April 4, 2012 - June 1, 2012

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

No Longer Empty has invited Bronx River Art Center’s Shifting Communities to take place at The Andrew Freedman Home as a way of inviting the public and encouraging visitors of the exhibition to start discussing!

Shifting Communities is an initiative that highlights culture and the arts currently working on the margins of the art world and American society.

The Shifting Communities roundtable has been built by artist collective J+J and serves as the physical infrastructure for discussions, events, and film screenings that anyone can propose and lead. The goal of the roundtable series is to create a paradigm where community-centered contemporary art and artist think-tanks can be a tool for public service; a language for the exploration and investigation of the broader aspects of culture and society; and a magnet that can bring different cultures and ideologies together in order to formulate a more inclusive definition of community.

Guidelines and Directions

Email Chad Stayrook at cstayrook@bronxriverart.org with “Shifting Communities Event Proposal” as the subject line. In the email include: one short paragraph description of the proposed event; preferred dates and times; and contact information. Events are not valid until you receive a confirmation email from Chad.

1) Roundtable sessions can last no longer than one full day during exhibition hours: Thursday to Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

2) Some form of documentation (photos, video, transcript, notes, essay, etc.) of the event must be submitted to the Shifting Communities archives.

3) Any materials, ideas, notes, etc., left in the Shifting Communities Roundtable space after a scheduled event become free to be used and appropriated by any future events.

4) Events will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

*Check the Shifting Communities Google Calendar for currently scheduled events. Please note that an empty date does not guarantee availability.

Example Events:
Community Board Meeting // Artist Lecture // Video Podcast // Brainstorming Time Travel Session(s) // Planning Sessions for Civil Protest // Poetry Workshop // Art Critique

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, May 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.

Corina Reynolds: “The Reynolds Testing Corporation”

When entered into a Google search, the words “personality test” bring up a virtually unlimited number of ways to categorize oneself in the privacy of the home. Interdisiplinary artist Corina Reynolds will guide participants in group personality testing sessions, bringing this normally solitary activity into the public for a day. Based on the MENSA Self-Scoring Personality Test, the survey will ask the group a series of yes-or-no questions to be answered by consensus. At the end of each testing session, the group will be scored on the four Personality Factors (Extroversion, Stability, Creativity, Strong-Mindedness) and then labeled for their strength. In conclusion, each group will be given a title that relates to this new, collaborative assessment. www.corinar.com

Sunday, May 13 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Yuka Otani: “Bubble Remix”

Though the river’s current never fails, the water passing, moment by moment, is never the same. Where the current pools, bubbles form on the surface, bursting and disappearing as others rise to replace them, none lasting long. In this world, people and their dwelling places are like that, always changing. –Chomei Kamono

Bubble Remix is a research-based lecture by visual artist Yuka Otani, who draws inspirations for her work from the ephemeral but dynamic nature of the “bubble.” From 16th-century Vanitas paintings to Buckminster Fuller’s visionary domes and spheres, the lecture will explore images and videos of bubbles through various perspectives: science, history, literature, art, architecture, pop culture, and more, conceptually drawing attention to the fleeting nature of the Andrew Freedman Home. www.yukaotani.com

Saturday, May 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Caroline Burghardt: “Pastoral Daydreams”

For the event Pastoral Daydreams, interdisiplinary artist Caroline Burghardt will present an interactive community workshop and photography “studio” session using the Andrew Freedman Home as scenic backdrop. Like the original residents of the Andrew Freedman Home, who knew they were no longer rich but were performing as a means to make themselves happy and comfortable in their last days, we too perform rituals searching for means to escape our realities, looking for happiness in our waking hours through daydreaming. The idea for the series came from the artist’s own desire to be in the countryside, to be in a quieter, more peaceful place. She believes this desire is shared by many urban dwellers, those that lived in the Andrew Freedman Home before and those that live in the surrounding neighborhood now. www.carolineburghardt.com

Thursday, May 24 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Moira Williams: “Bronx Tarot Reading”

Artist Moira Williams has created a new series of Bronx Tarot Cards that feature local psychics and landmarks to invoke a journey through the lives of past residents of the Andrew Freedman Home. During the journey, she will light a spirited candle made in collaboration with Lady Rhea, a psychic who owns and operates a local Bronx-based Botanica. The intuitive psychic Lady Rhea will present a reading conjuring past lives of the home and will lead a discussion with Moira and guests around the Roundtable discussing the psychic energy residing in the area. Individual Bronx Tarot Readings will also be offered.

Moira Williams is an interdisciplanary maker whose collaborations concerning the embodiment of low technology, live feed, social networking, and guerilla actions have been seen in the Netherlands, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and across the United States. She is interested in public documentation, working with the ephemeral and mobile by exploring alternative energies, sound, and nature.

Sunday, May 27 from 1 to 3 p.m.
“The Walk Exchange” with Dillon, Blake, Moira, Bess, Virginia

How can a threshold become an invitation? The collaborative group The Walk Exchange will consider the boundary between the Andrew Freedman Home and the Grand Concourse as a space of past, present, and future negotiations by first leading an open roundtable conversation that considers how city dwellers experience fences, barriers, and doorways, followed by a workshop to transform these ideas through a circumnavigation of the Andrew Freedman home itself. As the group is led on a wandering tour, participants will interact with the building’s fences and entryways in a spirited reimagining through body movements and the momentary construction of new physical pathways woven from colorful yarn and ribbons. After the walk, a final discussion will take place of discoveries made. Using walking as a method for interpreting boundaries and creating connections, this workshop will uncover new relationships between the Andrew Freedman Home and its preexisting points of entry. www.walkexchange.org

Sunday, May 27 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Angie Waller: “Unknown Unknowns”

Unknown Unknowns is a quarterly newsletter that provides “timely information you didn’t know you didn’t know.” Launched in the spring of 2012 by artist Angie Waller, the contents of the site are derived from search engine data collected by advertisers. Newsletter articles cover diverse topics ranging from what are the most commonly searched fears, tattoo designs, as well as the number of times people seek advice on knowing themselves and what other people are thinking. To introduce the newsletter and its eclectic offerings, Angie will present her research and invite experts to weigh in on her data from their professional standpoints. Invited guests will include a linguist, a psychologist and a marketing research analyst. Come learn how your Internet searches are being tracked and contribute your input to the discussion. www.unknownunknowns.org

Thursday, May 31 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Alicia Grullon: “Becoming Green”

Artist and activist Alicia Grullon presents a project that looks into the current Bronx initiative to create out-of-poverty work programs for local residents by training them for green jobs. The Bronx is heavily divided between ares of abundant parks and forests often made inaccessible by stretches of expressways and interstates. Are residents in green job training programs able to green their homes and neighborhoods? How are they doing it or, if not, why is it challenging to do so? What are the roles women play in this new green initiative? These are just some of the many diverse questions that will be posed at the discussion. www.aliciagrullon.com

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