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Siobhan Rigg PDF Print E-mail

After Now
September 4 – December 23, 2012
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after nowWashington, DC-based artist Rigg explores ways in which current socio-political issues affect a community’s immediate environment and quality of life. Given the economic uncertainties that define the ongoing late-2000s recession and a broader sense of unease about social and environmental futures, Rigg's project, After Now incorporates methods utilized in science fiction writing to ask participants to describe their own sense of possible futures. Rigg adapts these techniques to everyday life, transforming ideals into concrete activities for individuals to narrate their own world order. Portions of the resulting audio recordings of interviews and public conversations will ultimately be translated into concrete, three-dimensional models of the objects and places in the participants’ stories.

Artist Talk: Wednesday, September 19 | 6 pm | Mills Gallery

The Future Looks Like This: An evening of rational and irrational charette and conversation
Thursday, November 15 | 7 pm | Mills Gallery at the BCA

Free and open to the public

How is the economic crisis changing what is possible?
Draw the landscape of the future as you imagine it using the science fiction strategy of world building (no artistic virtuosity is expected!).

End Times vs. The Five-Year Plan
Take inspiration and perhaps solace in highlights from the history of planning and foretelling the future.

Contribute to the After Now Library
Be a part of a larger collection of conversations and interviews about modeling the future. Portions of the workshop will be audio recorded.

In Exchange
In thanks for your participation, you will receive a hand-made compendium of the After Now materials made in Boston this Fall.

What’s a charette?
A collaborative session of designers, citizens, planners or other interested parties often used to generate design solutions for real world problems. Formats vary, but they are usually set to a deadline to generate ideas quickly – the goal is ideas rather than finished product.


IMAGE CREDIT: Siobhan Rigg, After Now: Open Invitation for Open Meetings, 2012

Stacy Scibelli PDF Print E-mail

Made With Love
March 5 – June 17, 2012
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Stacy Scibelli will take “playing dress-up” to a whole new level. Her interactive, sculptural fashion design blends traditional craft with contemporary art. Consisting of unique, ambiguous, hand-made garments, her project involves the audience creatively by allowing them to try on her garments any way they please, encouraging direct interactions and dialogue among strangers. While in residency, Scibelli will further her exploration into public engagement and expression with free workshops ranging from wearable art to pickling.

Scibelli has just recently relocated to Boston to pursue teaching at Mount Ida College and Lasell College. She is a recipient of an Assets for Artists Grant through the Midas Collaborative with a community partner in Mass MOCA, a Franklin Furnace Grant, a project grant from Possible Futures in Atlanta GA, and a residency in Portland ME.

Wearable Art Workshop | Thursday, May 17 6-8 pm | Mills Gallery
Reimagine recycled objects and clothing to create a unique, collaborative, wearable sculpture.

Drop-In Shoe-making/shining Workshop and Open Studio | Saturday, June 9 1-4 pm | Artist Studios Building
Stacy will open her studio and share her work! Also, drop-in to create a simple slipper shoe out of paper and leather or learn some simple shoe-shining techniques.

Jae Rhim Lee PDF Print E-mail

jae rhim lee bannerThe Infinity Burial Project
October 11, 2011 – January 22, 2012
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With her mushroom death suit and infinity mushroom, Jae Rhim Lee asks us to think about alternative burial practices and engage with the process of decomposition on a personal level. The Infinity Burial Project blurs the lines between contemporary art and science in its consideration of practical and psychological issues of death. At the BCA Lee will develop the Decompiculture Society, a membership society to promote death acceptance and the practice of decompiculture (the cultivation of decomposing organisms). Decompinauts will have the opportunity to learn about mushroom cultivation and attend field trips to funeral-related places of interest.

What happens to my body after I die? Join us for a workshop that examines the many personal and cultural choices we make about death and decomposition, and explores the environmental impact of many customs we take for granted.

The afternoon will include an overview of mainstream and alternative postmortem options, a series of guest speakers with a question and answer session and a group discussion. Questions that will be examined include:

What are some guidelines to help me decide what I want to do with my body after I die?
How do I talk to my family about what I want?
What are the legal considerations of choosing how to dispose of my body?
What kind of language and/or legal tools do I need to declare my wishes?

2010 - 2011 Artist Residents PDF Print E-mail

Zhangping (Spring 2011)
Christy Georg (Winter 2010-2011)
William Cravis (Fall 2010)
Jesse Kaminsky (Spring 2010)

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