November 29, 2016, 6:30pm

Terike Haapoja and Steven M. Wise in conversation

In conjunction with ISCP’s exhibition The Animal Mirror, president and founder of the Nonhuman Rights Project Steven M. Wise will be in conversation with participating artist Terike Haapoja.

In a 2015 court case that became a rallying point in the ongoing conversation surrounding the concept of non-human rights, Wise served as the legal representative for a pair of chimpanzees held in captivity at Stony Brook University. Wise argued that the chimpanzees should have the same basic rights to freedom from imprisonment that humans do. Wise and Haapoja will discuss the case and recent developments in the non-human rights movement, as well as Haapoja’s art practice, which often considers non-human legal personhood. 

Steven M. Wise is President of the Nonhuman Rights Project, Inc. He holds a J.D. from Boston University Law School and a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary. He has practiced animal protection law for 30 years throughout the United States and is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. Wise teaches “Animal Rights Jurisprudence” at the Vermont, Lewis and Clark, University of Miami, and St. Thomas Law Schools, and has taught “Animal Rights Law” at the Harvard Law School and John Marshall Law School. He is the author of Rattling the Cage: Toward Legal Rights for Animals (2000), Drawing the Line: Science and the Case for Animal Rights (2003), Though the Heavens May Fall: The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery (2005), and An American Trilogy: Death, Slavery, and Dominion Along the Banks of the Cape Fear River (2009).

Terike Haapoja is a Finnish 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. Haapoja represented Finland in the 55th Venice Biennale with a solo show in the Nordic Pavilion, and she has been awarded numerous grants and prizes, including the Finnish Art Association’s Dukaatti prize (2008), a nomination for the Ars Fennica prize (2011), the Kiila prize for her project The History of Others (2013) and the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art (2016). Haapoja contributes to journals and publications internationally and is the co-editor of the publications Altern Ecologies – Emergent Perspectives in the 55th Venice Biennale (Frame 2015), History According to Cattle (History of Others, 2015), and Field Notes – From Landscape to Laboratory (The Finish Bioart Society, 2013), among others.

This talk is free and open to the public.

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Participating Residents

November 15, 2016, 6:30–8pm

Salon: Rael Artel and Thomas Taube

Curator Rael Artel will speak about the group exhibition If This Is The Museum We Wanted, that addressed her position as director of the Tartu Art Museum in Estonia. The exhibition was used as a tool to consider the museum–its current state and problems–both specifically and in relation to art museums around the world.

Since 2013, Artel has been the director of the Tartu Art Museum in Estonia. From 2010–2014 she was artistic director of the Festival of Contemporary Art ART IST KUKU NU UT. Prior to this, she initiated Public Preparation, a platform for knowledge-production and network-based communication and ran the Rael Artel Gallery: Non-Profit Project Space.

Thomas Taube will speak about his artistic practice alongside the power of images.

Taube graduated with honors from the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig (HGB) in 2014. He worked under Candice Breitz from 2010–2015 and has won several prizes and grants, including the Prize of the 22nd edition of the Leipziger Jahresausstellung. Taube’s first book The Whirr of the Image Machine was published by Spector Books in 2015.


Participating Residents

Open Studios
November 4–November 5, 2016

Fall Open Studios 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, November 4, 6–9pm
Open Hours: Saturday, November 5, 1–8pm

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Fall Open Studios is a two-day exhibition of international contemporary art. The 38 artists and curators from 22 countries currently in residence will present work in their studios. Only two times a year, all of the residents and staff of ISCP invite the public to experience art in its place of origin and to share conversations with artists and curators from all over the world. Concentrated in a single three-story postindustrial loft building on the edge of Bushwick, ISCP has long supported the creative advancement of its residents with a robust program of private individual workspaces and professional benefits, since its founding over twenty years ago.

The Animal Mirror will be on view during Open Studios. This group exhibition presents artworks that take non-human animals as their subject matter, reflecting a range of cultural and societal issues of the twenty-first century. The exhibition will be installed in ISCP’s gallery and project space, and offsite at a neighborhood community garden. Artists in the exhibition include Kristina Buch, Marcus Coates, Petra Feriancová, Yona Friedman, Terike Haapoja, Anna Jermolaewa, Maartje Korstanje, Agnieszka Kurant, Wesley Meuris and Shimabuku. Nearly all of the work in the exhibition is being shown in New York for the first time. The exhibition is curated by Kari Conte.

On Saturday, November 5, at 12pm please join artist Maartje Korstanje at Olive Street Garden (corner of Olive and Powers Streets, Brooklyn) to discuss her offsite work commissioned for The Animal Mirror. An organic site-specific sculpture related to the recent disappearance of a large number of North American honeybee colonies, it is meant as much to serve as a home for solitary bees as for the enjoyment of its human visitors.

Artist-designed temporary tattoos by residents Mark Hilton and Martine Gutierrez will be provided free by Tattly throughout the event.

Valducci’s Food Truck will be at ISCP Open Studios on Friday, November 4, from 6-9pm.

Participating artist and curators: Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya (United States, Nigeria), Rael Artel (Estonia), John Aslanidis (Australia), Damir Avdagic (Norway), Adrián S. Bará (Mexico), Catherine Barnabé (Canada), Elaine Byrne (United States, Ireland), Naomi Campbell (United States, Japan), Mikkel Carl (Denmark), Lourdes Correa-Carlo (United States), Donald Hải Phú Daedalus (United States), Sylvia Eckermann and Gerald Nestler (Austria), Eeva-Riitta Eerola (Finland), Nicole Franchy (United States, Peru), Julia Geerlings (The Netherlands), Espen Gleditsch (Norway), Martine Gutierrez (United States), Berenice Güttler (Germany), Mark Hilton (United States), Tetsugo Hyakutake (Japan), Anne Szefer Karlsen (Norway), Ayesha Kamal Khan (United States/Pakistan), Tarik Kiswanson (France), Maartje Korstanje (The Netherlands), Tuomas A. Laitinen (Finland), Cheon Pyo Lee (United States, South Korea), Jonas Nobel (Sweden), Claire Paterson (Scotland), Max Pinckers (Belgium), Liutauras Psibilskis (United States), Maximiliano Siñani (United States, Bolivia), Tove Storch (Denmark), Megan Francis Sullivan (Germany), Thomas Taube (Germany), Maki Toshima (Japan), Thomas Tronel-Gauthier (France), and Jeff Weber (Luxembourg).

ISCP thanks the following residency sponsors: Alfred Kordelin Foundation; Australia Council for the Arts; BKA – Bundeskanzleramt Österreich Kunst und Kultur / Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria; Bunkacho – Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan; Colección Diéresis; Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec; Danish Arts Foundation; Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg; Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center; Governing Mayor of Berlin; Hasselblad Foundation; IASPIS – The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists; KdFS – Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony; La Fondation pour l’Art Contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon; Toby Devan Lewis; Mondriaan Fund; New York City Council; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur; OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway; Yoko Ono; Performa; Saastamoinen Foundation; Saltire Society; The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.; University of the Arts Helsinki; and Alice and Lawrence Weiner.

This program is supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Arrogant Swine; artnet; Austrian Cultural Forum; Brooklyn Brewery; Consulate General of Denmark – New York; Consulate General of Estonia in New York City; Consulate General of Finland in New York; Consulate General of Luxembourg in New York; Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York; Consulate General of Sweden in New York; Greenwich Collection Ltd.; Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e. V.; The Mexican Cultural Institute, New York; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York City Department of Parks & Recreation; New York City GreenThumb; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Olive Street Garden; Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York; St. Nicks Alliance; and Tattly.

ISCP thanks the founding members of Director’s Circle for their generous support: Anne Altchek, Janet Brief Ezersky, Adrienne Henick, Lori Reinsberg, Arlene Richman, and Laurie Sprayregen.

Opening Reception: Nov 04, 2016, 6–9pm
Open Hours: Saturday, November 5, 1–8pm
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