Friday, September 5, 2014 - CrossWalk It
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Vagaries of the Commons Closing Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - CWOS 2014 Keynote Address
Friday, October 31, 2014 - Website Take Over
Friday, October 31, 2014 - I'm Open Come On In
Our first incarnation of our innaugural late night first Friday On9 event DJ + will feature the musical stylings of DJ Max Clark and four poets Stephen Krewson, Andrew Gorin, Jeffrey Grunthaner, and Spencer Everett. The event will begin at 8pm here at Artspace and go on until 10pm.
So come down to Ninth Square for the dance performance CrossWalk It from 6 - 7pm, 7-8pm Neville Wisdom's fashion show on Orange St then join us at Artspace for a fun night out with DJ Max + Poets!
“CrossWalk It,” choreographed and directed by Kellie Lynch will be performed by Elm City Dance Collective at Artspace on Friday, September 5 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. The performance is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, “Vagaries of the Commons”, curated by Sarah Fritchey, on display July 25 - September 13, 2014.
Furthering Lynch’s investigation into what it means to dance in public spaces, “CrossWalk It” will begin in Artspace’s 5,000 square foot gallery space before moving into the streets of the building’s downtown city block, a part of New Haven dubbed the Innovation District. Performers will take various forms of transportation to navigate the intersections at Orange Street, Crown Street, George Street and Chapel.
The dance will explore what it feels like to be a body navigating the streets of New Haven, which it takes to be an individual experience that varies with age, sex, gender, class, race and religion. The performance will also explore how the relationship of the body to the city is influenced by an individual’s mode of travel. Some of the performers will dance on foot, while others will less traditional dance on bikes, skates, cars and buses.
While the work’s route takes the shape of a city grid, each street presents different obstacles, speeds, tensions, levels of visibility, risks and unpredictable sets of public interactions that will unwind Lynch’s choreography. For Lynch, the work is an opportunity to bring dance to new audiences and explode the traditional boundaries between seated viewers and performers.
To deliver the message of their dance-- the different ways people move and feel in public space, Lynch and the Elm City Dance Collective welcome the public to contribute their personal experiences to the project. Throughout the run of the ten-week exhibition at Artspace that “CrossWalk It” is a part of, Lynch invites visitors to share a description of their daily commutes. Poll cards will prompt visitors to leave their first name, age, daily start and end points, the mode of transportation they take, and the time it takes to travel from point A to point B. Lynch will use these responses to develop the new choreography for this version of “CrossWalk It”. A video of the first instantiation of “CrossWalk It” (2010) will be on view through the length of the Artspace exhibition.
Vagaries of the Commons Closing Conference
Join us for a day of artist talks, panels and discussions featuring Vagaries of the Commons artists and contributors.
- 11:30am – 12:00pm Coffee and Juice
- 12 – 1:15pm Panel Discussion - Disrupting the New Haven Green
- [15 minute break]
- 1:30 – 2:45pm Panel Discussion: Evidence Fetish: Excavating the Public’s Trash and Artifacts
- [15 minute break while Excess Project Bike Returns from Day of Collecting]
- 3 – 3:15pm Brooke Singer and Ricardo Miranda describe the provenance of salvaged foods, Nadine Nelson begins organizing and innovating into dishes for the Excess Feast.
- 3:15 – 4:30pm Panel Discussion: Forging New Borders
- 4:30 – 4:45pm Nadine Nelson presents the innovative dishes she has prepared for the Excess Feast
- [30 minute Excess Feast and Mingle]
- 5:15 – 6pm Laurelin Kruse Closing Performance
Artist: Phil Lique
Title: Untitled (website take over)
Medium: Artspace website, gifs
For the run of Vagaries of the Commons, on display from , Artspace invites artist Phil Lique to take over the home page of their website. The website was developed by an independent programmer in the 1990’s when designers wrote custom code, so Lique's invasion is limited to the landscape of the existing code. The commission relates to the exhibition by exploring the landscape of the digital commons, which similarly began as an open terrain and is increasingly privatized by businesses and individuals working with programmers and graphic designers to establish a territory, audience, merchant network and brand.
Lique’s interest in new media and the aesthetics of obsolescence make him the perfect instigator in this risky project. Recently he has started to experiment with the time-based language of animated gifs. He is specifically interested in the inherent grid that underlies internet-based work. Just as a rectangular canvas presents a grid, so does a computer screen. For his take-over debut, Lique has added a candy colored floral motif that flickers and disrupts the minimal graphic nature of the site.
This project emphasizes the extent to which arts organization depend on clean web design to communicate to their audiences. By upsetting the standard composition, the project reveals how daily changes might disrupt and challenge a viewer's experience. The project raises questions about what we have come to expect from art institutions. Do we react differently to the physical space of Artspace if we distrust its digital space? Alternatively, might Lique's invasion open up new terrain for experimentation within the visual arts?
Title: "I'm Open Come On In"
focuslessness is a writing/art collective that experiments with ways of generating, composing, displaying, processing, publishing and using language. The group was founded in Buenos Aires in 2012 by Milton Laüfer (an Argentine writer, computer programmer, and digital artist currently living in Brooklyn) and Michael Romano (an American writer currently living in New Haven).
For the extent of the exhibition, Laüfer and Romano take over Artspace’s sandwich board, which usually displays a “We’re Open” sign and the hours of operation. A computer program developed by Laüfer generates a daily text, drawn from Romano’s personal notes. The project explores how language is developed for public spaces and public mechanisms of display. By adding poetry to a utilitarian site, the board explores how affect may enter the commons. Viewers may visit the project website to generate their own daily text that moves in and out of sight with the speed of stranger walking by.