity will likely be reflected in their work, as we see in many oversees art residencies. Are layers of identity necessary for growth in creative work? The final goal is to collate the research, illustrations and 3D objects in a creative E-book and distribute the research to readers.
Applicant: Jonathan Grima
Reference number: RSG 16-17-3144
Project Title: The song of the bird
Amount awarded: €2,000
This research shall document people with the ability of reproducing sounds and songs of the migratory European singing birds. Whilst bird trapping is a dying practice, Jimmy considers the ability to reproduce bird sounds as an intangible art-form worth researching in order to highlight its value and overseen poetic qualities. He remembers hearing those sounds often in his childhood, every time he spent time with his father in the countryside. He will look for possibilities to interpret these findings through performance, video and drawings.
Applicant: Lisa Gwen Baldacchino
Reference number: RSG 14-17-3140
Project Title: (working title): MaltaDoors Stories
Amount awarded: €2,000
This is essentially a ‘story-telling’ research project, which will look into the possibility of a structure and format for a publication. The concept which will ground this research came about organically, as a consequence of a visual project focusing on documenting doors, doorways and entrances in Malta, through the medium of photography. Whilst documenting, Lisa realised that the more images she took, the more interested she became in the stories of the people behind the doors – the home owners, the residents, the pets or even the ‘ghosts’ of the owners past - there are many stories to be told about abandoned as much as inhabited spaces and places. Thus, during the progress of the visual project, she experienced a shift in preoccupation: one which was originally and chiefly focused on aesthetics, to one which would highlight narrative as well as the symbolic representation of doors as thresholds, entrances /exits, representing opportunity and obstacle. For this reason, the beneficiary intends to identify a number of homes (inhabited or abandoned), in order to tell the story of the person(s) living within, of those who once lived there, or even those who were meant to live there.