Published on May 15th, 2013 | by NSB Observer


Residency #149 Begins at the ACA

The Atlantic Center for the Arts began its 149th artists-in-residence program with Master Artists and 24 Associate Artists from across the globe on May 14, 2013 and will continue through June 3, 2013.

The essence of Atlantic Center’s Artists-in-Residence program is to provide talented artists the opportunity to work and collaborate with contemporary masters. Selected through a competitive application process by the master artists with whom they wish to work, these associate artists come from around the world, and are university professors, post-graduate students, professionals, or full-time writers, dancers, painters or composers.

During their stay, the artists spend a portion of the day working with the master artist and their group in meetings, workshops, casual conversations and other activities. They are free to spend the remainder of their time pursuing their own projects. The residencies culminate with a public presentation of works-in-progress developed during the residency.

Each residency gives the public five free opportunities to interact with artists over a three-week period. From opening receptions, to outreaches at universities and other cultural institutions, and an opportunity to tour artist studios and attend an informal presentation of their works, Atlantic Center provides amazing opportunities for the public to come in contact with, learn from, and engage with contemporary artists who are creating our cultural legacy.

About the Artists:

Geoff Dyer, author 

geoff dyerGeoff Dyer was born in Cheltenham, England, in 1958. He was educated at the local Grammar School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

He is the author of four novels: Paris Trance, The Search, The Colour of Memory, and, most recently, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; a critical study of John Berger, Ways of Telling; two collections of essays, Anglo-English Attitudes and Working the Room (a selection from these two volumes, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition, was published in the US in 2011); and five genre-defying titles: But Beautiful (winner of a 1992 Somerset Maugham Prize, short-listed for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize), The Missing of the Somme, Out of Sheer Rage (a finalist, in the US, for a National Book Critics Circle Award), Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It (winner of the 2004 W. H. Smith Best Travel Book Award), and The Ongoing Moment (winner of the ICP Infinity Award for Writing on Photography).

He is also the editor of John Berger: Selected Essays and co-editor, with Margaret Sartor, of What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney. In 2003 he was a recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship; in 2005 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature; in 2006 he received the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; in 2009 he was the recipient of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Best Comic Novel and the GQ Writer of the Year Award (for Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi).A new book, Zona, about Andrei Tarkovsky’s film “Stalker” will be published in the UK and the US in February 2012. He lives in London. Geoff Dyer is a Pabst Cultural Endowed Master Writer. To learn more, click here.

Coco Fusco, interdisciplinary artist, writer

coco fuscoCoco Fusco is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist, writer and Director of Intermedia Initiatives at Parsons The New School for Design.

She has performed, lectured, exhibited and curated around the world since 1988. She is a recipient of a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts.

Fusco’s performances and videos have been presented in two Whitney Biennials (2008 and 1993), the Sydney Biennale, The Johannesburg Biennial, The Kwangju Biennale, The Shanghai Biennale, InSite O5, the 2011 Mercosul Biennial, Transmediale, The London International Theatre Festival, VideoBrasil and Performa05. Her works have also been shown at the Tate Liverpool, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona.

Fusco is the author of English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas (1995) and The Bodies that Were Not Ours and Other Writings (2001), and A Field Guide for Female Interrogators (2008). She is also the editor ofCorpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas (1999) and Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self(2003).

Fusco’s work combines electronic media and performance in a variety of formats, from staged multi-media performances incorporating large scale projections and closed circuit television to live performances streamed to the internet that invite audiences to chart the course of action through chat interaction.

Her recent solo exhibition at Alexander Gray Associates featured her new video work The Empty Plaza/La Plaza Vacia. Inspired by the organized public protests in the Middle East beginning in 2011, the artist took note of the communal spaces around the world being utilized and, in contrast, those left empty. The empty Plaza de la Revolución in Havana, Cuba becomes the protagonist in Fusco’s meditation on public space, revolutionary promise, and memory.

Fusco received her B.A. in Semiotics from Brown University (1982), her M.A. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University (1985) and her Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture from Middlesex University (2007). To learn more, click here.

Judith Shatin, composer

judith shatinJudith Shatin is a composer and sound artist whose musical practice reflects her fascinations with literature and visual arts, with the sounding world and with the social and communicative power of music. Called “hugely enjoyable and deeply involving’ by The Washington Post, her music draws on an expanded instrumental palette and a cornucopia of sounds, ranging from machines in a coal mine to the calls of animals; from the shuttle of a wooden loom to the clink of a fork against a cup, from the crunch of a potato chip to readings of the First Amendment.

She composes for the concert hall, including chamber, choral, electroacoustic, and orchestral, as well as for interactive installations, dance, film and multimedia. Shatin’s timbral approach evolves specifically for each piece.

A recent example isRespecting the First, for amplified string quartet and electronics fashioned from readings of and about the first amendment. These came from readings of the amendment by people from different countries and from political figures including Barney Frank, Gabriel Giffords, President Kennedy and Pete Seeger. The string quartet part includes references to traditional American tunes, often, but not always, veiled.

A recipient of four awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Shatin’s music has been honored with a two-year retrospective sponsored by the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Arts Partners Program. Commissions include those from the Barlow and Fromm Foundations, the Library of Congress, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and such ensembles as Da Capo Chamber Players, the Cassatt and Kronos Quartets, newEar, Peninsula Women’s Chorus, Scottish Voices and the Illinois, National and Richmond Symphonies.

Twice a fellow at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, she has also held residencies at Casa Zia Lina (Italy), La Cité des Arts (France), MacDowell, Mishkan Amanim (Israel), the Virginia Center for the Arts, and Yaddo. Her Rotunda, a film collaboration with Robert Arnold, won the Macon Film Festival Best Experimental Film Award (2011), while her music for the film Cinnamon, by Kevin J. Everson, has been heard at festivals ranging from Sundance to Munich and Rotterdam.

Shatin is passionate about the collaborative process and has worked closely with such musicians as cellist Madeleine Shapiro, clarinetist F. Gerard Errante, saxophonist Susan Fancher, and the commissioning ensembles listed above.

Other collaborations have involved outreach to local communities and work with civic groups on projects such asPreserving the Rural Soundscape, sponsored by Americans for the Arts, and resulting in Singing the Blue Ridge, for mezzo, baritone, orchestra and electronics from the calls of indigenous animals.

Shatin’s music may be heard on the Centaur, Innova, New World, Neuma, Parma, and Sonora labels, with her most recent CD, Tower of the Eight Winds, on Innova. Currently, Shatin is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Music at the University of Virginia, where she founded and directs the Virginia Center for Computer Music.

In demand as a master teacher, Shatin has served as BMI composer-in-residence at Vanderbilt University, as master composer at California Summer Music, and as senior composer at the Wellesley Composers Forum. To learn more, click here.


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