Open Call

Desert 23´S - An artist-led expedition into one of the driest places on earth with indigenous culture & ecology. Atacama Desert, Chile. South America.

La Wayaka Current

No Funding


This is an interdisciplinary program. We welcome applications from artists, creative practitioners, writers, musicians, scientists, activists and others interested in the themes this program presents. Participants in residence will be able to work more independently on their self directed practice alongside our program. We expect artists to come with an open and willing attitude, to assist in the responsibilities of the resident community and be respectful towards the local nature and local indigenous communities wishes. We will also be hosting exhibitions, events, talks & publications after the residencies.

Number of Participants

Applications are accepted from collectives and partners as well as individual creatives. We work in small groups on each expedition.


No deadline


August 31, 2019 - November 15, 2019


  • £1,700.00 program fee (one-time)


Cabin, Nomadic


Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Courses, Critique, Discussion, Exhibition, Forum, Grant, Group Dinners, Juried Exhibition, Mentors, Online Exhibition, Open Studios, Performances, Professional Development, Publication, Readings, Retreat, Self-Directed, Seminars, Work Exchange, Workshops


Acting, Activists, Architecture, Ceramics, Chefs, Choreography, Cinematography, Collective, Composers, Conceptual Art, Curatorial, Dance, Dance Groups, Design, Documentary, Fiber Arts, Fiction, Film, Glass, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Journalism, Land Art, Literature, Moving Image, Multimedia, Music, Music Composition, Painting, Pedagogy, Performance Art, Photography, Playwriting, Poetry, Public Art, Research, Scientists, Screenwriting, Sculpture, Social Practice, Sound Art, Textile, Theatre Directors, Thinkers, Video Art, Virtual Reality, Visual Arts, Wearable Technology


English, Spanish

Program Description

Desert 23°S presents a rare opportunity to research and develop new artistic & creative practices in one of the driest environments on our planet within an indigenous community inside a national nature reserve of diverse flora and fauna. This otherworldly region closer resembles the surface of Mars than Earth, offers the most optimal conditions for astronomical observations in the world and preserves ancient archeology beneath the sands. Within the dry landscape, lives an unbelievably diverse and rich ecosystem that remains due to the knowledge of indigenous groups who fight to protect the area from exploitative, water-intensive extraction and mining. Our fluid, site-responsive program introduces creatives to the local ecology and culture as well as contemporary socio-political issues and historical contexts of the area, whilst presenting reciprocal benefits for local communities both socially + economically through our presence and exchange.

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