The 2016 Artist Presentation Videos are Here!


This past summer, Creative Capital artists spent four days at a retreat at EMPAC on the RPI campus in Troy, NY. In front of an audience of over 200 curators, presenters, publishers and other arts organizers, artists presented their Creative Capital projects. We’ve uploaded their presentations to our YouTube page. If you have some down time during the holidays, it’s a perfect moment to binge watch these amazing videos! 

Click here to view our playlist on YouTube, and read on below for some featured videos.

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Jen Bervin Mixes Poetry with Cutting-Edge Medical Technology

VIDEO: Jen Bervin’s Silk Poems

Visual artist and writer Jen Bervin’s Creative Capital-supported project, Silk Poems, premieres this month in the exhibition Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The exhibition includes works by twenty-one international artists that solicit pure wonder, “a liminal state of being poised between knowing and not knowing, and defined by an experience of something truly new.”

Jen’s project and trajectory over the past few years offers a wonderful case study of how Creative Capital supports innovative artists. As an interdisciplinary visual artist and author of nine books, Jen applied to Creative Capital’s 2012 grant round in the Literature category. Her proposal for the Silk Poems merged poetry, textiles and science: she wanted to write a microscopic poem in the form of a silk biosensor.

Bervin was directly inspired by Fiorenzo Omenetto’s cutting-edge research with liquefied silk at Tufts University’s Bioengineering Department’s Silk Lab. Remarkably, the human immune system accepts silk on surfaces as sensitive as the brain.

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“The System Isn’t Broken. It’s Working Exactly As Intended”

We kicked off a series of artist discussions, called Creative Conversations, on April 19 that asks artists how they are dealing with important social issues. In the first part of our series we brought five Creative Capital artists together to discuss how they are using their practice to address criminal justice and mass incarceration. You can watch the full video above, or check out highlights from Twitter below on our Storify. Hope you enjoy!

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Tahir Hemphill’s Database of Hip Hop Lyrics A Teaching Tool

Artist Tahir Hemphill is a creative technologist inspired by hip hop music. A few years ago, he created a database of lyrics from over 50,000 hip hop songs dating from 1979 to present. Using this database–a Creative Capital supported project called the Hip Hop Wordcount–Tahir formed curricula for high school students to learn how to work with data and complete their own independent studies. Beginning this month, Tahir will use his experience teaching students to teach a number of educators to implement his digital learning program across New York City.

The database will also be used in a series of collaborations between himself and “creatives, technologists and cultural critics.” These projects, united as a series called Actual Fact, will pair data visualization with critical scholarship of hop data and society.


Who Knew Making Art Could Be So Dangerous?

Brittany Nelson uses the toxic chemicals of old school photography techniques like tintype and Mordancage to create highly detailed abstract images. Watch our profile video to learn more about her process, and look for her work at Volta New York with Morgan Lehman Gallery through March 6!

Mondo Bizarro Take On Disappearing Land of Louisiana

Louisiana is disappearing. It is breaking apart into the sea. The Gulf of Mexico, aided by sinking land and rising seas, has been swallowing this region at a horrifying rate. To highlight how people in New Orleans are affected by this changing landscape, Mondo Bizarro have put together a traveling, out door performance that is a must see. We interviewed them after they performed Cry You One at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven.

To read more about Mondo Bizarro’s performance project, click here.

Binge Watch Presentation Videos from Our 2015 Retreat

Presentators at the Creative Capital 2015 Retreat

This past summer we took 86 artists up to Troy, NY, for a four-day retreat at EMPAC on the RPI campus. Throughout the weekend, they gave presentations to some of the country’s top curators and arts organizers about the projects they are developing with the help of Creative Capital.

We’ve uploaded the presentations to our YouTube page. If you have some down time during the holidays, it’s a perfect moment to binge watch these amazing videos! 

Click here to view our playlist on YouTube, and read on below for some featured videos.

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Help Creative Capital Fight the Dark Side

Not so long ago in a galaxy not so far away…

…the arts were threatened by the dark side, and Creative Capital began a quest to support the nation’s most adventurous creative voices. Our commitment to risk-taking artists has never been stronger, but we need your help to continue this critically important work.

Fight the Dark Side. Fund the Force. Every dollar counts.

Taylor Ho Bynum Turns a 2000 Mile Bike Ride Into a Performance

In 2014, Taylor Ho Bynum, a world-class cornetist and composer, set out from Vancouver, Canada with his bike and musical instrument. As he made his way down the west coast, he stopped in various towns presenting solo concerts and playing with ensembles of area musicians. The Acoustic Bicycle Tour, Taylor’s Creative Capital supported project, saw the musician turning a bicycle tour from Canada to Mexico into an “act of composition.”

Read more about Taylor Ho Bynum and Acoustic Bicycle Tour here.

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts Takes Over Malcolm X’s Old Office

Writer Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts took over the former Hotel Theresa space in Harlem to create an installation of works by various artists as well as poetry readings to honor the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination. We visited the site and spoke to Sharifa about why the community gathering was so relevant to the current events of today, as well as her Creative Capital project, It Is Written.