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

@ © Wieteke Heldens

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.

@ © Maja Bekan

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

@ © James Beckett

Tue, Aug 25 - Wed, Aug 26  2020

ISCP - International Studio & Curatorial Program

On August 25 and 26, 2020, ISCP presents the Open Studios Summer 2020 Program, a virtual event on Zoom. 29 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 Wieteke Heldens (08/25 at 5pm), James Beckett (08/25 at 5:30pm) and Maja Bekan (08/26 at 1pm) will be part of the program. Scroll down for the full program, or download it here. Registration is required, and can be done here.

You are invited to engage in dialogue around contemporary art with visionary arts professionals from across the globe in residence at ISCP. Guest hosts Dan Cameron, Jane Ursula Harris, Anna Harsanyi, and Larry Ossei-Mensah, will facilitate discussions with residents in four breakout rooms on Zoom.

Wieteke Heldens, Of Course, Off Course, 2018, marker on canvas, 69 x 26 in. and 44 x 87 in. Courtesy of the artist and ISCP. © Wieteke Heldens

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.

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

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.

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

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.


Summer Open Studios Schedule

August 25th, 2020, 5–7pm EST
Register here.

Breakout Room 1
With guest host Jane Ursula Harris
5:00–5:30 Wieteke Heldens
5:30–6:00 Alison Nguyen
6:00–6:30 Pamela Council
6:30–7:00 Caroline Garcia

Breakout Room 2
With guest host Larry Ossei-Mensah
5:00–5:30 Pauline Shaw
5:30–6:00 James Beckett
6:00–6:30 Charles Moore
6:30–7:00 Moko Fukuyama

Breakout Room 3
With guest host Dan Cameron
5:00–5:30 Luiza Gottschalk
5:30–6:00 Habby Osk
6:00–6:30 Zai Nomura
6:30–7:00 Bundith Phunsombatlert

Breakout Room 4
With guest host Anna Harsanyi
5:00–5:30 Svetlana Bailey
5:30–6:00 Patricia Margarita Hernandez
6:00–6:30 Demian DinéYazhi´
6:30–7:00 Civan Özkanoğlu

August 26th, 2020, 12–2pm EST
Register here.

Breakout Room 1
With guest host Jane Ursula Harris
12:00–12:30 Sille Storihle
12:30–1:00 Ustina Yakovleva
1:00–1:30 Maja Bekan
1:30–2:00 Group Q&A

Breakout Room 2
With guest host Larry Ossei-Mensah
12:00–12:30 Sebastian Burger
12:30–1:00 Carlos Franco
1:00–1:30 Humberto Duque
1:30–2:00 Anita Fuchs

Breakout Room 3
With guest host Dan Cameron
12:00–12:30 Sara Wallgren
12:30–1:00 Malte Bartsch
1:00–1:30 Antoinette Zwirchmayr
1:30–2:00 Group Q&A

Breakout Room 4
With guest host Anna Harsanyi
12:00–12:30 Maria Zervos
12:30–1:00 Polina Kanis
1:00–1:30 New Red Order
1:30–2:00 Group Q&A

Registrants are welcome to log in ten minutes before the start of the events to meet ISCP staff and other visitors in the Zoom Main Room. Then, head into the Breakout Room(s) of your choice for art viewing and conversation with ISCP residents. You can always return to the Main Room to chat and ask for assistance.

Recommended Zoom Etiquette

• Use the chat feature to ask questions and share words of appreciation with the residents.
• Mute your microphone when you are not actively engaging in conversation to improve the audio experience for all.
• When a resident is sharing their screen, help boost the video quality for all by turning off your camera.

By attending this event, you consent to being photographed by ISCP. If you do not wish to appear in any screen shots, we suggest turning off your camera.

Image courtesy of ISCP. © 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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