Residencies Wildlife

Camac artist residency

15 March 2011

Camac is an organisation in the rural village of Marnay-sur-Seine in France that hosts an artist residency programme, with the aim to bring together artists from all countries and disciplines in mid or advanced career stages.

I have been offered the opportunity to complete an artist residency at Camac, between 1 – 30 April 2011.  To follow my progress and for more info please visit

The residency will be used as an opportunity for research and development into the pigeon post into Paris during 1870- 1871.  As part of this investigation I will visit the 11 pigeon contraception houses and Post Museum based in Paris, as well as interview residents and those that continue to break the law by stealthily feeding pigeons at night when no one is looking. Previous research into pigeon intelligence, pigeon fancying and Project Pigeonwatch (a project started in Oct 2010 to capture data on feral pigeon numbers and colour morphs), will act as a catalyst for experimental work in the studio environment of Camac.

The residency will mark a development in my practice as a sound artist by using contact microphones (to record vibrations, for example- bird footsteps, rather than air pressure), hydrophones (to record under water sound) and a parabolic dish, specifically designed for capturing bird song and other wildlife.

Lucy Stevens’ artistic practice examines the acoustic ecology of the natural environment, using field recording, digital illustration, performance and printmaking as a tool to visualise sound produced by wildlife, weather and other natural phenomena.

2 comments on “Camac artist residency

  1. Hello! How was your residency? I was thinking of going to CAMAC and hoped you might have some advice or comments to share of your experience… I’d appreciate it! Jennifer

    • Hi

      CAMAC was great for me. I had a huge studio space and was inspired by the rural and remote landscape. I was also very lucky to be surrounded by so many other inspirational artists from across the globe. I stayed for a month and that was just about right for me. The group decided to have an open studio event at the end of our stay to exhibit our work and invite the locals.

      I had a great time. If you need any specific equipment, make sure you take it with you and dont rely on the organisation to have it (I think that goes for any residency!)

      Good luck!

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