April 16–June 19, 2015

Beta-Local at ISCP: TODO TIPO DE FUEGO (All Kinds of Fire)

Since 2011, ISCP has also hosted an institution-in-residence. This annual residency was initiated to support cultural exchange by bringing an international perspective into a local context. This year, ISCP has invited Beta-Local, a non-profit arts organization based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to be in residence at ISCP from April through June, and to take part in Open Studios.

Dedicated to supporting and promoting aesthetic thought and practice, Beta-Local has developed a project for ISCP titled TODO TIPO DE FUEGO (All Kinds of Fire), which the organization describes as a “playlist of documents, images, music, publications and public presentations.” ISCP’s gallery will be organized with several stations, each taking a different format according to a particular theme, and involving ISCP residents as well as New York City cultural practitioners.

Beta-Local is dedicated to supporting and promoting aesthetic thought and practice through various programs in San Juan including La Práctica: a nine month research and production program where a group coming from diverse disciplines work on a project from concept to presentation; The Harbor: a residency program for visiting international artists, architects, designers and other cultural producers who develop projects, workshops and offer lectures on a variety of subjects; and La Ivan Illich, an open non-curriculum school through which the participating public generates courses and workshops, either as resource or request.

TODO TIPO DE FUEGO playlists are selected by Melissa Álvarez Xiloj, Javier Arbona, Karenin Biaggi, Leticia Beatriz (Emilia Beatriz Muller-Ginorio & Julia Letitia Scott), Stephan Benchoam, Raimond Chaves & Gilda Mantilla, Ramiro Chávez, Celine Condorelli, Mike Cooter, Jorge González, Anahita Hekmat, Juan Luna Avin, Francis McKee, Laura Mergoni, Ana Maria Millán, Sofia Olascoaga, Omar Obdulio Peña Forty, Marina Reyes Franco / Museo La Ene, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Maria Scharrón, and Carla Zaccagnini, among many others.

Past TODO TIPO DE FUEGO programs at ISCP:

Saturday, April 25th, 4pm:
A public introduction to Beta-Local with guest collaborators Maria del Carmen Carrión, Elizabeth Hamby, Felipe Mujica, Hatuey Ramos Fermín, Jeanine Oleson, Andy Robert, and Johanna Unzueta. For this event, Beta-Local has invited a group of collaborators with a dual purpose: to introduce Beta-Local and for a series of short presentations focused on interests and influences essential to the collaborators’ work, although not visible or evident in their final projects.

Thursday, April 30th, 6:30pm:
Iván Illich: Stories, Ideas, Conviviality

Tuesday, May 12, 6:30pm:
AMÉRICA: Panel Discussion

June 2:
Jorge González: Understory

June 10:
A Rehearsal by Felipe Mujica and Johanna Unzueta

TODO TIPO DE FUEGO is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Opening Reception: Apr 16, 2015

April 14, 2015

Salon: Zoran Georgiev and Igor Ruf

Zoran Georgiev’s works are often loaded with socio-political tension in a very personal, but also humorous manner. He will speak about his art practice, which includes photography, drawings, paintings and objects and how he responds as an artist to his environment. Zoran Georgiev (born in 1985 in Macedonia) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. His solo exhibitions include Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, Sofia; Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv; and 0GMS Gallery in a Drawer, Sofia.

Igor Ruf will speak about his recent work in which he explores the relations between object, non-object and memory. His primary medium is sculpture, but he also employs photography, video and video performance in his work. His practice deals with the somewhat absurd connection of his personal obsessions in contrast to everyday objects or events. Igor Ruf (born 1984 in Virovitica, Croatia) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb where he now works as an Assistant Lecturer. Recent solo shows include House of Tartzans Mom, Academia Moderna, Zagreb, Croatia; and Exhibition of Hills, Furniture and Walking Spaces, MKC Split, Croatia. 

Participating Residents

March 31, 2015

Salon: Margherita Moscardini (in conversation with Kari Conte) and Andrea Nacciarriti

Margherita Moscardini will discuss the rapid transformation of Istanbul in relation to neoliberal building projects in the city. Her multimedia research project Istanbul City Hills – On the Natural History of Dispersion and States of Aggregation looks at Istanbul’s waste−particularly the glass debris leftover from the city’s large-scale demolitions−as representative of the many complex socio-political conditions in the city. Moscardini will be in conversation with Kari Conte, Director of Programs and Exhibitions, ISCP.

Andrea Nacciarriti will present several works that explore issues of linguistics, space and perception, as well as social and anthropological concerns. Nacciarriti’s research encompasses political, historical, and architectural contexts. During his ISCP residency, Nacciarriti worked on a new installation project that analyzed the concept and symbolism of storage in New York City, linking objects people need with human displacement.