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Residencies at The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home


The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home is now open for visits, project proposals and residencies.

The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home is a space for dissenting the Capitalism of Culture and has been set up to coincide with Liverpool 08, European Capital of Culture.

The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home is run by twoaddthree (Gary Anderson, Lena Simic add Neal, Gabriel and Sid) from a council property bedroom in Liverpool, with the annual running budget of £2, 857.10 (10% of twoaddthree’s combined annual net income, i.e. two 0.5 lectureship salaries, some freelance work, tax credits and child benefit). We are interested in DISSENT and would like to, in collaboration, discuss and research homemade aesthetics, the private/the public, the familial, class and money matters.

We are a very small home-run initiative. In addition to food and accommodation, we can afford to pay each visiting artist/cultural activist/collective/grouping etc. a very limited amount, with the top amount being £238.09.

When applying please outline (in no more than one page of A4 – having three kids, part time jobs and running The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home is an extremely demanding business):

• What you would like to do at the Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home
• How long you would like to stay (old Balkan saying goes: Svakog gosta tri dana dosta! Each guest is enough after three days – but we are flexible and easy to persuade). And please don’t forget to tell us when.
• How your project relates to DISSENT (and/or homemade/DIY aesthetics, family matters, home, private/public)
• Budget

Short bio (300 words max) and links is a plus but not essential!

Please send it all as an attachment to theinstitute@twoaddthree.org, with subject line: RESIDENCY

Alternatively post your application to
The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home
7 Bright Street
L6 1DL

Thank you


Please email theinstitute (at) twoaddthree.org if you have any further questions or if you would like to pay us a visit.


to: theinstitute (at) twoaddthree.org
from: branka cvjeticanin
contact: branka.cvjeticanin (at) polygon.hr
subject: RESIDENCY
date: February 28, 2008


There is an old Slavic saying “Otisao/la je u svijet trbuhom za kruhom” – “He/She went to the world following his/her belly in search for the bread”. The whole Universe is described in that sentence, it.s historical, social, cultural, political and economic phenomena and state of mind of many generations in my family and in many other families from this Balkan Europe part of the world. On that “western” side, specially in the case of Great Britain there are only few legal economic channels open to foreigners (read: those who were never part of the former colonies). One of those legal economic channels is AU PAIR – a young foreign person, typically a woman, who helps with housework or child care in exchange for room and board. (origin – late 19th cent.: from French, literally ‘on equal terms.’ The phrase was originally adjectival, describing an arrangement between two parties paid for by the exchange of mutual services; the noun usage dates from the 1960s).

I decide to follow the agency pamphlet which promise me following: If you are the girl between 18 and 27 years (-), and you love to travel (+), and you willing to improve your English (+), get to know British tradition (+) through the life in family and children care (+)? (=) Au Pair in Great Britain will support you in that and even give you more by becoming equal member of the family, through the experience which leads toward long lasting friendship with your hosts.

The family provides: pocket money from 50 – 100 GBP weekly (Croatian average salary is 400 GBP per month, artist average is lower); accommodation and food for free with the family; spare time for attending language school; health insurance;

Great Britain is a land where tradition is interweave with the newest trends. Experience by yourself the most modern architecture, and not fare from idyllic countryside environment preserved from the times of Jane Austen, visit the wildest discothèques in the world or shopping in the most equipped shopping malls. In the brake for the lunch eat traditional “fish and chips” or visit thousand of authentic restaurants with national kitchens.

No matter if you going to spend a year up to north or in the south in this magical country, your hosts will make you feel Great Britain as your own home. With traditional tea you will support the Manchester United (this was in the brochure) or talk about the newest gossips in the royal family. One is for sure: in Great Britain you will never get bored!.

I hope I will enjoy Great Britain’s architecture and work on my proper English accent indeed.
Starting to visualise my life in GREAT Britain.
Interaction and exchange follows.