NOVOPO is a non-commercial project launched by the artist and initiator Andrea Hildebrandt in 2012. Starting from the focus of the project work - the artistic / art theoretical investigation of
our current understanding of nature in modern urban life situations, in the tension field to (supposedly) rural idyll and current socio-political processes, various artists were invited on the
farm in Weitenhagen near the coast of the Baltic Sea in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Due to spatial bottlenecks, the project had to be paused from 2014-2016. Thanks to happy circumstances, the opportunity appeared to cooperate with the artist Kathrin Jacobs, who now provides living / work space for guest artists on her house. Both farms - the farm of Andrea Hildebrandt and the farm of Kathrin Jacobs are connected by a little field path. It is easy to reach the places at a walking distance about 15 min.
The residency in Weitenhagen offers concentration and the possibility to deal with the local / spatial conditions in relation to urban structures / urban life. A place that creates the best conditions to reflect reality, to visualize artistic thinking processes.
To apply for a residency with concrete sketches for the project are possible at any time. Projects in relation to the spatial context are very welcome. The realization of projects in public space in the region would also be fine. Other artistic genres, such as musicians, authors, are also welcome to submit a project proposal. Interdisciplinary work can produce interesting synergy effects. The project sees itself as an open space - as an experimental field of artistic methods, utterances and analyzes. The project is at the interface between fine arts and art science.
As part of the cooperation with WINZAVOD CCA, the first artist exchange with Russia will take place from 2018 onwards. Institutional cooperation in the artistic field in the form of artists exchange / studio program were done in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern so far for example by Künstlerhaus Plüschow with partners primarily from Europe / USA and by Künstlerhaus Lukas Ahrenshoop primarily with Northern Europe - the Scandinavian / Baltic region. It is therefore very pleasing that NOVOPO's cooperation with WINZAVOD CCA in Russia can fill this gap in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The artistic collaboration promises interesting insights into Russian art, culture and society.
The location of the project NOVOPO is in NORD-VORPOMMERN in rural / provincial structures characterized by agricultural areas. Precisely - it is a region, where the relationship of people to landscape or nature is characterized by the centuries-long tradition of little farms agriculture and thus the cultivation of the once more or less intact cultivated landscape up to the destabilization of these today. By the increasing monocultural use of the land, by major industrial enterprises and mass stables in modern times. Confrontation with the artistic work can lead to a sensitization of the viewer to the topic and the global contexts, to the reflection of our own perception, our understanding of nature and to new thinking processes and consciousness.
Guest artists are invited to work for a limited time in Weitenhagen, in the coastal suburb of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, about 20 km south of the city Barth.
!!! Please be aware, the residency is situated in a very rural area with no regular bus traffic. Best would be you travel by your own car, so that you are flexible during your residence. If you do not have a car it is not that easy to reach the supermarket and so on. Of course we can give you a lift, but it would be more relaxed for you to determine by your own when you want to leave for shopping and so on We hav ea (old) bike you could use too. The next little village, where you can find supermarkets is around 7km distance using the road!!!