December 8, 2011

Economies of Residencies | Panel Discussion


Thursday, December 8, 6:30pm

Economies of Residencies will address the funding infrastructure for residencies and the arts in the Middle East and around the world. How can the expectations of artists be balanced with those of funders? As more and more residencies are established in non-Western countries and as artists from those countries increasingly participate in residencies, how can funding priorities adjust to this new vanguard? How can we critique the funding structures of residencies and their relationship to how national identities are constructed? What is the economic impact on the communities where residencies take place? Speakers include Claudia Cannizzaro, Director, Art Omi International Artists Residency, New York; Eriola Pira, Program Director, Young Visual Artists Awards at the Foundation for a Civil Society, New York; and Stefanos Tsivopoulos, artist, New York/Amsterdam.


Tuesday, October 18, 6:30pm

Alternative Residencies: This first panel in our Residencies Series with ArteEast will look at new organizational models for residencies. We ask how residencies are being transformed alongside artistic development to meet the needs of artists and curators in an increasingly itinerant field. Residencies as catalysts for research, production, commissioning and social engagement/intervention within a critical framework will be addressed. How are programs for disciplines newer to residencies including film and curating being developed as well as informal strategies and residencies for art institutions?

Speakers include Mirene Arsanios, co-founder of 98weeks and ISCP resident, Lebanon; Omar Berrada, Dar Al-Mamun, Morocco; Ceren Erdem, independent curator, New York/Istanbul; Nora Razian and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Batroun Projects, Beirut. Moderated by Kari Conte, Director of Programs and Exhibitions, ISCP.

Tuesday, November 1, 7pm

Residency as Refuge? will interrogate the ways in which residencies can serve as a haven for artists working in fraught socio-political climates, or whose work subjects them to adverse risk or censorship in their home countries. The role of residencies as key facilitators of mobility and cultural exchange for artists working in such situations will also be discussed. Speakers include Wafaa Bilal, artist, New York; Sandra Skurvida, independent curator, New York; Sohrab Kashani, Founder and Director of Sazmanab Project & Residency, Tehran; and Todd Lester, Founder, Freedimensional, New York. Moderated by Barrak Alzaid, Artistic Director, ArteEast.

About ArteEast

ArteEast presents the works of contemporary artists from the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporas to a wide audience in order to foster a more complex understanding of the regions’ arts and cultures and to encourage artistic excellence. Through public events, exhibitions, film screenings, a dynamic virtual gallery and a resource-rich website, ArteEast supports artists and filmmakers by providing the platforms necessary for them to showcase groundbreaking and significant work. We also give the public the opportunity to learn more about and develop an appreciation for the talent of these established and emerging artists.

November 29, 2011

Salon: Eamon Ore-Giron and Travis Somerville

Los Angeles-based artist and musician Eamon Ore-Giron will present two videos that capture encounters between cultural memory and trauma through the use of both ritual and performative aspects. These works create the appearance and disappearance of a hallucinatory narrative leading to a psychological sound experiment. Ore-Giron’s practice takes multiple forms, from painting to video, sound and performance. His inspirations range from the graphic elements of punk flyers to the folk traditions of Latin America; he is interested in re-contextualizing folk traditions and contemporary art.

Travis Somerville will discuss his solo exhibition Dedicated to the proposition . . . at the Otis College of Art and Design in 2009. This  exhibition explored the complex inheritance of a nation trying to live up to the challenge of being truly “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” as Abraham Lincoln stated in his historic Gettysburg Address during the Civil War. Somerville’s large-scale oil paintings and collages present images of political and cultural icons associated with the history of the south. His paintings, drawings, sculpture and installations explore the complexities of racism and serve as a point of departure for discussion about US oppression and colonial attitudes abroad.

Eamon Ore-Giron’s and Travis Somerville’s residencies are sponsored by Artadia.

Participating Residents

Offsite Project
November 20, 2011

Ursula Mayer: GONDA | presented as part of Performa 11

Presented by the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) as part of Performa 11

Ursula Mayer presents a live performance of her film Gonda starring transgender model Valentijn de Hingh and with a new score by Charlie Looker and Caley Monahon-Ward, both members of the band Extra Life. Mayer’s film Gonda is currently in production and responds to the play “Ideal” by controversial Russian American writer Ayn Rand through a critical reading of aspects of revolutionary modernism and how this continues to impact our society today. Gonda is concerned with how the use of metaphysical and lyrical imagery constructs identity and how text becomes a substrate of our imagination. The performance features the script conceived by Maria Fusco situated within a ‘kaleidoscopic space’ where images, texts and sounds are interwoven.

Ursula Mayer is currently an artist-in-residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and is usually based in London. Mayer works predominantly in film but her practice also encompasses sculpture and photography. In her most recent body of work, she dismantles the elements of cinematic narrative; numerous flashbacks and other challenges to the cinematic norm of temporal linearity punctuate her films, calling into question how conventional imagery is constructed. Recent solo exhibitions include Kunstverein, Hamburg; ICA, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Frame, Frieze Art Fair, London; Lentos Museum of Modern Art, Linz. Her works were recently screened at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal; Bonnier Kunsthalle, Stockholm; PS1, New York; Kunsthalle Basel; 2nd Athens Biennial; 4thTirana International Art Biennial. Her contribution to Performa 11 coincides with an exhibition of her work at Sculpture Center, New York.

This performance is curated by Kari Conte, Director of Programs and Exhibitions.

Performa 11 (November 1–21, 2011) is the fourth edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, the leading organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.



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Participating Residents