ARTSLINK ASSEMBLY 2019

GLOBAL WARNING: ARTISTS AND THE ANTHROPOCENE

NOVEMBER 13, 2019
BARUCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, NYC

A transnational meeting of artists, organizations, and activists focusing on ecology, social inequality, cultural mobility, rising nationalism, forced migration, and cultural reconstruction

CEC ArtsLink presented the first full annual ArtsLink Assembly in New York City on November 13th, 2019 at Baruch Performing Arts Center. 

An essential professional and public forum, ArtsLink Assembly 2019 advocated for local and international engagement, offered challenging examples, explored significant questions, and proposed new thinking. Most of all, ArtsLink Assembly 2019 sought to inspire us all to renewed energy and action. How can we all better support local and international artists in their vital work on the frontlines of social change? Issues focused on ecology, social inequality, cultural mobility, rising nationalism, forced migration, and cultural reconstruction. 

PROGRAM and videostreams

“Use the future wisely”
From the LIGHTFLIGHT series by Ivaylo Hristov, ArtsLink International Fellow 2019, Bulgaria. This and other select aphorisms from the artworks by Ivaylo Hristov were displayed on the screen throughout the Assembly.
Welcome / Land Acknowledgement: Hadrien Coumans, Co-Director, Lenape Center, NYC

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Welcome / Context: Simon Dove, Executive Director, CEC ArtsLink, NYC

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Amy Goodman, Host and Executive Producer, Democracy Now!, New York City

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Martyna Marciniak, Researcher, Forensic Architecture, University of London, UK, via video link

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Selma Banich, ArtsLink International Fellow, Croatia, and Megha Ralapati, Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, IL

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Noura Murad, Artistic Director, Leish Troupe, Damascus, Syria, via video-link

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Ivana Ivkovic, ArtsLink International Fellow, Croatia

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Mike de Seve, President, Baboon Animation, NYC

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Slava Ptrk, ArtsLink International Fellow, Russia

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Khaled Barakeh, artist and activist, Syria/Germany

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Ada Mukhina, ArtsLink International Fellow, Russia

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Frances Negron-Muntaner, filmmaker, Puerto Rico/USA

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Sasha Kurmaz, ArtsLink International Fellow, Ukraine

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Marianna Dobkowska, Curator, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland

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Maija Rudovska, ArtsLink International Fellow, Latvia

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Rusanda Curca, ArtsLink International Fellow, Moldova

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Kateryna Rusetska, ArtsLink International Fellow, Ukraine

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Susan Katz, Program Director, CEC ArtsLink, St. Petersburg, Russia presents CEC ArtsLink's new publication

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Artem Loskutov, artist, Moscow/Novosibirsk, Russia

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Jonathan Slaght, Wildlife Conservation Society, Russia and N.E. Asia

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Amanda Abi Khalil, independent curator, Lebanon, Soros Arts Fellow 2019

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Fatin Zaqtan, ArtsLink International Fellow, Palestine, and Eriola Pira, Vera List Center for Arts and Politics, New School, NYC

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Migrant Climate in the Kinocene

Thomas Nail, author and Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Denver, CO

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International Artist Mobility and the Future of US Civil Society

Panel discussion with Michelle Coffey, Lambent Foundation, NYC; Matthew Covey, TAMIZDAT, NYC; Barbara Lanciers, Trust for Mutual Understanding, NYC; Kim Chan, National Sawdust, NYC; and Megha Ralapati, Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, IL

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Assembly SPEAKERS

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Lebanon
Beirut

Amanda Abi Khalil is an independent art worker and curator based between Beirut and Rio de Janeiro, founder of Temporary Art Platform (TAP), a curatorial platform focusing on social and public art practices. She works across disciplines and formats. Her projects investigate forms of social engagement and commoning through art and cultural practices in and from the Global South.

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Croatia
Zagreb
Performance Art

Selma Banich (born in 1979 in Yugoslavia, lives in Zagreb) is an artist, educator and community organizer. Her socially engaged practice is based on explorative, processual, and activist work, and is politically inspired by anarchism and feminism. Selma has worked independently and in collaboration with other artists, curators, groups, and initiatives in the Balkans, across Europe, and in the US. She has participated in numerous dance, theater, and opera productions as a choreographer, and has also performed on film. She participates in local and transnational solidarity initiatives related to the ongoing feminist, anti-fascist, migrant, and workers’ struggles. Currently, those initiatives are Transbalkan Solidarity and For BREAD.

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Syria / Germany

Khaled Barakeh is a conceptual artist and cultural activist whose works revolve around power structures in the context of politics, identity and culture. Considered part of a global artivism movement, he approaches creative practices as a tool of social change. As a continuation of these activities he has founded the non-profit CoCulture, focused on connecting and empowering cultural producers worldwide. 

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United States
Brooklyn
New York

Kim Chan is Deputy Director for Advancement at National Sawdust, a music incubator in Brooklyn. She has worked extensively in Washington, D.C. and New York to leverage the civic power of arts and culture in shifting public discourse and fortifying a more just and democratic world. She is a board member for Ping Chong + Company and Pick-Up Performance Co(s). Her work has investigated issues of cross-border relationships, free expression, and racism with artists and organizations such as Souleymane Koly, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Toni Blackman, Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, Afro Cuba de Matanzas, GALA Hispanic Theatre, and APAP where she worked on the start-up of the international festivals Globalfest and Under the Radar. 

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United States
New York
New York

Michelle is the Executive Director at Lambent Foundation in NYC. She designs, implements and furthers the strategic agenda, leadership and vision of the Foundation. Prior to the creation of Lambent Foundation, she was Director of Starry Night Fund and Senior Philanthropic Advisor at Tides Foundation. With a global lens, her areas of focus included Human Rights, Women/Girls, Criminal Justice Reform, Arts and Culture and HIV/AIDS. In addition, she serves on the national boards of The Schott Foundation for Public Education and the Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Care Center in East New York.

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United States
New York
New York


Hadrien Coumans is a Co-founder and Co-director of Lenape Center, Advisor for wellbeing / peacemaker.

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United States
New York
New York

Matthew Covey is the co-founder and executive director of Tamizdat, a nonprofit with the mission of facilitating international cultural exchange. He has presented and chaired panels on artist mobility issues at numerous conferences, including SXSW, WOMEX, Folk Alliance, APAP, and many others. In 2015 he launched Tamizdat’s affiliated law firm, CoveyLaw, which has quickly become the U.S.’s leading authority and advocate for arts immigration. Covey is admitted to the New York Bar, and is also president of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States.

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Moldova
Hîrtop village
Theater

Rusanda Curcă is a cultural worker, environmental and civic activist living in Hîrtop village, Republic of Moldova. She is the co-directrice of the Center for Cultural Projects Arta Azi, with a focus on developing the theatre sector within the country. Also, Rusanda was recently elected the co-directrice of the Coalition of the independent cultural sector from Republic of Moldova, an umbrella organization that unites the representatives of the independent cultural scene in order to consolidate it and which aims to improve the legislation in the field of culture through advocacy activities.

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United States
Brooklyn
New York

Mike de Seve is President of Baboon Animation in NYC. He is an Emmy-nominated animation writer and director, working in both feature films and television.  As a director-writer at Dreamworks, he served as a sequence director and story consultant on Madagascar, and as a story consultant on several films including Shrek 2, Shrek The Third and Monsters Vs. Aliens. Mike has served as Head Writer/Story Editor on the Nick/Teletoon hit Rocket Monkeys, Fox Kids’ Viva Pinata and the forthcoming season of YFE’s Heroes of The City. He’s a contributor to many international hits including the current season of Arthur and the Boomerang series Jelly Jamm; and written and directed animated shows for Dreamworks, Cartoon Network, NBC, NICK and Disney, THE CW, WB and FOX TV. Mike’s other work includes directing the full 7 seasons of the original Beavis and Butt-Head series, for which he earned that show its Emmy nomination;  sequence writing/directing on the Beavis and Butt-Head feature film; and writing and/or directing multiple animated Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live segments. 

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Poland
Warsaw
Visual

Marianna Dobkowska is a curator of residencies, projects and exhibitions and a co-creator of the residency program at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. She sees curatorial practice as a tool for building relations and situations based on long-term and often international collaboration, combining practices of the visual and performative arts, education and activism. She is a co-author and co-curator  of the international curatorial seminars Re-Directing: East (2013–current), two-year project Social Design for Social Living (2015-2016) presented as part of 2015 Jakarta Biennale and at the National Gallery of Indonesia in Jakarta as well as the exhibition-meeting Gotong Royong: Things We Do Together (2017-2018) at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art. Marianna is a recipient of two scholarships from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2012, 2016); a CEC Artslink Fellow (New York); and a Backers Foundation (Tokyo) fellow.

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Palestine
Ramallah
Multidisciplinary

An experienced arts manager, curator and policy maker, Fatin Farhat is the founding director of the Palestine Observatory for Cultural Policy, where she curates and manages projects that foster community participation through the arts.

Fatin has overseen a broad spectrum of cultural initiatives and artistic programs from street festivals to municipal policy. Currently she is working on her Ph.D. from Hildesheim University (Germany) and examining the potential that grassroots initiatives and the local government can play in fostering community engagement and cultural development in Palestine. Fatin is currently developing a new art and community program – In Our Houses – in Kobar village in the West Bank, where the inhabitants become curators, organizing and presenting shows in the village’s houses and gardens.

Passionately interested in community-based art, Fatin wanted to engage in projects that involve the Arabic community in the US. In the climate of Islamophobia and racism, she was interested in exploring art as a form of resistance and resilience for marginalized communities. She believes the gap between the US and her home region is widening and that artistic cooperation is a powerful and vital instrument to foster deeper understanding.

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United States
New York
New York

Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,500 public television and radio stations worldwide. The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard honored Goodman with the 2014 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ for “developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.” Goodman has co-authored six New York Times bestsellers. Her latest, Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America, looks back over the past two decades of Democracy Now! and the powerful movements and charismatic leaders who are re-shaping our world. 

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Bulgaria
Sofia
Multidisciplinary

An installation, sculpture, photo and video artist, Ivaylo Hristov’s work is often based on questions related to the objectives of space missions, but in the context of everyday life. Where to look for wealth? What is truly valuable today? How do we see our own future and the future of the planet and humanity? In his exploration of the problems of the modern world and the role of humans in the era of robotization and digitization, Ivaylo closely collaborates with communities collecting and documenting narratives, interviews and stories. His current solo exhibition LIGHTFLIGHT explores the topic of the cosmos and the boundaries of what is possible. During his residency, Ivaylo intended to meet with members of both scientific and non-scientific communities to learn about their perspectives on current events and scientific achievements in space and how they affect people’s everyday lives and dreams.

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Croatia
Zagreb
Theater

In a time marked by a proliferation of digital technologies, neo-liberalism and growing nationalism, theater artist and playwright Ivana Ivkovic, examines ways to open up spaces for public engagement and collective agency and encourage social solidarity. Her current research is rooted in the civic and professional sense of urgency around the global crisis created by growth-based neoliberal capitalism and peoples’ concurrent loss of a sense of belonging. Being deeply interested in the destabilization of a theatrical act as an act of performance, an act of spectating and an act of communication, Ivana’s work produces more problems than attempts at unequivocal understanding, immersion and identification. Drawing inspiration from her work with dancers, Ivana’s recent work is focused around a study on pedestrian walking practices from meditation walks to protest marches.

Through her residency Ivana wanted to engage with artists, organizations and community groups that question the public sphere; namely, what is and isn’t allowed and how can this reshape the political reality and further develop the sense of communality.

Ukraine
Kyiv
Multidisciplinary

Through his work, photographer and activist Sasha Kurmaz analyzes modern society and the ways it can be influenced by an artist’s practice. Driven by socio-political issues, Sasha immerses himself in a local environment, exploring local social conditions, their historical backgrounds, and their political context. This deep research informs his work and resonates with the place where it is created and presented.

Sasha is editor and designer of 5.6, an independent Ukrainian photography magazine, and has shown his work in numerous exhibitions, the most recent of which is Revolutionize, an international research and exhibition project demonstrating that the aspiration for freedom, decent living standards, and respect for fellow citizens are the universal values shared by all people around the world.

During his residency in the US, Sasha wanted to meet with members of artistic communities, activists, researchers and urbanists. He is particularly interested in grassroots initiatives and innovative networks of activists and organizations that explore practical solutions for sustainable development. 

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United States
New York
New York

Barbara Lanciers is the Director of the Trust for Mutual Understanding (TMU), a private American foundation that funds professional exchanges in the arts and environment conducted in partnership with institutions and individuals in Central, East, and Southeast Europe; the Baltic States; Central Asia; Mongolia; and Russia. Barbara was a Fulbright Scholar with the Hungarian Theatre Museum and Institute. She has written independent articles on American performance for Szinhaz Hungarian theater magazine and Didaskalia Polish theater magazine. She is the director and co-creator of Kaddish, a staging of Hungarian Nobel Prize-winning author Imre Kertész’s novel Kaddish for an Unborn Child

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Russia
Moscow
Public Art

Artem Loskutov is well-known throughout Russia as the founder of the unique May Day happening, Monstration, which invites the public to take to the streets with humorous, often absurd signs and slogans. The goal of a Monstration is to shake up a boring political procession and to have fun.  In 2004, Loskutov and other members of the group CAT (Contemporary Art Terrorism) organized the first May Day happening Monstration in Novosibirsk. In 2007, after the breakup of CAT, he founded the group Kiss My Babushka, of which he was a member until 2014. Since 2012, he has been a member of the working group of the MediaImpact Festival of Activist Art. He was awarded the Innovation Prize, the Russian Contemporary Visual Art Award, for Monstration in 2010. His residency in the US Artem wants to spend participating in an arts and activists organization that activates citizens resistance and response to oppressing and unfair principles.

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United Kingdom
London

Martyna Marciniak is a Researcher at Forensic Architecture at the University of London, UK. Forensic Architecture (FA) is a research agency, based at Goldsmiths, University of London. The agency undertakes advanced spatial and media investigations into cases of human rights violations, with and on behalf of communities affected by political violence, human rights organizations, international prosecutors, environmental justice groups and media organizations. Martyna is a Researcher at Forensic Architecture. She studied architecture in London, where she currently lives.  She creates spatial narratives that explore the connections between body and space in choreographic works, films and animated sculptures. Martyna is the winner of the Bauhaus Residency Programme’s Open Call 2017. 

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Syria
Damascus
Dance

Noura is an actress, choreographer, and the founder and artistic director of Leish Troupe, a Syrian physical theater. Since 2001, she has been supervising and organizing workshops in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Dubai. Murad participated in many conferences in the region and abroad. She served as a member in the jury of the Philadelphia Festival for University Theater in 2005-2006. In 2009, she co-organized the 1st Damascus Contemporary Dance Platform. In 2013 – 2019, Murad taught Physical Theatre and Contemporary Performing Arts classes at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus at Acting, Dance, Scenography and Technical departments. She headed the Dance Department between 2013- 2015. As an actress, Murad played many roles in theater, television, radio and cinema.

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United States
Denver
Colorado

Thomas Nail is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Denver. He is the author of Returning to Revolution: Deleuze, Guattari and Zapatismo (Edinburgh University Press, 2012), The Figure of the Migrant (Stanford University Press, 2015), Theory of the Border (Oxford University Press, 2016), Lucretius I: An Ontology of Motion (Edinburgh University Press, 2018), Being and Motion (Oxford University Press, 2018), Theory of the Image (Oxford University Press, 2019), Lucretius II: An Ethics of Motion (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2020) and Marx in Motion (Oxford University Press, 2020). His publications can be downloaded at this website.

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PARTNERS

The ArtsLink Assembly 2019 was organized by CEC ArtsLink. Livestream was produced and supported by HowlRound TV, a global, commons-based, peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive.