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ISCP Virtual Open Studios with a.o. Maja Bekan, James Beckett and Wieteke Heldens

Maja Bekan, A series of unexpected incidents, 2016, theatrical event. Courtesy of the artist and ISCP. © Maja Bekan

James Beckett, The Skeptical Structures of Max, 2019, installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and ISCP. © James Beckett

Wieteke Heldens, And Still No More Color, 2018, marker on canvas, 62 × 177 in. (157.48 × 449.58 cm). Courtesy of the artist and ISCP.

Tue, Nov 17 - Wed, Nov 18  2020

ISCP - International Studio & Curatorial Program - New York Consulate Region

On November 17 and 18, 2020, ISCP presents the Open Studios Fall 2020 Program, a virtual event on Zoom. 34 artists and 2 curators from 23 countries currently participating in the residency program will present their work and projects in 30-minute sessions over two days. Artists Maja Bekan (12:30pm), James Beckett (12:45pm) and Wieteke Heldens (1:30pm), will be part of the program on Wednesday, November 18. Scroll down for the full program, or download it here. Registration is required, and can be done here.

Martha Wilson, pioneering feminist performance artist and founding director of Franklin Furnace Archive, will make opening remarks each day, reflecting on how the arts community is experiencing the seismic changes of our time.

Join ISCP for its second ever online open studios, with an updated format this Fall to share its visionary residents’ work and experiences in a series of short talks, screenings, performances, studio tours, and interviews in a Zoom webinar. Q&A sessions will be built into each presentation. Attendees are highly encouraged to use the chat feature to ask questions and share words of appreciation with the residents. This event will be recorded.

Maja Bekan, Performance Class, 2017, site specific installation with light, floor intervention, paint, objects, construction elements, costumes, text and performance. Courtesy of the artist and ISCP

About Maja Bekan

Maja Bekan’s work explores and questions mediation and delegation of artwork production. She is interested in a collaborative and social approach to explore personal histories, truths, economies and social relations. Bekan works on long-term research-based projects that involve different levels of collaboration, presented to the public in the form of performances, site-specific environments, and video/audio/text-based installations. Maja Bekan is calling upon Brooklyn residents to participate in a timely exploration of (art) work, (art) institution and (art) community, in her project (Rehearsing) Togetherness HOLD IT TOGETHER. WE HAVE EACH OTHER. Click here to view the open call. Maja Bekan has exhibited work at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; Kunsthaus, Graz; and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, among others.

James Beckett, Palace Ruin, 2018, installation for public space, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and ISCP

About James Beckett

James Beckett’s work in diverse media examines subjects of a historical nature, from the development (and subsequent demise) of European industry, to the more metaphysical aspects of dowsing and voodoo. His constructions favor an obscure and rambling logic, often within a strict formalism reflecting the mechanisms of display. A sometimes-dubious approach to his subject matter entertains the historic as suspended in a state of constant re-interpretation, a portrayal of a world where anomaly and change are fundamentals. James Beckett has exhibited work at Belgian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale; MAAT, Lisbon; MCAD Manila – Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, among others.

Wieteke Heldens, And Still No More Color, 2018, marker on canvas, 62 × 177 in. (157.48 × 449.58 cm). Courtesy of the artist and ISCP.

About Wieteke Heldens

Wieteke Heldens‘ works primarily with painting. She uses personal experiences and thoughts and turns them into abstract concepts. Heldens creates all her work according to a self-devised algorithm by giving herself instructions based on a starting position and works towards the desired result. It is her way of getting a grasp on everything happening around us. Wieteke Heldens has exhibited work at Kunst Museum Den Haag, The Hague; Royal Palace Amsterdam; Borzo Gallery, Amsterdam, among others.

ISCP Fall Open Studio Program

November 17, 2020

4:00pm Introduction by Martha Wilson
4:15pm Svetlana Bailey
4:30pm Kameelah Janaan Rasheed
4:45pm Caroline Garcia
5:00pm Devin N. Morris
5:15pm Lauren Kelley
5:30pm Zai Nomura
5:45pm Anaïs Castro
6:00pm Alison Nguyen
6:15pm Pamela Council
6:30pm Moko Fukuyama
6:45pm Carlos Franco
7:00pm LaMont Hamilton
7:15pm Charisse Pearlina Weston
7:30pm Bundith Phunsombatlert
7:45pm Joiri Minaya
8:00pm Saya Irie
8:15pm Sara Cwynar
8:30pm end

November 18, 2020

11:00pm Introduction by Martha Wilson
11:15pm Sille Storihle
11:30pm Conny Karlsson Lundgren
11:45pm Julie Stavad
12:00pm Ede Raadik
12:15pm Vibe Schou Overgaard
12:30pm Maja Bekan
12:45pm James Beckett
1:00pm Civan 1:15pm Silas Inoue
1:30pm Wieteke Heldens
1:45pm Antoinette Zwirchmayr
2:00pm Habby Osk
2:15pm Adjani Okpu-Egbe
2:30pm Nezaket Ekici
2:45pm Anaïs Horn
3:00pm Malte Bartsch
3:15pm end

Image courtesy of ISCP

About ISCP

ISCP supports the creative development of artists and curators, and promotes exchange through residencies and public programs. Housed in a former factory in Brooklyn, with 35 light-filled work studios and two galleries, ISCP is New York’s most comprehensive international visual arts residency program, founded in 1994. Over 1,400 artists and curators from more than 85 countries, including the United States have undertaken residencies at ISCP.

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