Sixth Annual Video and Performance Art Festival
LUMEN 2015 | Sat June 20, 2015 | 7PM-midnight
Location: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
LUMEN is an authentic contemporary art experience in New York City featuring emerging and established artists. LUMEN’s goal is connecting artists with the community all while exposed in a nomadic alternative space. This 6th annual event will bring original visual, performance and installation art to new audiences, under the artistic vision and curator, Will Corwin.
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LUMEN 2015 Curator & Artists
Will Corwin is a sculptor based in New York City. He has exhibited at the Clocktower Gallery, chashama, Aferro Gallery, and LaMama in the New York area; internationally he has exhibited at the George and Jorgen Gallery in London, FRISE Kunstlerhaus in Hamburg and Red Gate Gallery in Neijing. He has a radio show on Clocktower Radio, and his first book, Broken Rooms, a collaboration with poet and writer Ellis Avery, was published this year by Crumpled Press. His work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, Art Monthly, Vogue Blog and the Brooklyn Rail.
2015 Participating Artists
Mike Ballou – Recreating his installation from his Brooklyn Museum exhibition, Ballou will hang a mobile that will project shadows. As the mobile turns, the shadows will constantly change and mutate. The artist will also supple a playlist to accompany the installation.
Micaela Barrett - Alberto & Micaela are performers and artists dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Argentine Tango. With this piece they aim to show the internal workings of an improvised Tango dance, shining a literal and figurative light on the connection and communication between two dancers. Come watch as the intimacy and intricacy of Tango is illuminated.
Dana Del Bao – “Tomorrow I Will Be Thinking About the Future” combines footage of the Curiosity Rover landing on Mars with smartphone video of our moon being passed by a cloud. These events are brought together to create a feeling of nostalgia for our former imaginings of the future and the alien. The video addresses the impossibility of being in, or escaping, the ever-elusive now.
George Lionel Barker – A selection of contemporary video artists (Ben Wheele, Eoin Shea, Paddy Gould and Roxy Topia, Tim Zercie, Tom Pope and Terry Smith, Peter Ainisworth) working in the UK, chosen by George Lionel Barker, freelance Curator and Director of the George and Jorgen Gallery in London
Bowery Poetry Club
Claire Breidenbach – Artist is creating an environment of the illuminated. With a field of lights she will spread light to the grounds. To have light is to see, to see is to understand, to understand is the truth and that is what she invites all to immerse themselves in; The simplicity and beauty of what is seen and felt directly in front of us.
Adam Budka – A selection of contemporary video artists, most from Eastern and Central Europe, chosen by Chief Curator of the Prague National Galleries, Adam Budak
The Common Pulse – This video is part of a work in progress project in which we explore concepts of “home” and “displacement”, defending the human right to housing. Using both poetic and journalistic ways, it analyzes and denounces the destructive consequences of the current economic system, which puts in risk the human right to housing through speculative and depredatory economic practices. As members of Marea Granate, a network of Spanish people that had to migrate or cannot return home because of the economic crisis, we want to build bridges between different experiences of displacement, such as the ones produce by gentrification or by international economic migrations.
The Common Pulse is a group of artists that are part of Marea Granate, a transnational movement formed by Spanish migrants involved in social justice. Mixing their talents, skills and concerns they are a multidisciplinary team and they have organized several street actions in NYC. Last February they presented our first video-performance “Home is Not in the Air“ at The Queens Museum of Art. They use poetic and journalistic ways to rise awareness of what they think are urgent social problems, and to explore different types of narratives and storytelling possibilities.
Alberto Ramos Cordero - Alberto & Micaela are performers and artists dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Argentine Tango. With this piece they aim to show the internal workings of an improvised Tango dance, shining a literal and figurative light on the connection and communication between two dancers. Come watch as the intimacy and intricacy of Tango is illuminated.
Lisa Dahl – Lawn installation in front of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden.
Day de Dada – The members of the Day De Dada artists collective will talk with visitors, asking them questions about art, and collecting various data on the visitors thoughts, interactions and experiences with art–done creatively!
Vala Fawn Dawn
Deep Tanks Butoh - “Florence practices a Japanese dance called “Butoh” since 2004. What is Ankoku Butoh? It means the Dance of Darkness. It is a rebellious dance that looks beyond the existing models.”
Jackie Du – Static Cling is an interactive installation centered around the clothes line. Participants are encouraged to interact with the masks and play out their personal performative fantasies in the space between two trees. Reminiscent of a child’s play space, Static Cling suggests the arbitrariness between public and private arenas.
Thomas Fucaloro – Thomas Fucaloro will be exploring addiction, God, politics and transformers through poetry. He will be accompanied by 3 artists who will be drawing and painting pictures based on the poet’s words. Art shall be created right before your eyes.
Tim Harrington - Part of a series of vignettes for an issue of the Online magazine ArtCore Journal in which artists were introduced to each other and asked to do some form of activity. In this short, visual and performance artist Xaviera Simmons and Les Savy Fav front man Tim Harrington decide to colonize the suburbs of Long Island and build an art house.
Oliver Herring – “Open-ended and impromptu, Herring’s videos have a dreamlike stream-of-consciousness quality; each progresses towards a finale that is unexpected or unpredictable. Embracing chance and chance encounters, his videos and performances liberate participants to explore aspects of their personalities through art in a way that would otherwise probably be impossible.” Art21, PBS
Sam Holleran – During the nineteenth century, passengers hoped onto a ferry at Snug Harbor’s dock to travel to and from Manhattan. This everyday sign acknowledges that past and imagines a future when alternative modes of transportation may once again thrive.
Kristopher Johnson – LUMEN Archetypes is a live documentation of the attendees of Lumen. Patrons will be photographed and their image will be projected as part of a on going slide show. The night will start with a slide show of the Archetypes from past Lumens. New Archetypes will be added through out the night.
DB Lampman - ”WE BUY GOLD’ is a statement on the monetization and perceived value of art. The true value of gold is an abstraction of worth, much the way value is applied to art via galleries and collectors. It implies huge worth is collected through the doorway that it is inviting the viewer to enter.
Steven Lapcevic - MONSTER is a short animated video containing a series of surreal vignettes representing Man’s seemingly inherent desire to simultaneously control and destroy himself and his environment. It represents a world absent of women and children where men are perpetually and unnaturally born and reborn into a hellish reality; a physical manifestation of the endless cycle of suffering and death that they have wrought through their destructive actions. A chaotic world where men, taking on the forms of horrifically deformed beasts, are left to their own terrible devices and have become slaves to their most base and abhorrent instincts.
Simon Lee – In the dead of winter in Berlin, the artists trained their camera on the exterior of a generic apartment building as day slides into night to make Seitenflügel (Side Wing), a single screen video that captures glimpses of mundane fragments and implied narratives in the daily life of their neighbors. Channeling their previous works Balcony and Wintergarden,with and obvious nod to Hitchcock’s Rear Window, Seitenflügel takes voyeurism ever present in urban life and delivers an unreal view of the lives across the courtyard, volleying it back forever changed by the act of the observer. Waiting for an Icon isolates a single window with a single protagonist, zeroing in on a circle of clear glass in an otherwise frosted surface, to create a quasi-pictorial portrait in motion.
Ying Liu – Rapidly moving through a series of associative images, visual puns and plays on words, HAM OVER RICE combines live action, animation, pictorial text, narration and sound to play off of the Chinese myth of the god Houyi, an archer who saves the world but loses his immortality.
Artist Website/More info: Incorporating live action film and video, performance art and animation, Ying Liu’s work combines various forms to create mental landscapes of imagined connections between words, objects, shapes and sounds in order to explore the fluidity of consciousness. Her films have screened internationally and aired on PBS. Born and raised in the Zhoushan Archipelago, China, she prefers making her time-based work with tiny thoughts rather than big ideas.
Living Through Movement
Tommy Mintz – The ADPC is a motion sensitive algorithm that captures images via camera and stitches them together based on a timed program. The resulting collages display pieecs of the subjects based on their movement and projects/prints these collages–anyone who passes in from of the camera finds themselves integrated into the collage
Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble
National Dance Troupe of Sri Lanka
Shirin Neshat - Shirin Neshat‘s visually compelling films explore the culture of Islam, especially the condition of women in that world, where they have more power than is often assumed. By questioning sexual politics, Neshat reveals something of the collective condition, its rituals, conflicts, and emotions. In Passage, a group of men carry a body wrapped in white cloth across a beach; in the distance, a group of women veiled in black chadors dig a grave with their hands, while a child arranges a circle of stones. These minimal, enigmatic scenes, set to a haunting score by Philip Glass, were filmed in the Moroccan coastal town of Essaouira. The location, where Neshat has worked before, is similar in character to the landscape of Iran: as Neshat’s work becomes better known in the West, she is increasingly uneasy about returning. But geography is almost secondary to the film. Inspired by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, specifically the televised images of bodies held aloft during funeral processions,Passage may be Neshat’s most timely and affecting film yet.
Padilla-Harris Collective – Mist Wave II is made of recycled materials with mist emanating from seven curved pipes representing the vascular system of a powerful, giant, breaking wave, rushing head long towards its ultimate demise. The form is inspired, in part, by Japanese artist Hokusai’s print of The Great Wave off Kanagawa. This interactive sculpture transitions a static form into a vehicle of poetic expression that contrasts the fragility of human life with the power of nature.
AJ Pantaleo - Walkabout refers to a rite of passage during which male Australian Aborigines would undergo a journey during adolescence and live in the wilderness for a period as long as six months. In this practice they would trace the paths, or “songlines“, that their ancestors took, and imitate, in a fashion, their heroic deeds.
Mila Panic – In this video, Mila gave her friend permission to make her face symmetrical. Of course that is impossible and everything done was useless. Her work is based on her own facial asymmetry and her confrontations with these and questions concerning the female body and global beauty ideal. Symmetry as the ultimate law of beauty is something we strive for and in this video she is using the paradoxical and banal approach of ‘correction’. Born in 1991 in Brčko, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Graduated from Academy of fine arts at University of Banja Luka, department of painting. Currently live and work in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Co-Founder of the project/exhibition for popularization of contemporary art “APARTMAN” together with four other artist which goal is to represent young artist across Bosnia and neighboring countries as well as new media in contemporary art through exhibitions in private apartments.
Florence Poulain - “Florence practices a Japanese dance called “Butoh” since 2004. What is Ankoku Butoh? It means the Dance of Darkness. It is a rebellious dance that looks beyond the existing models.”
Carolee Schneemann – Carolee Schneemann, multidisciplinary artist, transformed the definition of art, especially discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender. The history of her work is characterized by research into archaic visual traditions, pleasure wrested from suppressive taboos, the body of the artist in dynamic relationship to the social body.
Julian Simmons – The NUMBERSTREAM: developing sound mathematically in terms of it’s life before it becomes sound. This prior life is almost instantaneous, yet vastly detailed. In order to work within it, either this life must be temporally extended – which is impractical in terms of working in real-time with a time-based medium, or it must be spatially extended – this is what you see here as NUMBERSTREAM instruments.
Sandra Skurvida – Dire Straits, a video program on contested territorial waters curated by Sandra Skurvida as part of the ongoing series under the auspices ofwww.otheris.com starts with a musical overture, Symphony of Sirens by Arseny Avraamov (Baku, 1922), and continues to explore borderlines, limbos, impasses, crossings, and ablutions via video works by Nooshin Farhid, Uriel Orlow, Anahita Hekmat, Sherko Abbas, Pedram Baldari, and Barbad Golshiri.
Xaviera Simmons – Part of a series of vignettes for an issue of the Online magazine ArtCore Journal in which artists were introduced to each other and asked to do some form of activity. In this short, visual and performance artist Xaviera Simmons and Les Savy Fav front man Tim Harrington decide to colonize the suburbs of Long Island and build an art house.
John W. Snyder
Eve Sussman – In the dead of winter in Berlin, the artists trained their camera on the exterior of a generic apartment building as day slides into night to make Seitenflügel (Side Wing), a single screen video that captures glimpses of mundane fragments and implied narratives in the daily life of their neighbors. Channeling their previous works Balcony and Wintergarden,with and obvious nod to Hitchcock’s Rear Window, Seitenflügel takes voyeurism ever present in urban life and delivers an unreal view of the lives across the courtyard, volleying it back forever changed by the act of the observer. Waiting for an Icon isolates a single window with a single protagonist, zeroing in on a circle of clear glass in an otherwise frosted surface, to create a quasi-pictorial portrait in motion.
Tattfoo Tan - New Earth Resiliency Training Module is a program that teaches an ethos of self reliance and of living closer to the earth, especially within an urban environment. Drawing upon its surrounding resources, it treats the city as a a catalyst for relation building with various neighborhoods and communities.
Scott Van Campen - ”WE BUY GOLD’ is a statement on the monetization and perceived value of art. The true value of gold is an abstraction of worth, much the way value is applied to art via galleries and collectors. It implies huge worth is collected through the doorway that it is inviting the viewer to enter.
Richard Vivenzio – Swells on the ocean’s surface inspired the artist to create this monolithic form. Ropes and shadows are used to create planes that arch up from the ground and capture the momentum of a large wave.
Ezra Wube – “To make this animation I painted scenes of my daily commute from memory and photographed them. Each frame was painted on top of the previous one, each scene triggering the following scene. I collected sounds from the places and environments I painted and edited them together with the captured frames to realize the piece.” Ezra Wube
Holly Zausner – “Even in familiar sites, Zausner uncovers secret, seldom-visited areas—among them, the vast roof of Mies’s museum. The films are elegantly surreal, evoking Hollywood sci-fi as well as German silents and the work of Chris Marker. Situated within the quotidian reality of Berlin, Zausner’s movies are skewed by the addition of inexplicable events, such as an exploding glass window or a tiger wandering nonchalantly through the grounds of the Bode Museum in UNSEEN, which opens with that word sky-written across the blue.” Lilly Wei, ArtNews
LUMEN 2014 Curators
David C. Terry (curating LUMEN 2013′s video and installation work) is the Director of Programs/Curator at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) where he oversees the Fellowships, Curatorial, Sponsorship and Professional Development Programs.
Prior to NYFA, Mr. Terry was Assistant Director at the Pelham Art Center, where he directed the exhibition, educational and outreach programs. His professional career covers a wide range of curatorial, artistic, arts administrative and academic experience. He earned his BA at the College of William and Mary, and while earning his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Terry began his administrative and teaching career. Since that time he has taught a variety of classes including objective and figurative drawing, abstract and figurative sculpture, portraiture and environmental and site-specific sculpture to students of all age ranges. Mr. Terry is a working artist, curator, juror, and a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, Bronx Council on the Arts, Westchester Biennale, the Alexander Rutsch Award in Painting, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence Program, and a member of the GIA Support for Individual Artists Group Steering Committee.
Mr. Terry’s awards include Artists in the Marketplace Program, The Bronx Museum of the Arts; BRIO, Bronx Council on the Arts; The Puffin Foundation; New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, and the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Leadership Institute Award and the Elizabeth Foundation’s Residency Grant.
Esther Neff (curating LUMEN 2013′s performance art) is an artist, curator, and theorist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the founder of the Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL), which is a performance space in Bushwick, a flexible collective, and the moniker for her collaborative performance work with Brian McCorkle.
Curatorial projects are often in the form of performative institutional critique and have included two conferences, exhibitions at Grace Exhibition Space, Vaudeville Park, BOB the Pavilion at Columbia University, SUPERFRONT at Industry City, tours to Chicago and Berlin, four years of PERFORMANCY FORUM, a monthly platform for performance art, social performance practices, and critical dialogue, and collaborative curation with IV Soldiers Gallery, The Super Coda/Valerie Kuehne, and the No Wave Performance Task Force. She is a lead organizer of the upcoming Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival (July 2013). Her own work has been supported through Swing Space from LMCC and Ind-Tier from BAC, residencies at University Settlement, chashama, and LPAC, and performed around the world.
LUMEN 2014 Participants
Martita Abril; Yorgo Alexopoulos; Chloe Bass; Caitlin Baucom; Dave Beck; Dana Bell; Joel Cadman; Rob Carter; Juan Carlos Casado; Ivy Castellanos; Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow; Eric Corriel; Lisa Crafts; Terry Dame; Day de Dada (Milenka Berengolc, Mary Campbell, Margaret Chase, Viv de Dada, Leslie Lowe, Barbara Lubliner, Ollie Oxen, Tamara Windham); Dave Derwin; Deep Tanks Butoh; Eileen Doyle; Brandon Emerick; Shelley Eshkar; R Ferris; FREDLUNDANDGILJE; Future Death Toll; Divya Gadangi; Robin George & Willie Chu; Michael Greathouse; Dave Greber; Rae Goodwin; 0H10M1KE & TJ Hospodar; Whitney Hunter; Yuehao Jiang; Kristopher Johnson; Steve Jones; Amery Kessler; Jenna Kline; Elle La Forge; Anya Liftig; Amanda Long; Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin; Amelia Marzec; Geraldo Mercado; Jonathan Monaghan; Felix Morelo; The Other Side; Lisa Parra; Ziad Nagy; Vela Phelan; Izzi Ramkissoon; Francois Roux; re:collective; Hiroshi Shafer; Rosalind Schneider; Daniel Spangler; Scott Van Campen; Ian Deleon and Anabel Vazquez. Nabeela Vega;
LUMEN 2013 Participants
Below is the list of the 2013 LUMEN Festival participants:
Alien Moon Partnership
AWA + Phosforus
Dominika + Daria Blazek
Jose Carlos Casado
Jenida Chase + S/N Coalition
David Court and Carolyn Lambert
Lital Dotan and Eyal Perry
Shaun El. C. Leonardo
Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder
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Ben Spatz + Urban Research Theater
Scott Van Campen and DB Lampman
Chin Chih Yang
2014 Media Kit
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2014 Vendors & Sponsors
Atlantic Salt Company
Green Mountain Energy
Harbor Lights Theater Company
Hart + Sol Photo
Kathy’s Kapers General Contractors LLC
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
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