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 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, Mute Magazine,, 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.

December 6, 2016, 6:30pm

Lecture by Kristina Buch

In a lecture in conjunction with ISCP’s exhibition The Animal Mirror, Kristina Buch will address her piece “One of the things that baffles me about you is that you remain unmurdered.” (2012–16).

Kristina Buch (born Germany, 1983) studied biology and protestant theology before completing her MA at the Royal College of Art, London and with Rosemarie Trockel at the Academy in Düsseldorf. She has shown her work at the Istanbul Biennial, 2015; Kunsthalle Basel, 2015; Urbane Künste Ruhr, 2015; Index—The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, 2014; the Emily Harvey Foundation, 2013; and Manifesta 9, 2012; among others, and was the youngest participant at Documenta 13. Buch has lectured widely, including at the Max Planck Institute; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; the 60-year jubilee of Documenta; the Berlin University of the Arts; and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She taught at Imperial College London until 2012, was awarded an assistant professorship at Goethe University, Frankfurt in 2013, and became the first holder of the “Next Society” professorship at Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Basel in 2015. She has also received numerous prizes and stipends for her work.

This lecture is free and open to the public. The material of the lecture is being edited for a written publication. All rights remain with the artist.

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Kristina Buch’s lecture and travel is supported by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e. V.