Mildred’s Lane

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Location: Narrowsburg, New York / Pennsylvania

Mission: The core of the practice and the educational philosophy at Mildred’s Lane is an attempt to collectively create new modes of being in the world — this idea incorporates questions of our relation to the environment, systems of labor, forms of dwelling, clothing apparatuses, and inventive domesticating;  all of which are form an ethics of comportment — and are embodied in workstyles. As a student at Mildred’s Lane, these issues will be negotiated daily through the rethinking of one’s collective involvements with food, shopping, making, styling, gaming, sleeping, reading, and thinking. Every research session will be an intensive reconsideration of workstyles — there will be visits to alternative farms, discussions around food and cooking, cleaning, and maintenance. The total space of the domestic will be part of the course of study — we will collectively work on experimenting with the full spectrum of our whole system of engagements.

Cost: $2,800 per fellow

Application Fee: $25

Number of Artists: Session (project) depending, between 4 – 26 cultural producers at a time

Accommodations: Students do not get studio spaces — the site itself is the studio. Life is the studio.

Mildred’s Lane is a rustic, 96-acre site deep in the woods of rural northeastern Pennsylvania, in the upper Delaware River Valley, which borders New York state. It is an ongoing collaboration between J. Morgan Puett, Mark Dion, their son Grey Rabbit Puett, and their friends and colleagues. It is a home and an experiment in living. Mildred’s Lane attempts to  coevolve a rigorous pedagogical strategy, where a working-living-researching environment has been developed to foster engagement with every aspect of life.

The entire site has become a living museum, or rather – a new contemporary art complex(ity). It is now important to sidestep the debates around what is art ( or design, architecture and fashion) in order to activate these turbulent multiplicities. It is more a question of praxis and action, is it in an institution? Storefront? A gallery? Deep in the woods? At Home?

Length of Stay: About 3 weeks at a time

Demographic: International cultural producers

Medium: see above. mainly interdisciplinary, communal, and collaborative

Benefits: Think tanks on contemporary, post-recession economic strategies, changing Art World dynamics, and new roles for the creative practitioner. We have been exploring emerging spaces of cultural production and social practice, which most importantly include the creative and inventive domestic environment, social Saturdays, events, workshops, renowned artists/cultural producers involved, , informal residencies, developing site sensitive projects, seminars, dinners, research think tanks and more

Deadline: May 1

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