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Updates from Critical Correspondence 4/17

Hello from Critical Correspondence! Keeping you posted as to what’s new. Jean Butler has posted two interviews in a series on Danspace Project’s visionary Platform curation project – one with Back to NYC curator Juliette Mapp and one with participating artist Jen Rosenblit. Also, check out a video interview with Clarinda MacLow as part of Alejandra Martorell’s series What Sustains You? which takes a thoughtful look at various artist’s strategies at creating something functional out of the crazy existence of being a dance artist in NYC. Also up is an interview with the organizers of Fantasy Generator, a rethinking of the traditional model of a residency that took place at Hollins University last summer with the idea of radical generosity at its core. And we have notes from one of the discussions as part of the Trisha Brown Dance Company’s 40th Anniversary Lecture Series called “Talking About the Work.” Much more in the works so check back!

Best,
CC

Updates from Critical Correspondence

Hi all,

Hope you are enjoying the return of Spring. Just to keep you posted on what’s new on Critical Correspondence – we have a new video interview as part of our series “What Sustains You?” with AUNTS. We’ve also posted some notes on February’s DTW Lobby TALKS about the Relevance of the University, Part II. And we’ve posted a link to Ursula Eagly’s lovely article on Deborah Hay in Artforum called Reaction Time.

Be well,
CC

Critical Correspondence – March 2010

Hello all on this beautiful Tuesday morning. It has been a busy few weeks and the CC team has been typing at full speed to bring you words from some of the great artists that make up this community. This month we have published six interviews! We have contributions from Meg Wolfe, Juliana May, koosil-ja, Meg Stuart and Trajal Harrell on Auf den Tisch! (Performa 09) and Kathy Westwater. Each of these featured artists have been interviewed about their processes and thoughts in regards to their most recent work.

CC has also published two new projects. One involves choreographers Karen Ivy ad Colleen Leonardi. Read what these women have to say on “knowledge in dance.” The published discussion is the first of many more to come. And last, but not least What Sustains You? is a new project that asks specific artists what sustains them as artists/people as they work in ways to transform structures and relationships. This month CC interviewed Justine Lynch. Watch a short video and listen to What Sustains Justine Lynch? and her theories on money as a collaboration with energy. If you are interested in being interviewed for the What Sustains You? project or have someone(s) in mind who you’d like to hear from, let us know at cc@movementresearch.org.

Be well people,
The Critical Correspondence Team

history resonating in my body

My favorite thing about London is how easy it is to get to other places.  I decided at the last minute to hop on the 2-hour train to Brussels for the week.  Amazing.  After seeing a couple friends, I attended a rehearsal performance for the new collaboration between Jerome Bel and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker.

I’m going to refrain from the long and critical conversation I’d like to have with you about it.

After my last post about architecture, I found myself extremely focused on the surroundings of the theater, La Monnaie, which was built more than 3 HUNDRED years ago.  It got me thinking about how no matter what, each piece presented there carries with it a heavy history.  Of course this is true at any theater, even relatively new ones in New York.  I’m curious how this affects the performance, both for viewers and performers.  My body felt different there.  I brought different attention.  It wasn’t just about expectation.  It was how my body reacts in a huge opera house filled with paintings and so much more.  This was the piece for me.

Jillian Peña, 2009 MR artist-in-residence, jillianpena.com, i love you

Festival Curators Interviewed in Time Out New York

Read Gia Kourlas’s interview with Fall Festival Curators Lucy Sexton and Charles Atlas here: http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/dance/80894/charles-atlas-and-lucy-secton-interview

Two Events at Baryshnikov Arts Center. Movement Research & UC Irvive, Baryshnikov Arts Center & Performa.

Friday, Oct. 23rd, 8pm: Film Screening;  Saturday, Oct. 24th, 10am-2pm: Workshop. Active Space Technology workshop. FREE. Baryshnikov Arts Center, Howard Gilman Performance Space at 450 W 37 Street.
John Crawford, Jodi Gates, and Lisa Naugle

photo: Meg Stuart, Auf den Tisch, 2009 copyrigh Nato, courtesy of Performa

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Genesis Project Artist Interview #4: Fergus Byrne

The following interview took place on August 21st, 2009, between Fergus Byrne (2009 Genesis Project Artist-in-Residence) and Arturo Vidich and Aki Sasamoto (Culture Push co-directors). We conducted the interview via Skype chat, which we found to be an interesting medium, somewhere between a recording and email correspondence. We sat at the same table.

Fergus ByrneAki Sasamoto: What are you working on right now in the residency?

Fergus Byrne: I’m working on various collaborative projects with Saul [Melman] and Meghan [Flanigan]. They can be related to work I have been doing recently back in Ireland. Embroidery with Saul. Dance work and drawing with Meghan.

Arturo Vidich: How has the work you came with to this residency been influenced or added to by the other artists? I’m thinking in particular about the skipping. What strikes me is that you decided not to skip after the first 2 weeks of the residency because it was a hold-over from the work you were doing before you came to Philly. How does, or does it play in to what you’re doing now with drawing, in the last few days?
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Genesis Project Artist Interview #3: Meghan Flanigan

The following interview took place on August 21st, 2009, between Meghan Flanigan (2009 Genesis Project Artist-in-Residence) and Arturo Vidich and Aki Sasamoto (Culture Push co-directors). We conducted the interview via Skype chat, which we found to be an interesting medium, somewhere between a recording and email correspondence. We sat at the same table.

Meghan FlaniganAki Sasamoto: What are you working on right now in the residency?

Meghan Flanigan: I’m working on a number of projects that don’t really have names yet. Two are collaborations with Fergus: a drawing that we do together and the other so far is a movement work. I’m also working on a video exploration.

AS: Can you tell us about how you started your involvement in drawing and video? Here I’m assuming you are someone who has worked primarily in the dance field.

MF: The drawing came a bit from the experience at the drawing marathon and then further when Fergus gave a workshop based on contact drawing. I helped out with contact warm-up exercises and then we drew. I mostly have a dance background but I’ve been itching to work more in other media recently and this is a good way to get started.

AV: How do you see this residency shaping or not shaping your new direction with media-based performance?

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Genesis Project Artist Interview #2: Saul Melman

The following interview took place on August 21st, 2009, between Saul Melman (2009 Genesis Project Artist-in-Residence) and Arturo Vidich and Aki Sasamoto (Culture Push co-directors). We conducted the interview via Skype chat, which we found to be an interesting medium, somewhere between a recording and email correspondence. We sat at the same table.

saulsq4Aki Sasamoto: Saul, what are you working on right now in the residency?

Saul Melman: At the moment, I’m working on three projects, two of the projects are with Fergus [Byrne] and the third is an independent project. A fourth project with Carlos [Monroy] is in its infancy. We’ll see what happens with that work. A common idea that I’m investigating in these projects is memory.

Arturo Vidich: Like the tree rings, and the story you told about your grandfather. Could you talk more about how memory plays in?

SM: In the last several years, I have become progressively interested in making work, primarily sculptures and installations, that function as mnesic events– works that feel like an event has occurred.

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Genesis Project Artist Interview #1: Carlos Monroy

The following interview took place on August 20th, 2009, between Carlos Monroy (2009 Genesis Project Artist-in-Residence) and Arturo Vidich and Aki Sasamoto (Culture Push co-directors). We conducted the interview via Skype chat, which we found to be an interesting medium between a transcribed recording and email correspondence. We sat at the same table.

Carlos MonroyAki Sasamoto: Ok, the first question:  What are you working on right now in the residency?

Carlos Monroy: I am doing some sculpture exercises and installations working with the other artists’ residues in the main studio. I am also doing a lot of photography and stop motion things… But actually I think  the best thing here is talking; having conversations with the guys and trying to figure out how we can work together, or just watching them work with each other. I find it amazing and I feel like it’s part of the work too.

Arturo Vidich: So a lot of the “work” is stuff that can float away– conversations, sculptures that get taken down in an hour. And stop motion is condensed time, a relic of an activity that is not the activity itself. The residue… Figuring out how to
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