HTX People Project will show creating space. at 1301 Nance St. on December 10 at 6pm. Funded in part by The Idea Fund, creating space. captures the raw and uncensored voices of six black LGBT identified individuals who proactively aim to challenge societal standards and conformist ideas. Without apology, the narrative confronts traditional thinking and offers varying perspective on religion, race, sexuality, restricted gender binary, societal rejection and cultural oppression.
Seating is limited, so please buy your tickets ahead of time.
Fossilized in Houston received a grant in 2015 from The Idea Fund to commission 17 local artists to contribute images (drawings, paintings, collages and murals) of species endangered by climate change, which contributed to a public art campaign of hundreds of lawn signs and thousands of posters and stickers throughout the city. FH was recently part of HUE Mural Fest and collaborated with Gabriel Prusmack from Galveston! Come by to see the wall at Frankel’s on Polk St. corner Delano St. Special thanks to Gabriel Prusmack, and to Noah Wight, Bobby Lane and Tony Day from Fossilized for their work on this piece!
Follow Fossilized in Houston on Instagram to see more of their projects.
Taraneh Fazeli received a Catalyst grant during Round 8 (2016) for her project “Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism’s Temporal Bullying.” Since then, she has been developing the project through workshops, performative lectures, and collaborations with different groups to bring this project to life. Here’s a sampling of all the amazing things Taraneh has accomplished.
- On Labor Day weekend, Taraneh Fazeli presented the performative lecture “Tick Check. It’s Chronic” at the Center for Experimental Lectures at Shandaken and Storm King Sculpture Park in upstate New York. Storm King is one of the world’s leading sculpture parks and is home to more than 100 sculptures. The Center for Experimental Lectures presented a series of newly commissioned lecture-performances in the round by Fazeli, Sb Fuller, Sara Magenheimer, and Em Rooney. In a departure from previous formats, these shorter presentations unfolded in succession with the audience surrounding the performer. Employing sculptural components, live and recorded voice, and movement, these lecture performances mined the possibilities produced by the absence of a fixed front and audience orientation.
- Canaries, a collective Taraneh is collaborating on the “Notes for The Waiting Room” publication with as part of her project “Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism’s Temporal Bullying,” is currently staging a care center project entitled Refuge in the Means at Recess Art in NYC. She recently organized a performance evening/reading with artists Park McArthur and Constantina Zavitsanos as a part of this in the form of a Slumber Party, where they “read in recline while hanging in a night of transfer drawings through and on one another, short games, light snacks—text, flix, and chill.” It’s open through the end of October, stop by if you’re in town!
- Taraneh will be presenting with Canaries, a collective of artists with auto-immunity that she is collaborating with as part of her project “Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism’s Temporal Bullying,” at Common Field in Miami on Saturday, October 22. Please stop by if you are in town for the convening!
- Taraneh will be presenting on her “Sick Time” project on the panel “Slowness and Sleep in Modern and Contemporary Art” as part of the 2016 Conference of the Universities Art Association of Canada on Friday, October 28 at 9am in Montreal. Come if you are at the conference!
- As part of WOUND, a study center for the healing of attention and time, at Cooper Union and Refuge in the Means, a project by Canaries in NYC, Taraneh did a version of her Calling in Sick workshop that she first organized at Project Row Houses last spring.
Transfer drawing exercise at Project Row Houses on Sunday May 22, 2016, using Dennis Oppenheim’s Two Stage Transfer Drawing, 1971 as a score. Regarding this art work, Oppenheim says “As I run a marker along Eric’s back he attempts to duplicate the movement on the wall. My activity stimulates a kinetic response from his sensory system. I am, therefore, Drawing Through Him.
Thank you to Glasstire and Broadway World for writing about The Idea Fund and our new grant round!
Idea Fund Round 9: Deadline, Info, and Jurors – Glasstire
The Idea Fund Announces Ninth Round of Funding – Broadway World
Mel Peterson and Anna Brodl’s SPACE JUNK: DO PEOPLE DREAM OF ELECTRIC CHILDREN opens this weekend. They received a Stimulus grant during Round 8 of The Idea Fund’s grant cycle to make the world’s first drone play. The drones are used as a type of puppeteering, with no actors on stage. From their Facebook page:
Space Junk: Do People Dream of Electric Children? – the world’s first drone play, is a treatise on man’s dependence on technology and technology’s dependence on man. The crews of the space armada are long since dead, but the simulations of the final disaster continue to run in order to learn how to protect the next human crew… once a new crew is found. Only, it’s been 100 years and there’s been no sign of human life. The drones are getting restless.
Performances will be on Sep. 23 – Sep. 25 and Sep. 30 – Oct. 2. You can buy tickets on Eventbrite and find more information on Facebook.