Many Mini Residency is a short-term residency program operated in conjunction with alternative exhibition venues in Europe and the United States. The name ‘Many Mini’ encompasses two main components of the project which is hosted in one room 24 hours a day for one week. The ‘Many’ describes the open call for proposals and the resulting multiplicity of responses and participants. The ‘Mini’ component of the residency describes the limited amount of time available and the scale of the room.
Many Mini Residency is open to applicants from all disciplines (art and non-art alike) and encourages participants to customize their residency experience. There is no minimum time-limit for a stay at the residency but the maximum stay allows use of the space for half a day. The space may be used for public programs, personal studio time, a rehearsal space, a dinner, or whatever the resident sees fit. Participants provide documentation and a short statement about their time spent in the residency to serve as both a record and a resource displayed online as the final component of the project.
In July 2011, Many Mini Residency was hosted at Skydive, an artist-run exhibition venue in Houston, Texas. Skydive utilizes an open and collaborative model for producing its programming. Its mission is to broaden the spectrum of dialogue in Houston by bringing in artists from outside of Texas. Many Mini Residency fulfilled these goals while also encouraging participation from local residents.
Many Mini Residency: Houston at Skydive will additionally exist in conversation with other Many Mini Residencies; the first hosted by The Berlin Office in Berlin, July 2008 and the forthcoming residency hosted by Koh-i-noor in Copenhagen, January 2012. Many Mini Residency, therefore, not only provides an opportunity for interaction among participants within each locale, but creates a comparable portrait of each city where the residency is held.
Many Mini Residency: Houston included the following participating individuals and collaborative teams: Robert Boyd, Elaine Bradford and Emily Link, Karen Brasier , Chin Xaou Ti Won, Sasha Dela, Jeremy DePrez, Nancy Douthey, Dumptruck Collaborative, Matt Gorgol, Norberto Gomez, Jr., Nancy Gonzalez-Duran, Margo Handwerker, Rachel Hecker, Candace Hicks, Rachel Hooper, Chuck Ivy, Boby Kalloor, Jeremy Keas, Jonatan Lopez, Mev Luna, Yvonne Lung, Christie Malvin, Matt Manalo, David McClain, Tina McPherson, Paul Middendorf, Richard Nix, Gissett Padilla, Lindsay Palmer, Emily Peacock, Ryan Perry, Linda Post, Britt Ragsdale, Darcy Rosenberger, Stephanie Saint Sanchez, Carrie Schneider, Sketchy Neighbors, Lindsey Slavin, Emily Sloan, Mike Smith, Jordan Adair Stephens, Melissa Tran, Alex Tu, Regina Vigil, Sapphire Williams, June Woest, and Mat Wolff.