Open Studios
May 13–May 11, 2012

Spring Open Studios 2012, performances, screenings and lectures

Friday, May 11th
7pm Jennifer Tee A woman’s mind might resemble a room

Jennifer Tee stages a floorpiece and performance with dancer Miri Lee as part of a series of works by Tee that combine her Crystalline Floorpieces (knitted rugs) with sculptural objects and choreography. Tee worked with New York-based artisan Sahara Briscoe to create hand-dyed wool for A woman’s mind might resemble a room. Tee is interested in evoking spiritual realms with an active material experimentation. Creating a contrast between the object and movement, Lee traces the imaginary beams of the artist’s crystalline octagonal form, enclosing an interior, psychological space. This performance will be repeated on May 12th and 13th in studio 219 at 1:30 and 6:30pm.

Saturday, May 12th

2pm Eloise Fornieles The Orbit

Over the course of one hour, Eloise Fornieles will orbit a cement mixer containing a marble head of Mercury, the mythological messenger of the Roman gods. The cement mixer will slowly chip away parts of the head, eroding the iconographic replica of the divine figure to its original material state. Covering distance yet traveling nowhere, Fornieles uses this repetitive motion as a form of ritualistic journey. Fornieles’ installations create a space for contemplation, while her own emphasis on physical endurance provides a backdrop for a more visceral understanding of the body as material, with its limitations and capabilities.

3pm Rose Eken with Nikolaj Hess Embroidered Songs

Rose Eken’s large-scale embroideries from her ongoing project of hand-stitched band set-lists provide the backdrop for a performance by Danish jazz-pianist and composer Nikolaj Hess. Eken has invited Hess to play variations and interpretations of the songs and song titles from the two embroideries, in turn re-stitching the songs. The two original sets are from the Danish singer/songwriter and guitarist Jacob Rathje; one being his entire repertoire of traditional roots and blues songs, the other the first song he taught himself and performed solo.

4pm Michel Auder Talk and screening

For over forty years pioneering artist Michel Auder has compulsively recorded the events of his life. He will speak about how his work relates to notions of time, followed by a screening of several shorter works. Embracing a variety of roles—including silent participant, obsessive voyeur, discreet accomplice, and simple observer—he creates brashly self-referential films and videos. Through raw and archival footage his work blurs the boundaries between what we remember and what we leave behind.

5pm Leif Elggren with Andrea Beeman, Ken Montgomery, Fabio Roberti, Marja-leena Sillanpää and Lary Seven The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland

Leif Elggren organizes an evening of sound performances together with his good friends and colleagues from New York. They are all part of the ongoing social process, state of mind and physical territory called The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland. The event will include performances by Andrea Beeman, (Enchantress of Bioluminosity), Leif Elggren (King), Ken Montgomery (Minister of Lamination), Fabio Roberti (Minister of Failure), Marja-leena Sillanpää, (Gravedigger) and Lary Seven (Minister of Audiology).

Sunday, May 13th

2pm Bertille Bak Urban Chronicle

During 2010, Bertille Bak filmed Urban Chronicle, a story that exists between fiction and documentary that follows the New York Polish community’s fondness for the media of their home country. Revealing the paradoxes between time, place and memory, Bak mapped out satellite dishes broadcasting news from Poland. Through witty vignettes that depict frog race competitions, the industrial manufacture of toilet paperand noisy parades on Fifth Avenue, a humorous and poetic picture is created of the arrival of immigrants from Eastern Europe to New York.

3pm Orit Ben-Shitrit (Time Mechanism) + Work = Auctioning Off the Greek Debt

This performance negotiates the European debt crisis by creating a new financial tool—a commodity derivative—by the two most powerful entities in the EU: Germany and France. Three dancers of German, French and Greek origin — Martina Potratz, Sandra Passirani and Savina Theodorou — enact an abstract financial scenario. The qualities of the Greek dancer are bundled and sold as commodity derivatives by the French and German dancers. Orit Ben-Shitrit tells the saga of global economies through a choreographed performance, combined with language phrases spoken only with an economy of consonants in each of the three dancer’s respective languages, triggering a chain of responses that activate the gallery space and hallways.

5pm Dan Levenson presented by Forever & Today A Social History of the State Art Academy, Zurich

This multimedia video screening and lecture performance presents fragments from Little Switzerland, Dan Levenson’s ongoing investigation into an imaginary community of artists and the institutions that surround them. The talk will focus on the State Art Academy, Zurich, a fictional art school that plays a central role in the project. Questions about production and the “making” of artists are explored through a set of interconnected fictional institutions, including a student-run art gallery, a rigorous modernist two-year art school, a university publishing company, a student hang-out roesti restaurant, a philanthropic tobacco company and an art and office supply company.

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Open Studios
May 11–May 13, 2012

Spring Open Studios 2012

Friday, May 11th
7pm Jennifer Tee A woman’s mind might resemble a room

Saturday, May 12th
2pm Eloise Fornieles The Orbit
3pm Rose Eken with Nikolaj Hess Embroidered Songs
4pm Michel Auder Talk and screening
5pm Leif Elggren with Andrea Beeman, Ken Montgomery, Fabio Roberti, Marja-leena Sillanpää and Lary Seven The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland

Sunday, May 13th
2pm Bertille Bak Urban Chronicle
3pm Orit Ben-Shitrit (Time Mechanism) + Work = Auctioning Off the Greek Debt
5pm Dan Levenson presented by Forever & Today A Social History of the State Art Academy, Zurich

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Spring Open Studios is a three-day exhibition of international contemporary art. The 35 artists, art collectives and curators from 24 countries currently in residence at ISCP present work in their studios. Open Studios offers the public access to innovative contemporary art practices from across the globe, providing an exceptional opportunity to engage with the production, process and archives of practitioners working with a diverse range of media, approaches and concepts.

Alongside Open Studios, ISCP’s gallery is the site for a continuous program of time-based events including performances, screenings and lectures that address how the concept of time is both constructed/deconstructed and employed through artistic production. Unfolding over the weekend, time is used as a material for eight separate events by ISCP residents and Brooklyn-based artists and their collaborators.

The gallery, transformed by SLO Architecture (Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi with Robert Wrazen), incorporates a specially designed platform for these events that functions alternately as a flowing canopy for presentation and communal tables for conversation. The lifting and lowering of the platform brings a spatial, performative and temporal rhythm that mirrors the events taking place.

With an open thematic structure, the events explore storytelling, how the concept of time differs globally, collective memory, ruptures in straight time and the relationship between time, duration and memory.

Participating ISCP artists and curators

Øystein Aasan (Norway), Hector Arce-Espasas (United States), Nanna Debois Buhl (Denmark), Francisco Montoya Cázarez (Germany), Meiya Cheng (Taiwan), Loredana Di Lillo (Italy), Akiko Diegel (New Zealand), Motoko Dobashi (Japan), Rose Eken (Denmark), Leif Elggren (Sweden), Eloise Fornieles (United Kingdom), Frances Goodman (South Africa), Nilbar Güreş (Austria), Matthias Hamann (Germany), Takahiro Iwasaki (Japan), Steffani Jemison (United States) Alex Kershaw (Australia), Melissa Keys (Australia), Ledia Kostandini (Albania), Mu Li (China), Liisa Lounila (Finland), Simone Martinetto (Italy), Linarejos Moreno (Spain), Kate Newby (New Zealand), Hilario Ortega (Mexico), Vessna Perunovich (Canada), Ilija Prokopiev (Macedonia), Nicolas Provost (Belgium), Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay (Canada), Maaike Schoorel (The Netherlands), Su Yu-Hsien (Taiwan), Jennifer Tee (The Netherlands), Lotte Van den Audenaeren (Belgium), Brendan Van Hek (Australia), Juan Zamora (Spain)

ISCP thanks the following contributors for their generous support

American Australian Association, NY; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, NY; Austrian Cultural Forum New York, NY; Brooklyn Arts Council, NY; Consulate General of Denmark, NY; Consulate General of Finland, NY; Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, NY; Consulate General of Japan, NY; Consulate General of Sweden, NY; Duvel, Inc., NY; Embassy of Australia, Washington DC; Flanders House, NY; The Greenwich Collection, NY; Italian Cultural Institute, NY; Jana Foods, NJ; John William Macy’s CheeseSticks, NJ; Mexican Cultural Institute, NY; Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc., NY; National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC; The Netherlands Consulate General, NY; The New York City Council, NY; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, NY; Québec Government Office in New York, NY; Royal Norwegian Consulate General, NY; Taipei Cultural Center, NY; Tom Cat Bakery, NY

Opening Reception: May 11, 2012, 7-9pm
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Offsite Project
April 29–April 17, 2012

Kate Newby: All Parts. All the Time.

Kate Newby’s work All parts. All the time. engages two sites, Olive St. Garden and Cooper Park, both within blocks of ISCP in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For this work, Newby employs semi-precious and industrial materials to create an embedded concrete puddle in the center of Cooper Park. At Olive St. Garden, the artist hangs porcelain sculptures from trees and anchors a concrete bench made to resemble a pile of rocks nonnative to its immediate surroundings.

As with past works, Newby’s installations are developed in response to everyday built environments including carpets, windows and curtains, steps and passageways. Each gives evidence to the space as an inhabited or occupied site, but can also be used to interrupt, reconsider or challenge the unspoken norms of an environment or situation. In addition, for All parts. All the time., British artist Paul Elliman contributed a poster which is displayed at Olive St. Garden.

Participatory Project All parts. All the time. follows past collaborations between ISCP and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Installations by Uri Aran and Luisa Rabbia at Powers St. and Olive St. Gardens were part of a larger site specific project, In back of the real. Olive St. was also the site of an evening program and site for the launch of the book Apogee, by artist group nüans (Elmar Hermann).

Kate Newby (born 1979) lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. Her exhibitions include: SUNDAY art fair, London; Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand; Hopkinson Cundy, New Zealand; GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Germany; Witte de With, The Netherlands; Museo de Arte Zapopan (MAZ), Mexico; and The Adam Art Gallery, New Zealand.

Generous support has been provided by NYC Council Member Diana Reyna’s office, District 34, the Olive St. Garden, NYC Green Thumb, Cooper Park, Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

Olive St. Garden and Cooper Park
Brooklyn, NY

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