Kerminy – a new meeting place for research residencies on agriculture and art

Kerminy is a new independently-funded residency, situated in Rosporden, in the west of France, between Quimper, Concarneau and Pont Aven (South-Finistère Sud), officially opening Thursday 27 August 2020.

Set up by amongst others Dominique Leroy and Marina Pirot of the artist collective (n), the center will provide opportunities for artists to work in relation to the local territory and with an international network of artistic exchanges. It’s run by artists, visiting (international) practitioners and permanent non-profit organizations. Kerminy works autonomous and explores new possibilities for working practices.

 

Around its manor house, its outbuildings, and the 12 hectares of meadows and woods, Kerminy develops ongoing discursive individual and collective autonomous practices, producing knowledge and exchanges in an experimental way.

Via the non-profit organization OPEN, Kerminy welcomes in its manor professional and semi-professional artists (both individuals and collectives), students and researchers working in the field of art, agriculture, media, architecture, landscape, ecosomatic practices, ecology and nature. Each individual or collective autonomously organizes their residence, lasting from one day/night or up to one month (and renewable depending on the project), to work, think, learn, share and exchange.

The currently Nantes-based artist collective (n), initiators of Kerminy, developes several projects on site such as:
– CYCLO-FARM, an agricultural project for the food autonomy of the place and the creation of agricultural tools to work on living soil;
– ECOSOMA, somatic bodywork workshops that are offered in connection with the landscape, the forest and the vegetable garden;
– OPEN-ARCHITECTURE for the development of eco-constructions through open workshops.

The thinking behind Kerminy is supported by representatives of several (international) associations such as Jean-François Rolez of SNHACK/Saint-Nazaire Hackerspace, permanent staff of PAF/Performing Arts Forum of Saint Erme, members of the PAN-FORUM network, Yassir Yebba/Food Territory, Guy Van Belà from KRA /Kravin Rural Arts, etc.

As a member Bureau Doove looks forward to organise workshops and other activities in collaboration with Kerminy.

In the run up to the official opening there was a Rencontre Bonus #1, a meeting organised by (n) and BONUS on the connection between Kerminy and the international network PAN Forum with members from Estonia, Germany, Spain, the Tsjech Republic and the UK. PAN Forum is a network of artists and art residencies working toward Self Reliance, people and places who develop their own means of basic sustenance and their own conditions for work in order to reduce dependency on urban systems and artistic institutions.

From 25 to 30 May Agrilab #2 was the first event to be organised in Kerminy around the theme of Listening to the ground. Find more information on last year’s succesful edition here (in French).

Find more on Kerminy here. More info on events to follow soon.

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