Research Residencies

Through its research residencies, the Museo Reina Sofía provides a platform and support for independent artists and researchers, both individuals and collectives, whose work revolves around the different force lines of the Museo’s programme, thus fostering reflection and dialogue between the residency occupants and the Institution’s different areas.

Closed Calls

Joaquim Jordà Residencies

First Open Call, 2022–2023

Joaquim Jordà. Numax presenta… Película, 1980
Joaquim Jordà. Numax presenta... (Numax presents...), film, 1980

The Museo Reina Sofía, FIDMarseille and Doclisboa present a new annual residencies programme aimed at film-makers and artists working in the field of the essay film, experimental cinema, and, essentially, all manifestations that shape non-fictional film. This joint residency, organised by a museum and two international film festivals, affords an opportunity to articulate different phases between the idea and the realisation of audiovisual work. Furthermore, the programme aims to support the conception, development and production of film projects in the sphere of non-fictional film, funding their execution and creating international networks of debate.

The programme pays homage to Joaquim Jordà (1935–2006), a film-maker whose work was both original and emblematic in the realm of non-fiction and with an arc that spanned the three countries of the institutions organising this residency. For instance, Jordà was honoured with Spain’s National Cinematography Award (2006), with his work a part of the Museo Reina Sofía Collection; the last retrospective at the end of his life was at FIDMarseille, in France (2006); and one of his early films, Portogallo, paese tranquilo (1969), centred on resistance against the dictatorship in Portugal. Jordà traced a non-conformist and committed path in creative documentary, characterised by the use of theatre strategies and the mise en scène of profoundly experimental narratives which this open call looks to retrieve and establish as a genealogy of contemporary non-fiction film.

The residency puts forward three stages comprising the research and development of the project and its production and circulation, and will take place in Madrid, Marseille and Lisbon.

The beneficiaries, two per year, will automatically be invited to participate at FIDLab and Doclisboa. FIDLab is a platform of international co-production which is held while FIDMarseille takes place in early July and presents different projects up for funding and distribution. The projects awarded this Residency will be automatically evaluated by a FIDLab independent panel, and even if they are not included among the selected projects, they will still encounter professional opportunities offered by the platform.

Doclisboa, meanwhile, offers artists-in-residence contacts among guests at the festival, held in Lisbon in the second fortnight of October, offering them the chance to build connections with international networks of film-makers, artists and producers.



Number of artists-in-residence: : 2

Call dates: 12 October – 12 November 2022

Organised by: Museo Reina Sofía, FIDMarseille y Doclisboa

Conditions of the open call

Call resolution

Our Many Europes

Madrid, ca. 1990 years. ¿Archivo Queer? Project, Museo Reina Sofía

Madrid, ca. 1990 years. ¿Archivo Queer? Project, Museo Reina Sofía

The period for application submissions will be extended 15 days after the end of the state of alarm on June the 21st 2020.
The new deadline for application submissions is on July 6th, 2020, inclusive

The project Our Many Europes - Europe’s Critical ‘90s and the Constituent Museum (OME) was selected on 17 July 2018 to receive a Call for Proposals from the European Union’s Educational, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (hereinafter, EACEA) — (EACEA 32/2017: Support for European Cooperation Projects 2018).

The programme itself spans four years and revolves around the 1990s. It is organised by the L’Internationale confederation of European museums and features the collaboration of the National College of Art and Design (Dublin, Ireland) and Valand Academy (Gothenburg, Sweden).

The Research Residencies — the subject of this Call — constitute one of the activities (Activity 15. Research Grants: Rethinking the ‘90s) included in the project and for which MNCARS has received a specific grant for its implementation and development.     

This Call is for three Research Residencies at MNCARS, to take place from the period spanning 4 May 2020 to 30 April 2021. The common goal of such Residencies is to foster research and participation in a process of reflection by making available MNCARS’ bibliographical and documentary resources, in addition to participation in research hubs linked to the project “Our Many Europes” and in research communities organised around the MNCARS Study Centre.

The three main research lines proposed for this Call are:

  • Research or the critical activation of archives linked to artistic and/or activist practices carried out in the 1990s.
  • Research or artistic production related to critical culture articulated inside and outside Europe at the heart of the 1990s, taking as its framework dimensions such as the AIDS crisis, processes of transition and historical memory, post-‘89 activist practices and globalisation, configurations of the post-internet world, etc.   
  • An exploration of performance practices in the 1990s, and processes of contemporary archiving, transmission and activation.