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New York - Beijing - Averill Park


  • Arts Letters & Numbers 1543 Burden Lake Road Averill Park, NY, 12018 United States (map)

From Thursday Sept 27 - Tuesday Oct 3, Arts Letters & Numbers is hosting a group of students and teachers coming from CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China) for a 5 day immersive workshop. The group is coming as part of a one month visiting professorship that Director David Gersten is doing at CAFA. The first week of the project is at ALN and the last week will be at CAFA in Beijing. This project is part of the 'Future Unknown' Chancellors Summit that CAFA is holding in early November, inviting over 100 university presidents from around the world for a 3 day event. 

The project will engage Beijing, New York and Averill Park, and begins in the historic barn at ALN. We would like to invite our creative community to join us and participate in the workshop, to immerse yourself in drawing and layering of spaces, and construct a full scale paper barn within the barn.

We will all start the day together at 10am in the Barn, and feel free to stay as long as you like. All we ask is for your to be fully dedicated while being here and working with honesty, care and precision.


Having carefully analyzed the mission and vision of CAFA and the ‘Future Unknown’ initiative, we have developed an approach to the Workshop / Project that we believe will express many of the ideas CAFA is hoping to achieve. The over-all principle driving the Future Unknown initiative is to move Art / Innovation forward and build linkages between CAFA and many people, institutions and locations around the globe. In this project we have three key locations, Beijing, New York, Averill Park. The Project will be constructed in two primary locations, first at, Arts Letters & Number, in Upstate New York, using our historic 200-year old barn as a primary site, and then continuing in a large space within CAFA, Beijing. We will create a work that spatially folds the three locations into a large group project that expresses the shared vision of transforming the world through art and innovation.

The project, will begin in the Barn at Arts Letters & Numbers, in Averill Park, NY where we will move through a series of actions and gestures that will engage the students both individually and collectively and express the aspirations of Future Unknown. Below is a description of the steps and actions of the project, with each step is a brief description of the role that the step plays in the over-all project.

Step One: Inhabiting the Barn

Step Two: Constructing Barn Doubles

Step Three: Unfold the paper barns and locate them

Step Four: Skin the Barn with Paper

Step Five: Beijing / New York Projected and drawn up

Step Six: Drawing out ‘their stars’

Step Seven: Peel the stars from the sky

Earlier Event: September 22
Peter Cooper Block Party
Later Event: September 30
SAUCE