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|Current Reblogger: Chloë Bass|
Chloë Bass is an artist, curator and community organizer based in Brooklyn. She is the co-lead organizer for Arts in Bushwick (artsinbushwick.org), which produces the ever-sprawling Bushwick Open Studios, BETA Spaces, and performance festival SITE Fest, which she founded. Recent artistic work has been seen at SCOPE Art Fair, CultureFix, the Bushwick Starr Theater, Figment, and The Last Supper Art Festival, as well as in and around the public spaces of New York City. She has guest lectured at Parsons, the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, and Brooklyn College. Other moments have found her co-cheffing Umami: People + Food, a 90 person private supper club; growing plants with Boswyck Farms (boswyckfarms.org); and curating with architecture gallery SUPERFRONT (superfront.org). Chloë holds a BA in Theater Studies from Yale University, and an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) from Brooklyn College.
Carmen :: In Morelia thinking about ways to balance sound and image. Thinking about Rothko’s black paintings, Stella’s black paintings, Reinhardt’s black paintings, the difference between darkness and Cageian silence, wondering if it would be possible to listen in the complete absence of light. What would such a state do to the sensation of listening?
The Wooloo New Life Residency
Carmen :: This city is difficult, the smog, the lack of infrastructure, the heartbeaking poverty, and the pace of life itself can frustrate and exhaust the will. I had a chance to chat this morning with my good friend Anjali Srinivasan, she is now living in Dehli, another city plagued by similar problems. As we communicated over a clunky connection, I felt us descending into despair- even as we were discussing the exciting possibility of her new studio initiative on the beach in Dakshinachitra. Then for some reason, entirely off subject, I thought…but the metropolois inspires . It does- art sprouts everywhere.
She told me about the Sanskriti Foundation’s International artists’ residency program.
I want to share it with all of you because it seems like such a wonderful opportunity to work in India and help nourish the art sprouting there.
Carmen :: The economic disparity here in Mexico is so extreme. I feel desperate and that my soul is eroding. The complexity of the international consumer culture that created this condition reminds me of my discussions with artist Rosalinda Gonzales as I prepared to wash her pick up truck in blood. A still from Blood Bath, digital video by Rosalinda Gonzales is pictured above.
Carmen :: Still thinking about this phrase “carnal presence.” It’s always a little bit shocking. It’s not really ever sexy- I don’t mean that kind of carnal. It’s the spell of the flesh- the essence of presence and as in the case of film or video it doesn’t always require the flesh to be presence. It’s the work of art, the imposition of itself.
Above and below are pictured Instead of allowing some thing to rise up to your face dancing bruce and dan and other things by Tino Sehgal.
Artists as teachers. How does this work? Behind a desk giving facts. The implicit hierarchy is stifling. Are “facts” something like- information readymades ? This makes the process much more palatable.
Carmen :: In Morelia, teaching an enormous group enthusiastic diverse students. While preparing discussion notes I came across a really interesting phrase of Michel Chion, the carnal presence of film. This phrase leapt out at me from the page. What a perfect way to say it- that irresistible intensity of eye contact with an image- filmic or otherwise. I don’t have my own words for it but I know it as primal and real. We all know it. Chion reserves this electricity for film but it lives in the visual arts as well. I remember it well from my first experience with Gary Hill’s In as much as it is already taking place (pictured above) I am sure there are many more others.
The inexhaustible Christopher Robbins is opening a new branch of the WPA 2010 in Jamaica Queens. The opening reception is on Thursday, July 1, 5-9PM at Chashama Jamaica Studios 90-26 161st Street, Jamaica, Queens. I hope you can join him to kick off this great project. I’d love to be there myself.
Carmen:: In Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico. It’s lovely, cool and sunny. I spent yesterday meeting with the directors of CMMAS, el Centro Mexicano para la Música y Artes Sonoras. We met to discuss the final details for our first meeting with residency participants on Monday.
The smell of fresh bread is wafting in through the balcony window and it’s all I can do keep from dashing outside to play with the butterflies. But the wealth and variety of Latin American electroacoustic music practice is inspiring that I want to be part of it and so back to work me.