CTRI Innovations Residency
Providence RI USA 2018
Application | Previous Residents
Apply now for the CTRI Innovations Residency, a limited residency program offered by Mothers News / Rhododendron Festival / Jacob Berendes, in which I take you out to a coffee shop and buy you a cup of coffee (or tea), we talk for a little bit, and maybe walk around a little, maybe not. There is no other aspect to this residency and it lasts for the duration of a regular "let's get a cup of coffee" session (in practice this tends to be somewhere between an hour and an hour and a half). There is no travel allotment or stipend beyond one cup of coffee (or tea), but depending on where we go, refills may be available at no additional cost. Fancy coffee drinks (latte et al) are not an option, sorry. Iced coffee OK. CTRI stands for "Coffee/Tea Rhode Island".
This is an artists residency, but please be aware that my definition of "artist" is pretty broad and includes anyone with any sort of creative practice. You don't have to be "a pro" by any means, nor do you have to be pursuing a "fine art", but "So, what are you working on?" should be considered as viable baseline conversation.
This residency is open to people I know, people I don't know, people I kind of know, and even to people with whom I already have a regular "let's get coffee" practice. You do not have to live in Rhode Island but you have to be able to physically transport yourself here somehow. This is for individuals only, no groups, collectives, or partnerships.
The residency can occur at any coffee shop in Providence except Starbucks, which I reject on ideological grounds. Dunkies ok. The default coffee shop is Seven Stars on Broadway, because I'm usually near there and usually on foot. An incomplete list of possible shops is maintained here: [link]. Suggestions of other coffee shops are always welcome!
This residency does not cost anything to do or to apply to. This is a real thing and people who have completed this residency are welcome to put this on their curriculum vitae. There's an interview with me on the ARTnews website that may answer more questions you might have, the link is here: [link]
If you want to do this residency but don't have a firm date available immediately or in mind, it's totally ok to say like "I can't do this until 2 months from now", then we'll work out the details as the time approaches. No problem.
There is no deadline to this application, but if you need to have a deadline to get anything done than consider the deadline as one week from the day you looked at this website. The deadline is midnight on May 28th, 2019. There's time enough to get the application in but no time to put it off.
To apply, please read the instructions below. Even for people that I already know (even if well) I would appreciate it if you would fill out the application completely. Otherwise we're like, "just hanging out", which is cool, but outside the domain of this project. It's OK to apply for a date way in advance, especially if there's a date in the future you know you're going to be in Rhode Island. Fridays are unavailable, sorry. "CTRI Innovations Residency" is an anagram for "ORDINARINESS CONNECTIVITY". Thank you!
Copy this form into an email, fill it out completely, and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
, with subject heading "COFFEE RESIDENCY". Then we can hash out the details. There are no trick questions and only one wrong answer, which is to fail to indicate "I'm cool" in the space provided. I know a lot of people have hangups about this word, but please just be like "I'm cool". You don't have to believe it or identify with it, and you absolutely do not need to convince me that it's true, but you do have to say it. If you don't say "I'm cool" in the space provided, or if your email subject is anything other than "COFFEE RESIDENCY", I'm going to say "Thank you for your interest, unfortunately your application was not selected". All other questions are practical concerns and not value judgements-- it's ok to need "good" coffee. I tend to book about a month in advance, but if you're coming from out of town and have a very tight schedule I can try to accommodate. Also if there's a specific project you'd like feedback on please send me a link so I can check it out!
SCREEN NAME / BAND NAME / COMPANY / COMMON PSEUDONYM:
WEBSITE IF YOU HAVE ONE (NO FACEBOOK):
COFFEE SHOP PREFERENCE / PLACE YOU WANT TO TRY (OK TO SAY "NO PREF"):
ZONE PREFERENCE [ EAST SIDE / WEST SIDE / SOUTH SIDE / OTHER / ANY ZONE ]:
LIST DATE RANGES YOU ARE OR MAY BE AVAILABLE:
IT HAS TO BE [ MORNING (9-10AM) / NOONISH / COFFEE II (4PM) / ACTUAL MORNING (7AM) ]:
HOW YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS RESIDENCY PROGRAM:
PERSONAL MESSAGE / EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCE / RELEVANT CONCERN / NOTE:
DELETE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING THAT *DON'T* APPLY FOR YOU:
• I'M PROBABLY GOING TO GET A TEA
• I NEED, LIKE, "GOOD" COFFEE
• I'M COOL
A short and incomplete list of coffee spots in Providence is maintained here: [link]
A list of previous artists-in-residence is maintained here: [link]
ARTnews on CTRI Innovations: [link]
Providence on Google Maps: [link]
Coffee on Wikipedia: [link]
Rhododendron Festival: [link]
influences for this residency program include:
Joong Boo Residency [link]
Robert Pickle listserv email that went something to the effect of "I will show up at your house with a six pack, we will sit on the porch and drink it, I will leave."
Sponsors for the CTRI Innovations Residency include:
Annie Koyama, Tony Morse, and Jo Dery :)
If you're interested in sponsoring this residency, click the donate button and enter any amount. A donation of $20 would sponsor 2 residencies.