Monday, July 16, 2007

Introducing New AIR Artist, Maura Jasper 7/07 - 9/07

On Tuesday, July 17th,
it will be our pleasure to introduce you to the second AIR Artist of 2007:


Maura Jasper

AIR artist Maura Jasper
Tuesday July 17th
7:30 pm @ the Berwick
14 Palmer St.
Dudley Sq. Roxbury

Please join us to meet Maura, learn about her past in Punk Rock Aerobics, and discuss her new project, Weather You Remember, a collection of video "weather reports" delivered by senior citizens as they recall and comment on weather for the location they most identify as "home". Relying only on personal experience and memory, participants in this project are asked to consider the cultural, climate, economic and other changes they have witnessed as indicators of present and future conditions.

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Maura will also be presenting for Upgrade! Boston @ Studio Soto
Thursday July 19th
7-9 pm



"Maura Jasper + Video Sharing"
http://turbulence.org/upgrade/archives/07_19_07VideoSharing.htm


Upgrade! Boston is a monthly gathering of artists, curators and the public that fosters dialogue and creates opportunities for collaboration within the new media community. Each meeting consists of one or two hour-long presentations interspersed with questions and comments from the audience. The events are informal and free. Founded by Turbulence.org in January 2005, Upgrade! Boston continues to grow as a local node within the global Upgrade! International (UI) network. It participated in the first UI gathering at Eyebeam, NYC in September 2005, and contributed artwork, a workshop, and two talks to the 2006 gathering in Oklahoma City.


2007 AIR Artist Maura Jasper Maura Jasper is a conceptual multimedia artist whose work investigates how pop cultures and histories shape and inform identity. She has exhibited and screened work widely in the United States and overseas, including at Artist's Space, Threadwaxing Space, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Centre for Contemporary Images in Geneva. She is probably best known for her work as a co-founder of Punk Rock Aerobics, the DIY workout. Currently she is a graduate student at Massachusetts College of Art's Studio for Interrelated Media.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

New AIR Artist - Maura Jasper 7/07 - 9/07

On Tuesday, July 17th, it will be our pleasure to introduce you to the second AIR Artist of 2007:
Maura Jasper

AIR artist Maura Jasper
Tuesday July 17th
7:30 p.m. @ The Berwick
14 Palmer St
Dudley Sq. Roxbury

Please join us to meet Maura, learn about her past in Punk Rock Aerobics, and discuss her new project, Weather You Remember, a collection of video "weather reports" delivered by senior citizens as they recall and comment on weather for the location they most identify as "home". Relying only on personal experience and memory, participants in this project are asked to consider the cultural, climate, economic and other changes they have witnessed as indicators of present and future conditions.

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Maura will also be presenting for Upgrade! Boston @ Studio Soto
Thursday July 19th
7-9 pm



"Maura Jasper + Video Sharing"
http://turbulence.org/upgrade/archives/07_19_07VideoSharing.htm


Upgrade! Boston
is a monthly gathering of artists, curators and the public that fosters dialogue and creates opportunities for collaboration within the new media community. Each meeting consists of one or two hour-long presentations interspersed with questions and comments from the audience. The events are informal and free. Founded by Turbulence.org in January 2005, Upgrade! Boston continues to grow as a local node within the global Upgrade! International (UI) network. It participated in the first UI gathering at Eyebeam, NYC in September 2005, and contributed artwork, a workshop, and two talks to the 2006 gathering in Oklahoma City.


2007 AIR Artist Maura Jasper Maura Jasper is a conceptual multimedia artist whose work investigates how pop cultures and histories shape and inform identity. She has exhibited and screened work widely in the United States and overseas, including at Artist's Space, Threadwaxing Space, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Centre for Contemporary Images in Geneva. She is probably best known for her work as a co-founder of Punk Rock Aerobics, the DIY workout. Currently she is a graduate student at Massachusetts College of Art's Studio for Interrelated Media.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Tag & Release II

Tag & Release II (June 28th,) was as hot as Tag & Release I was cold. It has not been our intention to schedule these for extreme weather, but it seems to add something to the process, so perhaps we will take this into account when planning for Tag & Release III...

This was a larger (25-30 people or so, no?) and slightly more serious (not a value judgment, just an observation!) group than in February. It was an art-community think-sauna this time rather than a pornographic luddite-multimedia circus.

Projects presented were 100 Percents: An elaborate pyramid scheme by which art could be made, funded, and remade by local artists. A grant dedicated to funding (mostly likely digital) work that would ultimately belong to the public domain; created of small donations from members of the local arts community; administered relatively collaboratively by the donor base to applicants from roughly the same community. Outcome of discussion includes some refinement of the plan, some suggestions about how to administrate it, the possibility of the Berwick serving as a fiscal agent once the idea is slightly more developed. If you want to be involved in Ben's pyramid scheme for art read more about it on Lemming Trail.

Bumpkin Colony:
A swath of campsites have been reserved on one of the Harbor Islands (Bumpkin) for Labor Day Weekend. Colonize the island with art, artists, and art installations! Carolyn and Megan are looking for applicants for the spots--proposals for what would be done with them--and wanted Tag & Release to help them think about criteria for the work/events that would be good limitation for the environment. Of course they were also inviting us all to come along too. Outcome of discussion were a few very good and basic constrictions that seemed likely to generate interesting proposals. If you want to colonize Bumpkin or to be informed about the dates, contact Megan at Berwickinstitute.org.

YUM:
Susan signed up saying that she was going to teach us how to break social ice instantly, but she lied. Instead, she had us pair up, each holding an item of foodstuff (thanks Megan, Deb, Heather, Carolyn!), and discuss various questions about where food comes from and what it means to us while eating them. Then she told us about a part of the Berwick's Meet Me At The Table Project that will be taking place in Union Square, Somerville later this year called YUM. It's a public art research project focused on food that is native (ah, but what does native mean here?) to Union Square. Click here to find out more about YUM, or to participate in Meet Me At The Table.

Please Take Notice:
Jasmine, in true Tag & Release form, brought an art project with her that she had started and was hoping we would all finish. It arose a few years ago after she lost someone she loved, and wanted to remind herself to stop and take notice of the world around her. She created dozens and dozens of labels with the phrase "Please Take Notice" printed on them in variety of fonts and sizes with different associations, and stuck them up wherever she felt notice should or could be taken. She still has dozens and dozens left, so she handed them out for the rest of us to distribute throughout reality. If you want to help finish, or rather continue Jasmine's project, you can either stop and take notice whenever you see one of the stickers or print your own labels and stick them where they should be stuck.

Artists At Large:
Tommey, director of Artists at Large Inc in Hyde Park, wants to know if people know about the Hyde Park arts community. He asks us all to fill out a survey, and invites suggestions about how he can better promote what he's doing to the world outside of Hyde Park, and also how to better diversify his audience. His goal is to make art more accessible to people. He's doing great, community-building stuff, and you should go to his site and gallery and learn more about it.

In addition to the presentations, there was elaborate discussion about themes that that each project raised. Since things ran long and it was oppressively hot, we shelved the special educational segments for another T&R. We did manage to produce one collective project onsite though: a (slightly alcoholic!) compost pile that will be added to by other artists and will eventually feed the food growing in Susan's garden...

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Next MMT Dinner Events Announced!

Meet Me At The Table is pleased to announce that its next two dinner conversations are in the works! The next dinner, which is scheduled for Friday July 13th and hosted at Art Interactive, will bring together people who are using technology and new media to push the notions of public and community access within their specific disciplines or fields.

The evening's chef, Neil Colleta, and artist, AIR Resident-in-the-Making Matthew Shanley, are collaborating with the intent to challenge the format of the dinner party, while still encouraging a delicious dining experience!

Then, on September 22nd, Meet Me At The Table will collaborate with the good folks at Union Square Main Streets and Union Square Farmers Market on Project YUM!, a celebration of food and collaborative art making as part the ArtsUnion Summer Series. More information to follow on that one later this month!

To learn more about both events, and to find out how you can join us "at the table," please fill out the short registration form on the Meet Me At The Table page.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

AIR Artist Jon Taylor's Closing Event

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Head Acres is Open for Development

Monday June 18th
6:30 pm @ The Berwick
14 Palmer St.
Dudley Sq. Roxbury

Current AIR artist, Jon Taylor, invites you to Head Acres, the "land with legs". You are all welcome to put down some roots, for a nominal fee of course!

Jon Taylor is leasing portions of his head to individuals interested in
development. On Monday, June 18th, we are throwing a block party. You will
have the opportunity to purchase land, meet your neighbors, and view
other's developments in progress.

See you there!


Click here to learn more about the Head Acres project, download the lease agreement and see what others are building.

Click here to read more about Jon Taylor and his work.
Head Acres road map

Monday, April 30, 2007

Meet Me at the Table in Big Red and Shiny!


The first
Meet Me at the Table dinner was written up in last week's issue of Big Red and Shiny, courtesy of embedded reporter and editor of BRS, Mr. Matt Nash.



This dinner, held April 13th at Jill Slosberg Ackerman's work space at Brickbottom Studios in Somerville, featured an interactive and experiential art piece by Sarah King McKeon and Hannah Burr. They also prepared the six (!) course meal, enjoyed by twelve local artists, arts administrators, and interested parties.



More information about, and reflections on, this event can be found
here and in the forums on our website. The next dinner conversation will be on Friday May 25th at Art Interactive in Cambridge.


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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Public, Meet Jon Taylor




Tuesday April 17th

7:30 p.m. @ The Berwick
14 Palmer St
Dudley Sq. Roxbury

Multi-media artist Jon Taylor is embarking on a series of social experiments that will explore the commodification of the human body as related to modern man's treatment of the landscape. He will create sculptural performances that augment and exaggerate oddities of human behavior. His work will be documented through video and photography and be presented with frequent updates on the Berwick website.


At the opening on April 17th Jon will present a limited time only real estate opportunity inviting the public to
lease and develop portions of his head!!



Artist Jon Taylor constructs humorous situations that critique disturbing human habits. He utilizes aspects of sculpture, performance, photography, video, and drawings, to talk about basic, universal needs such as food, shelter, and companionship. Through this light-hearted approach, he seeks to expose selected absurdities of modern life and explore new modes of existence.

Currently in the middle of a stretch of residencies, he has been to Jentel, Wyoming, Vermont Studio Center, The Berwick Research Institute, and upcoming at The Bemis Center in Omaha, NE and Sculpture Space in Utica, NY. His work will be exhibited this fall at the New Bedford art Museum.

Jon Taylor was born in New Jersey. He received a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from UMass Dartmouth. He resides in New Bedford, Massachusetts.