MADELINE HOLLANDER and MAI UEDA
AS PART OF ‘A SHELTER OF ARCHITECTURE’ by GIANY.org
CONSULATE GENERAL OF GREECE NEW YORK
curated by Sozita Goudouna
COMMONPLACE is a performance based installation project curated by Sozita Goudouna that will be presented in the context of A Shelter for Architecture platform at the Consulate General of Greece in New York on Friday, April 15th, 2016 at 6 -11pm. The project consists of two participatory events by Madeline Hollander and Mai Ueda that unsettle our notions of shelter, by placing the shelter to “unfamiliar” urban places, from the street to the skyscraper. The minimum habitat is neither here nor there and is perceived as the gathering of people for a common purpose, that forms a commonplace.
Shelter for Architecture stages events ranging from architectural exhibitions to talks and presentations, artistic performances and installations. The three major components of the event are the Dialogues, Cocoon, and Tectonics, a concise and fast-paced, multiple-speaker event, presented by multidisciplinary professionals, covering a widely diverse range of subjects in relation to the general discourse on shelter. Cocoon is an open call for ideas on the shelter as a minimum habitat. Tectonics is an exhibition of the work of GIANY members that currently live and practice in New York. Shelter is a concept that is historically strongly connected with the architectural production and has been pivotal in any architect’s practice. Tectonics will explore the idea of shelter as a project.
The work exhibited should have been produced professionally either by the members as individual practitioners, as part of a team, or in collaboration with an office. The work could be built or unbuilt professional work, private or public commissions, design competitions or research projects produced within a professional environment. DIALOGUES, is a fast-paced, multiple-speaker event, presented by multidisciplinary professionals, covering a widely diverse range of subjects, in relation to the notion of shelter. DIALOGUES will be part of “A Shelter for Architecture” [SfA], which will take place on Friday, April 15th, 2016 at the Consulate General of Greece in New York. During that evening, the Consulate itself will become a shelter for architecture and a platform for exchange of ideas between architects, scholars, educators, and the general public. DIALOGUES aspire on creating a map of ideas that take on the definition of shelter and reinterpret it through diverse lenses. Architects, Engineers, Artists, Choreographers, Scientists, Psychologists and other professionals will contribute to a general dialogue on shelter. Keynote speakers include: Emanuel Admassu, Rachel Barnard, Mark J. Blechner, Felipe Correa, David Van Der Leer, Ignacio Gonzalez Galan and Eva Franch I Gilabert. More at http://www.giany.org
ROCKINGHORSE is a performance piece by choreographer Madeline Hollander that investigates themes of corporeal translation, physical miss-communication, and empty signifiers within mass culture. The choreography draws from an incident that took place during Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Cape Town where the hired sign-language interpreter turned out to be a fraud and stood alongside world leaders, including Obama, gesturing and performing “gibberish” to a global audience. Although the movements do no correlate whatsoever to the meaning of the presenters’ speeches, his performance is nonetheless extremely structured, articulate, and repetitive. The piece extracts portions of this physical improvised “speech” and re-presents it through choreography. Five dancers stand on step stools so that they are positioned above the audience and perform the gestural movement sequences in repetition, changing their orientation in the space after each sequence to begin again at a different height and facing a new direction.
Madeline Hollander (1986) is a New York-based artist whose work extends choreography beyond the human form and explores emerging body languages and their relationship to technology, media, and daily ritual. Hollander’s work challenges performance’s role in contemporary art so that it’s experienced as a critique of and departure from its predominant association with spectacle and ephemeral art forms. Treating performance as an art object, a thing, or continuous event that intervenes within spatial, as well as temporal landscapes, Hollander creates environments that engage with alternate modes of viewership, reproduction, and archive. Hollander has exhibited works at Untitled Art Fair 2015, Miami, FL; Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery, NY; the Sculpture Center, NY; Jack Hanley Gallery, NY; Tina Kim Gallery, NY; The Kitchen, NY; Torrance Shipman Gallery, NY; and Human Resources, LA. She has danced professionally with Los Angeles Ballet, CA, and Angel Corella Ballet, Madrid, and attended artist residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Maine; Choreographic-Coding Labs, Digital Media Arts, UCLA; & the Fountainhead Studios, Miami, FL.
The unheimlich (uncanny) place…is the entrance to the former Heim (home) of all human beings, to the place where everyone dwelt once upon a time and in the beginning.
Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny, 1919
Mai Ueda is exploring a new version of Nijiriguchi. Nijiriguchi is a small crawl through opening to a tea room, people enter the world of theatre separate from the every day space, a dividing line from “ordinerly” to “extra ordinarily.” The samurai at the time when the nijiriguchi was invented had to bow down to feel humble and leave their sword behind. By asking to wear a panda costume, the participants are aware of whether they feel peaceful, relaxed and ready to be involved in this adventure to enjoy and share the moment. Guests might leave cell phones behind instead of swords.