On Friday, June 16th, we were visited by 30 Basis Independent Brooklyn students accompanied by several chaperones and their teacher Mrunali Das. We spent the morning highlighting our favorite projects, our intern Eduardo Sotomayor gave insight into artist practices and roots of creativity and we ended with an artist presentation by Adrian Mangel our May artist-in-resident at DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts].
FOn June 3rd at 6pm at DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] hosted an evening Creative Solidarity a Benefit for RDJ Shelter in support and celebration of the RDJ Refugee Shelter, the only shelter in New York City (Harlem) specifically for homeless asylum seekers and refugees. With our fundraising efforts we raised over $1,100.
It was an important and exciting evening of food, drinks, music, performance, storytelling, a raffle and much more–with all proceeds benefiting the RDJ Refugee Shelter!
The RDJ Refugee Shelter, along with DE-CONSTRUKT, promoted the work of artists, performers, musicians, and activists, created by and in support of asylum seekers living in New York City. The exhibit will include photographs, video, mixed media, and furniture–the result of a furniture refurbishing workshop for shelter guests run by exhibited artist, Ahmed Awney.
Visual and performance artist, Georgia Lale featured her photographs from her performance art project entitled #OrangeVest, which confronts the refugee crisis in Europe with public interventions performed at sites such as the United Nations, The National Mall, and beyond. Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, a multi-disciplinary conceptual artist, showed photographs. Her work investigates the definition and construction of identities, personal memories, culture and collective histories in the post-Internet age. Ahmed Awney featured his latest works–a set of photographs titled “The Fourteen Stations of a Refugee” based on the Stations of the Cross, a Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man. He also elaborated on his workshop program created in collaboration with the RDJ Shelter. We screened a short documentary titled “Bodies of Resilience” directed by Jill Woodward and choreographed by Despina Sophia Stamos.
Performance and musical acts included musicians and spoken word artists from all genres with songs of resistance, revolution, and solidarity. Musical talent comprised of the empowering NYC-based bands Koyt Far Dayn Fardakht, a queer/trans anti-zionist Yiddish punk band, and Fat Boy Wilson & Old Viejo Bones performing folk blues and songs of resistance with a special guest Claudio Montouri aka The Bird Man of Rome and 81ack 8astards, a Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Rock Band Duo whose music discusses the raw material and sociopolitical subject matter that affects the urban and ethnic youth population. Multimedia artist E. Okobi performed spoken word, and musician Chilly G presented poetry and songs. We started the night with vibraphonist Sean McCaul, a NYC based musician/composer who has performed and recorded with a diverse and notable range of artists, including, Philip Glass, Yo Yo Ma, Dean and Britta, and Shilpa Ray.
We ended the evening with DJ Hell, a veteran composer, sound designer, experimental club DJ/turntablist, and video director/producer, creating barrage collages of big beats and noise, seaming together multiple music genres, cultures and generations.
Throughout the night, there will be various opportunites to donate to RDJ Shelter.
We had a raffle to win a Red Hook Lobster Pound $25 gift card, Hometown BBQ– (2) $50 gift cards, Trader Joe’s– gift bag, Fort Defiance– $50 gift certificate, Cacao Prieto – certificate for (2) person weekend tour, Eva Perotta, LMT, RSMT-E – (1) session bodywork certificate, Larissa Humphrey, Personal Trainer – (1) 60 minute at-home, private personal training session including a fitness assessment, nutrition and behavioral counseling, and a total body circuit workout, Van Brunt Stillhouse – (1) certifcate for distillery tour and whiskey tasting for (4) people.
Thank you to all the businsess that donated to the raffle and for Sixpoint Brewery, Richard Dennis, Mark Miller and The Ice House for beer and food donations.
Hello! My name is Eduardo Sotomayor and I am currently a student at NYU studying Art History. I am very excited to begin my internship with DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] and to work alongside everyone who makes the exhibitions, performances, and events possible. I hope to make new connections, sharpen my writing skills, and take in all the learning opportunities when helping to organize the events planned for this summer. Here is a picture of myself and a reproduction of a work by the young Columbian artist Felipe Arturo that has recently resonated with me. I cannot wait to see how the summer unfolds!
Adrian Mangel a painter, born and raised in Costa Rica, is our artist in residence for June 2017. He has show work in many group shows in New York and abroad, including venues such as the Art Director’s Club, the Society of Illustrators, and Rochester Art Center. Mangel’s work is often concerned with his experimentation in materiality. His style of painting is what drives his subjects, rather than the other way around.
Mangel is currently working on a series of gas station drawings on paper, and is expanding them to a larger scale on canvas. He is continuing his series of sports paintings in particular tying them to Eduardo Galeano’s book “El Futbol a Sol y Sombra”.
During his residency, Mangel is exploring how to transform his drawings into mass-produced items as part of a greater installation resembling a traditional Mexican street market. Calling into question the relationship between craft and art, artisanal products and mass production.
To view Adrian Mangel’s work visit http://adrianmangel.com.
We are looking for someone to do an exchange we have a darkroom here at our project space that needs some love here in Red Hook. We have everything that is needed it just needs to be set up properly including fixing some light leaks through the wall. In exchange for helping us you will have free access for agreed time to use. For more information send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] have been invited to take part in an art and technology festival in Czech Republic, on November 11-13, in 2016 called Prototyp. The theme this year is nature and the four elements; Earth, Fire, Water and Air. We are hosting a call for artists working with technology.
This is a wonderful opportunity for artists to participate in a two day festival in Brno and host a workshop in Prague. Last year the festival attendance was close to 2000 visitors and was well received by the press. You can also visit their Prototyp facebook page to see photos of last years festival.
We are currently seeking funding to form a collective to collaborate on projects for this festival. Could this be you? Are you an artist/musician/creative that works with technology? email email@example.com.
RECIPROCATE || ro͞odərəl (of a plant) growing on waste ground or among refuse | ARCHIVE-PERFORMANCE-INSTALLATION
A summer series of eco-dance LABS culminates with an archive-performance-installation choreographed & facilitated by, Corinne Cappelletti and Eva Perrotta, and accompanied with live sound by, Fa Ventilato. Taste, witness, make and gather within this live Installation at DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] with performance integrated throughout the installation at random. Interact with the living and breathing echo of our creative research that seeks to understand:
• What is the function of ruderal species in the city and what can we learn from them?
• How do we deal with the grief, loss and waste in the land and also in our bodies?
• How can we reflect inward and discover our bodies as a land to better understand our relationship to nature?
Meander throughout the installation of archives (plant-matter, notes, drawings, photos and self reflection) collected from building and designing the eco-dance LABS and choreography that are a part of the durational social experiment, ro͞odərəl (of a plant) growing on waste ground or among refuse. Systems for reciprocity are designed throughout this event for continued gifting, reflection and your own creation. Wild-crafted tinctures, edibles, teas and cocktails made of local plants will be shared.
ro͞odərəl (of a plant) growing on waste ground or among refuse seeks to understand the life, function and characteristics of the wild plants of Red Hook; and to foster a reciprocal relationship between the natural habitat and the urban community. We intend to expand the choreographic practice by building interactive performance rituals with and by the public. With this, we remind ourselves that the act of performing is coming from ancient traditions where the entire community was involved. The act of witnessing is a key component to the growth process and an act of sharing through our fieldwork, LABS, and performance installation.
In order to better understand the nature of the urban landscape, ro͞odərəl aims to create reciprocity and inclusivity. We offer experimental labs designed in the form of a walking tour, that empowers the local environment—both natural and man-made, as well as the people who live within it. Attitudes can shift. Claiming space, within our own lives, bodies, and the public domain, thereby deepening our practices with nature in public spaces. Supported in this platform, we can re-discover what it means to share public space and local wisdom.
For more information visit ro͞odərəl (of a plant) growing on waste ground or among refuse project page.
DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] took part in a focus group in preparation for an artist residency program “AIR Vela Straža” located in old Yugoslavian Military barracks high up in the hills of Šolta Island in the Adriatic Sea south of Split. The residency, still in its planning stages by artist, and assistant professor at the Academy of fine arts in Zagreb, Marina Bauer and artist Ivana Ognyanovac with collaboration with Green Action a leading non-governmental organization for environmental protection in Croatia. Green Actions hosts several workshops over the summer for activists and young people to come together to discuss and problem solve challenging environmental concerns.
The artist residency adds a new layer to Green Action’s programming providing 15 artists the opportunity to work in a remote, natural setting to contemplate and work in response to local environmental issues including the destruction of local, old stonewalls to make way for contemporary gardening or inspired by topics covered by Green Action, such as solar energy.
“AIR Vela Straža” is a two week artist residency, the planned dates for 2016 is July 19th – July 2. Artists will be invited and have an opportunity to apply late winter or early spring. More information will be announced next year.
De-Construkt [projekts] is proud to announce the publication of “Keep Frozen: Art-Practice-as-Research – The Artist’s View”, edited by Hulda Rós Gudnadóttir
Across Europe people talk and write about art as research, but too rarely from the perspective of the artist. The artist Hulda Rós Gudnadóttir initiated this book publication project in response to this; to tell a story of an art-practice-as-research project from the artist’s point of view. In times when art practice is being defined as a research tool it is important that artists’ voices are included in the defining process. This publication may be considered a tool for other artists to reflect on their practices, especially outside of institutional context, and to encourage them to tell their own art-practice-as-research stories. The book has been edited by the artist herself and includes essays, interviews and research findings by philosophers, curators and other artists, as well as providing insights into the current discourse on art-practice-as-research.
Using her own practice as a research tool, Gudnadóttir used methods such as studio reflection and experiments, field exploration, art work production, and exhibition making and sharing to research the aesthetics of harbor cultures. The research project Keep Frozen includes the making and sharing of single channel video works and mixed media installations including photography, found objects, sculptures, performances and collaborations with both non-artists and art professionals. Activities in 2016 include the release of a full length documentary film and solo exhibitions/performances and symposiums at Kunstkraftwerk, Leipzig and ASI art museum in Reykjavík.
The book has been funded by The Nordic Culture Point and Icelandic Visual Arts Fund.
The official book launch will be held during Berlin Art Week at Pro-qm, Almstadtstraße 48-50, Berlin Mitte on the 16th of September 2016 at 16:30. This event, curated and moderated by Berit Schuck, will include a screening and discussion with Hulda Rós Gudnadóttir and Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Laila Hida and Hicham Khalidi, with the latter two extending the discussion about art practice as research to include experimental art initiatives from the ‘South’.
This event is supported by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) and the Swedish Embassy in Berlin, with additional support from the Embassy of Iceland and the Finnish Institute.
For more information on the artist: www.huldarosgudnadottir.is
For more information on her project with DE-CONSTRUKT: projekts.de-construkt.com/portfolio/keep-frozen-part-one/
Experiment with our respiratory system in relationship to plantain, mullein and common mallow growing in Brooklyn through a walking performance ritual.
Learn to identify the plants and share the medicinal and edible qualities with one another through discussion, tasting and movement scores. Maps provided with a walking route to plant destinations in Red Hook. Gifts of homemade plant craft included. Come touch and be touched by the ruderel plant-life!
ro͞odərəl (of a plant) is offering experimental movement-based labs to empower the local environment—both natural and man-made, as well as the people who live within it. Shift our attitudes, claim our space, and deepen our practices with nature in public spaces. Each Lab will be an interactive walk framed by pairing ruderal plants with a particular body function to experiment, play, and re-connect to our natural environment.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Eva Perrotta and Corinne Cappelletti create deep-rooted, shared experience through performative, public actions from which result in a wildcrafted choreographic landscape.
Perrotta and Corinne build dances with the community, drawing from what is available locally. With this, a self-sustaining relationship can develop; one based on reciprocity and a co-creative system of giving. Self-sustainability, community, and creativity are at the heart of their artistic interest.