What does a 100-year old Swiss log on a journey around the world have to do with New York City’s oldest Dutch farmhouse? Come find out on Saturday, October 17! Onderdonk House hosts Bloch for an afternoon of family-friendly activities, with tours of the historic 18th century house. An afternoon of refreshments, readings, and musical performance marks the launch of Packet Biweekly’s special log edition. A campfire on the house grounds at sunset will close the evening.
A workshop by Daniel Neumann
This 2 day workshop catered to sound artists, noise producers, composers of electronic and electro-acoustic music, as well as experimental musicians and sound designers, interested in deepening their practice and exploring spatialization as a creative element.
The workshop gave a historical overview on the subject with some technical background and explored aesthetics and techniques for spatialization. One objective is to practice listening as a phenomenological activity: the listener immersed in inner spaces / distance and continuity / sound as intersubjective space.
For more information and schedule click here.
Featuring a rotating cast of out of town vendors, guest chefs and live entertainment, coupled with the occasional site specific artist project, the market provided a unique and constantly evolving backdrop for conversation and non-objective hang time.
6×6 release party
Readings by Eric Amling; Jon Curley; Katie Fowley; Dan Ivec; Gracie Leavitt; William Minor; Matt Reeck; Levi Rubeck; Judah Rubin; Yvette Siegert
Music from $75 Dollar Bill (Che Chen & Rick Brown) & Platinum Vision (Matt Mottell, etc.)
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) produced a screening series entitled Immigrant Women: Sharing Our Voices Through Film. The series presented the works of women immigrant and first-generation American filmmakers, focusing on the immigrant experience within the five boroughs of New York City. This initiative presented one screening per month from February through June 2015.
The second screening on March 30th, focused on capturing the immigrant experience through fictional narrative.
Directed: Olga Goister
Bella is a short film about a Gypsy girl who wants to experience American culture. However, she is in for a surprise when she comes home to her family and discovers that her parents have arranged for her to be married.
I Am Julia
Written by Marisol Carrere
A “fish out of water” story: I Am Julia, is a short film that focuses on the experiences of a young Latina girl, Julia, as she adjusts to the hostile environment of a new school while starting a new life in a foreign country.
Directed by Marina Fernandez
Dreams that New York inspires are not always sweet, even less so for the young Spaniard who yearns for connections in the city of frozen streets and lost glances. Temblor is a quiet short film from the intimate perspective of an immigrant struggling to adapt in the barren New York winters. Her imagination and fears come to life through a hybrid of live action and animated sketches.
About the filmmakers:
Olga Goister is a Ukrainian born New York based film producer, writer and a storyteller. She has been involved in numerous productions including the upcoming film, Anesthesia, directed by Tim Blake Nelson and starring Kristen Stewart, Glenn Close and Sam Waterson. She has produced numerous commercials for companies like Lufthansa, Dish Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield, as well as documentaries, music videos and short films. Her previous positions encompass all aspects of film business; from creative development for feature film scripts and television pilots to post-production, marketing and distribution. She is currently pursuing her MFA degree in Film at Columbia University.
Marisol Carrere is an award winning actress, writer, and producer as well as the Founder, Directing Producer, and CEO of Carrere Films International and LLC. Her piece, I am Julia,acts as a cinematic memoir for this Colombian-born writer and documents the bullying that she went through as an immigrant student. Carrere has taken strides to end bullying through community work in schools, hosting workshops, and founding the “I am Peace” Project, in which students express notions of peace through screenwriting, media, and the arts. Her hard work in these programs has earned her recognition of “New Yorker of the Week” by NY1 News. This year, Marisol Carrere will be awarded the “Progressive Woman” Award by the Latin American Intercultural Alliance (LAIA) on its 11th annualWomen’s History Month Celebration.
Marina Fernandez Ferri is a passionate freelance producer who loves to work on innovative and challenging visual projects, contributing creatively to the process. Possessing a multicultural background, she has been working for over ten years as a producer in both the US and in Spain and has produced award-winning content in all genres and mediums including documentary, narrative, branded content, commercials, and television.
A Q&A reception with the filmmakers followed the screening.
Produced by Elizabeth Estrada
A special thanks to City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley who selected New York Women in Film & Television to receive funding for the Cultural Immigrant Initiative.
Free all ages workshop!
The word pysanka is derived from the Ukrainian verb pysaty ‘to write’; we ‘write’ designs on the eggs. Nearly all Slavic peoples and those in the eastern Mediterranean area practiced this art in ancient times using beeswax and dyes to create tiny masterpieces of art but Ukrainian Easter Eggs from the more modern Christian era seem to be the ones best known. The symbols used in pysanka design are a blend of ancient pagan motifs with Christian elements.
A special tool called a kistka is used to melt the beeswax and write on the eggs. The kistka is the pen and the beeswax is the ink. Each successive color is waxed and dyed until the entire design is created on the surface of the egg. The wax is then removed, and your masterpiece is revealed!
Photos by Marek Antoniuk
Free, family friendly Winter Jamboree complete with bounce house, giant obstacle course, a beach themed photo booth, craft corner, a music video workshop and much more!
Join in the fun on February 20th from 11am-2pm.
Knockdown Center officially opened its doors to the public on August 10, 2012. To celebrate, Knockdown Center commissioned original works from nineteen artists, designers and architects to create The Outdoor Recreational Sculpture Part (OIRSG). Inspired by both the whimsy of the sport and the formal possibilities of the course’s architecture, these artists created a miniature golf course on the sprawling three acre grounds of the Knockdown Center.
Mini-golf Holes by
Arielle Baio, Astrid Busch, Jeff DeGolier, Aasha Foster, Eric Hagan, Kemeya Harper, Jamie Lin, Rowan Norlander-McCarty, Geetha Pedapati, Anna Pinkas, Zach Postone, Naida Serak, Chris Shelley, Amber Shields, sumu (Gabriela Bruno, Soña Power, Ioannis Sochorakis & Alex Postelnicu), and Brian Wondergem
Musical performances by
Trabajo, Happy New Year, Saturn Dogs, and Tim Garrigan
A family oriented FREE event with 24′ tall inflatable slide, 40′ inflatable bouncy obstacle course, face painting, treats, Ms. Nina doing a sing a long for Kiddies, Jeff Picker and his Bluegrass Band, scavenger hunt, dunk tank, carnival games, and more!
In November of 2014, Knockdown Center proudly presented a group exhibition of painting, sculpture, video and installation by artists and their artist parents.
The works in this exhibition explored the ways in which a creative pursuit is inscribed and inherited throughout an artistic life. Emblematic of diverse processes and intentions, the works alluded to one another in subtle and overt ways and served as a non-verbal correlative to collected video stories presented amidst the installation. By portraying similarities and differences in styles and techniques of an artist and their artist parent, the pieces created a framework for examining the creative process as a life-long commitment that transcends the expectations of profession and audience.
What strategies are artists using to sustain a consistent and meaningful lifelong relationship with their work and in what ways could relatives participate directly in the creation of an art piece?
The exhibition was accompanied by the publication of the catalogue LEGACY. To request a copy, please email us here.
Lilian and Ulrike Feser
Lola Goeller and Mona Sommer
Constantin and Ulrich Hartenstein
Chelsea and Thurmont Knight
Rebecca and Lee Bamberger Leopold
Casey and Kurt Schultz
Clemens and Hans-Heinrich Wilhelm