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STILLED ↬ 2-3 October 2014



an evening-length performance by
DEBORAH CORRALES, JANE CRACOVANER,
KAYLA FARRISH, TARA LYNCH & RAVEN JELKS

choreographed by
RACHEL HAGAN

A multimedia performance by five dancers in concert with projected film,
STILLED explores the relationship between individuals & the forces that prevent them from moving forward.


[ Performances 8p 2-3 October 2014 at Gowanus LoftAdvance Tickets ]

AFTH2014 Public Vote ↬ 15 September - 1 October 2014









Art From the Heart showcases artists and performers of all disciplines, worldwide.
Installed artists share net profits from the exhibition opening.
There are no submission fees, and the public vote is NOW.

AFTH2014 is curated by Katie Peyton
and opens at Gowanus Loft 18 October, 2014
in celebration of the Arts Gowanus open studio weekend.


THIS PUBLIC VOTE DETERMINES THREE OF THE ARTISTS INCLUDED.

[ Art lovers: weigh in from 15 September - 1 October at afth.vanderbiltrepublic.com ]

VIEWPOINTS WORKSHOP SEASON PREVIEW ↬ 11 September 2014



The Viewpoints Workshop is a yearlong, theatrical residency of 30 interdisciplinary artists at Gowanus Loft.

Conceived by George Del Barrio and Jacob W. Patorti, the Workshop’s mission is to
intrigue, inform, and inspire our audiences with stories that insist on being told,
while maintaining a focus on the art of collaboration.

INTRODUCING: THE VIEWPOINTS WORKSHOP 2014/15 INAUGURAL SEASON —


MY LIFE AMONG THE SERIAL KILLERS 2014 OCTOBER
An original immersive adaptation of Dr. Helen Morrison’s autobiography

NEW MUSICAL PREMIERE 2015 JANUARY
To be announced on 11 September

GLOBAL WARMING 2015 MAY
A theatre in-the-round premiere by Charles L. Mee,
with an immersive projection lightstage by George Del Barrio


SIMPLE HEART 2015 AUGUST
A dance-theatre original featuring the music of Laura Cortese



COMESTIBLES & VICTUALS KINDLY PROVIDED BY




We would be honored to have you join us on 11 September when we share previews of each production.
Come meet our family of artists, and celebrate fresh collaborative theatre in a beautiful space.


[ From 7.30-11p on 11 September 2014 at Gowanus LoftRSVP info@merchantshall.com ]

AFTH2014 Open Call ↬ 1 August - 15 September 2014



Art can express joy, but can joy actually be transmitted through art?­

AFTH2014 is calling for artists who explore the concept of JOY.
From Beethoven to Basquiat, creators throughout history have addressed joy in myriad ways:
ecstatic or tranquil, public or private, through compassion or elusive jouissance.

Joy is examined through its absence as often as its presence.
Jeanette Winterson observes both aspects:
he jumped for joy, the way creatures do, and children do and adults don’t,
and spend their lives wondering where the leap went.


Show us the leap.
KATIE PEYTON CURATOR



AFTH showcases artists and performers of all disciplines, worldwide.
Installed artists share net profits from the exhibition opening.
There are no submission fees, and the open call is NOW.

AFTH2014 opens at Gowanus Loft 18 October, 2014.
A public vote will determine three of the artists included.

[ Digital submissions accepted from 1 August - 15 September, artists worldwide are invited ]

The Viewpoints Workshop: Auditions ↬ 30 July 2014


The Viewpoints Workshop is embarking on its first season — and we’re auditioning to find our family of artists.

Joining the Workshop is a one year commitment, from August 2014 to July 2015.
Rehearsals are Sundays 11a-9p, with tech & performance the last weeks of OCTOBER, JANUARY, APRIL & JULY.
All artists are required to attend evening rehearsals Monday-Saturday during production weeks.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Our collaborative will be comprised of performance/visual/installation artists of complementary talents.
We are holding group auditions to find artists that are prepared to expose themselves to one another and pool talents.
Please prepare a 45-90 second piece that best features you inside of your most confident medium.

ACTORS
Any monologue or self derived piece from whatever genre you feel most passionate about.

SINGERS
Bring sheet music and an instrument if required. Piano & accompanist is available on-site.

DANCERS
Preload your soundtrack onto any device with a headphone port, or bring a CD.

COMPOSERS/PLAYWRIGHTS
Please bring material you have written to read/sing yourself or give to one of our company members to perform.

DESIGNERS/UNCLASSIFIABLE
Please bring your portfolio and/or any relevant models/samples/projections.
We are looking for designers of all mediums.

If you would like to audition more than one of the mediums please plan to do both back to back and not exceed 3 minutes.

[ To schedule your audition: info@merchantshall.com with your name, phone number, and 2 audition times ]

Manifest Destiny ↬ 20 June 2014






Manifest Destiny is a parting kiss to Brooklyn’s Kentile Floors sign — an icon on the brink of disassembly.

This 7-story canvas will be reanimated for the second time in 7 weeks by
a pair of Digital Projection DPI Titan Super Quad 20K projectors.

A looping series of site-specific videos/animatics will be presented from sunset onwards.
The program is estimated at 15 minutes in length, and will feature America’s Declaration of Independence.


τέλειο σύμπαντος will also be rebroadcast in its entirety.

[ Projection after dark 20 June 2014 at 9th Street/2nd Avenue, Brooklyn — Google Maps ]

youholdme II ↬ 15 June 2014



[ Father’s Day hugs at Gowanus LoftFree Registration ]

Traces ↬ 6-10 June 2014



To create is to give life - and be tied to - an eternal entity.
While Western science is premised on an opposition between spirit and matter,
our existences becomes less tangible as we increasingly express our lives in intangible spaces.

As we become more engaged with digital interfaces, we must pose the question:
is immortality still the revival and restoration of physical objects and artistic representations?
Or have we moved into a place where physicality is not the only way of being present?

Mortal as we are, developments in technology facilitate an expanding discourse of the perennial.
What are we to make of the singularity movement?

It might be logical to disregard such theories as science fictional lore,
but considering the Orwellian time that we’ve conformed to and perversely found comfort in,
it is our belief that artists have a responsibility to explore these theories from their own perspectives.



[ Opening 6 June from 6-9p; Exhibition open 7-10 June from 11a-6p at Gowanus Loft ]
I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today,
life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she
handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage,
and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents,
you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.

I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.”

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands;
you need to be able to throw something back.

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart,
I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.

— DR. MAYA ANGELOU

Current: Gowanus ↬ 14-18 May 2014




an exhibition & sale featuring
REMY AMEZUCA, RACHEL BERNSTEIN, MATT CALLINAN,
AI CAMPBELL, KAT CHAMBERLIN, CAROLINE CHANDLER, MISKA DRASKOCZY,
JAMES EWART, ELIZABETH FIEDOREK, VERONIQUE GAMBIER,
TONY GEIGER, ABBY GOLDSTEIN, MEENA HASAN, MEGAN HAYS, ERIK HOUGEN,
TERRANCE HUGHES, SARAH JONES, ELIZABETH JORDAN, SUZY KOPF,
HIRO KURATA, JESSICA LEVINE, ROMINA MERIC, RENE MURRAY, LIZ NAIDEN,
PHUONG NGUYEN, ALEX NUNEZ, SUI PARK, HELENA PARRIOTT,
GUILLAUME PATUREL, SARAH NICOLE PHILLIPS, ROBERT SAYWITZ,
RACHEL SCHMIDHOFER, JOELLE SHALLON, KATIE SHIMA, EVAN SIMON,
SHURA SKAYA, ANDREW SMENOS, MAYA SUESS, DENISE TREIZMAN, TJ VOLONIS,
KIT WARREN, ANDREA WENGLOWSKYJ & JUSTIN WHITKIN

curated by
BENJAMIN SUTTON


Presented by Arts Gowanus, this installation will showcase
the breadth and depth of visual art that is being made in Gowanus right now.


[ Events Daily 14-18 May, 14 at Gowanus LoftCalendar & Registration ]

τέλειο σύμπαντος ↬ 3 May 2014






τέλειο σύμπαντος (“Perfect Universe”) is a bold resurrection of the KENTILE FLOORS sign — a beloved Gowanus icon.

Inactive since 1992, this 7-story canvas will be illuminated by a pair of Digital Projection DPI Titan Super Quad 20K projectors.
A looping series of site-specific videos/animatics will be presented from sunset onwards.

The program is estimated at 30 minutes in length,
and will contain works by Ralph Ellison, Milan Kundera, Gabriel García Márquez & Henry David Thoreau.


[ Projection after dark 3 May 2014 at 9th Street/2nd Avenue, Brooklyn — Google Maps ]

Telephone Home Movies ↬ 28-29 March 2014




a collaboration by
CHRIS HERDE, CALVIN TSANG, ISAAC HESTER,
MORGAN McGREEVEY & OCÉANE HOOKS-CAMILLERI


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 28-29 March 2014 at Gowanus LoftAdvance Registration ]

Being and Time ↬ 8-14 March 2014



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?

MARTIN HEIDEGGER

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 8 March; Artist Talk 12 March; Closing 14 March 2014 at Gowanus LoftAdvance Registration ]

youholdme ↬ 16 February 2014



DAVID SCHNARCH:
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.


[ Performance and photographs by Zivar Amrami at Gowanus LoftAdvance Registration ]

Time I Know ↬ 16-18 January 2014



A solo dance performance choreographed and performed by Rebecca Stenn with
projection design and photographs by George Del Barrio.


Music by Jay Weissman, Fever Ray, Panda Bear, and Chopin
Lighting design by Kathryn Kaufmann
14’ by 70’ projections sponsored by K2Imaging x Digital Projection

[ Performances 16-18 January 2014 (doors 7p) at Gowanus LoftAdvance Tickets ]