Pillow Talk with David Horvitz
With a performance by Ben Vida
In collaboration with Art on Air

Tuesday, April 9, 6:30–8:30p
The Clocktower Gallery

The Shandaken Project is pleased to invite you to a presentation by 2012 resident David Horvitz. Horvitz will welcome guests into his Art on Air studio at the Clocktower in Lower Manhattan, for a presentation that will be part artist talk and part autobiographical narrative. Visitors will hear about his six-week-long residency in Shandaken, see some of the artwork that he made there, and get a behind-the-scenes look at his newest project. As a special bonus, Art on Air will present a performance by Ben Vida that begins at 7, timed perfectly so that guests can see both. Vida (with percussionist Eli Keszler) will perform electronic compositions for digital and analog synthesis that were developed during Vida's Art on Air residency.

The Shandaken Project's ongoing series of "pillow talks" are intimate discussions with former residents and special guests. Eschewing the traditional slide lecture format, these presentations focus on residents' realms of inquiry rather than illustrated histories of their object-making.






Pillow Talk with Michael Bühler-Rose and Dr. Patrick Crowley

Wednesday, May 15, 7–8p
The Bhakti Center, 25 1st Avenue, 2nd floor


The Shandaken Project is pleased to invite you to an evening of spectral stories and practical advice for ghostly goings-on.

Dr. Patrick Crowley, an art historian who specializes in depictions of the supernatural in Ancient Rome, will present some ancient Western depictions of ghosts and other supernatural beings. He will narrate a casual history of human understanding of otherworldly phenomena from Classical times through the Modern era.

Then Michael Bühler-Rose—artist, critic at RISD, 2012 resident, and ordained Brahmin priest whose work investigates ritual and mysticism—will lead a workshop about near-Eastern exorcism practices, and teach mantras to protect oneself in case of ghostly emergency.

This Pillow Talk will take place at the Bhakti Center: a nonprofit cultural space devoted to reviving the divine qualities of the self though the experience of literature, art, drama, music, and dance.

The Shandaken Project's ongoing series of "pillow talks" are intimate discussions with former residents and special guests. Eschewing the traditional slide lecture format, these presentations focus on residents' realms of inquiry rather than illustrated histories of their object-making.






Monsanto Seed–Burning
By David Horvitz

Saturday, July 20, evening
The Shandaken Project


As Monsanto fields burn across Hungary and municipal non-GMO zones spring up across South America, 2012 resident David Horvitz lays waste to thousands of future GMO plants while celebrating midsummer with an outsized bonfire, music, and ritual.

In 2010, agriculture giant Monsanto capitalized on the tragic earthquake in Haiti by taking advantage of destroyed infrastructure to push GMO seed stock onto local farmers. In response, many of the Haitian farmers burned Monsanto seeds. Horvitz's references this burning in mid-summer, to connect with pagan sun-worshipping (life-worshipping) rituals. The action is intended as a massacre of intellectual property.

In tandem with the destruction of the privatized seed, Horvitz will plant a public seed. In 2011, Horvitz collected seeds from Honey Locust trees in Zuccotti Park that dropped amongst the Occupy Wall Street encampment. One of these will become a tree in the Shandaken Project garden.

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The Center for Experimental Lectures presents Sophia Cleary, Chris Domenick, and Alhena Katsoff

Saturday, August 31, 7p onward
The Shandaken Project


The Center for Experimental Lectures returns to Shandaken for a second Labor Day weekend campout. This year's edition will include lecture-performances by 2013 resident Sophia Cleary, as well as Chris Domenick and Alhena Katsof. Guests are welcome any time in the afternoon on the 31st, and to stay on after the lectures for eating, drinking, and camping.

Alhena Katsof's presentation, provisionally titled “The Garden Is Overgrown,” will explore gardens and woodlands as an enchanted, darkly mnemonic device. Burials of various kinds and the occasional zebra crossing take place as we meander through stories of fantastical cultivation. Wrapped around poems, paintings and post-socialist sculpture graveyards, the garden is overgrown with plants, herbs, flowers and weeds. As Giacomo Leopoldi says, “Everywhere you look, you will find pain”. We will visit with supremely accomplished as well as accidental gardeners, propagators, clodhoppers, and gleaners, both real and imaginary, including Medlar Lucan and Durian Gray, Hannah Höch, and Vita Sackville-West among numerous others. Alhena Katsof was Volkswagen Fellow at MoMA PS1 in New York from 2012 - 2013. In 2011 she was Museum as Hub Fellow at the New Museum in New York and she co-curated, with Dean Daderko, Directing Light onto Fist of Father, a solo exhibition by the artist MPA at Leo Koenig, Inc., which included a performance as part of Performa 2011.

Chris Domenick’s presentation, entitled "Two and Monuments," will address topology and the complexities and difficulties of site-specificity. Focused on instances in which monuments are constructed for a site and subsequently severed from their place and rendered homeless, Chris’ presentation will explore the possibilities of these nomadic objects. Might there be a place for language to go once it is displaced from its context? Where do we find these semantic refugee camps? Chris will construct a metaphoric, linguistic, and actual map of signs that require us to understand the psychic as their primary site. Chris Domenick is an artist based in Queens, NY.

Sophia Cleary, a 2013 resident, will present "I want to be inside you Part II," investigating masks, breath, organs, terrorism, balancing, urns, graves, dominance and love. By assaulting the act of oration with dance, Sophia will conjure a performance with unusual emotional texture contingent upon the audience. She will develop her talk during her stay at the Shandaken Project. Cleary is a performance artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the founder and coordinator of the works-in-progress series REHEARSAL and is co-editor for Ugly Duckling Presse's performance annual Emergency INDEX.

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Pillow Talk with Sophy Naess, and screening of The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie by Luis Buñuel

Wednesday, November 6, 8–10:30p
266 Decatur Street, upstairs

Sophy Naess, a 2013 Shandaken Project resident, will read selections from her zine Dinner at the Prince's Zoo, a fragmentary meditation on love in the time of capitalism. Naess will touch on contemporary understandings of affective labor and historical labor movements, with detours through the ideas of thinkers such as Sylvia Federici, Marx, and Jacques Rancière, as she describes her experience as an artist in our current historical moment.

The reading will be followed by a screening of Luis Buñuel's The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie. Please BYO pillow (to sit on); we'll make some soup and cider.

The Shandaken Project's ongoing series of "pillow talks" are intimate discussions with former residents and special guests. Eschewing the traditional slide lecture format, these presentations focus on residents' realms of inquiry rather than illustrated histories of their object-making.


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