Interview: Andrea Mastrovito interviewed by Italian cultural news site
Published by Michela Beatrice Ferri, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, EXIBART
Andrea Mastrovito was interviewed by the Italian cultural news site Exibart in connection to an exhibition and free screenings of his More Art commissioned public art project NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century (2015-2017) in Milan, Italy, this week.
In the interview, Andrea discusses how he adapted Friedrich W. Murnau’s seminal 1922 film Nosferatu (itself an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s story, Dracula) to reflect the themes of our time, working with community members to create a powerful and poignant statement about immigrant rights in today’s world.
Read the interview here (in Italian).
Free screenings of NYsferatu in Milan
The historic cultural institution Fondazione Stelline in Milan, Italy, is currently hosting eight days of screenings of Andrea Mastrovito’s NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century (2015-2017). The screenings will run from April 11 through April 18 and are free and open to the public.
In addition to showing the film, Fondazione Stelline has mounted an exhibition with original drawings from the film as well as a series of new works by Mastrovito.
Commissioned and produced by More Art, NYsferatu combines film, music, and community engagement to make a powerful and poignant statement about immigrant rights in today’s world.
Click here for more info about the screenings at Fondazione Stelline (in English).
Interview: More Art founder talks about bridging the gap between marginalized communities and the art world in Chelsea with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera and hints at upcoming public art project in Italy in 2019
Published by Anna Gandolfi, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, CORRIERE DELLA SERA
More Art founder and executive director Micaela Martegani was interview by Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera about her move to New York City in 1990 and her reasoning for establishing More Art in 2004. About her belief in art, Micaela says in the article:
L’arte contemporanea può apparire incomprensibile, piacere o non piacere, ma la creatività è un bene per tutti, non è giusto sia elitaria, non deve intimorire, far sentire inadeguati, dividere.
“Contemporary art may seem incomprehensible, appealing or not appealing, but creativity is an asset to everyone, it is not just elitist; it should not intimidate, make you feel inadequate, or divide.”
The interview mentions past and current More Art commissioned projects, including Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection (2012), Andres Serrano’s Residents of New York (2014), Andrea Mastrovito’s NYsferatu: Symphony of A Century (2015-17), and Sari Carel’s Out of Thin Air (2018).
It also hints at an upcoming project between More Art and Wodiczko, which will take place in Italy in 2019.
You can read the entire article here (in Italian).
Video: More Art founder talks about bringing art to underserved communities on Good Day Street Talk / Fox 5 NY
Published on December 16, 2017 by Fox 5 NY
More Art founder and executive director Micaela Martegani joined interdisciplinary artist and 2014 commissioned public artist Dread Scott along with visual artist Shimon Attie for a talk about bringing public art to and collaborating with marginalized communities and using art to address pressing social issues.
In the interview, Dread Scott talks about how his performance On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide (2014) asked audiences to confront the legacy of racism in the United States and the continuing struggles faced by minorities across the nation.
Shimon Attie discusses his film The Crossing (2017) featuring seven Syrian refugees who had recently arrived in Europe. The work reflects on the extraordinary risks migrants are forced to take in times of crisis. Shimon is currently working on a new public art project in NYC commissioned by More Art and scheduled to take place in the fall of 2018. Stay tuned for more info about the project.
Watch the interview with Micaela, Dread, and Shimon here (begins at the 16:15 minute mark).
Roma 2017 review: NYsferatu – Symphony of a Century (Andrea Mastrovito)
Published by Cédric Succivalli, Friday, November 10th, 2017, INTERNATIONAL CINEPHILE SOCIETY
The 12th Festa del Cinema di Roma has just come to an end and one of its last screenings offered a transfixing film/stage/live music experience with the projection of NYsferatu – Symphony of a Century, the riveting feature length debut (animated) film by the Italian-born artist and NY resident Andrea Mastrovito. After premiering in select New York locations over the summer: public parks and cultural institutions (Brooklyn Bridge Park, Queens Museum, The Magazzino Italian Art), the More Art production made a big deserved splash in Rome for its European premiere. Read more.
Nysferatu – Symphony of a Century di Andrea Mastrovito: la recensione
Published by Giozeppe Salzano, Friday, November 10th, 2017, INDIE-EYE
Nella sentita rivisitazione del classico di Murnau in una versione animata realizzata in rotoscoping, l’artista Andrea Mastrovito condensa con grande ambizione molti temi di scottante attualità, restituendoci un’elegia dolente e orrorifica sullo stato delle democrazie occidentali. Presentato alla Festa del cinema di Roma, la recensione di Nysferatu. Read more.
NYsferatu – Symphony of a century
Published by Stefano Colagiovanni, Monday, November 6th, 2017, CLOSE UP
L’esordio cinematografico dell’artista Andrea Mastrovito ha dell’incredibile: sia perché si é imbarcato nella meravigliosamente folle ed eroica impresa di allungare le mani su quell’opera seminale e immortale che é Nosferatu il vampiro di Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, riplasmandola secondo la sua personale e criptica visione dello status quo del mondo moderno, sia perché per realizzare NYsferatu – Symphony of a century il regista ha utilizzato la bellezza di 35 mila disegni, realizzati assieme a dodici assistenti, animandoli grazie alla tecnica del rotoscoping. Read more.
Il marcio sotto al tappeto: NYsferatu – Symphony of a Century
Published by Laura Pozzi, Sunday, November 5th, 2017, OUTOUT MAGAZINE
Nel 1922, il regista tedesco Friedrich W. Murnau realizza il capolavoro espressionista Nosferatu il vampiro, celeberrimo film entrato di diritto nella storia del cinema. Quasi cento anni dopo il videoartista Andrea Mastrovito traspone quel film e quella storia ai nostri giorni come atto di denuncia e amara riflessione sul nostro tempo. Read more.
“NYsferatu”: l’ombra del vampiro si muove nella società moderna
Published on Sunday, November 5th, 2017, PAROLI A COLORI
Remake animato per il capolavoro di Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau uscito nel 1922 e ispirato a Dracula
Andrea Mastrovito immagina, a novant’anni di distanza, un remake di Nosferatu, capolavoro di Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, uscito nel 1922 e ispirato al Dracula letterario di Bram Stoker. Read more.
NYsferatu, il vampiro immigrato a New York di Andrea Mastrovito
Published by Patrizia Simonetti, Saturday, November 4th, 2017, SPETTACOLOMANIA
Più che un film un’opera d’arte. E infatti anche il regista fatica a definirlo tale, del resto Andrea Mastrovito, bergamasco trapiantato a New York, è un artista che ama trasformare le cose e realizzare installazioni e di film, almeno finora, non ne ha mai fatti. Read more.
NYSFERATU SYMPHONY OF A CENTURY RECENSIONE DEL FILM DI ANDREA MASTROVITO
Published by Carlotta Guido, Friday, November 3rd, 2017, MOVIESTRUCKERS
NYsferatu Symphony of a Century di Andrea Mastrovito è l’atteso remake d’animazione del capolavoro di Friedrich W. Murnau, Nosferatu Eine Symphonie des Grauens del 1922, presentato nella sezione Eventi Speciali delle 12^ edizione della Festa del Cinema di Roma. Read more.
NYsferatu alla Festa di Roma
Published by Edoardo Zaccagnini, Friday, November 3rd, 2017, CITTÀ NUOVA
Nella sezione “Eventi Speciali” della Festa del Cinema di Roma 2017, figura anche il film di animazione NYsferatu, dell’artista multimediale Andrea Mastrovito, nato a Bergamo ma residente a New York. Il suo film rielabora il Nosferatu di Murnau (del 1922) trasferendone i personaggi nella “grande mela” di oggi, per una riflessione sulla complessità del nostro presente. Read more.
#RomaFF12, NYsferatu – Simphony of a century, Nosferatu sbarca a New York
Published by Vania Amitrano, Friday, November 3rd, 2017, L’ARALDO DELLO SPETTACOLO
Il racconto di un secolo che partorisce mostri peggiori di un vampiro.
Il capolavoro horror tra i più famosi e apprezzati del genere, Nosferatu il vampiro di Murnau, ha ancora molto da dire anche al raffinato pubblico contemporaneo e grazie alla creatività di Andrea Mastrovito e della sua squadra di artisti diventa metafora dei fenomeni sociali più problematici della nostra epoca. In Nysferatu – Simphony of a century, presentato in anteprima quale Evento Speciale alla Festa del Cinema di Roma, il celebre vampiro, il conte Orlock, rivive attraverso35.000 disegni fatti a mano. Read more.
Festa del cinema di Roma: il grande tennis protagonista con “Borg McENROE”. È una rivisitazione del classico di Murnau “NYsferatu” di Mastrovito
Published on Friday, November 3rd, 2017, SERVIZIO INFORMAZIONE RELIGIOSA
Nono giorno di proiezioni alla 12ª Festa del Cinema di Roma. Grande curiosità questa mattina, 3 novembre, all’Auditorium Parco della Musica per le proiezioni di “Borg McEnroe” di Janus Metz e “NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century” di Andrea Mastrovito. Il Sir ha visto in anteprima i titoli insieme alla Commissione nazionale valutazione film della Cei. Read more.
Festa del Cinema di roma 2017 – Giorno 9
Published by AlessioT, Friday, November 3rd, 2017, UNA VITA DA CINEFILO
Penultimo giorno di Festival. Nell’aria si avverte un po’ di stanchezza e anche un po’ di malinconia. Ho sempre visto questi dieci giorni annuali all’Auditorium, oltre che come una bella esperienza di “lavoro”, anche come una sorta di gita scolastica: si passano molto tempo insieme ad altre persone, dormendo poco, stancandosi, ma facendo una cosa che amiamo tutti molto, cioè vedere film. Read more.
Mastrovito: “Nosferatu a NY, un immigrato nella città vampiro
Published by Carmen Diotaiuti, Friday, November 3rd, 2017, CINECITTÀ NEWS
Rivive tra la Siria e l’America di oggi il celebre vampiro di Murnau, il conte Orlok (alias Dracula), ridisegnato a mano da Andrea Mastrovito, artista italiano che vive e lavora a New York ed espone nei maggiori musei del mondo. Per realizzare il suo primo lungometraggio, NYsferatu – Symphony of a Century, evento speciale alla Festa di Roma, ci sono voluti tre anni di lavoro e 35mila disegni animati con la tecnica delrotoscoping, in cui il disegnatore ricalca i fotogrammi di scene reali girate con la telecamera per ottenere un risultato fluido e vibrante al tempo stesso, che ricorda il flickering dei primi anni del cinema muto. Read more.
#RomaFF12 – Nysferatu. Incontro con Andrea Mastrovito
Published by Antonio D’onofrio, Friday, November 3rd, 2017, SENTIERISELVAGGI
“Un’opera d’arte più che un film, vorrei che fosse considerata soprattutto come tale“. Andrea Mastrovito ci tiene a sottolineare questo aspetto del lavoro Nysferatu: Symphony of a Century, tanto da confessare la fatica anche solo a pensarlo come qualcosa di diverso da una creazione artistica e pertanto lontana da una logica di classificazione e l’dentica difficoltà ad immaginarsi regista. Read more.
Ecco il film d’animazione NYsferatu
Published by Redazione, Friday, November 3rd, 2017, LA GAZETTA DELLO SPETTACOLO
NYsferatu, il film d’animazione dell’artista Andrea Mastrovito sbarca alla Festa del Cinema di Romanella sezione Eventi Speciali.
Dal MAXXI di Roma al MAD di New York, dopo aver esposto in tutto il mondo (con personali e installazioni permanenti), Mastrovito esordisce al lungometraggio con un riadattamento animato del capolavoro di Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Nosferatu (1922). Read more.
Nysferatu è tra noi
Published by redazione, Friday, November 3rd, 2017, SPETTACOLI & CULTURA
“Sono appassionato di film di vampiri, non di cinema muto”, così l’artista Andrea Mastrovito parla del suo primo lungometraggio intitolato NYsferatu- Symphony of a Century che si ispira al celebre film muto Nosferatu diretto da Friedrich Wilhelm Muranu nel lontano 1922. Read more.
“NYsferatu”, Dracula torna in vita grazie ai disegni di Andrea Mastrovito
Published on Friday, November 3rd, 2017, FESTA DEL CINEMA DI ROMA
ROMA – Dracula e’ risorto. A riportare in vita il conte Orlok di Murnau c’ha pensato l’artistaAndrea Mastrovito, ridisegnando a mano, frame per frame, il capolavoro del 1922. 35000 disegni e3 anni di lavoro per una versione inedita del filmdove i personaggi ricalcano movimenti, espressioni, gesti e costumi della versione originale, mentre tutto intorno a loro viene sostituito e trasportato nell’America contemporanea. Read more.
Modern day Dracula and the plight of immigrants
Published on Friday, October 28th, 2016, DESIGN INDABA
Artists adapt the classic tale of Dracula to explore the immigrant rights in the United States.
New York-based, Italian-born multimedia artist Andrea Mastrovito has been commissioned by More Art to create NYsferatu, a public art project that combines film, music, and community engagement to create a statement about immigrant rights. The work is especially important in the United States where anti-immigrant rhetoric has threatened the security of those seeking refuge. Read more.
‘NYsferatu': A Vampire Tale Retold About a City’s Paranoia
Published by Teresa Mathew on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, CITYLAB
A new film from Andrea Mastrovito explores what we truly fear about monsters and the “other.”
Vampire stories are constantly being updated to fit the times: they fight off school bullies in Let the Right One In and play baseball inTwilight. And a new film from Italian artist Andrea Mastrovito,NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century, modernizes a distinctive part of the vampire’s mythology. Mastrovito seeks to retell the story of the vampire through the lens of modern-day fears about Islam, immigration, and refugees. Read more.
Andres Serrano judges a vampire fancy dress contest
Published on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017, THE ART NEWSPAPER
Halloween comes to New York early this year with a vampire-themed fancy dress party at the Box Theater of Varieties on 26 October, which includes a costume contest co-judged by the artist Andres Serrano (we thought urine, not blood, was his body fluid of choice?), the venue’s owner, Simon Hammerstein, and the fashion designer and writer Lori Greenberg. Read more.
Vampiri Newyorchesi. Aspettando la festa del cinema, Andrea Mastrovito ci racconta NYsferatu
Published by Michela Beatrice Ferri, Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, EXIBART
35mila disegni per raccontare la storia d’orrore più cupa di sempre, tradotta in un’atmosfera contemporanea. Si tratta di NYsferatu, film d’animazione di Andrea Mastrovito, prodotto dalla nonprofit newyorkese More Art e la cui lunga gestazione è partita da una campagna di crowdfunding, nel 2014. Adesso i lavori sono finiti e, in attesa di vederlo alla dodicesima Festa del Cinema di Roma, che si terrà dal 26 ottobre al 5 novembre, abbiamo sentito l’autore. Read more.
NYC’S ULTIMATE HALLOWEEN GUIDE 2017
Published by Jessica Hamrick, Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, URBAN MATTER
Calling lovers of all things creepy: Halloween 2017 is just around the corner!
Yes, the spookiest time of year is upon us again, and New York is utterly jam-packed with amazing events to attend. From scary movie marathons to a few raucous, all-night costume parties, the city has something for everyone this haunted holiday season. Read more.
Suck city: Movie brings old vampire to New York
Published by Alexandra Simon on August 22, 2017, BROOKLYN PAPER
This flick gives an old movie life after undeath.
A new animated horror film updates and upends a classic silent vampire movie to explore the immigrant experience in New York City. “NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century,” playing in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Sept. 7, gives the 1922 German film “Nosferatu” a modern New York setting and a blood-sucking character who may not be as bad as you think. Its Italian-born creator spent three years drawing the film, but says that the recent immigration restrictions suggested by the tweeter-in-chief have made the film resonate more than ever. Read More.
Artist gives new life to Nosferatu
Published by Victoria Stapley Brown on August 18, 2017, THE ART NEWSPAPER
The New York-based Italian artist Andrea Mastrovito has spent the past three years working on an animated adaptation of FW Murnau’s Nosferatu: Symphony of Horror, the classic German Expressionist silent film (1922) based on the Dracula story by Bram Stoker (1897), using its treatment of fear and the unknown it to look at immigration—for instance, the vampire as a symbol of the “other”—and other major socio-political issues in this millennium. In Mastrovito’s adaptation, NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century, the foolish and naïve protagonist Thomas Hutter (whose name switches during the film: Hatter, Hutter, Hunter…) heads to Syria to try and sell the former immigration gateway Ellis Island to the vampire, while his wife Ellen stays behind in New York. Read More.
An Animated Movie Reimagines Nosferatu in Present-Day NYC
Published by Elisa Wouk Almino, August 15, 2017, HYPERALLERGIC.
Nearly one century later, Friedrich W. Murnau’s silent vampire movie Nosferatu continues to scare and inspire. Premiering this week, Andrea Mastrovito’s NYsferatu reimagines the 1922 film set in present-day New York City, whose monuments and landmarks are rendered into haunting, black-and-white rotoscope animations made from 35,000 drawings in collaboration with 12 artists. Read More.
NYsferatu Press Round-up
Time Out New York: Outdoor Movie Screening: NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century
Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Brooklyn Tonight
NYsferatu: Symphony Of A Century A Modern Cultural Expression
Published by Ali Vela, August 15, 2017, DECAY MAG
Nosferatu. Does this word not sound like the midnight call of the Bird of Death?” Ninety-five (95) years later and chills still run down the spine when the creature gets spoken of. Andrea Mastrovito has brought Nosferatu back to life but with unique views on today’s cold modern society and the challenges of immigrants who deal with a challenging personal quest for freedom.
Starting August 14th, public art organization More Art in collaboration with artist Andrea Mastrovito will present NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century. Read More.
È il grande giorno di NYsferatu
Mastrovito presenta la sua impresa
Published on Monday, August 14th, 2017, BERGAMOPOST
Oggi è il grande giorno di NYsferatu: al Pier 63 di New York, il molo che fa parte dell’Hudson River Park, Andrea Mastrovito, l’artista bergamasco più globale del momento, presenterà la sua attesissima impresa. Si tratta del rifacimento di uno dei capolavori della storia del cinema, il Nosferatu girato da Murnau nel 1922. Un rifacimento epico, in quanto il film è stato ridisegnato a mano da un’equipe di giovani artisti arruolati da Mastrovito sulle due sponde dell’Oceano (a New York, Milano e naturalmente nella sua Bergamo) è trasformato così in uno straordinario film d’animazione, con una stupenda colonna sonora scritta da Simone Giuliani. Read more.
35,000 Drawings Turn a Vampire Classic Into a Story of Immigrant New York
Published by Kasper van Laarhoven, August 11, 2017, BEDFORD+BOWERY.
For three years, Italian artist Andrea Mastrovito and a dozen assistants have slaved away on NYsferatu: a Symphonie of a Century, a remake of the 1922 vampire classic Nosferatu, but made out of 35,000 hand-drawn pictures. “This movie is my second wife right now,” Mastrovito told us. “We are always together, me and NYsferatu. And even if I love it, I love and hate it. NYsferatu has sucked my blood.”
At last, this Monday, the film will premiere at Pier 63. Read More.
Artist Uses Dracula To Make A Point About The NYC Immigrant Experience
Published by Melissa Prax, August 04, 2017, NEWSY.
An artist is showing the New York City immigrant experience through the story of “Dracula.”
“The Western feeling today is being afraid of people coming from outside. People see them as strangers, so … I thought ‘Dracula’ was a really good metaphor for our times,” artist Andrea Mastrovito said.
The movie looks at how immigrants assimilate — including barriers they face, like discrimination and other hardships. Read More.
Il conte Dracula vive ad Aleppo Poi emigra a NewYork
Published by Di Anna Gandolfi, July 16th, 2017, Il Corriere della Sera
Trascinato in tribunale dalla vedova di Bram Stoker, furibonda a causa del mancato accordo sui diritti d’autore per l’uso del romanzo del marito, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau non sa più che pesci pigliare: nel suo film Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens, liberamente quanto palesemente (da qui, il contenzioso) ispirato al Dracula letterario del 1897, aveva già modificato titolo, nomi dei personaggi, geografia. Eppure non basta a convincere i giudici, il cui verdetto è inappellabile: il lungometraggio deve sparire. Le copie vanno al macero. Ma il regista tedesco, questa volta, non ci sta: ne nasconde una, che diventa clandestina. Read More.
‘Nosferatu’ Gets Re-Animated as an Allegory for the Immigration Crisis
Published by DJ Pangburn, July 10, 2017, VICE: Creators.
In the classic silent horror film Nosferatu, inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a mysterious stranger arrives in a German town and wreaks death and destruction. With nationalistic political climates in Europe and the US rife with anti-immigration hysteria, animator Andrea Mastrovito saw in Nosferatu a metaphor for modern times and set out to resurrect F.W. Murnau’s iconic vampire film with a contemporary twist. Read More.
Animated Recreation of Original Vampire Film Premieres in Free Public Screenings
Published by Movies News Desk, July 11, 2017, Broadway World
This August, More Art premieres NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century by Andrea Mastrovito, a spectacular, hand-animated, silent film that combines music and community engagement to create a powerful and poignant statement about the horrors of the unknown and the inspiring search for liberty. More Art, a local nonprofit that fosters collaborations between professional artists and communities, will host a series of free screenings of the film in public parks, cultural institutions, and venues across New York City this summer and fall. Read More.
NYsferatu di Mastrovito alla Festa del Cinema di Roma
Published by Rosanna Scardi, Wednesday, June 28th, 2017, CORRIERE DELLA SERA
Il lavoro dell’artista bergamasco, un mix tra film, fumetto e musica, in prima europea nella Capitale
La Festa del Cinema di Roma, in programma dal 26 ottobre al 5 novembre, terrà a battesimo la prima europea di «NYsferatu», film spurio di Andrea Mastrovito che combina settima arte, disegno e musica. Il 14 agosto si terrà, invece, il debutto negli Stati Uniti, all’Hudson river park, la prima di una serie di proiezioni aperte a tutti, nel verde della Grande Mela, come vuole il suo autore. Read more.
David Lynch and Ian McKellen to appear at Rome Film Festival
Published by Nick Vivarelli, Tuesday, June 27th, 2017, PAGE SIX
Special Rome fest events will include Brooklyn-based Italian artist Andrea Mastrovito’s animation project “NYsferatu.” Read more.
#RomaFF12 – NYsferatu di Andrea Mastrovito
Published by Luca Arcidiacono, 2017, CINEMIO
#RomaFF12 – Presentato oggi nella Selezione Ufficiale della 12esima Festa del Cinema di Roma, il film NYsferatu – Simphony of a Century dell’artista Andrea Mastrovito è esplicitamente un remake che mira a raccontare ancora una volta un’America nera e colpevole. Read more.
Video: Program Helps Artists Make Their Work a Tool for Social Change
Published by Melissa Rose Cooper, April 5, 2017, CityLimits.
Some artists in New York City are hoping to prove that the latter is true by producing art relevant to the issues facing neighborhoods and connecting artists with people leading the fight for change. Read More.
See 17 of the Most Exclusive Parties During Armory Week
The former director of Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum, now at Sotheby’s, hosts the auction house’s Armory Week dinner, an intimate affair featuring a contemporary dance performance by Brendan Fernandes titled Clean Labor, designed to showcase the oft-overlooked work of cleaning professionals. (The work makes its public debut on March 5, at Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel.)
Meet at the fair’s VIP Lounge for a special pre-dinner tour of “Platform: An Incident,” Shiner’s special curated sector featuring large-scale artworks and installations, and BMW of Manhattan will shuttle you over to its Manhattan flagship for the second portion of the evening. Read More.
A High-Performance Evening with BMW and Sotheby’s
Published by Sotheby’s
Tonight, our friends and clients will have an experience unlike any they’ve had before,” said Eric Shiner on 2 March, ahead of a reception, performance and dinner he co-hosted with BMW in honour of the Armory Show. Throughout cocktails and dinner in the newly renovated BMW of Manhattan West Side showroom, guests were captivated by artist Brendan Fernandes’s performance of Clean Labor. Read More.
Canadian Artists Out in Force at New York’s Armory Week
Published by Leah Sandals, March 2nd, 2016, Canadian Art.
On March 5, the performance piece Clean Labour by Brendan Fernandes will have its grand opening at the Wythe Hotel. In this work, Fernandes is collaborating with cleaning professionals at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to design an original contemporary dance inspired by the movements and routines involved in their work. The piece is produced for Armory Week by More Art. Read More.
NEW YORK ARMORY 2017 LIVE PERFORMANCE – TOP PICKS
Published by Quinn Dukes, February 28th, 2017, Performance is Alive
NYsferatu, un vampiro a New York. Mastrovito come Murnau
Published by Helga Marsala on December 3rd, 2016, Artribune.
RIDISEGNARE UN CAPOLAVORO DEL CINEMA
La rappresentazione per eccellenza dell’incubo, della metà occulta, del doppio oscuro che minaccia la luce ordinaria delle cose e il piano rassicurante del giorno. Nosferatu, capolavoro di Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, uscito nel 1922 e ispirato al Dracula letterario di Bram Stoker, ebbe un destino avverso: nonostante furono modificati titolo, nomi dei personaggi e ambientazioni, il film (in quanto versione cinematografica non autorizzata) venne condannato alla distruzione per violazione del diritto d’autore. Andarono al macero tutte le copie sulla piazza, tranne una: lo scaltro Murnau l’aveva messa al riparo dalle grinfie dei tribunali. Da questa rocambolesca vicenda alla celebrazione storica, il passo fu breve. Oggi la storia del Conte Orlok, spaventoso inquilino del castello di Wisborg, è incastonata nel firmamento dei grandi miti del cinema di tutti i tempi. Read More
Un artista italiano reinterpreta il Nosferatu di Murnau
Published by Sky Arte on December 3rd, 2016.
Partita su Kickstarter la raccolta degli ultimi fondi per terminare NYsferatu, un film d’animazione di oltre 60 minuti e 30mila disegni, iniziato nel 2014 da Andrea Mastrovito e che vedrà la luce tra agosto e settembre del 2017 a New York.
Questo ambizioso progetto di arte pubblica che unisce film, musica ed impegno sociale – con lo scopo di presentare un resoconto intenso e mordace dei diritti degli immigranti nel mondo di oggi – consiste nella trasposizione a New York del famoso film Nosferatu di Friedrich W. Murnau del 1922, a sua volta un adattamento di Dracula, il romanzo di Bram Stoker. Read More
Un vampiro bergamasco a New York L’ombra di Mastrovito su NYsferatu
Published by Bergamopost on December 6th, 2016.
Uno che dell’eclettismo ha fatto una cifra personale, mescolando disegno, pittura, scultura, installazione, cultura alta ed estetica pop, letteratura, cinema, spiritualità, passione per il calcio, suggestioni filosofiche e riferimenti alla storia dell’arte». Presentazione magistrale quella che fa Helga Marsala su Artribune. Il soggetto è Andrea Mastrovito, 38enne di Bergamo, tra gli artisti italiani delle ultime generazioni più apprezzati a livello internazionale. Il suo nuovo progetto lo porta ad affrontare l’ombra delle paure ataviche, il disordine della notte che minaccia la sicurezza della vita civile, l’incubo che si allunga sulla società della speranza. Sentimenti oscuri, egregiamente riuniti nel buio del film Nosferatu di Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, uscito nel 1922 e ispirato al Dracula letterario di Bram Stoker. Una pellicola, tra l’altro, che ebbe un destino avverso: in quanto versione cinematografica non autorizzata, venne condannata alla distruzione per violazione del diritto d’autore. Andarono al macero tutte le copie sulla piazza, tranne una: Murnau l’aveva messa al sicuro. E per fortuna. Il cinema avrebbe perso uno dei suoi miti. Read More
NYsferatu by Andrea Mastrovito
Published by Constantinos Moraitakis on December 10th, 2016, Delood.
NYsferatu, an ambitious public art project that combines film, music, and community engagement to create a powerful and poignant statement about immigrant rights in today’s world. In NYsferatu, Murnau’s famous vampire, Count Orlok, is catapulted to present-day New York. The whole original movie, Nosferatu (1922), is entirely re-drawn, frame by frame, by the artist and a team of twenty assistants. In the process, they will create more than 35.000 drawings. Read More
The Gentrification Art Show That Inspires ‘Intentional Awkwardness’
Published by Kavitha Surana on May 19, 2016. Bedford+Bowery
In New York dingy, overpriced studio apartments manage to command bidding wars, while longtime city-dwellers with sweet rent-regulated deals have come to expect landlord harassment. Meanwhile, archaic affordable-housing lotteries regularly have something like 56,000 people fighting over a handful of slots. We’ve all hear these stories (many times) before– but this city is so wildly unequal that it sometimes feels like we’re all living in separate bubbles, ones that are often completely different from the ones where our neighbors dwell.Read more.
Housing Costs Too Much: A Responsive Series of Awkward Dinner Conversations
Published by Chris Green on May 23, 2016. Artfcity
The question, asked on Monday evening by the Village Voice’s Neil deMause during dinner at a luxurious Chelsea apartment, sent some hands reaching for wine glasses. It was a moment in William Powhida and Jennifer Dalton’s MONTH2MONTH, the public art project running in private residences around the city throughout May, that made the stakes of such a project’s engagement housing uncomfortably clear. The guests at the dinner, a varied mix of artists, patrons and the curious, were faced with a paradox of the liberal sensibility whereby supporting the arts might be tantamount to taking housing away from the truly needy. Read more.
A Public Art Project Invites Gentrifiers to Confess Their Sins
Published by Seph Rodney on May 24, 2016. Hyperallergic.
On a Saturday evening a few weekends ago, several artists, performers, activists, and writers gathered at an apartment in Chelsea to discuss their relationship to the city-wide process of gentrification. The event, Gentrifiers Anonymous , was a kind of colloquy loosely modeled on the Alcoholics Anonymous meeting template of therapeutic interventions that are, in this case, geared toward helping attendees to see gentrification as a process in which they have a degree of conscious or unconscious participation. Read more.
Gentrifiers Anonymous Calls on NYC Settlers to Confess Their Sins
Published May 27, Andrew Ramos. Pix11.
NEW YORK — It has all the elements of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting or even an intervention: it’s called Gentrifiers Anonymous, a social gathering where participants of all races, genders and economic backgrounds come forward to confess their sins of gentrification. Read more.
Los Angeles and NY Artists Tackle Inequity of Real Estate
Published on May 31st, 2016 by Alex Rayner. The Guardian.
The residents of Los Angeles’s Skid Row have faced many perils. Yet they haven’t, up until now, had to contend with golf-related injuries. This may change in a little over six months’ time, when a new nine-hole course is scheduled to open in this Los Angeles neighbourhood, home to as many as 6,000 of America’s homeless. Read more
How bad can gentrification really be?
Published on June 1, 2016 by Kashmira Gander, The Independent.
We know the story: hard-up artists and bohemian types living by the pay-cheque settle somewhere cheap to live and create. Soon, the run-down hardware store down the road is an artisan cafe, and the corner shop is selling fixie bikes. Wealthier “pioneers” arrive, attracted by the vibe. Some time later, the bulldozers roll in to clear run-down social housing blocks and make room for luxury flats. Read more.
William Powhida and Jennifer Dalton Look at Housing in New York
Published on May 13, 2016 by Rachel Corbett, Blouinfo Art Info.
Just as New York City’s economy can be measured by the so-called “Pizza Principle” — wherein a slice consistently costs about the same as a subway ride — there’s a similar correlation between the art and housing markets, says economics writer Felix Salmon. “The price of a really nice big apartment on Park Avenue is always the same as the price of a really nice Rothko,” he said during a talk hosted earlier this week by artistsWilliam Powhida and Jennifer Dalton. Read more.
Contemplating the housing crisis in eight NYC apartments
Published on April 29, 2016 by Nikita Richardson, Brooklyn Based.
Paycheck to paycheck, hand to mouth, month to month. All of these phrases evoke an uncertain living, but “month to month” elicits a special kind of anxiety for renters. Living month to month suggests you have no lease, no official document to protect you from the threat of eviction or a rent hike you can’t afford. Which gets at the heart of Jen Dalton and Bill Powhida’s latest project, MONTH2MONTH, a series of events that combine real estate, art and activism in eight New York City apartments. Read more.
Galleries Scramble Amid Brooklyn’s Gentrification
Published on April 21, 2016 by Holland Cotter, The New York Times.
Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida will be collaborating on an interactive political project that probably comes under the art category of social practice, beginning in early May. Month2Month, a programming series produced by More Art, will entail inviting people to make short-term stays in examples of “luxury” and “affordable” housing, and to join in talks with developers, policy experts, local residents, artists, journalists and activists about gentrification, which is so drastically shaping the possibilities for life in this city. Read more.
A new exhibit explores the complicated relationship between artists and gentrification
Published on April 12, 2016 by Alanna Schubach, Brick Underground.
When young artists move into an area in search of affordable housing, their arrival is often seen as a harbinger of gentrification and displacement to come. The phenomenon is common enough that it has been dubbed The Soho Effect, based on the downtown neighborhood’s rapid transformation after creative types started snapping up loft space in the 1970s. Developers have discovered the galvanizing effect that artists can have on “under-the-radar” corners of the city, andaccording to an article in Quartz, some are flipping the script and attempting to draw youthful trendsetting types to places where they want to build, rather than following them there. Read more.
Nuts & Bolts of MONTH2MONTH
Published on April 8, 2016 by Paul D’ Agostino, Brooklyn Magazine.
Artists, cultural critics and occasional collaborators Jennifer Dalton and Bill Powhida are launching a new public art project very soon, and it’s a most compelling one. It’s called MONTH2MONTH, and it’s an initiative that came out of artist-centric concerns, then gathered greater conceptual force and assumed more broadly public shape as it became a platform for potentially very crucial conversations regarding social justice. MONTH2MONTH will encourage, indeed demand that many of today’s most important discourses be addressed directly–from residential rights and market fairness to income inequalities and basic life securities—and it wants your input. Read more.
New York City’s Unequal Housing Becomes a Stage for Public Art
Published on April 6, 2016 by Kriston Capps, CityLab.
For Month2Month, the artists have arranged for two classes of homes to be available to applicants for a series of four-night weekend stays over the month of May. One series will take place in a “luxury” setting (newer, finer, larger units). The other series will be conducted in an “affordable” setting (older, smaller, no-frills units). One of the apartments on the affordable track, for example, will be a pre-war tenement building in the East Village. It’s like Airbnb, but for a mixed-up artist-residency and apartment-gallery production. Read more.
Art crític amb l’exèrcit
Published on March 11, 2016 by Btv.
L’exèrcit ha estat notícia aquests dies. D’una banda, arran de la polèmica suscitada en la inauguració del Saló de l’Ensenyament, quan Ada Colau es va trobar amb l’estand dels militars i els va dir que considerava que no havien d’estar presents en un esdeveniment educatiu com aquest. View video.
Hey artists! Raging against rent troubles? Here’s your chance to make it better with your art
Published on March 8, 2016 by Sam Corbin, Brokelyn
Not a day goes by in the arts without some exciting news about ways you can get famousby putting your work out there. Lucky you, today’s opportunity for fame and glory even comes with an added karmic boost: More Art’s 2016 Engaging Artists residency is a four-month-long program for artists looking to make some socially-conscious art through community engagement. And to score free studio space. And to have their work showcased in a big cool place like the Queens Museum. Read More.
Immigration and Identity / World Policy Journal, Arts Policy Nexus
Published on February 18, 2016 by Atul Bhattarai, World Policy Journal
Immigrants of any kind often face a personal dilemma: Who are they in a new, foreign space? A group of four immigrant and foreign-born artists were confronted with that question in the course of volunteering with elderly immigrants—through “multilingual art-making projects, recreation activities, and conversations”—as part of an Engaging Artists residency at MoreArt, an organization that connects professional artists with communities. In a roundtable at the Queens Museum on Feb. 7, the artists spoke about how their identities, as immigrants and artists, were challenged by the experience. Read more.
Cucire è la mia lingua. E parlo di New York / La Voce Di New York
Published on February 7, 2016 by Vincenza Di Maggio, La Voce Di New York
New York City è fatta di due tipi di persone. I primi sono gli immigrati che arrivano da tutto il mondo per stabilirsi sull’affollata isola; che sfuggano alla persecuzioni religiose dei paesi d’origine, o che siano mossi da ragioni economiche, tutti sperano di costruire una vita migliore per le future generazioni delle loro famiglie. Manhattan è, perciò, in un costante stato di flusso: si rimodella continuamente riflettendo le tradizioni culturali cinesi, italiane, irlandesi, greche, mediorientali, e dei tanti altri stranieri che arrivano qui per farne la loro casa. Poi ci sono gli indigeni, i nativi, persone i cui genitori e nonni hanno passato tutta la vita in un brownstone storico di Manhattan o in un complesso della prima metà del Novecento. Hanno assistito in prima persona alla drastica trasformazione (e in alcuni casi alla gentrification) che i loro quartieri hanno subito nel corso dei decenni. L’Artista Amy Wilson fa parte di questo secondo gruppo. “I miei genitori si sono trasferiti in periferia, com faceva parecchia gente negli anni ’70 e ’80. Però ho trascorso molto tempo in città, perché i miei nonni vivevano a lower Manhattan”, racconta a La VOCE. Read more.
Queens Museum – “Engaging Artists – A selection of works from More Art’s 2015 Engaging Artists Residency”
Published on February 4, 2016 by Ive, Routes magazine
The Engaging Artists exhibition features the work of 8 NYC-based first generation and foreign born artists, who participated in More Art’s Engaging Artists Residency. The works emerge from grassroots volunteering as a catalyst for social practice. In 2015, More Art’s Engaging Artist Residents developed long-term projects to connect with aging populations through multilingual art-making projects, recreation activities, and conversations at nursing homes and community centers in their home neighborhoods—from Flushing, Queens to Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Read more.
Engaging Artists: A selection of works from More Art’s 2015 Engaging Artists Residency
Published on February 2, 2016 by Queens museum
This exhibit features works that serve as documentation and response to critical issues associated with aging, health, home, and isolation through the lens of contemporary art. Engaging Artists fosters inter-generational exchange and diverse artistic perspectives on the challenges associated with aging and immigration in New York City. Read more.
Engaging Artists at the Queens Museum of Art
Published on January 25, 2016 by Rhinohornartists
The incredible fourteen selected artists volunteered and made lasting connections with the homeless community. Each artist worked hard to transform their studio practice within practical situations and gave their time and creativity to connect with homeless families and individuals. Read more.
DREAD SCOTT – GRANTS FOR VISUAL ARTISTS
Published on January 13, 2016 by The Harpo Foundation
Dread Scott works in a range of media: performance, installation, photography, video, screen-print and painting. The thread that connects his work is an engagement with sharp social questions confronting humanity and a desire to push formal and conceptual boundaries. Read more.
46 NYC Arts Organizations awarded grants by the SDRF
Published on January 11, 2016 by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
The 2016 grantees serve the five boroughs of New York City and feature a diverse range of programming that seeks to catalyze collective action, promote equality, contribute to advocacy and policy change, and develop capacity for greater civic engagement and public discourse. The grants provide a range of support to these organizations, including funding that assists in the crucial aspects of day-to-day operations and operating support for exhibitions, performances, special projects, and educational programs. Read more.
Discussing 9-5, An Interview With Ernesto Pujol / Performance Is Alive
Published on October 13, 2015 by Quinn Dukes
Pujol presents 9-5 in the city that he has called home for nearly half of his life. The physical and economic landscape of NYC has changed considerably over Pujol’s residency. I wondered if Pujol’s NYC experiences influenced the creation of 9-5 so I reached out to him with a few questions. In this week’s interview, Pujol reveals the project’s inspiration and performative structure. I am honored to share our conversation below. If you are in New York City, October 28-30, give yourself the gift of this experience! Read More.
NYC Commuters Will Be Observed At Brookfield Place / Untapped Cities
Published on October 14, 2015 by Anne Guerra
Do you ever stop and wonder about the flow of your daily commute? Have you ever considered that you pass by the same people unknowingly and that you also go by unnoticed? Well, if your commute takes you by Brookfield Place, specifically its glass Pavilion on West Street, on Monday, October 26th through Wednesday, October 28th, don’t be alarmed by the 11 performance artists who will literally be taking notes on you. Read More.
Dread Scott Wants You to Rise Up Against Slavery / artnet News
Published on September 29, 2015 by Brian Boucher
What’s Possible in America: Dread Scott, More Art, and The Impossibility of Freedom / Americans for the Arts ARTSBLOG
Published on August 26, 2015 by Audra Lambert
The thing I remember most about the start of the performance was the deafening sound of silence.
That was the first unexpected moment during artist and activist Dread Scott’s performance piece with More Art. The crowd pressed forward in anticipation as Scott turned a corner and prepared to advance. The firefighters, prepared to unleash a stream of water against Scott equivalent to a crowd control hose, were at the ready. And the world held its breath (…)
20 Outdoor Installations Not to Miss This Month / Untapped Cities
Published on July 7, 2015 by AFineLyne
In A New Residency, Artists Make Work By Volunteering // Hyperallergic
Article: In A New Residency, Artists Make Work By Volunteering
Posted on April 7, 2015 by Jillian Steinhauer
Engaging Artists, now entering its second season, is a key feature of Maas’s fledgling center. The six-week program, which is free, enlists artists to volunteer at least four hours a week at partner organizations while also participating in weekly development workshops. (…)
Sunset Park Sculpture Magnifies the Sounds of Local Critters // DNAinfo
Article: Sunset Park Sculpture Magnifies the Sounds of Local Critters – by Nikhita Venugopal
Published March 31, 2015
“Carel, who lives in Bed-Stuy, said she decided on Sunset Park — “this little epitome of nature in an urban environment” — because the park is heavily utilized by locals in the neighborhood.”
Article: Performance Art and Modern Political Protest-By Bob Duggan
Published October 28, 2014, 10:16 AM
“What sets these pieces and artists apart is a new willingness to make their art unashamedly political and to speak loud and clear (blessedly free of “artspeak”) to issues that concern not just specific groups but ultimately all of us. If artists stop making such art and we stop paying attention, then we may truly be doomed.”
Dread Scott Enacts the Images of Oppression//Hyperallergic
Article: Dread Scott Enacts the Images of Oppression
Published October 8, 2014
“Some of the symbolism, like the Ferguson-inspired hands-up gesture, was consciously choreographed, but the action felt largely spontaneous, responding to the whims of the water pressure and Scott’s evolving reactions to being hosed.”
Street artist Dread Scott gives civil rights performance under Manhattan Bridge//News 12 Brooklyn
Article: Street artist Dread Scott gives civil rights performance under Manhattan Bridge
News 12 Brooklyn
Published October 7, 2014, 7:19 PM
“Anticipation built under the Manhattan Bridge as onlookers gathered to watch DUMBO artist Dread Scott perform his latest masterpiece. Whether he’s burning the constitution or burning cash on Wall Street, Scott is known for being a bit controversial.”
Residents of New York // VOGUE Italia
Article: Residents of New York
-By Alessia Glaviano
Published May 29, 2014
“By reclaiming the streets and the space that is intended for advertising, Serrano’s Residents of New York overthrows our expectations, managing to produce a clever condemnation of both the consumeristic logic and to our self-induced indifferent attitude towards the homeless.”
Serrano’s homeless photos pop up in NYC // AP
Article: Serrano’s homeless photos pop up in NYC
-By Ula Ilnytzky
Published May 27, 2014
“The most dramatic display in “Residents of New York” is at the West Fourth Street subway station in Greenwich Village, where all 35 poster-sized photographs line two corridors and the entrance. Among the many faces is that of a 27-year-old man who posed with his wife and died of liver complications two weeks after the photo was taken.”
Homeless in New York: A Public Art Project Goes Underground // TIME LightBox
Andres Serrano’s Portraits of the Homeless in New York //Feature Shoot
Andres Serrano Wants New Yorkers to Stop Ignoring the Homeless // Artnet
The Faces of New York’s Streets // The Daily Beast
Article: The Faces of New York’s Streets
-By Ann Binlot
Published May 20, 2014
“Andres Serrano isn’t an activist, but the New York-born artist wants you to see the city’s growing homeless population through his eyes.”
Portrait Project Captures New York City’s Homeless // NPR, Here and Now
Famed Photographer Gives A Face To New York’s Homeless Population In ‘Residents Of New York’ // Huffington Post
Article: Famed Photographer Gives A Face To New York’s Homeless Population In ‘Residents Of New York’
-By Katherine Brooks
Published May 15, 2014
“Most New Yorkers wear the label “resident of NYC” on their sleeve, proudly advertising to the rest of the country that they live in one of the world’s most diverse and vibrant urban meccas. And it is! But with that term — in particular, the word resident — comes a stark reality endemic to New York City and many other populated centers. Homelessness in the five boroughs has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression, casting a shadow over what it means to be an inhabitant of New York City.”
Putting the Overlooked on View: Andres Serrano’s Portraits of the Homeless Make a West Fourth Stop
Article: Andres Serrano’s Portraits of the Homeless Make a West Fourth Stop
-By Sarah Douglas
Published May 14, 2014
“He (Serrano) had made a commitment to do a public installation with More Art—his first-ever public art project in the city—and in December, he decided he would continue working with the homeless, this time doing portraits but switching from his usual studio format to photos taken right on the street. He wanted a more elaborate process than a point-and-shoot, though, and settled on a camera that uses 4-by-5-inch negatives. By January, he and an assistant were again trudging the streets, this time in frigid weather and laden with heavy equipment that required lengthy setup.”
Images Of New York City in 2017 As An Unequal, Hellish Surveillance State // Co.Exist
Article: Images Of New York City in 2017 As An Unequal, Hellish Surveillance State
-By Sydney Brownstone
Published February 26, 2014
“In Choski’s vision of New York, human police officers have been replaced by police UAVs patrolling public housing projects. The idea, Choski says, came from a suggestion made by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, when he recommended fingerprinting public housing tenants for building entry. Choski also imagines a future in which city resources have been funneled into deals with luxury developers intent in Manhattan. Meanwhile, the piece shows trash drifting across a neglected Queens waterfront.”
Artists Want to Stay Put By Buying a Building Together. This Is Their Blueprint // Bedford + Bowery
Article: Artists Want to Stay Put By Buying a Building Together. This Is Their Blueprint
-By Elizabeth Flock
Published February 24, 2014
“In new drawings created for Envision New York 2017, an online public art project that asked artists to envision the city’s future, Powhida warns of a problem that acutely affects him: the loss of affordable studio space in North Brooklyn due to hyper-fast gentrification.”
Watch NYC Gentrify Through Google Street View GIFs // Gothamist
Article: Watch NYC Gentrify Through Google Street View GIFs
-By Jen Chung
Published February 19, 2014
“Gentrification is a loaded, emotionally fraught fact of urban life that’s had a dramatic impact in neighborhoods across New York City (especially in Brooklyn). Artist and programmer Justin Blinder, who has lived in a dozen apartments—his perpetual relocation prompted by rent increases—during his six years here, has taken raw data from the NYC Department of City Planning and the Google Maps Street View cache to create snapshots of what our city has become and might become.”
Animating New York’s Building Boom With Google Street View // The Atlantic Cities
Article: Animating New York’s Building Boom With Google Street View
-By Emily Badger
Published February 18, 2014
In Conversation KRZYSZTOF WODICZKO with Ann McCoy // The Brooklyn Rail
Article: In Conversation: KRZYSZTOF WODICZKO with Ann McCoy
-By Ann McCoy
Published in the February 2014 Issue of The Brooklyn Rail
“I was thinking there’s some similarity between the veterans themselves as monuments, and that statue. So I thought that animating this silent, frozen, seemingly post-traumatic figure of Lincoln would be a good way for the soldiers to animate and perhaps re-animate themselves, to share their war experiences through this statue. All of those aspects have to be put together to try to answer your question, ‘Why this statue and not another one?’”
Ghostly Remnants Of The Meatpacking District Before It Was Gentrified // Huffington Post
-By Priscilla Frank
Published November 11, 2011 “Israeli artist Ofri Cnaani is conjuring the historical context and ghostly memories of the Meatpacking District before it was gentrified in an art installation entitled “Moon Guardians,” a series of video haikus featuring real characters from the neighborhood’s vibrant and beautiful past. The videos, featuring district residents of yesteryear, most of whom can no longer afford to live there, will shimmer on the storefronts and windows of the Gansevoort Plaza this month, serving as a haunting reminder of the region’s colorful past.“
The Social Function of Art // Arts in a Changing America
Article: The Social Function of Art
by Sara Reisman and Saul Ostrow
Published June 27, 2013
“A very different public intervention is Pablo Helguera’s El Club de Protesta/Artist Protest Club (2011), organized by More Art, which engaged a composer, various musicians, and most importantly, community members from Hudson Guild Community Center, in writing and performing protest songs, acknowledging the distance between art and its subjects, with the mission of ‘writing the new lyrics of current issues and public life.’”
The Military is Present // ART News
Article: The Military is Present
By Robin Cembalest
Using outreach, performance, video, photography, and therapy, artists and museums are devising new ways to connect with veterans—and to bring their stories to a wider audience.
Published in the March 2013 Issue of ARTnews.
Emancipation from War Trauma // WSJ.com
Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 at 3:35 pm
Article: Emancipation from War Trauma
– by Phoebe Hogan
published November 12, 2012Emancipation From War Trauma – WSJ.com
“Gifts From Around the World” // FM Yokohama 84.7
Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2012 at 12:38 pm
Broadcast: Gifts From Around the World – 10 minute excerpt
– interview with Maki Yoshida
broadcast 18 November 2012 (translated from Japanese)
“Gifts around the world” (A segment featuring world reports): Maki Wennmann reports about a very interesting Lincoln exhibition in Union Square Park is attracting many New Yorkers.
President Barack Obama won a second term in the White House on 6 November as New York stayed in his column by a huge margin. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said a few days before the election that Hurricane Sandy had reshaped his thinking about the presidential campaign and that as a result, he was endorsing President Obama. The Mayor said that President Obama was the better candidate to tackle global climate change that he believes might have contributed to the violent storm.
“Lincoln,” a Stephen Spielberg film starring Daniel Dey-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln was released two days after President Obama’s victory. A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, President Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to abolish slavery once and for all, end the war and unite the country. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
Just in time for the Lincoln film came “Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection,” a public art project created by Warsaw-born New York-based artist Krzysztof Wodiczko, and organized by More Art, a non-profit organization. Mr. Wodiczko interviewed veterans and their families, recorded their images and voices, and created a 23-minute video featuring edited interviews with 14 U.S. veterans about the trauma of war and the difficulty of coming home. As they speak, their faces are projected onto Lincoln’s face and their hands gesture atop the president’s 142-year-old statue: a very powerful, remarkable creation of art.
Unlike our typical image of a “veteran soldier” in Japan, who had served in World War II, US veterans from Iraq or Afghanistan can be as young as in their early 20s. It is not hard to imagine what these young soldiers had to go through during their service and continue to suffer after their return. “The most important aspect of this project is the psychotherapeutic effect for people who are speaking. When they come here I hope they will see themselves speaking to the world and to the public, and what they say they will internalize and absorb back, and this will really give them more confidence, more power and also recognition of the truth of their experience,” says Mr. Wodiczko. Like much of his work including “Homeless Projection” and “Hiroshima Projection,” “Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection,” is an attempt to give marginalized groups a chance to tell their own stories.
“As the US troops withdraw from Afghanistan, the commemorative Lincoln statue, commissioned just a few years after the Civil War, again becomes a place for dialogue about war,” stated More Art, which provides opportunities for unprivileged senior citizens and youth to be exposed to and experience art. Micaela Giovanotti, its curator and a member of the board of directors said, in my interview with her, “art has a healing effect on children: through art, they open up and become alive.”
Each evening until 9 December, American veterans will appear as projections on the Lincoln statue in Union Square, narrating their experiences. If you are in New York, it is a must-see event.
Union Square is both historic and symbolic place for New Yorkers: it hosted a number of anti-war protests; and after September 11, people have gathered here and prayed for peace. It is also the home of the famous Christmas Market, which opened on 17 November this year with 100+ venders offering seasonal gifts and decorations. Abraham Lincoln also made his first speech in the Northeast at the Cooper Union, which is in the vicinity.
Through my research for the show, I also learned that President Lincoln signed one of the first conservation laws, which helped lay the foundations of the National Park Service. Therefore, many environmental organizations have nominated him as one of the most environmentally conscious presidents in US history.
I believe I am not the only one who sees many things in common between the two presidents.
*FM Yokohama is the biggest radio station in Kanagawa Prefecture (population: 8,830,000), which neighbors Tokyo. It is one of the 5 biggest radio stations in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area (with about 37 million people; Tokyo alone has 13,189,000 (2011). Maki Wennmann is a former radio presenter in Japan who has won the highest ratings in Yokohama in the late 1990s.
“KRZYSZTOF WODICZKO’s Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection ” // Shifting Connections
– by Kathleen MacQueen
published November 29, 2012
“Krzysztof Wodiczko believes in the power of art to heal, transform, and enlighten. For this artist, cultural practices provide the means to embolden voices muted through marginalization and alienation.”
“The Military is Present” // ARTnews
Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2012 at 2:21 pm
Article: The Military is Present
– by Rob Cembalest,
published December 3rd, 2012
“Using outreach, performance, video, photography, and therapy, artists and museums are devising new ways to connect with veterans—and to bring their stories to a wider audience.”
“Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Installation on Union Square’s Effigy // The Wild Magazine”
Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 5:04 pm
Article: Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Installation on Union Square’s Effigy
– by Bianca Ozeri for The Wild
published November 9th, 2012
“Last night, just days after Obama’s victory, Krzysztof Wodiczko debuted his installation, Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection.”
SVA’s Micaela Martegani Organizes Public Art Installation to Spark Dialogue about War // SVA Close Up
Article: SVA’s Micaela Martegani Organizes Public Art Installation to Spark Dialogue about War
published November 8th, 2012
“Micaela Martegani, SVA faculty member and More Art director, has teamed up with artist Krzysztof Wodiczko to organize a new outdoor public art installation entitled Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection.”
“Krzysztof Wodiczko’s “Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection” Opens Tonight in Union Square // PAPERMAG”
Article: Krzysztof Wodiczko’s “Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection” Opens Tonight in Union Square
– by Jonah Wolf for PAPERMAG
published November 8th, 2012
“Just in time for Stephen Spielberg’s biopic of our sixteenth president comes “Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection” by one of Paper’s favorite artists, Harvard professor Krzysztof Wodiczko.”
“Artist Krzysztof Wodiczko Projects Veterans’ Stories on Union Square ’s Lincoln Statue // Art Info”
Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 4:48 pm
Article: Artist Krzysztof Wodiczko Projects Veterans’ Stories on Union Square ’s Lincoln Statue
– by Julia Halperin for Art Info
“If you hear voices emanating from the statue of Abraham Lincoln in Union Square, don’t worry — you aren’t going crazy.”
Krzysztof Wodiczko: Abraham Lincoln War Veteran Projection // CULTURE.PL
– by Agnieszka Le Nart for Culture.pl
“The world-renowned Polish artist reignites America’s dialogue on war with a new outdoor installation in New York’s Union Square Park, commemorating veteran’s day and giving a voice to the veterans of today and tomorrow.”
Union Square’s Lincoln Statue Will Tell Iraq Veterans’ Stories on Veteran’s Day / ART INFO
Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2012 at 1:50 pm
Article: “Union Square’s Lincoln Statue Will Tell Iraq Veterans’ Stories on Veteran’s Day”
— by Benjamin Sutton
In the Air: Art News & Gossip from the online publication ART INFO announces More Art’s upcoming project in collaboration with artist Krzysztof Wodiczko: Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran’s Projection the summer before it’s Fall exhibition on November 9-19.
Micaela Giovannotti: Art, Mind and Soul
Posted on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 10:30 pm
Free Concert on the High Line / Chelsea Now
12/21/11, Chelsea Now
06/29/11 – Age-old protest songs are made new again — at a free public concert by El Club de Protesta (The Protest Club). Noted New York performance artist Pablo Helguera, composer and violinist Carlo Nicolau, singer Eleanor Dubinsky and guitarist Sebastian Cruz will perform popular protest songs of the 20th century, updated for the present day. On Tues., July 19, 6:30pm. At 10th Ave. Square, on the High Line (near W. 17th St.). The concert is presented by More Art (a non-profit organization devoted to bridging the gap between artists and communities), Hudson Guild and the non-profit organization Friends of the High Line.
Art Fourteen Again / The Villager
The Chelsea Art Museum and the nonprofit organization More Art have teamed up to present this group exhibition. Bearing the ominous, nostalgic title “Fourteen Again,” the event features collaborative works between creative types and “ordinary” citizens. Each participating artist conducted workshops with students from Clinton Middle School and Liberty High School. The resulting artwork tackles themes such as adolescence and the fleeting reality of meaning. We’re not sure they’ve stumbled upon the meaning of life, but that’s OK. Good art is more about contemplative journeys than satisfying conclusions. See for yourself now through June 19th. At the Chelsea Art Museum (556 W. 22nd St.). Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tues. through Sat. On Thursdays, admission is free and the museum stays open until 8 p.m. (otherwise, it’s $8 general admission, $4 for students/seniors). Visit www.chelseaartmuseum.org and www.moreart.org.
The Art of Destruction / ArtNews
Posted on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 at 12:59 pm
It looked like a giant fish tank, a Plexiglas receptacle holding some 2,000 pieces of unwanted art. Michael Landy created the Art Bin at a London gallery as “a monument to creative failure,” and he invited fellow artists to come fill it. His friend Damien Hirst sent over two prints of a bejeweled skull. Gary Hume threw in a sculpture made of paper cups. Tracey Emin “gave me lots of different things,” says Landy. “She told me she would have had a lot more if I had started a few weeks earlier. She had just moved and wanted to get rid of some stuff.”
By the end, in mid-March, works by more than 400 artists, including big-name Young British Artists such as Julian Opie and Gavin Turk, lay mangled and smashed at the bottom of the 800-cubic-yard tub. Collectors could fill the Art Bin too, but only with written permission from the living artist whose work they wanted to junk. All would later be dumped into a landfill.
Landy conceives of the bin as a collapsing of celebrity and obscurity, creation and demolition. “There is no hierarchy in the Art Bin. Everybody’s work lies together, the unknown and the famous,” says the British artist. “The bin becomes one piece that is made up of hundreds of different artworks.”
Though he has taken flak from visitors distressed by the violent destruction of art, Landy says he has grown a thick skin after his 2001 Break Down was derided as a stunt. In that work, the artist publicly destroyed all of his possessions, a total of 7,227 objects—including his car, his passport, and his own and friends’ art—at a vacant department store. One critic for the Guardian recently called Break Down “one of the most intriguing British artworks of the past decade.”
Landy points to a tradition of demolition in art, including Robert Rauschenberg’s erasure of a de Kooning drawing with the latter’s permission, as well as Jasper Johns’s and John Baldessari’s eradication of their own work. South London Gallery, home of the bin, held a conference at which veteran conceptualist Gustav Metz ger pronounced that “destructive art isn’t destruction but art, and the most complex form of it.”
Coincidentally a group of New York artists performed their own large-scale art demolition just as Landy’s bin was filling up. Artists were invited to pass works on paper through a shredder as part of the “#class” event series at Winkleman Gallery in Chelsea.
“The idea was to empower artists, give them back the power to control their work,” says conceptualist El Celso, organizer of “Art Shred.” “I don’t think art should last forever.” Many contributors were street artists, so “they’re not used to their art lasting very long anyway,” says El Celso, who, after asking participants to assess the value of their destroyed work, calculated its total worth to be $19,850. Donating artists received a portion of the shreds. The rest will be dumped into the ocean.
By Roger Atwood
Artifacts | Pillow Talk / The New York Times
Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2010 at 7:00 pm
For the performance artist Marina Abramović, the staff of life is endurance. Her appearances, which have involved fasting, cutting her belly with a razor, kissing till she faints, and staring into the eyes of a stranger over extended periods of time until she — and her audience — experience a cathartic levitation of the spirit that requires intense concentration and enormous strength of character. The well from which she draws her strength of purpose will soon be available to everyone. To accompany her career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, opening March 14, Abramovic collaborated with the non-profit outreach organization, More Art, to produce the “Energy Blanket.” Available next month from either More Art or MoMA, it comes with fourteen magnets and a drawing of Abramovic’s body indicating where they ought to go before climbing under it. $460 is a small price to pay for inner peace – or, come to think of it, for a wearable piece of art.
By Linda Yablonsky
February 5, 2010
Memories of His First Psychedelic Lamp / The New York Times
Posted on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 at 6:58 pm
In the 1960s, many people were mesmerized by the undulating effects of the lava lamp. Not Tony Oursler, the video artist, who is now 52 and lives in Manhattan; he was fixated on the motion lamp.
“It was two sheets of acetate cylinders,” he said. “I was 11 years old, and it was my first psychedelic lamp. I liked the physics of it, that heat generates motion.” Both cylinders were printed with images; the heat from the lamp’s bulb turned a fan that rotated the interior cylinder, creating the illusion of movement in the exterior one.
To raise money for the nonprofit group More Art, he decided to make a motion lamp using images of a project he had done for the group with Chelsea school students. The 8-inch lamp is $975, in an edition of 50, at Artware Editions, 327 West 11th Street, (212) 463-7490 orartwareeditions.com; More Art receives two-thirds of the proceeds.
By Elaine Louie
July 15, 2009
Public Images Unlimited / The GQ Eye
Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2008 at 10:15 pm
There’s plenty of art—of both the street and gallery varieties—to be found around New York, but the two forms have merged this fall in More ART’s community works program, the Chelsea Project. To wit: Italian-born artist Nicola Verlato’s sculpture Sleeping Monster Produced by Reason (pictured) is located outside the Meatpacking District’s Apple store. (Spoiler alert: Derek Jeter and A-Rod are featured, but no word on who’s the monster.) Over at the Fulton Houses Playground on 17th Street, Tony Oursler has teamed up with a group of high schoolers for a video titled AWGTHTGTWTA (Are We Going to Have to Go Through With This Again?) that’s projected on a wall behind the hoops court. And up at the corner of 23rd and 10th, Brooklyn’s Anthony Goicolea has plastered black-and-white photos to partition boards and scaffolding. His Neighborhood series features portraits of locals superimposed over archival snapshots of the hood. “While we were putting up the posters, everyone tried to figure out where things were, and how to make it work,” says More ART’s Micaela Martegani, who’s hosting a benefit on Monday to sell more permanent pieces by Slater Bradley and Oursler. “The same can be said of the Oursler video. The kids that play basketball love it because they recognize the kids in it!” That’s one way to make public art accessible.
More ART Benefit, Oct. 27, 7-9 p.m. at Chelsea Art Tower, 545 W. 25th St., 21st fl., NYC, (646) 416-6940, moreart.org
by Michael Slenske
October 24, 2008
Bartolini e le Vertigini della Mente / Oggi Magazine
Posted on Sunday, October 12th, 2008 at 8:22 pm
Lo scorso sabato, la galleria D’Amelio Terras (525 W 22nd st) ha inaugurato Concert Room with Voices, prima importante personale dell’artista italiano Massimo Bartolini a New York. Una tenda scura divide la sua video installazione dal resto; il pubblico l’attraversa e immediatemente viene trasportato in un’altra dimensione, uno non spazio dove il tempo si rarefa e la mente si dilata. (…)
Going Public / Visual Arts Briefs
Posted on Friday, October 10th, 2008 at 10:18 pm
Art enthusiasts in NYC don’t necessarily have to go to the city’s galleries and museums to see innovative work by contemporary artists, as members of the SVA community are presenting public-art works on the New York streets. The non-profit arts organization More Art, founded and directed by SVA faculty member Micaela Martegani, is presenting “The Chelsea Project,” in which public-art installations are set up in Manhattan’s east-side art district. This year, Martegani has selected three artists, each of whom collaborated with members of the Chelsea community to create their pieces: Anthony Goicolea, who created a poster installation at Tenth Avenue and 23rd Street; Tony Oursler, who has a video installation in the Fulton Houses playground on 17th Street; and Nicola Verlato, whose sculpture Sleeping Monster Produced by Reason is at 14th Street and Ninth Avenue. All three works are on view through Sunday, November 2.
Also, artists Michael Knierim and Miryana Torodova, who took part in SVA’s Public Art Summer Residency Program, have new work being presented by the offbeat curatorial group,Art in Odd Places. On Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 8am – 7pm, through October 31, Knierim will be showing Itinerant Artifacts, an in-the-moment reexamination of pieces of litter found along 14th Street and displayed at the intersections of Avenue B, Second Avenue, Fifth Avenue and Tenth Avenue. And on Saturday, October 25, 10am – 6pm, Torodova will present No Deliveries Today, an interactive performance of a fake delivery in which the artist loads and moves a series of boxes painted in bright colors, on the north side of 14th Street, between Third and Seventh Avenues.
October 10, 2008
NY : Art Creates Communities / Nautilus Magazine
Posted on Sunday, January 15th, 2006 at 8:18 pm
Micaela Martegani. E negli anni Novanta che le gallerie di Manhattan iniziano a muoversi verso nord, spostandosi da SoHo, che era stato per piu di vent’anni il cuore artistico di New York, alla zona occidentale di Chelsea, quartiere operato abitato soprattutto da neri e latinoamericani, scoperto in anni piu recenti dalla comunita gay. Il tessuto industriale di SoHo e stato sottoposto per decenni a un lento preocesso di riqualificazione, che ha lentamente introdotto i negozi piu alla moda, trasformandolo in un’alternativa piu giovane e “hip” di Madison Avenue. (…)
Portrait of the Artists / Metropolis Magazine
Posted on Saturday, October 1st, 2005 at 8:02 pm
An after-school arts program bridges the gap between a gentrifying neighborhood and local students.
Last spring a series of chalk drawings appeared on a billboard on 18th Street and Tenth Avenue, in the hearth of New York’s Chelsea neighborhood – no surprise in an arts district thrumming with black-clad creative types, haute fashionistas, high-end restaurateurs, and dolled-up gallerygoers. But instead of graffiti by disaffected artists or guerilla marketing for fashion companies, they were works produced by students from the Clinton School for Writers and Artists as a part of Art Creates Communities Project in Chelsea, a program enabling neighborhood kids to tap into the creative energy of the area. (…)
A Child’s View of Chelsea / Out There
Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2005 at 8:14 pm
More Art lets kids meet their friendly neighborhood artists.
Spend a Saturday afternoon strolling the westernmost streets of Chelsea and you can feel the energy of its thriving art scene. But Micaela Martegani, an art historian, curator and Chelsea resident who has witnessed the neighborhood’s evolution, felt there was something vital missing: community involvement. So last year, as part of her More Art initiative, Martegani lauched “Art Creates Communities: Project in Chelsea,” which brings well-know artists to the Clinton School for Writers and Artists, a local public middle school. “Here are the kids just two blocks from the galleries, and they have never been taken on a field trip there,” says Martegani. (…)
Smettere di Giocare Leggendo Dostoevskij & New York Rinasce Grazie alle Fate / Specchio
Posted on Saturday, April 2nd, 2005 at 8:06 pm
Il nome del grande scrittore serve a pubblicizzare una lotteria e Mosca si riempie di cliniche per gli schiavi dell’azzardo. Terapia : Il giocatore.
E un processo degno se non di un romanzo, di un raconto: Dostoevskij contro la lotteria Gioco onesto. A ricorrere in tribunale e stato il pro-pronipote del grande scrittore. Dmittrij, e l’oggetto del contendere e il ritratto del suo illustre avo piazzato sui biglietti di una lotteria dal nome equivoco accanto alla scritta “un’automobile in ogni biglietto”. Il signor Dostoevskij chiede il risarcimento per l’uso non autorizzato dell’immagine del trisnonno in un contesto che giudica “vergognoso”: “Quando viene associato a una lotteria la gente non pensa piu ai Fratelli Kamarazov, pensa solo che era un giocatore.”