Queens International 2013

With the sixth iteration of Queens International, the Queens Museum’s signature biennial evolves into yet another phase. Taiwan-based Meiya Cheng, the first non-New York-based curator to participate, joins the Museum’s Hitomi Iwasaki on an exhibition emphasizing site-specificity as a collaborative practice between the curators and artists and their surroundings. As one of the inaugural exhibitions in the Museum’s expanded space, Queens International 2013 echoes the institution’s own hyperawareness of its new environs.

Composed of a number of event- and performance-based projects, including many off-site programs, Queens International 2013 is charged with idiosyncratic and unexpected insights and approaches. 29 artists and collaboratives present community engaged experimental programs, investigations into obscure local vernaculars, performances that challenge the new Museum spaces, conventional sculptural objects and audience participatory happenings, the exhibition teems with ambitious artistries that challenge boundaries of media, methods, and concepts in current creative productions and museum practices alike: a guided fishing trip in search of the invasive snakehead, a Queens/Brooklyn border walk, a pickling workshop, a Bulgarian women’s a capella choir, a do-it-yourself/together movie soundtrack performance, an audience participatory DJ performance, workshop group surveillance drone-building workshop, paintings exhibited by way of video and live sound performance, an intercontinental duet concert via Skype, and a disassembled theatrical play taking place simultaneously in multiple locations throughout the Museum spaces.

Parameters are further blurred, crossed, and reconsidered by Cheng’s fresh perspective on the borough of Queens today. Together with Iwasaki, Cheng has intensely surveyed the local artistic environments, and infused Queens International 2013 with artistic and socio-cultural parallels and counterpoints from her native Taiwan to examine how these distant places-Queens and Taiwan-define themselves and are defined by each other? To further explore this dynamic, for the first time, Queens International includes non-Queens artists, in this case a cohort of nine Taiwanese artists. This group of artists attempts to imagine the possibility of a community as the collective imagination of “a place” and belongings, beyond geographical boundaries, societal and cultural divisions, and global conflicts over labor and capital.

Queens International 2013 participants include:

Nobutaka Aozaki; Art & The Commons (David Andersson and Antonio Serna); Kevin Beasley; Jane Benson; Lynley Bernstein; Alberto Borea; Chang Chien-Chi; Michelle Marie Charles; Chen Chieh-jen; Chou Yu-Cheng; Deville Cohen; Bulgarian Collaborative: Joro-Boro, Milena Deleva, Daniela Kostova/Mario Mohan, Vlada Tomova, Tushevs Aerials (Georgi and Nina Tushev), Meglena Zapreva; Jeff Feld; Flux Factory (Douglas Paulson and Christina Vassallo); Richard Garet; Wojciech Gilewicz; Joseph Heathcott; Hsu Chia-Wei; Zeynab Izadyar; Anna K.E.; Theatre 167/ Ari Laura Kreith; Siobhan Landry; Cheon Pyo Lee; Liu Ho-Jang; Luo Jr-shin; Alex White Mazzarella; Florian Meisenberg; Ander Mikalson; Nitin Mukul; Arthur Ou; Queens World Film Festival (Don and Katha Cato); Aida Šehović; Matthew Volz (and Juan Wauters with Carmelle Safdie); Fujui Wang; Kristof Wickman; Jun Yang; Yu Cheng-Ta; and Bryan Zanisnik.

Queens International 2013 is seeking participants!

Queens International 2013 is curated by guest Meiya Cheng and Hitomi Iwasaki, the Queens Museum’s Director of Exhibitions.

Schedule

Saturday, November 9, 2013

11- 2 pm
Lynley Bernstein‘s guided fishing trip, Fishing for the Elusive Snakehead

12:30- 4:30 pm
Video screenings by Taiwanese artists: Chang Chien-Chi, Chen Chieh-jen, Hsu Chia-Wei, Jun Yang, and Yu Cheng-Ta

3- 5 pm
Multicultural Welcoming & Blessing Ceremonies including Vlada Tomova‘s Bulgarian Women’s Choir, A! Capella! Blessing!

4pm onwards
Live music set, Meanwhile Back in Queens…, by Juan Wauters and Carmelle Safdie at Matthew Volz‘s stage installation

4- 5 pm
Joseph Heathcott’s Brooklyn-Queens Borderlands Virtual Walking Tour on the Panorama

6- 6:30 pm
Fujui Wang‘s sound performance, Hyper Transmission New York

6 – 9 pm
Video screenings by Taiwanese artists: Chang Chien-Chi, Hsu Chia-Wei, Jun Yang, and Yu Cheng-Ta

8- 9 pm
Joro-Boro‘s DJ mix Smuggle Party created on-site from mp3 files donated by Museum visitors

Sunday, November 10, 2013

12- 5 pm
Video screenings and panel discussion (Speakers TBA) of works by Taiwanese artists: Chang Chien-Chi, Chen Chieh-jen, Hsu Chia-Wei, Jun Yang and Yu Cheng-Ta

1- 4 pm
Tushevs Aerials’ (Georgi and Nina Tushev) aerial video workshop and demonstration, Build Your Own Drone

2 – 3 pm
Alex White Mazzarella‘s participatory performance, Citizens vs. Work: The Public Trials

5:30- 6 pm
Fujui Wang‘s sound performance, Hyper Transmission New York

Monday, November 11, 2013

12- 6 pm
Video screenings of works by local artists, Tushevs Aerials (Georgi and Nina Tushev), Michelle Marie Charles, Deville Cohen, Anna K.E., and Nitin Mukul

1- 3 pm
Vlada Tomova‘s Pickling/Storytelling/Singing workshop that combines storytelling, music, and pickle-making

3- 5 pm
Meglena Zapreva‘s art making workshop, Smuggle Tactics: Imaginary International Community Garden

Saturday, November 16, 2013

11- 2 pm
Lynley Bernstein‘s guided fishing trip, Fishing for the Elusive Snakehead

2- 2:15 pm
Milena Deleva‘s book exchange event and performance, Smuggle Gobbledygook (Book Crossing and Literary Flash Mob)

3- 4 pm
Nitin Mukul‘s video, Crater with score and live performance by Leyna Marika Papach

4 – 6 pm
Richard Garet‘s sound performance, Mnemonics: for Space Invaders

 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

5- 6 pm
Kevin Beasley’s sound performance, From Ashy to Classy Mix I (Valley of Ashes)

 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

1- 3 pm
Video screenings of works by local artists, Tushevs Aerials (Georgi and Nina Tushev), Michelle Marie Charles, Deville Cohen, Anna K.E., and Nitin Mukul followed by Q&A

6- 8 pm 

Queens World Film Festival’s (Don and Katha Cato) film screenings Graphically SpeakingWelcome to nowhere (Bullet Hole Road) by William Cusick (2012); Way by Elizabeth Pasieczny (2007)

 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

7-10 pm
Flux Factory’s (Douglas Paulson and Christina Vassallo) panel discussion, Flux Death Match: ‘-Ennial Spectacle.’ Speakers: Ben Davis, Tom Finkelpearl, Natalie Jereminjenko, and others TBA

 

Sunday, December 15, 2013 

1-4:30pm

QI 2013 presents LIVING ON THE BORDER: Taiwanese Video Works  by Chang Chien-Chi; Chen Chieh-jen; Hsu Chia-Wei;  Jun Yang and Yu Cheng-Ta

 

Sunday, December 22, 2013 

1-4:30pm

QI 2013 presents LIVING ON THE BORDER: Taiwanese Video Works  by Chang Chien-Chi; Chen Chieh-jen; Hsu Chia-Wei;  Jun Yang and Yu Cheng-Ta

 

Sunday, January 5, 2013 

1-4:30pm

QI 2013 presents LIVING ON THE BORDER: Taiwanese Video Works  by Chang Chien-Chi; Chen Chieh-jen; Hsu Chia-Wei;  Jun Yang and Yu Cheng-Ta

 

Sunday, January 12, 2013 

1-4:30pm

QI 2013 presents LIVING ON THE BORDER: Taiwanese Video Works  by Chang Chien-Chi; Chen Chieh-jen; Hsu Chia-Wei;  Jun Yang and Yu Cheng-Ta

 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

12:30- 4 pm
Queens World Film Festival’s (Don and Katha Cato) film screenings followed Q & A:

From/Around the World
Old Angel by Dony Chiang (Taiwan, 2012); 15 Summers Later by Pedro Collantes (Spain, 2011); My Green Pencil by Fayaz Bahram, Animation (Iran, 2012); Of Guilt and Grief by Tom van Den Broek (Wales, 2012) ; Swing by Yen-ting Kuo (Taiwan, 2010); Curvas by David Galan Galindo (Spain, 2012); Drat by Farzin Farzaneh (Canada, 2010); At the Formal by Andrew Kavanagh (Australia, 2011); Tits of an 18 year old by Luca Gennari (Italy, 2012); Pollicino by Cristiano Anania (Italy, 2012)

From/Around the Corner
Wyldflower by Justin Staley (2010); Baby I love you by Faiyaz Jafri (2012); Charred by Michael Chmiel (2012); My Emily, by Brandon Sanford (2011); The Love Permit by Christopher Ludgate (2010); Can’t dance by Richard Ulig (2011); Emma by Anne Hue (2012); My day by Paul Kelly (2013)

1- 2 pm
Ander Mikalson‘s performance with Corona Youth Orchestra, Score for Two Dinosaurs

2- 5 pm
Theatre 167/Ari Laura Kreith’s interactive site-specific performance featuring excerpts from The Jackson Heights Trilogy

4:30- 5 pm
Jane Benson‘s intercontinental live duet performance, Extended Play: ToWhenuaCentroChapineroCorona

5- 6 pm

Joro-Boro‘s DJ mix Smuggle Party created on-site from mp3 files donated by Museum visitors

5- 6 pm

Joseph Heathcott‘s Brooklyn-Queens Borderlands Virtual Walking Tour on the Panorama

Queens International 2013 is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, La Guardia Corporation, Ford Foundation, Contemporary Art Foundation, Target, and Holosonic Research Labs, Inc.

Additional funding provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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