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Telephone Home Movies ↬ 3/28-29 @ GOWANUS LOFT

a collaboration by

Telephone Home Movies is a dance for the cameras.
By interacting through the live feed of a closed-circuit TV system,
four dancers create movement that aligns,
repeats and amplifies gestures of the body through the eye of the lens.

Part interactive installation and part performance,
it’s a dance that happens in the last uncharted territory (the “cloud”)
where an embrace and a fistfight are the same zeroes and ones.

[ Performances 3/28+29/14: Advance Registration ]

Hugging till relaxed is elegant and simple.
The basics require four sentences: stand on your own two feet.
Put your arms around your partner.
Focus on yourself.
Quiet yourself down - way down.

YOU.HOLD.ME at Gowanus Loft, February 16, 2014.
Performance and photographs by Zivar Amrami.

Being and Time — 3/8-14 @ GOWANUS LOFT →

OPENING 8 March | ARTIST TALK 12 March | CLOSING 14 March

A primordial mode of temporalizing ecstatic temporality itself must make the ecstatic project of being in general possible.
Is there a way leading from primordial time to the meaning of being?
Does time reveal itself as the horizon of being?


In the revolutionary book by Heidegger, Being and Time (1927),
questions about the fundamental truth of existence are brought forth:
how is it that this truth is able to manifest itself?

Though the questions remain, it’s made clear that an interpretation of the meaning of being can only proceed in stages.
The idea of deeper understanding establishes a connection to art,
and art’s intrinsic capacity to reflect universal aspects of existence.

It is the soulful resonance within, as well as the reflection of the context in time,
that the artist addresses in resonance with Being and Time.
It is this ability to transform and give new life to that which is perceived
that gives extra dimension to this reversibility.
As in Heidegger’s philosophical quest,
in the process of artistic creation what lies beyond the artwork is made manifest.

Heidegger’s philosophy brings up concepts and ideas such as:
layers of self, deconstruction, opening, awareness, attunement and mood.
He guides one through thresholds into deeper explorations, thoughts, and ideas of being in the world.

Being and Time (2014) offers passage to these ever present questions,
muddled and blurred by our obsessive sprint towards the future.

[ Opening 3/8/14; Artist Talk 3/12/14; Closing 3/14/14: Advance Registration ]


A solo dance performance choreographed and performed by Rebecca Stenn in collaboration with George Del Barrio.

Music by Jay Weissman, Fever Ray, Panda Bear, and Chopin
Lighting design by Kathryn Kaufmann
14’ by 70’ projections sponsored by K2 Imaging x Digital Projection

[ Doors 7p 1/16-18/14: Advance Tickets ]


The HigherSelf Holiday Affair - New York’s premiere artist showcase - returns to our favorite Brooklyn loft space.
Party with the cool & trendy. Enjoy DJ & live performances. Live art. Wine, beer and local food vendors!

Bridget Barkan
Elle Winston
Najee Omar

Ron Ackins + Raul Barquet
Josh Paige + Denae Howard
Anthony Lewis + Sydney Dupree
Marcus Allen + Keebs
Chris Carr + Stylo
Miguel Duran + Michelle Farabella

It’s gonna be LIVE!

[ Doors 8p 12/28/13: Advance Tickets ]


An evening of film, art, literature, and music, Second Settlements features artists
whose work arises out of a necessity to resettle spaces, both real and imagined.

Amitava Kumar WRITER
Chee Malabar RAPPER
Daisy Rockwell PAINTER
Dax-Devlon Ross JOURNALIST
Peter Montalbano BASSIST
Tanuj Chopra FILMMAKER

Second Settlements is an exploration of places and experiences long lived out by the artists,
that still weigh heavily in their creative work.

In the work of each of these artists, a sense of their individual and collective past becomes a palimpsest
onto which new ideas of global citizenry are etched and made alive.

[ Doors 8p 12/14/13: Advance Tickets ]


We Just Love Things is an immersive dance performance party extravaganza produced by The Collective Dance Collective.

The audience should be prepared to move throughout the space, get closer to the artists,
tell stories, take pictures, draw, dance, laugh, build and explore.

The performance will be closed nightly with a set by New York’s premiere party host DJ Quay,
and getting down is highly encouraged.

[ Doors 8p 11/22-24/13: Advance Tickets ]


Here was immersive theater of great originality, presented by talented and serious young people.
I have seldom exited an opera performance feeling so happy.
LoftOpera is sensational precisely because they eschew any effort at “relevance”
and dig deep into the ideas in the words and music and find very fresh, original ways of presenting them
in this unusual space, one that became part of the performance.


The Marriage of Figaro is LoftOpera’s second production.
We’ve cut the work down to about 100 minutes, and will present it with a full cast and a nearly-full-size orchestra.
The LoftOpera team is a group of young creatives:
we’re the people that are constantly striving to make great art no matter the budget, no matter the pitfalls.

[ Curtain 9p 11/7-9/13: Advance Tickets ]


Chaos Cooking: Blood + Guts!
Hosted by Gowanus Girls

Come in costume, cook, mix + mingle!
Take the Blood + Guts Halloween theme and get your creative culinary juices flowing
to prepare a dish that’s devilishly delicious!

Appetizing details:
* BYO everything — utensils, pots + pans, ingredients, attitude!
* $25 party-goers: cook a sumptuous dish to share; ALL party-goers: bring a bottle of wine to pour.
* Come in a gory, glam, get-noticed costume + get your photo taken with friends! (pics via KME Studio 12)
* We’ll provide a glass of something sparkly to sip!
* Expect scary surprises + party tunes by DJMr.

[ From 8-12a on 10/31/13: Advance Tickets ]

An evening length solo performance in collaboration with projected imagery.

Time I Know — Rebecca Stenn’s new solo — is just that, a study of time.
The time we know now, the time we have known and the time we will know in the days and years ahead.

We have time. We spend time. We kill time. We’ve been told since we were children, that time is money. But it’s not.
Time is a blurry continuum that speeds and slows according to our attention to it.
Through the use of retrograde, wraparound photographic imagery and a wildly eclectic score,
Rebecca Stenn and George Del Barrio will bend and challenge our ideas of time in a personal,
intimate story of moving backwards to see where you are going.

Time I Know happens January 16th - 18th at Gowanus Loft.

Choreography & Performance: Rebecca Stenn
Photographs & Projection Design: George Del Barrio
Project Partner: K2 Imaging
Lighting Design: Kathy Kaufmann

[ Advance tickets ]

I AM FOR AN ART (1961)

I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum.

I am for an art that grows up not knowing it is art at all, an art given the chance of having a starting point of zero.

I am for an art that embroils itself with the everyday crap & still comes out on top.

I am for an art that imitates the human, that is comic, if necessary, or violent, or whatever is necessary.

I am for an art that takes its form from the lines of life itself, that twists and extends and accumulates and spits and drips, and is heavy and coarse and blunt and sweet and stupid as life itself.

I am for an artist who vanishes, turning up in a white cap painting signs or hallways.

I am for art that comes out of a chimney like black hair and scatters in the sky.

I am for art that spills out of an old man’s purse when he is bounced off a passing fender.

I am for the art out of a doggy’s mouth, falling five stories from the roof.

I am for the art that a kid licks, after peeling away the wrapper.

I am for an art that joggles like everyones knees, when the bus traverses an excavation.

I am for art that is smoked, like a cigarette, smells, like a pair of shoes.

I am for art that flaps like a flag, or helps blow noses, like a handkerchief.

I am for art that is put on and taken off, like pants, which develops holes, like socks, which is eaten, like a piece of Pic, or abandoned with great contempt, like a piece of shit.

I am for art covered with bandages. I am for art that limps and rolls and runs and jumps. I am for art that comes in a can or washes up on the shore.

I am for art that coils and grunts like a wrestler. I am for art that sheds hair.

I am for art you can sit on. I am for art you can pick your nose with or stub your toes on.

I am for art from a pocket, from deep channels of the ear, from the -edge of a knife, from the corners of the mouth, stuck in the eye or worn on the wrist. I am for art under the skirts, and the art of pinching cockroaches.

I am for the art of conversation between the sidewalk and a blind mans metal stick.

I am for the art that grows in a pot, that comes down out of the skies at night, like lightning, that hides in the clouds and growls. I am for art that is flipped on and off with a switch.

I am for art that unfolds like a map, that you can squeeze, like your sweetys arm, or kiss, like a pet dog. Which expands and squeaks, like an accordion, which you can spill your dinner on, like an old tablecloth.

I am for an art that you can hammer with, stitch with, sew with, paste with, file with.

I am for an art that tells you the time of day, or where such and such a street is.

I am for an art that helps old ladies across the street.

I am for the art of the washing machine. I am for the art of a government check. I am for the art of last wars raincoat.

I am for the art that comes up in fogs from sewer-holes in winter. I am for the art that splits when you step on a frozen puddle. I am for the worms art inside the apple. I am for the art of sweat that develops between crossed legs.

I am for the art of neck-hair and caked tea-cups, for the art between the tines of restaurant forks, for the odor of boiling dishwater.

I am for the art of sailing on Sunday, and the art of red and white gasoline pumps.

I am for the art of bright blue factory columns and blinking biscuit signs.

I am for the art of cheap plaster and enamel. I am for the art of worn marble and smashed slate. I am for the art of rolling cobblestones and sliding sand. I am for the art of slag and black coal. I am for the art of dead birds.

I am for the art of scratchings in the asphalt, daubing at the walls. I am for the art of bending and kicking metal and breaking glass, and pulling at things to make them fall down.

I am for the art of punching and skinned knees and sat-on bananas. I am for the art of kids’ smells. I am for the art of mama-babble.

I am for the art of bar-babble, tooth-picking, beer-drinking, egg-salting, in-suiting. I am for the art of falling off a barstool.

I am for the art of underwear and the art of taxicabs. I am for the art of ice-cream cones dropped on concrete. I am for the majestic art of dogturds, rising like cathedrals.

I am for the blinking arts, lighting up the night. I am for art failing, splashing, wiggling, jumping, going on and off -

I am for the art of fat truck-tires and black eyes.

I am for Kool-art, 7-UP art, Pepsi-art, Sunshine art, 39 cents art, 15 cents art, Vatronol art, Dro-bomb art, Varn art, Menthol art, L&M art, Exlax art, Venida art, Heaven Hill art, Pamryl art, San-o-med art, Rx art, 9.99 art, Now art, New art, How art, Fire sale art, Last Chance art, Only art, Diamond art, Tomorrow art, Franks art, Ducks art, Meat-o-rama art.

I am for the art of bread wet by rain. I am for the rats’ dance between floors. I am for the art of flies walking on a slick pear in the electric light.

I am for the art of soggy onions and firm green shoots. I am for tile art of clicking among the nuts when the roaches come and go. I am for the brown sad art of rotting apples.

I am for the art of meowls and clatter of cats and for the art of their dumb electric eyes.

I am for the white art of refrigerators and their muscular openings and closings.

I am for the art of rust and mold. I am for the art of hearts, funeral hearts or sweetheart hearts, full of nougat. I am for the art of worn rneathooks and singing barrels of red, white, blue and yellow meat.

I am for the art of things lost or thrown away, coming home from school. I am for the art of cock-and-ball trees and flying cows and tile noise of rectangles and squares. I am for the art of crayons and weak grey pencil-lead, and grainy wash and sticky oil paint, and the art of windshield wipers and the art of the finger on a cold window, on dusty steel or in the bubbles on the sides of a bathtub.

I am for the art of teddy-bears and guns and decapitated rabbits, exploded umbrellas, raped beds, chairs with their brown bones broken, burning trees, firecracker ends, chicken bones, pigeon bones an(] boxes with men sleeping in them.

I am for the art of slightly rotten funeral flowers, hung bloody rabbits and wrinkly yellow chickens, bass drums & tambourines, and plastic phonographs.

I am for the art of abandoned boxes, tied like pharaohs. I am for ail art of watertanks and speeding clouds and flapping shades.

I am for U.S. Government Inspected Art, Grade A art, Regular Price

art, Yellow Ripe art, Extra Fancy art, Ready-to-eat art, Best-for-less art, Ready-tocook art, Fully cleaned art, Spend Less art, Eat Better art, Ham art, pork art, chicken art, tomato art, banana art, apple art, turkey art, cake art, cookie art.

Claes Oldenburg


Art From the Heart (AFTH) is an all-media pop-up: the embodiment of a movement towards community for artists.

This year’s staging happens Saturday, October 19 at Gowanus Loft in celebration of Gowanus Open Studios 2013.
Advance admission is limited, reserve yours now at!

Renwick Heronimo

Babak Andishmand, Marcos Anthony, Athena Azevedo, Patricia Brace, Andrew Frasz, Zack Helwa, Justin Hoekstra, Herman James, Bara Jichova, Ola Kozioł, Rita Leduc, Joanne Leah, David Lykes Keenan, Cara Lynch, Berette Macaulay, Kevin Nazar, Justin Neely, Hannah Olivia Nelson, Mustafa Önder, Lisa Park, Marvin Piqué, Maggie Schneider, Dimitra Skandali, Eliza Stamps, David Samuel Stern, Jens Umbach, Amy Weil & Andre Woolery.

Tim Bartlett, George Del Barrio, Mark Kleback X K2 Imaging

Pawel Alicki, Christine Anderson, Petar Antov, Rebecca Avallone, Farhad Bahram, Tawni Bannister, Sean Barber, Patrick-Earl Barnes, Aksana Berdnikova, Andrew Berends, Jason Blasso, Beth Bolgla, Yossera Bouchtia, Carrie-Ann Bracco, Stephanie Calvert, Laura Casner, Mara Catalan, Joseph Champagne, Ellen Coleman Izzo, Doug Condon, Duca Constantin, Cat Del Buono, Anna Katarzyna Domejko, Arkom Doungchawna, Emily Duong, Shawn Escoffery, Sara Fields, Luka Fisher , Shoshana Frishberg-Izzo, Adrienne Gaither, Veronique Gambier, Iliana Emilia Garcia, Jason Gardner, Tony Geiger, Vanessa Gonzalez-Bunster, Marcia Green, Simona Groshevska, Matthew Scott Gualco, Rebecca Hackemann, Kristen Haskell, Georges Hattab, Zack Helwa, Ben Henderson, Charles Heppner, Benjamin Hoste, Arlan Huang, Maria Fernanda Hubeaut, Rhia Hurt, Ola Ignasiak, Melissa Itzkowitz, Marko Jokic, Esther Kirshenbaum, Nevena Kocic, Seunghwui Koo, Suzy Kopf, Taeko Kuraya, Marisa LaGuardia, Christopher Lange, Magdalena Lauk, John Lee, Sinae Lee, Elton Leonard, Yan-Tze Liu, Zoraida Lopez, Abby Martin, Fia Matsson, Maxim Mjödov, Mike Montanhas, Kellie Murphy, Kevin Nazar, Susan Newmark, Charles Nickles, Josh Paige, Lisa Park, Mathematics Patterson, Nathaniel Perales, Sarah Nicole Phillips, Rita Pignato, Olivié Ponce, Simona Prives, Fernando Rangel, Damaso Reyes, Shiho Rice, Jean Rim, William Ross, Angelika Schäfer, Meredith Schlein-Koehlert, Jacqueline Schlossman, Rana Sindhikara, Julia Sinelnikova, Paul Singleton, Dimitra Skandali, Noel St. John Harnden, Maria Jose Sucre, Shahrzad Taavoni, Melissa J Tyson, Emily Jean Ullrich, Jens Umbach, Fernanda Uribe, Rene van der Spuy, Andrés Vera Martínez, TJ Volonis, Jessica Weiss, Robbii Wessen, Miles Wickham, Matthew Williams & Sinem Yazici.

100% of net profits are equally shared by installed/performing artists.

[ From 7-12a on 10/19/13: Tickets Here ]

May 23 - 25th, 2013: LoftOpera premieres Don Giovanni at Gowanus Loft.

September 20th, 2013: Bluestockings Rocks the Belles at Gowanus Loft.

August 10th, 2013: HigherSelf launches their new business paradigm at Gowanus Loft.