Ana Jofre | Assistant Professor of Creative Arts and Technology

Before arriving at the Faber Residence, I simply expected to have quiet work time in a beautiful setting.  Indeed, the residency gave me the time and space that I needed to work on (and complete) the project I had proposed, but the experience gave me so much more. To say that the setting is beautiful is an understatement. The residents were lodged at the hotel Riu Fluvià, which offers spectacular mountain views in all directions, and a friendly staff that made everyone feel at home. The room was large, with a balcony and a desk overlooking the view, which made for inspired and productive work.

In addition to the stunning backdrop of the natural scenery, Olot is a diverse, interesting, and culturally rich city. The city features beautiful modernist architecture, public art, and high-quality museums. During my stay, I had the opportunity to attend the Robolot conference, which revealed a great deal of activity and engagement with state-of-the-art technology in the region.

The residency staff ensured that all our needs were met, that we were connected to local activities of interest to us, and, most importantly, they created an atmosphere for stimulating intellectual exchange among the residents.  Indeed, the intellectual exchange and connections created were the most valuable part of the residency. The residency organizers did an excellent job with curating the selection of residents such that we all had a great deal to share with and learn from one another.