Rikkert Paauw’s residency project is intended as a reflection on the theoretical and material conception of the artist’s studio, through the construction of a creative workshop for the village where Società della Api has set its base, in Kastellorizo (GR). The workshop wants to be a place for creation and work, as an open and inclusive space for interacting with the local community and a dynamic platform subject to change. Rikkert will initiate it as intended for multiple disciplines, and will set up as a workplace for Società delle Api’s future residents in Kastellorizo.
The residency is conceived to include the participation of a writer or a researcher, to collaboratively analyze and study the local economy, in its transactions and logistics, and experiment on new forms of exchange within artistic creations and productions. The project is meant to open the way to the future participants, as some sort of inventorization of the local resources and space. Eventually, the artist will produce a small publication, both as documentation and as compensation for the experience.
Rikkert Paauw (1982) is an independent designer, based in Utrecht, The Netherlands. His designs for interiors, décors, furniture and mobile outdoor objects arise from used, found and natural material. His practice stands for improving the social environment in a very practical way, exploring the possibilities of waste materials and working within a context and on assignment. This sometimes yields exciting moments, as his work very much depends on what turns up in the fine-tooth comb of urban and rural life, he has to find a suitable workspace where he transforms the discarded into a design. Working with found materials has became Paauw’s vocabulary throughout the years, both as a methodology to understand the locality, and as the most logical way to tell a story through its objects and materials.