We may have called it a "floating trailer park" once upon a time (in Hoppe's review of the opening of the IMA's 100 Acres), but most of us have since come to love Indianapolis Island, Andrea Zittel's 20-foot-diameter living space moored in the 35-acre lake at the center of the 100 Acres grounds. We spent plenty of time with 2011 Indianapolis Island resident Katherine Ball, who spent her residency on the island working a sort of environmental triage on the lake, including her introduction of myco-remediation techniques to try to clean up pollutants. (Incidentally, Ball, a Portland resident, has become involved with Occupy protests in her home city; here you have a photo of her offering doughnuts to law enforcement.)
And now comes your chance — yes, you; given that you care about stuff — to spend six weeks in the Indianapolis Island space. The IMA is currently accepting proposals for the 2012 residency; according to a press release, "Graduate and undergraduate students and emerging professionals in the fields of art, design, architecture and performing arts are encouraged to apply to customize and reside on Indianapolis Island."
Residents will collaborate with Zittel to realize their plans, which need not pertain to environmental concerns, though both Ball and 2010 residents Jessica Dunn and Michael Runge (then-students at Herron School of Art and Design) were certainly concerned with issues of social justice and community; so your proposal, Hermit 2012: This Man Is an Island and Isn't Going To Talk To You Filthy People, may not go over well.
More details from the press release: "The 2012 Indianapolis Island resident will be awarded a $3,000 materials stipend to customize the structure. Additionally, materials from the two previous residencies on Indianapolis Island—such as furniture, bedding, and utilitarian objects—will be made available to the summer 2012 resident. Individuals, collaboratives, and groups are encouraged to apply. The selected application also will be awarded a personal stipend of $1,500 and roundtrip transportation for one to Indianapolis."
Head on over to imamuseum.org/islandresidency for more information.