Presentations from Creative Time Summit

December 16th, 2010

Our recent presentation at the amazing Creative Time Summit, organized by Nato Thompson, is available here. We were honored to share the “Food” panel with Claire Pentecost, FEAST, Agnes Denes, and Amy Franceschini. Check it out.

And, a thoughtful review on all the proceedings here

We won a Propeller Grant!

October 20th, 2010

We’re excited to say that we were one of the projects chosen for an award from the Propeller Fund!

We’ll be receiving $2000 for our ongoing self-publishing project Pilot Studies. We’ll be making the first five issues available for free online, printing some more, and commissioning new issues as well!

Former InCUBATE resident Sarah Kavage in the Reader

August 12th, 2010

The Chicago Reader recently featured our amazing December 2009 person-in-residence Sarah Kavage in a cover story about her Industrial Harvest project. Check out Sarah’s website for more info on the project and places throughout Chicago where she’ll be giving away wheat for free.

A visit to FEAST Minneapolis 7/17

July 21st, 2010

Colin Kloecker and Shanai Matteson present their funded project from the previous FEAST, check out their work here

Transformer Framework Panel #13 – BUILT TO LAST? truths & myths of sustainable cultural production

June 28th, 2010

June 3, 2010, 6:30 – 8pm at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

**Please note: the duration of this panel was 2 hours, but video cuts out at 1 hour and 45 minutes. Apologies!**

Presented in tandem with Sustainability Lab & Cornfield, this panel will look back and look ahead at the ever-evolving Do-It-Yourself ethic and inherent aesthetics as it relates to cultural production. Timed with the 30th anniversary of Washington DC’s Dischord Records – an internationally recognized independent record label supporting punk rock music that has been artist run since its inception – this panel will examine the DIY organizing model that grew out of punk rock subculture and is tied to punk ideology and anti-consumerism. How is DIY being redefined as aspects of that culture shift from being an underground mantra to a cable TV station slogan and Urban Outfitters commodity? What can cultural producers learn from sustainable food producers? How can a volunteer-run operation be sustainable?

Panelists: Nancy Bannon, artist, DC & NYC; Bryce Dwyer, InCUBATE, Chicago; Ian MacKaye, co-founder of Dischord Records, DC; Eve Mosher, Seeding the City, NYC; Abigail Satinsky, InCUBATE, Chicago

Moderator: Jeff Hnilicka, cultural worker, Member of Hit Factorie and organizer of FEAST, Brooklyn

About the other panelists:

Nancy Bannon performed for many years as a dancer with Doug Varone, Tere O’Connor and Lar Lubavitch and as an actor focusing mostly on the development of new work. She now creates her own interdisciplinary theater. Along with Cornfield, she is also known for The Pod Project, an installation of private, one-on-one performances originally at 20 Greene Gallery (NYC). Nancy is the recipient of three Princess Grace Awards and a 2001 New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award. She has served on the faculties of SUNY Purchase and Rutgers University and has taught independently throughout the U.S. Nancy is a graduate of The Juilliard School. This March, Nancy was invited to participate in a Philip Johnson Glass House Conversation along with filmmaker Darron Aronofsky, poet Erin Belieu, graphic designer Paula Scher, and others. This spring, the 92nd St. Y (NYC) will present her newest work, Drinking Ink.

Jeff Hnilicka is an independent aesthetic practitioner currently exploring the national landscape of sustainable cultural production. He is co-founder of FEAST – Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics. He has worked at Walker Art Center, MASS MoCA, J Mandle Performance, Minnesota Public Radio, and is a founding member of Revolting Queers and Hit Factorie. He recently completed residencies at MASS MoCA and West Bank Social Center and will be in residency at Elsewhere in October-November 2010. Hnilicka served as panelist for community artist funding at Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and is featured in Temporary Services Art Work. In 2009, Jeff was awarded a Future Leadership Fellowship by National Arts Strategies. Jeff will be leading participatory projects this year in DC, Philadelphia, New York City, and Portland.

Ian Mackaye founded Dischord Records as a teenager in 1980 with partner Jeff Nelson. Their original intent was simply to release a single to document their recently defunct band, Teen Idles. However, the label has gone on to release music from more than 60 bands, with more than 160 albums over the last 25 years and counting. As musicians, Ian and Jeff with Brian Baker and Lyle Preslar went on to form Minor Threat, who along with Bad Brains are credited in the early 80s with introducing the DC hardcore ethic to an audience well beyond Washington, DC. In 1986, Ian formed Fugazi with Joe Lally, Brendan Canty and Guy Picciotto. Over 20+ years the band has released seven albums and toured the world extensively covering all fifty United States, Europe, Australia, South America, Japan and many points in between. Fugazi is self managed and maintains a policy of affordable access to their work through low record and ticket prices and all concerts are all-ages. In 2003 Fugazi decided to take an indefinite hiatus from recording and touring as young families and other priorities began to take center stage. Since 2001, Ian has played in The Evens, a duo with Amy Farina. The Evens revel in short-circuiting the conventions of rock music and perform mostly in non-traditional music spaces — libraries, art spaces, schools, theaters, etc. They have released two albums and have toured extensively in North America, Europe, South America, Australia, and New Zealand.

Eve Mosher grew up on the borders of urban sprawl, watching the daily disintegration of wild in favor of cultivation in the form of suburban developments and strip malls. She holds an undergraduate degree in architecture and a Master in Fine Arts, and has lived in Texas, New York, Vermont, Oregon and California, all of which greatly influenced her interest in the environment by providing distinct and inspirational experiences. Upon her return to New York in 2005, she experienced culture shock from the lack of aggressive legislation and services vigorously addressing environmental issues. This new awareness influenced her transition to public, issue-based work. Eve’s projects have been profiled in international media, including the New York Times, The Discovery Channel, ARTnews, L’Uomo, Vogue and Le Monde. Her public and community based artworks have received grants from New York State Council on the Arts and New York Department of Cultural Affairs, both through the Brooklyn Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission and The City Parks Foundation. She has also had two projects selected as New York Foundation for the Arts fiscal sponsorship.

Bureaucracy Now! opening this weekend.

May 27th, 2010

A spring update

April 22nd, 2010

Hello friends,

We’ve been busy these last couple months, working on launching the Pilot Studies booklets as an ongoing publication, building the Artist-run Benefit Society (formerly called the Artist-run Credit League) in Portland, OR, watching the Sunday Soup network expand exponentially, and getting back to doing public programming in Chicago which will now be housed at threewalls on a monthly basis. After we closed our storefront space last December, we’ve spent a lot of time talking together about how we want to work as a group and how to give form to our continued conversations. We hope that these new projects and direction will expand our community of participants who are asking with us what an independent cultural infrastructure looks like and what we can do collectively to make it happen.

Love,
InCUBATE
Bryce Dwyer, Matthew Joynt, Roman Petruniak and Abigail Satinsky

www.incubate-chicago.org


1. PEACE PARTY at Danny’s, May 10
2. Bryce and Matthew present Dice 10,000 at at BEN RUSSELL, April 24
3. Abby is participating in a panel at NEXT, “Beyond the White Cube II: International Networks, ” Presented with ICI (Independent Curators International), May 1 at 5:30 pm
4. In Search of the Mundane | “What Pragmatism Means” at threewalls, May 4
5. Pilot Studies launching at Open Engagement in Portland, OR, May 13-17
6. Follow Roman’s projects in Ukraine and beyond at http://www.pomij.com/
7. Chicago Soupin’ and sundaysoup.org coming soon!
8. InCUBATE presents as part of the Sustainability Lab exhibition at Transformer Gallery in Washington DC, June 3
9. Bryce presents at CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artist Residency Program, June 12
10. Abby’s talk at New Urban Arts in Providence, RI available online

1. PEACE PARTY at Danny’s in Chicago, May 10

There will be a Benefit for InCUBATE at the next Peace Party at Danny’s on May 10. It’s free and a percentage of the bar sales will go towards helping InCUBATE launch our new publication series, Pilot Studies, and many other projects.

Monday, May 10th
9PM-2:00AM
Danny’s
1951 W Dickens Ave
21 and over
featuring DJs Jeff Parker, Naomi Walker, Joelyn Brown and David Marques.

Please come and support your local experimental research institute!



2. Dice 10,000 at BEN RUSSELL, April 24

BEN RUSSELL : RUBLES

BRYCE DWYER + MATTHEW JOYNT (InCUBATE)
ANNA SHTEYNSHLEYGER
TONY TASSET
MIKE TAYLOR

1716 S Morgan #2F
Chicago, IL 60608
April 24, 2010 – May 22, 2010
Opening reception: Saturday 6-9 pm, April 24th, 2010

Private viewings by appointment*
*The performance by InCUBATE will be presented at 7:30 during the opening reception

At BEN RUSSELL, Dwyer and Joynt will turn their relationship to funding over to chance as they instruct visitors in the playing of the family dice game Dice 10,000. Afterwards, ad-hoc games of dice will take place in the backyard. Dwyer and Joynt will orchestrate the betting.

3. Abby presents at NEXT’s Converge Chicago: Contemporary Curators’ Forum on Saturday May 1 at 5:30 PM at the Merchandise Mart as part of Art Chicago

Converge Curators Forum
“Beyond the White Cube II: International Networks”
Presented with ICI (Independent Curators International)
NEXT Talk Shop, 7th Floor, 5:30-7PM
How can the expansion of curatorial networks and collaborative practice between institutions internationally start to build the potential for new forms of exhibitions and exchange? How are practitioners re-thinking and re-defining their roles? Moderated by Kate Fowle, Executive Director of ICI (Independent Curators International), panelists include João Ribas, Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston; Abigail Satinsky, Co-director, InCUBATE, Chicago; and Bisi Silva, Founder and Director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria

4. In Search of the Mundane continues! “What Pragmatism Means” at threewalls, May 4

Tuesday, May 4th
7-9:00PM
threewalls
119 N Peoria St. #2D

In Search of the Mundane seeks to extend a conversation began during an exhibition of the same name held at threewalls in 2009 and co-organized by Randall Szott and InCUBATE. It will manifest as a series of monthly events focused on the arts of living. We started this project from discussions about the philosophical tradition of Pragmatism and its potential as a tool for better understanding the everyday world of institutions and infrastructures. We view Pragmatism as a means to experiment with how these institutions and infrastructures could change in conceivable ways to better suit the needs of people who inhabit them. InCUBATE has a kinship to the notion of experience as revelation and the refusal to admit a distinction between “doing” and “thinking,” between theory and practice. Therefore, this event series is meant as a way to link the Pragmatist belief that knowledge is a social process built upon experiments in everyday life with the practical experiences we and others have in making our creative projects happen both inside and outside the pre-existing infrastructures for art and culture.

The first event will serve as the initial convening of the Pragmatist Reading Group. InCUBATE will introduce the motivations behind their interest in Pragmatism and moderate a discussion informed by two selected readings: Jane Addams’ from “A Function of the Social Settlement” (1899) and William James’ “What Pragmatism Means” (1907). Anyone is free to participate in the discussion. To receive digital copies of the reading, please email bryce@incubate-chicago.org



5. Pilot Studies launching at Open Engagement in Portland, OR, May 13-17

Pilot Studies is a multiform research project on grassroots, community-based fundraising and organizing for creative projects launching at the Open Engagement Conference (http://openengagement.info/) in Portland, OR on May 13-17.

In the Autzen Gallery at Portland State University, we will be making our research public with a series of publications, dossiers, and interviews that explore art administration as a creative practice and pragmatic guides to making-do. These provide the staging ground for a fundraising cocktail party to launch the Portland Artist-run Benefit Society, a mutual aid society for artist-run spaces and projects, organized in collaboration with Katy Asher and others. The ARBS is a volunteer association designed to increase opportunities for collective fundraising and provide social and educational frameworks for independent art spaces and groups to support each other, share resources, and contribute to their community. Formerly know as the Artist-run Credit League, this project will also take form in Chicago in the coming year. The Portland event will feature Team Trivia play, hosted by Randall Szott, and home-brewed beer by Eric Steen and herbal-infused vodka by Sam Gould and we are sharing the gallery with Temporary Services Art Work publication.

As part of the conference, InCUBATE will introduce 5 issues from the first volume of an ongoing booklet series, Pilot Studies.  With the intention of featuring writing that extends beyond our immediate circle of collaborators, the content of the booklets will be diverse in nature, addressing everything from pragmatism and funding models to contemporary art in the Ukraine.  The initial print publications will be limited to 100 copies per title.  As the series continues, an archive will be available for viewing, and as a reproducible resource, online.



6. Follow Roman’s projects in Ukraine and beyond at pomij.com

Roman is currently living abroad in Kyiv on a Fulbright scholarship to research the various infrastructures, systems, and strategies used to support contemporary artistic production in Ukraine. Recent projects include Soup for Culture in Chişinău, Moldova at the invitation of Oberliht (Young Artists Association of Moldova) and Sunday Borscht in Ukraine with the artist group Big Idea, http://borshch.newcitizen.org.ua/



7. Chicago Soupin’ and sundaysoup.org coming soon!

From Matthew: Chicago Friends, Though it has been a slow process involving many spinning plates, we are finally nearing the relaunch of a bi-monthly Northside (Ravenswood/Lincoln Square) iteration of Sunday Soup.  It will re-emerge as a bi-monthly event in order to focus on practices of free acquisition (food, tools, etc).  It still needs a lot of help and support from the community to get off the ground, so if you’re interested, please email matt@incubate-chicago.org

From Jennifer Breckner: Jennifer Breckner has emerged from her winter coma to begin working on bringing back sunday soup under the umbrella of her new project “Julia Henrietta.”  the basic premise will still be there–meal, artist grant, presentation–but plans are to focus on dining together as communal experience and to embrace the meal as an opportunity for site specific interventions and to expand presentations to also embrace the politics of food production and consumption. email her at jlbreckner@hotmail.com

We are also collaborating with George Wietor of the DAAC in Grand Rapids, MI to launch a Sunday Soup website that will map all of the projects that have sprung up internationally and give more information on grant proposals, local strategies, and funded projects. Look for sundaysoup.org coming soon!

The Sunday Soup network has exploded, our current list of food-related granting intiatives includes:

Ann Arbor Love Factory Collective Soup Stock: http://lovefactorycollective.com/
Boston FEAST: http://feastmass.blogspot.com/
Baltimore STEW: http://stewbaltimore.org/
Buffalo Sugar City Sunday Soup: http://www.buffalosugarcity.org/
Columbus FEAST: http://couchfire.wordpress.com/
Detroit Soup
Grand Rapids Soup: http://www.g-rad.org/cal/2010/04/sunday-soup-2-t.php
Iowa City Soup: http://publicspaceone.wordpress.com/
Kiev Sunday Borscht: http://borshch.newcitizen.org.ua/
Milan Granaio: http://granaioamilano.blogspot.com/
Minneapolis FEAST: http://feastmpls.org/
Newcastle Saturday Soup: http://saturdaysoup.wordpress.com/
New York City FEAST: http://www.feastinbklyn.org/
Portland Stock: http://portlandstock.blogspot.com/
Providence Soup Seminars: http://www.risdpublicengagement.net/
St. Louis Sloup: http://sloup2122.blogspot.com/

And Jeff Hnilicka of FEAST and St. Louis Sloup were featured recently on NPR’s Marketplace, check out the story here: http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/19/pm-sloup-art-donating/

8. InCUBATE is on a panel at the Sustainability Lab exhibition at Transformer Gallery in Washington DC on June 3

Framework Panel #13
BUILT TO LAST? – truths & myths of sustainable cultural production
June 3, 2010, 6:30 – 8pm
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW – In the “Root Room” on the 2nd Floor

This panel will look back and look ahead at the ever-evolving Do-It-Yourself ethic and inherent aesthetics as it relates to cultural production.  Timed with the 30th anniversary of Washington DC’s Dischord Records – an internationally recognized independent record label supporting punk rock music that has been artist run since its inception – this panel will examine the DIY organizing model that grew out of punk rock subculture and is tied to punk ideology and anti-consumerism. How is DIY being redefined as aspects of that culture shift from being an underground mantra to a cable TV station slogan and Urban Outfitters commodity?  What can cultural producers learn from sustainable food producers?  How can a volunteer-run operation be sustainable?

BUILT TO LAST? Truths & Myths of Sustainable Cultural Production, is presented in tandem with Transformer’s 6-week Sustainability Lab series of workshops, artistic actions, and installations exploring emerging models of cultural production, the sustainability of these models, and their impact within communities.

Panelists:
Nancy Bannon, artist, DC & NYC
Bryce Dwyer, InCUBATE, Chicago
Ian MacKaye, co-founder of Dischord Records, DC
Eve Mosher, Seeding the City, NYC
Abigail Satinsky, InCUBATE, Chicago
Moderator:  Jeff Hnilicka, cultural worker, organizer of FEAST, Brooklyn; Transformer’s Sustainability Lab visiting artist in residence

Sustainabilty Lab at Transformer Gallery
1404 P Street NW • Washington DC, 20005
www.transformergallery.org • 202-483-1102

Sustainability Lab
May 1 – 8; June 3 -12, 2010

Transformer and Brooklyn-based cultural worker Jeff Hnilicka invite audiences to explore emerging models of cultural production, the sustainability of these models, and their impact within communities though a series of workshops, talks, skill shares, potluck dinners, and artistic actions. Discoveries made during Sustainability Lab will be shared at the Open Engagement conference in Portland, Oregon (May 14 – 17) exploring similar themes.  Hnilicka will then be back at Transformer further investigating and interpreting outcomes of Open Engagement.



9. Bryce presents at CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artist Residency Program, June 12

Bryce will speak as part of the symposium, “Art Work: A Local Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics” at on Saturday, June 12 from 1 – 5 PM in conjunction with the exhibition The Non-Profit Margin at CentralTrak featuring Temporary Services’ Art Work publication http://www.artandwork.us/ More information is available at http://www.utdallas.edu/centraltrak

May 22 – July 24, 2010
The Non-Profit Margin
The Non-Profit Margin presents work that confronts the current global economic crisis by challenging the traditional avenues of the exhibition and consumption of art and the art experience. As an exhibition, The Non-Profit Margin will present projects that propose solutions for contemporary artists seeking to work outside of the “white box” to secure greater economic autonomy during this post-market-glut economic correction. More than an exhibition, The Non-Profit Margin seeks to create a platform for dialogue between artists, institutions, and collectors on the related topics of art, exhibition, and consumption.



10.
Abby’s talk at New Urban Arts in Providence, RI available online

As part of Abby’s fellowship at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities at Brown University this spring, she moderated a discussion in the Conversations on Creative Practice Series with Daniel Schleifer, Susan Sakash, Joan Wyand and Tatiana Yanishevsky of Building 16. The Conversations on Creative Practice are public forums where they invite individuals to share how they integrate creativity into their personal and professional lives. New Urban Arts is a nationally recognized interdisciplinary arts studio for high school students and emerging artists and an amazing local institution in Providence, Rhode Island.

The conversation is available online at http://www.newurbanarts.org/blogs_audio.html

Dice 10,000

April 20th, 2010

Bryce and Matthew will present Dice 10,000 as a part of Ben Russell: RUBLES.

Here is a wacky/hyperlinked description of the show, provided by curators, Brandon Alvendia and Ben Russell:

ABOUT THE SHOW:
And so: as the Great Depression (Redux) becomes ever more depressing and the breadlines grow longer under President Obama’s communist administration (32 czars and counting!), yourcomrades at BEN RUSSELL have taken to the hills with the few thousand kopeks (100 to the Ruble) they still have hidden under their collectively-owned mattress to bring you yet another Thematic Group Art Exhibition (in which all works are equal and sold for the same price) - BERUSSELL : RUBLES

Timed to open one week prior to Art Chicago and the NEXT Fair and supported in part by the rubles-for-clunkers program, BERUSSELL : RUBLES shines a busted-up coal miner’s headlamp on the economic realities of art marketeering (TASSET), stands outside your half-empty skyscraper with posters and pamphlets and silkscreens decrying the false accumulation of value (TAYLOR), teaches you to increase your meager earnings through a family-friendly dice game and other il/legal means (inCUBATE), and concocts a video poultice for the fractured, traumatized, and weary-at-heart (SHTEYNSHLEYGER).  RUBLES is a palette-cleanser for the bling-a-ling days to come, a reminder of where our core values as one-nation-under-art truly lie.  As USSR expat-comedian and Miller Lite Cold War stooge Yakov Smirnoff would have said: “At BEN RUSSELL you do not sell art, art sells you!

Ben Russell

1716 S Morgan #2F
Chicago, IL 60608
April 24, 2010 – May 22, 2010
Opening reception: Saturday 6-9 pm, April 24th, 2010

10,000 Dice:

Bryce Dwyer and Matthew Joynt are two members of the Institute for Community Understanding Between Art and the Everyday (InCUBATE), a research group dedicated to exploring new approaches to arts administration and arts funding. They act as curators, researches, and co-producers of artists’ projects. At BEN RUSSELL, Dwyer and Joynt will turn their relationship to funding over to chance as they instruct visitors in the playing of the family dice game Dice 10,000. Afterwards, ad-hoc games of dice will take place in the backyard. Dwyer and Joynt will orchestrate the betting.

Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me it’s Raining

April 6th, 2010

Bad at Sports asked us to submit an object for their exhibition “Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me it’s Raining.” The show opens tomorrow at apexart and runs through May 22nd.

photo credit: Bad at Sports

Matthew ordered up a novelty sized coffee mug with the slogan from our “In Search of the Mundane” series initiated at three walls with Randall Szott.

COFFEE FIRST! THEN YOUR MUNDANE BULLSHIT

Thanks to Bad at Sports for including us in the show! Our BaS interview is here.

Resources from our friends at the DAAC in Grand Rapids

March 24th, 2010

InCUBATE has been working on creating a series of booklets on organizing strategies and we’ve been looking around at what like-minded groups and spaces have put together. We just came across this helpful zine that explains the Division Arts Avenue Collective (the DAAC) in Grand Rapids, which they modeled partly off of Mess Hall‘s poster that explains their founding principles. Check out their full publication and more here.