Commissioned Works/Special Projects is our program offering financial and administrative assistance to individual artists. We act as a fiscal agent for those artists applying for grants from federal and state programs and private foundations. Through this program we help develop collaborative projects between artists and assist with the presentation of their work. In 2013, we have sponsored the following projects:
JG Thirlwell: Cholera Nocebo
“Cholera Nocebo” is a multi-media electro-acoustic performance presented at the Marrakech Biennale, Morocco. It is using prepared piano, autoharp, e-bow, multiple music boxes, computer, one bit synthesizers, Kaos pad and other sound objects. The 50 minute piece unfolds over a projected image of a car traveling thru darkness on the Long Island Expressway, ending in New York City in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The piece provides an opportunity to work in an elastic form of composition that uses both predetermined sound programming and improvisation. Versions have previously been performed in Stockholm (Jan 2013), Istanbul (May 2013) and at the Lausanne Film Festival (Oct 2013). www.foetus.org
Tirtza Even: Natural Life
Natural Life, an experimental documentary installation produced in conjunction with the legal efforts of The Law Offices of Deborah LaBelle (LODL), challenges inequities in the juvenile justice system by depicting, through documentation and reenactment, the stories of five youths who received the most severe sentence available for convicted adults–a sentence of “natural life” or “life without parole”.
Tirtza Even is a practicing video artist and documentary maker for the past fifteen years. Even has produced both linear and interactive video work representing the less overt manifestations of complex and sometimes extreme social/political dynamics in specific locations (e.g.. Palestine, Turkey, Spain, the U.S.. and Germany, among others). Natural Life is sponsored by Harvestworks with funds by the The Fledgling Fund.