Today I went on a workshop at Wavehill public garden and cultural centre in the Bronx, NY called Sounding Silence and the Winter Walk. It was led by one of my favourite pedagogs, Nicolás Dumit Estevez. Nicolas is a truly empathetic leader, and surrenders to the shared moments people create in the act of being. This walk was no exception. The experience mustered ideas for me of the idividual and the collective and ceated a space where creative ideas flowed through me as we crunched our way thorugh the freshly fallen snow, holding hands to help each other through, and stopping in a circle to share 4 oranges between the 12 of us. There were no phones, no photos, no talking and it created a unified and focused situation within which to contemplate the self. This workshop was an infuential part of my development process for a piece that I am to perform in a couple of months in Australia called Along The Well. You can see that performance on this blog in March.
This month I was invited by artists J. Morgan Puett and Mark Dion to come out to their 'living art comlexity' - Mildred's Lane. It is a wonderful place where life, art, education and ecology come together in a convivial spirit on an old farmstead in Narrowsburg on the border of New York and Pennsylvania in the US. It is the off season, and was thick in snow, the place runs formal sessions with fellows in the summer. None-the-less a handful of wonderful creative folks gathered to eat and talk. What a wonderful and inspiring place.
This month I was invited to present at a conference at Parsons New School in New York called Project Anywhere, Art at The Outermost Limits of Location Specificity. I was on a panel called ‘We Are’.
I really enjoyed the other panelists work and the conversations that begun around it. There was a sense of the immaterial in all of our practices, an absence.
The dialogues started here and some of the ideas that are around it will be available in an upcoming publication.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE EXPLORES ART AT THE OUTERMOST LIMITS OF LOCATION SPECIFICITY AT PARSONS NYC.
The Project Anywhere conference (free event to attend) will explore the challenge of producing and disseminating art and research outside traditional circuits. How should art and research that takes place outside traditional contexts and timeframes in the fields of the visual arts, design and performance be validated, experienced and disseminated? What alternatives exist to the traditional role of the curator? How should a...
I attended a 3 day Symposium and exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago on the theme of A Lived Practice, where life is seen as the site of the artwork. It brought together socially engaged practitioners to speak to an audience of artists and art workers. We heard from Beuysian theorists and city farmers, and Ernesto Pujol, my mentor, gave a performatice lecture on 'The Art of Consciousness' that was a truly captivating and evocative experience where they asked "Can a life practice be an art practice? With this fall program of exhibitions, symposium, events, and books, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago explores the role artists can play in shaping the future."
In October I was an artist in residence at ‘Elsewhere‘ in Greensboro, North Carolina, US.
Elsewhere is a living museum in a former thrift store on the main street of Greensboro. The artists and organisors of the museum live on site in the old three story house, and the premise of the residency is that you bring nothing in, and take nothing out, but constantly remake the museum with the stuff you find there. And there's a lot of it!
Elsewhere functions as a living community and so the daily life activities and us doing them in the museum are as much a a part of the organism of elsewhere as the quirky objects and spaces that house it. The kitchen was my favourite installation, that and the ghost room. It's open to the public about half the time, so you constantly have people walking through your living and making environments.
One of my favourite moments was swinging on the swings in the streetfront window when a passerby stopped, backed up, looked at me and said, "oh, I thought you were...
I have been on residency for two weeks at Cittadellarte, in Biella in the north of Italy. Cittadellarte is a living art place that focuses on Responsible Social Transformation. Activating ways we can build society through ethical co-working with the planet and each other. With with art at it’s core, there are many ‘cells’ of Cittadellarte, including politics (Love Difference), architecture, education, food, economics, spirituality, fashion, nourishment, human rights, design and production, history, literature.
I partook in two weeks of the educational program called the University of Ideas (UNIDEE). Like many alternate education programs, UNIDEE has just broken down it’s structure from a 4 month placement to be shorter one week modules. I took two of them,one on Social Architecture and another on Politically mapping your praxis. You can see more about what we did in them below. I also spent time learning about how the foundation grew, runs and structures itself....