Open Call (Residency)

4 + 1 Elements
Deadline EXTENDED for FIRE: 24 November 2019


After four years of continuous presence on the island of Tinos, Kinono Tinos Art Gathering introduces this year’s Thematic Series of “Four (plus one) elements”, which will last for a whole year, through four different seasons, until the fall of 2020.

Κinono borrows the four elements of earth, fire, water and air and adds the element of time, on two tokens, one as the alternating seasons of the year and two as the season of human intervention on natural and cultural landscapes. This way it wishes to draw the attention of artists, scientists, philosophers and researchers to the dual passing of time and to the particular atmosphere and characteristics of the island of Tinos.

The theme of 4+1 elements is a proposal which aims to integrate the landscape itself to our concept of space, time, energy. The 4+1 elements project will delve into the relationships between the modern interdisciplinary scientific practices of visual arts, research, humane sciences, and new media, time and place expression through the islands material environments. Those environments vary: constructed or natural, both interior and exterior, urban and agricultural, material and immaterial as well as comprised by a complex of places, historical buildings, natural landscapes. It is a project that aims at researching and absorbing both the landscape-nature-time in our concept for time and space, material and tradition, matter, energy, natural resources and the environment with activities, processes and narrations coming from experimental, imaginative, descriptive ways for creating an environment.

In order to implement this year's thematic series, “Kinono” is making an open call for the formulation of proposals / projects by choosing one of the following four elements: Fire (winter), Water (spring), Air (summer), Earth (Autumn) , to be created (through resident-hospitality) and presented respectively in the months of: January, April, August, October 2020 in different locations and buildings throughout the island of Tinos in relation to their respective elements.

“We invite the participants to spend some time (certain period of time) on the island, to work with natural matter during the four seasons of the year, develop synergies, open up to new projects, reflect on new practices in contemporary art, current ecological and social issues as well as issues of culture and locality. In order to create on one hand an ongoing site-specific, collective, theoretical yet tangible project, looking at the natural environment of Tinos, the cultural elements and the place and to create organic spaces and communities for synergy, in sync with the season and the tangible landscape materials on the other. And thus, create and co-form their work in a non-urban environment.”

The places that the participants are able to choοse for their artistic productions are defined by Kinono by the relevancy of their characteristics to their corresponding theme.

Through the communication of participants with the land as well as with a varied audience Kinono intends to create ever-evolving organic spaces in the Tinos environment which will ultimately lead to a world in which ***things*** are increasingly and more intricately connected to each other.

Information regarding the Residency (read carefully): pdf

Detail information about the locations

Location Map




At the end of November, those who have applied for the Fire element will be notified of the selection of proposals and will be provided with the necessary information for the next phase.


Element deadlines:


Fire: 24 November 2019
Water: 15 February 2020
Air: 15 June 2020
Earth: 15 August 2020




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