1. Bronx Lab: Performing the Library (Porto Marghera, Venice, Italy)

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    This video is currently on display at the Bronx Museum (May 1-31, 2014) in an exhibition about an intensive 3-week university-level studio entitled "Performing the Library," held in the Summer of 2013 at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice, under the direction of Sandro Marpillero. The studio was part of the initiative Workshop Architecture Venice (W.A.VE) with the goal of exploring new notions of the library in the context of the processes of industrialization and de-industrialization of Porto Marghera, the industrial periphery of Venice. Interview https://vimeo.com/96021229 The workshop established a relationship with the US Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, benefitting from preparatory studies conducted by teens coordinated by the Bronx Museum’s Teen Council and the Guggenheim Foundation in Venice which explored new self-expressive identities and contemporary modes of communication. http://www.bronxmuseum.org/exhibitions/bronx-lab

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    • Teaser // Mary Mattingly // Philippines

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      With over 7,100 islands, the continuously growing archipelago that makes up the Philippines embodies movement and change. Mary Mattingly’s Manila-based workshop series focused on designing mobile public spaces that can be assembled and disassembled with ease, utilizing location-appropriate materials and tools. In disassembled form, individual units were carried and even worn; when a group of individuals meet up with these units, they may join them together to make a community structure, assembling spaces that not only protect but also collect water, store food, and produce power. This workshop thus considers a time when a person will connect a unit to a group of strangers’ units as needed, sharing tools, stories, and even a meal.

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      • Coquito: A Puerto Rican Holiday Tradition

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        It’s the holiday season and a tradition for generations of Puerto Ricans is drinking coquito. Debbie Quinones is out to find the best one.

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        • Teaser // Arturo Lindsay // Cairo, Egypt

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          Drawing inspiration from the young people of Cairo who turned to digital technology and social media to achieve their goals for social change, Arturo Lindsay collected stories of ordinary people bearing witness to extraordinary times and transformed those stories by way of new technology into contemporary works of art. He established a contemporary art theory and practice workshop that provided the participants with skills to create collaborative and interactive installation and performance art based on the concept of “bearing witness.” “It is my hope,” he writes, “that this project will open lines of communication between the artists of Cairo and Atlanta, resulting in long-lasting relationships of friendship and collaborative art projects.” In addition, he conducted workshops with children and teens, including a project where teens used mobile phones to take photographs on the theme of “bearing witness”, which were then incorporated into a book.

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          • Teaser // Pepón Osorio: Resting Stops // Nepal

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            smARTpower artist Pepón Osorio created Resting Stops: An Alternative Pilgrimage in two phases, three weeks in January and then three weeks in March, 2012. Osorio was hosted by Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre (KCAC), which endeavors “to make Nepali art a part of a wider canvas connecting with global art… [and] to generate public interest in art as part of identity and heritage.” Osorio created vessels, called “tiffins,” with the help of local artists and master craftspeople. The term “tiffin” originated in British India and now refers not only to the meal, but also to the boxes traditionally used by workers to carry their meals outside the home. Osorio designed each tiffin to be a self contained portable art installation that would travel in a ceremonial pilgrimage around the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. Hosted by a different family each week, the project generated conversations about art, family and community. The artist collaborated closely with a team of eight local art students, encouraging them to extend the project into their communities, thus broadening its reach.

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            • Teaser // Duke Riley: The Rematch // China

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              Duke Riley restaged the legendary swimming race that determined the sequential order in which the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac appear as his smARTpower project. Riley selected Zhujiajiao, a water village on the outskirts of Shanghai, as an ideal location for the race. Zhujiajiao has numerous rivers spanned by small bridges and thousands of ancient buildings lining the riverbanks. Riley engaged local community groups to elaborately decorate small boats to portray each sign of the zodiac. Duke invited local school children to draw the zodiac creatures, whose sketches were woven into banners for the boats by local embroiderers. Each group, which also included local singers, paddled its boat carrying a live animal (minus the dragon) representing each sign across the Huangpu River. The project highlighted the porous nature of waterfront communities and the tolerance and cultural exchange that transient maritime cultures have fostered throughout history.

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              • Teaser // Seth Augustine & Rachel Shachar: Los Títeres // Venezuela

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                Seth Augustine and Rachel Shachar used the creation of puppets and the building of a large-scale puppet theater as a catalyst for stimulating discussion of local solutions to environmental problems. The artists worked side by side with community members to collect discarded refuse, which was used for the fabrication of the puppets and the puppet stage, and provided hands-on workshops to teach participants how to make puppets, from preliminary renderings to final products. The design of the puppets and the content of the performances was ultimately a result of the creative vision of the participants. Once completed, the puppet theaters remained in the communities as a platform for future performances. The duo worked with Centro Cultural Chacao and reached out to participants in juvenile detention facilities and barrios as well, conducting a total of three workshops.

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                • Teaser // Miguel Luciano: Peace Kites // Kenya

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                  Miguel Luciano worked with Kenyan youth doing a large-scale kite project modeled on a similar project that he carried out in Vieques in 2002. About a hundred participants were taught to make handmade kites that feature their own life-size photographic self-portraits. They were then taught to fly the kites, and participants saw images of themselves flying in the air above, in a visual metaphor of freedom. When the kites are flown en masse, the project conveys concepts of individuality and community, as dozens lift their images into the sky simultaneously. He worked closely with local artists, teaching the techniques so that workshops may continue, both in the marginal areas of informal housing where Miguel was working and elsewhere.

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                  • Teaser // Brett Cook: Sharing Culture

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                    Brett Cook’s project, Sharing Culture, was inspired by his ever-evolving conception of collaboration and art making as a framework for personal transformation and social relevance within a local context. He conducted a series of workshop exercises with participants in self-portraiture, photography and visual thinking. At the All-Saints College, Jericho in Ibadan Brett ‘ruptured the silence of the school environment’ when he changed the working style and the method of teaching art. Here, he asked students in this co-ed school to spill out into the lawn for exercises, sit together to draw and paint in a way that was not the norm in their school. The workshop in Ibadan ended with a gallery presentation of the drawings by students, which the school as a whole viewed with interest. Sharing Culture encouraged experimentation and relationship building among the participants based on a dialogue about self-awareness. By asking the participants to consider their own social network, the project also established a framework for participants to explore the expanded societal benefits of art and how art can be a force for personal discovery within the larger community. The final result was a mural at the university in Ibadan which was an aspirational vision of hope that included five upward-looking self-portraits, viewed from behind, which invited spectators to share in the skyward gaze. The Wy Art Foundation has trained many women and youths in local and urban communities, both bringing beauty into their lives and empowering them through skill acquisition. While inculcating appreciation of hard work, team spirit, and resourcefulness, Wy Art hopes to help bring about the teaching of art in every home and school and to engage children from very early on in artistic activity, making art a viable career choice and the general public more aware of the benefits of art to society. http://www.wyartfoundation.org/

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