Music, Dance and Literature
New works, new configurations
Jimena Bermejo and Chris Brokaw present a one-night meeting of select talents in music, dance, and literature from Eastern and Western Massachusetts; new works and new configurations for this occasion. Artists include Alissa Cardone, Bill Nace, Jake Meginsky, Jen Polins, Matt Krefting, Sean and Dan McCarthy, The Empty House Cooperative, Bermejo + Brokaw and more...
Part of the Mobius Summer Series
Music, Dance and Literature
an interactive performance by Mari Novotny-Jones and Milan Kohout
Thursday, July 13, 2017, 7:00pm
Friday, July 14, 2017, 7:00pm
Saturday, July 15, 2017, 7:00pm
We do not want to present a performance where there are strictly defined positions of the viewers and performers. We want to develop an art that would be an inseparable part of real life. If you participate in this artistic practice, collectively we could actively initiate a social change. Our piece takes the form of an art union meeting. We will engage in presentation, actions, images, videos and open discussion with the audience. An art union meeting in these times when Wall Street, Hedge Fund Bankers, Corporations, Industrialists and rich pigs (as Milan likes to say) are stealing most of the social product and the whole society is divided between incredibly rich and very oppressed poor feels like a time for revival. We want to call to an action against this injustice. We want to reintroduce the ideas of anarchism into a society, by exploring the historical early half of the 20th century. Groups like Anarchists and the IWW fought to support labor in strikes and marches. Many of the strikes involved bloodshed and arrest by the police. One of the most famous was the Homestead steel workers strike. Into this background emerge two anarchists, Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman. Most famous for her writings, Emma struggled to define the tenets of an anarchist philosophy. Alexander embracing the true spirit of anarchy as defined by Goldman and others to act.
Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman (Sasha) are for us the raw samples of those anarchists who fought for a socially just society. Can their desires to create a society, which would be defined on the principles of the real freedom, still be possible?
Performance Art is only the latest name for an art form that has been with us ever since we defined ourselves as human beings; that it has no borders between cultures and encloses every moment of life.
We want to use the incredible (r) evolutionary power of this art form fostering an effect on social change.
We also want to investigate and define the inherited instinct of social responsibility the artist bears, derived from his/her inseparable role and place in the community.
BodySPACE Collective has organized a weekend pop-up art show featuring a wide range of works by various local queer and trans artists. Hostperformances. The gallery is located in the central lobby of The Distillery Building at 516 East Second Street in South Boston, MA. ed by the Distillery Gallery, this two-night event will take place May 26th and 27th, starting at 8pm both nights, and will feature a silent auction to benefit Black and Pink Queer Prisoner Support as well as live
In a political climate that is often so threatening to not only queer and trans people, but so many marginalized members of society, the concept of home is so important. For some, home can be the only place comfort can be felt, and the possibilities of what home can mean are endless. Additionally, through this show and other events, bodySPACE collective aims to offer these glimpses into what home might be as a welcoming gesture to allies and supporters with the hope of community building and expansion
With many artists in attendance and performances throughout, this is a great opportunity to not only come out and see great art and support the queer and trans community, but to support Black and Pink Queer Prisoner Support specifically, with 25% of all sales going directly to them.
Artists include Erika Schmidt, Sami Martisan, Brianna Mcintire, Anna Keyes, Jeffrey Nowlin, Erica Roberts, Emy Lynn Holler, Elena Rossen, Lauren Alondogin, Jessie Lupardis, Noelle Longhaul, Leah Corbett, Candy, Eliot Clark, Devin Utah, Daevie Whelpley, Frankie Symonds, Bashezo, Michaela MacPherson, Sherilyn Furneaux, and Jeremy Hetherington.
BodySPACE collective was founded by Daevie Barmash and Devin Utah and endeavors to promote community ties, support, and creative outlets for queer and trans people. They are currently based in Boston and plan on continuing to organize events.
For questions about “Home” or anything else, please contact bodySPACE.email@example.com.
IN PRESENCE is a month-long exhibition that challenges the artist and viewer in the ways in which we can witness and experience performance art. The exhibition features 20 performance artists from around the world.
FRIDAY, APRIL 14TH 7PM
Madge of Honor, Philip Fryer
THURSDAY, APRIL 20TH 7PM
Live streamed performances by
Creighton Baxter, Emmanuelle Duret, Michelle Lacombe & Martine Viale
THURSDAY, APRIL 27TH 7PM
Screening of Performance for Video works
Jessica Borusky, Creighton Baxter, DEAD ART STAR, Elaine Thap, Eduardo Restrepo, Sarah Hill, Nash Glynn, Sandrine Schaefer, Hayley Morgenstern, B Ajay Sharma, Silvi Naçi, Harpreet Singh, Ben Aqua
THURSDAY, MAY 4TH 7PM
Performances by students from a performance art class at RISD
For more info about the artists and the exhibition please visit:
Organized by Tom Maio
See images here.
the sensation of moving slowly back in time
Dirk Adams creates work in a variety of media including performance, sound, installation, and video. His work is concerned with language, memory, and culture, and frequently investigates current events, popular culture, and politics.
the sensation of moving slowly back in time is a presentation of objects, materials, and tools that have been created over the past four years in his yarden (yard/garden). The installation and performances in this show represent a point in his explorations of physical processes of materials and investigations into human consciousness, the slow mutative processes of evolution, and notions of meaning-making as they relate to cultural production and the idea of humans as brains in bodies in environments, which comes out of the field of embodied cognition.
March 6 - April 8, 2017
Opening Performance: Friday, March 10, 7PM
Closing Performance: Saturday, April 1, 3PM
Work by Pairs
Being with others (being in society) is a process, one where we hope that healthy dialogue leads to a better whole. An exploration of dialogue, via collaborative duos, seems pertinent to our political moment.
Work by Pairs attempts to draw out the processes and possibilities of collaboration. Collaborative processes inspire a release of control, and trust of one’s partner; one’s creativity can abandon the limitations and habits of a single ego, and interact with its counterpart in another.
The artists featured span the disciplines of painting, sculpture, photography, music, and performance. Their relationships are those of friends, romantic partners, sisters, and mother-daughter.
Caitlin & Nicole Duennebier
Chances With Wolves
Jodie Mack & Sharon Marney
Mary Provenzano & Scout Hutchinson
Tom Maio & Gordon Feng
Organized by Lisa Purdy & Shane Levi
On view Janurary 27 – February 26
Opening reception: Friday, January 27, 7 – 10 PM
With film screening of Jodie Mack & Sharon Marney’s ‘Dusty Stacks of Mom’ and performance by EXHUSBAND
Closing reception: Thursday, February 23, 7 – 10 PM
With performances by Safarani Sisters and Lina Tullgren
‘APATHiE' is a group exhibition showcasing the work of Marissa Malik, Sarah Gay O’Neill, Jennifer Murphy, Olivia Portegello (Flatline Zines), and Dael Mundy.
The artworks in ‘APATHiE' consider the constructs of femme identity through methods of coping with anger and outrage resulting from western patriarchy. How do femmes maintain their motivation to combat oppression in the wake of constant exhaustion due to stagnant societal progress?
The artists in this show are in constant dialogue with this question; each addressing it through the context of their personal narratives. The range of topics discussed include trauma, rape culture, feminism, and biracial identity. Together, ‘APATHiE’ creates a body of work displaying these intersectional feminist issues.
Marissa Malik is a visual artist working in printmaking, painting, and digital media. She works as a professional screen printer at the Antidesigns studio in South Boston, and as an artist for the record label Artikal Music UK. Her work has been featured in THUMP Magazine, Urban Outfitters Without Walls, and notable galleries such as BLANC, Thomas Young, Trisolini, 301, and Lace. She recently created a sound installation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with collaborator Dael Mundy. Malik utilizes her experience as a biracial American, in addition to her knowledge of sociology, to comment on contemporary modes of racialization in the United States through fusing symbols from Pakistani and Mexican culture.
Sarah Gay O’Neill
Sarah Gay-O’Neill (#HeySgay) is a human.
She uses mixed media to draw things she can’t synthesize into words.
She teaches in the Illustration department at LUCAD, works in a media lab at Harvard, and illustrates for various fashion companies throughout the US.
She resides in the inviting folds of Somerville with her friend Chris and her mini black panther.
Jennifer Murphy is a Boston based artist traditionally trained in printmaking. She is currently questioning what it means to be assigned a singular gender in today’s society. Jennifer uses her printmaking skills as a base to experiment with merging the tactile aspects of woodblock printmaking with the immersive energy of installation art through sculpture to prompt discussions around gender inequality. Jennifer prints reduction woodcuts on objects that are overtly feminine and “craft” oriented in order to speak to the oppression that women have faced over the years. These pieces often include sewing and yarn work to over emphasize the role society assigns to women. The work addresses the notions and connotations of what it means to be a woman in a male dominated world by the deconstruction of what is habitually expected of women. This tension is enhanced by bringing forth the beauty in deconstruction. As a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Tufts University, Jennifer is part of the education staff at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and practicing art therapy.
Olivia Portegello is a New Jersey native currently residing and practicing in Boston. Coming from a strong photographic background, Olivia quickly discovered her passion for zine making and craft-based practices. In 2015 she began releasing her work as Flatline Zines. Dealing primarily with the themes of mental illness, sexuality, stream of consciousness writing, and femininity, her work gives viewers an eerily accurate look at what goes on inside her head.
Dael Mundy is a New York raised artist currently residing in Boston. Her work explores ideas of gender and sexuality; questioning how one's autonomy is shaped by the norms of their society. Mundy’s work often features the female forms entangled in plants, flowers, animals, and hair. These images are inspired by the creations of her ancestors whom have generationally struggled with mental health and used creative practices as a mode of self expression. Mundy utilizes these images to form a critic on the continuous impact society has over women's voices and bodies.
This Saturday we are pleased to be hosting an art auction benefitting the frontline, indigenous led resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Boston based curators Olivia Ives-Flores, Oliver Mak, and Silvi Naci are selecting a wide array of works from local and national artists to be auctioned at the event.
An after party event will also be hosted at Firebrand Saints with DJs Big Bear and Yvng Pavl CLLCTV Boston. All sales of Notch Beer will be donated to#NODAPL Resources.
Join the Distillery Gallery on Dec. 3rd 6-9pm for the exhibition and silent auction (event is free, 21 plus)
Featured Artists include Matt Zaremba, Raul Gonzalez, Heather McGrath, Alex Sewell, Ana Karina DaCosta, SarahCronin, Autumn Ahn, Ellen Murphy, Thomas Chung, Shane Butler, Elaine Bay, Nick Zaremba, Josh Falk, Maria Molteni, Greg Burdett, Kevin Redstar, Henry Kunkel, Erin Shaw, Damion Silver, Loretta Park, Zachary Naylor, Brian Hart, Pat Falco, Scott Chasse, Andrew Jacob, Farrell Mason, Cyrille Conan, Marka27, Jesse Hernandez, Marisa Malik, Jay Lacouture, Ryan Lombardi, Kristin Texeria, TJ Kelley III, Percy Fortini-Wright, Nabeela Vega, Dana Woulfe, Nineta, Jamezie Helenski, Leika Akiyama, Rebecca Greene, Rosie Ranauro, Mike Dacey, Goldenstash, Geoff Hargadon, Marine Cornuet, Kate Gilbert and more. DJ Emerson (White Animal Sound), Land of Enchantment, and Creaturos will perform.
Antidesigns will be live silkscreening at the event.
Preview images of the works are being updated daily at the following url:http://solidaritywithstandingrock.tumblr.com/
Native American Rights, ecology and human rights violations against protestors have united artists and curators to take action in solidarity with Standing Rock. As winter descends upon Standing Rock, weather appropriate supplies are needed for continued resistance against the North Dakota Access Pipeline. The Dec. 3rd Art Auction directly supports Red Warrior Camp and the Camp of Sacred Stones via NODAPLSOLIDARITY.ORG
#NoDAPL Solidary is dedicated in supporting the frontline, indigenous led resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The organization unites allies from around the world to take action against the institutions that are attempting to construct the pipeline by joining in sustained action in solidarity with the Red Warrior Camp and the Camp of the Sacred Stones.
Palatial P'leasures (pronounces puh-latial puh-leasures) features work by three Boston-affiliated artists:
On view in this exhibition is work celebrating sumptuous, magnificent, or otherwise memorable places, from stadiums to basements, psyches to bodies.
October 8 - November 2
Reception: Saturday October 8, 7-10 PM
by Shey Rivera Ríos + Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez
September 9 - October 1
Reception: Friday, September 16, 7-10 PM
On June 29th the Congress of the United States of America passed the PROMESA ACT. This law has explicit human rights violations. A direct impact upon the lives of over 3.5 million U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico. This exhibition is a reaction to this act of violence.
Presented in Collaboration with Mobius Inc.
Show Dates: June 8 - July 30
Reception: Saturday, June 18, 6-9 PM
James Ellis Coleman
Altered Ephemera: Unearthing Histories of Racism and Acculturation
“We owe it to ourselves not to re-write history just because we take offense to it. Rather, by continually contextualizing what history has produced, we can better understand its intentional and unintentional impact and intent. Altering the context and format of historical works enables me to highlight the content and meaning of the original expression and provides understanding of the past in our present. I believe there is integrity to original materials and objects produced for/in another age, no matter how offensive I, or others, might find them to be (for example, black memorabilia or hate literature produced throughout the 19th and early 20th century).
Many individuals have denied historical events including the Armenian genocide, Darfur, the Holocaust, and the cruelties of American slavery. Often the only proof survivors and/or witnesses have are facts which can be leveraged in efforts to call for justice. We must for their sake, as much for ours, preserve history and remind others of any attempt to alter it.”
- James Ellis Coleman
James Ellis Coleman’s work takes form through a variety of practices including, photography, collage, video, and sculpture. His mixed media and time-based digital alterations (re)contextualize commercial, political, historical and personal ephemera. James Ellis Coleman has been a Mobius artist since 2010.
DOWNWARD SPIRAL: Zines Today
Featuring zines by:
Ron Rege Jr.
and video art by:
Curated by Dave Ortega
Special Thanks: Adam Bernales (Seite Books - Los Angeles)
Show Dates: April 25 - June 4, 2016
THERE IS A GARDEN, AND IT EXISTS, a pop up show organized by the students of MassArt's FA2D Professional Practices.
THERE IS A GARDEN, AND IT EXISTS seeks to explore the notion of paradise, its various attempts of entry, and our own crushed expectations upon arrival. What was intended to be paradise simply ends up becoming a rearranged version of our own mundane hell. Regardless, the dream endures, and the search continues despite the mounting proof of this dream of paradise being just that – a dream.
Debra K Jayne
Adam Jaye Porter
April 18th - April 24th
Monday - Tuesday: 12 - 5 PM
Thursday - Saturday: 12 - 5 PM
Victoria Marie Barquin & Pauli Mia
Post-Gay? considers the consequences of assimilation and progress. Where does growing mainstream acceptance leave more marginalized queer identities, and how do the myriad of LGBTQIA identities conceptualize themselves in the face of shifting cultural opinion? Who gets represented?
The twenty artists in this show are in contestation and dialogue with the idea of received representations, and are doing and undoing their own ideas of self and desire. Post-Gay? emphasizes the inventiveness of the LGBTQIA community as thinkers and artists who have the capacity to reshape society with new propositions. There are daring and confident assertions by the artists to paint new realities and lives, to re-imagine gender and sexuality in playful, thoughtful ways.
Featuring: Robert Chamberlin, Daniel Corral, Dave J Bermingham, DEAD ART STAR, Giancarlo Corbacho, Jamieson Edson, Jeremy Endo, Gordon Feng, David Hannon, I.B.E., Jamezie, Liss LaFleur, Christopher Lineberry, Kirk Lorenzo, Dino Rowan, Hogan Seidel, Randi Shandroski, Warith Taha, Sarah Washburn, Zoe Perry-Wood
Show Dates: March 18 – April 16, 2016
Reception: Friday, March 18, 7-9 PM
Performance & Artist Talk: Saturday, April 9, 4-6 PM
The title of the show is a riff on Pink Floyd’s 1975 album Wish You Were Here. That seminal album was composed of songs that expressed loss and disenchantment, much of which was directly about the absence and tragic life of Syd Barrett. Wish You Were There was chosen because of its power to suggest the past tense, alluding to an event that once was. Perhaps an event that was missed can never truly be understood or appreciated by the absent individual(s). The collective works in this exhibition strive to re-create or examine a shared experience that is hard to quantify or represent. These experiences all come from populist events such as: live music, theatre, film and sporting events.
Organized by Jack W Schneider
Show Dates: February 5 – March 12, 2016
Reception: Saturday, February 6, 7-9 PM
Your ticket out. It's with you during rush hour in the back of your head, pulsing just loud enough to be audible over that new Drake song. At the movie theatre when the screen takes over your vision and fills your ears with the sounds of a story that keeps you awake the whole night. Since that afternoon you spent reading Cat's Cradle and laughed out loud at a book for the first time. In the sounds that stick with you from that song you heard in the record store that you just had to bother the clerk about. Ever since you spent the weekend at your friend's apartment in the city and saw so much more of the world in a single day than you had in your entire life; except you didn't want to cash in on it. You hid it behind a safer career path, a savings account built for the inevitable, suburban practicality, Netflix and chill, a keen interest in fine beers; but it's there. Sitting in the front left pocket of your favorite pair of blue jeans, crumpled and bent, playing neighbor to a ball of indigo lint, your ticket out.
Ryan de la Hoz
TJ Kelley III
Show Dates: December 7 - January 30
Opening Reception: Friday, December 11, 7-9 PM
Join us on Halloween for ..., presented by Mobius.
On October 31st Mobius will host an epic costume party at the Distillery Gallery in South Boston. Costumes will be the ambient audio, visual, haptic, olfactory and experiential elements that will make for a complete night. Guests and host artists will create a constellation of interactions through their costumes.
Saturday, October 31, 8-11 PM