Fall 2011 Newsletter

Harpo Foundation is pleased to announce 11 new grants that will support the production of new work by under recognized artists in the United States and internationally. This latest distribution of funds concludes a two-year thematic focus that has sought to explore the relationship between art and site in a dematerializing world.
Harpo Foundation received hundreds of proposals in response to this thematic focus and it has been a privilege to be a part of this evolving and expanding conversation. We would like to thank all of the artists and organizations that responded to our call and Leonardo Drew and Alma Ruiz, and Max Goldfarb and Christiane Paul, who advised our grant making decisions in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Congratulations to our 2011 Grantees (alphebetical by artists' last names):

Romy Achituv / Arteam Interdisciplinary Art (Jerusalem, Israel)
“The Database Visualization Project” will create an online interactive representation of the evolving reader-response database of Tel Aviv’s Garden Library for Refugee and Migrant Communities.
Aram Bartholl / Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria, New York)
“DVD Dead Drop” will turn the Museum into a free digital vending machine. Visitors will insert a blank disc into a slot embedded in the surface of the Museum building and receive a surprise assortment of digital data culled from the Internet.

Deborah Brevoort / Virginia Stage Company (Norfolk, Virginia)
Deborah Brevoort’s play, “The Comfort Team,” created as part of VSC's American Soil Series, explores the relationships and identities created, maintained, and transformed through an individual’s manipulation of the virtual or digital world. 
Jeffrey Gibson / PARTICIPANT INC (New York, New York)
Jeffrey Gibson will develop a solo exhibition for PARTICIPANT that utilizes the 1941 MoMA exhibition, "Indian Art of the United States," as a starting point for examining concepts of the authentic and the original in a new sculptural installation. 
Mary Mattingly / Eyebeam Atelier (New York, New York)
Mary Mattingly will realize a new large-scale public intervention and installation, “Wearable City,” as part of her Eyebeam Fellowship in 2012.
Ali Momeni / Elsewhere Inc. (Greensboro, North Carolina)
Ali Momeni will design and advance real-time technologies for Elsewhere, a living museum. Applied media for in-process storytelling and archiving will enable virtual communication between on-site artists and participants.

Bundith Phunsombatlert / New York Foundation for the Arts (Brooklyn, New York)
T|r|a|n|s|t|r|a|c|k is a sound installation in progress that combines the metaphorical meanings and functions of trains and sound tracks as well as the concept of transformative space in telling the stories of refugees in the United States.

Stephanie Rothenberg / 516 ARTS (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
“Laputa, Inc.” is a mixed reality, public art installation and correlating workshop created for ISEA2012 that explores how contemporary visions of utopian urbanization are impacted by real world economic, political and environmental factors.

Deborah Stratman / The Images Festival (Toronto, Ontario)
The sculpture and sound installation, "Tactical Uses of a Belief in the Unseen (2)" by Deborah Stratman will be re-envisioned for the Images Festival.
Emma Wilcox / The Print Center (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
“Where it Falls” is a residency, exhibition and publication project at The Print Center that will expand on Emma Wilson’s roof-top interjections of large-scale, text-based work. These interjections reach unexpected viewers on Google Earth when satelite imagery is updated.
Will Wilson / Navajo Nation Museum (Window Rock, Arizona)
This project will bring the “Auto Immune Response Laboratory” to the Navajo Nation Fair and Museum to present and promote the cultivation of physical and social ecologies related to Indigenous food species of the US Southwest.

We look forward to sharing details about these projects as they are realized throughout the year.

And to all future applicants, the Foundation's guidelines for the 2012 grant cycle will be posted online by December 1. Please join our facebook page where we post regular updates.

Best wishes,

Julie Deamer
Executive Director

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