Emerging artists, architects, designers and researchers are invited to come together in the remote foothills of the Cascade Mountains of Washington State for two weeks in order to take part in the formulation of an integrative research platform through a program of meetings and workshops with experts, seminars and public lectures, field investigations, personal and collective projects as well as a broader involvement of the local community.

During their stay in Mazama each participant will penetrate this unique and suggestive land, developing personal projects conceptualized on and through their residency experience; while keeping the need alive for fruitful integration within a system of networked relations, in a field not defined by spatial boundaries but by the result of the interconnections between them. Since the structure of a field is horizontal and centerless, participants will be encouraged to counterbalance its shifting, widespread nature by deciding on a common, stable and iconic point on the landscape; a conceptual landmark to serve as a central meeting point for work, discussion and exchange.

The residency will take place August 2-16, 2011. Local, regional and international professionals in the field of art as well as impassioned supporters of the arts will be invited to meet the participants and learn about their activities and researches. In addition, there will be a donor’s dinner to bring together locals and the participants for an evening of celebration and discussion.

The Mazama Residency /2011 is a program curated by Valerio Borgonuovo, Silvia Franceschini and Abigail Napp.

Abigail Napp, Director and Project Co-Curator, is an independent researcher in art and culture management. She currently lives and works in New York. In 2009, she received a B.A. in History from Bard College. Previously, she worked at the Marieluise Hessel Museum of Contemporary Art. She is interested in new models of public policy as they relate to the financing of art and culture.

Silvia Franceschini, Program Co-Curator, is an independent curator and researcher based in Milan, where she graduated in 2010 with a Master in Design at the Politecnico di Milano. Her previous experiences in the curatorial field include La Biennale di Venezia – 12. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura (2010); Centre Pompidou – Design Department (2009) and Musée Galliera – Photography Department (2008), both in Paris.Since 2010 she has been engaged in the conception and development of various curatorial projects, publishing and educational programs for public, private and non-profit institutions.

Valerio Borgonuovo, Program Co-Curator, is an an independent curator and researcher based in Bologna. After having received a Master’s Degree in Conservazione dei Beni Culturali (Conservation of Cultural Heritage) at Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, he obtained a Post-Degree specialization in Art and Culture Management in 2008 at TSM/Trentino School of Management. Since 2009 he has been engaged in the divulgation, development and curating of initiatives and publishing projects for public, private and non-profit institutions in art, culture and education.