LOCATION: 14th Street, Avenue C to the Hudson River, New York City.
Press Preview: Thursday, September 30, 4pm Hawkers, 225 E. 14th Street.
Opening Reception: Friday, October 1, 7-9pm TheaterLab, 137 W. 14th Street.
Featuring performances by Einat Amir, Mike Estabrook, Bryan Zanisnik, and others.
Art in Odd Places (AiOP), New York City’s annual public art and performance festival, is pleased to announce its 2010 event to take place from October 1 to October 10, 2010, along 14th Street in Manhattan from Avenue C to the Hudson River. The festival will feature approximately 30 artists from New York and beyond, who will apply their practice to an unconventional structure—playing off the idiosyncrasies inherent to the urban plane.
The selected projects will be informed by various interpretations of the term CHANCE, including proposition, luck, randomness, risk, and opportunity, as they explore 14th Street’s rich history, configuration, and heterogeneous communities.
“We regard 14th Street as a space where disparate communities converge. Organizing a show that takes place in such a fluid environment, creates an opportunity for unpredictable exchanges and spatial revelations for all involved,” say guest curators Yaelle Amir and Petrushka Bazin.
Projects include group walks mining the streets of downtown to discover and perform new folk rituals, interactive public projections encouraging community building, and handmade clay impressions made to record often overlooked architectural details along 14th street. Also featured are sound performances via roving boom boxes, a manual filtration system transporting water from the East River to the Hudson River by foot, and a sitespecific dance performance based on chance procedures and indeterminacy.
Chance in the arts provides a means for escaping the biases engrained in our personality by our culture and personal past history, that is, it is a means of attaining greater generality.
- George Brecht, in: Chance-Imagery, 1966
The term “chance” instantly evokes thoughts of opportunity, luck, risk, and determinate order. An amorphous and yet intelligible idea, chance yields outcomes that are at once symmetrical and irregular. Behind serendipitous occurrences there is often veiled order, with every possibility there is ultimately a risk. Chance as an experience is therefore open-ended—leaving one to question if there is in fact structure to chaos, or true luck in probability.
Focusing primarily on performance and experimental sound-based works for their correspondence to chance operations, the participating artists explore the festival’s theme in several ways. Playing off the idiosyncrasies inherent to the urban terrain, and specifically 14th Street, Liene Bosquê and Nicole Seisler, BroLab Collective, Christopher Dameron and Annika Newell, Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Thomas Dexter, Elastic City, and Nancy Nowacek reveal undetected aspects of the city, accordingly forming a distinct archive of their findings through performance, sound installations, and walks. Mike Estabrook, Scott Kildall, and Simonetta Moro map the civic plane and its inhabitants through statistical data, scientific research and observation by participatory means. Stemming from the festival’s general theme, artists and performers Einat Amir, The Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, Linda Hesh, Irvin Morazan, Sheryl Oring, Santo Tolone, and Bryan Zanisnik rely on principles of chance and randomness to give structure to their works. Elements of chance and risk-taking shape projects by Carrie Dashow, Green Map System, Jessica Ann Peavy, Andrew Tosiello, and Maya Suess, as they invite passersby to take part in an assortment of games including a scavenger hunt, Craps, and lottery. Also reliant on participation, Flux Factory, Heather Hart, Paul Notzold, and Dannielle Tegeder bring together the diverse inhabitants of 14th Street to form a community by way of communication and exchange.
Public art as a construct submits to the laws of chance, with the viewer being given the choice to directly interact with the work as spectator or participant. Performers and observers alike are provided the opportunity to broaden the scope of their experiences, as well as the understanding of society and their environs. This year’s projects emphasize the potential for dynamic exchange between public and culture, thus presenting an expanded outlook on art, city dwelling, and social conventions. Addressing the distinct manifestations of chance—the festival aims to draw connections between past and present, visible and obscured, consumer and producer. In so doing, passersby become willing accomplices in the unpredictable exchanges, surprise collaborations, and instances of spatial revelation posited by these unique public experiences.
- Yaelle Amir and Petrushka Bazin, 2010
Special Festival Events
Comedy Event: Tuesday, October 5, 7pm Organized by Courtenay Finn. Pratt Manhattan Gallery,
144 W. 14th Street, 2nd Floor.
Panel Discussion: Friday, October 8, 7pm Organized by Marc and Sara Schiller of The Wooster Collective. Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 W. 14th Street, 2nd Floor. www.woostercollective.com
Screening: Saturday, October 9, 7pm “Something” An evening of video art curated by Marco Antonini. Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 W. 14th Street, 2nd Floor.
Community Icon Design Studio: Sunday, October 10, 1-4pm Spotting Signs of Progress - Green Map Icons, Sustainability and YOU! Organized by Green Map System. 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, Lobby.