ALTlab 2.0

After the success of the first edition of photography residency ALTlab we are pleased to present the second edition ALTlab 2.0. In order to make this edition more engaging and inspiring we have added a “walking” component to the existing format of the ALTlab. As said by a German philosopher and poet, ‘all truly great thoughts are conceived by walking’, we think that walking will be inspirational and a subject of exploration for artists in residency. We believe that it will allow artists to express by creating dialogues with the world around and provide continuous stimulation to their creative senses.

For ALTlab 2.0, the resident artists would be a part of a three day walk expedition (total 38 Km). It would not be a guided tour or a photo walk but a self-exploring and self-realization endeavour. We would organize experts to assist in case some help is required.

During the walk Artists would be encouraged to record their own experiences and understanding of the surroundings. The images that are created on the spot would be the base for the experiment through Alternative Photography process. Artists will have all the freedom to choose their project for the residency either before, during or after the walk. The project however should be based on the walk and the alternative process.

Prior to the actual walk of three days, artists will be lead through the two week introductory workshop on alternative photography to open up dialogues among participants and mentors regarding basics in alternative photography. The artists would therefore be in a better position to decide upon the kind of camera and equipments to be carried along during the walk.

The artist will have to choose one process from the provided following options:


This is the first commercially successful photography process. The image is a direct positive made in the camera on a silver plated copper plate.

2. Van dyke brown

This is an early photographic printing process. The process was so named due to the similarity of the print color to that of a brown oil paint named for Flemish painter Van Dyck.

3. Mike Ware New cyanotype

This is a photographic printing process that renders a cyan-blue print. The process was popular in engineering circles well into the 20th century.

4. Gum Bichromates

This is a 19th century photographic printing process based on the light sensitivity of dichromates. It is capable of rendering painterly images from photographic negatives.

5. Salt Prints

The salt print was the dominant paper-based photographic process for producing positive prints during the period 1839 through 1860.

Financial and other support

Travel expenses; Maximum of Rs. 8000 – To and from Goa (against actual bills).

A total stipend of Rs. 20,000 for 2 months will be paid to the residents.

All the material required for experimenting will be provided by Goa-CAP. The Goa-CAP apartment is furnished and rooms will be available on twin-sharing basis.

There is a common space that can be shared for work or socializing. Residents will have to make their own arrangements for food. A common kitchen at the apartment can be used for cooking.

A coordinator will be in charge of logistics who shall attend to the needs of the guests.


Residency applications for Altlab 2.0 are invited from contemporary artists, of any medium, who are eager to use a darkroom and historical process to create images. Applicant must be a citizen of INDIA. There are no age limitations.

Application procedure

Applicants should be seriously engaged with researching and developing their own photography language. They should be open and willing to live modestly with other artists for a period of two months. The selected residents will have to commit themselves to being present in Goa during the time of this residency programme.

The following documents should be dispatched to the Goa-CAP office address.:

• Duly filled in application form (Download the application form here)

• Images of current artwork; tiff or jpeg image (preferably cd/dvd, or hard copies).

• Curriculum vitae, reviews and catalogues (If you have any).


• Deadline for receipt of applications: 28 January 2012

• Notification to short listed applicants: 03 February 2012. The list of selected applicants will be

posted onto the Goa-CAP website at

• Receipt of acceptance letters from applicants: 05 February 2012

• Commencement of the 2 month residency: 01 March 2012

Goa-CAP office

The Executive Director

Goa Center for Alternative Photography (Goa-CAP),

c/o Prashant Falari, House No. E2 / 268,

Dongorpur (Royal Village), Near St.

Alex Church, Calangute, Goa, India,,

Phone: 09822087276, 09689041602

For further inquiries please contact:

ALTlab photography is supported by India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore.


About Altlab Journal

ALTlab is a two month long alternative photography residency organized by Goa Center for Alternative Photography (Goa-CAP) in collaboration with India Foundation for the Arts.
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