Announcing The Successful Applicants Of BMR: Berlin 2017…
Border Movement Residency (BMR) is a series of curated experiences that are customised around the individual needs of musicians and aim to create meaningful and relevant creative exchanges between artists in South Asia and Germany. BMR launched last year with 3 artists selected from South Asia (KʌLʌ, Dinelka and Ghazaleh E) who participated in 2 month long residencies in Berlin. 2 artists based in Germany (Nene Hatun and Andreas Spechtl) took part in a similar exchange in India and Iran.
Now going into its second year, we recently opened the project for another round of residencies in Berlin this summer. We were overwhelmed with the number of applications received from around the region which were truly inspiring and of incredibly high quality. The jury diligently went through each one before selecting the winning participants based on the strength of their application form and the potential with their sound.
This year we are ecstatic to announce that the 3 artists who have been selected for the 2017 edition of Border Movement Residency are: Sandunes (India), Alien Panda Jury (Pakistan) and FILM (India). Each artist will spend two months this year in Berlin under the watchful eye of local mentors who will guide them through the cities music scene, supporting them both personally and professionally.
Here’s what the successful applicants had to say…
“I am super grateful to be a part of this year’s BMR. I’ve been envisioning Berlin as an ideal base for a creative phase for a while now, and am keen to use my time there developing new works, learning new skills and channeling the world around me into newer sound. I’m super excited to get out of my comfort zone which has become Bombay, play with new tools, study under some mentors and play music in one of my favourite cities.” Sandunes/Sanaya Ardeshir
“It is an absolute honor and I feel so overwhelmed and at a loss for words to express how grateful I am to be selected for a program like this. I feel like this opportunity has come at a time in my life where my musical universe and knowledge is ever-expanding and will allow me to express myself a lot more freely than before. I intend to take back a lot from this, not just for myself but also for the wonderful artists and cultures that I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by over the years in the melting-pot of talent that exists from Pakistan all the way up to the Himalayas.” Alien Panda Jury/Daniel Arthur Panjwaneey
“Really excited to be selected for Border Movement Residency in Berlin this year, always felt since I began my journey as an artist I looked up to Berlin a lot for inspiration be it music and art. Glad to have this opportunity come my way, can’t wait to soak in!” FILM/Sanil Sudan
BMR is a project realised by Border Movement, Goethe-Institut, Abelton, Musicboard Berlin and Wild City.