ISCP Talk
March 31, 2020, 4–5pm

Artists at Work: Ariane Loze on Instagram Live 

In ISCP’s first Instagram Live Artists at Work, resident Ariane Loze will screen and discuss her 2018 video Utopia.

Watch the Instagram Live here.

Through a methodical deconstruction of cinematic norms, Loze strips her video-performances down to their most basic, structural inner workings. Her post-minimalist aesthetic brings together conceptual expression and home-made execution underpinned by an immediately recognizable narrative made up of static shots of a straightforward action or event. Loze produces her videos autonomously: she take on the roles of director, screenwriter, editor, costume designer, and sound and lighting technician, as well as plays all characters. Loze has exhibited work at S.M.A.K., Ghent; KANAL Centre Pompidou, Brussels; Centre d’art Contemporain Chanot, Paris, among others.

This program is supported, in part, by Hartfield Foundation; La Fondation pour l’Art Contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon; 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

Participating Residents

Exhibition
Through September 11

One (Illegitimate) Child (temporarily closed)

One (Illegitimate) Child is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Visit ISCP’s Facebook page here for images of artworks and texts featured in the exhibition. Scroll down to download the full exhibition booklet and floor plan.

The International Studio & Curatorial Program announces the group exhibition One (Illegitimate) Child, organized by curator Jianru Wu, ISCP’s 2020 Jane Farver Curatorial Resident. This exhibition explores the theme of self and society in a time of post-socialism and surveillance capitalism, in China and elsewhere. When the one-child policy ended in 2016, formerly illegal Chinese children abruptly became legal, leaving a huge gap between their past and future. This questionable legitimacy is complicated today by institutional intervention enabled by digital technology, which fuels conflicts between disenfranchisement versus hegemony, and minority versus mainstream.

Artists included in the exhibition are Dachal Choi, Future Host (Tingying Ma and Kang Kang), and Li Shuang. Dachal Choi’s installation, Carve and Crave (2020), is comprised of sculpture and modified video footage of criminal activity collected from the Neighbors app using Amazon Ring technology. The project confronts the drastic erosion of individual autonomy and security. Li Shuang’s video, T (2017-18), interweaves contemporary Chinese internet-sourced marketing imagery of women’s socked feet with slang language and cultural symbols. Through non-linear narrative and fragmented visuals, the video interrogates socially imposed sexual stereotypes and other social constructs, as well as expansive performative possibilities of a virtual, suppositional world. Lastly, Future Host presents the sound work Future Host: A Speech Opera (2020), and Little Canon, a solo performance of a piece by New York-based artist and musician C. Spencer Yeh played by a child musician. Little Canon veers off from established rules, offering a deviation from the standards of music pedagogy. It alludes to promises of socialism, to a future that never was.

Jianru Wu (born 1985) is a curator and writer based in Guangzhou and a curator in residence at ISCP in 2020 sponsored by the Jane Farver Memorial Fund. Her practice looks at the consequences of rapidly diversifying structures of relationships and power in East Asia within the digital era. Her curatorial projects include Re/sentiment (2016) at A+ Contemporary, Shanghai; Southern Climate (2017) at N3 Gallery, Beijing; and Forget Sorrow Grass: An Archaeology of Feminine Time (co-curated with Sirui Zhang, 2019) at Guangdong Times Museum, among others. Wu has been the Director of Media Lab at Guangdong Times Museum since 2019.

Support for this exhibition is provided by the Jane Farver Memorial Fund. This program is also supported, in part, by New York City Council District 33; New York City Council District 34; New York City Council Member for the 33rd District Stephen T. Levin; New York City Council Member for the 34th District Antonio Reynoso; 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; Hartfield Foundation; Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF); and William Talbott Hillman Foundation. Special thanks to John Moore for his continued support.

Participating Residents

ISCP Talk
March 3, 2020, 6:30–8pm

LIR at ISCP with Mella Jaarsma

Artist Mella Jaarsma, who is participating in ISCP’s current exhibition Transient Museum of a Thousand Conversations: LIR at ISCP, will speak about the challenges of creating site-specific projects in other countries, with other cultures and new publics. She will also present her project featured at ISCP, The Right Shot (2019), which takes as its starting point a hostel in Kaliurang, Indonesia. The performance is based on the time she spent there after she left The Netherlands in the 1980s. In the spirit of this time, the performance activates the audience’s sense of heat and cold, much like the hot weather that the Dutch escaped in their second homes in Kaliurang.

Mella Jaarsma has become known for her complex costume installations and her focus on forms of cultural and racial diversity embedded within clothing, the body and food. She was born in The Netherlands in 1960 and studied visual art at Minerva Academy in Groningen, after which she left The Netherlands to study at the Art Institute of Jakarta and at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta. She has lived and worked in Indonesia ever since. In 1988, she co-founded Cemeti Art House, now called Cemeti Institute for Art and Society with Nindityo Adipurnomo, one of the first spaces for contemporary art in Indonesia, which to this day remains an important platform for young artists and art workers in the country and region.

This program is supported, in part, by Hartfield Foundation; New York City Council Member for the 33rd District Stephen T. Levin; New York City Council Member for the 34th District Antonio Reynoso; 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); The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

6:30–8pm