Blogs, articles, websites and other
interesting features about art and culture


‘The Writers’ Retreat’
NY Times comic by Grant Snider, an illustrator and cartoonist, draws the online strip ‘Incidental Comics’. This one shows the house on an isle and what an AIRs should include. A tour of the aspiration tower, the brainstorm rotunda and other hot spots.

NY Times Comic 'The Writers' Retreat' 17 July 2014


Blog Gwarlingo by Michelle Aldredge – here is a link to an article about AIRs.
A great blog by Michaelle Aldrege, based in the US, which depits a wide spectrum of artists, especially visual art and poetry. She shares her knowledge within the art field and on residency programmes in a beautifully personal and appealing way. E.g. this fantastic article by Michelle, who has worked in the administration of The MacDowell Colony for over twelve years, overviews artist residencies, their place purpose and history in contemporary art production.


Article about Goethe-Institute AIRs
This is a recommendable magazine article about the Goethe-Institute Residency Programmes (Germany) around the globe and the role of residency programmes in the 21st century.


Blog article ‘How Urban Places become Public Spaces’  
As residencies are always about intercultural dialogue and transformation, this process of transformation can be seen as immanent during a determined time span, regarding the people as well as the locations/spaces. So I find this article ‘How Urban Places become Public Spaces’ written by Anna-Lisa Müller published in the blog ‘Shaping the Humanities’ very interesting and relevant in its approach.

The Art Colony (no residency)
The Art Colony is an online community for visual artists working in painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture and handicrafts.


Review blog ‘The Critical Claqueur’ (in German only)
‘Der kritische Claqueur’ is a cultural review blog focussing mainly on performative and  theatre events in the region North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, by Jan-Paul Laarmann.


Poetry blog
Find beautiful poetry by Vladimir Kašnar, the head of AIR ‘Stancia Cicada’, titled e.g. ‘Nevertheless, you will love me’, ‘4th day in unrecognized countdown’ or ‘Some Conversations with My Soul’ can be read on his blog.


Arts & Ideas Blog
Arts & Ideas provides info on ‘Creative Fusion’, the urban-based, community-engaged residency program for international artists created by the Cleveland Foundation, and other arts matters, read the blog by Kathleen Cerveny.


Der Kultur Blog
Der Kultur Blog is a weblog about cultrure and art online (in German).


Der Kulturblog.net
Der Kulturblog.net
is a feuilletonistis weblog about cultural discourses mainly focussed on Germany (in German).


Blog of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar
The blog of Klassik Stiftung Weimar about history, literature, sociopolitical, cultural and background topics focussing on the region of Weimar and Thuringia, e.g. about the exhibition ‘Krieg der Geister’/’War of Ideologies. Weimar as a symbol of German culture before and after 1914′, taking place 1st August – 9th November 2014 at Neues Museum Weimar.


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