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    Join Berwick's Special Projects Incubator for a panel discussion organized for the AIGA Design Series: Design As A Social Agent

    Saturday, April 4, 2:15 pm

    @ The Institute of Contemporary Art


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    The Next Generation

    Organized in partnership with the ICA

    Shepard Fairey's practice has blown open the ways that emerging artists and designers think about content, form, and message. Hear what the next generation of artists have learned, adapted, or rejected from Fairey's work and where it is leading them. Designer Elliott Earls will interview Boston-based artists including Brian Butler, a representative from Goldenstash, Dana Woulfe, and Kenji Nakayama.

    Elliott Earls is a designer, performance artist, and typographer, and currently serves as Designer-in Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art. His studio, Apollo Program, combines nonlinear digital video, spoken word poetry, music and design; clients include Elektra Entertainment, Nonesuch Records, Scribner Publishing, The Cartoon Network (U.K.), and Janus Films.

    Brian Butler is a working artist and designer. His passion for the bizarre has fueled a worldwide campaign advocating the existence of the half human, half ice cream hybrid, the Ice Cream Person.

    Goldenstash is the moustached mason adorning the nooks and alleys of Boston. Promoting a character that is both comically seductive and unapologetically womanizing.

    Dana Woulfe is a self-confessed artist, designer, and Converse Employee. He became a part of the local graffiti scene while developing his design and illustration skills through four years of school.

    Originally from Hokkaido Japan, Kenji Nakayama now resides in Boston, and creates dynamic multi-layered urban landscapes.

    Admission is free with a ticket to any main stage talk. Admission to these programs is on a first-come, first-served basis. See here for ticket info and the entire day's programming.



    Experiment Bonus!

    Ticket holders to the ICA's next Experiment party will be pleased to know that some of these panelists will be on hand painting live on April 3rd. Go here to buy tickets and learn more about Friday's event.



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    n.miebach spinning sculptureWe arre really excited to hear that 2008 AIR artist, Nathalie Miebach will be lecturing at the Boston Museum of Science for the "When Science Meets Art" lecture series. "When Science Meets Art examines the ingenuity of those who are shattering the boundaries between science, technology, engineering, and art." Sounds perfect!

    Here's the info:


    "Weaving Science into Sculpture", with Nathalie Miebach

    March 11th @7pm in the Exhibit Hall @ the Museum of Science, free

    "What do basket weaving, climate change, and sculpture have in common? Artist Nathalie Miebach literally weaves scientific data related to meteorology, climate change, and astronomy into brightly colored, three-dimensional sculptures. She describes how — and why — she creates these singular pieces that expand the boundaries of how scientific information can be represented and what art can mean."

    See you there!!

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    The 2009 residents of the Artist in Research program will be selected and announced by March 15th. The first residency begins April 1st. Hold onto your hats!

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    DFW - 3

    DiR Convivial Symposia: The Book


    Michelle Trudo

    Dead Skin Press

    supaflu studio

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    The Berwick Research Institute's Director in Residence, Leon Johnson, hosts
    A Curriculum for New + Emergent Practices with J. Morgan Puett
    Friday, January 23rd / Hors D' Oeuvres at 6:30 / J.Morgan Puett at 7:15
    Located at CAVS,
    265 Massachusetts Avenue,
    3rd floor, N52-390
    J.Morgan Puett will inaugurate Boston's Berwick Research Institute's DiR Convivial Symposia Series. Puett will be expanding on her 'Curriculum for New and Emergent Practices' and discussing topics raised during her residency at the Berwick Research Institute. You are invited to engage the artist in dialogue around recent projects, specifically Mildred's Lane .
    Her childhood reminiscence of home life in rural Georgia flavors many aspects of her work, which straddle the lines of fashion, architecture, and art. The daughter of a third generation beekeeper and painter, respectively, Puett focuses on clothing design/textile and costume, as well as the recreation of milieus that recollect her well-worn southern rural heritage. More at
    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.
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    Taking a cue from it’s own research-oriented history, the Berwick extends its eight years of experience supporting unconventional creative practices into the arena of experimental arts administration. Director-in-Residence (DiR) names a new position taking equal inspiration from the traditional role of an Executive Director and from the contained tenure and supported experimentation associated with an artist residency; a twenty-four month residency in which the DiR takes the reins and asks the organization itself to become the creative experiment. 

    It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Leon Johnson as the Berwick’s first Director-in-Residence. There will be a Pirate Party welcome for Leon and the new SPI Coordinators (see below) on December 17th from 7-10pm at the Midway Cafe. Please join us in welcoming our new staff!

    Leon comes to the Berwick as an artist and educator whose innovative and genre-defying practice incorporates the conception, research, design and production of intermedia communications and events. Johnson succeeds Meg Rotzel who co-founded and led the Berwick as Director from 2000-2006. 

    In his own studio practice, Johnson produces work in film, performance, and site-specific events and is the proprietor of The Long Bell Press and a founding member of Creative Material Group, a non-profit arts collective. He is the recipient of a Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant for Painting and a Yaddo Residency Fellowship. His film FAUST/FAUSTUS IN DEPTFORD was selected for the KunstFilmBienale in Cologne, Germany and the Raindance Film Festival in London, UK. AFTER, a recent video, was published by Chiasmus Press last summer as part of The End of Reality, a DVD and fiction anthology. His new video project, FORTRESS BOY BRIDGE, was finished in 2007 during a Cuts + Burns Residency at The Outpost in Williamsburg. He is Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studio + Theory in the Graduate Program at The Transart Institute and will lead a workshop for them, in Berlin, in the summer of 2009. Johnson lives in Portland, Maine with his partner, Megan O’Connell and two sons. 

    As a kick-off to his tenure as DiR, Johnson has initiated a series of convivial 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 late 2009. 

    For more information about Leon's projects, please visit To contact Leon directly, please use the Berwick Contact Page

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    We are excited to announce the appointment of Daniel DeLuca and Ryan Sciaino as Coordinators of the Berwick's Special Projects Incubator.

    Daniel DeLuca is a curator, organizer, and performance artist who received his BFA with honors from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design where he majored in the Studio for Interrelated Media. As an undergraduate he curated and organized collaborative multi-media performance events with students, faculty, and practicing artists. He co-directed and co-curated the 2007 Eventworks festival, an annual festival of experimental artwork in all media. DeLuca was president of the Student Government Association at MassArt where he founded a $5000 grant program for MassArt students. Last spring he was awarded a grant from the Center for Arts and Community Partnership at MassArt for an installation project that addressed issues related to nature and art. In addition to working with the Berwick as a program coordinator, he maintains a studio in Waltham, MA.

    Ryan Sciaino graduated with a dual degree in Music Technology and Multimedia Studies from Northeastern University. He has worked as Technical Director for exhibitions in galleries throughout Boston including Art Interactive, Axiom Gallery, and the Huret and Spector Gallery at Emerson College. He also piloted a web video series for WGBH and Public Radio International's "The World." He is currently a teaching artist at the Institute of Contemporary Art where he runs audio and video editing workshops for high school students as part of their Teen New Media program. He also produces his own music, DJ's locally and abroad, and does freelance audio and video work.

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    SPI Artists The Present Tense

    Berwick Special Project Incubator Artists The Present Tense are premiering a new work at 55 Norfolk in Cambridge from 7pm to 10pm on November 1, 2008. Come and meet them and see what they do!

    Congratulations On Your Empire Show Postcard

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    We have received MANY MANY inquiries about the AIR application for 2009. When the heck will it be posted?! VERY SOON. We are drafting the document as you read this. It will be posted to this site as a downloadable PDF in early November. If you haven't already, join our mailing list. There will be a notice sent out as soon as it is posted.

    The application period for the 2009 AIR season is between November 2008 and February 2009. We really look forward to the new proposals. Thanks!!

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