February 20, 2018, 6:30–8pm

Brooklyn Commons: Ulrike Müller and Taloi Havini

On February 20, Ulrike Müller and Taloi Havini will discuss the activation of history and the socio-political dimensions in their work.

Brooklyn Commons, an ongoing discussion series at ISCP, presents intellectual and artistic pairings between the established Brooklyn-based artist community and ISCP artists in residence. This series, initiated in 2012, puts artists in conversation who have not shared a dialogue in the past and focuses on cultural practitioners living and working in Brooklyn, both long- and short-term.

Ulrike Müller (born 1971, Brixlegg, Austria) studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York. She has been a co-editor of the queer feminist journal LTTR and organized Herstory Inventory100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists, a collaborative project that was exhibited together with objects from the respective collections at the Brooklyn Museum and at the Kunsthaus Bregenz in 2012. In 2010, Müller represented Austria in the Cairo Biennial. Recent solo exhibitions include Callicoon Fine Arts, 2016; Museum Moderner Kunst Foundation Ludwig Vienna (mumok), 2015; and Kunstraum Lakeside, 2014. Her work was included in the Whitney Biennial in 2017. Additional recent museum exhibitions include The Little Things Could Be Dearer, MoMA PS1, New York, 2013; and Painting 2.0, Museum Brandhorst, Munich, 2015.

Taloi Havini (born 1981, Bougainville, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea) currently lives and works between Sydney and Bougainville. Havini utilizes a wide variety of media to explore issues about keeping inherited knowledge systems alive across time and place. She engages with collections and archives and often responds to these experiences with experimental installations and exhibitions at institutions including the Sharjah Biennial 13; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Brooklyn Commons is organized by Kari Conte, ISCP Director of Programs and Exhibitions.

This year’s series also includes talks between Suzanne McClelland and Sonia Louise Davis on April 3, and Haim Steinbach and Remy Jungerman on May 8.

Major support for Brooklyn Commons is provided by VIA Art Fund.

This program is also supported, in part, by Create NSW; The Dame Joan Sutherland Fund; The Dr. K. David G. Edwards & Margery Edwards Charitable Giving Fund; National Association for the Visual Arts NAVA; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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January 30, 2018, 6:30–8pm

Salon: Harry Meadley and Antonia Low

Harry Meadley will present a selection of excerpts from unseen, past and new video works that will be interspersed with humorous commentary relating to less visual projects and artistic activities. Meadley’s work is often concerned with the many realities of artistic production.

Antonia Low will speak about her ongoing fascination with the materiality and construction of architecture. She is interested in spatial reconstructions, and how memories of spaces become imprinted in one’s mind, and then superimposed on actual sites. Low’s installations, sculptures and photographs highlight these overlaps of time and space.

This program is supported, in part, by Arts Council England, Liverpool Biennial, 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, and Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin.


Participating Residents

January 27, 2018, 1–7pm

Beyond Binaries: Towards New Constructs of Personhood and Gender

The Beyond Binaries symposium approaches the challenge of deconstructing two central binaries of Western culture: binary gender and the human-animal divide. How are the cultural constructs of gender and humanity/animality manifested and reified in science and law? How are these constructs intertwined with struggles to dismantle current day racism and cisheterosexism—bias that reinforces gender-normativity—and how can we form new ways of understanding? These questions are addressed from the vantage points of visual art, theory, and activism, by four speakers.

The first session of the symposium’s three-hour seminar will focus on politics of gender through the practices of new media artist Ryan Hammond and political theorist Heath Fogg Davis. The second session will address the notion of humanity and animality through presentations by artist Terike Haapoja and researcher and author Syl Ko.

The seminar will be followed by a workshop led by Ryan Hammond, in which participants will perform genetic modification of plants to introduce genes for human steroid hormone production as part of their ongoing project, Open Source Gendercodes. The workshop will be accompanied by music, drinks and snacks. It is free and open to the public.

This event is organized by Terike Haapoja and Ryan Hammond and co-produced by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York and ISCP.


1pm: Opening remarks

1:15pm: Presentation, Ryan Hammond
1:45pm: Presentation, Heath Fogg Davis
2:05pm: Audience Participatory Gender Audit, Heath Fogg Davis
2:35pm: Discussion, Ryan Hammond + Heath Fogg Davis

2:45pm: Coffee break

2:50pm: Presentation, Terike Haapoja
3:20pm: Presentation, Syl Ko
3:50pm: Discussion, Terike Haapoja + Syl Ko

4:10pm: Coffee break

4:20pm: Discussion with panelists and Q&A
4:50pm workshop, buffet and music

Speaker’s biographies

Ryan Hammond is a new media artist living and working in Baltimore. Their work explores the myth of scientific objectivity by focusing on the often-unseen interplay between scientific advancement and cultural production, technological progress and desire. They will present research into the historical development of hormone production technologies, and their entanglements with efforts to eliminate queer, gender non-conforming, non-reproductive behaviors—as well as increase heterosexual prowess and enable lifelong performance of sanctioned masculinities and femininities.

Heath Fogg Davis is the author of Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter (NYU Press, 2017), a book that offers practical guidance to individuals and organizations on how to develop trans-inclusive policies that are institutionally smart. He is a professor at Temple University, where he teaches and conducts research on antidiscrimination law and policy. He also consults with businesses, schools, healthcare providers, and non-profits on trans-inclusion.

Syl Ko is an independent researcher based in Portland, Maine and is one-half of the vegan activist duo Aphro-ism. Along with her sister Aph Ko she co-authored Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism and Black Veganism. Ko studied philosophy at San Francisco State University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her work focuses on the co-presence of marginalized human populations, nonhuman animals and sentient landscapes in racial oppression.

Terike Haapoja is a visual artist based in New York. Haapoja’s large-scale installation work, writing and political projects investigate the mechanics of othering with a specific focus on issues arising from the anthropocentric world view of western modernism. The Museum of Nonhumanity, a recent ongoing project in collaboration with Laura Gustafsson examines the way the human / animal boundary and dehumanization has been used to justify abuse.

The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York operates in the fields of contemporary art, design and architecture, creating dialogue between Finnish and American professionals and audiences. FCINY and ISCP have an ongoing partnership with the Alfred Kordelin Foundation that enables residencies at ISCP for Finnish or Finland-based artists.

This program is supported, in part, by Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, The Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, New York City Council District 34, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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