Culturistan is an opportunity for artists, writers, creators, and thinkers to engage in transformational dialogue with their peers across disciplines and cultures. A Culturistan residency is designed to provide a change from participants’ everyday life, creating a space in which they can reflect deeply, explore new perspectives, and ultimately enrich their work outside of the residency.
Each class in the program focuses on one central question, which residents investigate together in depth over the course of ten days. The goal of these discussions is not to reach a consensus, but instead to generate horizon-expanding dialogue through exploring the diverse viewpoints that each resident brings to the subject, and to inspire true understanding, connection, and discovery. Residents are united by a shared love of culture and the exchange of ideas, but also by their commitment to the social or philanthropic impact of their work, and represent a variety of disciplines and nationalities.
A Culturistan residency comprises a 10-day stay in a beautiful and rural location (usually in Europe), far from the distractions of a city, with a small group of residents. Each day is thoughtfully planned to include time for personal reflection as well as group activities such as cooking together, hiking, meditation, and more. Residents will record their reflections at the end of each day in the format of their choosing, such as a blog post, a short video, music, etc. These will be posted to Culturistan’s website daily, inviting readers across the globe to follow each resident’s journey and to explore new perspectives alongside them.
Culturistan is an initiative of the Kiarostami Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in California, United States of America.