Art + Life: Multispecies Salon
Adam Zaretsky, Boryana Rossa, Eben Kirksey, Matthew Gioia, Alison Beth Levy, Samira Elagoz, Jennifer Zackin, Adolfo Ibanez Ayerve & Jason Martin / Power Animal System
Saturday, November 7
7:00 - 11:00 pm
ART/LIFE INSTITUTE, KINGSTON NY
Mathew and Phil Horvath "come on in the water's fine"
Alison "Starry Blessings"
Adolfo and Jen "Adam's Apple"
Eben "CFO (Call for Organisms)"
Boryana "The God Gene" is Looking for a Sanctuary
Adam Microinjection Caviar
Samira Suck My Disc
Jason NEWSNET, Trans-trans-itions, and more…
BORYANNA ROSSA Boryana Rossa is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who works in the fields of electronic arts, film, video, performance and photography. Most of Rossa’s performances and<
Performer’s News: A gathering of friends to raise funds for Troy/ New York artist Jason Martin who was brutally beaten on October 8. THE PARTY WHY :: We are putting together an event - let's call it a PARTY - to raise funds for Jason and celebrate the awesome person we all came too close to losing to senseless violence. WHEN :: Saturday, November 14, 7PM doors, 7:30PM performances WHERE :: Takk House, 55 3rd Street, Troy, New York WHO :: The Many Friends of Jason Martin, including but not limited to... (order ≠ order) ALLSTAR COCONUT SHOW BUNNYBRAINS C LAVENDER DAVID RUSSELL DJ MERCY GEORGIA O'PEACH PERSEPHONE POMME SWAMP BABY and lots more! with MC Aaron Smith (Scientific Maps) and Facilitator of Flow John Gill $20 suggested donation, all proceeds go to Jason's recovery fund. For online donations, follow this link: https://www.gofundme.com/welovejasonmartin
Emergent Ecologies CFO (Call for Organisms) …from the Multispecies Salon in memory of Jackie Brookner Ecosystems were compared with airplanes in the 1980s. Ecologists argued that it would be terrifying to ride on a partially disassembled flying machine. “As you walk from the terminal toward your airliner, you notice a man on a ladder busily prying rivets out of its wing,” wrote Paul and Anne Ehrlich. “Somewhat concerned, you saunter over to the rivet popper and ask him just what the hell he’s doing.” This popular metaphor suggests that ecosystems might break down if essential parts, species, are driven extinct—popped out of finely tuned systems like rivets. Emergent ecologies are being fastened into place with new rivets and cyborg articulations. Amidst collapsing systems, unruly assemblages are flourishing and proliferating in unexpected places. Microbes that become emergent diseases—by finding novel exploits, pathways of transmission, or modes of existence—are destroying economic systems and multispecies communities. Emergences are also figuring into collective hopes. When a forest is clear-cut by loggers or destroyed by a volcanic eruption, emergent plants are the first to sprout. The Multispecies Salon is reissuing the CFO (Call for Organisms) that inaugurated our initial 2008 exhibit in San Francisco. We are conducting a biodiversity survey of New York City and beyond, working to represent the emergent ecological communities that are flourishing as well as failing in our built landscape. Alongside work by established ecoartists, bioartists, sculptors, and performers we will exhibit work by “wild artists”—hobbyists, scientists, anthropologists, taxidermists—who do not have recognizable art credentials. If Sigmund Freud railed against “wild analysts,” rouge psychoanalysts who were not properly trained, we will experiment with tactics that might disrupt the institutionalization and standardization of art practices. We are pushing Joseph Beuys’ famous decree—“You are all artists”—beyond human realms to include microbes, insects, and plants. Working to bring fragile organisms into a foreign space, we will attend to issues relating to care, contact and contagion. Live mutants will be given away at this art exhibit. We will also be looking for a good home for some endangered species, animals that have been orphaned by their ecosystem. Accepting that ecological communities are dynamic, ever changing systems—with parts that can be taken away or added—opens up ethical and practical dilemmas. We invite you to submit artworks and organisms that will help us explore a critical question, first posed by Matthew Chrulew: “How should we love in a time of extinction?” If you would like to submit an organism or an artwork to the show send an email with a description (250 words or less), a photograph, and your phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis starting Friday, November 6th, and the gallery will be open until filled. Rather than be a static show, with clear opening and closing dates, our project will involve playing with the “hap” of what happens. Happiness, in the Old English sense of the word, means having “good hap” or fortune. We will be conducting experiments with happiness and glass, breaking down boundaries (and constructing new ones) to see what ecological communities might emerge. For more background on the ideas animating this show, check out Emergent Ecologies, a new book from Duke University Press. https://www.dukeupress.edu/emergent-ecologies
Jennifer and Adolfo are collaborating together in art/life for 12 years now. For 10 years they have been engaged in an on-going project CHOKECHAKA; a Quechua word from the native Andean language and translates to Golden Bridge. A project that supports forming collaborations and building community by sharing skills, knowledge, and traditions to understand our past, discover ways to live harmoniously in the present, and navigate into the future with empathy and reverence. The newest project Artisan Made In Peru brings together a community of artists in Peru committed to crafting their vision of Andean life. Supporting traditional relationships like weavers with their animals, the wool that comes from them, naturally dyed, spun, and woven all by hand. Our goal is to grow and supporting sustainable livelihoods for makers by offering uniquely Andean, one-of-a-kind, hand-made goods and services to the wider world. www.chokechaka.com + http://www.artisanmadeinperu.com
GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE: THE LINDA MARY MONTANO ART/LIFE INSTITUTE, KINGSTON NY Performance Artist Residency Starting November 1st 2015 We plan a focus on diverse community-building through our unique residency in Kingston for Performance Artists. Residency: to live in the building that was Linda Mary Montano's performance space and archive, for one month on the Rondout Harbor in Kingston, NY (2 hours north of Brooklyn) to walk around the wonderful waterfront, meet the people in the neighborhood and host the people you meet met for a dinner party at the end of the month.