December 20, 2016, 6:30pm

Simone Forti performance: 'Sleep Walkers / Zoo Mantras'

In conjunction with ISCP’s exhibition The Animal Mirror, Simone Forti will mark the 50th anniversary of her seminal work Sleep Walkers/Zoo Mantras with its first performance in New York since the 1970s.

Forti first performed the piece under the title Zoo Mantras in a 1968 solo event at Galleria L’Attico in Rome after spending many intense days observing animals in the Rome Zoo. Described by Forti as an “immersion in the kinesthetic sense,” the choreography is based on the zoo animals’ habitual movements and wrestles with the complexity of humans’ intuitive identification with animal life.

The performance will be followed by a conversation between Simone Forti and curator Kari Conte.

Simone Forti is a dancer, artist, writer based in Los Angeles. She came of age artistically in the 1960s, a time of rich dialogue between poets, musicians, dancers and visual artists. Her early Dance Constructions influenced the reinventing of dance in New York that happened in the 1960s and 1970s. Forti has collaborated extensively with musicians Peter Van Riper and Charlemagne Palestine, basing her dancing on studies of animals’ movements and on the dynamics of circling. Since the early 1980s Forti has been doing News Animations, improvisational moving and speaking speculations on world events. Forti’s book Handbook in Motion was published in 1974 by the Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. (Distributed by the Contact Editions www.contactquarterly.com) Her book Oh, Tongue was edited and published by Fred Dewey for Beyond Baroque Books, in 2003. Forti has performed internationally at venues including the Louvre Museum in Paris, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York that also features some of her work in its permanent collection. Forti is proud that in 2011 she received the Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts. She is represented by The Box LA Gallery.

This performance is free and open to the public.

Doors for the performance open at 6pm.

There is limited seating, which will be offered to the first 50 visitors on a first come, first serve basis.

To access the performance virtually, click here and sign up for free on Livestream.


Offsite Project
December 9, 2016–March 30, 2017

Fran Ilich: Aridoamérica Winter Plan

The International Studio & Curatorial Program announces Fran Ilich: Aridoamérica Winter Plan at El Museo de Los Sures. For Fran Ilich’s Offsite Project, he will turn this storefront space in Williamsburg into a neighborhood coffee co-op and community resource with its own micro-economy for four months. During this period, Ilich welcomes visitors to convene, converse and barter for Zapatista organic coffee while playing the ancient Nahuatl game of Patolli. He wants to offer the public a place of respite during a time of “transition to a new global climate,” with the aim to “create together content, experiences, everyday life. That is our winter plan. Coffee. Conspiracy. Community Chest. The moment is now. As Mayans said, you are me and I am you. Or I am a part of you.”

Aridoamérica is an ongoing multi-disciplinary project started by Fran Ilich in 2005 that includes a webserver sustained by a virtual community called Spacebank as well as a co-op apartment located in New York City. Aridoamérica employs social organization, economic and financial experimentation to support art, activism, gaming, labor, life, writing and politics. Additional information on Ilich’s Aridoamérica will be on display.

Fran Ilich (born 1975 in Tijuana, Mexico) is a media artist, essayist and novelist based in New York City. He has participated in ARCO, Madrid; Berlinale Talent Campus; Documenta 12, Kassel; Transmediale, Berlin; How Latitudes Become Forms, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Festival Mundial de la Digna Rabia, Mexico City.

This exhibition is curated by Juliana Cope, Director of Development and Programs Manager.

As part of Fran Ilich: Aridoamérica: Winter Plan, the artist has organized the following public events at El Museo de Los Sures:

  • Friday, February 10, 2017, 4–7pm: Using her Weather Tower, Amelia Marzec’s​ Weather Center for the Apocalypse​ will collect visitors’ video forecasts of our uncertain futures.
  • Sunday, February 19, 12:30–2pm: Moira Williams will host 1-877-FEMINIST COCKTAIL PARTY, a telephone hotline and workshop about the many paths to and definitions of feminism.
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017, 5:30–7pm: Dominic Paul Miller will present Coordinated Universal Time, a lecture addressing issues in photography, ancestral territory, and the ongoing battle over Standing Rock.
  • Saturday, March 11, 10am-12pmMary Jeys hosts Brooklyn Torch Trade Store, an opportunity for visitors to earn and learn about the alternative local currency Brooklyn Torch.
  • Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 244–7pm: Leonardo Aranda hosts Neighborhood Mapping: DIY Participatory Cartography, a two-day workshop where participants will create a map reflecting socio-political issues of Williamsburg.
  • Sunday, March 26, 12:30–2pm: ISCP resident Elli Kuruş will invite participation to an altered tarot game during It could be a community. An rsvp is necessary to attend this event as space is limited. Please email rsvp@iscp-nyc.org by March 23 with ‘Elli Kuruş at Aridoamérica: Winter Plan‘ as the subject line.

Stay tuned for announcements on ISCP’s website for more periodic special guest events.

El Museo de Los Sures was born from a partnership between Southside United with Cornell University and Churches United for Fair Housing to preserve the history of the neighborhood’s residents.

This project is the eighth collaboration between Los Sures and ISCP. It is made possible in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo; the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Antonio Reynoso, Council Member, 34th District; and The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

  • Artist Talk: Thursday, February 2, 6:30–8pm
  • Hours: Thursdays and Fridays, 4pm–7pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-2pm
  • Location: El Museo de Los Sures, 120 South 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Participating Residents

December 8, 2016, 7–9pm

Rethinking Residencies: Publics and Counterpublics

The International Studio & Curatorial Program announces “Rethinking Residencies: Publics and Counterpublics,” a panel discussion that reflects on art residency programs, what communities they serve, and the responsibilities each has to one another in a moment of marked cultural upheaval. This panel discussion with Common Field’s Co-Director Courtney Fink, artist Jonah Groeneboer, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture’s Co-Director Sarah Workneh focuses on the question: how do artist residency programs define, cultivate, and care for their publics?

Often communities within communities, residencies are responsible to an immediate constituency of artists and alumni but serve much broader publics as well. Who comprises these publics? What counterpublics are embedded within them or positioned alongside them? What new urgencies are coming to light for artistic communities and their publics in response to changes in the political climate, funding landscape, and cultural production more generally? How, as those who organize, support, and participate in residency programs, might we respond? The panel will be followed by a brief reception.

Location: Triangle, 20 Jay Street #317, Brooklyn NY 11201

This panel discussion was co-organized by Rethinking Residencies, a working group of eleven New York-based artist residency programs. Initiated in March 2014, its members share knowledge and resources, while cultivating critical thinking and discourse about residencies. Collaborating organizations represent a wide range of models, scales, and approaches and include: Eyebeam, Fire Island Artist Residency, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), The Laundromat Project, Queens Museum, Recess, The Shandaken Project, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, EFA Project Space’s SHIFT Residency, and Triangle.

Participant Biographies

Courtney Fink is an arts organizer and curator based in Los Angeles, CA. She is the co-director and co-founder of Common Field. From 2002–2015 she was the Executive Director of Southern Exposure in San Francisco. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Seed Fund. She has held positions at California College of the Arts and Capp Street Project in San Francisco. For 23 years, she has been dedicated to supporting artists, and by extension, experimental organizations that are focused on artists.

Jonah Groeneboer is a conceptual interdisciplinary artist. His work has shown at MoMA (2016), Art in General (2016), the Queens Museum (2016), CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art (2016), MoMA PS1 (2015), Contemporary Art Museum Houston (2015), Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts in Winnipeg (2015), Andrew Edlin Gallery, NY (2013), Shoshawna Wayne Gallery, CA (2010), and Exile, Berlin (2010). Essays and Reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art 21.com, Mute Magazine, Artforum.com, Temporary Art Review, Art Journal, and in Pink Labour on Golden Streets’ “Appearing Differently: Abstraction’s Transgender and Queer Capacities.” He was a founding board member of the Shandaken Project. Residencies include Ox-Bow School of Art, the Fire Island Artist Residency, and Recess.

Sarah Workneh is a Co-Director of Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. Prior to her tenure at Skowhegan, she worked at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency from 2002–2010. Sarah has served as a panelist and advisor in a wide variety of conferences and symposia and has served on the organizing committee for the Black Artists Retreat. In addition to running Skowhegan’s core educational program and non-profit, Sarah works directly with Skowhegan alumni to produce and create off-site programs. She was the first guest editor of Art Papers magazine, and has been a contributing writer to Pastelegram, Kaleidoscope, as well as other publications and projects. Sarah serves on the Board of the Colby College Museum of Art and the advisory committee of the Somerset Cultural Planning Commission in Maine. She has B.A.s in Linguistics and Russian from the University of Maryland and has pursued coursework toward her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at DePaul University.


This program is supported, in part, by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.