April 16, 2013

Brooklyn Commons: Jonas Mekas and Paulien Oltheten

Seating is limited so please arrive early. 

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

On April 16th, Jonas Mekas and Paulien Oltheten will reflect on the spontaneous chronicling of life and human behavior.

Jonas Mekas is a filmmaker, artist and poet, born in 1922 in the farming village of Semeniškiai, Lithuania. In 1944, he was taken by the Nazis to a forced labor camp in Elmshorn, Germany. After the war, the UN Refugee Organization brought him to New York City, where he became involved in the American Avant-Garde film movement, creating Film Culture magazine, the “Movie Journal” column in the Village Voice, the artist-run distribution collective the Film-Makers’ Cooperative, and Anthology Film Archives, one of the world’s largest and most important repositories of avant-garde cinema. 

Paulien Oltheten is based in Amsterdam where she studied at the Rijksakademie until 2006. Her solo exhibitions include; It’s my imagination, you know, Gallery Fons Welters, Amsterdam; Kitbag Questions, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv and Walk on a line, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam. Group exhibitions include Desire Lines, ACCA Melbourne; Daegu Photo Biennial; Safari, Le Lieu Uniques, Nantes; CREAM festival, BANKart Studio, Yokohama and Off the Record, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Oltheten has published the monographs Theory of the Street, 2007; A Sort of Lecture, 2011 and Photos from Japan and my Archive 2011. She was the recipient of the 2012 Dutch Doc Award.

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

Upcoming Brooklyn Commons Events:

On May 14th, Janine Antoni and Anastasia Ax will consider sculptural production in relation to process and the body.

Participating Residents

March 26, 2013

Salon: Miran Blažek and Mark Ther

Miran Blažek will discuss his work as a point of recorded process that tries to develop universal language through visual means. His practice leans on painting but extends further to become a derivative of the concept of painting as a whole. His work deals with a simple mark or trace, playing with material to transcend the physical. 

Mark Ther will screen his film Das wandernde Sterlein, which accumulates several issues and strategies used by Ther in his previous work. He has situated his narrative in the late 1930s in the Sudeten region, as he did in his video Pflaumen, where he speaks to forced evacuation of the Czech Germans in 1945 in a very intimate, gentle, but disturbing and moving story. In Das wandernde Sternlein, Ther does not refer to general World War II historic reality. Instead showing a very actual emotive moment, he comes with a completely fictional story from that period and adds issues of sexual perversity which he has used separately in recent works.

Participating Residents

March 12, 2013

Salon: Tonje Bøe Birkeland and Mircea Nicolae

Tonje Bøe Birkeland will discuss her ongoing project Tuva Tengel (1901-1985): Letters from Mongolia and the parallels that exist between her own experiences of the landscape and the character’s adventures.

The meeting between a constructed character, a visual artist and a landscape is put on stage, and the constructed and the physical meet on the border between fiction and reality.

Mircea Nicolae will present the production process of his Romanian Kiosk Company project from 2010, which provides the viewer with an in-depth explanation of the social, cultural and historical context of the city of Bucharest, Romania in the last 50 years. He will illustrate the conceptual, material and technical transformations that the project went through before it was completed. The project transitioned from an urban photography research project to a series of scale models and finally to a sculptural installation accompanied by a film. 

Participating Residents