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ISCP - Studio 303
1040 Metropolitan Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11211


Open Studios


Image credit: © 2018 Esther Hovers
On November 9 – 10 the Fall Open Studios will take place at ISCP. I am in the process of installing my work in the studio space. It is nice to have a reflective moment and see what I have been doing in the past few months. 
I am really enjoying the installation and I realize it is rare to spent a lot of time in the space of the exhibition while building up. 
Unfortunately, too often layouts for exhibitions have to be thought out on the computer, rather than in the space. 
That is why I am enjoying a lot of freedom and find that I have room to play in this space. 
I will check back later with an update and some installation views.

Fall Open Studios Nov. 9 - 10 at ISCP.


Traveling Salesman Problem


Image credit: © László NémethXypron
The popularity of the TSP derives partly from the contrast between the simplicity of its statement and its computational complexity.” – G. Laporte, A Concise Guide To The Traveling Salesman Problem, 2010

The Travelling Salesman Problem (TSP) has been around for centuries and has been studied by mathematicians and scientists alike. It asks the following question:

What is the shortest route through a list of cities in which you visit each city exactly once and return to the starting city?

In computer science, the TSP is classed as an NP-hard problem and in simple terms, as the number of cities increases, it becomes harder to predict how long it will take to
find the optimal route. There are, however, anumber of approximate solutions which can return routes to within 3% of the optimal solution in polynomial time.


Myrtle Broadway


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This week’s inspiration is
the intersection of Myrtle - Broadway in Brooklyn.

I wouldn’t usually pick a specific intersection as a point of reference for my inspiration. But let’s make this blog post an ode to Myrtle/Broadway. I absolutely love this area and feel filled with joy every time I pass it on my way to the J/M train or out to get a slice of pizza. This street is complete chaos, there is an aerial subway line, car lanes on which all drivers appear to be in a rush and a constant stream of jaywalking pedestrians. It is a caricature of busy New York itself, in which no one is from here and we yet somehow all belong here. I love this place.


Summer Open House


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Tonight is the Summer Open House at ISCP.
All 35 studios of curators and artists will be open to the public. 
The evening will start with performances by Simone Couto, Carolina Falkholt, and Martha Skou, from 6-6:45pm.
From 7:30-8:15pm, artist and former ISCP resident Sonia Louise Davis will perform a new work on the loading dock.
The studios will be open from 7-9 PM.

Feel free to stop by
1040 Metropolitan Avenue
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The Movies


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Everybody says that when you come to the U.S. as a European it will make you feel like entering a movie. It’s strange though, how the most mundane objects look like they’re straight out of a film.
The other day I was in SoHo and I met a man from Bangladesh, named Rahman, selling movie and TV scripts. I bought a copy of A Clockwork Orange. I don’t think I will read it, but I find the object totally fascinating. I bet Rahman finds a way to download these scripts off the internet. He gives each one a bright coloured cover of cheap paper that fades in the sun. I love it.




Image credit: Raymond Queneau by an unknown photographer.
This week’s inspiration is
Exercises de Style by
Raymond Queneau, 1947.

In this book Raymond Queneau found a way to write a short story in 99 different ways, hands the title Exercises in Style. This book proofs how well quite simple ideas can work in any form of art. Earlier this year I was reading about his work, when I found out that Queneau had an extreme love for math. This is something that would not have crossed my mind, but does make a lot of sense to me. Somehow this fact makes me appreciate the book even more.


Fellow Residents


Image credit: © 2018 Erinn McKenna
Here I am with (most of) the other residents that came in around the same time as I did. One of the nicest things about being here is getting to see their works. But, the duration of our stays differ. 
In total ISCP is made op of 35 studios for both artists and curators. If you would like to know more about all the current residents and their practice, you can find more information online, on the ISCP website

From left to right: Myself, Imara, Natalia, Susan, Rusudan, Joaquín, Stine Marie, Eero en Susan.


Trips & Lectures


Image credit: © 2018 Esther Hovers
Today was an eventful day. I made a trip to buy different papers and found myself at a place called Talas. I think it is best described as paper heaven. It made all art supply stores I have seen in my life look pale in comparison. 
(TALAS is located at Morgan Avenue in Brooklyn).

The evening program at ISCP included two talks / performances by Pei-Hsuan Wang and Carolina Falkholt. They were both very different. Carolina kicked off by performing and playing us her different soundscapes. At first, I felt slightly uncomfortable as I couldn’t understand if she was acting or not. This discomfort was strangly enjoyable, which made the whole performance great to watch.
Pei, took us trough her work of the last few years and then showed us her studio, to see some of the actual sculptures. It was a great evening.


Summer Open Studios @ ISCP


Image credit: © 2018 Esther Hovers
The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) announces the first edition of Summer Open House, an evening of live performances and studio presentations. The 35 artists and curators from 24 countries in residence at ISCP will then open their studios to the public from 7-9pm.
It wil also be the first event at ISCP where I will be showing my work.

6-7pm: Live performances on the loading dock
7-9pm: Resident studios open to the public

More information here.




Image credit: © 2018 Esther Hovers
By the end of June I will be heading to Brooklyn to be an artist-in-residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP).
I will be exploring the city and working on new projects during half a year. I want to dedicate this section of my website to a blog, to share with you : notes, works by others, an insight into life at ISCP as well as my own sketches and works.

Check back for regular updates.

My stay at ISCP is sponsored by the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg, of which I was the laureate in 2017.


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