Residency Application

(Re)configuring Territories is an interdisciplinary research program for architects, artists, designers, and writers. The program takes place at Narva Art Residency in Narva, eastern Estonia.

March 13, 2020

Dear everyone,

Due to coronavirus (Re)configuring Territories Residency and other events of the programme are postponed to take place at a later date.

We are still welcoming applications for the residency. The Residency will happen at a later date as soon as the situation is more stable.

The Open Call will be open for one extra week – until March 22 – so that also those who couldn’t apply for the dates this spring can apply. We will also contact those who have already applied.

This is not to cause panic, but to take care. We will inform you of a new dates soon. We continue to do the research by reading and writing at home.

All the very best, take care,
– (Re)configuring Territories organizing team


(Re)configuring Territories

(Re)configuring Territories welcomes applications for a six-week Residency.

(Re)configuring Territories is an interdisciplinary research program for architects, artists, designers, and writers. The program takes place at Narva Art Residency in Narva, eastern Estonia.

In 2020, the program focuses on feminist spatial practices and enviromental decay as a deconstructive process in the context of the Baltic Sea region. The annual program includes a spring school, a live action role-play, and a residency period.


The Residency is meant for practitioners and researchers who share an interest in situated practices and speculative approaches. The six-week residency period will take place in Narva Art Residency.

The chosen resident will live and work at Narva Art Residency where they can concentrate on their research and/or artistic practice. (Re)configuring Territories will provide travel costs (max. 500 euros), a working grant of 3600 euros, 500 euros towards material costs, and accommodation at Narva Art Residency.

There will be two intersecting events during the stay. The resident can engage in discussions and take part in spring school and live-action role-play. In between these events, the resident is expected to work independently.


Residents will be accommodated at Narva Art Residency, which is located in a historic villa in the Kreenholm district in Narva. The abandoned Kreenholm textile factory is also situated nearby. The resident will be introduced to the local community and different sites in Narva and Ida-Virumaa county, such as the textile factory, the border territory, and the post-nuclear seaside town Sillamäe.


Submit your application via email by March 22, 2020, 23:59 CET.

To apply, please submit the following:
– motivation letter: your perspective on this year’s theme (max. 300 words).
– project description: a draft of the research/project you wish to focus on during the residency period (max. 300 words).
– bio and some examples of previous works.
– travel plan: how you would travel to Narva.


– Applications are accepted from diverse practitioners and researchers.
– The selection is based on a motivation letter and a project description.
– Applicants traveling by land will be given a priority.

Application working group
– Kaisa Karvinen – Architect, program curator
– Tommi Vasko – Designer and researcher, program curator
– Karoliina Korpilahti – Head of program at the Finnish Institute in Estonia
– Kadri Kaljurand – Program coordinator at the Finnish Institute in Estonia
– Maria Kapajeva – Artist, Member of Advisory Board of Narva Art Residency

For more information on Residency, contact
Karoliina Korpilahti, project leader:

Tel. +372 5361 8171


(Re)configuring Territories is a three-year program (2019—2021) organized jointly by the Finnish Institute in Estonia, Narva Art Residency, Narva Urban Lab and Helsinki based autonomous educational platform Trojan Horse. The program is planned by architect Kaisa Karvinen and graphic designer & -researcher Tommi Vasko of Trojan Horse and supported generously by the Kone Foundation.

Trojan Horse
Trojan Horse is an autonomous educational platform based in Helsinki. Trojan Horse organizes summer schools, live-action role-plays, workshops and reading circles exploring the boundaries and preconditions that define the field where architects, designers, and artists operate today.

Trojan Horse aims to create flexible yet steady structures that support critical design discourses over a longer time span while remaining open for cross-pollinations and changes. Trojan Horse encourages designers and architects to do more experimental projects and research-based work.

Finnish Institute in Estonia
founded in 1991, is one of the 17 Finnish cultural and academic institutes around the world. The institute is an independent, not-for-profit organization managed by a private foundation. The core funding comes from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. It has two locations, office in Tallinn and a public library in Tartu with a collection of Finnish literature in Finnish and Estonian. The institute is an advocate for Finnish culture in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The institute strengthens existing networks between the countries and creates new ones. The institute organizes cultural projects, artist visits, exhibitions, and other activities and collaborates with Finnish language teachers in Estonia. The institute has a micro-grant program, TelepART, for performing artists. The institute is a significant expert on the Finnish-Estonian collaboration, constantly looking for new ways of working . The institute aims to identify the topical phenomena and signals of change in Estonia and to create cultural program reflecting and resonating those themes.

Narva Art Residency
Narva Art Residency is a unique cultural platform founded in 2015. It facilitates residencies, art exhibitions, talks, and educational workshops. It is located in Narva city on the Estonian-Russian border at the historical Kreenholm area. The International Artist-in-residency program is open for artists operating across a wide range of disciplines, including Visual Arts, Music, Performance, Architecture, Design, Film, Literature and Curatorial Practices. It aims to generate creative exchange between practitioners and to strengthen links with the local community. The residency has taken a proactive role in audience outreach, bringing together international experts, Tallinn’s art community and locals. The first Narva Urban Lab, Narva-Detroit: Post-industrial Cities on the Border-Where to?, proved to be a great example of this. The promoter of the Narva Art Residency is the Estonian Academy of Arts in cooperation with Narva Gate and it is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Culture.

Kone Foundation
Kone Foundation is an independent and unaffiliated organisation, which awards grants to promote academic research, culture and art. We popularise research and organise events to bring art and research to wide audiences. We pursue active arts and research policies and constantly seek to provide alternatives to the mainstream.