A collaboration between Mirana Zuger, Alejandro Salgado Cendales and members of the Chinatown community, this video archive reveals the stories and memories of the people that inhabit the neighbourhood.
The project aims to activate the local memory through a participatory exercise driven by inclusion and equality principles. The stories and memories conform a local History that exposes the uniqueness and commonality of Chinatown´s public sphere, where people from different nationalities, ethnicities, races, ages, abilities, social class, sexual and gender identities coexist, exemplifying the concept of solidarity. To guarantee the horizontal structure of the project, all the interviews were included and have been chronologically organized.
In a moment of racial and political tension, art can be an instrument to practice democracy and build a sense of commonality among groups of diverse backgrounds.
During Searching for a Phase Change, sounds from a clattering typewriter and oversized, suspended sheets of paper create the setting for an immersive performance in which LaneCoArts takes over the BCAs Mills Gallery with a multimedia experience of experimental dance and art. Created in collaboration with visual artist Yan Jiemin and Mirana Zuger, Searching for a Phase Change explores the concept of communication. The interactive work engages multiple senses and describes the transformation that occurs when the languages of written word and dance converge.
The Precarious Workers Pageant took place during the Venice Biennial on the evening of August 7th 2015. It was a public procession staged in solidarity with migrant laborers working on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi where a new, Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim Museum will soon be under construction. Human Rights Watch, Gulf Labor Coalition and Global Ultra Luxury Faction (G.U.L.F.) have revealed that the working and living conditions for laborers in Abu Dhabi are oppressive and sub-standard.
The Precarious Workers Pageant began with a performance inside S.a.L.E. Docks cultural center where a model of Gehrys proposed architecture was first deconstructed. Then these liberated abstract shapes were carried outside in a cacophonous procession over canals and through nearby streets. The procession passed by the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, finally stopping at the Galleria dell'Accademia plaza where these emancipated elements were reconstructed into a temporary public commons. Inside this space of solidarity a group of speakers addressed the struggle for social justice that is faced today by all precarious workers.
The fundamental question raised by the Precarious Workers Pageant is:
Who Builds Your Architecture?
Mirana Zuger : Vrtlar
James D. Campbell & Françoise Sullivan
60 pp 49 col. ill. 9.5 x 8.5 in softcover
$24.95 Can. $27.95 U.S.
A collaboration between artists from YAI ARTS and from Brooklyn College's Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) program.
Dreamroom is a collaborative performance environment created to engage a neuro-diverse public in collective dreaming. Dreams provide both free and open space unencumbered by the social limitations of developmental disabilities and are brief echoes of our mysterious minds. We consider the Brooklyn Museum as a site of intersection for pathways of neurology, artistic expression, and discovery.