WeAr(e): The Art of the Wearable @ Chashama/The Urban Garden Room at One Bryant Park, April 20, 2016, 8pm, New York, NY

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The human body has always been a primary subject and/or site of art making, and thus, by natural extension, has the skin that encapsulates it. As a result, the textures, technologies, objects that we embellish or enhance our skin with, that adapt us into our environments, as much reflect our own tastes and desires, as they do the society and time we live in.

Our interest in curating the show WeAr(e) [Wear We Are], showcasing wearables in the contemporary art practice, is two-fold. On the one hand, it is linked to Lev Manovich’s defense of fashion and its relevance in today’s rapidly changing world, “It is the beginning of the new century… We want to imagine ourselves anew. If visual art, hopelessly stuck in recycling its recent history over and over, can no longer help us, where can we turn? Enter fashion. Fashion is everything contemporary art is not: it is concerned with beauty; it is more semiotically layered than the most complex Photoshop composite you ever worked on; and it has one ever present constraint…–the human figure. ” On the other, it is with the intention of situating the contemporary wearable within the canonized history of art, directly linking this practice to its predecessors in the performance and time-based works of the 60s and 70s. In this manner, we acknowledge the act of wearing as well as the wearable objects which are worn, as powerful gestures that merge the body, society, politics, technology and material, and communicate messages that are crucial in the contemporary climate, delivered in a manner that is accessible to a larger audience, beyond the white walls of the gallery.

Contemporary artists participating with their wearables in the live component of the exhibition include: Jeff Aaron Bryant /Blaze Ferrer /Ásta Bennie Hostetter, Noumeda Carbone, Emma Dorothy Conley, Michelle Cortese, ntilit with Krishna Christine Washburn, Gautam Kansara, Bryan Pettigrew, Normandy Sherwood, Max Steiner and Tattfoo Tan.

Curators: Burcin Ayebe, Andrea Bass, Lori Brungard, Priyanka Woojin Lee, Jean Carla Rodea, Jenny Seastone, Erik Sanner, Emma Yi

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Desktop Cinema: Reconfiguring the Screen, a lecture by Miriam DeRosa featuring Gautam Kansara and Kevin B. Lee, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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If it is true that since the introduction of accelerated digitalization, the practice of archiving has strongly influenced modes of academic work and cultural activities, it has also massively affected artistic practice. Such influence is deep and two-fold: not only the archive-related techniques provided a brand new set of possibilities for artists and filmmakers, but the technologies enabling the archiving also became part of the aesthetics put forth by cinematic and visual arts works. Automatic praxis such as sampling, saving, structuring a directory/folder archive or database entered the realm of artistic practice itself, which now more and more often includes the aforementioned actions as explicit components and essential moments of the creative process. The paper takes into consideration such mechanism, proposing a comparative analysis of the multiple media installation Save as… (2013) by New York-based artist Gautam Kansara and Kevin B. Lee’s video Transformers: the Premake (2014). Both Kansara’s artwork and Lee’s desktop cinema effort present different, though similarly interesting shared expe- riences of recording, collecting, sharing practices and paratexts redefinition. Centered on the idea of ‘gesture’ and on the figure of the ‘table’ as both a real object an a metaphor for orientation, the two works invite to reflect upon the contemporary shaping of personal memory into discursive formations, and the changing identity of the cinematic medium.

Miriam De Rosa is Lecturer in Film Studies at UCSC Milan. She serves in the NECS Publication Committee, co-edits the exhibition review section of NECSUS and the Art&Media Files section of Italian journal Cinergie. She published articles and books chapters on cinema and visual arts, cinematic experience and medium specificity, and the relationship among subject, space, and filmic device. She’s the author of the monographic volume Cinema e Postmedia (2013) and her current research project deals with moving images relations.

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SPEAK OUT @ Bronx Art Space, January 20 – February 20, 2016, Bronx, NY

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January 20 – February 20, 2016

Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 20, 6-9pm

Curatorial Walk Through: Wed, Feb 3, 5:30-8:30pm

Fannie Lou Hamer High School Student Panel on Police Brutality: Thursday, Feb 11, 6:30-8:00pm

#PEAKBLACKNESS a New Performance & Art Activism by Richel Cuyler: Friday, Feb 12, 6:30-8:00pm

Community Imagining by USDAC-NYC Field Office & Five Boro Story project: Saturday, Feb 13, 2-4pm

Performaces by Lex Brown, Camilo Godoy, Indigo Junkies, and Pat Lamanna: Friday, Feb 19, 6-9pm

Selected works from over 40 artists address the persistent condition of injustice by presenting empowering concepts of the self, body, and community in SPEAK OUT.

SPEAK OUT demonstrates the persistent visions of cultural fortitude, resistance, and insurrection that make up our community in the Bronx and the greater New York City. In a borough with a rich history of resistance and community organizing, we are honored to produce this exhibition at BronxArtSpace at the start of a new year in the post-no indictment era, contemplating a justice system in the United States that is clearly unjust.

Artworks and performances address legacies of injustice, offer alternatives to institutional racism, and present empowering and honest images of the self, body, community, and reality that affirm that #BlackLivesMatter.

James Baldwin states “the most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.” A culture that deprives Black and Brown women and men of educational opportunities, housing, human equity, sexual, gender, and financial, protection leaves nothing more to lose. SPEAK OUT strives to acknowledge and further legitimize the pain and anger while also sparking concepts for a greater future.

Speak Up, Speak Out

Curated by Linda Cunningham, Eva Mayhabal Davis, and Dalaeja Foreman

Atikur Abdul, John Ahearn, Antonia Andrioti, Aileen Bassis, Thom Bess, Janet Braun-Reinitz, Michael Paul Britto, Suzanne Broughel, Lex Brown, Walter Cruz, Joseph Archie Cuillier III, Richel M. Cuyler, Tasha Dougé, Dominique Duroseau,  John Edmonds, Nicky Enright, Jay Espy, Adam Farcus, Shelley Feinerman, William Folchi, Cacy Forgenie, Alvaro G. Franco, Jonathan Gardenhire, Camilo Godoy, Josué Guarionex, Christopher Hill,  Ariel Jackson, Daniel Johnson, Gauntam Kansara, Pat Lamanna, Erin Lefevre, Joe Lewis, Rafael Melendez, Traci J. Molloy, Kaytea Petro, Michael Pribich, Dennis RedMoon Darkeem, Vincent Romaniello, Jaffia Royes, Tajh Rust, Alex Seel, Rudy Shepherd, Spencer Washington, Cinnamon Willis, Quay Quinn Wolf, Lachell C. Workman, Allison Yasukawa, Michael Young

305 E 140th Street #1 Bronx, NY 10454

Gallery hours: Wednesday – Friday 12-6:30 pm, Saturday 12 – 5pm

art@bronxartspace.com

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*DEANCERCONE *DEEP REST CALYPSO *TAPE RELEASE *MONEY RUN *VIDEO SCREENING *GAUTAM KANSARA @ SECRET PROJECT ROBOT *JUNE 23, 2015, BROOKLYN, NY

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ITS FINALLY HAPPENING!! ♥
TUESDAY JUNE 23RD @ Secret Project Robot Art Experiment (part of the 10 years of robot celebration!)IS THE RELEASE PARTY OF DEAN CERCONE’S “DEEP REST CALYPSO” CASSETTE – OUT ON Nineteen98 RECORDS – WITH PERFORMANCES BY ANDY BOAY OF TONSTARTSSBANDHT , PILL , DEAN CERCONE – MUSIC VIDEO RELEASES by ( Gautam Nikolai Kansara, E Lee Smith, James Thomas Marsh) OF SONGS OFF OF THE TAPE AND A SPECIAL ZINE FOR THE FIRST 30 ATTENDEES- COME HANG EARLY TO PREGAME AND LISTEN TO CALYPSO :)) – AFTER PARTY Happyfun Hideaway WITH David Kadden !! ♥♥

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