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Conexion Dracula is an artists' retreat that takes place in Finca Dracula, one of the world's ten biggest orchid collections, surrounded by a magical garden that blends into the nature of the neighboring national park. The event presents the artists with activities and challenges. The intended disciplines are photography, plastic arts and literature. It hosts 10 participants who have a developed artistic language and seek opportunities to broaden the scope and creativity of their work.
The residency will take place from 7-17 July 2013 . If you would like to apply for a place, please see details at www.conexiondracula.com/ConexionDracula/English.html and apply before the deadline of 23 April 2013. The retreat will take place in the town of Guadalupe/Cerro Punta, Province of Chiriqui, Republic of Panama. Conexion Dracula will cover the basic costs of the event; artists must pay for their air tickets to Panama City, overnight stay in the city and any specialized equipments or materials.
Creative Futures is Creative Scotland's flagship programme supporting the development of Scotland's creative individuals. We are committed to cultivating our artistic and creative talent, promoting professional development and advancing the connectivity and ambitions of Scotland's creative practitioners and organisations. Now in its third year, Creative Futures is the largest co-ordinated residency programme in Europe, supporting up to 200 individuals every year, developing the skills, talents and potential of Scotland's creative practitioners.
Sabah Carrim holds a Masters degree in human rights and teaches law at Brickfields Asia College, Kuala Lumpur. She has published extensively in the areas of law, philosophy and education. She is currently the Chief Editor of Brickfields Law Review and has been instrumental in establishing a meaningful connection between law, philosophy, the arts and literature. Her current research interests and activities include the writings of Michel Foucault, Friedrich Nietzsche, the philosophy of writing, creativity and eroticism. Her novel Humeirah Fasq is in course of publication.
Writing compels me to face my thoughts, however complex and muddled they are, shift some to the left, others to the right, some upwards, others downwards, until they form part of a coherent image of reality - my image of reality. I write because I enjoy verbalizing my thoughts so that in the end, every action or inaction is justified intelligently. If not, it is at least given an identity. By attributing reasons for every phenomenon in my environment, I feel empowered by my ability to think in a coherent and structured manner. The existence of such logos or order in my life renders every action and thought meaningful. Writing thus makes existence and 'beingness' meaningful.