S T O R E (Dresden, Germany): official office

Recess (New York City, USA): official office

SOMA (Mexico City, Mexico): official office

Konstanet (Tallinn, Estonia): official office

July 1, 2014-July 1, 2015

On July 1, 2014, S T O R E will launch official office on two shelves in Recess’s Soho office space. Simultaneously, Recess will launch official office on two identical shelves in S T O R E’s Dresden office space. Over the course of the year, additional art spaces around the world will be invited to join official office by installing the official shelves in their office space. The project’s proliferation will be documented on recessanalog.org, the site of Recess’s online residency program.

official office consists of two Ikea shelves. On the left shelf is a monitor with rotating video programming selected by invited official office participants. On the right shelf is a vase with a flower selected by official office participants and a clock set to local time. Photographs of each official office will be uploaded to recessanalog.org. Archives of video programming will also be available on the Recess Analog website.

Given the enforcement of prescribed start times, the video streams will run 24-hours a day, concurrently around the world, officially. This creates a bootleg broadcast experience, a simulacrum of the shared viewing event live TV offers. Like playing music for houseplants, playing videos in offices stimulates health and well-being.

Over the course of the project, art spaces will be invited to join official office. At any time, art spaces may opt-in as a participant by sourcing the needed equipment or purchasing an official office pack consisting of a shrink-wrapped set of Ikea shelves, a vase, a monitor, and a clock. Price for the set is dependent on location and shipping costs. The set will include specific installation instructions. In either case, recipients must source their own flower.

Contact info@recessactivities.org to purchase a set or for official office inquiries. Video screenings and events will punctuate the course of official office. Check back for upcoming dates and details.

Participant Bios:

Kim Asendorf is a conceptual artist and works in a large area of media and digital related art. He loves to transport things from the Internet into real life and back. He works very experimental with generative strategies, physical computing, data and glitch. Most of his works leads into installations, sculptures, visualizations and abstract geometric art, but also into applications, animated gifs or noisy sounds. Ole Fach is an architect and conceptual artist who investigates the networking of architecture, society and the new media. His projects document and reflect the cultural changes and give an insight into the world of tomorrow. Kim and Ole live and work in Berlin.

Amelia Hancock is an artist and designer living in Brooklyn. Influenced by the similarities and tensions between animal and human behavior, much of her work vacillates between careful analytical thought and “just fiddling around”. Piece description: An homage to the most beautiful bird of paradise (Beyoncé), Blow is a video collage that explores nature’s influence on pop culture and vice versa.

Andy Warhol
Born in 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Andy Warhol studied commercial art at Carnegie Institute of Technology before moving to New York in 1949 to work in advertising—a career that supported him for more than a decade and directly informed his art. The subjects of many of his early paintings were derived from advertisements and comic strips, first handpainted, then, by 1963, exclusively silkscreened, a production method associated with commercial printing. In his work across a range of mediums, Warhol proposed a radical reevaluation of artistic subject matter in which a Brillo pad box or Campbell’s soup can could be as worthy of attention as any traditional still life or abstract field of color. In turn, Warhol and his Pop art peers upended the commonly understood distinctions between “high” and “low,” making art that blatantly celebrates consumerism and mass culture. Working with dozens of assistants in a studio he dubbed The Factory, Warhol systematically reduced the presence of the artist’s hand in his work, while also amplifying his own outsized cultural persona, taking on an important role as a conduit between art, fashion, film, music, publishing, and pop culture. “I want to be a machine,” Warhol famously said. His multifaceted, prolific oeuvre is a testament to that ambition’s success.

Ann Chen is a multimedia artist, writer and researcher currently on a Fulbright in Canada working on a yearlong project about energy infrastructures and petrocultures. She co-founded Phats Valley Residency in Truro, MA, is a member of the Nomadic Department of the Interior (NDOI) and is an organizer at Public Lab.

Ben Wolf Noam (b. 1987 Cambridge, MA) is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY and Los Angeles, CA. His interdisciplinary work manifests itself in painting, sculpture, video and performance. He has been exhibited in Berlin, Milan, Beirut, New York and Los Angeles.

Chris Burden
Burden was born in 1946. He received a B.A. from Pomona College, Claremont, California, and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine. The first New York survey of his work, “Chris Burden: Extreme Measures,” opened in the Fall of 2013 at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York. A major retrospective of his work, “Chris Burden: A Twenty Year Survey,” was organized in 1988 by the Newport Harbor Art Museum, California. He has performed and exhibited his work internationally, at institutions including MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; de Appel, Amsterdam; The Tate Museum, London; The Baltic Centre, Newcastle, England; The 48th Venice Biennale, Venice; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, LA; Museum of Conceptual Art, San Francisco; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial, New York. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and taught for many years at the University of California, Los Angeles. Burden lives and works in Topanga, California.

The work of Daniela Bojórquez Vértiz explores the relationship between different levels of “reality” and its representations. Through photography, text and other media, she creates fictional situations about daily life or uses reality itself as an artistic representation. She is currently a member of SOMA México.

DIS is a New York-based collective composed of Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase, Marco Roso and David Toro. Its cultural interventions are manifest across a range of media and platforms, from sitespecific museum and gallery exhibitions to ongoing online projects. Most notably these include, DIS Magazine, co-founded with Nick Scholl, Patrik Sandberg and S. Adrian Massey III in 2010 as a virtual platform that examines art, fashion, music and culture, constructing and supporting new creative practices. More at http://dismagazine.com/.

Duox Duox
Wickerham & Lomax is the collaborative name of Baltimore-based artists Malcolm Lomax (b. Abbeville, South Carolina, 1986) and Daniel Wickerham (b. Columbus, Ohio, 1986). Formerly known as DUOX, the two have been working together since 2009. They have developed a searching, nuanced practice that applies a keen critical intuition and fine-tuned irreverence to the problems and potentialities of our contemporary media ecology. Working across diverse media, curatorial platforms, and institutional contexts, they have created a body of work at once context-specific and broadly engaged with networked virtualities. W&L are particularly invested in questions of identity and the body, exploring the impact—profound, ubiquitous, ambivalent—of digital technologies and social spaces on the formation of subjectivities and speculative corporealities.

E.S.P. TV is dedicated to promoting the performing and media based arts through direct collaboration with artists via live television production.

The E.S.P. TV project acts as a live studio broadcast, expanded cinema, and a program on public access television. All events are taped live with a crew of cameramen, sound engineer, and video mixing team. Tapings are in front of an audience, using chroma key, signal manipulation and video mixing. The live mix is then edited for time and aired on Manhattan Neighborhood Network public television (MNN), every Tuesday night at 10PM. After airing, the episodes are posted online at www.esptv.com for later viewing. Our mission is threefold: to expand on the idea of an artist collaboration, to preserve public broadcast as a relevant outlet for transmission based art, and to develop new video and performance works with local artists.

E.S.P. TV works locally and internationally, with smaller venues as well as larger institutions and museums. Our goal is to track down and showcase the pulse of artistic activity, creative innovation, and action in each location we visit. E.S.P. TV has worked with various venues including: New Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, Printed Matter, Millennium Film Workshop as a part of INDEX Festival, Clemente Soto Velez Center (NYC); Interstate, Present Company, The Schoolhouse, La Sala, 285 Kent, Vaudeville Park, Spectacle Theater, Issue Project Room, Roulette (Brooklyn, NY), Franklin Street Works (Stamford, CT), Liminal Space (Oakland), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Queens Nails Projects (San Francisco), General Public (Berlin), Kling and Bang (Reykjavik) and Pallas Projects (Dublin).

Frankie Martin is an artist living in Philadelphia, and working in video and watercolor. Frankie received an MFA from University of California, San Diego in 2013, and a BFA from Tyler School of Art. In addition to her Fine Arts practice, Frankie does freelance Arts documentation, makes music videos and occasionally curates exhibitions.

Gella Zefira studied at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, UK and is based in New York City. She currently works with video and painting.

Geoffrey Lillemon
Born in 1981, lives and works in Amsterdam and Los Angeles.

Konstanet is a non-profit gallery founded in July 2013. Konstanet is made up of two spaces – the online space at konstanet.com and a scaled (1:5) physical space located in the centre of Tallinn, Estonia. Konstanet focuses mainly on international collaborations with young emerging artists interested in exploring the possibilities of exhibiting their work online, merging the online and offline realm.

Kristin Reger is a visual and performance artist with a background in textiles and fashion. Her most recent work uses transformative sculptural costumes in performance and video. She lives and works in Mexico City, where she is a part of SOMA and their official curator for official office.

Marilyn Minter has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2005, the Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, OH in 2009, La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Ceutí/Murcia, Spain in 2009, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH in 2010 and the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany in 2011. Her video Green Pink Caviar was exhibited in the lobby of the MoMA for over a year, and was also shown on digital billboards on Sunset Boulevard in LA, and the Creative Time MTV billboard in Times Square, New York. Minter’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in museums all over the world. In 2006, Marilyn Minter was included in the Whitney Biennial, and in a collaboration with Creative Time she installed billboards all over Chelsea in New York City. Most recently, Minter was featured in “Riotous Baroque,” an exhibition that originated at the Kunsthaus Zürich and traveled to the Guggenheim Bilbao. A retrospective of Minter’s work will open at Contemporary Art Museum Houston, TX and will travel around the country, ending at the Brooklyn Museum, NY. Minter is represented by Salon 94, New York and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

Matt Savitsky (b. 1982, Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in San Diego and Los Angeles. Currently he pursues a Master’s in Art at University of California, San Diego, expecting his degree in Fall 2014. Relocated from New York City, he earned a BFA from The Cooper Union in 2005. His artwork has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Diego, and New Orleans. His video works have been included in various exhibitions and screening programs, including Migrating Forms Film Festival (NY). Selected awards include Artist-in-Residence at the Vermont Studio Center (2010); and finalist for the PEW Fellowship in the Arts (2010). His video work was included in an exhibition in the Galeria Alternativa Once in Monterrey, Mexico and the Universidad del Pais Vasco Bilbao, Spain.

Michael Smith
Since 1979, the majority of Michael Smith’s work has centered on his extraordinarily prescient and sympathetic character, the naïve and somewhat inept Everyman, Mike, who is the focus of this exhibition. Smith’s other recurring performance persona is Baby Ikki, whose bizarre and precipitous infancy is marked by conspicuous facial hair, oversized diapers, and undersized sunglasses. To elaborate these performances, which were created both for the stage and for video, Smith has generated a huge corpus of work, collaborating with a wide range of artists in many media. In addition to the time-based works, he and his collaborators have broken new ground in immersive installation art, and, working solo, he has produced several artists books and an impressive corpus of drawings and sketches that detail the creative process. Many of these were published recently in MICHAEL SMITH Drawings: Simple, Obscure and Obtuse (NY: Regency Arts Press, 2007).

Throughout his career, Smith has been actively engaged as a lecturer, critic, artist, and instructor at a number of prestigious institutions, among them Yale University, the Royal Danish Academy, and UCLA. Smith currently serves as Associate Professor of Studio Art at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been teaching performance art since 2001. In 2007 Smith received The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award and The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) honored both he and Joshua White for their multi-disciplinary work; Smith has received numerous other fellowships and awards, including those from the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies (2005-6), Art Matters Inc (1996, 1990, 1987), the National Endowment for the Arts (1991, 1983, 1982, 1978), and the Guggenheim Foundation (1985).

Nicolás Astorga (Santiago de Chile, 1990) vive y trabaja en Ciudad de México. Se encuentra cursando el primer año del Programa de Estudios en SOMA. Durante los últimos tres años ha participado de exposiciones colectivas como Ciudad Sísifo (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo MAC Quinta Normal, Santiago de Chile), La Nueva Economía del Tiempo (Galería Macchina, Santiago de Chile) y MALL GUSTO (Galería La Tienda, Medellín, Colombia). Actualmente se encuentra desarrollando el proyecto NEW MEXICO – NEW LIFE.

Nicolás Astorga (Santiago de Chile, 1990) lives and works in México City. He’s in the first year of the Studies Program in SOMA. Over the last three years he has participated in several group exhibitions, such as Ciudad Sísifo (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo MAC Quinta Normal, Santiago de Chile), La Nueva Economía del Tiempo (Galería Macchina, Santiago de Chile) and MALL GUSTO (Galería La Tienda, Medellín, Colombia). Nowadays he is working on the project NEW MEXICO – NEW LIFE.

The Propeller Group “The Propeller Group was established in 2006 as a cross-disciplinary structure for creating ambitious art projects. With backgrounds in visual art, film, and video, Phunam, Matt Lucero, and Tuan Andrew Nguyen created the collective to harness the synergetic spirit encountered in large-scale production efforts. Through multi-platform work, collaborations with other artists, and dual headquarters in Ho Chi Minh City, VietNam and Los Angeles, California, The Propeller Group is able to integrate many resources and idiosyncrasies in their practice, which expose the strategies of the type of global agency their name suggests.” Ethan Swan

Robot ( Takuji Kogo + John Miller )
http://artonline.jp/personals/
Robot is a virtual band formed by Takuji Kogo and John Miller in 2003.
Robot songs and music videos use various personal ads as lyrics.
The music is entirely synthetic; both the vocals and instrumentation are produced electronically.
Robot has been presented at Le MAGASIN Grenoble, New Museum, Metro Pictures gallery, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Galerie Barbara Weiss Berlin and Kitakyushu Biennial.
Takuji Kogo based in Fukuoka, Japan.
John Miller based in NY/ Berlin.

Rose Schlossberg is an LA based artist.

Sam Fleischner is a New York based filmmaker. Projects include narrative storytelling, music video collaborations with musicians like MGMT and Panda Bear, experimental projects, and commercial work with brands like Puma, Target, and House of Marley.

Fleischner’s latest feature film, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, played in over 60 film festivals around the world, winning prizes at Tribeca, Deauville, and Athens. The film was nominated for best supporting actress at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards and won a National Board of Review Award for Top Ten Independent Films. The New York Times called it a “small miracle of a film”and listed it in their top 10 films of 2014.

Smudge Studio is Jamie Kruse and Elizabeth Ellsworth. Jamie Kruse is an artist, designer and part-time faculty at Parsons, The New School for Design, School for Design Strategies (New York, NY). In 2005 she co-founded smudge, with Elizabeth Ellsworth, based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, The New School Green Fund (Office of Sustainability, The New School); New York State Council for the Arts (2010, 2011) and the Brooklyn Arts Council. She has exhibited and presented her work both nationally and internationally. In the spring of 2014 she was a guest researcher for Future North (AHO Oslo). She is the author of the Friends of the Pleistocene blog, (fopnews.wordpress.com) and has co-edited a collection of essays with Elizabeth Ellsworth entitled, Making the Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life (punctum books, 2012).

Elizabeth Ellsworth is Professor of Media Studies at the New School, New York. Elizabeth’s research and teaching focus on the design of mediated learning environments; media, theories of becoming, and social change; and documentary media forms. Her scholarship addresses how media design creates possibilities for people to construct, share, and assess diverse ways of knowing. In her recent role as Associate Provost for Curriculum and Learning, her work focused on cross-divisional and university-wide programs, with particular emphasis on new pathways and opportunities to both broaden and strengthen the academic experience through innovative ways of learning. She is author of Places of Learning: Media, Architecture, Pedagogy (Routledge, 2004) and Teaching Positions: Difference, Pedagogy and the Power of Address (Teachers College Press, 1997). Her recent journal articles focus on projects that fuse learning with aesthetic experience, and public pedagogy. She translates results of her research and writing into media forms, exhibitions, and projects. Since 2000, Elizabeth has co-designed web-based media and content for a number of interdisciplinary online learning environments, including ExtremeMediaStudies.org. She has served as a consultant on pedagogical design for museums and design schools. She is co-founder, with Jamie Kruse, of a nonprofit media arts collaboration: www.smudgestudio.org. Elizabeth earned her PhD in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

SOMA’s mission is to provide a forum for dialog among Mexican and international artists and critics. We strive to build a platform to collectively investigate the possibilities and functions of art in different contexts. SOMA is a space for reconsideration and reflection, where students, local artists, and the general public have the opportunity to critically analyze the aesthetic, political and social consequences of art production.

Sophia Cleary is an artist based in New York. She has worked with the Kate Bush Dance Troupe, Ann Liv Young, Dynasty Handbag (Jibz Cameron), Neal Medlyn, and Alexandra Bachzetsis. She has presented her work at the the Center for Performance Research, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, and e-flux. She is the founder and coordinator of the works-inprogress series REHEARSAL and is co-editor for Ugly Duckling Presse’s performance annual Emergency INDEX. Her most recent project is feminist punk band Penis, a collaboration with Samara Davis. sophiacleary.com

S T O R E is a non-profit art space in Dresden, Germany with a focus on young contemporary art and boundary-pushing projects across disciplines. S T O R E was founded in January 2010 and puts a diversity of local & international artist and art projects on display each month. The small unique shaped room with its big window screen formerly functioned as a real store is located right next to the old Jewish graveyard in the middle of Dresden’s cultural centre Neustadt. Monthly changing exhibitions and artist interventions make S T O R E a local outreach to contemporary tendencies in a larger discourse with a strong sense for community building.

Tin Nguyen (1988) currently lives and works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

UNITED BROTHERS (Ei Arakawa and Tomoo Arakawa) is the artist collective working internationally. UB was originally founded as a corporation in Fukushima.

Yemenwed is a collective founded in 2006 in New York City. They create collaborative works, which synthesize the focus of its varying members.

Yemenwed’s work often explores a detached reality; a hyper re-clarification of the present moment, which frequently results in the visual shifting of peripheral experiences to the foreground. Mundane movement, tangential objects and domestic abstractions are theatrically rearranged to be viewed as central, and with increased detail.

The group maintains an active interest in the vocabulary of mainstream popular culture, and its conventions, as well as entertainment value, and notions of beauty.

Yemenwed has participated in exhibitions and performances at MOMA P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Tate Modern, MOCA, Palais de Tokyo, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art TBA:10, Performa 09 and the Hessel Museum of Art.

The Youngest Hương Ngô is an artist living and working between Paris and New York. Born in Hong Kong, of Vietnamese and Chinese origin, and raised in North Carolina, her work explores the subjectivity of the foreigner, the migrant, and the refugee as a space to occupy and from which to destabilize. She makes music under the name Tuen Mun and is currently working two films, one in collaboration with Hồng-Ân Trương, and another with members of the Union of Vietnamese Youth in France. She is currently in residence at Shakirail, Paris. http://www.huongngo.com

Or Zubalsky is an artist, musician, and programmer born in Israel and working in Brooklyn, NY. His work and collaborations have been supported by The New Museum, The Museum of Art and Design, Queens Museum of Art, Rhizome, Eyebeam, iLand, Culture Push, Vox Populi, Smack Mellon, and Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. orzubalsky.com

Further participant information to be added over the course of the year.

official office is an idea of Konstanze Schütze, Paul Barsch and Recess.

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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