Neal Medlyn and Jessica Almasy
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Neal Medlyn: Hey everybody. It’s me, Neal Medlyn. I’m here with Jessica Almasy from The TEAM at the Grey Dog and we’re going to talk to you about America for Creative Capital.
Jessica Almasy: Helloooo!
Neal: I was just thinking that we would get together because Jessica’s work is somewhat about America and I think that my work is about America, too. I don’t get asked about that very much. So, I wanted to talk about what it’s like to make work about America and have various experiences of people responding or not responding to it. I just wanted to have a wide-ranging and thought-provoking conversation about making work about America. [Laughs]
Jessica: Awesome. I’d like to start by giving a little context for where The Team is coming from. I’m part of the collaborative theater ensemble The Team, and we created a mission statement about ten years ago, which states that we make plays about America. So, if we’re succeeding, then that’s what we’re doing. Also, we had to create an acronym for legal purposes back in the day when we incorporated, so Team stands for Theater of the Emerging American Moment; so again, it’s right in the title. Our job is to think about what is happening right now. We gained our first traction in the UK at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, so people really read our work as information from America being made by young Americans. We were like a specimen for them. I think there’s a really big difference when you’re out of context than when you’re ensconced in your own culture. Continue reading
Julia Christensen (2013 Emerging Fields) presented on Project Project at the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat. You can watch more artist presentations from the Retreat on our Vimeo channel.
Artist Retreat attendees in small group discussion
If you’ve been to the Creative Capital Artist Retreat, you know that it’s a nerve center of artistic discourse. This year, I joked that it was impossible to make it from the coffee station in the dining hall back to your table without your coffee getting cold—there were too many brilliant and distracting conversations happening in between to waylay you! As Program Assistant for the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards (an ancillary program of Creative Capital), attending my first retreat this year, it was inspiring to be so continuously surrounded by such dialogue.
Beyond over eighty presentations by the inspiring Creative Capital grantees and the fascinating Sunday Focus Sessions, some of the most special moments of the weekend were the spontaneous ones—the moments when putting a lot of artistically-minded heads in the same general area paid off with some truly memorable impromptu conversations. Continue reading
Chemi Rosado-Seijo (2013 Emerging Fields) presented on his project La Perla’s Portrait, Kite Festival at the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat. You can watch more artist presentations from the Retreat on our Vimeo channel.
Faces from the Nation Inside video Storybank
A few months ago I had the opportunity to talk to Nick Szuberla, a 2006 Emerging Fields grantee, about the development of his Creative Capital project, Thousand Kites, a multimedia, community-based project centered on the criminal justice system in the U.S. Only part of that story made it into my original blog post, so I followed up with him so that we could share the whole, fantastic story.
Lisa Dent: When you first applied for the Creative Capital grant in 2005, what was your most important goal?
Nick Szuberla: When I moved from my hometown of Toledo, OH and into the Appalachian coalfields in 1998, I was interested in learning more about the impact that prisons, as a form of economic development, were having on the Appalachian community. I made contact with local prisoners after I began a weekly radio program, “Holler to the Hood,” that became popular with them. I was playing hip-hop in a sea of bluegrass. The prisoners I spoke with cued me in to the human rights abuses taking place at two supermax prisons near my home. Among the numerous tragedies I learned about, two ended in the death of an inmate. Continue reading
Creative Capital grantees Nick Hallett, Holcombe Waller and Miwa Matreyek
In September, a group of our West Coast grantees organized a brunch at the Ace Hotel in Portland, OR, during the TBA Festival. The event, supported by our Regional Gatherings Program, brought together Creative Capital grantees from the Pacific Northwest along with other artists and attendees of the festival.
Launched in January 2013, the Grantee Regional Gatherings Program is Creative Capital’s newest artist-directed initiative. The gatherings, initiated and organized by grantees for fellow grantees and the the community-at-large, are supported by Creative Capital funds, and can range from salons to Pecha Kucha-style events, workshops, happy hours, and more. Thanks to Holcombe Waller (2013 Performing Arts) and Miwa Matreyek (2013 Performing Arts), who organized the Portland event and shared these great photos. Many thanks as well to the Ace Hotel in Portland for providing the space and the catering! Continue reading
Paul Rucker (2012 Film/Video) presented on his project Recapitulation at the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat. You can watch more artist presentations from the Retreat on our Vimeo channel.
On Friday, September 27, Paul will present in the Creative Capital session, Art @ The Edge, at the IdeaFestival in Louisville.
Ken Nintzel, “You Are Here.” Photo by Eileen Costa.
Ken Nintzel (2009 Performing Arts) is premiering his Creative Capital-supported project, You Are Here, with an installation in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Lepercq Space as part of the BAM Next Wave Festival. You Are Here is a modular installation that recreates the constellations of the night sky in physical form, as they are depicted in celestial atlases, and suspends them overhead to create a life-size stellarium. Each animal and human constellation figure has embedded LED lights plotting the stars that make up the constellation. In natural light, viewers experience the three-dimensional animal and human forms; as the light fades, the figures recede into silhouette and the star patterns emerge. Continue reading
Jesse Sugarmann (2012 Film/Video) presented on his project We Build Excitement at the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat. You can watch more artist presentations from the Retreat on our Vimeo channel.
On Friday, September 27, Jesse will present in the Creative Capital session, Art @ The Edge, at the IdeaFestival in Louisville.
DD Dorvillier and Jennifer Monson in “RMW(a) & RMW,” 2010. Photo by Val Oliveiro.
As part of our “Artist to Artist” interview series, choreographers and long-time artistic collaborators DD Dorvillier (2013 Performing Arts) and Jennifer Monson (2000 Performing Arts) sat down to discuss Jennifer’s recent performance project, Live Dancing Archive, which she presented at The Kitchen in February 2013. The following is an excerpt from their conversation.
DD Dorvillier: To start, I thought I would take on something you wrote to me: “I am interested in the possibility of the body as an archive on multiple scales at once both temporal and spatial, human and adjacent to human—the particularities of experience as something that is impermanent and leaves multiple kinds of traces, and the relationships of transmission and reception in the sound scores, in the dancing and the audience.” This idea of the possibility of the body as an archive on multiple scales—do you think of this as a metaphor, or is it an actual practice, or is it something in between? In other words, what does the body as an archive LOOK like or FEEL like? Continue reading