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@ 3rd Ward 195 Morgan Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn The Last Supper Salon • www.lambastic.com Saturday, September 18, 6pm–2am $15 or $10 w/ 3 or more canned food donations Contact: Coralina Meyer, 305.742.7054 firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Last Supper Salon is unique in it’s desire to reach out into the community and forge strong partnerships with organizations that are committed to cyclical thinking – aka “sustainability”– the health of the environment, the socio-political, technological and economic values we share. By contextualizing the artworks within the rich fabric of local and global concerns, TLS encourages artists and companies to create with a conscience to understand the impact of consumption. TLS is grateful to these organizations share our values and support our momentum.
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“..A FEAST FOR ALL FIVE SENSES THAT WILL LIKELY LEAVE YOU WITH AN UNBUTTONED FLY.” —VILLAGE VOICE “WILL EDIBLE ART GIVE ‘ARTSY FARTSY’ A NEW MEANING —NY MAGAZINE
The Last Supper Salon is a multimedia, project-based collaborative festival that addresses the act of consumption. Viewing the creative process as a cyclical, communally interactive conversation between media, it is a non-profit benefit event for the Food Bank of New York City. The Last Supper is an indoor-outdoor salon of ideas senses and a symposium of genres, the gathering kindles the creative miasma infused by the city’s autumnal shift, harvesting the cornucopia of media in our own backyard and sparking an atmosphere for open dialog and collaboration. Short films and works from emerging directors and artists, edible installations from creative culinarians, performance, new media, design projects, writing and music from several local bands and DJ’s will grace the dinner table along with one giant meal from local organic farms created by culinary artisans. Each year, the show sparks dialog about sensory storytelling by curating projects based on a theme of global and local import. This year, more than 70 creators will discuss ideas about “Self-Made” with an audience of peers to evaluate our state of consumption. The decay of Summer and the emergence of Winter will be
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celebrated at the Sixth annual Last Supper at 3rd Ward Brooklyn on Sept. 18th, 2010.
The Last Supper began in 2005 as a series of intimate dinner gatherings of emerging creative voices sharing their work in an environment of critical, open dialog in the context of current global and local concerns. Culminating in a cornucopia of shared projects and experimental work, the inaugural festival highlighted the crux of seasonal change with the last outdoor celebration before the shearing Winter, and the harvest of Summer’s work. During a quaint Brooklyn backyard BBQ, apple bobbing, dancing, multimedia, and a sense of community and informality were served up with experimental works in progress from several artistic disciplines. The value of critical insight from an audience of peers was shared by members of differing cultural, educational, and creative backgrounds. Relationships and collaborative partnerships sprung from this exploration of social creative practice. Themes of consumption, change, personal narrative, creative conscience, aesthetic living and storytelling sparked a rigorous momentum by the collective of artists to develop throughout the year.
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By BLANKS NYC
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BLANKS NYC is a collective of artists, musicians, animators, designers, chefs, and filmmakers. It is late night dance parties with Das Racist, renegade rooftop screenings of Barry Lyndon, modern talisman swaps, live radio casts with record breaking air horn blasts, zines with pre-teens, tropical masquerades, giraffe skull sauce, and stop time visualizations covering an entire house. BLANKS NYC is a rooftop party above Wall st and a sweaty rave in an empty Bushwick basement. BLANKS NYC is collaborative catalyst for creation.
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Electronic, Soul, Pop Boston, MA
N AV E G A N T E BODEGA GIRLS are a party band. BODEGA GIRLS: A band of tricksters, hedonists and good-fornothings whose morals defy even the most perverted of human beings. BODEGA GIRLS: Only an audience so bloodthirsty and sex starved as they could take pleasure in the world of bra-busting, pants-dropping debauchery they have to offer. BODEGA GIRLS: A musical troupe performing acts of sexuality and persuasion with their own God-given instruments, turning on the already depraved, as well as the naive. BODEGA GIRLS: A sick cinematic slew of sweaty skimp and callous kink. An unadulterated penetration into the gaping hole of the sicko’s soul. BODEGA GIRLS: The human id – illustrated in flesh and guitar strings. Hourglass figures and experienced fingers prance and wriggle their way across the stage, screen and into your psyche. An orgy of sleaze, desire, and rock and roll music – brought to life in bouncy, jiggly technicolor. BODEGA GIRLS: Hedonistic purveyors of Soul, too well endowed and too world- renowned to be confined to lo rent clubs and white bred soundstages – look for their sonic ebony to explode at a party near you. BODEGA GIRLS: Dance. Fuck. Sweat. Dance some more. BODEGA GIRLS
Brooklyn, NY Electro Bass Funk
For the last two years, Navegante has evolved into an electronic beat driven beast with two heads. Jean is the lead singer, guitarist, beat maker, song-writer, and group’s founder. A tough and talented front man, Jean was born in the Bronx and raised in Miami. His musical sensibility ranges from Puerto Rican folkloric music to Miami bass to dirty south hip hop. Some of his beats are even 2 Live Crew-esque. Jean’s counterpart, Wash, is a ferocious drummer with a feel that rivals the best in the world. A Cuban-American born in New York City, Wash’s sound is derived from Afro-Cuban music, funk, Afrobeat, and Hip Hop. He adds dubbed out samples while he plays, and is able to integrate the sequenced drums with his live beats flawlessly and with style. Larry Rohter of the New York Times says Navegante has “an eclectic 21st century sound…”, and David Byrne calls them “a great new band”. The duo has been ripping up stages throughout New York, including a packed Santos Party House, Southpaw, and NuBlu. They spent their first year honing their skills every other Friday night in Spanish Harlem at Camaradas El Barrio, a gritty New York City spot where respect doesn’t come easily. One of the band’s most esteemed fans, Carlos Santana, says it best: “Navegante is the artist that will carry the torch into the future” Navegante’s self-titled album will be out this Fall, and they will be touring the east coast, L.A. and San Francisco in the coming months.
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Birthed in Cleveland and refined in Brooklyn, Hearts of Darknesses is the perpetual rabble-rouser, the academic electronic composer, and the slacker eternal, all viewed through glasses broken underfoot on the dance floor. During the support of ‘Music for Drunk Driving’ (Schematic/ Asphodel) and a host of compilation appearances, HOD and its fairy godfather Frank Musarra terrorized audiences by exploiting the possibilities of running around naked in basements and galleries, MP3 player in one hand, microphone in the other. As the bruises healed and the scabs peeled, Musarra spent the interim years refining his craft and supplying remixes for a range of artists like Of Montreal, Tokyo Police Club, Simian Mobile Disco, and the entire Thrill Jockey roster alongside Girl Talk’s Gregg Gillis, as one half of Trey Told ‘Em. With the release of the new ‘Shit Fan Punx Get Busted’ on Deleted Art, Hearts of Darknesses sketch new dimensions to the potential of electro-grunge. Hot off the heels of stints with Girl Talk, Skeletons, and Lemonade, Frank Musarra and his live band bring to mind the glory days of Brainiac, Six Finger Satellite and early Liars, back when dance-punk actually had a bit more punk going for it. ‘Shit Fan Punx Get Busted’ bridges the gap between the meticulously tweaked electronic sounds of Musarra and Gillis’ remixes and the good old fashioned rock’n'roll song writing of Nirvana and the bands Musarra grew up listening to. The emphasis on catchy bass lines and powerful primitive drumming provides a nice platform for Musarra’s wild man vocals and scuzzy grunge guitar work. While they may now forgo the in-your-face abuse of their old days, Hearts Of Darknesses both excel in stuck-in-your-brain melodies and revel in what-the-fuck experimentation.
THE NAKED HEROS Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn, NY Ass shaking, soul redeeming, head banging rock ‘n’ roll.
Electronic/Psychedelic Seattle, WA
BIG SPIDERS BACK
Beginning as a bedroom recording project in the summer of 2007, electronic artist Big Spider’s Back has amassed a growing following in the Northwest’s DIY community and beyond. Combining haunting vocals with swirling layers of lo-fi psychedelia, synthesizers and field recordings, his music alternates between soaring crescendos and dense thickets of electronic ambience. The result is one big, blissed out cacophony. Along with his recording projects, Big Spider’s Back has also collaborated with various video artists, lending his music to installations and his own live performances. He’s debut EP, “Warped,” is out now on Circle Into Square.
DUSTIN WONG Acoustic/Ambient Baltimore, MD
Dustin Wong is a member of Ponytail and a former member of Ecstatic Sunshine. With these two bands, he has toured the USA and Europe extensively.
Photo by: Joyce Kim.
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All that Good Stuff Earth People I Was Born on Jupiter
DORIE COLANGELO Folk Brooklyn
It the year 2003 DJ SeekTen migrated from California to Brooklyn. After deciding that the only way that she could live life was to tap into her super hero powers, she began Deejaying in local bars and lounges throughout New York City. While her nights consisted of controlling the dance floor her days consisted of functioning as a herpetologist and, more recently, a philanthropist. In 2009 she transferred her Deejaying skills to the Internet radio with occasional appearances on NYC’s East Village Radio appearing on both “The Block” and “Never Not Working” shows. In the current digital age, when most have turned to using mp3s to play music, DJ SeekTen takes pride in being one of the last of her kind that uses vinyl records as a medium of music expression. DJ SeekTen considers herself genre-less and when asked what type of music she spins her response is always “Whatever is quality. Anything and everything.” SeekTen made her first appearance at The Last Supper in 2006 and has been a participant each year since.
”I create music for the long walk home in the dark, after a break up I guess” says Dorie Colangelo who started writing songs on a classical guitar in her hometown of Greenwich, CT at the age of 14. She has been living in Brooklyn, NY for the past 5 years, playing shows and writing countless songs about life, love and heartbreak delivering them via intricately finger-picked guitar and smoky vocals.
CLICKBEATLE Underground House, Bmore, Dubstep, UK, Booty, Techno
DJ SeekTen is a “self-made” Deejay. Some women Deejays rely on using their physical attributes to attain success, instead, DJ SeekTen chooses to reach her goals purely through hard-work and by tapping into her inner talent. In the current “disposable” and consumption obsessed environment she takes a ”recycled” mentality when sharing her music. This is displayed, first by her use of vinyl records that were once owned by others and second, in her incorporation of music from the past in the mixes she creates today.
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Baltimore, MD Tom Newman (aka Clickbeatle), along with a team of audio/visual dissidents, created BLANKS NYC, a creative events collective that hosts participatory art events and dance parties throughout New York City. His DJ career began the day he sold his beloved Pearl Jam tickets to buy a pair of used turntables from a pawn shop in Baltimore City. Since then, he spins/clicks/loops/ bleeps underground dance music around NYC.
DJ ISAAC ASIMOV
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Former spécialiste en platine at KTRU Houston, DJ Isaac Asimov plays songs nestled between the tropical audio belt and his local bodega. He aims to create a musical effect akin to reading a science fiction novel— the celestial buzz of suspended disbelief.
Falimar New York/California
Jake and Faf are the Tomcats … Born and raised in Brooklyn (hub of the universe), we met in high school and became Friends through music—sharing what we knew, exploring what we didn’t … We play dance music from all corners of the globe: French touch, dubstep, bmore, house, electro … with bold mixes that inspire our sets and create whole new songs from ones you thought you knew … it’s the negation of the negation and will get your asses shakin’!
hardcore pop, rap, electronic Har lem/Bronx, NY Rachel Meyer enjoys bringing the music that makes life seem more colorful to your ears. A Los Angeles à Palm Desert à Germany à Seattle à China à Harlem transplant, she incorporates a stream of various influences into her sets.
DJ INTERSTELLA B r o o k l y n , NY
Matthew Radune of the Wilding Corporation is a Brooklyn based DJ and artist who’s been playing a mix of underground loft parties and rooftop events for years. He’s also DJ-ed extensively within the New York art scene, having played at MOMA Poprally, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Art and Design, and the Sculpture Center. His style has drifted through the years from a background in disco and new wave through house and techno, and his sets show this diversity and continuous derive.
Rob the Rich
rap, rock, soul, Brooklyn, NYC by way of Asheville, NC
I prepare heavily for every event I DJ – collecting material that I think speaks to the venue, event program and general zeitgeist. In this case, I would use this opportunity to premier a series of house edits and compositions that I am working on this summer – thus going along with the SELF MADE theme, and providing the audience with a unique experience.
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Robert Ramirez is a DJ, computer programmer, and multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Over the last several years, he has collaborated with artists, musicians, filmmakers, and performers by developing interactive media applications for performance or installation, and doing sound, video, and 3D design work. As dj rob the rich, Robert strives to incorporate new technologies into his mixes, while still staying true to the classic arts of deejaying, and of course to keep the audience moving.
At an early age, Erin Stella discovered two of the greatest influences in her life: her father’s Pentax K1000 and Bob Ross. You can catch Stella riding her cruiser around Brooklyn with Diana camera in hand, hitting every beach from Fort Tilden to Asbury Park. She loves music but she loves it even more when she can gets everyone else dancing to it.
Isam S. Prado
Maya Edelman hails from Soviet Russia. Since her arrival to Brooklyn, Maya has been animating and illustrating with the NYC based collective Fakeheads, as well as co-founding the creative events collective BLANKS NYC where she produces events, creates visualizations, DJs, and dressed like an owl.
Mexican born NY based animator and illustrator
NATE DORR Spit out unexpectedly by an exceptionally large lobster found frozen in the ice shelves of the Maine coast. Bio(logy): Presumed humanoid Interpretation: Critics are divided on the precise meaning of the mispelling of “door” here. While some maintain that it is simply an early typo that has been erroneously maintained in all subsequent editions, others believe the variation indicates that instead of a sundry portal between two rooms, a “dorr” is rather a connection between one room.
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BLUE BOX GALLERY The Internet is empowering the individual like never before. By democratizing the tools
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of self-made artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers and craftspeople. With the rise of cloud-based software and the proliferation of cheap hardware, creative tools that were once prohibitively expensive -- photo and video cameras, software for editing media, music recording and mixing equipment and publishing tools, etc. -- are now freely available, lowering the barrier for entry for artists and the public-at-large and initiating in a new culture of amateur creators. The efforts of this “neo-creative class” are supported by networked communities where a peer-to-peer knowledge exchange and collaboration model creates an infrastructure of distributed skillsets and community-led projects, fueling the rise of the self-made artist. The Blue Box Gallery installation at The Last Supper aims to showcase artworks that are products of this self-made culture--from projects created with open-source software and collaborative works to works created with cloud-based and hacked software and hacked hardware.
David Abir is a New York-based Iranian-American sculptor working with light and sound in large-scale, self-contained environments and sculptures, creating work that oscillates between the physical and the spiritual. His current project, entitled Tekrar, was first commissioned in 2005 for a group show in San Sebastian, then further refined in 2007 when exhibited at the Aldridge Museum of Contemporary Art. Tekrar Level Four (2009) will be presented as a permanent installation in Istanbul for the 2011 Istanbul Biennial. In addition to his own work, David has also produced music and sound installations in collaboration with several artists, including Doug Aitken, Alfredo Jaar, Shirin Neshat and Shahzia Sikander.
The Northeast Column embraces modern technology but not at the expense of nature. The sound and light systems, iPods, and selfpowered speakers and custom LED’s, embrace current digital processes, while the musical compositions’ structure and performance are based on physics, which allows for the algorithms to be produced naturally (as opposed to being produced by a computer program). Although produced and designed modularly for easy installation, the sculpture’s weight makes it impossible for any single person to move it.
The Northeast Column 2008 Cold-Rolled Steel, Powder Coating, Custom LED System, Rosco gels, Self-Powered Speakers, 2 iPods, Music Compositions. 3’ x 3’ (base/crown) 10’h x 2’ x 2’ (center diameter) $35,000
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Funny You Should Say That Medium: Digital Moving Painting on a video display device Size: Size variable, single channel video loop, aspect 16:9, duration 4'52" Price: There are two modes of distribution $500 edition of 5 -- Digital file on a memory card, HD 720p video $5 edition of 500 -- Standard Definition (SD) DVD
Artist Statement Funny You Should Say That is an animated digital painting created by the interaction of the artist with a bespoke software process. The painting starts with a single mark, which is then Manipulated and transformed through code. The artist leaves another mark in response to the result, then another digital transformation follows and so on. This call and response system amounts to a tentative collaboration or a visual game of exquisite corpse with a feedback loop between the artist and the computer where both players are cheating. Once the first mark is left, the work is, in a sense, self-generated. There are elements of control, which guide the process — the artist’s conscious and subconscious choices, technique, the music playing in the background etc. Similarly, the response of the computer follows predetermined algorithms which, while familiar, have built-in elements of chance. The result of each human and machine move is, thus, at the same time both expected and unpredictable. Each digital brush stroke and transformation is recorded, broken down to its components and smoothed over time to create the final animated loop. Liubo Borissov is a bricoleur working with digital and organic media. In his works, he explores the interface between art, science and technology. His multimedia installations, performances and digital video paintings have been featured internationally, including the New Interfaces for Musical Expression, ICMC and SIGGRAPH conferences, the Lincoln Center Summer Festival, NYC and the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. He received baccalaureate degrees in Mathematics and Physics from Caltech and a doctorate in Physics from Columbia, where he also studied electro-acoustic music at the Columbia University Computer Music Center. He holds a masters in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU’s Tisch School, where he was a Global Vilar Fellow in the performing arts. He has taught at Harvestworks, the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and is currently an assistant professor at Pratt Institute’s Department of Digital Arts.
Zach Gage Zach Gage is a designer, programmer, conceptual artist and video game designer from New York City. Inspiring thought and discussion by broaching serious topics with humor, his work explores the increasingly blurring line between the physical and the digital. See his collective works at: http://stfj.net. (Piece one) Twitter’s success has given rise to the self-made journalist and the creation of a widespread public discourse. But for every successful self-made Internet user, there are thousands that exist only within small social bubbles, freely giving up their information to commercial entities, who use the data to create targeted ads and comprehensive brand success/failure analytics. Best Day Ever challenges the corporate data-aggregate model by finding personal and humanistic meaning in the masses of data posted to Twitter every second and delivering this meaning in a way that is relatable and not overwhelming. Although this doesn’t completely turn the tables, it at least returns some value to the average user or their input.
Gabriel Barcia-Colombo’s work focuses on memorialization and the act of leaving one’s imprint for the next generation. While formally implemented by natural history museums and collections (which find their roots in Renaissance-era “cabinets of curiosity”), this process has grown more pervasive in the modern-day obsession with personal digital archiving and the corresponding growth of social media culture. His video sculptures play upon this exigency in our culture to chronicle, preserve and wax nostalgic, an idea which Barcia-Colombo renders visually by “collecting” human beings (alongside cultural archetypes) as scientific specimens. Interpretation
(Piece two) In the early days of the Internet, website popularity was tracked via “hit counters” at the bottom of each page. With the rise of social media and the self-made user, popularity is now attributed to individuals and is commonly conveyed with follower counters, friend counters or view counters. Despite the problems that popularity has led to in the physical world, we have opted to translate this metric into the digital/virtual space. Hit Counter re-translates this metric back into the physical space. With no other means to judge it, Hit Counter demands to be assigned a worth based solely on its popularity.
Animalia Chordata comprises one projector playing six different videos concurrently, which have been meticulously stitched together as a single composite video on a ten-minute loop. In their natural state, the projected people stand, sit, waver and lean. But when they feel “threatened” by a viewer approaching the work, they react in a defensive manner. (The artist shot separate footage of all six people’s defensive reactions, which are triggered by an infrared sensor.) The idea of personal space, both literal and digital, has, incidentally, become a singular theme running throughout the artist’s work.
Animalia Chordata, 2006 Video, Projector, Glass, Proximity sensor, Tiny people 23” x 17” x 5” $6,000
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PIECE ONE: Best Day Ever Medium: Custom software, Public Tweets, LED display Size: 27” w x 4.5” h x 3” d Price: $2,000
PIECE TWO: Hit Counter Size: 13” w x 16.5” h x 3.5” d Medium: Custom hardware, Custom software, Camera, Viewers, Birch box Price: $2,000
Sophie Kahn Sophie Kahn was born in London and grew up in Melbourne, Australia. Sophie trained as a photographer and studied in the UK, completing a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and History of Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 2001. Sophie returned to Melbourne after graduation, studying Spatial Information Architecture at RMIT, where she expanded her practice to include animation, 3D imaging and digital sculpture. Kahn currently lives and works in Brooklyn and is a Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute’s Department of Digital Arts. Sophie Kahn’s work addresses the erotics of death in the still image. It owes its Victorian-futurist aesthetic to the interaction of new and old media--ie: the digital and the analogue. Her sculptural and imaging practice is a hybrid one, combining new advances in 3D scanning and stereolithography with the comparatively ancient technology of bronze casting. Kahn’s practice has evolved (from her original training in photography) into a three-dimensional, post-photographic exploration of the application of architectural imaging tools to the body and landscape.
Head of a Young Woman I Medium: Bronze (from rapid prototype in wax and 3d laser scan) Size: Llife-size Date: 2004 Price: Edition 3/3, unavailable (a similar piece could be commissioned for $6000 exclusive of tax and any commission)
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The idea of the ‘self made’ is central to my writing…it seems central to the creation of something believable and felt. While I think a writer, an artist, is constantly creating the self made, I also think this occurs in that much of my work is fiction born of family history. I constantly find myself struggling to take these stories from the place of memories and forge them into something new, and mine. A fiction. Someone once told me that you take the given and create the made…I like that. Nicole Treska lives in Harlem and attends The City College of New York, where she also teaches literature and composition. She was born in Boston, grew up in New England and Colorado, and many places in between. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in English in 2004, then island hopped to Manhattan in 2008 to pursue writing fiction and earn her Masters in Creative Writing. Nicole is generally friendly, and can be won over easily with wit or whiskey.
This year’s festival presents a new opportunity to integrate architecture into the event with the proposal to build an exterior canopy that plays on the use of pattern, light, and surface. The canopy will share space with other media, such as film and music, allowing the opportunity for collaboration between mediums. The festival hopes to capitalize on the addition of this medium by presenting the transformative effects of architecture into the experience of the festival.
Flux Architecture Installation 20' × 8' × 4" Ryan Lewandowski, Lili Trenkova, Daria Supp, Dyami Allen
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C UR A T O R ’ S S TA T E M E N T By Derek Denckla, Farm City
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Farm City: Micro-Farm Installations and Food Performances We explore the meaning of exhibition theme of ‘selfmade” through performances and installations posing challenges to the existing blandified and industrial food system. Increasingly, metropoles act as passive consumers disconnected from food production. To convey a sense of this flavor gap, we present projects that vividly contrast “home-made” and “home-grown” with “processed” and “factory-farmed.” The selected work embodies goals of FarmCity.US to promote interventions by artists and activists that aim to transform our collective sense of the future of food. The Last Supper is provisioned by Guest Chef Matthew Lundquist from The Waterfront Ale House, who will be grappling the grill and providing all comers with succulent sustenance throughout the evening.
Ronald & Aki Hirata-Baker A. BONNEL is a Brooklyn-based artist working primarily with video. She conceives each project as a singularity that can be presented in a number of ways i.e. installation, performance, etc., depending on environment. Her subjects are diverse and sometimes reactive whether it is to other artworks or to ideologies. Thematically, she explores fantasies of death, psychological theories, and the metaphysical, but she also enjoys using Pop and Punk elements of humor and irreverence in relation to topics that she considers superficial such as mass consumption and commercialized sex. Drawing from classic and experimental filmmaking, she embraces current and past technologies and challenges herself to combine disparate media into traditional forms [text + performance + video = drama; video + headphones + booth = peepshow; architecture + video + podcast = public art/sculpture]. Interpretation MAKING MR. SOFTEE is an interactive performance/video projection that hyperbolizes the act of absolute consumption. Amidst a social setting, volunteers are videotaped within a specified frame as they devour ice cream cones of various flavors and toppings. The live video is projected in real time to emphasize the tactile acts of licking and mastication, commenting on the obsessive and sensual nature of eating. A simple pleasure-desire, to eat ice cream, is hampered by choice [which flavor? what toppings?]. That choice is further complicated by the submission/permission to be recorded in a specified construct [the frame]. Finally, the volunteer is temporally faced with the iconic self in the immediate presentation of his own consumption thereby presenting identity as action. MAKING MR. SOFTEE embodies the “making of” approach to DIY creation. Part of a larger work, The Last Supper provides the opportune place and time to record footage needed for a future, edited piece wherein the recorded images are sped up, reversed, and sequenced so as to appear that the cone is eaten and regurgitated in an endless, yet
MAKING MR. SOFTEE Size: APPROX 4’ X 5’ PROJECTION Cost: $1.75 PER CONE AFTER THE FIRST 100 CONES Medium: INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO Ingredients: VOLUNTEERS/ICE CREAM CONES farms/guest chefs | 32
Adopt-A-Farmbox will donate farmboxes to several schools in the New York City area this Fall, including several schools throughout Brooklyn. The organization is volunteer-based and they need help to o set the costs of the reclaimed wood and other recycled materials used to construct the farmboxes. This grass-roots campaign started in their backyard in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn and has become an exemplar project integrating community development with education, food, creativity and agriculture. Interpretation A Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn based couple and proud parents of two children; Ronald & Aki Baker invite you to engage in urban farming with Adopt-a-Farmbox. A “Self-Made” community action project, Adopt-A-Farmbox began in May 2010 as a solution-based non-proﬁt initiative that empowers people through food by providing an opportunity for children and adults in New York City to learn to grow vegetables and fruits. Through their company, Baker Design + Build, they build and donate farm boxes made from 100% recycled wood to schools and community organizations for the purpose of growing food. Along with the farmboxes, they provide resources, educational materials, and support to facilitate the learning process from planting to harvesting. “We use farmboxes to create opportunities for people to reconnect with food,” says Ronald Baker, “We believe that the best way to help families and communities break the cycles of diabetes and obesity is to expose them to healthier food options and to engage them in the process from seed to fork. Our goal is to create a sense of pride and ownership while demystifying the concept of healthy, wholesome food.”
Adopt-A-Farmbox Size: 2’ x 4’ x 12” Ingredients: reclaimed ceder, recycled plastic, plastic bottles
Slipper y Slope Far m: A Moder n Sub-ir rigated Gowanus Rooftop Micro-Far m
Farmer/Architect Name + Organization Name: Frieda Lim of Slippery Slope Farm: A Modern Sub-irrigated Gowanus Rooftop Micro-Farm Contact: (phone, email) 917.843.5062 email: email@example.com Title: Slippery Slope Farm’s Pick Your Own Size: 6’ x 42” x Price: Frieda- the “price” is optional. We are holding a silent auction where %15 of the sale will go to TLS and further Food Bank. The rest will go to the artist if it’s sold. Some artists are selling their work, and some aren’t so it’s up to you. $ Might as well after we work up the numbers. Medium/Ingredients: Sun, water, potting mix, #5 containers and window boxes, up-cycled water bottles and nursery flats, corrugated perforated HDPE drain pipe, electrical conduit Misc. Frieda, creator of Slippery Slope Farm, a modern urban subirrigated rooftop micro-farm located in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Recently she burst out of a magical baby bubble with her daughter Blaze into the greenscaping world of sub-irrigated urban farming. It was in her nesting years that she came into developing her micro-farm out of her personal love of fresh organically grown food that she could share with her family and friends. Misc. Frieda is an interdisciplinary designer of gardens and greenscaping products, events, food, interiors, home furnishings, clothing, miscellaneous.
Farmer/Designer Name + Organization Name: Steven Boling Link to website: http://www.stevenboling.com/ Contact: (phone, email) firstname.lastname@example.org Short Bio: Steven, is an Arkansas transplant who’s had a love affair with growing things since sowing his first garden at the age of six. Determined to stay connected to gardening, even without a plot of land to till, he developed a form of “extreme window gardening” in which nested stacks of containers served to triple the amount of planting space available on a typical window sill. Steven’s out-of-control Hanging Gardens of Brooklyn, which girdled the entire second floor of his building, delighted Park Slope neighbors for years until the intervention of his nervous landlord. Now he keeps a decidedly more modest sub-irrigated window garden and spends his extra time helping Frieda and others to develop and promote new urban gardening techniques. Steven is a visual designer and video artist currently affiliated with the multi-media performance groups Exploding Moment, Facade/Fasad and Desperate Comfort.
“Self-Made” and Consumption Slippery Slope Farm’s Pick Your Own installation demonstrates a modern perspective on growing food in the city through the practices of sub-irrigated planter systems (SIPs) and nutrient density. No offense to all the urban gardens that have taken root on rooftops and empty lots all over the city, but given the challenges of urban living, soil contamination and climate change, why are most people farming as they were still in the country? SIPs offer a better, more accessible and environmentally sustainable alternative to conventional urban gardens. Anyone with a fire escape, small backyard, or rooftop can create temporary, portable, nomadic gardens. From your micro-farm to your table—pick your own. Slippery Slope Farm Team: Architect Name + Organization Name: Alexis Kraft Link to website: www.kraft-studio.com Contact: (phone, email) 917.443.2447 Short Bio: Alexis Kraft runs an interdisciplinary architecture and design studio, based in Park Slope. Kraft Studio works at large and small scales, redesigning the Gowanus neighborhood and designing kitchens
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for foodies. Design and food are beyond passion for Kraft, they are his red and white blood cells. In addition to his design work, Kraft is a part-time Assistant Professor of architecture and interior design and Parsons the New School for Design. Recent projects include: New Amsterdam Market, Gowanus 2020, Maria MOK Salon, and many, many apartments.
Farm Collaborative: Frieda Lim, Ashley Smith Steele, Steven Boling, Alexis Kraft of Slippery Slope Farm: A Modern Sub-irrigated Gowanus Rooftop Micro-Farm Slippery Slope Farm’s Pick Your Own Size: 6’ x 42” x 2′
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ALISON LEVY JEREMY FUNSTON DOUGLAS TURNER (DAJ)
The art curation will incorporate the idea of “Self-Made” into our consumptive
practice. From the ‘self-made man/woman’ to the do-it-yourself, make-ityourself, design-your-life reality we live in, the individual can be a centripetal force in society. The resilience of the human spirit allows us to overcome challenges and become heroes – to dream, invent, and to create new work. We are looking for artists who are examining the nature of the Self-Made in ways that relate to culture, narcissism, world change, interconnected systems, future visions and creative enlightenment. Accepted media includes: painting, sculpture, video art, design, invention, performance, interactive works or project-based collaborations.
A DA M H A RV E Y Interpretation DiscoBike/(Documented interactive performance) will be an installation as well as an ongoing mobile public interactive performance. Throughout the course of the show DiscoBike will go on adventures around NYC inviting people from the street to participate in making live music performances with the ipad. These adventures will be documented and shown at the gallery throughout the show. This one of a kind, self-made bicycle, will travel around the city encouraging people to explore their creative ‘self-made’ natures.
Bio Adam Harvey is interdisciplinary designer and researcher and living and working in Brooklyn. His work has been included in the Advances in Wearable Computing (2009), featured on NYTimes.com, shown at galleries, and was recently presented at the Next HOPE hacker’s conference. He is a graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU works as a programmer, interactive designer, and photographer. His work is informed by the way technology shapes our lives and is an advocate for privacy and ethics in media.
Bio Justin Riley was born in Arkansas, and has a BFA in sculpture form Kansas University. During college he explored many interactive projects that used technology as a means of communication and interaction. After graduating he moved to Amsterdam and worked as a disc and interactive video jockey. He is currently attending the Performance and Interactive Media Arts program at Brooklyn College. He is interested in the relationship between the artist and the audience. What role do these two groups play, and what connections can be made between them? Combining technology, installation, and performance broadens the scope with which to create these interactive qualities. His work investigates the blurring of boundaries between life and art. From an existential perspective, he connects the thinking observer with their creative energy through an interactive experience. Through shifting focus from the object to the interaction, I facilitate the potential for people to be creative. I shift control away from my own definitions to the definitions of others. This allows for the viewer to fully participate; they can become an integral part of the evolving piece. The end result is the creation of a social dynamic that challenges and connects people into a physical thinking space.
Interpretation C’est nous qui avons fait ca,’ (it is we who have created that) said Picasso in 1933, citing the cubists’ role in the creation of dazzle camouflage. From then on, artists have continued to play a significant role in the art of deception and false colors. But today, it is also we who have furthered the technology (digital cameras) used to create the surveillance societies in which we live. CV Dazzle is a response. It comprises an assortment of highly stylized, privacy-protecting makeup and hair patterns that can be used by anyone to exploit the vulnerabilities of face detection algorithms.
CV Dazzle Look #2 CV Dazzle Look #3 CV Dazzle Look #4 photographic prints 24'' × 24'' $200
Interpretation Fragile is a hybrid between a performance and a public intervention, which combines art and fashion within the social structure of a social gathering with the conscious attempt to politicize public space without taking an overt political position. I like to call it sociable art which creates contexts for interaction and communication in public space. A few people will be dressed in A shaped dresses made out of paper which have different statements revealing a beauty is precarious leading deep and reflecting on the conditions of life. Bio Jenny Marketou was born in Greece and lives and works in Athens and New York. She studied photography and sculpture at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. and received her Masters degree in Fine Arts at Pratt Institute in New York City. Currently has taught at Cooper Union of Art as well as at The New School for Social Research in New York City. Since 1995 Marketou has been working in different media, including photography, video, telepresence environments and networking technologies. She shows internationally working with social processes that are open for anyone who wishes to participate and it is presented in the form of video, photography, public interventions, web projects and installation.
ALAN LUPIANI Interpretation For the Last Supper Festival, I am constructing a text installation based on Black Sabbath lyrics from their album, â€œParanoid.â€? This seminal metal album helped shape my ideas about the world, especially those concerning war, and provided me with a better understanding regarding the pathos of my youth. This loud, angry, and sometimes terrifying music also addressed my fears of becoming a man and at the same time, nourished my narcissistic fantasies for omnipotence, dominance, and control. In the context of the festival the meaning of the lyrics will be reexamined by historical and present day circumstances. By doing so, I am exploring the parameters of viewer impact and venue-centric display. I will utilize projection, paint, or other materials to execute this piece depending on the nature of the space. Bio My art focuses on translating personal memories into present day contexts. The subject matter varies widely, examples including: heavy metal music, muscle car decals, and the American flag.I develop these memories visually by relating them to elements of fetishized consumer culture such as, spectacle, size, and celebrity.
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SARAH G. SHARP
JAKE MESSING Interpretation Whether by force or by choice, whether on the outside of a large family or a small town, there is a symbiotic relationship between the dominant culture and the edge-dwellers of any group. I utilize real and imaginary forms inspired by vernacular architecture, analog modes of communication and “inspirational” decor that address what it means to exist in the margins of a community; in the border-zone between inside and outside. A recent project, Family Crests for the Disenfranchised, imagines heraldic imagery for outsiders. I am currently exploring contemporary ideas about the sublime through landscape imagery.
Interpretation My most recent figurative work examines the concept of growth and decay within the creative individual. The figures represented are all artists living and working in Brooklyn, New York. The chaos inherent within our society and the attempt to escape from it was a prevalent question for all of my subjects. Dedicated to their craft, they consume the world around them in order to feed their inspiration. The hands play a pivotal role in the artists own personal expression, as well as in the composition of the paintings. The idea of consumption, creation, demolition and the hand-made are all muses for my work.
Bio Sarah G. Sharp is an artist who uses mundane materials to create drawings, sculpture and video that address systems of belief and social hierarchies. Her work has been exhibited at The Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, CT, Real Artways and ArtSpace in Hartford, Ct, 55 Mercer Gallery, Frederieke Taylor Gallery and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery in New York City, and The Dolly Maas Gallery in Purchase, NY. Sarah’s collaborative project From Dexter to Sinister will be included in Here, There and Everywhere, part of the International Transcultural Exchange Conference in 2011. In 2009 Sarah was a BRIC Media Arts fellow and was a resident artist at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center and the Vermont Studio Center. In 2008 Sarah received a Library Research Grant from The Getty Research Institute to conduct research in the Marcia Tucker Archives. She also conducted an oral history interview with the Artist Elaine Reichek, which will be published by the Smithsonian Institute’s Archive of American Art. Sarah holds a BA in Media Studies from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and an MFA in Studio Art and MA in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory from Purchase College, SUNY. Sarah Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Bio Jake Messing was born in Northern California in 1982. He works in a wide variety of media, ranging from silkscreen to pen and ink to paint and collage. His love for carpentry has inspired small installations and sculptures through the United States. Mr. Messing frequently draws from his interest in graffiti and typography, including aspects of these elements into his work. He graduated from Parsons The New School for Design in May of 2006. Jake’s works have been shown across the US. He currently lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn where he is endlessly creating new bodies of work.
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Creatures of Habit: Exodus mixed media on canvas Size: 62'' × 43''
M AT H I L D E R O U S S E L - G I R A U DY Interpretation This series of photographs is an ongoing study documenting women I find on the streets and subways near Williamsburg, Brooklyn. As much as the “hipster” aesthetic is ridiculed lately by cultural commentators, it is a veritable presence and the style has grown globally over the past few decades. Williamsburg, Brooklyn can arguably be deemed the epicenter of the modern-day hipster movement, a hub much akin to Haight-Ashbury in the 1960’s. My photographs are studio portraits. I am always intrigued by individuals that use their personal fashion as a way of expressing, (re)inventing, or masking their being. I hope to eventually accrue a large index of these portraits, and perhaps one day it will become an interesting representation of a specific place and time in our history.
Bio Mathilde Roussel-Giraudy is a french artist based in New York. Her artwork combines drawing, printmaking, sculpture, book art, and photography to explore the interconnected value of identity and memory. Her multi-media approach to art reflects the unique way she experienced the world growing up in an old farmhouse in the French countryside. The values of preservation, attachment to roots and relationship with land and time, emphasized in her childhood, continues to inspire her work. By exploring and juxtaposing subtle links between anatomy, psychology, ecology and cosmology, Mathilde tries to understand the mysteries of our inner and outer selves. Likewise, in seeking to reveal the world’s invisible energies, knots and folds, fragments and marks, she strives to raise awareness of the key role that nature plays in our lives.
Bio Sherri O’Connor graduated from The University of the Arts in 2003 with a BFA in Photography. Upon graduating, she moved to New York, and currently lives in Brooklyn. When not working as a freelance assistant for photographers such as Bruce Weber, William Abranowicz, and Warwick Saint, she shoots her own work and has done fashion and portrait features for magazines such as Paper, Surface, Oyster, Foam, and Zink.
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Interpretation When the city plants Small blocks of soil create a map of the city. If everyone plants one seed, it will help feed the city. Observing nature and being aware of what and how we eat makes us more sensitive to food cycles in the world – of abundance, of famine – and allows us to be physically, intellectually and spiritually connected to a global reality.
Plant to feed the city soil potting blocks, wheat grass seeds 20' × 10'
J A M I E K N OW L E S Interpretation Estranged From Our Cosmic Origin is a mythological ecosystem that explores food, farming and the interaction of animals, plants and humans as we all navigate patterns of consumption on the planet. Materials: three live hens, burlap sack of flour, flour sifter, hay. Actions: Scratching, pecking, sifting, walking, climbing. The chickens exemplify animal-human co-evolution; their innate actions of scratching and pecking are a constant presence throughout the performance. At the top of the stairs is a burlap sack filled with flour embodying agriculture and the autumnal preservation of grain. With ritualistic intent and sensorial focus, I climb the stairs, fill my sifter with flour and begin to sift. The flour sprinkles to the floor leaving a trail of white wherever I walk. This action references the traditional winter act of baking, wasted resources, and the falling of cosmic matter. Blindfolded, I am only partially aware of the consequences of my actions. The flour is scattered and settles, marked by my footprints, creating gestural record of the process and passing of time.
Interpretation My piece explores touch, memory, and the externalization of identity by linking a consumer product, in this case vintage women’s hats, to self-expression. Incorporating ideas of theatrics and burlesque, the installation achieves a nuanced eroticism, which examines the vulnerability of human contact. Through humor and wordplay, the embroidery commands the viewer to perform tasks such as ‘chiffon me’ or perhaps the more familiar ‘feather me.’ The commodity becomes the means through which identity is conveyed to the public, momentarily providing the viewer a perceived but ultimately existentially empty sense of self. Bio Jamie Knowles (b. Bradenton, Florida) is a Ridgewood-based sculptor and printmaker. He received his BA in Studio Art from Davidson College and would like to pursue and MFA, soon. His work explores transgenerational identity issues dealing with gender, sexuality, consumerism, and history.
Bio Sara Worden (b. Albany, NY 1981) lives and farms in the Hudson River Valley. She makes sculptures, installations, and performances using salvaged materials and living entities to construct ecological mythologies, which explore anthropocentric landscape ecology and human use/misuse of living systems. Sara’s art is influenced by her work in horticulture and farming and serves to both engage local flora/fauna, food systems and the exploration of potential relationships between humans and the natural environment.
Estranged From Our Cosmic Origin Materials: three live hens, burlap sack of flour, flour sifter, hay. Actions: Scratching, pecking, sifting, walking, climbing. Size: A stairwell
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Wool Me, Feather Me Mink Me, Down Me Net Me, Felt Me Satin Me, Stone Me Silk Me, Velour Me Chiffon Me, Plush Me Wool, Feather, Mink, Down, Net, Felt, Satin, Stone, Silk, Velour, Chiffon, Plush, Velvet, Hide 15' × 58'' × 12''
MARIA BERRIO Estrella azul charcoal, gold leaf, color pencils on nepalese paper 66'' × 66'' $1300
G E O R G E P FA U Interpretation With the metaphor of the “self” being the “sky” I created drawings about the constellations. From thousands of years ago, all societies have imagined and self created their own constellations referred as patterns of stars. The origins of constellations have been lost in time, by looking at the mythology of the ancient Greeks, we understand that constellations were and will always be a self-made outcome of the imagination…. Bio Born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1982, Maria Berrio has been residing in New York City since 2000. She currently works and lives in Brooklyn since obtaining her BFA at Parsons School of Design in 2004, and MFA at the School of Visual Arts in 2007. Berrio’s work has been showcased in numerous New York City galleries including Praxis International, Chelsea Museum, and the Art Directors Club. Nationally, she has presented her work in San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Boston, and Miami – where she exhibited in Art Basel 2009. Berrio has also displayed her work internationally in Bogotá and will be presenting works at an upcoming exhibit in Vermont at the Green and Blue Gallery. Berrio was recently awarded residency at Chashama in Brooklyn and is currently commissioned with CityArts to create a mural in Harlem.
Interpretation I use the notion of "the zombie" to construct, reconstruct, and reflect upon our human conditions that can be terrifying, funny, uncanny, and transgressive. The zombie offers conflations of exterior and interior, uniform and anatomy, skin and guts. The boundaries that surround and separate each body (each “self”) are drawn into question as skin peels aside and bodily structures ooze into their surrounding environments Each of my drawings act as a mirror, reflecting back bodily structures both imagined and real. For this show, my drawings combine the components of contemporary zombie films, 16th Century Italian medical drawings, and Italian Futurist Sculpture. “Body Layering, Markers of Classification” for example, puts inner and outer bodily surfaces on display and seeks to find the blurry area between identifiable, named, person and the area of recognition that occurs as the result of a policeman’s hat, high-heeled shoes, or bulging muscles. In zombie films, personal names are often erased while these costume elements remain. Bio George Pfau grew up in San Francisco, where he is now living after getting a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University, and recently an MFA from California College of the Arts. He has just completed his thesis paper about the recognition, classification, layering and mapping of the human body as seen through the popcultural notion of the zombie. This summer he is making work at an art-residency in Wassaic, New York and then in Salzburg, Austria, as winner of the Daisy Soros Fine Art Prize.
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Bio Joshua Katcher is a sculptor and video artist living in Brooklyn, NY, who graduated from the BFA program in Art Video at Syracuse University, New York in 2003 with a concentration in ceramics. He also attended SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where he concentrated in Environmental Studies. His sculptures are in the permanent collection at Figureworks Gallery in Williamsburg. His video work has been exhibited in festivals such as The Rotterdam International Film Festival and The New York Underground Festival. In addition to making art, Joshua Katcher is a writer, curator, self-taught vegan chef, businessman, animal rights and environmental activist, and television producer who has produced and directed various shows for PBS, CurrentTV, and MTV, and has created media for non-profits like Lambda Legal, The Alliance for Climate Protection, PETA, Farm Sanctuary, and Gay Mens’ Health Crisis through Perhaps Media, Inc, which he founded in 2006. He founded The Discerning Brute, a fashion and lifestyle blog, in 2008 as a resource for intelligent men who want to make ethical, informed decisions concerning their lifestyles. Joshua currently lives in Brooklyn with his rescued chihuahua, Enzo.
THE ART CURATION WILL INCORPORATE THE IDEA OF “SELF-MADE” INTO OUR CONSUMPTIVE PRACTICE. FROM THE ‘SELF-MADE MAN/WOMAN’ TO THE DO-IT-YOURSELF, MAKE-IT-YOURSELF, DESIGN-YOUR-LIFE REALITY WE LIVE IN, THE INDIVIDUAL CAN BE A CENTRIPETAL FORCE IN SOCIETY.
J O S H U A K AT C H E R Stockholm Syndrome video $600 signed DVD copies
Interpretation This video features the artist, is made by the artist, and is a commentary on human behavior in response to media influence.
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“… WHO COOKED ROTTEN ANIMALS LUNG HEART FEET TAIL BORSHT & TORTILLAS DREAMING OF THE PURE VEGETABLE KINGDOM/WHO PLUNGED THEMSELVES UNDER THE MEAT TRUCK LOOKING FOR AN EGG …” — ALLEN GINSBERG, HOWL
NADIA SIDDIQUI M I C H E L L E Z AT TA
The times… they have never been easy. This is particularly true for the self-made individual – striking out on one’s own in 1920, in 1957, in 2010 for a greater purpose than oneself is bone-tiring. We do it because the prospect of staying still is more dire than the prospect of failing. Weary minds, hearts, bones need nourishment and at a most basic level sometimes the self-made needs the home-made: meatloaf, apple pie, curry, moussaka, food. Home may be far away, but the self-made individual can improvise – plunging under the meat truck to find an egg, as it were. This year’s Last Supper Festival food art exhibit is a celebration of improvised comfort food showcasing works that help ease the burden and nourish the soul, created with whatever ingredients and space are at hand: the self-made gotta eat too.
ALISSIA MELKA-TEICHROEW + JAN HABRAKEN
AT O M C I A N FA R A N I Interpretation When asked to come up with an idea of a product to test under the laser cutter at NYDesigns by Design Glut, Jan Habraken and Alissia MelkaTeichroew decided that they had cut pretty much every material but food. This is where the hunt started: what foods can we cut or etch at the same time creating something fun and something that would be too complicated to do manually (why else would you laser cut!). Bio Alissia Melka-Teichroew, founder and creative director of byAMT Studio, is a New World-Old World mash-up. Daughter of a French mother and American father, she was born and raised in The Netherlands. A Design Academy Eindhoven graduate, she also holds a Masters from Rhode Island School of Design. After stints in Paris, San Francisco, and Boston, she now works in New York. While developing her own projects, she also worked at IDEO and Puma. Alissia’s transcontinental background is reflected in the fluidity and fluency of her designs.
Interpretation Artist and leading sustainable designer Atom Cianfarani is creating a food cart reminiscent of her Italian ancestors. This cart however is a little different. Named Consume Love, Cianfarani presents a venue where visitors can engage in alternate forms of consumption. Bio Atom Cianfarani is an artist and leading sustainable designer. She was the first to discuss recycled materials at New York’s Fashion week with her innovative fashion line Gaelyn&Cianfarani; developed the most sustainable restaurant in North America; received a 2009 sculptural commission from New York City’s Department of Transporation; is a leading green-roof designer; and is now co-authoring a series of green it yourself guides.
Bio “My design is characterized by a mixture of mass-market and couture,” explains industrial designer Jan Habraken. Born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands in 1975, Habraken studied architectural engineering before attending the world-renowned Design Academy Eindhoven. Immediately following graduation he co-founded WATdesign. After five years of making and exhibiting products and furniture internationally, the designer moved to New York City, where he established Studio Jan Habraken in 2008.
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Rene Clement, Sprout Magazine
Piggy Sandwiches Ingredients: German Rye Bread, Ham, Cheese Tool: Laser Cutter (courtesy of NYDesigns)
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CAT H Y E RWAY Interpretation I began my journey of “not eating out in New York” in 2006, as a nine-to-five cubicle worker looking to save a buck. It was a hobby, but also an act of defiance against the protocol of eating out – so prevalent in NYC – that I saw as a less healthy and less food-aware habit. I encourage people to cook without guidelines, exact recipes, and to find their creativity in the kitchen while becoming more self-sufficient about simply feeding themselves.
Interpretation My work takes its cues from the cultural landscapes that shape my past and present. I came of age in the rural South, and currently navigate the din of New York City. I work in a fashion that pays homage to the Appalachian craftsperson, the itinerant whittler of the American South, and the tradition of time-honored craft, but is steeped in a contemporary culture of cheap thrills and solutions. My allegiance doesn’t lie wholly with either of these worlds, and my work doesn’t purport to endorse either wholeheartedly, but rather to strike a chord that highlights their disparities, and the ensuing pathos of their convergence.
Bio Cathy Erway is the author of The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove, a memoir about her two years of fasting from any restaurant, take-out or street food throughout her home of NYC. She chronicled her kitchen efforts in the blog, Not Eating Out in New York, sharing healthy, practical, budget-friendly and seasonal/sustainable-minded recipes for the busy urbanite. In the process, she explored the underbelly of New York’s burgeoning home cooking culture, hosting cook-offs and supper club dinners, and dabbling in wild edible foraging and trash diving. This spring she helped implement a garden and chicken coop on the rooftop of Sixpoint Craft Ales in Brooklyn. She maintains the rooftop farm and cooks with its ingredients for the brewery staff, which is documenting in her recently launched blog, Lunch at Sixpoint.
Bio Brent Owens is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been featured in New York, Philadelphia, and New Orleans, including solo and two-person exhibitions at English Kills Art Gallery in Brooklyn. Brent was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina and received a BFA in Sculpture from Winthrop University.
Softee Log log, plaster, enamel spray paint, pine
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The Art of Eating In photography
CHRISTOPH BRACH + DANIERA TER HAAR
CLARE CRESPO Interpretation Visual research about vegetables and their powerful color. Vegetables are dismantled and purified to their visual essence ‘raw color’. The harvested color is captured by a new process preserving their intensity on color cards. Categorized by shades and families a new map is created which shows their beautiful diversity. This projects reinterprets the vegetable and puts it into new context. Bios Christoph Brach and Daniera ter Haar graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2007. In their studio in Eindhoven they are working on free projects and commissioned work, mixing the fields of material and graphic design. This is embodied through Research and Experiments building a visual language. They have exhibited widely in Europe.
RAW COLOR No. 1 vegetables
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Interpretation Originally from Louisiana, but now living in Los Angeles, I crocheted this Mardi Gras feast as a reminder of the sad and wondrous place I call home. Bio Clare Crespo, a food artist and writer based in Los Angeles, is completely and utterly obsessed with inspiring folks to be creative in the kitchen. She is the author and designer of two creative cookbooks/art books, The Secret Life of Food (2002 Hyperion Books) and Hey There, Cupcake (2004 Melcher Media Books). She has completed a set of children’s DVD called The Yummyfun Kooking Series which is available for purchase online and at The New Museum for Contemporary Art and the Whitney Museum in New York. In conjunction with the DVDs, she launched a recipe subscription for kids and families called The Yummyfun Kooking Club. Clare is also a co-founder of the “concept bakery” Treat Street, a roving secret bakery in Silver Lake, CA. Clare and her work have appeared in numerous art galleries, print publications, and on television and radio.
Crocheted Mardi Gras Feast yarn, ceramic
DESIGN GLUT LIZ KINNMARK + KEGAN FISHER Subculture Cookie Cutters cutting culture from stock molds
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E M I L I E B A LT Z Interpretation Today the French eat Twinkies and the Americans eat Fois Gras. Itâ€™s somewhere in between that Junk Foodie evolved. Some call it fusion, I call it revolution.
Interpretation Cutting culture from stock molds Bio Design Glut creates housewares, jewelry, and accessories that tell stories with unexpected twists. Founded by Liz Kinnmark and Kegan Fisher in 2007, this Brooklyn-based duo has quickly learned the ropes of running a manufacturing business and is proud to bring you high design at approachable prices. Our objects start conversations, cause you to crack a smile, add something meaningful to your life.
Bio Emilie Baltz is a foodie-turned designer-turnedfoodie. She splits her time, and meals, between food photography and design, and often raids office pantries for ingredients. See more at emiliebaltz.com and at forkanddesign.com. Her book, Junk Foodie, comes out in autumn 2010.
How to be a Junk Foodie junk food
GALINA ARBELI + LUKA OR Interpretation I was thinking about the difference in size of consumables. The amount of food we eat and how we go about it. About the waste we leave behind us as well as our wants and needs. I also wanted to see if it were possible to make a sandwich from a full loaf of bread. It was. Bio Emma Alonze is a UK-based artist with an eclectic approach to material and processes. She is fascinated by the everyday and tries to use it as a kind of material. Work is generated quickly and she regularly uses objects that crop up in everyday life/ living because they are there, at hand, ready and waiting to be incorporated into a piece of work.
In the Cold Light of Day video performance
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Interpretation The lollipops are part of â€œTrick or Treat,â€? a project about sweets that were altered from their usual context. The sweets world is saturated with various contexts: our childhood memories, the diverse manners in which they can be consumed, the symbols they represent, etc. Thus, we created a series of candies which make you think after the first lick. Bio Galina Arbeli is a lecturer on product design at H.I.T. Holon and the Avni Institute of Art and Design. She also works as an independent research designer. Bio Luka Or is a product designer who currently manages an independent design studio specializing in toy and game design. Before this he served as head of design for Modu Company. He also is a lecturer on product design at H.I.T., the design academy in Holon, Israel. Luka Or and Galina Arbeli have been collaborating on different projects in Israel and around the world for the last 4 years, bringing love of design and play to their work.
Assorted Candy Display
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H E L L O. W E A R E _________ Interpretation Nothing says home like the smell of freshly baked bread. This smell is said to universally evoke feelings of nostalgia even in cultures that donâ€™t make and eat bread. For many, home-made bread is a simple and inexpensive comfort food that nourishes the body as well as the soul. What if food had the ability to comfort in a variety of ways? Comfort Food invites audience members to lie on and eat from an edible bed of freshly baked bread. Bio Glenda Reed is a Brooklyn-based artist who investigates the spaces between people and how to bridge this void. She is fascinated by the conflict between the desire for autonomy and the need for intimacy. She works in a variety of media, including sculpture, performance, video and photography, though prefers to be classified by her interests rather than her means. Glenda was born in California and received a BA in Studio Art from Beloit College in Wisconsin.
Comfort Food (Bread Bed) Fresh bread; bed frame 6'5'' L Ă— 4'2'' W Ă— 2' H
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( B R E N DA N R AV E N H I L L , E M I LY R O T H S C H I L D, TOM WEIS, HUY VU, JULIANNE GAURON) Interpretation To sweeten your drink break the sugar in half, shatter, or immerse the whole packet and stir. This is glass which is better when broken. Bio Hello. We Are _____ consists of artists and designers with a range of interests, experiences, and skills who complement and challenge each other and who are eager to take on new challenges. Representing a diverse background and skill set and with access to a collective of talented designers, thinkers, and top notch fabricators, this small team has the power to make far-reaching designs. We utilize thoughtful research (academic and field) to generate understanding and awareness combined with strong prototyping skills to create products, experiences and systems which provoke thought, challenge conceptions, and foster change. Our design projects address issues ranging from broadly social to intimately personal behaviors. We rely on our pragmatism as problem solvers and our vision as artists to lead us (and our clients) to new perspectives and potential solutions.
Sugar Glass Sugar, water, corn syrup
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M AT T B R OW N “Between the street and the river of the great city grew a tree of life … its leaves were served as medicine for the healing of nations.” —Book of Revelations 22:2 Selections from the harvest and take-home seedbags grown from the tree and its companion will be offered during the Last Supper Festival. Bio We at littlefish farms believe it is Just Time to initiate experiments in transforming waste and haste into health and wealth so that we all may rediscover our interwoven interdependence and a personal purposeful connection with the living beings that sustain and nourish us…including each other. We welcome you to join us on our quixotic quest.
Arboravita (Tree of Life) Crops: sunflowers, strawberries, marigolds, amaranth, arugula, amaranth, tigger melon, holy basil, purslane, radishes, cactus, onion, oregano, spearmint, curry, yarrow, pink clove, red valerian, lemon verbana Materials: tires, Christmas tree stand, PVC pipe, carpet, chain link fencing, plywood, burlap coffee bags, homemade compost (all materials salvaged, reclaimed or donated)
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Interpretation The Future of Food project is a series of devises that grow or print food. Bio Matt works as an interaction/industrial Designer at IDEO in Boston. He spends most of his time outside of work looking for strange things at thrift stores and garage sales, trying to play his keyboards, and coming up with ideas. He writes the Design Fancy column for Core77, a monthly piece that focuses on a fictional designer and the things that they did during their careers. Matt received his BA in Industrial Design at Kendall College of Art and Design in Michigan, and his MA in Interaction Design at the Umeå Institute of Design in Umeå, Sweden.
Food and the Future of It – Egg Printer This device grows and cooks eggs with yolks in any pattern or shape.
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SARAH LOHMAN Interpretation My block print series explores food and memory. Representing foods with the simpler shapes of block prints elevates them to the iconic – almost as if they were logos. And it allows me to represent these iconic images, not realistically, but how you might remember something in a dream or seen through the lens of many years. Food is comfort, and just a smell or color or shape can remind you of something you forgot you knew and loved. Bio Nicole is an Art Director working and eating in Jackson, Mississippi. She recently participated in the Gowanus Studio Space Jell-O Mold Competition, taking home the Creativity award. In July 2010 she designed a “Sea Urchin Lamp” for One Blu Wall’s annual furniture show. She has also participated in Stephanie Syjuco’s Counterfeit Crochet Bag Project which toured just about around the world.
Food Memory Prints 8'' × 10''
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Interpretation In January 2008, I quit my full time job to strike out on my own. Less than a year later, the recession hit. What followed was a two-year of struggle to make ends meet and to maintain my identity as an independent artist. When one struggles for money, one re-assess what qualifies as a necessity. You learn to do without, or to make it yourself. Poverty promotes creativity. This project is a fantastical interpretation of the ingenuity born of desperation. If I can’t buy a thing of beauty, then I will make it myself. Gold and jewels are out of my reach, so I will adorn myself with the glories of nature. Bio Sarah Lohman is an independent artist, curator, and video editor living in Long Island City, Queens. She also creates performances centered around historic gastronomy which she chronicles on her blog Four Pounds Flour. She graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2005 with a BFA in Technology and Integrated Media Environment, and minors in Photography & Videgraphy and Performance & Installation Art.
Seafood Jewelry Raw, dried and cooked Octopus, Squid, Anchovies; rhinestones; gold leaf and gold paint; chains and jewelry findings. Octopus 4'' × 4'' × 2'' Squid 6'' × 4'' × 4'' Anchovy necklace 24'' 4 images 18'' × 24'' each
S H E L LY S A B E L Interpretation “The true magic of this broken world lay in the ability of the things it contained to vanish, to become so thoroughly lost, that they might never have existed in the first place.” —Michael Chabon The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay There is no single concrete definition of knowledge, and of late gaining knowledge (through experience, education or meditation) has been replaced with the consumption of information. Information has become power and the acquisition of it has arguably hobbled society’s search for insight and actual knowledge. I have been using the phrase, This is All I Know, as the foundation of several, small temporal sculptural pieces recently. Each of the pieces uses food (usually sweets) and deal with the quest for knowledge and the fleeting nature of such a quest.
Interpretation A classic Jell-O dish, tomato aspic, made modern and irreverent by casting an effigy of “The Madonna” in full 3-D for a delicious boozy Bloody Mary. 2010 Gowanus Studio Space Jell-O Mold Competition Grand Prize Winner Bio Shelly Sabel is an independent lighting designer based in New York. She has designed lighting for high-end retail display; theater production; and art and design installations. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at NYU and Hunter College.
Bio Sesthasak Boonchai splits his time between New Orleans, LA and Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA in painting from the University of New Orleans; taught at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts | Riverfront and served as a visiting Assistant Professor in Photography at the University of New Orleans. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and is included a number of private and public collections. He is currently a faculty member in the BFA Photography department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In his spare time, Sesthasak likes to eat.
Title: Aspic Ascension – Tastes Like Heaven Mold: food grade Silicon and Algene Flavors: Bloody Mary – the flavor profile is classic and spicy, with beet juice for intense color. This Is All I Know custom printed candy
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J E N CAT R O N + PA U L O U T L AW Interpretation Jen-n-Outlaw’s Fish Fry Truck and Crawfish Boil is the latest public performance offered by the duo Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw. By manipulating a standard 1970s bread truck into a hydraulic powered fold open platform, Catron and Outlaw have created an entire restaurant on wheels for fractional investments while at the same time filling a void in the New York City dining scene – fish fries and crawfish boils. The project serves the community by providing quality food and unconventional cultural experience and the community gives back by supporting the truck and allowing its operation to continue week to week.
Interpretation Sweet Vessels is a series of tableware that are made of molten sugar using the techniques of glassmaking. Due of the perishable nature of the material, objects melt down over the time. Sometimes they become opaque, sometimes they increase the transparency, depending on the temperature and humidity of the place they are exhibited. Bio Yuka Otani’s sculptures and installations incorporate transparent and fluid materials such as glass, water, melted sugar and light to invoke a shift in a viewer’s perception of physical and cognitive spaces. The vulnerable materials change their appearance over time, thereby simultaneously emphasizing both presence and absence
Sweet Vessels Granulated sugar, corn syrup, food color
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Bio Paul Outlaw and Jennifer Catron both received their MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2009. Since that time, they have maintained a successful studio practice living and working in Brooklyn. Outlaw is originally from Fairhope, AL while Catron grew up in the town of Bluford in rural Southern Illinois. While maintaining individual studio practices, the two have also been collaborating on numerous projects in the realm of large scale performance and installation. Much of their collaborations revolve around ideas of the self-made business, symbiotic consumerism, capitalistic spectacle, and serial entrepreneurship. They have recently shown at Grizzly Grizzly, Philadelpia, PA; Maxon Mills, The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY; and have been featured in the New York Times for their roving Fish Fry Truck and Crawfish Boil.
Jen-n-Outlaw’s Fish Fry Truck and Crawfish Boil
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LAURA A. RUGARBER
How do we define self if we eliminate the other? Without a comparative model, individualism is forced to stand alone, an oblivion onto itself. Stripped of accouterments and references, what remains? This self-exploration is the main point of life in how we understand ourselves which ultimately informs
how others to respond to us. A clash occurs with collaborations. In the context of sustainability and community, how much self can co-exist once immersed into situations tied to group cooperation? Actions and decisions are rarely absolutely negative or positive whether originating from the self or a group consensus. These complexities invite introspection about agency. The preservation of self is possible. People should be open to systems designed to improve life and conditions for everyone. This is not asking that the “I” subsume identity; rather that, individuals engage in selflessness to become singularly defined. One must recognize hackneyed patterns of giving too much which are detrimental. Only through maturity and “self” awareness can true balance be achieved.
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D I R E C T O R J O N AT H A N S K U R N I K
Once referred to as “caring, sharing Americans” by Mark E. Smith of The Fall, Dennis and Lois have been immersed in the Rock n Roll scene for over 40 plus years together. Meeting at a Ramone’s show in the 1970’s, they are still regulars to the scene.
I'm Just Anneke is a portrait of a 12-year-old girl who loves ice hockey and has a loving, close-knit family. Anneke is also tomboy, and everyone assumes she’s a boy. The onset of puberty created an identity crisis – to be a boy or a girl or something in-between?
Chris Cassidy is a Brooklyn based filmmaker who has directed over 25 music videos, 2 feature length documentaries and the award-winning MTV documentary short, “Dear Barbra…” Current project is about the unique relationship between Brooklyn based indie-rocker named Vic Thrill, and young Hasidic Jew named Curly Oxide, who was drawn to Vic’s lifestyle.
Jonathan Skurnik has produced, directed, and shot numerous award-winning documentaries and completed two, fiction films . Notable documentary “The Elevator Operator” screened at the Museum of Modern Art in NY and won Best Documentary at Madrid’s Urban TV film festival. Jonathan currently directs short films about transgender and gender fluid youth.
Dennis and Lois Clip Documentary 5:19
I’m Just Anneke Documentary 11:20
Pickles for Nickels Stop-motion Animation 8:00
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DIRECTOR JOSH AIELLO
Pickles for Nickles is a cardboard universe where monkeys steal pickles and neighborhoods change overnight. This stop-motion visualization uses recycled cardboard to represent the city’s shop keepers and street musicians. This vignette highlights the progression of one neighborhood into a less hospitable place. How can people retain their sense of self amidst decay?
Matthew Shultz chooses to function as a purely creative person thriving in a corporate environment without compromise. Woot.com is a symbol of the new economy like few other entities out there. First from a cramped basement in Brooklyn to a remote basement in Vermont, Matthew has found a way to productively indulge his creativity, toiling for a corporate entity, yet shedding the trappings of a corporate existence.
Danielle Ash is a Brooklyn based stop-motion animator. Since receiving her MFA in experimental animation at CalArts, she teaches and works in animation, puppetry, and sound design. Her animated films have recently screened in various festivals, and in 2010 she won the Helen Hill Animation Award.
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One Man Brand Documentary 14:23
Josh Aiello is a humor writer and filmmaker living in Brooklyn. Having graduated from Boston University, he authored three books of satirical nonfiction and is a contributing writer at Glamour magazine.
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DIRECTOR SIJE KINGMA
The Prune addresses one’s isolation and alienation within a society caused from differences between the individual and the masses. Young plum girl Jenny is on the fringe of plum society because of a perceived infraction. Eventually, there is a choice of living as a plum or the eternal existence of a prune.
Deathmachinery brings you the last supper of the stranger in dressed in white. When does the self cease in death? When does the new self begin? The concept is a poetic extrapolation upon the classic suspense era and drawn from Dutch poet Daniel Dee.
Mike Healey began animating in 2005 making a music video for Ryan Star’s “We Might Fall.” Since then, Mike’s work has appeared on MTV, RTE, and Stereogum. In 2008, Mike co-founded //kneeon, an animation production company, leading to animated projects for clients including Atlantic Records and Vitamin Water.
Sije Kingma experimented with narrative elements of videoart. With classmate Fabian de Boer, Kingma produced some short experimental films. These films use puppets or puppet-esque figures in a harsh, violent world. In 2005 Kingma crafted a larger film project entitled Arsenicum. Kingma tackles themes from boy wonders, B-movies, parallel universes, games, comics, antagonists, propaganda to autocracy.
The Prune Dark Comedy/Animation 5:50
Deathmachinery Short/poetry/classic horror/black and white 2:09
Notes on the Other Documentary / Experimental 13:00
DIRECTOR SERGIO OKSMAN
DIRECTOR + COMPOSER STEFANO GIANNOTTI
On July 7, 1961, Ernest Hemingway was buried as one famous Hemingway impersonator was spotted at the Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona. Nowadays, dozens of impersonators compete in the Annual Hemingway Look-alike Contest in Key West, Florida. Determined to be “the true Hemingway after Hemingway’s death,” why do they want to be someone else?
59 Memories about Landscape and People is about memories, images of our life, which move across our eyes mimicking film. Every image connects with a musical note. The film might be infinite, never-ending, but… it lasts only 59 seconds. What happens after?
Brazilian Sergio Oksman studied Journalism in São Paulo and Film in NY. In 2000 he created Dok Films, a production company based in Madrid. His filmography includes titles: Ronaldo: A Flight Manual, Gaudí in the Favela, The Beautician, Goodbye, America, and Notes on the Other.
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59 Memories about Landscape and People Experimental 59 secs
Stefano Giannotti is a composer, author, guitarist, performer and filmmaker. His repertoire ranges from performance, experimental film, radio-art, dance theatre to chamber music, orchestral scores and songs. Earning several international acknowledgments, Giannotti won the Katherine Knight Award at the Earth Vision International Environmental Film Festival 2008 for Chiayi Symphony, and in 2007, received a Karl-Sczuka-Preis for composition Geologica.
D I R E C T O R S T O N I G R E AV E S , J E F F DAV I S S T E V E R OW L A N D, G R E G O RY WA R N E R + BOB SACHA In a Tail of Identity we meet three “Furries” who reveal, with incredible honesty and humor, what it means to feel more like themselves when dressed as an animal than they do in their own skin. The “Furries” – people who feel, deep-down inside, that being human actually constrains who they are. Toni Greaves, Jeff Davis, Steve Rowland, Gregory Warner, and Bob Sacha collaborated via MediaStorm: A Multimedia Production Studio to complete this documentary.
A Tail of Identity Documentary 8:52
DIRECTOR MYRIAM THYES On the symbolic level, the film taps into hopes and fears such as religion and ambition, which are “self-made” human conceits. Society’s role in shaping or augmenting fears has a more sinister effect. The Swiss/Luxembourgish artist Myriam Thyes had studied painting and videoart at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dusseldorf, Germany. Since 1999, the artist has focused on videoart, animation and digital imagery. Years later, Thyes developed media art projects for public screens in 2000. Upcoming in September Flag Metamorphoses will be installed at ON-OFF-Artprojects in Hamburg, and Global Vulva will be shown in several festivals this year. Upcoming in September Flag Metamorphoses will be installed at ON-OFF-Artprojects in Hamburg, and Global Vulva will be shown in several festivals this year.
Ascension Exploration 1 min
Hair Man Non-fiction 3:19
Dasha Is Coming Back Short Documentary 26 mins
D I R E C T O R A D É L A K R O U P OVÁ DIRECTORS ZACHARY TIMM + MATT RIVERA Hair Man is the antithesis of self-made. It’s the story of unwanted celebrity created by society and internet against his will, just because of one strange hairline. Zachary Timm is a graduate of Ithaca College with a concentration in Television production. He has lived in NYC for the last three years working as a freelance filmmaker and music journalist. NYU grad Matt Rivera currently works at the WSJ Digital Network, and teaches Multimedia Reporting at NYU’s Carter Journalism Institute. Both Zach and Matt are part of the Brooklyn’s Filmshop, which is a collective of filmmakers to discuss personal projects.
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Adéla Kroupová graduated from Faculty of Arts at the University of Ostrava. Completing studies at the Department of Screen Writing and Script Editing at the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, she industriously writes screenplays for feature films and directs. www.childrenofstalinism.com Dasha’s mum had been imprisoned in 1949 for helping Mr. Vrba, an anticommunist foreman. Her father hid within the local forest until run down by Members of the State Secret Police. As a result, Dasha’s grandparents raised her in a town removed the native village. What does her birthplace have for Dasha to discover?
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My name is Hov’, OH, H-to-the-O-V —Jay-Z The performance program at this year’s Last Supper Festival explores namemaking and the public-self that is self-made (and performed) in relation to the crowd. Make a name for yourself … at the Last Supper. It is the opening night of the 6th annual Last Supper Festival, a community-based, mix media art and food festival. There are hundreds of people packed into the gallery … eating food art, watching films, circling installations, examining photographs. Artists, foodies, farmers, architects, and more mingle. The chit-chat is about the “self-made”, DIY, homesteading, and sustainable food production. This crowd is your stage … how will you make a name for yourself tonight? Will you make space, spread a rumor, or work the room? Think: coming out parties, profiles of the self-made man, pit fighting champions, debutant balls, political polling, black sheep, feats of strength, Iron Chef, Trump Tower, your-name-in-lights, aliases, nicknames, name-dropping, myth-making, buzz campaigns, and the glory of winning competitions for growing the largest watermelon. In a world of noise, create a signal, define yourself, go for glory, write the legend, leave a legacy, make your name with one performance. It’s is your last chance, it is the Last Supper.
R O B DAV I D S O N / FA U X PA S Coming Out (of the phone booth) Performance for 2 dancers 5 minutes × 2
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CHLOË BASS Interpretation Coming Out (of the phone booth) is part burlesque strip-tease, to help the audience release their inner comic hero selves, and part sensual, meditative duet that begins as a gnarled ball of humanity and then reveals two individuals which part and make their way through the crowd. The piece re-imagines dance as poetic activism for issues such as self acceptance, social equality, sexuality, and gender dysphoria. Each individual prepares for their journey to find a tangible expression of who they are.
Interpretation Process Dinner emphasizes both the individual and communal nature of sharing a meal. The meal served consists of a single recipe, broken down into its intermediate steps. For each guest, the meal is “self made”: guests are asked to enjoy the individual flavors, textures, and sensations of each step of the recipe, almost as if they are tasting as they “go along” with cooking. The meal is also shared as a social experience, and through the descriptions that each individual guest offers about the bites he or she has received. It is this shared descriptive aspect that asks each guest to make a name for him or herself; it’s an opportunity to become a critic. The meal invites all guests to become observed performers.
Bios Rob Davidson/Faux Pas is a former member of the Seán Curran Company and founder of KineticArchitecture. He studied on scholarship at Pennsylvania Ballet and Giordano/Jazz Dance Chicago. Notable venues: NY Fringe, Philly Fringe, DNA, Galapagos and the upcoming NY Burlesque Festival. He will also appear in a new show by Justin Bond at The Kitchen this fall. “Whether it was his perky black tutu or nipple rings, Davidson’s plumage did the trick.” —NY Times. The Esther Williams of Modern Dance (translation: Butoh & Burlesque have baby!) is loved by children and cats.
Bio Chloë Bass is an artist and community organizer based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Recent performances have been seen at Figment on Governors Island, Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art Atrium, and in various urban public spaces. She spent the spring developing a new performance installation, Mnemonic 1.0, for the Bushwhack Series at the Bushwick Starr. She is a core organizer for Arts in Bushwick (Bushwick Open Studios, SITE Festival, BETA Spaces). BA in Theater Studies, Yale University; MFA Candidate in Performance & Interactive Media Arts, Brooklyn College.
Sara Mulry/Simone L’Mew is a dancer/company manager for KineticArchitecture. She has studied extensively at the Paul Taylor studio, with Christine Wright, and Sean Curran. She studied theatre with Dambra Sabato, and recently co-produced/directed ‘The Wolf From Recovery Ohio’ at The Kraine Theatre. She has appeared in productions at DNA, Greenspace, The Rover SOHO, Philly Fringe and Burlesque Book Club. A Renaissance woman of sorts-she is also a singer, musician, poet, and jewelry maker. In her spare time, she is a professional massage therapist, nude model, and nanny. Much love to her mentor and partner Mr. Davidson.
Process Dinner Interactive Performance Dinner for 8 guests 30 minutes
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A Brooklyn based artist and architect, Coralina Meyer integrates multi-media and social practice into her work as a method of piquing the senses, and stimulating memory. Although media varies in her art, the conceptual rigor, and critical analysis of expression is constant. A foundation of sailing, athletecism, and cultural exploration infused by her mother, a chef, and father, a landscaper and tree farmer, has embedded a deep sensitivity to social, emotional, natural, sensory, and cognitive environments. Creating the Last Supper is a form of artistic expression that delves into relational aesthetics, sculpture, public practice, and collaboration. www.coralinameyer.net | Lambastic@gmail.com
L A U R A A . R U G A R B E R F I L M C U R AT O R
Laura A. Rugarber is an artist and writer who had worked in Film at The Museum of Modern Art for over two years where she initiated, curated, and directed Staff Screening series and had founded the MoMA Film Club. Previously in Philadelphia, she made documentaries at American INSIGHT, taught classes about renowned photographers, and acted at Program Assistant for 40th Street Artist-In-Residence Program. Her educational background at The University of Pennsylvania included a BA in Chemistry with a Fine Arts minor as well as Art History concentration at the Master’s level. Currently, she serves as a film co-curator for Plutonian Pictures and has recently been selected by the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy to report on art events while also covering cultural events along the East Coast via her website. www.rugarberry.com | Film@Lambastic.com
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Alison Levy has been an independent curator of site-specific art exhibitions and events in unusual sites with incredible history and communities since 2002. From 2004-2006, she was the Director of the Peekskill Project in Peekskill, NY. I am a published art critic, love working with children and assisting entrepreneurs. I study and practice civic activism, chakra healing, astrology, hula-hooping, swimming, and progressive education. www.linkedin.com/in/sync4abl | Art@Lambastic.com
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Jeremy Funston graduated from Wagner College in 2005 with a bachelor’s in arts administration, a field he left for a few years to explore other interests. He came back to art last year by curating for the “Williamsburg Mini Gallery,” a gallery the size of an ice box hidden inside the wall of his living room, co-curated and co-designed with roommate and film director Esther Bell. He is interested in the evolution of consciousness and how it relates to new forms of art, which he explores via his engagement with EnlightenNext, an educational nonprofit dedicated to exploring the relationship between consciousness and culture. He is also a musician (currently recording an EP/demo with his band) and actor (recently featured in director Michael Lannan’s short film “Lorimer”) and hopes to do more curating in the future. www.enlightennext.org | Art@Lambastic.com
A graduate of The New School’s Bachelor of Art program, fledgling Cultural Theorist residing in Brooklyn, Douglas Turner view’s humanity as the furthest reaches of an evolving process. That process takes place in and is culture. Douglas is currently working on a book project comprised of a collection of essays about the conditioning affect of culture, and attempts to contextualize the coming Cultural Revolution. A newcomer to TLS–curator of both Art and Writing, his intention is to bring a deeper perspective on the notion of individual versus collectivity. In the arts, an individual perspective creates an expression, however, as the collective, a vision manifests. douglaseverettturner.blogspot.com | Writing@Lambastic.com
ALICIA RAE BLEGEN
Alicia Rae Blegen producer and partnership/education coordinator, comes from a long line of crafty, resourceful, and rural Norwegian women. Having moved NYC to study visual culture and disability studies at NYU, Alicia now makes folks feels at home at the best juke joints in Bed-Stuy. With ButterSuite, her project that works with disabled and abused women and their children, she bakes for change. Her interests include: embodiment and its (re)presentation, disability, performance, domesticity, manual labor/work, food as history and culture, and the curation of experiences. She likes joy. www.buttersuite.blogspot.com
Stephanie Pereira believes in making it happen. She is an arts administrator, social organizer, and curator who conceives and enacts her projects through conceptual actions, social installation, and web/print media. She has curated/ organized shows with and for visual artists, dancers, performance artists, teachers, students, writers, museums, and music venues. She is currently running the education program at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center.
Anh-Thu Nguyen is an international lawyer by training and practice, as well as a sometime entrepreneur. She is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Ahkun (www.ahkun.org), an online platform for handicrafts made by Cambodian microfinance entrepreneurs, and is an Executive Producer for Squirrel Vision Productions, a British-based film production company. She has an unhealthy fixation with carbohydrate and cheese combinations, and her dancing is often compared to that of a dinosaur.
Demir Gjokaj is an equity research analyst working in New York City. As a Homebuilders & Real Estate analyst, most of his professional work is focused on research surrounding the residential real estate market. Prior to this position, Demir worked as a policy adviser to the Governor of Hawaii on affordable housing and land use strategy. Personally, Demir carries a ongoing passion for issues around affordable housing, urban growth, and the health of urban real estate markets.
Derek Denckla initiates social impact enterprises to achieve watershed results, focusing on projects that promote cultural capital and environmental sensitivity. His curatorial work is centered upon cross-disciplinary exhibitions that integrate art, design, performance and public policy. His latest project, FarmCity.US, is a multi-modal series of events and exhibitions exploring the expansion of urban agriculture and launching, Farm City Fund, a new enterprise providing financial tools and products for urban agriculture business. Currently, Denckla manages Special Projects for Added Value, the non-profit that cultivates Red Hook Community Farm and the Farm on Governor’s Island. He blogs about sustainable food @ thegreenest.net. Through his consulting practice, propellergroup.net, Denckla initiates real estate development projects in partnership with arts organizations, such as greenbeltbrooklyn.com, the first LEED Gold building in Brooklyn, that houses Center for Performance Research, cprnyc.org. | www.denckla.com
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Jane Wagner is currently working on Unraveled, an upcoming feature documentary by Marc H. Simon. She is also producing a short documentary about Creationism, a project that took her to Petersburg, Kentucky to film at the controversial Creation Museum. A recent graduate of Davidson College, Jane is looking forward to discovering ways to combine her interest in art history with her passion for filmmaking.
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After 3 years of programming short films for the Last Supper, Thomas Newman returns to curate the festival’s musical line up. Tom, along with a team of audio/ visual dissidents, created BLANKS NYC, a creative events collective that hosts participatory art events and dance parties throughout New York City. His DJ career began the day he sold his beloved Pearl Jam tickets to buy a pair of used turntables from a pawn shop in Baltimore City. Since then, he spins/clicks/loops/ bleeps underground house around NYC under the name Clickbeatle. Currently, Tom lives in Brooklyn, working by day as an architect/contributor to Impose Magazine/ graphic designer/ events organizer… and by night as a BLANK.
E R I K FA B I A N
Erik Fabian is an artist, live experience designer, and creative entrepreneur living in Brooklyn. He graduated from the Masters of Fine Arts degree program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work in performance, installation, and conceptual art can be found at www.ErikAndTheAnimals.com. Information about Erik’s live experience design consulting and his company Double Happiness can be found at www.DoubleHappinessNYC.com.
N A D I A S I D D I Q U I F O O D A R T C U R AT O R
Nadia Siddiqui has a keen interest in a wide-range of fields and has worked in laboratory neuroscience, community-based substance abuse treatment, and currently, human rights and accountability at the International Center for Transitional Justice with focus on international policy and Afghanistan, respectively. She is also a co-director of and writer/concept developer for the Gowanus Studio Space Jell-O Mold Competition and in addition has helped put on art, design, and food events around New York. She is tougher than she seems and has on occasion been compared to a Muppet.
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Michelle Zatta is an industrial designer living in Brooklyn, specializing in furniture, toy, and product design. She believes that design is a means of weaving her creativity into the existing social fabric. She holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute, has worked with the artist Jane Hammond, and designed products for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Planet Product Toys, among others. Her work has also appeared in the book Bright Minds, Beautiful Ideas: Parallel Thoughts in Different Times. She is a co-director of and design/concept developer for the Gowanus Studio Space Jell-O Mold Competition and has served as one of the production directors for Tasteologie’s CMYK Cocktail. Michelle has an unnatural love of Hello Kitty and has been known to carry pot-roasts in her purse – to hardcore shows.
L I L I T R E N KOVA
A first-time TLS participant, Lili Trenkova has moved across continents as well as art media. Starting with 8 years of classical piano in her native Bulgaria, she moved on to jazz guitar and punk bass, followed by dance, mime, and ceramics, to get to her current occupation as a scenographer and a product designer and installer for a tension fabric company. Recent credits in set design include The Crucible and Mrs. Bob’s Wild Christmas Binge for The Gallery Players, and Cell for First Irish Festival, all of which Lili also constructed and painted herself (with a few nice handy helpers.) Some of her interests include civil liberties, high-quality vegan cooking, mixology, and bicycling. You may have tasted Lili’s vegan baked goods in Reese’s Erotic Bakery at the last two Lost Horizon Night Market events and her drinks at Pangea in the East Village.
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J U L I A K A G A N S K I Y N E W M E D I A A R T C U R AT O R
Julia Kaganskiy is a one half of Blue Box Gallery (along with Karen Bookatz). She is currently Editor-at-Large at The Creators Project, a new website from Vice and Intel about creativity and technology. She is also the founder and organizer of the Arts, Culture and Technology Group (ArtsTech), a monthly event series dedicated to exploring the intersection of art and technology.
K A R E N B O O K AT Z & C O R A L I N A M E Y E R N E W M E D I A A R T C U R AT O R
Karen Bookatz is the Co-Founder/Director of Blue Box Gallery, a mobile gallery dedicated to New Media artwork. On behalf of Blue Box, Karen will be curating this timely new addition of “art-meets-technology” at this year’s fest. She also curates Arab, Israeli, Islamic, Jewish, Persian and Turkish-themed contemporary artwork in the context of MARHAMI BOOKATZ + KURDI Gallery, an artistic platform for progressive ideas about identity, culture and politics. She is also a freelance arts/architectural journalist and a contributing editor to a range of publications. Day-to-Day, Karen serves as Marketing Director at WASA/Studio A, an architectural design firm in New York. | email@example.com
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Ryan Lewandowski is an architectural designer hailing originally from the middle of no where Virginia. Having moved up to New York City shortly after graduating from the University of Virginia, he has worked at Ennead Architects for the past two years. His interests in architecture focus on the individual as a foundation for understanding the complex built systems of today by studying how one relates spatially, culturally, and personally to ones surroundings.
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Daria Supp is originally from Washington State, but now calls Brooklyn home. As an Architect she spends her days in Manhattan designing cultural, medical, and academic buildings. Since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Architecture degree in 2005 she has spent time in Seattle, London and New York working as an architect and video-animation artist. She is interested in exploring how architecture can transcend its static qualities and more actively engage in the experience it creates.
A L E X A N D R A G R E G O RY
Born in Idaho, raised in California and most recently from Utah, Ally made her way to New York just over two years ago. She resides in the Lower East Side and spends her free time going to local music shows and watching past seasons of Breaking Bad. Each Sunday, Ally religiously travels to Ft. Tilden with her best pals from Brooklyn.
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The 2010 Salon marks Ally's first involvement with The Last Supper. She thanks the whole Lambastic team for the inspirational opportunity, and thanks you for being part of this unique event for the community.
Ally currently works in the comedy department at Paradigm Talent Agency. Her previous arts credits include a youth spent in community theatre productions, ballet classes, various all-girl high school bands and marching in drum line. While at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Ally co-founded the campus' first female a cappella group, Vocal Motion, which she led for two years. In 2005, Ally transferred to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where she served as the Performing Arts Chair to the university's Presenter's Office and wrote for the Arts and Entertainment section of The Daily Utah Chronicle. Ally graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies and was the official speaker for the university's 2008 College of Fine Arts convocation.
Published on Nov 5, 2010
Published on Nov 5, 2010
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