Tomorrow we are very pleased to welcome Monika Bravo as our guest speaker.
Please be sure to come to class and come on time. We don't have many weeks left together! In addition to Monika's talk, another wonderful artist, Sandrine Schaefer will lead us through an exercise about being present. And many of your colleagues will be presenting their work and are anxiously awaiting your thoughts.
Here is a video of her speaking about the work she did based on video she took from the World Trade Center the day before 9/11- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUdum92NTv0
"On Sept. 10, 2001, Bravo filmed multiple views from her studio on the 92nd floor of the North Tower as a thunderstorm passed over the city. She later condensed seven hours of footage to create this piece which she had begun for an installation entitled “A_Maze.”"
Here is more about Monika:
Has been invited to participate at the 56th Venice Biennale representing the Vatican City-State, at the Pavilion of the Holy See which commissioned her to do a new installation ARCHE-TYPES: The sound of the word is beyond sense. In 2015, she will be showing “URUMU” at the Museo de las Americas in Washington D.C & Centro Conde Duque in Madrid, Spain; originally installed at the Bard Graduate Center “Waterweavers” exhibit curated by Jose Roca and Alejandro Martin. Her new piece “Studies for musical notations” is part of “Theorem” curated by Octavio Zaya at the MANA Contemporary Center in Jersey City NJ. Bravo will have a Solo show mid 2015 at Bis/oficina de proyectos curated by Juan Sebastian Ramirez in Cali, Colombia. Recent solo shows include: “URUMU” curated by Beatriz Lopez at NC-arte, in Bogota, Colombia. LABORATORIUM Solo projects at ArtBO curated by Jose Roca, “Recent works” at MAM, Museum of Art, Montclair. NJ, “El objeto de la Percepción” at Centro Colombo Americano, Bogota and “Landscapes of Belief” at BYU Museum of Art (MOA) in Provo, UTAH all took part in 2013. Her work has been shown at Sternesen Museum, Oslo, Museo de Arte, Banco de la Republica, Bogota, Colombia, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Seoul International Biennial of New Media Art, SITE Santa Fe; Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Caja CAB de Burgos, Spain, El Museo del Barrio, and New Museum in NY. Her videos have been screened at MOMA, Anthology Film Archives, Brooklyn Museum, New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, Museo di Arte Contemporaneo di Roma, the New York video festival at the Lincoln Center & the Americas Society in NY, L.A MOCA, Tate Britain, Museo Reina Sofia. Recently commissioned by Spear Capital to create a large installation of still and moving images covering two lobbies for their 315 Park Avenue building in NYC. Bravo was also commissioned by Landmarks Public Art Program to create a video installation for the University of Texas at Austin’s public art collection, also commissioned by Public Art for Public Schools at New York City School Construction Authority to create a series of 13 large glass panels for PS-IS 314. Recent commissions BREATHING_WALL a 58 monitor video strip commissioned by Los Angeles World Airports for the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. Corporate commissions include IN-SITU a large photographic commission for Talisman Energy Inc’s main office in Bogota, Colombia, H20_ AKA, Boutique Hotels, Central Park NYC, 6 Projections cover a 44 feet of wall at the health club of moving images depicting aquatic sequences in a circular motion. Commissioned by Korman Communities, also commissioned by them, RHAPSODY_AKA Boutique Hotels, Times Square NYC, 3 LCD monitors at the lobby create a panoramic canvas showing the transient architecture and the dynamic of Times Square. HEXAGRAMS, commissioned for COMCAST 2 Light encasements 64 x 64” have been installed inside the walls of the 52nd and 53rd floors in Philadelphia, INTERVALS, Thirty 16 x16’’ photographic tiles illustrating the city of Newark are installed along a 34 feet wall commissioned for Kirpatrick, Lockhart & Gates Law firm Newark, NJ and LIFT_ME_UP_HK, Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong, an interactive video installation with sound, located at the elevator that goes to the SPA. She has been the recipient of Longwood Digital_Matrix Commission, Bronx Council on the Arts, the Art Scope Miami Emergent Artist awards in 2002 and 2005 and NYSCA’s Electronic Media & Film Award; She has lectured at Santa Fe Art Institute, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Lannan Foundation and Site Santa Fe among others; she has also been selected to participate in 2001‘s LMCC’s WTC World Views, the Santa Fe Art Institute & 2003 ART OMI Artist-in-Residency Programs. Her work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Art Nexus, Art in America, The New Yorker.
Using a site-sensitive approach, Schaefer works in the medium of live action to explore the parameters and potential of time in relation to corporeality. Her work often presents as durational performance art installations that intend to break traditional viewing behaviors by de-privileging sight as the primary sense to engage the work; rewarding the curious; and nurturing tendencies towards active witnessing. Investigating the connection between cumulative action and endurance, her work addresses the shared human experience of navigating the world through the vehicle of a body, offers pause for contemplation, and is inspired by the promise of collaborative imagination.
Time is treated as an intentional context in the work, rather than a consequence of working in a performative medium. Schaefer often makes work in non-art designated spaces. Through the use of modest actions and attempted stillness, she explores the tension that erupts in these sites due to the collision of varied perceptions of time. By creating works reliant on varied points of view and require viewers to swarm and disseminate, she also asks how a site can be expanded through acts of witnessing.
Inspired to find forms of documenting and archiving that are as radical as the medium of performance art itself, Schaefer has developed practices in curation, archiving, and writing alongside my studio work. She is the co-founder of The Present Tense, an action-art initiative that produces and archives performance art events, festivals, and exchanges in transient spaces. Since 2005, The Present Tense has produced and collaborated on more than 26 live art festivals, exhibitions, and co-founded the award winning gallery, MEME in Cambridge, MA. Schaefer is also a member of the experimental artist group and non-profit presenting organization, Mobius (est. 1977). Independently and through The Present Tense and Mobius, she has created opportunities for hundreds of contemporary artists at various stages in their careers to share their work.
Congratulations to Ryann Feldman and Kelli Davies, our new Eventworks 2017/18 production leads. Please help them out! They will need A LOT colleagues to help with all aspects of their vision. More info coming soon.
Thank you to Allison MacDonald, Shelby Doolity, and Hank Fay for presenting your event ideas. SIM looks forward to seeing your events happen within or without the Eventworks context.
Thursday, March 2, SIM welcomes Ariel Jackson as a Visiting Artist.
Ariel Jackson is a Black American artist originally from Louisiana, currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Jackson's work pulls from her personal narrative of having experienced Hurricane Katrina, growing up on a farm, childhood aesthetics, and information regarding black lives in the face of tragedy and catastrophe.
Jackson uses her personal experiences as a base to build and explore historical, personal, and social perceptions of The blues. Her mediums of interest are video, animation, and sculpture which she uses to contextualize narrative and physical translations of intellectual and historical information into lyrical forms.