The Bogliasco residency allowed for a concentrated creative burst that I can’t recall experiencing before, except under conditions of stress and solitude to meet a deadline. In this case, the experience was both unstressed and profoundly satisfying, even communal. There’s no greater pleasure than writing with a free and clear mind, and doing twice as much as one expects.
- Mary Jacobus, Fall 2017 Literature Fellow, United States
I am enjoying every minute and every hour of my stay in Bogliasco. Work gets done as if by magic and I receive so many impressions and ideas from both staff and colleagues.
The landscape and the seascape around me, the towns and Genova itself are like books I am never tired of reading.
- Miroslawa Buchholtz, Fall 2017 Literature-Scholarship Fellow, Poland
The formal and informal interactions with the diverse community of scholars and artists in residence at the Bogliasco Foundation undoubtedly advanced the development of my writing by providing fresh insights and unique forms of criticism on the larger topics that ground my subject.
- John Comazzi, Fall 2017 Architecture Fellow, United States
To have left the Foundation with a mind more open and more willing to embrace the new than when I arrived now strikes me as perhaps the greater benefit, though certainly more difficult to measure, than the completion of a book chapter.
- Klaus Benesch, Fall 2017 Architecture Fellow, Germany
Overall, our fellowships at the Bogliasco Foundation pushed us into new territory that we could not have imagined, and we believe our work moving forward will bear the mark of this incredible exchange of minds in one of the world’s most sublime locations.
- John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson, Fall 2016 Film/Video Fellows, United States
A bien des égards Bogliasco fut (et sera toujours, je l’espère) un petit paradis qui n’usurpe nullement sa place sur le Golfo Paradiso. La beauté des paysages dès l’orée du jardin de la Fondation, les rythmes de la mer, la variété des reflets du soleil, les Alpes enneigées au loin, la promenade de Nervi aux jours de mareggiata, ont accompagné et soutenu tout mon travail et lui ont procuré joie et enthousiasme.
- Michel-Yves Perrin, Spring 2017 Humanities Scholarship Fellow, France
Since my work reaches across-discipline for ideas— often drawing from literature and film— the conversations and interactions with others gave me material to draw from I never would have had access to otherwise.
Having space and time to engage in creative work is a wonderful gift, but the cross-discipline nurturing that Bogliasco provides—coupled by the time allowed to let ideas brew, settle, get stirred up, transform, and find themselves again— was enormously valuable. I’m thrilled to share that yes, I met my practical goal of seeding some new works, but that the expansion of my practice toward making better, deeper work was a unexpected gift.
- Kimberly Bartosik, Spring 2017 Dance Fellow, United States
…Creative artists – perhaps in contrast to scholars – often have to delve into difficult or quite personal terrain, and often have to wrestle with their medium and their chosen raw materials. The Bogliasco Fellowship gave me the first opportunity I have had to take part in an interdisciplinary residency, and it was enlightening to see how kindred artists experienced their own challenges. That made me think that the environment at Bogliasco may offer something particularly valuable for writers, and for creative artists in general.
- Caroline Brothers, Spring 2017 Fellow, UK/Australia
… I will probably have enough material, inspiration, space, and experience for hours of music into the future. For that, I think Bogliasco gives its donors their money’s worth. And, certainly, it gives its residents, those who are not afraid to escape their own established modes of producing work, a gift that really keeps on giving – the infinite inspirations of the memory of being there.
The residency – in short – has offered every conceivable advantage to the creation of works of meaning, relevance, and great scope.
The residency offers one an almost-impossible experience of disconnecting from the world but also being immediately proximate to it all at the same time, the ability to interact by choice. So rarely do we get to choose our terms of engagement, but at Bogliasco, we can and we do.
- Eugene Birman, Spring 2017 Music Fellow, United States
Although they were active in different fields, the [other residents] were curious about my work and they enquired in very genuine ways about what my work entails. This always challenges me to formulate my activities in the best and clearest possible ways.
In turn I was very inspired by the other residents’ work and it enriched my thinking about aspects that I was not familiar with before. Still, there were also the points of connection that led to the discovery of joint interests with them.
I consider myself very lucky to have been with this particular group of people that I was together with as well. I think everyone brought a very special piece of themselves to this time we were together. I feel truly enriched, by the insight and spirit that these very different people each brought with them. There was a curiosity, genuineness and friendliness I have rarely experienced and which I will never forget.
- Marjolein Gysels, Spring 2017 Philosophy Fellow, Belgium
At Bogliasco, I was inspired to rethink my goals and aspirations, and to reimagine exploring the same issues in a narrative film. This was a great gift for me. And it was something that would not have occurred back at home with the distractions and demands of daily living.
Bogliasco is such an extraordinary place. There is nothing like it in the world. We residents all felt privileged to be there in that landscape, to be cared for and supported as we were.
- Alan Brown, Spring 2017 Film/Video Fellow, United States
I think back with joy and gratitude of the weeks in Bogliasco in spring, orange blossoms around the villa in bloom, and the many lively lunches, dinners, and drinks in the considered interior of the villa. I think of the choreographic, photographic and dramatic presentations of some of the fellows and the exquisite and rare collegiality that developed between us during our stay.
- Thea Brejzek, Spring 2017 Theater Fellow, Australia
It would be inaccurate to say that my topic radically changed while I was at Bogliasco. Instead what really happened was that I received the incredible luxury of being able to hear myself think. The center offered me a precious interlude in which I didn’t have to be an expert. My favorite part of the experience was getting people to tell me about their own fascinating work—and more importantly—their even more fascinating work processes. The time at Bogliasco was successful for me in ways that were truly unexpected. I value that fact immensely.
- Robert Reid-Pharr, Spring 2017 Literature-Scholarship Fellow, United States