PROFORMA X Begehungen Residency Programme

Developing the twin city relationship between Manchester and Chemnitz, PROFORMA and Begehungen have created an annual artist and curator residency programme which explores ideas of remoteness, duality and interconnectedness through inhabiting digital and physical realms.

Rethinking the notion of residency as an often singular and solitary activity, our PROFORMA X Begehungen Residency Programme multiplies the potential of twinning as a creative act with artists, curators and organisations collaborating across a number of sites to create site responsive artwork and exhibitions.

Created in 2019, this year PROFORMA X Begehungen will simultaneously host two artists residencies digitally and physically at Islington Mill, Greater Manchester and the former Altendorf freight station, Chemnitz.

2021 The artists for our 2021 residencies are Nicola Dale and Parham Ghalamdar.

Nicola Dale

Nicola's residency explored how idleness gives time a different shape; how the hologram gives the body a different shape and how the remote residency gives space a different shape.

Nicola Dale

Echo Chambers (animation still) Nicola Dale 2021

Parham Ghalamdar

During the Proforma X Begenhungen residency, Parham will use the opportunity to research the relationship between painting and the digital within the context of lockdown, physical absence, and non-productive times. He will train the AI engine to create still and moving images based on studying images of oil paintings. As the result, the responsibility and production are shifted.


AI generated painting from research, Parham Ghalamdar 2021

2020 Christian Selent

Christian Selent was a recipient of a month-long remote residency at Working Class Movement Library and researched their archive to create Idle Thoughts for our LOITER exhibition.


Idle Thoughts – Christian Selent 2021

Lizz Brady

Lizz Brady was the first recipient to take part in our Remote Residency as a response to COVID-19 with artists remaining in their own cities and creating new artwork for what would have been the host city for the residency. For the installation New Means Worse, Brady created a vessel to discover Chemnitz and for those in the physical exhibition to discover the artist.

Lizz Brady

New Means Worse – Lizz Brady 2020

2019 Elliott Flanagan

PROFORMA selected artist Elliott Flanagan for the inaugural PROFORMA X Begehungen.

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Lustre - Elliott Flanagan 2019