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.”