Friday, April 17, 2015

ECSTATIC TIME: Media Works in Progress by Lauren Marsden

Friday 17 to Friday 24 April, 2015, at Alice Yard
7 pm to 10 pm each night



For the next seven nights, Alice Yard artist in residence Lauren Marsden will be screening new video works in the Alice Yard space. Each night, a different image from her project ECSTATIC TIME will be on display. Come by and meet the artist and see her work in progress.

As part of the Trinidadian diaspora, Marsden has been using her time at Alice Yard to respond to a sense of place, through the mediums of slow-motion videography and animated photography. Expanding on filmmaker Hollis Frampton’s notion of “Ecstatic Time,” her project at Alice Yard involves the creation of an index of short looping videos and animated GIFs that document a series of performative gestures in Port of Spain and the surrounding area. Using family members, friends, acquaintances, and local dancers as her subjects, these brief gestures (some staged, some spontaneous) have been documented and edited to portray a sense of redundancy, futility, and slowness in a local cultural context.

Zong!: Hearing Voices

Tuesday 21 April, 2015, 7.30 pm

Alice Yard invites you to a reading/performance by M. NourbeSe Philip, from her celebrated book Zong!

















Professor Patricia Saunders of the University of Miami will introduce the event.
 
— It can’t be told; it must be told! It can only be told by its untelling. Hauntological and polyvocal, Zong! addresses the lacunae in the fabric of “History“ and tempts, even as it attempts, a remembering, an unforgetting. Through modes of repetition in the unequal exchange of sound for silence,  Zong! limns the poetics of the fragment to ex-aqua the infinite in memory. —

M. Nourbese Philip is a poet, essayist, novelist, and playwright (and former lawyer) who lives in the space-time of the City of Toronto. Author of five books of poetry, one novel, and three collections of essays, her most recent work, Zong!, is a genre-breaking, book-length poem which engages with law, history, and memory as they relate to the transatlantic slave trade. Winner of many awards, including Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships and the Arts Foundation of Toronto Writing and Publishing Award, she is also a Dora Award finalist for her play Coups and Calypsos.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Introducing Lauren Marsden

Artist in residence, March to May 2015


Alice Yard’s current artist in residence, during the period March to May 2015, is Vancouver-based Lauren Marsden.

Her practice involves various forms, including performance, video, photography, and texts. Using devices such as voice-over narration, ritual gestures, camera movement, and descriptive text, her projects interact with contentious sites, often through the perspective of a misplaced or unreliable narrator.

Marsden is interested in challenging what might constitute a performance and how it is recorded or circulated. For example, she has staged events involving choreographed etiquette drills in a public library, hired paparazzi photographing inanimate objects, a flag-raising on a demilitarised island, the filming of a horror movie with no actors, and conducting an auction that sells itself. She works in collaboration with a range of creative professionals, using a style of direction called structured improvisation, which allows others to articulate their unique skills within the conceptual parameters of a piece.

Her project at Alice Yard will involve creating an index of short looping videos and animated GIFs that will document a series of performative gestures in Port of Spain and the surrounding area. Expanding on filmmaker Hollis Frampton’s notion of “Ecstatic Time,” these brief performances will manifest a sense of redundancy, futility, and slowness in a local, cultural context. See more at her project Tumblr page, laurenaubreymarsden.tumblr.com

Lauren Marsden as Miss Department of Energy. Shot on location at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, San Diego, California

Marsden, who has family roots in Trinidad, received a BFA in Visual Arts from the University of Victoria and an MFA in Social Practice from the California College of the Arts. She has recently exhibited her work at the Victoria Film Festival, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, LIVE International Performance Art Biennale in Vancouver, Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and Frutta Gallery in Rome, Italy. She is currently teaching at the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, and is the editor of Decoy Magazine, a Vancouver-based online platform for critical arts writing.

laurenmarsden.com
vimeo.com/laurenmarsden

Friday, February 20, 2015

A conversation with Kaneesha Parsard

Monday 23 February, 2015, 7 pm, at Alice Yard

Michel Jean Cazabon, View of Port of Spain from Laventille Hill

Kaneesha Cherelle Parsard is a PhD candidate in American Studies, African American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. During the 2014-15 academic year, she has been based in Trinidad conducting research for her dissertation, “Improper Dwelling: Space, Sexuality, and Colonial Modernity in the British West Indies, 1838-1962.” In October 2014, Parsard was researcher in residence at Alice Yard.

On Monday 23 February, at 7 pm, Parsard will give an informal talk at Alice Yard, based on the section of her dissertation on nineteenth-century artist Michel Jean Cazabon. She will examine Cazabon’s body of work in the context of post-emancipation land use and planning, focusing on scenes that contain overgrown plant life, winding paths, and figures that cast gazes beyond the frame. These scenes reframe the nineteenth-century Trinidad landscape as anti-picturesque, a space that challenges control, order, and production.

All are invited.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Passing Presence

Gerard H. Gaskin, Roshini Kempadoo, and Camille Chedda
Tuesday 6 and Thursday 8 January, 2015, at Alice Yard



Alice Yard begins the new year with two events featuring three visiting artists:

On Tuesday 6 January, at 7 pm, Gerard H. Gaskin and Roshini Kempadoo will join Alice Yard co-director Christopher Cozier for a conversation about images, archives, and visual histories, based on their recent work.

And on Thursday 8 January, also at 7 pm, artist in residence Camille Chedda will present her current untitled work in progress, created during her time at Alice Yard, which follows her recent investigations of the disposable and the degradable, temporality and violence.

All are invited.



Work in progress by Camille Chedda

About the artists:

Born in Trinidad and based in the United States, Gerard H. Gaskin earned a BA in Liberal Arts from Hunter College in 1994. As a freelance photographer, his work is widely published in newspapers and magazines in the United States and abroad, including The New York Times, Newsday, Politiken, Black Enterprise, Ebony, and others. Additional clientele are record companies including Island, Sony, Def Jam, and Mercury records. Gaskin’s photographs have also been featured in solo and group exhibitions at Duke University Gallery, Syracuse University Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, the Queens Museum of Arts, the Goethe-Institute in Accra, Ghana and Imagenes Havana in Cuba, as well as in the 2006 Galvanize programme in Port of Spain. His book Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene (Duke University Press) won the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography.

Roshini Kempadoo is a photographer, media artist, and lecturer at the University of East London. Her research, multimedia, and photographic projects combine factual and fictional re-imaginings of contemporary experiences with history and memory. Having worked as a social documentary photographer for the Format Women’s Picture Agency, Kempadoo’s recent work as a digital image artist includes photographs and screen-based interactive art installations that fictionalise Caribbean archive material, objects, and spaces. They combine sound, animations, and interactive use of objects, to introduce characters that once may have existed, evoking hidden and untold narratives. She is represented by Autograph ABP, London.

Camille Chedda was born in Manchester, Jamaica. She graduated from the Edna Manley College with an Honours Diploma in Painting, and received her MFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Her works have been featured in major exhibitions at the National Gallery of Jamaica, including the 2014 Jamaica Biennial and New Roots (2013). She has also exhibited internationally in Boston, New York, Germany, and China. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Albert Huie Award, the Reed Foundation Scholarship, and the inaugural Dawn Scott Memorial Award for an outstanding contribution to the 2014 Jamaica Biennial 2014. Chedda currently lectures in Painting at the Edna Manley College in Kingston, Jamaica.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Introducing Camille Chedda

Artist in residence, December 2014 and January 2015 

Photo: Maya Cozier

Ebony G. Patterson, in collaboration with Alice Yard, is pleased to support the research and working residency of Jamaican artist Camille Chedda in Trinidad from mid December 2014 to mid January 2015.

Detail of Built-In Obsolescence, currently on show at Alice Yard

Camille Chedda was born in Manchester, Jamaica. She graduated from the Edna Manley College with an Honours Diploma in Painting, and received her MFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Her works have been featured in major exhibitions at the National Gallery of Jamaica, including the 2014 Jamaica Biennial 2014 and New Roots (2013). She has also exhibited internationally in Boston, New York, Germany, and China. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Albert Huie Award, the Reed Foundation Scholarship, and the inaugural Dawn Scott Memorial Award for an outstanding contribution to the 2014 Jamaica Biennial 2014. Chedda currently lectures in Painting at the Edna Manley College in Kingston, Jamaica.

Friday, December 5, 2014

A conversation with Shani Mootoo and Vahni Capildeo

Thursday 18 December, 2014, 7 pm, at Alice Yard


Trinidadian-Canadian writer Shani Mootoo’s most recent novel, Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, was longlisted for the 2014 Giller Prize. Her other books include Cereus Blooms at Night, the Man Booker Prize–longlisted novel of love, repression, and family secrets for which she is perhaps best known.

UK-based Trinidadian Vahni Capildeo’s newest book of poems, Utter, was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2013. She is the author of four other collections of poems, including the OCM Bocas Prize–longlisted Dark and Unaccustomed Words.

On Thursday 18 December, jointly hosted by Paper Based Bookshop and Alice Yard, both writers will read from and discuss their new work in an informal conversation with Shivanee Ramlochan.

All are invited.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2014 Alice Yard Prize for Art Writing shortlist



The judges for the 2014 Alice Yard Prize for Art Writing have chosen a shortlist of five writers.

The prize, inaugurated in 2014, is an annual award for an original piece of critical writing on contemporary Caribbean art by a Caribbean writer aged 35 or under. The five finalists, selected from the prize entrants, are:

Katherine Kennedy (Barbados)
Stephen Narain (Bahamas/US)
Brandon O’Brien (Trinidad and Tobago)
Aiko Maya Roudette (St Vincent and the Grenadines/US)
Nicole Smythe-Johnson (Jamaica)

Established by Alice Yard, the prize aims to encourage new writing on Caribbean art and artists, and to identify emerging voices in contemporary Caribbean art criticism. The winner, who will be announced in November 2014, will receive a cash award of US$1,000 and publication in The Caribbean Review of Books.

The 2014 judges for the Alice Yard Prize for Art Writing are:

Krista Thompson (Bahamas/US), chair
Art historian and curator
Associate professor of art history, Northwestern University

Charles Campbell (Jamaica/Canada)
Artist and curator

Courtney J. Martin (US)
Art historian and curator
Assistant professor of the history of art and architecture, Brown University

The Alice Yard Prize for Art Writing is conceived and established by the co-directors of Alice Yard, Sean Leonard, Christopher Cozier, and Nicholas Laughlin, who will administer the prize and support the panel of judges in their deliberations.