Call for applications

What comes first?

Call for applications

What comes first?

Call for Participants 2020

Chapters:

Dear applicants,
we are closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation worldwide and adjusting our AtWork Tour 2020 plans accordingly. Health and safety are our priorities at the moment. Some of the planned dates below will change, so stay tuned to be updated. For now, you can still apply for the listed chapters, we will receive your application and inform you if the workshop dates will change.
 
Stay home, stay safe and stay creative!
Team Moleskine Foundation

AtWork Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) – Partners: Goethe Institut; National Museum of Ouagadougou
conducted by Moïse Touré
when: 20 -24 April 2020 – application deadline: March 20th, 2020

AtWork Johannesburg (South Africa) – Partner: Constitution Hill
conducted by Simon Njami/Andrew Tshabangu
when: 15-19 June 2020 – application deadline: May 15th, 2020

AtWork Maputo (Mozambique) – Partners: Pwfura Ndzilo; ANIMA
conducted by Simon Njami
when: 20-24 July 2020 – application deadline: June 15th, 2020

AtWork Libreville (Gabon) – Partners: ONG Mukasa and Musée National des Arts et Traditions du Gabon
conducted by Moïse Touré
when: 1-5 October 2020 – application deadline: September 1st, 2020

AtWork Dubai (UAE) – Partners: The University of Future and Expo Dubai 2020
conducted by Heba Amin/Simon Njami
when: October 2020 – application deadline: September 15th, 2020

AtWork New York (USA) – Partner: The Africa Center
conducted by Heba Amin and Adepero Oduye
when: November 2020 – application deadline: October 2020

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Moleskine Foundation launches a call for international youth to participate in its itinerant educational format AtWork. We have planned 6 chapters in 2020 that will be united under the same umbrella topic: “What comes first?”. 150 participants, 6 Countries, 150 notebooks.

AtWork “What comes first?” curatorial statement by Simon Njami, AtWork advisor:

There has been an ongoing debate between Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus on choices and responsibility. When asked what his choice between his mother and his country would be, Camus replied without any hesitation, my mother. Of course, Sartre, who placed the idea and the cause above everything, disagreed. We are faced on daily basis, with critical choices that force us to take a stand or an action. The way we decide what comes first is never as fixed as for Sartre and Camus. There are times where we would make different choices and choose different priorities, depending on the situation. But the reality is that it is a question we shall never be able to answer at our full satisfaction. It is like trying to answer the impossible question: what came first, between the egg and the hen. Aristotle tried to venture a solution: “the domain of becoming is opposed to that of the essence, because what is posterior in the generational order is, by nature, anterior and what comes first by nature is last in the generational order.” But we are all free to disagree.

 

What is AtWork?
AtWork is an itinerant educational format conceived by Moleskine Foundation and Simon Njami that uses the creative process to stimulate critical thinking and debate among the participants. It helps to develop the intellectual and emotional skills necessary to develop both a personal and a collective sense of identity.

Under the leadership of an artist or curator the participants partake in collective discussions and self-reflection on the chosen topic, producing a personalized notebook which embodies the process of self-reflection and critical thinking triggered by the workshop.

The notebooks are then exhibited in an art show, co-curated by the students themselves.

The notebooks join the Moleskine Foundation permanent collection, appearing in international exhibitions and biennales and in digital form on at-work.org.

In the past the collection has been exhibited at Art Basel Fair, Dak’Art Biennale 2016, Art Paris Fair 2017, The Africa Center NY, Venice Art Biennial, Guggenheim NY and many others. The AtWorkers’ notebooks enter the collection along such prominent authors as Pascale Marthine Tayou, Nicolas Hlobo, Francis Kéré, Spike Jonze, Antonio Marras, Ross Lovegrove, Ou Ning and many others.

The workshop is open to students from every discipline, young creative talents and young education professionals.

To find out everything about AtWork format click here.

How does it work this year?

Each AtWork Chapter is made of the following:

  • a 4-5-day intensive workshop (typically 10:AM to 6:PM) on the given topic (see topic section above) that culminates in;
  • an exhibition of the notebooks created during the workshop;
  • a community made of other participants present during the experience, and whose connectivity is continued online thereafter (via Facebook), connecting to the wider AtWork alumni globally.

Each workshop includes 25 participants, and will be conducted by a prominent artist or intellectual, such as Simon Njami, Heba Amin, Moïse Touré, Andrew Tshabangu.

The Chapter participation fee is €300[1] (Europe/USA) and €150 (Africa) per person. The money collected through the paying participants will be used to cover the scholarships for the future AtWork workshops.
Moleskine Foundation will be giving out 20 scholarships for each chapter that will cover the Chapter participation fee. Travel and accommodation will be at the participants’ expense.

[1] This includes a daily lunch and excludes travel and accommodation costs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

  • Please fill out the application form
  • The selection process will be based on the information you provide and will be effectuated by Moleskine Foundation and our respective local partner in charge of the workshop organisation

Application deadlines for the respective workshops:

Dates

AtWork Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) – Partners: Goethe Institut; National Museum of Ouagadougou
conducted by Moïse Touré
when: 20 -24 April 2020 – application deadline: March 20th, 2020

AtWork Johannesburg (South Africa) – Partner: Constitution Hill
conducted by Simon Njami/Andrew Tshabangu
when: 15-19 June 2020 – application deadline: May 15th, 2020

AtWork Maputo (Mozambique) – Partners: Pwfura Ndzilo; ANIMA
conducted by Simon Njami
when: 20-24 July 2020 – application deadline: June 15th, 2020

AtWork Libreville (Gabon) – Partners: ONG Mukasa and Musée National des Arts et Traditions du Gabon
conducted by Moïse Touré
when: 1-5 October 2020 – application deadline: September 1st, 2020

AtWork Dubai (UAE) – Partners: The University of Future and Expo Dubai 2020
conducted by Heba Amin/Simon Njami
when: October 2020 – application deadline: September 15th, 2020

AtWork New York (USA) – Partner: The Africa Center
conducted by TBD
when: November 2020 – application deadline: October 2020

How do I apply for a scholarship?

  • The application process is the same, you just have to indicate in the application form that you do not have the funds to cover the participation costs

Who can apply for a scholarship?

  • If you are a student, a young creative talent between 18 – 27 years old
  • If you are a young education professional between 23-30 years old
  • If you (or your sponsor) can cover your travel expenses, accommodation and daily expenses in the city of the workshop you have chosen
  • If you are proficient in English for all the workshops and, in case of Ouagadougou and Libreville, in French
  • International applications are welcome

What happens if I am selected for a scholarship?

  • You will receive an email confirming your selection and will be asked to confirm your desire to participate.
  • The Moleskine Foundation scholarship will cover your participation fee for the days of the workshop. Lunch will also be provided for all the days of the workshop.
  • You will have to cover your travel and accommodation costs if you live outside of the country/city where the workshop is taking place.
  • You will be contacted by our local partner with the details of the workshop.

ph. by Brenda Céspedes and Holguer Cruz

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