Performance

Events, Exhibition, Performance, Community, Artist in Residence

Third-Thursday 03 | Monthly Public Participatory Sharing

Thanks to all the support and participation of artists and community, the third edition of Third-Thursday successfully held an enlightening and inspiring exchange in Arts Letters & Numbers. We express great gratitude to following presented artists along with visitors and supporters.

Earl Carlson is an artist and designer. His work explores what makes us human and what we have control over. Earl's primary field of work is getting himself and others into a flow state where they can start to explore those questions in an in depth manner with one another. In his design career he works in large complex systems, currently he is at Facebook on the news team working on the news integrity initiative.

Kristina Kassem is a visual designer and artist. She currently works in branding and identity within the hospitality realm. She's worked with a range of brands and non-profits including The Plaza Hotel, The Global Oneness Project, The William Vale, and Chelsea Piers. As an artist assistant she has worked with Candy Chang to help Candy establish the Before I Die project which has been installed in over 70 countries including Iraq, China, Brazil, and Kazakhstan.

Frida Foberg received her bachelor of arts in architecture from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, followed by her master of arts in architecture from Aarhus School of Architecture in 2013. In 2012 she started her own freelance based practice and has executed several collaborative exhibitions and installations, all with her interest in the interaction between people-art-space-stories. In 2014 she was, in collaboration with Mie Dinesen, granted by the Cultural Affairs Agency of Oslo for their workshop based installations “Rom i Byen for Byen”.

After working for the artist Vito Acconci, and the architect firm VAMOS Architects in NYC, Frida became a Resident Fellow at Arts Letters & Numbers Headquarters in Averill Park, NY in 2015. During her time as a Resident Fellow she has worked closely with the entire ALN community on many elements that contribute to the life of the project and have strengthened the core mission. Frida has recently taken on the role as Associate Director of Arts Letters & Numbers. 

Frida's artistic work evolve around the awareness of how we do what we do, while we are doing it. The context of her work is the daily life, the situations, rooted in culture and personality traits, we might not contemplate upon. Her larger body of work Why Are We Eating Together, is a research on the intersection of these patterns.

John Butkus teaches partner dancing with a focus on the connection and the physical conversation that takes place between two people gliding across the floor as one. John enjoys many types of dance and has a passion for West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango.

A photographer for most of his life, John creates magic from the mundane by capturing the light that bounces off of ordinary objects.

When John’s not dancing, teaching or behind the camera, he runs a software company that specializes in Energy Management, Building Automation Controls and HVAC systems. His expertise is writing code as an art to save energy, one BTU at a time.

Jennifer Park is an artist engaging architecture and humanity based in Brooklyn. With a dual background, US and Republic of Korea, JP has pursued the ways to support people’s lives through drawing, writing, and making. Beyond the boundary of conventional architecture, JP's works open up from trivial observations in everyday life, branching out in a various medium; drawing, painting, poetry, precise, photography, installation, and architecture. 

Jennifer has been educated and practiced architecture since 2007. Graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2016, earning M. Arch. JP had worked for Face Design and Fabrication in Brooklyn and Verona Carpenter Architects in lower Manhattan. She recently joined Arts Letters & Numbers, a non-profit organization for artists, as a resident fellow contributing construction and marketing.

Events, Performance, Artist in Residence

Yurika Higashikawa | Artists in Residence Show | Snowed Under: A crash course in dealing with epistemological dread

From Mar 11th to 13th, Yurika Higashikawa presented her artist residence show, Snowed Under: A crash course in dealing with epistemological dread. In the three-day session, YU shared a wide range of works reflecting diverse aspect of own. A reading of A love letter to creative workers brought her intimate affection, interest and care into questions of what is being artists and what their obligations are. Storytime, a collaborative reading of two short stories dragged the audience to be present in the stories. In the last piece, YU performed a lecture calling for a more radical approach to self/community education in light of environmental destruction.

Yurika Higashikawa is a research driven, performance-based art-worker currently living in Dublin. They graduated from NCAD with a Joint BA degree in Sculpture and Visual Culture in 2017. Since exiting the academic institution as a student, YU has continued to evolve their practice through a series of lectures and guided tours in and Dublin City Centre.

YU’s practice evolved out of a provisional act of resistance against the imposed heterogeneous hierarchies implicit in a university and aimed to highlight how certain classist, gendered and racist structures can affect and direct creative workers within the wider field of the Irish State. Since graduating from university, the antagonism of the knowledge economy remains a core consideration within their practice however YU has become predominantly concerned about the contingent realms of historical turmoil in relation to contemporary site of social unrest under neliberalism. They interrogate the ever-evolving, ever-shifting physical and metaphysical terrain of Ireland through the use of socially engaged actions and performances as well as guerrilla style object interjections. By using ‘The testimony’ or ‘The Complaint’ as their modus operandi, YU unravels ideas of agency, precarity, hope, adaptability, institutional pain and opportunity.

Alongside these key considerations, YU has also become increasingly concerned about the relationship between ethics and art. Having developed a profound distrust of the state’s co-option and utilisation of art in regeneration projects, YU poses their performances alongside capitalist entities as a tactic to erode or undermine their ideological actions. Placing their final iterations of their work in the public sphere, methods of co-option, over-identification and consent have become central to how they execute their work.

Current research has lead YU to consider what roles can be assigned to art in relation to the housing crisis and what links can be made to grassroots organising. Should it be a soothing agent, to propose band-aid solutions? Should it be the voice of dissent, using its autonomy to propagate or disperse hidden narratives? Can it effectively support communities in times of crisis and if so, what are the ethical considerations that should be taken into account? YU’s work is an interrogation of arts radical possibilities, paradoxical conventions and responsibilities in a post-relational art and institutional art context.

Events, Exhibition, Performance, Community, Artist in Residence

Third-Thursday 02 | Monthly Public Participatory Sharing

Thanks to all the support and participation of artists and community, the second edition of Third-Thursday successfully held an enlightening and inspiring exchange in Arts Letters & Numbers. We express great gratitude to following presented artists along with visitors and supporters.

Hyunbae Chang was born in West Lafayette, Indiana, but moved to South Korea at the age of 4. He spent the youth in Seoul and moved back to the US in his sophomore year at high school in Marietta, Georgia. One year after entering Rhode Island School of Design, he served 21 months at the Army of South Korea as a field artillery unit. After he received the B.Arch at RISD, he participated in two summer workshops at Arts Letters and Numbers and decided to stay at the organization to support any construction related issues. Prior to joining ALN, Hyunbae has been drawing a story of a refugee at the border between South and North Korea. Regarding architecture as a social apparatus, he is examining and imagining a story of the doubt and empathy in a culture by drafting the architectural plans and sections, and sometimes projections. 

Reenie Is originally from Lexington, Massachusetts. She received her BA in Communications from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and her MFA in Studio Arts from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine She has received two Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants, and a Roderick Dew Travel Grant. She has been awarded Artist Residencies by Draw-International in France, Hannacc Can Bourni in Spain, Maine College of Art, the La Napoule Art Foundation in France, SF MOMA, Arts Benicia and Vermont Studio. Her work has been exhibited in venues internationally including Galeria Espai B, in Barcelona, 2017, and the Bojagi Forum in Seoul, Korea, 2016, and at the Chateau de la Napoule, Mandelieu-La Napoule, France, 2014 as well as all over the United States. Her work has been commissioned by San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery in 2011, as well as by the Marin Sanitary Service in 2014, and by the Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum in 2018.

Cara Farnan is a Visual Artist based in Dublin. She is drawn to the space between what we know about the world, and what we sense about it. In this in-between, binaries collapse and definitive edges are lost. Our physical experience becomes irreversibly intertwined with our imaginary experience. Her work stems from a fascination for the inherent magic and quiet monumentality of stuff – observing, and reflecting on the strange quirks of and interactions between often familiar things.Cara works in a variety of forms including sculptural and site-specific installation, sound, text, video, drawing and printmaking. Since graduating with a BA(Hons) in Fine Print from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2016, Cara has completed residencies in the RHA School, Dublin; Haihatus, Finland and Cow House Studios, Wexford. In 2018, Cara curated a one-day exhibition, Gathering on Dollymount Strand and produced Emma Brennan’s performance Heed, to the Mound at Dublin Fringe Festival. She is an active member of artist-led studio Ormond Art Studios and of Black Church Print Studio. Cara works as a STEAM educator alongside her practice, introducing children to the wonders of science, design and technology. Her work has been exhibited throughout Ireland and internationally. 

Pianist Eunbi Kim (pronounced OOn-bee, like book) is creating new ways of experiencing concert music as a performer, speaker, and arts advocate. Her adventurous performances are characterized by their vividly personal themes ranging from mental illness to familial memories. For her efforts, Kim has received international recognition on television and in print, including from the BBC, I Care If You Listen, the Houston Chronicle, The Japan Times, and NHK Television. Kim is most known as the creator, performer, and producer of the music-theater work Murakami Music, for which she is recognized as a leading Murakami expert. Her debut album, A House of Many Rooms released on Albany Records, features a collection of premiere recordings of relatively unknown contemporary classical works by luminary jazz composer Fred Hersch. Kim has shown off her unconventional and immersive performance concepts in venues across the country. Notably, she has performed Emmy-nominated composer Daniel Bernard Roumain’s dedicated work “It Feels Like a Mountain, Chasing Me,” over 50 times across the United States, including its premiere at The Kennedy Center. Off-stage, Kim’s entrepreneurial efforts include launching a music mentorship program for women, transgender, and nonbinary musicians, bespoken, alongside co-founder Gina Izzo in addition to speaking engagements at organizations, universities, and institutions across the country. Her 2017 TEDx talk, “Performing Through Fear,” discusses conquering performance anxiety through learning to trust. Originally from Maryland, Eunbi Kim is based in New York City. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

Daniel J. Kuperberg

Clare Lyons is a photographer and visual artist based in Dublin, Ireland. Her work is typically deeply private and explores themes of trauma, memory, and her personal struggle with mental illness. Clare's current practice examines the process of uncovering and recalling repressed and suppressed memories using paper-folding and other sculptural methods of working with photographs. Clare is currently Assistant Editor at Junior Magazine which is an annual journal showcasing young Irish photographic talent, and since 2018 has worked with the PhotoIreland Foundation as a volunteer at The Library Project in Dublin. 

Efrat Arielle Peleg is an Israeli artist who moved to the US as a young adult. Efrat sees art as a universal language, a powerful tool to communicate and share the stories that all people, anywhere, carry within. While in Jerusalem, Efrat pursued working on her personal artwork is local studios. She expresses her own stories and learnings through paintings, printmaking and imaginative illustrations. 

Julie Timm Vejleaa attended architecture school at The Royal Danish Academy og Fine Arts during 2014-2017 and received her diploma in 2017. She attented the cultural institute at The Royal Danish Academy and has been on several study trips around the world to explore and study vernicular architecture and the cultural impact on the way we build and inhabit. With the institute she has also participated in a exhibition in Shanghai in collaboration with the architecture school in Hong Kong. Julie did her last semester of her bachelor at The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 2017. In Vienna she studied various fields beside architecture such as print-making, abstract painting, urban installations and curatorial studies. Before architecture school, Julie attended Krabbesholm residential school in 2014 where she studied art, architecture and design. In 2016, she did an independent project with students she met at this school challenging spatial structures, objects and phenomenons. The project became an exhibition named 12 squaremeters. As Julie is interested in learning different crafts, she also spend one year after she received her bachelor degree in a bakery and was trained to become a baker and to learn the crafts and skills that is needed when working with sourdough. Before continuing her studies with a master degree, Julie has an atelier in which she is rounding out her education with independent projects focusing on small-scale and more free-form artistic experiments.

Events, Exhibition, Performance, Artist in Residence

Tyler Mills & Luxin Zhang | Exhibition & Performance | Artist in Residency Show

Described as “cosmic jazz” (Boston Music Intelligencer) and “like Mozart mashed up with Club Beats and Electronica” (Original Gravity), pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek and electronic artist David Ibbett present an electro-symphonic journey of growth and discovery - bridging the worlds of classical chamber music with electronic beats and sampled sounds of the universe.  Consisting of works by David for piano and live electronics, they will perform a preview of this brand-new program at Arts Letters & Numbers, musically exploring such terrain as the fractal patterns of nature, the growth of an embryo, bleached coral reefs, and rising seas and a changing global climate.

Events, Exhibition, Performance, Community

Third-Thursday 01 | Monthly public participatory sharing

We are so happy to have held our first 'Third-Thursday' of 2019, our new monthly night of sharing works. With pieces and performances from artists, guests, local community members and Fellows, the evening revolved around the theme of 'ordinary days', attempting to rediscover and explore the things happening around us that are often given little intention or attention. Involving everyone, artists, guests, local community and fellows, Third-Thursday is a time and place for participation, inspiration, and creative exchange. 

Tyler Mills is a Providence, RI based architectural designer. His work explores the intersection of history, queerness and the built environment. An ongoing project "Queer the Church" is an proposal for continuing construction on St. Peter's Basilica which would open new space and new interpretations of the Catholic faith through a queer lens. Although his work can be viewed as simply "paper architecture," look closer and you will find in the detailing that it can be constructed. Currently he is working towards being a licensed architect.  

Efrat Arielle Peleg is an Israeli artist who moved to the US as a young adult. Efrat sees art as a universal language, a powerful tool to communicate and share the stories that all people, anywhere, carry within. While in Jerusalem, Efrat pursued working on her personal artwork is local studios. She expresses her own stories and learnings through paintings, printmaking and imaginative illustrations. 

As a young artist supporting and engaging in intersectional arts and movements, Jenny Zander has been able to work alongside some passionate arts activists doing a wide array of creative resistance work in the Twin Cities. Art has added energy to advocacy, resonating with people at deeper emotional levels, while conveying what cannot be said with mere facts. Jenny has found her voice and comfort in the arts. Through body art and multimedia sculpture, she try to capture life's beauty in the many faces, shades, and shapes it comes in, while highlighting environmental issues that impact frontline communities.

Stephen Chan was born in Methuen, Massachusetts and raised in the neighboring town of Andover until college. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, he spent the next four years professionally choreographing and teaching dance in Boston and New York for studios and theaters, until fully dedicating his artistic efforts towards playwriting in 2015.

Kari Watson has a passion for narrative, and works to create music that is energetic, tactile and emotionally driven. Her work has been premiered in the United States, Europe and Japan by ensembles such as the Rosetta Contemporary ensemble, Ensemble MISE-EN, and Soli Chamber Ensemble. She is currently serving as composer-in-residence with the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra for their 2018-2019 concert season with an upcoming premier of her piece “Night Music for Fish”. Additional current projects include a commission for the Eschaton Contemporary Ensemble at Vanderbilt University and a collection of pieces for Oberlin’s Experimental Vocal Chamber Ensemble. Kari is a third year composition student at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studies under a dean’s .

Natsumi Osborn (b.1999) is a Japanese-American composer from Tokyo, Japan. Finding her interest in composition at a young age, she has since written for film and ballet as well as concert music. She was named Winner of the 2017 American Composer’s Forum NextNotes Awards, of the WCSMS 2017 Promising Young Composer’s Competition and of the 2017 Carson Thomas Miller Texas Emerging Composers Competition. Her work has also been recognized by the ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, and have been selected for multiple Society of Composers, Inc National Conferences. Natsumi currently studies composition at Oberlin Conservatory while simultaneously also pursuing a B. A. at Oberlin College.

Composer Soomin Kim is currently in her fourth year at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music studying under the tutelage of Stephen Hartke. Kim was the composer-in-residence with the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra during their 2017-18 concert season, for whom she wrote a piece titled “The Blue Marble.” Her work has also been featured at the 2017 Alba Music Festival, 2018 Norfolk New Music Workshop, 2018 soundSCAPE Festival and the 2018 Young & Emerging Composers Project of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Upcoming projects involve premiere of “Four Love Songs,” which was commissioned by Tim Weiss, director of Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Hyunbae Chang was born in West Lafayette, Indiana, but moved to South Korea at the age of 4. He spent the youth in Seoul and moved back to the US in his sophomore year at high school in Marietta, Georgia. One year after entering Rhode Island School of Design, he served 21 months at the Army of South Korea as a field artillery unit. After he received the B.Arch at RISD, he participated in two summer workshops at Arts Letters and Numbers and decided to stay at the organization to support any construction related issues. Prior to joining ALN, Hyunbae has been drawing a story of a refugee at the border between South and North Korea. Regarding architecture as a social apparatus, he is examining and imagining a story of the doubt and empathy in a culture by drafting the architectural plans and sections, and sometimes projections. 

Jennifer Park is an artist engaging architecture and humanity, currently a fellow of Arts Letters & Numbers. With a dual background, US and Republic of Korea, JP has pursued the ways to support people’s lives through drawing, writing, and making. Beyond the boundary of conventional architecture, JP's works open up from trivial observations in everyday life, branching out in a various medium; drawing, painting, poetry, precise, photography, installation, and architecture. 

Events, Performance, Artist in Residence

Rashaun J. Allen | Public Reading | Artist in Residency

To mark the end of his eight weeks in Residence at Arts Letters & Numbers, Rashaun J. Allen delivered a public reading of his work, sharing two chapters from his memoir.  The reading and lively discussion offered a vivid insight into his life and work, and his approach to the craft of writing. The evening was capped off by a beautiful musical collaboration by current artists in residency, Ellie MacPhee, Elizabeth Kate Hall-Keough and Michelle Wan Lok Chan. Click below and check out the wonderful moments! 

Events, Performance

DeChae, Tedesco & Wolff | Reading

It was lightly snowing with a small bonfire outside. Through the window an ambient light was coming out, and the visitors slowly took their seats towards a little chest by the window. Three people holding papers perched on the chest in turn, and started to recite their writings calmly. On October 26th, 2018, we had a full house for an evening of readings by Laurin DeChae, Adam Tedesco, and Rebecca Wolff. Within each voice, poetry, prose and essay were shared, and the visitors traveled in the stories of sounds.

Laurin DeChae is a PhD candidate in Composition & Rhetoric at SUNY Albany, acting as the editor-in-chief for Barzakh Magazine. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of New Orleans. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Harpur PalateAnimal Literary, Pretty Owl Poetry and elsewhere

Adam Tedesco is an editor of REALITY BEACH, a journal of new poetics. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Laurel Review, Gramma Weekly, Prelude, Pouch, Powderkeg, Fanzine, Fence, and elsewhere. His video work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1 among other venues. He is the author of several chapbooks, most recently ABLAZA (Lithic Press, 2017), as well as the forthcoming titles Misrule (Usrus Americanus Press, 2019), and Mary Oliver (Lithic Press, 2019). 

Rebecca Wolff is the author of four books of poems, one novel, and numerous pieces of nonfiction prose. She is the editor of Fence and the publisher of the Constant Critic. She lives in Hudson, NY, and is currently seeking meaningful employment . . .

Performance, Artist in Residence

On a Bed of Spiderweb | Artist in Residence Performance

What does make your body move? An willful body movement comes from the complex of sensory; feeling of security, mindful guidance, relaxation, freedom, scent, music, space, etc. One leads to another added up and stacked in sequence, the body gradually absorbs the environment and starts to communicate with the surrounding. Jillian invited us to a journey to her tiny world, On a Bed of Spiderweb, on the 20th October, 2018. Her world was full of sensory without any regulations or constraints. The space was transformed into any possibility of experience with ongoing sound and scent which let people release their tension of time, space and themselves; and people started to move.

Jillian Goodwin is a trained creative arts therapist, installation artist, and classically trained ballet dancer. She co-created the first mental health program at The League’s Education and Treatment Center’s LAND Gallery, a studio and gallery space for adults with developmental delays; and she has worked in the inpatient acute psychiatric unit at NYU’s Langone Medical Center.

Photos by Natasha Holmes

Performance, Community

Hinges Mirrors & Eclipses | Festival

This year brought with it our 3rd annual Festival, where we once again celebrated and shared the works created over the course of our 2018 Summer Workshop, Hinges, Mirrors & Eclipses. With 45 participants, representing an incredible range of fields and nationalities, it was the largest workshop in the history of Arts Letters & Numbers, resulting in a truly memorable festival. 

The site of Hinges Mirrors & Eclipses was the wooded hillside between the Mill and the House, and on August 3rd-4th our guests were invited to explore this previously uninhabited terrain on our grounds. On an angle with trees, wood stumps, and undergrowth, visitors were free to wander and experience performances, installations, mini-workshops, concerts, works, meals and actions, which included:

Creative music intensive Concert  - Culinary Creations - Espresso yourself - Vulnerability - On going space Travel - Water Mirror - Elements - Poems Without Words - Babyhead - Open Mic - Tales From Fujian - American Carnage - Cosmos - Mirrors & Eclipses - Tone Room - Polyaman, Sine wave rhythm - FRSTRTN - Untitled Film+Audio - Burn - Taking Notes from Nature - Guitar Music - Electric Pom Pom - Communal Poem Improv - Spiral Movements + words - Music Bottles - Next Dimension - Horizon - Delay - Walking Across the Axis - Cello Concerto - Voices of the Mill group Performances 

We want to thank everyone who came and supported these magical days.  Each summer it is truly our pleasure to have the wider community share in what we do: the collaborations, thoughts and works created by all the visiting artists and participants, all of which continues to bring new energy and ideas to Arts Letters & Numbers.

Aaron More. Adrianos Efthymiadis. Alex Hae Min Chang. Ann Morris. Anne Lanzilotti. Anthony Staiti. Bahar Avanoğlu. Bill Morrison. Claudia Cortinez. Crystal Waters. David Gersten. Diane DeBlois. Ebenezer Eferobor. Ed Keller. Evan Burgess. Frida Foberg. Ginger Teppner. Gizem Atalık. Homa Shojaie. Hyunbae Chang. İpek Avanoğlu. Jennifer Park. Jenny 如 Hsiao. Jesse Maw. Joel Brynielsson. Jonathan Brewer. Jonathan Russ. Josephine Saabye. Karen Kiene. Kasper Hübertz. Keren Mendjul. Kristyna Milde. Krysta Dennis. Kyrin Chen. Laurie Olinder. Loren Howard. Manuel Perez. Marek Milde. Martha Cargo. Merethe Bahn Trolle. Michael Harrison. Natalie Stepaniak. Natasha Holmes. Nick Meehan. Nico Athene. Nina C. Young. Noah Silver. Panthea Lee. Payton MacDonald. Pedro Wainer. Rich Kuperberg. Robert Dalton Harris. Saam Shojaie. Sam Torres. Sandip Bhattacharjee. Sarv Gersten. Sepehr Shojaie. Siyu 思予 Chen. Sophia Vastek. Steve Fry. Susmita Chakraborty. Troels Heiredal. Ursula Bustillos Daza. Vaughn Lewis. Victoria Wolff. William Fillmore. Zubin Singh

Performance, Artist in Residence

Us and Around | Artist in Residence Performances

Our Artists in Residence invited the public for an evening of performances on June 28th, 2018. In a very short time, works with great depth had been growing out of collaborative and solo interventions. The journey and the live the residency program has taken on is mind-blowing, and the evening with Lu HeintzErika Morillo, Gordon H. Williams, Ursula Bustillos DazaMarshall Jones was a truly unique experience.

‘With Holdings’ was a two person performance by Lu Heintz and Erika Morillo. Gordon H. Williams guided the audience to create a soundscape by exploring the second law of thermodynamics (the total entropy of an isolated system can never decrease over time).  Marshall Jones accompanied tunes to Ursula Bustillos Daza’s photography constellation of Bolivian culture.

Performance, Events, Artist in Residence

Imaginary Friend | Artists in Residence Performance

In the blossoming summer days our amazing group of artists in residence, Jenny Zander, Dan Thorpe, Michelle Wan Lok Chan, Augustine Cordero & Betsey Gravatt, invited the community to share their work. Whether they had been at Arts Letters & Numbers for months, or for just a few days, the urgency of sharing work with the community was very present. Working closely next to each other sometimes results in beautifully unexpected collaborations - some of these were shared through performances and visual arts during the evening of May 25th, 2018.

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Alter-Ego in Shadow by Michelle Wan Lok Chan & Jenny Zander

Performance and Body Art Installation

Among the shadows we shed our false skins, revealing our true selves. Through the movement and masking of body, this performance explores a piece of one’s real persona. In and out of light, alive with color.

Contact by Jenny ZanderDan Thorpe & Michelle Wan Lok Chan

Contact Improv and Body Art

Exhibition, Performance, Artist in Residence

Spring Show | Artist in Residence Show

The house, the grounds and the studios was on May 17th, 2018 filled up by spoken words, dance, painted fabrics, drying clothes, folder paper, honeycomb, a porn shop and trees, all works created by our Artists in Residence: Anna Blair, Dan Thorpe, Santana Dardot, Michelle Wan Lok Chan, Joel Cox & Katrine Anne Rose


Notes Toward A Subjective History of Honey | Anna Kate Blair

At Arts, Letters & Numbers, Anna has been working on a piece of writing inspired by a bag of honeycomb found in the closet. This writing, presented as fragmented forms that follow the shards of honeycomb, will be presented in an installation that combines text with other organic and inorganic materials, looking at mythologies of honey alongside personal memories traced associatively. This writing looks at memory as a kind of honey, exploring stickiness and the strangeness of preservation.

XXX Neon Sign | Dan Thorpe

XXX Neon Sign is a cooked ride through Australian heterosexuality, as viewed via the unforgiving gaze of the porno-shop worker. Based on James Andre's eponymous epic poem, set in Brisbane's red-light district, musician/composer Dan Thorpe reflects on the way masculinity and heterosexuality have shaped his own desires, and sense of his own body. 


Extending the knowledge-of-the-body II | Santana Dardot

This work approaches the relationship between the familiar and the forces of the outside world. 

Clothes and textiles that once covered and protected us, in direct contact with our sensible inner world, are disposed and exposed in public spaces, drying for a new course of practice and potency.

Embedded with the memories of the effects of the living world on our equally alive body, they undress with longing another scene over the one that already existed.

Trees | Michelle Wan Lok Chan

A man is born gentle and weak.
At his death he is hard and stiff.
Green plants are tender and filled with sap.
At their death they are withered and dry.
Therefore the stiff and unbending is the disciple of death.
The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life. 
- Lao Tzu

Community, Collaborations, Performance

Blaq Boi | Albany Highschool | NCBI

Over the years we have been fortunate to experience the transformative work of AHS Theater Ensemble and NCBI, bringing students stories, experiences and observations to the stage. The production of 2018, Blaq Boi is a truly deeply moving, pure and honest student written performance about the young black male experiences in this country today. 

Growing out of initial workshops on diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as the student’s own experiences, the performance put the spotlight on racial identity; institutional racism, white privilege and internalized oppression, and celebrating the black America.

In addition to the performed play, each act was accompanied by real footage from the news, and an open heartfelt talkback followed each of the four performances. Needless to say, no one left the theater untouched. Keep your eyes open to the journey of Blaq Boi, because this, as one of the students very precisely said: “This is a movement.”

The play was written by students Camille Dobbs, Jacklyn Flynn, Thia Fowler, Sion Hardy, Jaidyn Hires, Xji-Anne Hudson, Zanief Washington and Immanuel Williams, and director Gregory Theodore Marsh.

AHS Theater Ensemble's director Gregory Theodore Marsh, co-director Ward Dales and Noelle Gentile, worked with Tawana Davis and Ira Baumgarten of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), an international leadership group that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion. In addition, NCBI worked with the cast, crew and writers on how to honestly and comfortably discuss racism. On the production team was also Arts Letters & Numbers Associate Director Frida Foberg as set designer.

Directors notes from Gregory Theodore Marsh:

"Have you ever been racially profiled? Have you ever walked down the street and had someone in front of you cross the street because they felt unsafe? Have you ever had someone be so amazed with your success because they couldn’t believe that someone who looked like you could achieve so much? Have you ever had someone say, “I’m not saying this because you’re Black, but…”? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then are someone who has experienced some of the pain and frustration of being Black in America. 

What does it mean to be a Black man in America? For some it means a life dictated by circumstances that are beyond your control. For some it means “beating the odds”. For some it means having a life of little societal value. For me it means living in a world that made its mind up about me before I was even born. A world that said that my worth was predicated on my ability to “rise above”. I’ve spent much of my artistic life pandering to the needs of white people. My work centered on telling predominantly white stories, many tokenizing the Black presence. And on the rare occasion that the story was Black, or ethnic, whitewashing only further invaded spaces that should have been reserved for people of color. I am forever grateful for what I have been fortunate enough to do, but I look back on those early years of shucking and jiving and I see a man who had lost his sense of self and his ownership of his blackness. 

Our protagonist “Treasure Johnson” is a black boy who represents all Black boys. His voice, along with that of his father and his chorus of Black men known as The Pride, serve as representations of who Black men really are. Regardless of the different places and circumstances we may come from, we can all relate to Treasure. His story begins after his family is met with an unspeakable tragedy that changes the trajectory of his life. As he grows and matures, he yearns to be on TV, but he struggles to find his voice. It isn’t until Treasure discovers his father’s tapes that were recorded before he was born, that he begins to find his voice and truly begins to own what will be become his Black pride. While his mother and his best friend, Isabis, are perpetual voices of reason and pride, they are often overshadowed by the white “allies” and adversaries in his life. His school friend Scott, media darling Michelle Carrier, and even one of Treasure’s teachers serve as examples of white “allies” who have yet to recognize their own complicity in displaying and living in their white privilege. They highlight white liberalism that still does not give space for them to understand what it means to be an ally to marginalized groups. 

Blaq Boi is piece that serves not to educate, but to celebrate. We celebrate being unapologetically Black against a system that portrays us in an unsavory manner. Much of the media’s depictions of Black men paints us onto a white canvas with brush strokes that come from the hands of white people. We do not choose to be seen as thugs and criminals, but these are the expectations that are usually placed upon us. For our students, this play serves as an opportunity to highlight a voice that is rarely heard. Our Black students, writer and actors, have spent this school year working on a play that allowed them to be unabashedly proud of the richness in their Blackness. They have put all of their hearts and souls into this play and have embraced the idea that their Black is beautiful. For our white students involved, they have made a conscious choice to be allies in telling this story. Through this meeting of the minds, all of our students have gained a sense of pride whether it is a pride in being Black or pride in being an effective ally. 

I am incredibly proud of the work our students have done not just telling this story, but allowing themselves the freedom to be honest and authentic. I would like to thank Tawana Payton-Davis, Ira Baumgarten, Joyce Shabazz, and the National Coalition Building Institute for their assistance in preparing our students, and adults, for this monumental undertaking. We have all come to an understanding of the necessity to tell this story. Too often, the Black boy voice goes unheard. Blaq Boi is a play that takes this voice and allows it to shout from the mountain top. While it may be uncomfortable for some, it is a story that is poignant, proverbial, and must be told. We are resilient. We are brilliant. We are empowered."

Events, Performance, Artist in Residence

Ecran de Veille | Performed installation by Justine Langella

Anyone who has ever been to Arts Letters & Numbers knows the importance of our local community. There is an honest and deep trust and care that has been built over the years, and they keep their engagement and welcomeness to each and everyone who spends time at Arts Letters & Numbers. For an artist in residence, like Justine Langella, the influence of this warm community can be bigger than expected. Spending 8 weeks in residence, in wintertime, Justine built strong bounds to the community, fellow artists in residence as well as session participants. Over the course of time her body of work gradually became the community, and the community became her body of work.

One of the works Justine developed during her time in residence was Ecran de Veille, where she combined her deep interest in traditional family dinners and the experience of our community. This performative mixed media installation was show on February 4th, 2018:

 

écran de veille : séquence d'instruction cyclique qui éprouve des difficultés à se déterminer

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screen saver : cyclic sequence of instructions that has difficulty determining itself

 

a performed installation by Justine Langella

music by Adrien Degioanni

with : Diane, Rob, Bryce, Rebecca, Christina, Michelle, Natasha, Billy, John, Rikke, Frances

Performed Installation - 47min - 2018

Video © Justine Langella

Photos by: Zelé Angelides

Performance, Events, Community

Constitution Festival

On August 3rd we opened our doors for the second Arts Letters & Numbers festival: this year titled Constitution. The 3-day festival presented works created during our annual four-week summer workshop, bringing together participants from a wide range of disciplines including architecture, photography, dance, music, literature, film, theatre, painting and drawing.   

The festival began with a Persian Dinner by Sheila Mostofi and Homa Shojaie, followed by the latest film by Bill Morrison “Dawson City: Frozen Time” and a talk with the artist.

On Friday our guests were welcomed into the Mill with an experimental dinner by Frida Foberg, Josephine Saabye and Merethe Trolle: the starter as hanging drawings, the main course as transparent walls, and the dessert as a falling curtain. Between food and conversation, Bryan Brundige and Dylan Perrillo filled the space with Blues, Swing and dance.

Finally, on Saturday a line up of works, performances and workshops brought the audience in and out of the Mill and up and down the grass field, showing the multiplicity of conversations, approaches and ideas this summer unfolded. The audience was invited to see, taste and participate throughout the day, discovering installations, film screenings, construction, performances, drawings sessions, music, authentic movement, spoken word pieces, and a final improvisational performance in entitled 'Constitution Constellations' bringing together all of the participants.

We thank everyone who came to share these days with us, and all the visiting artists and participants for their contribution to this Summer’s Workshop, creating an expanded space for opening up and enriching the question Constitution.


 

Constitution Contributing Artists


Adela Wagner . Adrianos Efthymiadis . Alex Chang . Alva Mooses . Ann Morris . Bill Morrison . Claudia Cortínez . Clarice Jensen . David Gersten . Denise Holland . Diane DeBlois . Ed Keller . Evan Burgess . Frida Foberg .  Ginger Teppner . Haleh Atabeigi . Homa Shojaie . Hyunbae Chang . Jennifer Park . Jenny Hsiao . John Bootkoos . Jonathan Turner . Josephine Saabye . Keren Christina Mendjul . Layna Chen . Loren Howard . Luis Accorsi . Medina Dzonlic . Merethe Bahn Trolle . Michael Harrison . Mie Mortensen . Mira Treatman . Natalie Dechime . Nina Parsons . Noelle Gentile . Oda Ravlo . Parker Limon . Pedro Wainer . Rich Kuperberg . Rikke Jorgensen . Robert Dalton Harris  .  Rostam Gersten . Ruby Jayaseelan . Sam Torres . Sarv Gersten . Steve Fry . Tine Bernstorff Aagaard . Tingyu Wang . Troels Steenholdt Heiredal . Uri Wegman .  Ward Dales . Wes Rozen . Yixuan Cai . Zelé Angelides . Zubin Singh

A special thanks to

Laughing Earth Farm . 4 Corners Liquor Store . Hoffay Farm . Heller’s Wine and Spirits . Trader Joe . Field Goods . Renée Phaneuf . Bob Phaneuf . Bill Morrison . Laurie Olinder . John Butkus . Sheila Mostofi . Ann Morris . Rich Kuperberg . Steve Fry . Betty Fry . Berry Floyd . Gary Chen . Rob Harris Dalton . Diane Deblois . Ira Baumgarten . Nadine Baumgarten . Ward Dales . Bryan Brundige . John Desmond . Paul Kennedy . Rebecca Harrison . Bonny Cook . AND many, many more

Events, Performance, Artist in Residence

Uncanny You | Performance

“Uncanny You” is audio-visual theatre performance by Ann Mirjam Vaikla and Lærke Grøntved. The project researches and focuses on “uncanny” spaces and situations. It is inspired by examples from the times we are living in and our surrounding political climax: Trump’s rhetorics and post-truth era, right-wing uprising in Europe, refugee crisis and the process of climate change and the denial of it.

The term “uncanny” was first mentioned by Sigmund Freud in his essay “Das Unheimliche” in 1919. The word “uncanny” refers to something that is strangely familiar, rather than simply mysterious; arousing superstitious fear or dread; uncomfortably strange”.

“Uncanny you” works around this term in relation to our heated up political climax - it is a cross disciplinary performance using elements of concert, poetry, video, text based theatre, movement and visual theatre. The text in the performance is partly written by the authors and partly from found material from recent articles and newspaper (ex New York Times, The Guardian ect).  

Parallel the project focuses on insect’s survival strategies and mimicry to mirror and communicate what it happening in the humans world (inspired by the essay “Mimicry and Legendary Psychasthenia” by Roger Caillois).

“Uncanny You” is an international theatre project. It is co-produced by Kanuti Gildi SAAL in Tallinn, Estonia where it will premiere in the end of September in 2017. Important supporters are residency center Arts Letters and Numbers in New York, USA and Teater Momentum in Odense, Denmark.

 

Photography by Zelé Angelides

Events, Exhibition, Performance, Concert, Artist in Residence

Tilted Arc & Exhibition

On March 25, our Artists in Residence came together and invited the community to experience their creations. Sam Torres and Sophia Subbayya Vastek, who performs under the name Tilted Arc, held a concert with their most recent compositions. Using their talents, and recordings of the sounds of the house, they delivered a beautiful series of electroacoustic tunes. 

Heather Martinez who had been with us for a month, exhibited her great amount of work. Being in a state of flow, she truly went deep in to each part of her work. This resulted in a stunning arrangement of work in graphite and ink as well as folds and bindings. 

How would have thought that the old box of ribbon laying around, could be take on the life that Sarah Gallina gave it. During the exhibition, the audience had the chance to visit her interactive installation The Ribbon Factory. This was the world that had been created through her investigations in ribbon, ribbons and ribboning. 

The evening also had an edible element, an interactive piece by ALN's Frida Foberg, created in collaboration with Heather Martinez. 

All photos © Zelé Angelides

Events, Performance, Artist in Residence

Lead to Air | Performance by Christine Finn

Creative archaeologist and journalist, Christine Finn, celebrated the role of the media, in Lead to Air, a performance art piece inspired by old newsroom technology and collaborative process, in sound, word, and action, performed at the Barn on Sunday January 22nd. The timing, on the Sunday of inauguration weekend, is a nod to the significant international news event and the long-form reporting, and deep investigation, of traditional Sunday newspapers.

Lead to Air is a multi-layered durational work. In an otherwise empty barn, Finn using a vintage Royal typewriter, typed for six hours onto a roll of continuous paper, which falling off the typewriter and the edge of the stage as an invitation for the audience to read. In headphones she was listening to another six-hour durational work, A Lot of Sorrow www.alotofsorrow.com by the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson and Brooklyn-based Ohio band, The National, while the audience needed to make the journey to the salon of the Mill House to hear the music here. Lead to Air is not a collaboration with these artists, but a tribute to the work of collaborative technology and creativity.

Finn's piece was the consummation of various influences over her 40-year career as a writer, reporter, and artist. It was a homage to analogue newsroom technology, lino-type machines, the era of copy-takers, and a nod to Jack Kerouac's continuous paper manuscripts, Remedios Varo's 1961 surrealist painting Embroidering the Earth's Mantel, Tim Youd's 100 Novels project timyoud.com, and overlapping process: reporting as a form of poetry and performance as a form of archaeology. While exploring these over years, she found the catalyst for Lead to Air in a dark room at the Chicago Art Institute, where the video installation, A Lot of Sorrow, was playing on a continuous loop. The durational intensity and sound of the piece, her first encounter with The National's music, produced an unexpected recall: long hours working in British newsrooms in the 70s and 80s on press days, in particular the sound of typewriter keys continuing relentlessly against an advancing deadline, one shared by all the participants in the process. The work launched Finn's wider dig into the legacy of old media, and what has been lost - or retained - in the process of technological transformation.  

A huge thank you to Ragnar Kjartansson and The National for their generous permission to use the inspirational art work and music of "A Lot of Sorrow"; and to those in the US and UK, who helped my project translate from idea to performance: Caroline Burghardt at Luhring Augustine, Elyse Cogan at BMG, Abby Rubin and Kathryn Braddick at Beggars label; Ed Horrox at 4ad, and Cally Callomon. To David Gersten, Che Perez, and Frida Foberg at Arts Letters & Numbers, much appreciation. And not least to Robert Dalton Harris and Diane DeBlois for kind loan of the vintage typewriter, and the Gramercy Typewriter Co, for help with the ribbons.

Events, Performance, Exhibition

Zoëtrope Sun Festival

ZOËTROPE SUN

A Festival by Arts Letters & Numbers

 

August 5-6, 2016

1543 Burden Lake Road | Averill Park, NY 12018

 

This immersive festival presented works created during Zoëtrope Sun, a four-week summer workshop, bringing together architects, artists, filmmakers, musicians, composers, physicists, poets, photographers, actors, mimes, chefs, and scientists.

The festival opened on Friday, August 5th with dinner and a recital of contemporary piano music performed by Michael Harrison and Sophia Subayya Vastek (music composition by Michael Harrison and Philip Glass).

The two days comprised an array of installations, spoken word pieces, film screenings, performances, workshops, concerts, open mics, and culinary creations presented by Arts Letters & Numbers participants, and visiting artists.

Other featured contributors included installation artist Bart Drost, filmmakers Bill MorrisonMark Kendall, and Tony Drazan, movement artists Rich Kuperberg and Ann Morris, musician Sam TorresYouthFX documentary filmmakers, and many more.


Zoëtrope Sun Contributing Artists

Tine Bernstorff Aagaard . Cassidy Batiz . Ira Baumgarten . Lyndsay Bloom

Evan Burgess . Megan C Mosholder . Ward Dales . Robert Dalton Harris

Bart Drost . Tony Drazan . Michelle Elliott . Frida Foberg . Keanan Fox

Nishan Ganimian . Noelle Gentile . David Gersten . Michael Harrison

Troels steenholdt Heiredal . Jennifer Horan . Loren Howard .Elliott Hughes

Elio Icaza . Rikke Jørgensen . Mark Kendall . Daejeong Kim . Rich Kuperberg

Eileen Mahoney . Genevieve Marsh . Hugh Mater . Jordan McLean . Elsa Mencagli

Alva Mooses . Ann Morris . Bill Morrison . Josephine Nørtoft Saabye

Ché Perez . Dr. Robert Williams . Chris Rose . Wes Rozen . Sabrina Sadique

Alex Sela . Cory Sever . Scott Shell . Zubin Singh . Jo Stewart

Sophia Subbayya Vastek . Sam Torres . Malin Wahlström . Uri Wegman  

Bryan McGovern Wilson . Rebecca Woodmass