ISCP Talk
May 12, 2020, 4–5pm

Artists at Work with Alison Nguyen: 'my favorite software is being here,' a lecture performance on Instagram Live

Artist-in-residence Alison Nguyen is too busy writing COVID-19 emergency grants to do her artist talk. Instead, she has digitally outsourced the talk to Andra8, a computer-generated woman whom she met on UpWork, a global freelancing platform. Andra8 is a simulacral subaltern working a variety of online jobs: as a virtual assistant, a data cleanser, a content creator, an emoji artist, and a life coach. For the first time in her virtual existence, Andra8 will be on “the main screen” with very few client parameters. She will speculate on the politics of digital labor, the role of women and minorities in today’s art economy, and the underlying systems of algorithmic control, topics she has not been invited to speak about in the past.

The lecture performance is an extension of Nguyen’s current work-in-progress my favorite software is being here which centers on Andra8’s isolated existence and labor in a photogenic and all-surveilled virtual void. It will be followed by a short talk with Nguyen and the technical director and cinematographer of Nguyen’s Andra8 video, Jonathan Beilin who has created the real-time animation set up for the lecture performance. Beilin is a digital artist and a professor of new and emerging media at Parsons School of Design.

This program is also supported, in part, by Alice and Lawrence Weiner; Hartfield Foundation; Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation; New York City Council District 34; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF); VIA Art Fund and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

4–5pm

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Event
May 1–May 31, 2020

2020Solidarity: Support ISCP

Posters were available for purchase through May 31 to support the International Studio & Curatorial Program. The campaign has now ended.

ISCP is honored to be one of the organizations invited to sell posters as part of 2020Solidarity, a Between Bridges project aimed at helping cultural venues, community projects, independent spaces and publications that are threatened by the COVID-19 crisis.

Posters feature artwork by ISCP alumni Melanie Bonajo, Elmgreen & Dragset, and Jacolby Satterwhite and artists Tomma Abts, Marlene Dumas, Nicole Eisenman, Thao Nguyen Phan, Wolfgang Tillmans, Betty Tompkins, Luc Tuymans, Carrie Mae Weems, and David Wojnarowicz with Tom Warren.

Click HERE to purchase posters for $50 each. You will receive a post-sale email from ISCP asking you to indicate your poster selection.

Checks can be sent to the International Studio & Curatorial Program at 1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211. 

All income from sales will go directly to helping the organization in these challenging times. ISCP’s essential mission to support artists and curators, to amplify their activities and raise their voices, to foster cultural exchange between them and back out to the world, continues to be crucial.

Posters will be available for pick-up in Brooklyn or mailed by USPS to buyers when stay-at-home restrictions are lifted – you will be contacted by ISCP to arrange pick-up and shipping. All posters are 16.5 x 23.4 in. (42 x 59.4 cm).

For more information, contact Juliana Cope at jcope@iscp-nyc.org.

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Michael Elmgreen / Ingar Dragset

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ISCP Talk
April 28, 2020, 4–5pm

A Creative and Transformative Approach to the Crisis: Thinking Aloud with Solvej Helweg Ovesen about Contemporary Art on Instagram Live

Curatorial resident Solvej Helweg Ovesen will speak about creative and transformative approaches to the current COVID-19 provoked crisis on Instagram Live.

Tune in through this link, here.

With COVID-19 our lives have decelerated, and the production of goods in many cases has stopped. But during this time—apart from the nurses, doctors, postmen, and other people keeping society running—many artists are twisting their brains, hearts, and hands to make sense of the rapid transformation of societies, communication forms, habitus, illnesses, and sociability. What roles and formats can contemporary art take at this time, what shifts in values and event economies do we experience? What illnesses in our societies are surfacing during this crisis, what and who becomes visible and what and who disappears? Who is distancing from whom? Thinking and speaking with many artists and curators during the last month, it has become clear to Ovesen that the sensibilities of cultural workers are deeply needed for our societies and networks to recover, but also to transform, during and after the crises.

This event is made possible with the financial support of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany New York.

This program is also supported, in part, by Danish Arts Foundation; Hartfield Foundation; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF); and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

4–5pm

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