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.
For more information visit ro͞odərəl (of a plant) growing on waste ground or among refuse project page. To view previous Lab photos visit Detox with Dandelion.
DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] was invited by Stan Coenders for a seminar New AiR for Artists & Coordinators as part of Aroundless Artist Residency at MeetingInZdonov in Czech Republic. The artists featured in this month long program are Carlota Borges Lloret, Marta Silva, Guida Miranda, Andrea Junekova, Palii Anastasia, Bogdan Pavlovic, Janine Leger, and Sandra Franco.
What amazingly talented young artists and such a beautiful community at what appears to be at the end of the world or at least in Czech Republic. We look forward to seeing the results of this special one month program and look forward to working with some of these artists in the future.
MeetingInZdonov reopened its doors to artists in residence in July 2015. Heart of the project is the large rural house that after a long process of restructuring, offers reception areas and workareas for workshops and lectures. The project is constantly changing, and this year its shape will be given by a diverse community that is connected to a larger and varied network, including intensive coaching by experienced artists and curators and visits to other art activities in the region where many other artists are involved, and a seminar about art residencies.
RRR Performance in Ostružno at Sklář, Czech Republic
Thursday, July 30th
De-construkt [projekts] hosted RRR, a free-improvising duo, consisting of Berlin based Elizabeth Kosack (USA) and Dan Peter Sundland (Norway) performed Thursday, July 30th, inspired by the woods around St. Trinity in Ostružno at Sklář campground.
Their first performance in Czech Republic, the duo captivated the audience with their synth and bass playing, blending shadows, lights and sounds, instantaneous communication in a box of raw particleboard with amazing dimension in the deep woods illuminated by a full moon.
For more information visit http://www.rrrduo.com.
LOOSE PRESENTS: A/S/L AN ADAPTATION@DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts], 41 Seabring St. Brooklyn, NY. 11231
Saturday, July 11th, 8pm – 1am
LOOSE is an ongoing documentary, improvisational, performance project created by DJ and video artist, D’hana Perry, which is an autobiographical examination of how gender expression, and racial identity intersect when trans* and gender-non-conforming people of color navigate public space.
A/S/L serves as an adaptation of LOOSE. Here, Perry introduces sculpture, live remixed vocal material with a soundscape provided by the production and art collective, KUNQ. Stay after the performance for DURO #3 with KUNQ member and fellow LOOSE participant, Micah Domingo + Rizzla, Stud1nt, False Witness, and SHYBOI.
∞ LOOSE ∞ http://projectloose.com/
∞ KUNQ ∞ http://kunqart.tumblr.com/
For more information visit LOOSE project page.
All photos taken by Amy Weng.
ro͞odərəl (of a plant) growing on waste ground or among refuse, Detox with Dandelion LAB, Thursday, July 2, 2015
Detox with Dandelion, a Ro͞odərəl experimental movement-based LAB facilitated by artists Eva Perrotta and Corinne Cappelletie, co-facilitated with Christopher Kennedy at DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts].
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. The intention is to expand the choreographic practice by building interactive performance rituals with and for the public. With this, we remind ourselves that the act of performing is coming from ancient traditions where the entire community was involved.
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.
For more information visit ro͞odərəl (of a plant) growing on waste ground or among refuse project page.
All photos by Amy Weng.
On November 9, at 6pm CLAKULA Productions and DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] hosted Pavlína Fichta Čierna, an international Slovakia-based artist to present her interactive pieces situated within public and social spaces, focused on a processes of communication containing a tangible sociological dimension in our studio in Brooklyn. In her talk Pavlína Fichta Čierna introduced her interactive pieces situated within public and social spaces.
For more information about this artist talk visit her project page.
Place: Suspended, a project by our artist in residence Heidi Reynolds hosted a reception and artist talk on August 30, at 5pm. The public was invited to modify the floating platform by rearranging objects and creating stories before the project travels back to Boston. Heidi discussed how the project was developed, how it evolved, and how it related to her other work. It was a lively discussion about art in public space, memory, activism, and possibility.
For more information about this project and Heidi Reynolds visit her project page.
On August 21 at 8pm DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] hosted with our artist in resident Berglind Ágústsdóttir, Just Dance -A Night of Music, Dancing, Video, Drawing and Sculpture hosted by Berglind Ágústsdóttir a concert/dance party and art event. Berglind, an artist from Iceland who also spends her time in Berlin spent the month of August at our studio in Red Hook.
Berglind shares her experiences here in NYC through her music, dj’s, her friends, her drawings, videos and sculptures. The evening featuring her teenage son Funi B.G., Warm Spells, Void Moon, and DJ Lamborghini. For more information about Berglind Ágústsdóttir visit her project page.
Video of Void Moon performance an electronic duo from Brooklyn.