Spark Contemporary Art Space is a venue that has been in and out of activity over the past ten years. It comprises of two, attached rooms, both with street-presence. Over the years, independent curators, promoters, artists and collectives have used the space to host their distinct events. It continues to remain a crucial part of the Syracuse community, allowing for the more adventurous artistic and curatorial endeavours to be realised, tested, and received. As of late August 2014, I began running the space as the acting director/coordinator.
Alex McNamee and Ode de Kort (above) are two of the artists included in a collaborative publication Eyelid Reports, which was produced by the participants of the Artist’s Research Laboratory in Como, Italy last summer at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti. In this publication, released by Mousse (Milan) at Frieze London 2014, I have three short prose works, including “Had the Nightingale Not Arrived,” an imagined evening in John Keats’ bedroom where the object of his desire never does swim into his ken.
A brief profile on teaching and art practice from a Syracuse-based paper here>
A collaboration with Ecuadorian artist, Oscar Santillon, on his video “The Crescent Phases” featuring a string of music performances/reiterations of a bird song. I composed a piece which drew solely on the performances that appear in the video to create an overture that plays at the beginning of the video.
This project screened for the first time at VIDEO ART Alternatif festival at the Lumiere Cinema in Maastricht, Netherlands.
As part of the month-long residency/workshop at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Italy, the participants assembled a brief two-day group show called “Corso Aperto”, with each artist showing one work at the Villa Grumello. “Sing, O Tongue, of Mystery” is a three-channel video installation which was shot in Tuscany. The work plays with an orchestration of synchronisation and dissonance through a hand-held video tracing strategy.