January 17, 2017, 6:30–8pm

Salon: Olaniyi R. Akindiya and Claire Paterson

Olaniyi R. Akindiya (a.k.a. Akirash) is researching worldwide immigration during his ISCP residency. He will speak about this research as well as two recent works: a mixed media installation and performance presented at the last Dak’Art Biennial and a video about the time he spent in Western Australia at the end of 2016. In his practice, Akirash explores both the personal and the universal by investigating invisible systems of power that govern everyday existence. He utilizes a multitude of techniques and materials, including repurposed objects, with which he creates mixed media paintings, sculptures, installations, video works, photographs, sound pieces, and performances.

Claire Paterson will speak about the collaborative project she has undertaken while at ISCP. During her time in New York, she has worked with models and other artists to explore ideas related to the theatrical language embedded in totems and gestures. In her work, Paterson often hosts experimental photo sessions, where models are provided with a collection of various costumes, sculpture, and installation elements to construct stories.

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.

January 10, 2017, 6:30–8pm

Marcus Coates and Una Chaudhuri in conversation

In conjunction with ISCP’s exhibition The Animal Mirror, London-based artist Marcus Coates will present his work for the first time in New York City. Coates’s films and performances employ animal vocalizations and ritualistic public interventions to provide new functional languages for situations where conventional strategies of understanding and rationalization fail. His presentation will be followed by a conversation with Una Chaudhuri, New York University Professor of English and Drama.

Marcus Coates’s recent exhibitions include Workplace Gallery, London, 2016; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2015; Handwerkskammer, Berlin, 2015; and Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, 2014, among others. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Trafalgar Square 4th Plinth. In 2008 he was the recipient of a Paul Hamyln Award and in 2009 he won the Daiwa Art Prize. Recent publications include The Trip, Serpentine Gallery, Koenig Books, 2011; UR…A Practical Guide to Unconscious Reasoning, Book Works, London, 2014; and Marcus Coates, Kunsthalle Zurich/Milton Keynes Gallery, Koenig Books, 2016.

Una Chaudhuri is Collegiate Professor and Professor of English and Drama at New York University. She is the author of No Man’s Stage: A Semiotic Study of Jean Genet’s Plays and Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama, as well as numerous articles on drama theory and theatre history in such journals as Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, and Theatre. She was guest editor of a special issue of Yale Theater on “Theater and Ecology” and a special issue on Animals and Performance, for TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies (2007). Recent publications include Animal Acts: Performing Species Today, co-edited with Holly Hughes, and Ecocide: Research Theatre and Climate Change, co-authored with Shonni Enelow. With director Fritz Ertl, she has developed a number of theatre pieces using a process they call “Research Theatre,” and she has worked collaboratively with the artist Marina Zurkow, most recently in a multi-platform project entitled “Dear Climate.”

This event is free and open to the public.

This program is supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Greenwich Collection Ltd, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York State Legislature, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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.

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 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.

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