****For Immediate Release****
Contact: Meg Rotzel
Berwick Research Institute
14 Palmer Street
PO Box 190087
Roxbury, MA 02119
Boston (October 25, 2003)
Artist Christy Georg began her term as the Berwick Research Institute's
eighth Artist in Research last week. Georg's work explores the role
the body plays as the site of convergence between the interior mind and
exterior world. She is an accomplished sculptor whose work investigates
the activity of perception through the vehicle of kinetic motion. The
viewer is presented with an amplified experience, one that oscillates,
marks time, makes sound, and reveals through its duration. The work is
patient- requiring the viewer to exercise subtleties of looking and listening
to perceive changes more easily revealed only after elapsed duration.
By performing with her work, Georg uses her body as the catalyst
between stillness and motion. She thus becomes the "Operator"
in the work, serving as a neutral authority governing the phenomenological
experiments that characterize her work. Georg describes her project in
this way; "This work has four phases of existence: the objects themselves
(which imply ambiguous use as tools), their use by an 'Operator' in performance
experiments, the documentation of the performances recontextualized in
edited video, and the re-presentation of the objects as artifacts in a
divorced context". The role of the present, specifically in the mode
of performance, lends a philosophical and ontological element to her work.
"I am interested in whether or not there is a defining truth to experience,
or whether it is referential to each individual. Memory is a filter
which attenuates and amplifies the actuality of experience."
During her 10-week stay at the Berwick Studio, Georg will examine the
occurrence of the elusive "present" moment and build tools and
devices with which to perform perceptual experiments.
Christy Georg's Research Term extends from now until December 19, 2003.
The public is invited to meet the artist and see the results of
her research during an open studio and closing celebration on December
18th at 7pm. The event will be held at the Berwick Research Institute
in Dudley Square.
For images and additional information, please visit http://www.berwickinstitute.org/christy.html
The AIR program has been generously funded in part by the LEF Foundation.
For more information about this and other programs at the Berwick
Research Institute, and to find out how you can participate, please visit
History of the Berwick Research Institute and the Artist in Research Program:
The Berwick Research Institute was founded in January 2000 by eight
young artists who saw the need for a non-commercial space where they could
create, perform, and present experimental work. Over the next three
years, the group transformed part of a former whoopie pie factory into
a vibrant laboratory for artists working in sound, film, robotics, conceptual
art, dance, theatre, music and new media which tested conventional artistic
boundaries. As well as presenting work, the Berwick supports new
creation through the Artist in Research residency program which started
as an informal allowance of studio and exhibition space to artists interested
in exploring new elements in their work. In 2003, the Berwick received
a sizable grant from the LEF Foundation that allowed the organization
to rent additional space in the building for a communal studio, thereby
hosting three permanent artist studios and one rotating studio for the
Artists in Research. The grant also helped fund AIR artist stipends,
publicity, and a year-end publication that would showcase the work of
the year's artist projects in an innovative format.
Gradually gaining recognition for public art events, performances, and
its AIR program, the Berwick underwent a significant transformation this
summer when the organization was informed by the Boston Inspectional Services
Department that the building it occupied had several fire code and zoning
issues, making it unsuitable for programs involving large audiences. Given
this new set of circumstances, the Berwick has decided to focus its administrative
and programming energy into the AIR program, developing its organizational
resources until the time is ripe to once again open a venue for experimental
visual and performing arts in Boston. The former performance space
now houses the Berwick communal studios. The Berwick welcomes the
public to the studios for regularly scheduled artist talks, critique sessions,
and residency celebrations with the Artists in Research.
Artist in Research Program Description:
The AIR program grants a studio to artists involved in projects that
require investigation, dialogue, and support from an artistic community.
The Berwick and its constituents work closely with each Artist in
Research to provide critical input and exchange of ideas relating to the
research project at hand. The Berwick also seeks artists who wish
to explore the potential for collaboration and creative exchange within
the Berwick community. Berwick Artists in Research are encouraged
to focus their efforts on exploration and the processes of innovative
art making rather than the completion of a finished product. The
Berwick is particularly interested in working with artists whose work
explores "new genres" such as electronics, sound, installation,
performance, media- and time based-art, film, video, and robotics.
Research Term Logistics:
In order to provide artists the necessary time to fully explore their
projects, the Berwick has revamped its program to provide four artists
or collaborative groups and one designer a 10-week stay at the Berwick.
During this period the artist is granted use of the Berwick's wood
shop, a 10x12 studio space, access to our supply of tools and equipment,
and assistance in securing material, technical and administrative support.
Should the artist wish to present his or her research at the end of the
AIR term, the Berwick administrative staff will assist in finding an appropriate
venue for a closing event.
The Significance of the Berwick's Artist in Research
The AIR program focuses on the process of art making rather than on
the completion of a finished piece providing artists with a rare freedom
to simply create.
The residency stipend helps ease
financial burdens and offers burgeoning artists essential validation and
The program's emphasis on community
and peer input offers emerging artists a valuable testing ground for new
ideas as well as an active audience. The Berwick hopes to develop
its outreach to bring more people into the AIR studios, helping to build
a sense of participation among artists and non-artists.
This program is geared to artists
in the crucial period at the beginning of their career, when critical
support is most needed, and opportunities may be in short supply.
As well as providing a temporary
space for Artists in Research, the program effectively subsidizes permanent
studios of three local Boston artists who share the communal space. The
challenges of finding affordable studio space for non-commercial artists
in Boston are infamous.
The inner-city location of the Berwick
studios provides artists with an urban environment unique among residency
opportunities. For artists whose work engages community, social,
class and race issues, this is a prime location for furthering their development.
Artists in Research are encouraged to form relationships and enter
into an equal exchange with the Roxbury community through their work.
The Berwick Research Institute currently seeks to build a panel of artists
and curators from the Boston area who will jury the first round applicants
from an open call. This measure will simultaneously open the residency
to a wider range of artists, lend a new level of prestige to the program
and to the awards given to artists, and help artists develop important
relationships with key leaders in the Boston art community. The
Berwick also hopes to build a strong Board of Trustees comprised of key
community members from business, city government and other contemporary
arts organizations who will help build the institutional strength of the
organization. The Berwick seeks growth of its fiscal capabilities
and its relationships with the community that will allow it to continue
to provide a quality residence program, as well as re-open a venue for
experimental contemporary visual and performing arts for Boston.
For further information please contact:
Meg Rotzel, Director of the Berwick Research Institute
14 Palmer Street
PO Box 190087
Roxbury, MA 02119
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.berwickinstitute.org