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Harlem Studio Fellowship is participating to
Harlem Open Artist Studio Tour
Saturday Oct. 4, 12-6 pm
Sunday Oct 5, 1-6 pm
(see www.artharlem.org for the full program and the map).
HSF at Harlem Open Artist Studio Tour 2008, Oct 4 & 5, 2008
Harlem Studio Fellowship is glad to participate to Harlem Open Artist Studio Tour on Oct. 4 & 5, 2008 (see http://www.artharlem.org for the full program). HSF’s townhouse will present a threefold program:
– Abacism, an exhibition by French HSF fellow artist France Languérand, co-curated by Stéphanie Jeanjean and Raffaele Bedarida;
– On the Block, a projection of HSF artist Susy Blu’s photographic project;
– freeDimensional will be hosted with its Action Lab on Economic Migration.
HSF is a residency program for international artists. Conceived by Ruggero Montrasio and curated by Raffaele Bedarida, the program invites young artists every three months. HSF provides them with housing and studio in Harlem, NYC. In addition to presenting their work at the conclusion of their residency, a complete show of the artists in residence will be held at the end of the first 3 years (catalogue by Silvana Editoriale). It will display a selection from the artists invited.
France Languérand – Abacism
Using different media, France Languérand interrogates the structures and systems of a selection of cultural objects, which popularity have turned into clichés and cultural commodities. Engaged in an obstinate relationship with the cultural product, the artist’s activities respond to her absolute need to tentatively set in order and understand a specific object through the structural organization of its components. The object is qualified, and then quantified until it disappears or, better, is re-qualified.
During her residency at HSF, France Languérand proposes two different projects. The first one concerns photographs obtained with a computer program that she created. The photographs are 16 777 216 pixels in size and each pixel corresponds to one color from the 16 777 216 numeric color scale. The second project is a sound piece using the basic chords that anyone must know before playing an instrument. The basic chords will become the material studied and manipulated for this project and result in the creation of an original musical composition.
Susy Blu – On the Block
“Harlem is deeply and quickly changing: many old houses are being restored; new people are moving to this neighbourhood, some residents have to leave because the rent prices are increasing; new shops, bars, buildings, hotels and restaurants are opening, while some old, no more competitive ones are closing. Students from Columbia University, artists, young couples and freelances live and work nowadays in Harlem, sharing spaces and habits with the historical residents of this area. Last summer a lot of white people moved to Harlem and the gentrification is getting faster and faster. The block where HSF is located reflects this interesting phase of transition, that’s why I decided to concentrate on this small but rich reality. Being an agent myself of this process I thought I could only work where I am part of it.” (Susy Blu, On the Block – Concept, Sept. 2007)
Susy Blu’s photographic project On the Block is a systematic study/portrait of the houses’ interiors on 121st Street between Lenox and Powel, where HSF is located. Although absent, their inhabitants collectively emerge through the environments that they have personalized. The project is a reflection on topics such as gentrification, domesticity, identity and privacy. Photographs will be shown shown through a loop projection, commented by text and sounds.
freeDimensional – Action Lab on Economic Migration
freeDimensional (fD) is a platform of collaboration linking community art spaces to social justice movements globally. fD conducts advocacy on behalf of vulnerable groups and produces tactical media to illustrate critical, contemporary issues. fD uses existing resources in the art, media and entertainment sectors in order to engage and financially underwrite direct actions, raise awareness and instigate change.
The freeDimensional Action Lab on Economic Migration has been in development since 2006. Starting with an fD resident artist in NYC, Bara Diokhane and the Gowanus Canal “Empty Vessel” Boat Project, up to the artHARLEM tour on October 4/5, 2008 with no intention of slowing down. The project has found a great deal on momentum in 2008. Beginning with an event during New York City’s Immigrant Heritage Week, on to a one week workshop on Economic Migration at the Santa Fe Art Institute and ending the spring season of events with a media intervention in Dakar, with their partner center the Atelier Mustapha Dime, during the Dak’Art Biennale.
Moving from the spring to summer has found fD working with a new and dynamic research project on Economic Migration, “Taking to the Sea”. Taking to the Sea is interested in looking at Egyptian Economic Migration by the sea. fD will feature Taking to the Sea during artHARLEM. fD plans to bring Taking to the Sea to a new audience in New York City and connect it to other projects on migration that are also ongoing. There are a number of community based organizations that are focused on Economic Migration from Central America to the US as well as West Africa to Europe that fD has been working with. fD looks to further the discussion by bringing organizations and community art spaces to work together to focus on the situation at hand.