Hinges, Mirrors & Eclipses is grounded in the idea that the spatial, poetic and material imaginations provide a unique means of registering and creating transformation, of engaging the world and making a contribution. Working from the principle that our capacity to act in the world is rooted in our capacity to recognize and comprehend transformation, the workshop covers a large arc of content, asking questions of our world, our disciplines and our humanity.
With CONSTITUTION, Arts Letters & Numbers proposed a dynamic crucible of free thought, a space where the widest spectrum of who we are could ask the questions of our time and create works that would bring us forward. A space where many elements could come together to create the alchemy of transforming how we experience today into how we will experience tomorrow.
The Residency at Arts Letters & Numbers is a space for individuals to have full creative agency to develop new works in a peaceful and evocative environment.
Many artists who have come here have found that crucial to the making of new works comes the need to discuss it, the ideas around it, to receive response to it, to share the influences of it, and this has been exciting to facilitate what seems to be an organic development of the programming of the place as it becomes necessary. The important distinction here is that none of it is required, it has all emerged out of the creative necessity and desire of the work itself! We have had critiques, discussions, solo exhibitions, group exhibitions and performances, film screenings, group drawing sessions, conversations over dinner and the spontaneous conversations throughout the days.
For a duration of two weeks, in the midst of the January 2017, the House on the Hill was engulfed in an atmosphere of chaos and calm. Of creative endeavors and breathtaking honesty, as a group of people from all over the world gathered for the Residency Intensive – a third thing. The aim was to explore and create works situated between three distinct, yet kindred subjects - landscape, cuts and color. To search for the unknown between the known; for works that would emerge in the in-between, in the cracks and the spaces between one and the other. Between cuts and color, landscape and cuts, color and landscape. Between all of them, and none of them. Within one, next to the other. Becoming a third.
a third thing that is indefinite and undefined but is related to two definite or known things.
Def. Tertium Quid (Greek)
The two weeks became a time filled with work and words, pondering, wondering and wine, talks and thoughts, coffee and questions, field trips, laughter and stillness. Moonlit walks on frozen lakes, frozen paint in liquid landscapes, the elusive blue of indigo blending with the blue tones of a tropical carnival. An image of a singular raindrop caught on a singular leaf, letters lost in light and loss, pages lifted by wind, solidified by water. Secret pockets of gold protecting the heart of another, cities in the ceiling sending letters to each other, a meal shared in solitude and the drying of colors that will always be wet. Photographs so fragile they could hardly be touched, yet impossible to destroy. Time filled with the telling of stories too painful to tell, of cutting though skin, through souls, though paper, though time.
A time filled with time - a liquid liminal time - neither frozen, nor thawed.
A time out of which third things emerged and became a collection of Tertium Quids, a new body of work, situated between landscape, cuts and color.
Over the course of 2 months, 40 RISD students worked closely with David Gersten and Michael Harrison. The works emerged in to ‘Galapagos In C’: an interactive, multimedia performance combining architecture, performance, and music.
Cassiopeia was an exhibition of works created at the Arts Letters and Numbers residency program on October 24th 2015. It came together as a constellation of ideas expressed in poetry, photography, sculpture, painting, music and comedy all set within the magnificent mill space.
NOW: is a pre-enactment of Galapagos Now: and the first action in the Galapagos Project. Simultaneous live events were enacted between the Mill, and Galerie Subsuelo in Berlin. During a five day span, both locations hosted a series of 'Now:s', actions within the duality that collapsed time and space.
The 2013 summer's workshop grew out of the perfect combination of planning and poetry. Building from the experiences of our first summer workshop, and incorporating discoveries found through our recent work, we developed this summer’s workshop titled ‘Exquisite Broken Circle; Suddenly a Chora’. Structured through six disciplines; construction, drawing, film/photography, writing, theater and music/sound the workshop was conceived of as a disciplinary exquisite corpse. Each of these disciplines worked in parallel and in close proximity, directly interacting though a framework of shared questions and actions.
The 'Aarhus Arc' was built by 150 master students at the Aarhus School of Architecture. In an act reminiscent of the Globe Theater, the arc was carried in large segments through the snow and (re)constructed within the school’s theatre. Performing as a wall, a drawing board/film screen, it divided the space, inviting people to whisper through it, draw through it, cut through it. Through these acts of empathy for those on the other side, the arc transformed into an architecture, a theater, a film, a drawing, a conversation, an action, a school, and a contribution to a city culminating in a series of performances of magical moments, smoke and fire!
The 'Open Book' Workshop was an initial step towards what has become Arts Letters & Numbers. The students from the studio "Making Real" participated in this collaborative workshop orchestrated by David Gersten and Anne Romme. The workshop explored the interrelations between gravity, bodies, drawing, time through inhabiting plans on floors, sections on walls, and the space in between.