United States of America
Together Apart: #Shelter
Aneikit is a Brooklyn artist now in Buenos Aires, working primarily with video and aural scapes. She considers each project as a singularity that can be presented in a number of ways depending on the opportunity and the environment i.e. installation, performance, gallery, public art, etc.
Currently, she is investigating the performative via use of social media platforms. For Together apart, she is in the conceptual phase of developing a multimedia series for live streaming with various elements: spoken word, musical performance, animation, puppetry, and text, to name a few. Is it a talk show, a variety show, a weekly performance residency? With a weekly live stream, she hopes to re-enter and illustrate the aspects of “play” in her artwork by committing to the spontaneity and ephemerality of a live multimedia performance.
ANEIKIT ABOUT TOGETHER APART: #SHELTER
In the initial brainstorm of the whole group, we explored the concept of Shelter as both physical and mental constructs. For my individual exercise, I resurrected a poem titled “Transmission” written more than a decade ago when I was performing as a singer-songwriter. It reiterates the idea of Shelter as a mental space. I updated the text by creating a visual poetry that repeatedly highlights the letters that create the word SHELTER. As if it was an encrypted message or mission in the context of a narration that presents the tedium of existence.
Presentationally, I ‘performed’ the poem while mixing live loops for the group. In our group exercises, we discovered a common ground in the emotional aspects of Security, Comfort, and Strength. I find those feelings in Relationship and Nature. My first group decided to use the material of an Emergency Foil Blanket as representative of these feelings.
1972 | USA
Lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina
2014 | Mappathon, Projection Mapping. New York, USA
2007 | The Compleat Sculptor, Stone Carving, New York, USA
2003 | School of Visual Arts, Various Subjects, New York, USA
2001 | Master of Arts, Film Studies, University of Kansas. USA
1990 | Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Theatre, Washburn University, USA
2013 | No Parking/Alternate Universe Ahead (Building Map Projection) USA
2012 | Fishbowl (Interactive Multichannel Projection Environment); New York
2011 | Samsara (Screening Room), New York, USA
2010 | Making Mr. Softee (Interactive Projection Performance), 3rd Ward, Brooklyn
2010 | Samsara (Installation Triptych), USA
2020 | ´ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2014 | ´ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2011 | Elkins Sound Art Residency, Nashville, USA
2010 | ChaNorth, Pine Plains, New York, USA
Exhibitions, Together Apart
Artists in dialogue
During 2020, we carried out the first two sessions of Together Apart. The first session took as a conceptual and practical framework the REFUGE and the second, the NEST.
Through those starting points, both of which refer to caring atmospheres and structures for coexistence, we were able to think and create in a wide variety of directions and layers. We reflected on our pandemic context, a situation for which we had to find ourselves in the virtual non-space, but also a situation thanks to which people from many different countries were able to work simultaneously.
Assuming this complex situation, more than 20 participants per session created new pieces –some in exercise format–, took up projects that they had already worked on in the past or collectively set out to create new projects that will continue to develop beyond the scope of our meetings.
Taking these refuge and nest issues also in their complexity, we asked ourselves questions that made each of the participants involve their personal experiences, memory, memories and experiences from each of their territories. We addressed questions that sought to keep us in constant movement; at times we went through very optimistic or pessimistic visions about the possibility or necessity of having a shelter or a nest, and at other times, we were able to articulate more complex visions, enduring in intermediate and liminal states. For both, we took as a theoretical structure of support and dialogue the thought of Félix Guattari presented in The Three Ecologies (1989). His ethical-political approach that highlights the molecular domains of sensitivity, intelligence and desire, as well as his articulation of the three ecological registers (environment, social relations and human subjectivity), helped us to expand our creations and thoughts in relation to shelter and nest.
During the first session, when asked about the conditions that a refuge can have and the conditions that we would like a refuge to have, the artists (coincidentally and by chance, we had a cohort one hundred percent comprised of women) generated sculptural pieces, artists’ books, photographs, videos, dance pieces and more, reflecting on the permeability or isolation structures that a shelter can have. Also, many artists started from their bodily memories to refer to the refuge and made improvisation and performance pieces. We created in relation to the refuge conditions presented by nature and the refuges that we create to protect ourselves from certain natural conditions. Memory as a refuge and shelters for memory also arose through textile practices or from the use of jewelry or objects with which we build links. Finally, the bonds and the community as spaces that shelter and spaces that imply care was another of the axes that we explored through pieces that included readings of texts and sound activations.
Together Apart has functioned as a program that opened up possibilities for meeting and collaborative creation. It has made possible the creation of new rhythms and synchronies for a limited time but whose reverberations and echoes continue to affect in unexpected directions.
Daniela Ruiz Moreno (curator-in-residency)
- Alessandra Stradella
- Ana Vivoda
- Aneikit Bonnel
- Anna Rose
- Ariana Pirela Sánchez
- Caia Diepenbrock
- Carla Freschi
- Christine Bruce
- Dawn Langley
- Dolores Delia
- Gina Kukulski
- Giuliana Grippo
- Janette Hopper
- Jannelle Roberts
- Jill AnnieMargaret
- Judith Elisabeth de Haan
- Male Correa
- Roseanne Lynch
- Sara Minsky
- Shereen Shalhoub