WORKING WITH LOCAL COLLABORATORS IN THE ATACAMA DESERT. A REMOTE RESEARCH EXPEDITION INTO THE DRIEST ENVIRONMENT ON EARTH FOR ARTISTS, WRITERS + OTHERS TO EXPLORE PRESSING ENVIRONMENTAL + SOCIAL THEMES OF OUR TIME.
Located in the driest environment on the planet, this region closer resembles the surface of planet Mars than Earth. Despite the dry environment there is a diverse and rich ecosystem that exists thanks to the indigenous communities here that carry knowledge about the area and fight to protect it from destruction brought on by mining and intervention in the land. We are supporting sustainable eco-tourism run by indigenous groups that empowers locals to be financially autonomous and fight back to protect the environment.
The dry conditions of the Atacama desert make it the most optimal place in the world for astronomy. We have been working with leading observatories and astronomers in the region to co-ordinate research visits for participants to inform their practice.
This project presents a rare opportunity to support the development of new projects informed by this environment and engage in urgent and valuable debate, whilst presenting benefits for local communities socially + economically through cultural exchange, whilst spreading their message to others globally.
This program offers participants a unique chance to reconnect with nature in a vast ever-changing environment spread between clusters of oasis villages where locals manage to live and cultivate in the driest place on earth, using ancient methods. Experience the power of the Atacama desert, a place that gives access to illuminating night skies above and ancient archeological history below.
Live this transformative experience with an international group of participants, in a supportive and creative environment that seeks to experiment and push boundaries of researching and developing progressive interdisciplinary works, in relation to relevant subjects of our time.
Desert 23°S is a self-directed program over 21 - 42 days offering the space, time, and inspiration to develop new projects in order to promote necessary dialogues and understanding between remote areas of this planet and cities worldwide.
We run a series of rolling deadlines in the period upcoming to our programs. Decisions on applications take between 10-15 days after the deadlines.
This program is designed for participation for either 3 or 6 week periods on the following dates.
- Oct 20 - Nov 10 (NEW)
- Nov 12 - Dec 3 (NEW)
A shared room situated in a tranquil oasis village, simple with showers, toilet and communal space with areas to work and relax. If you would like to request a single room please contact us for availability and fees. Stay connected with other creative participants and focus on your projects while we take care of daily logistics.
+ FOOD / WATER
Participants will be given a combination of served / prepared meals and ingredients for communal cooking during their stay. This includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ingredients are locally sourced and often native to the area. Safe drinking water will be available to participants during their stay.
+ WORKING SPACE
Create in a communal and diverse workspace connected out to the desert oasis ecology. Here you can utilise basic tools + local materials in a creative + supportive environment.
+ LECTURE SERIES
A series of exciting talks with english translation, touching on the local culture, politics + ecology with Likan Antai indigenous speakers, will be given to participants along with providing time for informal discussions and questions.
+ PARTICIPANT RESOURCES
Access all the resources you need beforehand to get the most out the experience, including advice on planning the trip, how / where to book and arrange your travel international + local, health and safety advice + more.
+ PEER GROUP
Enrich your experience by sharing with a group of other participants from different creative fields from all over the world with merging interests and concerns.
+ LOCATION SUPPORT
Participants will have a network of support throughout the duration of your stay from both English speaking guides, experienced in fields of art + cultural subjects, often involving knowledgable local guides from the area.
+ LOCAL TRANSFERS
Welcome on arrival with english speaking guides offering assistance, with a specially arranged transfer via road on landing into our supportive base in the vast Atacama desert.
+ RESEARCH TRIPS
Experience the open, everchanging otherworldliness of the Atacama desert through National Parks protected by indigenous communties, and gather information to inspire works in a creative group environment, through our curated research trips focussing on desert ecology, communities + local culture with both local and english speaking guides experienced in fields of arts + cultural subjects.
Take part in an array of interesting on-location activities that will introduce participants to the local ecology, history, contemporary threats to sustainability, farming + culture within the desert to inform and expand your research, practice and understanding.
+ ENTRANCE FEES / PROTECTED AREAS
Local entrances at certain protected areas are covered per participant to further support the collective of indigenous communities of the Atacama Desert in their autonomy and independence, alongside the protection of their culture and land. Our financial support is used for legal representation against corporate interd environmental destruction.
Depending on the nature of the project participants will be given opportunities to showcase works or work-in-progress on a local level within the remote area, between the La Wayaka Current group as well as through our online platform and in exhibitions reaching intl. audiences.
+ LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES
Access a range of material inc. text, articles, books, music and films related to the project themes, local environment + culture in our curated transportable library and archives with contributions from previous participants, artists, researchers + local collaborators.
Opportunities to interact and learn from locals around subjects of culture + ecology within the desert environment.
+ FUNDING SUPPORT
We offer support to participants without the means to support themselves privately to apply for further funds, after being accepted onto the program. This includes providing comprehensive lists of intl. funders, checking through applications, offering advice based on experience with previous successful applicants, supporting letters, documents + information. Previous funders include Arts Council's in UK, Australia, Scandinavia and more.
FEES + FINANCIAL AID:
HOW TO APPLY:
(shared room 3 weeks)
PROGRAM FEE WITH FINANCIAL AID
(shared room 3 weeks)
(shared room 6 weeks)
PROGRAM FEE WITH FINANCIAL AID
(shared room 6 weeks)
STEP 1: Fill out all information on the Online Application Form including personal information, selection of dates + location.
STEP 2: Provide an online link to demonstrate recent work or link to download files via wetransfer.
STEP 3: Develop a project proposal in relation to the location along with an explanation of your past experience and a short bio that may be used on our website if accepted.
If you are applying for financial aid please check the appropriate box on the application form.
For applications of more than 1 person an individual must fill out one application on behalf of the group.
*What you can expect to pay. (Zero Application Fees)
To help fund your experience view a compiled list of national and international opportunities HERE