The Watermill Center, the interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities located in Water Mill, NY, is pleased to welcome the final 2016 artists in residence; Matthew Prest & Clare Britton (Australia), Andrew Ondrejcak (U.S.), Ebe Oke (U.K.), Ébana Garín/ Undisciplined Body (Chile), andZach Eugene Salinger-Simonson (U.S.). Each artist will use their time at Watermill to create new and collaborative works that critically investigate, challenge, and extend their practice.
During Matthew Prest and Clare Britton’s residency from October 9 – November 7, 2016, they will employ experiential and embodied methods of performance as a tool to develop new video, installation and performance pieces. Andrew Ondrejcak – one of New York’s most sought-after production designers known for his large-scale environmental installations – will explore themes of gender and identity in a new opera loosely based on Virginia Woolf’s Orlando with collaborator Shara Nova of My Brightest Diamond. Ondrejcak will write, direct and design, while Nova will compose the music and perform the title role. Ebe Oke, an experimental artist, electroacoustic composer and performance poet, will create new electronic works that incorporate language experiments such as bird and insect sounds, structural maps and rhythmic guides.
From November 16 – December 14, 2016, Ébana Garín’s company Undisciplined Body will embark on their second project titled ‘The Factory,’ which works with Foucault’s biopolitical theory, focusing primarily on corporal discipline. Concurrently, Watermill’s first designer in residence, Zach Eugene Salinger-Simonson will critically review a jewelry collection he has developed. He will accomplish this by reviewing prototypes and a book documenting the collection, its progress and its future developments.
October 2016 – December 2016 Artists-in-Residence and Open Rehearsal Dates:
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Open Rehearsal | Andrew Ondrejcak | 3:00 – 4:00pm
Open Rehearsal | Ebe Oke | 4:00 – 5:00pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Open Rehearsal | Zach Eugene Salinger-Simonson | 2:00 – 3:00pm
Open Rehearsal | Ébana Garín/Undisciplined Bodies | 3:00 – 4:00pm
In residence: October 9 – November 7, 2016
Matthew Prest is a contemporary performance maker. With a background studying performance and installation art, his interdisciplinary work takes place in theaters, as well as traditional and non-traditional art spaces such as; a makeshift tent on the edge of Darwin Harbour; inside a ‘living’ house consisting of four moving rooms on wheels; at the edge of a dog fighting ring designed for two men and their rituals; and at the top of Melbourne’s tallest skyscraper. His practice includes solo work, however he primarily collaborates with artists across disciplines to devise original works where elements such as intimacy, danger, laughter, anarchy, endurance, dancing, music and space play an integral role in shaping what he describes as “immediate and visceral experiences” for audiences.
Clare Britton is an accomplished artist whose practice spans performance-making and visual art. In addition to her freelance work, she serves as Co-Artistic Director of Australian performance collective My Darling Patricia.Britton has received great critical acclaim as well as numerous design and theater awards. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and in 2015, she completed her Masters in Studio Art at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
In residence: October 10 – November 7, 2016
Born and raised in Mississippi, Andrew Ondrejcak studied architecture and painting at Savannah College of Art and Design and, later, playwriting at Brooklyn College. His work with experimental theater led him to a career in art direction and production design in the fashion industry. Ondrejcak’s works have been presented at The Kitchen (2016), BAM Harvey Theater in Next Wave Festival (2015), The Public Theater in Under the Radar Festival (2014), deSingel International Arts Campus, Antwerp (2013); Holland Festival, Amsterdam (2014); Kampnagel, Hamburg (2013) and the Guggenheim Museum’s Works in Process (2011) curated by Robert Wilson. He re-performed the work of Marina Abramovic in The Artist is Present at MoMA (2010). In 2013, Ondrejcak was Artist in Residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council on Governor’s Island. In 2015-2016, Ondrejcak was Artist in Residence at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. As an arts educator, Ondrejcak teaches workshops on his creative process – a hybrid of performance and design – at Domaine de Boisbuchet in Lessac, France (2013-2016) and, since 2002, has been a lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
In residence: November 16 – December 14, 2016
Undisciplined Body’s creation and scenic research was born in 2012 out of a focus on the conditioning that the theatrical discipline imposes on the scene and on the performers’ bodies. Using this as a jumping off point, co-founders Camila Karl and Ébana Garín began a series of scenic experiments in search of a genuine gesture which resulted in The Clinic. This project was supported by the fund Bicentennial Juan Gómez Millas from the University of Chile. The company was in residence at Château de Monthelon, France (2014) and participated in festivals in France, “Le rencontres de Monthelon,” in Switzerland, and “Zürcher Theater Spektakle” and “Noorderzone Performing Arts Festival” in Holland. During 2015, the core group, including art theory professors, worked on a book that revives the experience of The Clinic from the perspective of artists. The project was made possible with sponsorship and support from the University of Chile.
In residence: October 10 – November 7, 2016
Ebe Oke is an experimental artist, electroacoustic composer and performance poet who crafts avant-garde pop music exploring the idea of ‘otherness.’ From an early age, Oke’s artistic practice has been multi-disciplinary. His otherworldly compositions often incorporate the sounds of birds and insects, echoing his childhood spent on an exotic bird farm in South Georgia. He has studied composition with Karlheinz Stockhausen, collaborated and performed with Brian Eno, and headlined at The Kitchen for Synth Nights, curated by Laurie Anderson. He has been an artist-in-residence with Clocktower and Pioneer Works (New York), Museums Quartier 21 (Vienna, Austria). He has performed at the Donau festival (Krems, Austria) and the Punkt Festival curated by Brian Eno (Kristiansand, Norway). Ebe also regularly collaborates as a composer and dancer with choreographer and performance artist Nissa Nishikawa and has scored award-winning films. Ebe currently lives and works in London.
In residence: November 16 – December 14, 2016
Zach Eugene Salinger-Simonson was born in Manhattan and raised in Southampton, NY. Salinger has developed a neo-traditionalist body of work. As a product designer, his primary focus is lighting, but his practice extends to jewelry and furniture. His emotive and elegantly simple body of work investigates the process of animating the inanimate through associative connections.
After receiving his B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Salinger worked with Mannequin Designer Ralph Pucci for his retrospective at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. In addition to the formidable Ralph Pucci, Salinger has collaborated with a number of regarded performers, writers, artists, and designers including Ken Smart, Robert Wilson, Christian Wassman, Adrian Madlener, Jakob Oredsson, Michael Evert and Billy Cotton. Salinger’s pieces have been included in The Watermill Center Summer Benefit& Auction and exhibited in the Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery. His work for Ralph Pucci and Robert Wilson have been documented in prominent publications such as Architectural Digest, Dezeen, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, among others.
About The Water Mill Center’s Artists’ Residency Program
The Watermill Center Residency Program began in 2006, when The Center officially opened as a year-round facility. Over the course of the program, up to twenty collectives or individual artists take up residence at The Watermill Center to create new works. Past residents have presented work that was created and developed at Watermill, at festivals and venues including the New Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kitchen, Roulette, PS122, American Realness, Clocktower Gallery, Performa, Vienna’s Donaufestival, Kampnagel in Hamburg, CPR – Center for Performance Research, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center, among others. To date, The Center has hosted over 600 residents.
About The Watermill Center
Founded by avant-garde visionary Robert Wilson in 2006, The Watermill Center is an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities located in Water Mill, NY. The Watermill Center is dedicated to supporting artists at all stages of their career through its Artists-in-Residence Program, International Summer Program, and the newly-established Inga Maren Otto Fellowship. These unparalleled global residency programs are complemented by public events such as exhibitions, performances, open rehearsals, lectures, seminars and symposia, educational programs with schools and other local institutions, as well as tours of the building and grounds.
The Watermill Center itself is a 20,000 square foot flexible working space that includes a 6,000 volume research library, galleries, rehearsal and staging spaces, workshops, offices, and residences situated on eight-and-a-half acres of artist-designed and landscaped grounds. The Watermill Center Collection of almost 8,000 art and artifact pieces spanning the history of humankind is integrated into all aspects of the building and grounds as a reminder that the history of each civilization is told by its artists.
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