In the shape of a festival - Come Make with Us was, as the title hints, an invitation to the audience to experience and participate in the works created during Summer at ALN. Through multiple stages, multiple artists and as obviously at ALN a wide range of different medias, the emergent works created during Summer Residency and Revolution:Thesis at ALN created a platform for interactions between audience, the works, the artists, the spaces and the continuous unfolding of the questions.
During Summer at ALN, the musicians in residence were invited to perform at the Art Center of the Capital Region. From Arts Letters & Numbers composer/pianist Michael Harrison and Norwegian violinist Victoria Putterman performed music by Harrison and Philip Glass and Payton MacDonald sang traditional Dhrupad. The Troy-based duo Tilted Arc, who organized the concert, performed a selection of their ambient electronic music and the Boston based duo Vanitas performed their experimental/free jazz.
We express gratitude to the following artists who presented along with visitors and supporters;
Anna Baldi, Hyunbae Chang, Matt Crane, Chelsea Farquhar, Britta Grassman, Sophia Krupsha, Hannah Margolis, Carolina Muñoz, Alan Opresko, Jennifer Park, Stacy Scibelli, Jose Subiabre
Revolution: Thesis at ALN together with the Summer Residency created the framework for Summer at ALN 2019. Revolution: Thesis at ALN was led by David Gersten, structured as a four week program and included a regular schedule of studio time, one-on-one studio visits with David, ALN Fellows and Visiting Artists, as well as, weekly seminars and listening critiques. The Summer Residency was a 2-4 weeks focused residency for artists interested in the opportunity to interact with ALN’s other ongoing programs and overlapping events. The Residency was structured to provide creative opportunities while developing meaningful relationships with other artists. While each of these programs had its own unique character, they both offered space for people to pursue their questions in conversation with others and create emergent works within a creative community.
Each year, Big Picture Learning holds ‘Big Bang’ an international conference on Student-Centered Learning. This conference is an intergenerational collaboration, where students and educators come together to learn from one another and from the community. This year Big Bang took place in Detroit, MI., in late July.
On September 8th, 2019, smudge studio invited our artists in residence for an interactive micro-production. The micro-production, entitled Cosmos Night Flood of Light included a moon-viewing experience and serving of tea. The event, staged to coincide with the September waxing moon, was held outside the Studios, next to the creek.
On June 28th, we had a beautiful artist in residence show by Marie Claire Macadar after a festive summer communal dinner. The show started with a video presentation of Marie Claire’s completed puppet shows, including “Hangers! The Musical”, which was nominated for the 2015 National Puppet Slam. Marie Claire Macadar then gave an in-progress presentation of her newest puppet show, “Escape from Grandma’s Purse”, created during her residency at Arts Letters & Numbers. The puppet show centers around a toothbrush that finds itself very, very lost inside of a grandmother’s purse, and the characters it meets along the way, including a sock, a lipstick, and.... a treacherous receipt monster. The sharing was such a playful and creative experience of contemporary puppetry, which naturally evoke dynamic exchange of thoughts and questions after her presentation.
On June 22nd, Nihilo-Ex-Datum (Prelude), the Artist in Residence Show by Liao Dean employed a combination of created site-specific installations, stop-motion film, sculpture works, and performance to reexamine the relationship between connection and significance, to explore contemporary attitudes regarding data and knowledge. Combining conceptual elements from eastern philosophy, mathematical logic, and post-modern literature with locally sourced materials and refuse, the exhibition will guide audience members through a landscape cluttered with pablum and significance in order to encourage reflection on the derivation of meaning through the lens of artistic creation and critical deconstruction.
On Sunday June 2nd, our artist in residence Andriy Sovetov has shared his recital on the grand piano in the House at Arts Letters & Numbers. The following is played by the artist during the performance:
On June 1st, we had a concert and dance of jazz/soul/folk music by two Philadelphia-based artists Cecilia Ferneborg and Dave Shepherd at the Barn in Arts Letters & Numbers. From the side porch of the House, the fire and the barn were filled up with lights, music, and energy.
Each month the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE) holds a Creative Economy Mixer. We are honored to have been the chosen host this months event. This was an incredible opportunity to share ALN with a community who might otherwise not know our organization. The event was structured with a guided tour of our facilities, open studio by our artists in residency and fellows, food tastings by Laughing Earth Farm, beverage tastings by Albany Distilling Co. We also had an engaging discussion with Founding Director David Gersten, joined by Andrew Frishman of Big Picture Learning, an organization that has partnered with 65 schools across the U.S. with a mission to educate one student at a time.
We express gratitude to the following artists who presented along with visitors and supporters;
Frida Braide, Hyunbae Chang, Isabella Chydenius, Liao Dean, Frida Foberg, Hana Falconer, Kyle Giacomo, Colleen Keough, Marie Claire Macadar, Robin McLauglin, Natalie Jauregui Ortiz, Joe Poon, Christina Rosati, Julia Rosen, Josephine Nørtoft Saabye, Rachel Van Wylen
On June 7th, Ariana, Rachel and Stacy collectively presented their own works at the Artists in Residency Show. The following is from the artists:
Ariana Martinez is an artist of Puerto Rican descent based in Bronx, New York. In 2017, Ariana graduated from the Brown University | Rhode Island Dual-Degree program with a B.A. in Urban Studies and a B.F.A. in Sculpture. Ariana works as a radio producer and documentarian and has created work for BBC Radio 4's Short Cuts, KCRW's The Organist, and WFMU's The Blind Tourist. In 2018, Ariana received the Signal to Noise Award from Union Docs and Gilded Audio, which funded a reporting trip to Puerto Rico, where Ariana began work on the audio/visual series No Hay Palabras / There Are No Words. Ariana has continued to develop this series at Arts, Letters, & Numbers. In this exhibition, Ariana will present In-progress drawings, and storyboards, audio documentary samples, and short animated videos from this project.
While at Arts, Numbers, & Letters, Rachel Trusty has continued her Friends and Lovers Series through experimentations with hand-embroidery on found photographs. Until now, the Friends and Lovers Series has consisted of mixed-media paintings which feature same-sex female relationships. Trusty wished to broaden the series by combining actual photographs of couples or friends with her love of embroidery. The small stitches and detailed patterns, along with the colorization of the photographs with ink, act to give the photographs and relationships within them new life.
Stacy Seiler is a multi-disciplinary artist based in New York City. Her work explores the psychological impact that architecture plays upon its inhabitants in states of both presence and absence. Inspired by the history of Faith Mills, she has created a series of sculptural objects and woven historic photographs, using materials and weaving methods that reference the late 19th and early 20th century textile industry.
Photo by Jennifer Park
Arts Letters & Numbers started the new year of 2019 with an immersive session, Digital Living Hybrids Lab, conducted by our fellows Keren Mendjul and Nick Meehan. The session is an invitation to co-construct a laboratory for scientific and artistic collaboration using the nearby island in Burden Lake as its testing ground to explore the boundary between human intuition and computational systems.
Since 2016 we have been fortunate to work with AHS’s theater ensemble, the amazing students and their highly dedicated directors and staff. This years musical Sweet Charity explored issues of sexism misogyny and especially how young people are impacted in the systems we live in. Ward Dales, Gregory Theodore Marsh, Noelle Gentile and NCBI, are true masters of creating safe space for the students to share their own stories and experiences around the topics. Creating a performance that is not only about the story itself - it’s about everyone who has every been in a situation of toxic societal norms and for everyone else learning how to be an ally.
Rúni Weihe | Artist in Residence Show | Moving on: on my ongoing writings; poetry, notes and travelogue
On Mar 16th, Rúni Weihe presented his artist residence show, Moving on: on my ongoing writings; poetry, notes and travelogue. The show was of a discussion of three different manuscripts that Rúni is currently working on. The manuscripts in their different form and shape can initiate a discussion about the text as sound, as noise, as an image. The manuscripts presented were; A collection of poetic tableaus written from a month-long hike between abandoned quarries on the Faroe Islands in the summer of 2017; An ongoing collection of notes, brochures, items and travelogue; Text “as found”: A year of post-its written by a mother who deals with depression and anxiety transformed into sound/noise and as physical cut-ups.
Rúni Weihe was born in 1985 on the Faroe Islands. He graduated from the Aarhus School of Architecture in 2012. During his master's degree he had exchange studies at Hogeschool vor Wetenschap en Kunst - Sint Lucas in Brussels, interned for New York based work ac, and had an extended semestre at the Aarhus University studying epistemology and the history of ideas. Upon graduating he worked for a few years at smaller offices first in Aalesund, Norway and then later in Copenhagen, Denmark, before turning his attention towards teaching and writing. In 2016 he got accepted to the two-year programme at the school for creative writing Forfatterskolen in Copenhagen where he graduated in the summer of 2018. Rúni writes poetry, prose, and essayistic travelogue, and holds an interest in space, place, history, privacy, movement, monotony, rhythm and melancholy amongst other things.