MEMORY is the artist’s 9th and final solo biennial of interactive installation in Maine’s abandoned mill spaces. In 1998, she began what would be an 18-year commitment to interactive installation art, 9 solo-biennial exhibits from 2000 to 2016. In the end, she will have installed 81 large-in-scope, temporary, participatory works in the vast mill spaces of 8 or 9 Maine towns. Each biennial is 22 months of intense rigor, each exhibit exploring a different theme while inviting audience to perpetuate its 9 unique installations. This 18-year work is her opus.
New Fruit is a women-run alternative arts space founded in March 2015 and located in Portland’s Bayside neighborhood. They urge a discourse of ideas and risk amongst collective members, artists, and audiences who identify as women, queer, trans. Their mission includes providing support, visibility, and the means to proliferate creative process in non-traditional materials or modalities. The Kindling Fund will support 2016 programming.
The experience of viewing ‘auteur’ films has changed dramatically over the past fifty years; once occurring in college lecture halls and big city art cinemas, it now occurs (if it does) on small screens with audiences of one or two viewers. The larger-than-life image, the grain and shadow detail, the flicker of projection and rapt attention demanded by the screen are lost to the most recent generations of movie watchers. This project intends to show great films authored by serious filmmakers in a setting that both honors the work and expands the appreciation of film by considering its history.
Tracking the Border is an interdisciplinary project based on navigation of the 611 miles that represent the Canada/US border in Maine. The artist will travel the length of the border in 4 week-long segments, running, paddling, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling, and each segment will include travel and/or dialogue with an expert from a different field (Forestry, Native community, Geology, and Border Patrol). The resulting work will take several forms: blogging, large-scale drawings, and a series of interdisciplinary lectures and panels. The project will incite a true cross-disciplinary dialogue around the increasingly important issue of borders in the world.
The Apohadion Theater is a non-traditional grassroots performance and exhibition space operated out of a studio workspace shared and maintained by more than 25 working visual artists, writers, music composers and performers. The artists who work at The Apohadion will utilize Kindling Funds to curate and produce a series of events entitled “Experimental Creators”. This series of artist organized and curated events would be open to the public and feature work by creators who work or seek to work in experimental ways.
PLATFORM PROJECTS/WALKS is a new social practice project; it engages the local arts community in a series of inter- and cross-disciplinary conversations and activities around the idea of walking as creative provocation, practice and product. In the summer of 2016, PLATFORM PROJECTS will offer the local community a series of readings, conversations, talks and group walks exploring the history and activity of walking as creative practice.
In Kinship is a civic performance project that investigates migratory fish restoration in the Penobscot River. Designed to complement existing public outreach surrounding restoration efforts, the project combines community dialogue, collaboration between artists and biologists, and physical interaction with both fish and the river. A playful booklet of poetic prompts initiates multiple forms of exchange and community creation. In Kinship is an arts-based call to environmental stewardship that asks: If we view the river and its non-human populations as both characters and participants in our dialogue, how might it help us strategically care for the needs of an entire ecosystem?
The FUTURE BRIDGES project includes a mobile tent and a series of pop up events and participatory actions within the City of Portland. The project builds on the current work of Future Mothers in creating participatory structures and vehicles for socially engaged art and civic engagement. Future Mothers is a collective vision/structure/practice that takes the form of prints, installation, books, and performance. Using printmaking as a platform Future Mothers construct densely layered objects, structures, and environments for communicating diverse narratives and responding to social-political events.
ICELANDx207 is a multi-media project documenting Iceland’s recent entry into the Maine waterfront and economy. It includes portraits of Icelanders in Maine, documentation of the revitalized International Marine Terminal, and chronicles a nine-day independent residency from Portland, ME to Reykjavík aboard an Eimskip container ship. This work will be presented in a retrofitted shipping container to be located in Congress Square Park in conjunction with the 2016 Arctic Council meetings hosted by the Maine North Atlantic Development Office in Portland, Maine (Oct. 4-6, 2016).
“A Long Wait” is an event series and platform for artistic inquiry that uses Fort Gorges – located at the entrance to Casco Bay outside of Portland, Maine – as context, material, and site. Erin Colleen Johnson will curate and commission video, sound, and social practice artworks by individual artists and collaborative groups for debut at Fort Gorges in Summer 2016. The public will be invited to join in weekend excursions to the fort, during which participating artists and artworks will facilitate inventive and meaningful engagement with this unique site.