May 19, 2015

Salon: Silvia Giambrone and Anjana Kothamachu

Silvia Giambrone will present previous performances and installations that link beauty and violence as well as new works she has produced during her residency at ISCP. The common thread connecting all her works is the idea of domestic violence, not as something happening at home but as something that already belongs to culture. Visitors will be invited to Giambrone’s studio.

The primary motivation for Anjana Kothamachu’s work is to reify the emotional, mental and physical state of desire. This is realized through drawing, object-making, moving images and spoken-word narratives. She will present some of her previous work and introduce the project that she has worked on during her residency. Her stories are staged in fabricated worlds extracted from the everyday, venturing beyond veneers of reality and consciousness into the subconscious to access the unspeakable in human experience.

Participating Residents

May 12, 2015

AMÉRICA: Panel Discussion

This informal talk is conceived by Nicole Cecilia Delgado as part of Beta-Local’s residency at ISCP. Poets Nicolás Linares, Urayoán Noel, Diego Rivelino, María Tabares and Enrique Winter will discuss contemporary translation, books, independent publishing, and friendship, within the context of the publication of AMÉRICA, a collection of versions and translations of the poem “America” by Allen Ginsberg, re-written by Latin American poets.

Ginsberg’s “America” refers to a single nation, the United States of America, which monopolizes a name that actually corresponds to three continents. For this reason, it is desirable to translate “America” under the light of “gringo” expansion into the whole American territory. This exercise of re-writing and re-versioning translates Ginsberg’s poem with the aim to provoke a conversation about the practice of translation in the twenty-first century.

Nicole Cecilia Delgado (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1980) is a poet, editor, translator, and co-director of Atarraya Cartonera publishing project. She organizes the Feria de Libros Independientes y Alternativos (FLIA), a book fair of independent publications in Puerto Rico. She is the author of more than 15 volumes of poetry. Her work has been translated into English, German, Catalan, Portuguese, and Polish. She is currently a resident artist at Beta-Local.

Nicolás Linares (Facatativá, Colombia, 1982) is a poet, and cultural organizer, founding member of “Colectivo Poetas en Nueva York” and the cultural newspaper Vecindad. He has published three volumes of poetry.

Urayoán Noel (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1976) is a poet, performer, scholar, translator, and assistant professor of English and Spanish at NYU. He is the author of the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press, 2014) and several books of poetry in English and Spanish.

Diego Rivelino (Cali, Colombia, 1977) is a poet, actor, graphic designer, and percussionist. He is co-founder of “Colectivo Poetas en Nueva York” and a member of the editorial board of the cultural newspaper Vecindad. He has lived in New York City for 20 years.

María Tabares (Bogotá, Colombia, 1958) is a poet and fiction writer, and co-founder of Las poetas del megáfono, a collective of women writers who lived in Mexico City between 2008-2010. Her book La luz, poemas de sombra received the National Poetry Award (Museo Rayo, Ediciones Embalaje, 2011). Some of her poetry has been published in limited editions and artist books.

Enrique Winter (Santiago, Chile, 1982) is a poet, editor, and translator. He is the author of Guía de despacho (Cuarto propio, 2010), Rascacielos (Mexico, 2008, Buenos Aires, 2011), and Atar las naves (2003). In addition, he co-authored the anthology Decepciones, by Philip Larkin, and the album Agua en polvo (2012).

April 30, 2015

Iván Illich: Stories, Ideas, Conviviality

As part of Beta-Local’s institutional residency at ISCP, journalist and author Nathan Schneider is hosting an open discussion on Iván Illich’s life and legacy. Illich was a polymath: he was philosopher, priest, iconoclast, teacher, unschooler. His influence affected all who have known and read his work, especially in the places he lived, including New York City, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. But the full story of his impact has only begun to be told. Rather than holding a lecture or a panel, participants will share their stories of Illich and his ideas.

In San Juan, Beta-Local runs an open non-curriculum school through which the participating public generates courses and workshops, named La Iván Illich. This pedagogical experiment seeks to connect ideas, skills and experiences from different disciplines to encourage collaboration and critical and aesthetic thinking.

Iván Illich (1926-2002) was known for his critiques of modern, institutional life in spheres including medicine and education. His books include Tools for ConvivialityMedical NemesisGenderShadow Work, and Deschooling Education. Born in Austria, he lived in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, as well as in Puerto Rico and Mexico, among other locations.

Nathan Schneider writes about religion, technology, and resistance for publications including Harper’sViceThe NationThe New RepublicThe Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Catholic Worker, and is a columnist for America magazine. He has published two books, God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet and Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse.