The Harvestworks Artist-in-Residence Program is pleased to announce our 2009 recipients. The recipients are commissioned to create a new work in the Harvestworks Digital Media Facility. The applications were reviewed by Nicole J. Caruth(freelance writer and curator based in Brooklyn), Andrea Parkins (composer, sound artist, performer and improvisor) and Zachary Seldess (a PhD in composition at The Graduate Center CUNY and a Max programmer and teacher).
New Works Residencies
Based in Toronto and New York City, video artist Brendan Fernandes will create a new video work that will explore how cultural objects lose their specification through their dissemination as capital. Focusing specifically on how African masks sold on Canal Street and outside museums in the city function outside their place of origin, the artist will investigate his subject through video documentation of his interactions with the African immigrants who sell these masks. The finished work will be presented as a multi-channel video and sculptural installation at Harvestworks. Born in Kenya of Indian heritage, Brendan Fernandes immigrated to Canada in the 1990s. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2007 and is represented by Diaz Contemporary (Toronto).
Los Angeles-based multimedia artist Luke Fischbeck will complete a surround-sound audio mix to serve both as an element in the collaborative multimedia performance (with director Peter Flaherty), entitled Soul Leaves Her Body, and to be presented as a standalone surround-sound audio piece. Described as an integrated-media performance synthesizing theater, dance, live video and music, the completed work will be presented during the 2009-2010 season of the HERE Arts Center in New York City. Luke Fischbeck is primarily know as a member of the performance group Lucky Dragons which has appeared internationally at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kitchen the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt), and others.
New York-based multimedia artist David Galbraith will create a new video work with surround-sound entitled Double Square. Using his self-developed software for sound and image called lgOpre (pronounced luh GOP ruh), Double Square will feature microsonic, multichannel audio coupled with and driven by grid-based video animation. Galbraiths work has been presented internationally at P.S.1/MoMA (New York), The New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), KW Institute of Contemporary Art (Berlin), Tonic, The Stone, Art in General and others.
New York-based interactive artist and designer David Hindman will develop a interactive musical performance piece using custom designed hardware and software. Described as The Public Instrument-Controlled Video Game Competition, the work will incorporate new music, software, and musical gaming interfaces that will result in performances in New York City. David Hindman is a regular contributor to the New Instruments for Musical Expression Conference (NIME) and recently appears as a guest speaker at the 2007 OReilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego. He is a graduate of NYUs ITP program.
New York City-based saxophonist, composer and sound artist, Briggan Krauss will create a 5.1 surround sound composition entitled Tesseract. Inspired by the geometrical shape, the tesseract, the intent of this work is to create music based on the experience of perceiving individual auditory events as shapes that interact and evolve in a kind of kinetic, mutable work of sculpture. The completed work will be performed and exhibited in New York City and will be reproduced for distribution as a DVD. Briggan Krauss is well known in the NY Creative Music community where he has worked with Wayne Horvitz, Bill Frisell, Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Anthony Coleman, Steven Bernstein’s Sex Mob and others.
New York-based composer and multi-media artist Miya Masaoka will develop The LED Kimono Project, an installation-based media and performance piece featuring a kimono fabricated from over a thousand LEDs that will have the capacity to respond to musical, visual and physical conditions throughout the course of a performance, or as an installation in a gallery setting. The work will be presented in performance in September 2009 at the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival and at the Japan Society of San Diego. Miya Masaoka has created works for koto, laser interfaces, laptop and video and written scores for ensembles, chamber orchestras and mixed choirs. Herwork has been presented in Japan, Canada, Europe, Eastern Europe and she has toured to India six times.
Megan Michalak and Stephanie Rothenberg
Based in Buffalo and New York City, artists Megan Michalak and Stephanie Rothenberg will complete their current project KINOMIC Redistribution System, which has also received funding from a 2008 NYSCA grant. Described as an educational, interactive game that parodies the role of dominant institutions such as the World Bank and WTO in regulating economic relations between developing and developed countries, the work will be presented as an installation in August 2009 at Galary Titanik in Turku, Finland. Michalaks work has been presented at Smack Mellon Gallery (NYC), The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Artists Space, Art Interactive (Boston), the SF Cinemateque, and Fonds Regional DArt Contemporain Frac Languedoc-Roussillon, in Montpelier, France among others. Rothenberg is a 2009 Creative Capital recipient. Presentations of her work include Sundance Film Festival, Dumbo Arts Festival, Interaccess in Toronto and Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki.
Joseph Reinsel will create a DVD that will contain a new multi-movement video and surround-sound work entitled Liminal Presence (watch excerpt here) to be shown in galleries and film festivals. An audio-visual investigation of Baltimore, Maryland where the artist currently resides, each movement will exist as a visual poem on its own, but will also be connected to the other works in the sequence by common themes in the visuals and sound. With his background in music composition, Reinsel creates aural and visual art using digital and analog tools and instruments. He is currently Assistant Professor of Digital Media Arts at College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore.
New York City-based composer and sound artist David Watson will develop a cross-platform live sound and video performance exploring sound and social context. Using as its starting point a traditional New York street parade, as well as his practice as a performer of the Highland Bagpipe, this new work will contrast conventional and experimental musical approaches. The finished work will be performed and released on CD. Originally from New Zealand, David Watson has lived and worked in New York City since 1987. He has performed with John Zorn, Lee Ranaldo, Christian Marclay and many others. His recent double CD Fingering and Idea was released to critical acclaim in 2008 on the XI label.
New York City-based visual artist Saya Woolfalk will digitize and animate a series of her drawings and produce a sound component to create a ten-minute animation called The Land of the Pleasure Machines. Described as a fictional future constructed for the investigation of human possibilities and impossibilities, this new animation will be presented at the Studio Museum in Harlem in November 2009. Saya Woolfalk is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program. She has exhibited at the Bronx Museum, the Moti Hasson Gallery (NYC), P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and others.
The following artists were chosen as alternates: Jeremiah Cymerman, Alex Chechile, Lesley Flanigan and Andrew Demirjian.
The following artists were awarded educational scholarships: Christine Sun Kim, Eleanor Dubinsky, Peter Edwards, David Morneau and Howard Huang.
Van Lier Residency
Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center has selected Rashaad Newsome and Tali Hinkis (LoVid) to receive the Van Lier studio residencies for digital art in 2009. The one-year fellowship is funded through a special grant from the New York Community Trust. The Van Lier grants targets young, New York-based artists with financial need and from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the digital media arts. The residencies help advance Van Lier fellows professional, post-college development and promote diversity, equity and access in the arts.
Rashaad Newsome is an interdisciplinary artist working with videos, performances, sculptures and photographs that interrogate notions of cultural/social signifiers as well as how they are formed. He was born in New Orleans and lives and works in New York City. Newsome will use his fellowship to create the next version of his latest work Shade Compositions, a multi-sensory live performance consisting of a varying number of black females performing a choreographed action piece for presentations at The Kitchen, New York in 2009.
Tali Hinkis is a multi-media artist based in New York City. For the past several years she has collaborated with artist Kyle Lapidus as the interdisciplinary duo LoVid who work in the context of media art, encompassing sound, video, performance, installation, media objects, and net-art. LoVid were Artists In Residence at Harvestworks in 2005. During her Van Lier residency she will, in collaboration with Lapidus, produce a digitally activated moving projection unit called RedGreenBlue Shift that will include a surround-sound installation with video and kinetic projections.