2013: The Argonauts

A Program of Performances and Temporary Installations

Location: Wassaic Project Grounds

August 2nd – 4th, 2013

Jeff Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier

Jeff Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier

The Argonauts are mythological explorers — they embark on adventures, embracing the risk of the unknown. For the weekend of the Wassaic Project Summer Festival 2013, the artists in this program invite us to take real or imagined journeys and to encounter the unfamiliar along the way. The Argonauts activates the spaces and grounds of Wassaic through temporary installations, performances, and participatory events. The exhibition reflects both the hamlet’s history as a crossroads and the Wassaic Project’s goal of bringing people of all backgrounds together. Festival goers will experience new intersections and worlds ranging from the exuberant flailing greeting of Amanda White and Brinton Jaecks’s inflated fan man sculpture, M.A.R.D.I, to Mystography, a lush, multimedia investigation of transformations in nature performed by Jeff Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier.

ARTISTS:

Karlos Cárcamo
Pamela Council
Catherine Fairbanks
Carly Gaebe
Jeff Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier
Alex McKenzie
Elizabeth McTernan
Carmen Osterlye
Breanne Trammell
Tomoe Tsutsumi
Byron Westbrook
Whacks (a collaboration between Amanda White and Brinton Jaecks)

Curated by:

Jeff Barnett-Winsby, Eve Biddle, Bowie Zunino, Artists and Co-directors, the Wassaic Project

Project Curatorial Assistant: Hallie Scott, Education Director, the Wassaic Project

Karlos Cárcamo
Parked In An Exaggerated Manner: East Coast

Saturday, 2:30-4:30 pm
Luther Bank Road

This site specific intervention is in reference to a video piece by Bruce Nauman titled Walking in an exaggerated manner around the perimeter of a square, 1966-67. Parked In An Exaggerated Manner: East Coast is both a homage to this work and a re-contextualization — it plays on the use of exaggeration within urban culture and the need to make everything larger than life.


Pamela Council
Sweet Grace

Saturday 1/1:30
Meet at Lantern Inn yard, proceed along Furnace Bank Road

Bishop Charles Manuel “Sweet Daddy” Grace was James Brown’s childhood idol. Grace was the original charismatic prosperity preacher. Pamela Council’s silent slow strut, “Sweet Grace” is dedicated to Daddy Grace’s spirit- his fortitude, focus, and ingenuity in the name of a religious body that welcomed all people. This is an apparition of Grace, an homage and a small contribution to a new way of seeing this historical figure and his emulators.


Catherine Fairbanks
Snow as Ceramics/z

Saturday, 12-6 pm
Maxon Mill Side Yard

A woman builds a snowman.


Carly Gaebe
Eggs Any Style !

Saturday, 11-4pm
Luncheonette, Luther Barn

Sunny side up, scrambled, hard boiled — how would you like your eggs? Join Carly in the Luncheonette in Luther Barn for Eggs Any Style !, an interactive performance about food, conversation and you.


Jeff Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier
Mystography

Saturday and Sunday, 2pm
Lantern Inn

Mystography is a multimedia musical performance that portrays transformations as entropic mixtures of magic and science.


Alex McKenzie
Building A Wall On The Only Flat Piece Of Land I Could Find (Wassaic Reprise)

Saturday, 8am on
Maxon Mill Yard

Alex McKenzie attempts to enclose a 20’x40′ space with a brick wall.


Elizabeth McTernan
Cloudbuilding in the Land of Difficult Access

Saturday
Wassaic

“We pledge to fight ‘blue-sky thinking’ wherever we find it.” – from the Cloud Appreciation Society manifesto

Do you dance, sleep, sex, walk, run, breath, cry, sigh? If so, you’re qualified to build the sky!

During the Wassaic Project Summer Festival outdoor music events, all the sweat and breath expelled from the bodies of the dancing audience will be a collective contribution to building clouds in the atmosphere we all share and shape. This will be the first of an international series of cloudbuilding actions. So slap these stickers under your armpits and ready set sweat!


Carmen Osterlye
Techno Tree

Friday and Saturday, 9pm-3am
Lantern Inn Yard

Techno Tree is an audio visual installation that re-imagines an entirely natural entity as a technological one. The mapped tree is transformed into a canvas upon which digital video signals randomly relay, creating a stimulating symphony of contained color and light, accompanied by an orchestra of tone.


Breanne Trammell
Nails Across America

Visiting Hours: Friday 5-6pm / Saturday 12-1pm
Luther Barn

Nails Across America seeks to connect to a broad audience through the act of performing manicures. This experiential art project is about more than simply Nail Art. By transforming a 1968 Shasta trailer into a mobile salon, Breanne aims to create an intimate platform to exchange ideas and conversation. The WP Festival is the last stop on the two-month cross country road trip!

Open to all ages and genders. Interested participants may sign up at the trailer during visiting hours. Manicures are one-hour long, free of charge, and offered as first come, first served. Limited space available!

www.nailsacrossameri.ca

Follow along @nailsinthekey

#nailsacrossamerica


Tomoe Tsutsumi
Take Wassaic Home

Ongoing
Maxon Mill Yard

At Tomoe Tsutsumi’s Take Wassaic Home booth, visitors will be able to exchange objects or donations for postcards of Wassaic and baby plants grown by local farmer, Kate Carny. Tomoe says: “I’d like festival visitors to feel what artists do at the Wassaic artist residency program and take the feeling back home.”


Byron Westbrook
SHUFFLE

Saturday 5pm
Begins at Maxon Mill Stage

In Byron Westbrook’s SHUFFLE, members of the audience will be invited to explore the landscape using sound from 20 handheld speakers, each of which intermittently plays a different tone from a chord. As the audience navigates the area, the sounds of the chord will disperse, creating an individual harmonic experience for each person and different chord combinations from proximity to other participants. Upon returning to the starting point, all tones will combine in a massive chord.


Whacks (a collaboration between Amanda White and Brinton Jaecks)
M.A.R.D.I.

Ongoing
Furnace Bank Road

M.A.R.D.I. the Fan Man sculpture is sewn out of self-designed brightly printed home décor fabric and controlled by a computer program that choreographs the movements to coincide with select music. M.A.R.D.I. is an acronym for Magmatic Aeriform Robotic Dancing Id.

 

Breanne Trammell

Byron Westbrook

Elizabeth McTernan

Elizabeth McTernan

Karlos Carcamo

Alex McKenzie

Carmen Osterlye

Carmen Osterlye

Tomoe Tsutsumi

Tomoe Tsutsumi

Tomoe Tsutsumi

Carly Gaebe

Carly Gaebe

Carly Gaebe

Whacks (a collaboration between Amanda White and Brinton Jaecks)

Whacks (a collaboration between Amanda White and Brinton Jaecks)

Pamela Council

Pamela Council

Pamela Council

Catherine Fairbanks

Carly Gaebe

Carly Gaebe

Carly Gaebe