Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Urban Festival 2011 List Of Performances Revealed.

Here are the street performances along 14th street happening during Urban Festival 2011 to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of the Commisioner's Grid of Manhattan. We hope to see you around 14th street. Performances starts at 5 pm and ends at 8 pm.

BroLab Collective
143 west 14th Street

Joanna Clark
on the M14 Bus Stop on 7th and 14th, and 77 7th ave (Grocery Store)

Julian Donahue
roaming performance

Dylan Entelis
120 W. 14th Street, between 5th and 6th red and green standpipe about thigh high

Amber Keyser
roaming performance

Laura Oconnor
various subway stations

Michael C. Mangan
multiple temporary signage

Courtney Moore
subway stations on 14th and 6th ave, 14th and 7th avenue

Eli Rosenbloom
14th @ 7th avenue phone booths

Catlin Web

Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Thomas Dexter.
Either the Hudson River or the East River and 14th street

The students of "Cinemetrics" and Harmattan Theater
Victoria Marshall, Brian McGrath, Jean Gardner, Jose Dejeus, Ashley Ahn, Atalay Harrison, Kimberly Tate, Ana Maria Ulloa Garzon. Ute Besenecker, Carmen Bouyer, Monica Hofstadter
7-8 pm , 14th street between 5th and 7th Avenue

Monday, March 28, 2011

OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS: Art in Odd Places 2011

Art in Odd Places 2011: RITUAL

Art in Odd Places (AIOP) invites artists working across disciplines to propose projects for its seventh installment. Taking place from October 1 to 10, 2011, along 14th Street from Avenue C to the Hudson River in New York City, we encourage proposals that explore this location's rich history, configuration, and heterogeneous communities. The theme for the upcoming edition of AiOP is RITUAL including Ceremony, Habituation, Myth, Obsession, Superstition, Liturgy, and it will be informed by propositions on the sacred and profane in everyday actions of people in public space.

In the contemporary moment, the idea of ritual is a highly provocative concept. It is most commonly linked to the set of actions in religious ceremony or cultural celebrations, but the notion is also applicable to the socializing behaviors performed among individuals in the daily engagement with the social environment and civic space. This edition of AiOP seeks proposals that subtly disrupt the procedures of the everyday or emphasize the ritualistic character of small gestures or acts in both religious and secular life, to establish temporary moments of ecstatic contemplation in the public realm.

AiOP 2011: RITUAL offers artists the opportunity to make art outside formal spaces by reconfiguring their artistic practice as public actions or urban interventions without the confinement of a gallery or museum space. AiOP 2011: RITUAL wants to engage passers-by, providing them with a new perspective of an otherwise familiar environment through site-specific installations, social and spatial interventions, video and audio projects, performance, new media, and other inventive practices. In addressing the distinct manifestations of ritual, the festival aims to broaden the public’s outlook on art, city dwelling, and social conventions.

To apply visit (submit proposal) for full guidelines and application forms.
Proposal Deadline: May 8, 2011

AiOP 2011 Guest Curators: Trinidad Fombella, El Museo del Barrio and Kalia Brooks, MoCADA
AiOP Founder and Director: Ed Woodham
AiOP Festival Producer: Lucia Warck Meister

We look forward receiving your applications!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

This is not CSI: Brolab's "Autopsy"

This month, the group collectively known as Brolab , Art in Odd Places artists 2010, drove a 10 foot box truck as part of their public performance called "Autopsy. The project was part of Site Fest 2011 to explore the "notions of labor and resolution under the demands of pressure and time" by the mundane act of rotating tires. Such artistic undertaking was nothing new to this group: their last project, "Pump 14"  involved transferring water from the East River to Hudson, vice versa,  using yokes, pail and sheer manpower. How is that for exploring the ingenious of daily life?

See more of their work, visit their website

Also, Art in odd Places will be collaborating with  Parson's the New School  and Brolab's Adam Brent to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Manhattan Grid on April 1.  Brolab will "stage" another performance for the event. Rumor has it somebody from the Art in Odd Places will join them for their public performance. You don't want to miss that!

Everyone is invited! See information below.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

AiOP and The New School presents: URBAN FESTIVAL ON 14th STREET APRIL 1, 2011

FACT SHEET for Urban Festival

WHO:   Art in Odd Places & Urban Curriculum at The New School.

WHAT:  2nd annual
Urban Festival
commemorating the Bicentennial Anniversary of the 1811 Commissioners’ Grid of Manhattan.
Performance and visual art by Harmattan Theater, BroLab Collective, Hydrophony (artists Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Thomas Dexter), and student work from the Urban Curriculum courses ‘Cinemetrics’ and ‘Urban Interventions’.

WHEN:  Friday, April 1 5-7pm.

WHERE:  14th Street Between Fifth Avenue and Seventh Avenues, Manhattan, New York City.

Subways: 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W to Union Square; 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, F, V to 14th Street.
L to First Avenue, Third Avenue, Union Square, Sixth Avenue, and Eighth Avenue.
Maps are available at Parsons The New School For Design, Shelia Johnson Design Center,  2 West 13th Street at Fifth Avenue.

WHY:   The Commissioners’ Grid began at 14th Street, the first street in the grid to span from the Hudson to the East Rivers. This event will celebrate and imagine the future of the grid.

Vinh Cam, AiOP PR Director, (646) 259-0311
Ed Woodham, AiOP Director, (347) 350-4242

Photos available upon request

Art in Odd Places & Urban Curriculum at The New School Commemorates the Bicentennial Anniversary of the 1811 Commissioners’ Grid of Manhattan at


Manhattan, NYC (March 21, 2011)—Art in Odd Places (AiOP) and The University-wide Urban Curriculum at The New School is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Urban Festival commemorating the bicentennial anniversary of the 1811 Commissioners’ Grid of Manhattan. A partnership between Art in Odd Places and urban@newschool, this event will celebrate and imagine the future of the grid. The Commissioners’ Grid began at 14th Street, the first street in the grid to span from the Hudson to the East Rivers. Professional and amateur performers, as well as artists will offer a condensed a two-hour event beginning at sunset on 14th Street between Fifth and Seventh Avenues. This event is free and open to the public.

We aim to renew the grid to create new socio-cultural relations to the region’s natural resources. Our relationship with climate, food, and animals and with ourselves is up for discussion. The under utilized and overlooked spaces of our city afford environments for a wilder imagination. The Urban Festival seeks to raise a discussion about ecological and social inclusion in our dense city grid.

The performance ‘Grid Scenes’ is a collaboration between Harmattan Theater and the course ‘Cinemetrics’. This portion of the festival will also include curated installations from the course ‘Urban Interventions’. Participating AiOP artists include The BroLab Collective who will explore notions of labor and resolution dissolving boundaries between viewer and participant inviting the public to interact with a panel of artist and curators, as well as Hydrophony who will reveal New York City living waters through a chance-sound installation comprised of underwater field recordings taken from both Hudson and East rivers. Hydrophony is artists Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Thomas Dexter.

About the Urban Festival
urban@newschool, the University-wide Urban Curriculum at The New School is comprised of hundreds of courses across the university as well as four degree programs. Between March 1 and May 15, 2011 urban@newschool is hosting an Urban Festival. It is a series of thematically linked events, comprised of guest lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, open classrooms, field trips, conferences, and urban parties—all scheduled to take place within and around The New School campus.

About Art in Odd Places
Art in Odd Places (AiOP) is an annual festival that presents visual and performance art in public spaces along 14th Street in Manhattan, NYC from Avenue C to the Hudson River each October. Art in Odd Places aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. AiOP reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas. This year AiOP 2011: RITUAL: Ceremony. Habituation. Myth. Obsession. Superstition. will take place October 1-10.