Having received 2008 support from the Berwick in their efforts to build an analog and web archive of contemporary performance art, The Present Tense have since soft launched their new website with regular video updates at thepresenttense.org. Looking forward, the Present Tense's Sandrine Schaefer and Philip Fryer are joining forces with Bradley Benedetti, Alice Vogler, Vela Phelan, and Dirk Adams to open MEME, a "space for ephemeral art to be made and witnessed." This from The Present Tense website:
Announcing a new show in a new space!
MEME & The Present Tense presents:
June 7-27, 2009
55 Norfolk Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Accumulation (phase I) will provide an environment to witness the evolution of a space that has been activated by accumulated creative action. Over the duration of this exhibition the 6 Boston- based artists and curators of MEME will spontaneously create an evolving installation. All evidence from these actions will remain in the space and each artist will be challenged with how to interact with another’s remnants. Accumulation will challenge ideas about artist collaboration while creating an innovative exhibition of performance art documentation.
Accumulation’s opening will be held on June 13th from 12-6pm. Because of the nature of this exhibition, a closing, complete with a screening of video documentation of all occurrences in the space will also be held on June 26th from 7-10pm.
Located in Central Square, Cambridge, MEME will provide space for ephemeral art to be made and witnessed. A tireless schedule of exhibitions, screenings, residencies and workshops will bring together local, national and international artists. MEME’s goal is to provide support for ideas that typically have a difficult time finding a place in the world.
MEME’s debut will be the first installment of The Present Tense’s Accumulation. Accumulation will be an evolving installation that will be continually transformed by the six curators of MEME. These artists will create actions that add, remove, and work off of one another’s presence and remnants. The life of this process will be on display from June 7-June 27.
We're very excited for Phil and Sandrine and wish them well in this new venture! Be sure to check out Accumulation 's opening and closing events, and look out for the official launch of The Present Tense web archive following MEME's premier engagement.
After every poor excuse for inaction has been exhausted. And when every rationalization of an empire of new clothes has run aground. We are still left beached sinking within a language of inexhaustible apriori mediocrity. Anger and violence is demanded. Action is asked. A scapegoat will not appear. We ask you to sharpen the knives and needles and soften the leathers. Join Spurse, and the full Board of Berwick, for a weaving of nets and a fitting of shoes.
Spurse will be in residence at the Berwick Research Institute over two days (May 19-20). The first evening will be devoted to a retreat and workshop for the Berwick community. The second evening will involve the presentation of a series of polemical re-framings of culture, research, community, and the possibility of art.
Part One May 19th 6pm: The Berwick Composition. Spurse will begin a presenting of the possible spaces of constituting to the full Board and staff of the Berwick Research Institute for discussion, revision and situational approval. The presentation of possible constitutings will be tabled in three parts for negotiation. 6PM AIB @ Lesley University / Room 215 / 700 Beacon Street
Part Two Public Presentation May 20th 7pm: Constituting the Individuations without Commons: Guy Debord sent packing. Whitehead evoked. Relationality rescued. Deleuze reporting from the IDF. Languages tabled. Wonderment and affect presented without categories. Ecologies confront Umwelts. Intractions co-emerging. Abstraction lived as bodies of many scales. And a soccer match staged. Join Spurse for an evening of re-examining tools and the making of apparatuses. 7PM AIB @ Lesley University / Room 215 / 700 Beacon Street
SPURSE is an open-ended group of individuals and organizations that work together as an experimental consultation service towards the development of new forms of enaction, situated knowledge and modes of being of the world (for more information please see: spurse.org). http://www.spurse.org/spurse/openings.html
As a kick-off to his tenure as DiR, Leon Johnson has initiated a series of symposia through which the Berwick will draw together leading creative thinkers to provide state-of-the-art research on questions relating to the cultivation of, and engagement with, new audiences; the incubation, initiation, and distribution of new works in convergent media; and strategies to build and sustain networks of knowledge and collaboration.
The DIR* program is generously funded by the LEF Foundation + the Massachusetts Cultural Council
Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is now accepting applications for the Artadia Awards 2009 Boston from all visual artists living and working in metro Boston. Individual artists and collaboratives working in all media and at any point in their career are strongly encouraged to apply. Awardees will be selected in the summer of 2009 through Artadia’s two-tiered jury process.
For eligibility requirements, information session dates, and to access the web-based application, please visit our website.
All applications must be submitted online by Monday, June 15, 2009 at 11:59pm (EST).
Artadia’s mission is to encourage innovative practice and meaningful dialogue across the United States by providing visual artists in specific communities with unrestricted awards and a national network of support. Founded in 1997, Artadia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Artadia Awards are determined through a jury process that employs nationally prominent curators, artists, and critics. Since its founding, Artadia has awarded over $2.0 million to more than 200 artists in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Most recently Artadia launched an artist residency program, which brings Artadia Awardees from each of its program cities to New York for a three-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn. The program is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Visionary support for Artadia in Boston is provided by the LEF Foundation, two anonymous family foundations, and many generous individuals.
Please join us at the Berwick on April 16th as we introduce our first AIR artist for 2009, Joshua Pablo Rosenstock!
Joshua Pablo Rosenstock is a multimedia artist, musician, and educator based in Boston. His work explores the process of remixing via the creation of new instruments, interactive interfaces, and multimedia installations.
With the Berwick, Rosenstock will be working on "Shrine to the Funky Drummer", a multimedia installation that will seek to portray a specific instance of media sampling as an archetypal cultural moment and a lens through which to examine a multifaceted story of creative appropriation. The "Funky Drummer" is a five-second excerpt from a James Brown song that has been used as the foundation of hundreds of other musical compositions and is one of popular music's most famous samples. During his project, he'll be gathering, creating, and presenting artifacts and "holy relics" that explore the early history of Hip Hop and the creative acts of sampling and remixing. Rosenstock will be investigating debates about copyright and fair use in relation to Afro-Diasporic musical notions of "versioning," the fetishistic culture of record-digging, and postmodern theoretical questions about authorship in the age of digital (re)production.
The Berwick's Special Projects Incubator teams up with the ICA this weekend to co-present live artists from Project SF at tonight's Experiment party. Tickets should still be available at the door but come early as there's always the possibility this will sell out!
Hope to see you this weeked! Admission to both of these partnered events are ticketed and on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are unable to join us this time around we look forward to seeing you at one of the SPI events we have planned for the coming months. Watch this space for updates!
The Berwick is very excited to bring you our two Artists in Research for the 2009 season. The first AIR artist starts April 1st - VERY soon. Keep an eye out for information on the opening.
Bonnie Bastien and Nova Benway Co-Curators for the AIR Program
April 1st - June 15th Joshua Pablo Rosenstock
Joshua Pablo Rosenstock is a multimedia artist, musician, and educator based in Boston. His work explores the process of remixing via the creation of new instruments, interactive interfaces, and multimedia installations. With the Berwick, Rosenstock will be working on "Shrine to the Funky Drummer", a multimedia installation that will seek to portray a specific instance of media sampling as an archetypal cultural moment and a lens through which to examine a multifaceted story of creative appropriation. The "Funky Drummer" is a five-second excerpt from a James Brown song that has been used as the foundation of hundreds of other musical compositions and is one of popular music's most famous samples.
During his project, he'll be gathering, creating, and presenting artifacts and "holy relics" that explore the early history of Hip Hop and the creative acts of sampling and remixing. Rosenstock will be investigating debates about copyright and fair use in relation to Afro-Diasporic musical notions of "versioning," the fetishistic culture of record-digging, and postmodern theoretical questions about authorship in the age of digital (re)production.
Eve Essex is a Providence-based artist whose work suggests that history is as malleable as fiction. She attempts neutralize the authority of 'proper' history by suggesting a multiplicity of alternatives. In video, sculpture, photography and performance, she explores historical moments and figures as a site for active re-interpretation. With the Berwick she will be working on "How to Improve the World", a project that blurs the roles of artist and anthropologist. Her object of study will be the Marxist composer Cornelius Cardew and his avant-garde musical milieu of the 60s and 70s. Essex will adopt the political battles waged in Cardew's social and musical life as the subject for a historical archive and library.
Through video, interviews, writing, and collaborative performances in the guise of "historical reenactments" I will collect and fabricate a range of historical recordings and documents-a body of generated materials that make up the collection of this library. This factual, albeit highly subjective history will serve a theatrical framework for investigations of the artist's role as public intellectual, and the mythical status of canonical modern artists.
Jon Calame is a founding partner of Minerva Partners. A decade of field-based research on urban partition and post-conflict revitalization is summarized in a book entitled Divided Cities: Beirut, Belfast, Jerusalem, Mostar and Nicosia, released in March 2009 by the University of Pennsylvania Press as part of its "The City in the 21st Century" series. He is a recipient of the Rome Prize in 2009-2010 for historic preservation and in 2007 was a senior Fulbright Fellow in Cyprus studying the Nicosia Master Plan team. Before joining Minerva Partners, Mr. Calame served as partnerships manager for the World Monuments Fund in New York, where he managed conservation field projects in Panamá, Poland, Mexico, the Czech Republic and Bosnia-Herzegovina. His work in Mostar involved collaboration with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, the World Bank and the Municipality of Mostar towards a comprehensive rehabilitation scheme for neighborhoods and individual monuments in the war-torn city. Mr. Calame has lectured widely on the topic of post-conflict reconstruction, divided cities, and iconoclasm.
As a kick-off to his tenure as DiR, Leon Johnson has initiated a series of symposia through which the Berwick will draw together leading creative thinkers to provide state-of-the-art research on questions relating to the cultivation of, and engagement with, new audiences; the incubation, initiation, and distribution of new works in convergent media; and strategies to build and sustain networks of knowledge and collaboration. The results of these symposia will form the nucleus of a Berwick-authored publication slated for release in 2010.
Art+History An exhibition of commissioned artworks that reflect on the assembled histories of the Nightingale-Brown House
Curated by Meg Rotzel and Rosemary Branson Gill
Art+History is an exhibition and community programming series about the processes of interpreting history. The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage has commissioned Carla Herrera-Prats and Jill Slosburg-Ackerman to make new artworks influenced by the physical and historical parameters of the Nightingale-Brown House. Built in 1792 and boasting gardens designed by the Olmstead landscape design firm, it was home to five generations of the Brown family and now houses the JNBC. By focusing on the interpretation of both the processes and products of making artwork in a historic location, Art+History explores what happens when new hands rifle through and re-fold the contents of a historic home.
The exhibit is curated by Meg Rotzel and Rosemary Branson Gill, graduate students in Brown's public humanities M.A. program. Art+History is open to the public from March 31, 2009-October 2, 2009. The exhibit and related programs inspires conversation about how historical narrative is crafted while presenting a distinctive model for engaging audiences in historical sites and museums through contemporary artwork. In Jill Slosburg-Ackerman's Import/Export, the artist reconfigures photographs, china, and stories from the Nightingale-Brown House in order to reflect on the overlaps, intersections, and disjunctures represented by the house and its collections. Carla Herrera-Prats also uses photography as a departure point in her piece (title forthcoming). Starting with the Brown family's portraits, Herrera-Prats uses the collection to research the uncharted history of the portrait studio. Her investigation moves beyond the house and asks what it means for a family to be remembered through portrait photography. Do we have a similar meaning today? Through questions such as these, the two artists use the there and then of the past to reflect on the here and now of today.
In addition to an art exhibition, Art+History is also a laboratory for re-thinking historical house interpretation, suggesting a way that historic sites and arts organizations can incorporate new voices and audiences in the creation of narratives about shared pasts. To those ends the JNBC has conceived an interpretation program that targets children, teenagers, students, humanities professionals, and the general public. This programming includes lectures (Fall 2008), a workshop series for young adults, the final exhibition, and elementary school tours.