From the Journal: “Freedom Graffiti in Russia and Syria: The Artistry of Indestructibility” by Diana Bruk
In a very poor city in Russia, where the buildings were crumbling, where middle-aged men were urinating on the bare skeletons of burnt-out cars, where children were playing with pebbles in the puddles of unpaved roads, there was once a peeling wall on which someone had scribbled, in coal, the words, “I can’t take this anymore.” I remember looking at this and thinking that it was actually strikingly artistic, the way the artist had chosen to use a medium that is an internationally recognized symbol for poverty, the way the canvas itself expressed its point, the way it drew attention to this forgotten structure, and the way that, simple and yet irremovable from its context, it could so succinctly express the emotions of its own community.
In my wanderings around Russia, I frequently came across more of these these cave-man carvings onto aging stone. Some of them, like the one above, were expressions of despair in inhumane conditions. Many of them included expletives and imaginative (if somewhat neolithic) illustrations. But most of them, unsurprisingly, were about love.
I remember one in particular that I discovered on the pavement outside my apartment in St. Petersburg in the fall, the words, “Kitten. I love you. Forgive me,” thickly drawn in what I believe to be yellow paint. I remember it because it was still there in the spring, only slightly faded. I wondered whether or not Kitten had forgiven him, and I wondered how it had survived hundreds of shuffles of shoes, sheets of ice, downpours of rain, and the endless coming and going of snow. Read more
Call for application for the Balmoral fellowships and the project, foreign and exchange fellowships for 2014
Application period: until 29 June 2013 (date of postmark)
Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral
56130 Bad Ems
The conditions for all fellowships with the exception of the curator fellowship are a completed course of study in art (M.F.A. or comparable degree) and two to three years (depending on the respective fellowship) of continuous artistic work after the conclusion of the studies until the beginning of the fellowship. Applications are also possible for autodidacts distinguished by special artistic achievements, as documented by exhibitions and prizes.
To foster artistic dialog and interdisciplinary collaboration, knowledge of German or English is expected.
I. International residential fellowships
Six residential fellowships will be awarded to international visual artists. The focus of artistic work for the residential fellowships for 2014 must be on the medium of painting, whereby painting does not necessarily mean just ‘paint on canvas.’ Formal and conceptual exploration of the limits and possibilities of the genre are also welcome. In the future, the residential fellowships will be awarded for a different artistic genre. This offering, which is unique in Germany, is intended to enable deeper mutual creative cross-fertilisation among the resident artists. It will also lead to a more intensive specialist exchange of ideas with external artists, speakers, teachers, curators, etc.
Two fellowships last three months and begin in March 2014. The other four fellowships last nine months and begin in June 2014.
The monthly allowance for the residential fellowships is being increased from 2014 to 1,400 EUR per month and include free accommodation in the Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral.
II. International curator fellowship
To foster dialog between artistic work and theoretical reflection, Balmoral awards a residential curator fellowship to a fellow in the humanities (preferably art history). The curator fellowship is awarded to persons whose university degree (at least M.A.) was completed not more than five years ago. For the curator fellowship, mastery of the German language spoken and in writing as well as good knowledge of English is essential.
The fellowship lasts nine months and begins in June 2014. It is endowed with 1,400 EUR per month and includes free accommodation in the Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral.
III. Project, foreign and exchange fellowships exclusively for artists with relation to Rhineland-Palatinate
Relation to Rhineland-Palatinate means is born in, has studied in, has lived or lives in Rhineland-Palatinate.
- Two six-month project fellowships (not tied to any site)
- One six-month fellowship for New York (Flux Factory/Residency Unlimited)
- One three-month fellowship for South Korea (Changdong or Goyang Art Studio)
- Two six-month fellowships for the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
- One five-month fellowship for Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf, Brandenburg/Germany
The project, foreign and exchange fellowships are endowed with 1,200 EUR per month, except the fellowship for South Korea, which is endowed with 1,200,000 KRW (approximately 800 EUR) monthly.
Awarding of fellowships
A jury of specialists will award all fellowships, taking into consideration the developmental potential of the applicant’s artistic or theoretical work. The names of the jurors will be published after the selection.
Additional information and PDF application forms are available on our homepage www.balmoral.de. Applications must be made with these application forms. Other applications will not be taken into consideration.
Volume 02 Issue 02
Our second issue dedicated to contemporary practices in Florida
Curated by Meaghan Kent
Journal designed by SITE, Logo designed by Fulano
4.18.13 Pushing Against The Walls: Tyler Emerson-Dorsch speaks with Jenny Brillhart and Carolyn Salas about their exhibition “Cut Outs” at Dimensions Variable
1.26.13 “Cut Outs – Jenny Brillhart and Carolyn Salas”
1.9.13 The Possibility of Colloquial Aesthetics in Miami: A Three-Way Discussion with Aramis Gutierrez, Loriel Beltran and Domingo Castillo
3.23.13 Artist Project Gean Moreno and Ernesto Oroza
4.2.13 Beneath a Thread of Stars: A Conversation with Anna Von Mertens by Beth Maycumber and Julie Dickover
2.12.13 Walking through “The Umpire” with Daniel Milewski by Meaghan Kent with Carolyn Salas
1.24.13 Under Diamond Lights by Sam Trioli
From UNION Gallery, London
Union Gallery is deeply saddened by the recent death
of artist Charles Mason.
April at MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
We’re welcoming spring with a fantastic line-up of Sunday Sessions performances including Bird Shit(April 7), Kalup Linzy’s new work Romantic Loner (April 14), The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner by Jace Clayton (April 21), and an open confession hosted by Laurel Nakadate (April 28).
In addition, a special cinematic installation of Michelangelo Frammartino: Alberi, co-organized with the Tribeca Film Festival, will be on view in the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 from April 18 through 27. Immersing visitors in the sound and imagery of rustling foliage, Alberi conjures cinema’s mystic and ritualistic powers on the eve of the medium’s own extinction.
SUNDAY SESSIONS PRESENTS THE PREMIERE OF THE MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE BIRD SHIT
Sunday, April 7, 2pm & 5pm, the VW Dome
Inspired by Chekhov’s The Seagull, with elements of Ginsberg’s Kaddish, Bird Shit is a multimedia performance piece that combines theater, dance, video, and live and pre-recorded music. Bird Shit is producedby Shruti Ganguly and Anna Kouris. The production is commandeered by artist and musician Nina Ljeti, choreographer Chloe Kernaghan, and NYU Graduate Film students Joshua Richards, Zach Kershberg, and Tine Thomasen, under the guidance of James Franco.
SUNDAY SESSIONS PRESENTS KALUP LINZY’S NEW WORK, ROMANTIC LONER
Sunday, April 14, 4pm, the VW Dome
Kalup Linzy presents the live performance component of his new transmedia work Romantic Loner,which tells the story of Linzy’s alter ego, Kaye, who, after a series of failed relationships, attends an artist residency for some soul-searching. Linzy performs original songs accompanied by a six-piece band.
This event is cosponsored by the Tribeca Film Institute.
SUNDAY SESSIONS PRESENTS JACE CLAYTON’S THE JULIUS EASTMAN MEMORIAL DINNER
Sunday, April 21, 4pm, the VW Dome
Jace Clayton, known for his work as DJ/rupture, presents a live performance of his recent work on the life and music of the gay African-American composer, pianist, and vocalist Julius Eastman (1940–1990.) “I interpret the open-ended, irreverent nature of Eastman’s legacy as a call to conversation,” explains Clayton, who will enact this conversation in the form of a performance.
A panel discussion on the history of the exhibition with Bruce Altshuler
2pm, the Lobby
To mark the launch of Bruce Altshuler’s Biennials and Beyond: Exhibitions that Made Art History, 1962–2002 (Phaidon Press), the author has organized a panel discussion on the history of exhibitions since the 1960s, featuring Chus Martinez, Joao Ribas, Christian Rattemeyer, and Peter Nesbett.
Cohosted by Independent Curators International.
SUNDAY SESSIONS WITH LAUREL NAKADATE AND ULTRA-RED
Sunday, April 28, 12–6pm
Brother to Brother to Sister Outsider: The House and Ballroom scene read texts of liberation by W.E.B. Du Bois, Essex Hemphill and Audre Lorde
1pm, the VW Dome
Guided by a protocol for collective listening composed by the sound-art collective Ultra-red and Michael Roberson, members and allies of the NYC House and Ballroom Scene gather to respond to the question “What is the sound of freedom?” This event continues a collaboration between Arika, the Vogue’ology Collective, and Ultra-red.
Laurel Nakadate presents an open confession in conjunction with the publication of 365 Days: A Catalogue of Tears
4pm, the VW Dome
In celebration of the publication of her book 365 Days: A Catalogue of Tears, Laurel Nakadate invites anyone reading this to come to MoMA PS1 to confess, detail, and atone for shameful acts of the past.
If you would like to come to the podium for a specific apology, please e-mail email@example.com.
MoMA PS1’s VW DOME 2 IN ROCKAWAY BEACH IS NOW OPEN
Saturday & Sunday: 10am–6pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday
As part of EXPO 1: New York, the VW Dome 2 is intended to serve as a center for culture, education, and community. As a flexible space, the dome provides a venue for lectures and conversations, rotating art exhibitions, film and video screenings, performances, and community events, which will be organized in partnership with local organizations in the Rockaways and Queens County.
There is a café on the premises open during public hours. For a full calendar of events, please visitMoMAPS1.org.
The VW Dome, the VW Dome 2, and EXPO 1: New York are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.
Special thanks to the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.
Sunday Sessions is made possible by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.