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





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Grand Central Terminal
16/08/2018




Image credit: © 2018 Esther Hovers


I’m moving forward with my work in progress on storyboarding. I started collaborating with Katherine, she studied philosophy and she is an excellent researcher. I am interested in the cinematographic in photography. Yesterday I did a test shoot at Grand Central Station where Katherine posed for me. I will not say much more for now, just stay tuned.




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David Wojnarowicz
16/08/2018




Image credit: © 2018 Esther Hovers


Today we had an ISCP field trip to the Whitney Museum of American Art. There is currently a retrospective exhibition of the work of American artist David Wojnarowicz. A few weeks ago we also visit the NY University Library which houses a large part of his private archive. It was a very moving and emotional experience to learn about his work and life. Since it was before my time I was unaware to what extend the New York art scene was affected by the HIV/Aids epidemic of the 1980s and 90s. Not just the epidemic itself but also the political inaction to invest in research shaped and influenced a lot of art around the time. Wojnarovicz died of complications caused by aids, as did many of his friends and loved ones. During his short life he was an activist artist, making work about marginalized groups.




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Use Value
16/08/2018




Image credit: © 2018 Esther Hovers


I haven’t posted in a while, though I keep assembling photos and things I want to write about. So I will just be creating a few different posts at once now.
A while ago I met Yuchen, who is also an artist. I wanted to introduce her work here, because I think it is wonderful. She doesn’t work in one medium but translates her tactile style onto drawings, textiles and bookmaking.
She is currently working on her own fashion collection. In September she will be hosting a runway show at the Gowanus Loft in Brooklyn. I will be one of her non-model models in the show. Which I think will be a lot of fun.
That all being said I want to give a shout-out to her. I admire the way she is holding down different jobs and then working on her own art in the studio at night. Like a New York artist. It’s a struggle but look at her work!

www.usevalue.work




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Summer Open House
31/07/2018





Image credit: © 2018 Esther Hovers


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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Black Swan Theory
20/07/2018




Image credit: Nassim Nicholas Taleb & Random Group Publishing House.


I’ve gotten myself a New York Public Library membership and started doing research. So far I have been very intrigued by this book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. He created a theory called ‘The Black Swan Theory’.

“The Black Swan Theory is a metaphor that describes an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often inappropriately rationalized after the fact with the benefit of hindsight. The term is based on an ancient saying that presumed black swans did not exist – a saying that became reinterpreted to teach a different lesson after black swans were discovered in the wild.”

– Wikipedia.





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Printed Matter
20/07/2018




Image credit: © 2018 Esther Hovers and @sorynsaccount.


I made a trip to Printed Matter this week and was very excited to see my book there. Printed Matter is a store in Chelsea selling over 15,000 artist books.

Printed Matter
231 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10001

www.printedmatter.org




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The Movies
13/07/2018




Image credit: © 2018 Esther Hovers


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 brightly coloured cover of cheap paper that fades in the sun. I love it.




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Exercises de Style
13/07/2018




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, hence 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.




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Fellow Residents
11/07/2018




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.




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Trips & Lectures
10/07/2018




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.




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Summer Open Studios ISCP
31/07/2018




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.

Schedule: July 31st 2018
6-7pm: Live performances on the loading dock
7-9pm: Resident studios open to the public

More information here.





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Blog
14/06/2018




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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