Session 1: March 1-7, 2014
Session 2: 
March 9-15, 2014
Location: Southern Arizona (meet in Tucson)

The public lands adjoining the US- Mexico border protect some of the rarest and most biologically diverse habitat in North America. These places are also the focus of increasing militarization by US Border Control. Signal Fire invites activists, researchers, and artists of any discipline to join us for a unique remote residency in southern Arizona to craft a creative response to the wild places of an embattled region.

The Outpost Residency provides four artists at a time with a one-week immersive residency on public lands. Artists are provided with food, maps, and a magnificent 12x12 canvas wall tent for work and sleep space. The tents are equipped with a desk, cot, and rug for a comfortable camping experience, as well as kitchen utensils and food for self-prepared breakfast and lunch. Each tent is set apart from the others, but within a short walk to a base camp. Signal Fire organizers are stationed at the base camp, available for emergency and unforeseen needs. The group gathers for dinner each evening, served by Signal Fire at base camp.

Although we strive to create a comfortable experience, the nature of the project means artists should be prepared for unpredictable weather and camping conditions. There are no bathrooms or running water, but we do provide a pair of deep cycle batteries for charging cameras, laptops, etc. Aside from registered service animals, no pets are permitted. Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Tucson, Arizona. Signal Fire can assist in support of grant applications or visas, and we encourage international applications.

Difficulty: Moderately challenging.

Although minimal hiking is required to reach the camp, the southwest in spring can be a place of extreme and unpredictable weather and temperatures. This area is a route of frequent human migration and illegal smuggling activity, as well as a large law enforcement presence. Safety is Signal Fire’s priority, but participants should expect an unconventional and possibly challenging residency experience.

Outpost is appropriate for anyone in good health regardless of previous outdoor experience.

See photos of our past Outpost Residencies on our
flickr page, in the Archive, or on 2010 resident Sarah Meadows’ blog, Owl, under "Signal Fire Residency."

2014 applications have closed. Be among the first to learn about future trips by joining our email list here.