Open Call

The Land is a Library

Anima Casa Rural

No Funding
San Isidro Mazatepec, Mexico



Number of Participants



Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


March 15, 2020 - March 30, 2020


  • $25.00 application fee
  • $740.00 program fee (one-time)


Ceramic Facility, Co-Working, Shared Studio


Shared Bathroom, Shared Room


Breakfast, Chef on Site, Dinner, Lunch, Vegan, Vegetarian

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Readings


Activists, Book Arts, Research, Social Practice



Program Description

The land and its animal inhabitants have always been integral to the creation of books: parchment produced from the skin of calves, tree pulp for paper, vegetable charcoal into ink... If one were to make books localized materially and conceptually around Anima Casa, what might that look like? How can a kiln, burning donkey shit, produce a book? Are the black embers floating through the sunset from nearby burning sugar kane just a series of punctuation marks waiting to find their pages? Are the fish sucking up algae in the swimming pool acting as editors of some acquatome? How does environment allow us to inhabit the space between languages? What is learned from skinning rabbits? What space is made by pulling air, sand, and water into the pages of a book? What does it mean to create books that blur and bridge geographies; books that promise an undoing of languages; books that offer an experience? These and many other questions will shape the residency until we prove The Landis a Library

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