Drink & DrawBots

July 19, 2017
7:30pm
$20 suggested donation

Join us for a night of drinking and creating machines that draw and paint. Successfully make a DrawBot art-generating machine and your hands will be free for more–you guessed it–drinking!

$20 suggested donation will get you unlimited drinks and drawbot-making! All levels of experience with electronics, drawing, and drinking are welcome (21+ for alcohol). Supplies will be provided by us. All donations support free and low-cost programming at Open Source!

This event will be led by Eric Wood. Eric is a front end engineer, a tinkerer and displaced Austinite. Sometimes he makes music even, but really he just wants to build cool things.

This event is inspired by our BitBots after school program. Open Source Gallery has taught BitBots workshops in multiple schools, the MoMA, The Cooper Hewitt Design Center, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and at a TEDxYouth Day event at the Brooklyn Museum. It is a STEAM initiative that invites students to innovate, prototype, iterate, design and incorporate new technology with other materials to make something that does something. We use littleBits, simple electronic modules, each with specific functions, which can be snapped together with magnets to create large and elaborate circuits for prototyping and play. At Drink & DrawBots, we create generative art (created with the use of an automonous system) by created DrawBots that can often function as sculptures in their own right.



Sara Bouchard House Concert

July 15, 2017
Reception: 8:00pm
Performance: 9:00pm

257 17th St., Brooklyn

Sound artist, conceptual songwriter and longtime South Slope neighbor Sara Bouchard premiered her song cycle The News: Monday-Friday at Open Source in 2012. With the work’s ecological and political themes growing in relevance today, she reprises the performance in an intimate house concert setting accompanied by her husband Alan Biller on upright bass. A reception will follow.

The News: Monday-Friday is a futuristic folk tale of migration which Bouchard performs on acoustic guitar, mandolin and autoharp. Bouchard wrote the ten songs over two spans of five consecutive weekdays, collaging the lyrics entirely from words and phrases cut from the daily newspaper. Through this intensive process a story emerged:
Uprooted from their homeland by a string of natural disasters, a fictional community grapples with finding a new home amidst rising waters. A kaleidoscope of characters parade by: a mysterious religious leader, a haughty politician, a mourning mother, a stranger with bright ideas… As the story unfolds through various perspectives, an underlying concern sets in: With our landscape changing around us, where will we go, who will we become, and how will we hold onto our past?

Sara Bouchard is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores the intersection of sound, story and environment. Born in California, Bouchard received her B.A. from Yale University in 2003. She has exhibited and performed across NYC, including at The Center for Book Arts, The American Folk Art Museum, Dumbo Arts Center, Proteus Gowanus and Open Source, as well as in the Berlin Underground. Her piece Weather Box was published by Fuse Works Multiples & Editions in 2014. She is known for her work with Americana string band Union Street Preservation Society and also performs as Sara Bouchard & the Salt Parade. She has been accepted as an MFA candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University beginning in the fall.

More info about Sara Bouchard.



Anatomy of a Bowl Workshop

Andrew Snyder: 9 Meditations | Press Release | Anatomy of a Bowl Workshop | Installation View | Video

July 15, 2017
Kids workshop: 3-5pm
Adults workshop: 7-9pm
Suggested donation: $20

On July 15 learn how to make pinched bowls with artist Andrew Snyder!

Supplies (and drinks, 21+) will be provided by Open Source. All donations support free and low-cost programs at Open Source!

Traditionally, the act of throwing is merely a means to an end; the potter’s wheel, a tool. Customarily, the act of throwing is documented by firing the work. During “9 Meditations,” Snyder, rather than relying on the finished product to demonstrate his skill, records his time on the potter’s wheel by transforming the fabric beneath the potter’s wheel into a canvas for the documentation of his work.

“9 Meditations” pays tribute to the tradition of demonstration by way of performance. There is a long history of demonstration in the crafts–whether weaving, smithing or throwing–as a performance that shows the mastery of the craftsman’s skill. Snyder does not place focus on the bowls made at the potter’s wheel, but concentrates on throwing. The repetitive process of throwing, as demonstrated during six two-hour performances the day before and the day of the opening reception of “9 Meditations,” puts the potter into a state of meditation. While throwing, Snyder takes time to reflect, creating bowls that upon first look might appear similar, but result from a process that is ever-changing with the circumstances of Snyder’s reflection.

The monotony and boredom of repetition often leads Snyder into contemplation about the people in his life. Snyder incorporates his contemplation about friends, family and neighbors into the performance using fabric that reminds him of specific people. Fabrics are sought out by Snyder, an avid thrift store shopper, at secondhand shops or requested from those they represent. The found fabrics give insight into Snyder’s meditations, which transform each performance and bowl into something subtly different.

Andrew Snyder received a Bachelor of Science in Ceramics from Towson University in 2001. Upon graduation he began his career as a production potter at Eldreth Pottery in Oxford, PA. In 2010 he returned to Towson University to pursue his MFA in Sculpture. Snyder currently teaches ceramics and digital modeling at West Chester University where he is Assistant Professor of Art, ceramics area and object lab coordinator. Snyder previously exhibited 9 Meditations at Linfield College (Oregon). His work has been shown throughout the United States at spaces such as Baltimore Clayworks (MD), Knauer Gallery (PA), Wayne Art Center (PA), Academy of Fine Arts (VA), Thornhill Gallery (MO) and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art (DE) among many others.



Drink & DrawBots

June 21, 2017
7:30pm
Tickets

DRINK & DRAWBOTS IS BACK!

Join us for a night of drinking and creating machines that draw and paint. Successfully make a DrawBot art-generating machine and your hands will be free for more–you guessed it–drinking!

SUGGESTED DONATION: $20
THIS EVENT IS OPEN FOR ALL ADULTS 21+

All levels of experience with electronics, drawing, and drinking are welcome. Supplies will be provided by us. All donations support free and low-cost programming at Open Source!

This event will be led by Eric Wood. Eric is a front end engineer, a tinkerer and displaced Austinite. Sometimes he makes music even, but really he just wants to build cool things.

This event is inspired by our BitBots after school program. Open Source Gallery has taught BitBots workshops in multiple schools, the MoMA, The Cooper Hewitt Design Center, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and at a TEDxYouth Day event at the Brooklyn Museum. It is a STEAM initiative that invites students to innovate, prototype, iterate, design and incorporate new technology with other materials to make something that does something. We use littleBits, simple electronic modules, each with specific functions, which can be snapped together with magnets to create large and elaborate circuits for prototyping and play. At Drink & DrawBots, we create generative art (created with the use of an automonous system) by created DrawBots that can often function as sculptures in their own right.



Volunteer with HomeGrown

Francesco Simeti: Swell | Press Release | Installation View | Artist Reception | Closing Reception | Volunteer with HomeGrown | Exhibit by the Brooklyn Urban Garden School | On Brooklyn Pulp

April 29, 2017
12pm to 4pm
Detective Joseph Mayrose Park

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In his current exhibit at Open Source, Swell, Francesco Simeti explores human impact on our environment–in particular, our local waterways and watersheds in Brooklyn.

On April 29, join HomeGrown, get your hands dirty and do something good for our local environment!

HomeGrown is seeking volunteers to do work at Detective Joseph Mayrose Park. Volunteers are needed to:

Create a Pollinator Garden
Pollinator gardens will be planted with native plants that nurture and support bees, butterflies and birds. Volunteers will help prep beds and plant wildflower seedlings at the park. Children welcome!

Make Wildflower Seed Balls
This volunteer opportunity is especially for children! Children will mix seeds with dirt and clay then scatter the seedballs throughout the park. This is a fun DIY project that will contribute to the Butterfly Garden! *Especially for children!

Learn more about volunteering at the Butterfly Garden and Detective Joseph Mayrose Park at www.homegrownbklyn.org

For a map to the parks’ volunteer activities on April 29, contact Homegrown: outreach@homegrownbklyn.org

This project is presented in collaboration with Francesco Simeti’s Swell at Open Source and is sponsored by HomeGrown Parks Volunteers and City Parks Foundation / Partnerships for Parks.



South Slope Open Studios

April 29-30, 2017
1-6pm

SS Studio Tour Poster 3/28 FINAL



Newsreels from the Resistance

Meerkat Media Collective | Facebook Event

April 6, 2017
8:00pm

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On Thursday, April 6, Meerkat Media Collective will present a series of short films from their Newsreels from the Resistance project. Members of the collective will be in attendance.

Newsreels from the Resistance is a series of shorts that capture local grassroots social movements in New York City under the new Trump Era. Featuring the work of all seventeen active members of the Meerkat Media Collective, they hope that this ongoing documentary project will inspire, educate and elevate.

Meerkat Media Collective is an artistic community that shares resources and skills to incubate individual and shared creative work. They are committed to a collaborative, consensus-based process that values diverse experience and expertise. They support the creation of thoughtful and provocative stories that reflect a complex world. Their work has been broadcast on HBO, PBS, and many other networks, and screened at festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Tribeca, Rotterdam and CPH:Dox. Founded as an informal arts collective in 2005 Meerkat Media Collective has grown to include a cooperatively-owned production company and a collective of artists in residence.

Meerkat Media Collective currently accepting applications for their 2017-2018 residency cycle until April 1, 2017. More info here.



Wander

Wander | Liinu Grönlund: It could have been | The Creators Collective | TICKETS

March 18, 2017
2:00-5:00pm

Nia & Ness during "The City is Our Playground," an evening of performance inspired by i Collective, 2016

Nia & Ness during “The City is Our Playground,” an evening of performance inspired by i Collective, 2016

Wander is an afternoon of performance inspired by artist, Liinu Grönlund. Based in Helsinki, Finland, Grönlund works with video and film, with an interest in remoteness and extremes, collaborating with scientists, and wandering in disappearing worlds. THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE will present works from artists of different disciplines that connect with the themes in this exhibition, immersed in the exhibit itself.

ARTISTS:
5th Digit Dance (dance)
Caylee Shimizu (dance)
Joe Monteleone (dance)
Jonathan Doherty (video)
Marissa Hutton (dance)
Nia & Ness (dance + spoken word)
Omer Ephron (dance)
Sarah Nagle & Justin Ross (dance)

Each artist will perform in two of the three sessions: 2:00pm, 3:30pm and 5:00pm. Space is very limited, given the intimate nature of the venue. Consider purchasing tickets in advance. Buy your ticket here!

SESSION 1 | 2:00PM
5th Digit Dance
Joe Monteleone
Jonathan Doherty
Nia & Ness
Omer Ephron
Sarah Nagle & Justin Ross

SESSION 2 | 3:30PM
5th Digit Dance
Caylee Shimizu
Joe Monteleone
Jonathan Doherty
Marissa Hutton
Nia & Ness

SESSION 3 | 5:00PM
Caylee Shimizu
Joe Monteleone
Jonathan Doherty
Marissa Hutton
Omer Ephron
Sarah Nagle & Justin Ross



Artist talk with Liinu Grönlund

It could have been | Press release | Installation View | Artist talk

February 27, 2017
7-9pm

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Join us for an artist talk with Liinu Grönlund about her current exhibit at Open Source, It could have been.

It could have been is a video essay; an associative collection of ideas, diary notes and dreamy images combining environmental issues and politics of recent years. The rat, an animal that is controversial, hated, feared and scientifically-used, is in the spotlight. Grönlund became interested in rats after reading The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, a book in which author Elizabeth Kolbert explores human influence on the climate and environment. Over the history of the planet, there have been five major mass extinctions where the biodiversity was suddenly decimated. We are currently in the midst of the sixth mass extinction: the largest since the event that killed the dinosaurs. Throughout history rats have proven to be an effective colonizer, flourishing in each new environment they find and destroying endemic species populations while propagating at rapid rates.

Today corruption and imbalance of power across the globe are painfully obvious dilemmas, yet peace agreements, equality and climate change solutions still seem unreachable. Inspired by rats’ talent for survival and their similarities to humans, It could have been explores the dark fantasy of rats inheriting the earth from humans. Grönlund has spent time observing rats’ behavior, witnessing for herself the adaptability, empathy and intelligence that researchers have shown them to possess. She explores ideas about how to transfer knowledge to another species, reading from her favorite authors to the rats in an effort to make the information immortal. It could have been connects humanity to the natural world, intertwining our future and current events to other possibilities. Linking an alternate history–or prediction of the future–to a feeling of powerlessness, It could have been questions if there is still time and ways to create something alternative, something entirely new, to replace our violent man-made systems that destroy both biodiversity and humanity?

Liinu Grönlund (b. 1984) is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Helsinki. She received her MA in documentary film from the University of Art and Design (Helsinki) and an MFA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Grönlund’s work often takes the form of a poetic film that combine personal experiences, politics and history. She is interested in remoteness and extremes, working together with scientists and activists. Her work has been exhibited at places such as Galleria Huuto (Finland), Finnish Museum of Photography (Finland, curated by Boshko Boskovic) and Studio Voltaire (UK, curated by Jennifer Higgie and Rebecca Warren) among others. Her work has been shown at festivals such as the Savonlinna International Nature Film Festival (Finland), Tampere Film Festival (Finland), Wild-screen (Ireland) and the Yebizo International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions (Japan, curated by Junya Yamamine) among others. Grönlund’s film about scientists working in the vanishing forests of Madagascar will premier in May 2017. In Fall 2017, Grönlund will begin an artist residency with Triangle Arts.

This exhibition is kindly supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, AVEK Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

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People’s State of the Union

USDAC | RSVP on Action Network | Facebook Event

February 2, 2016
7:00pm

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In January of most years, the President delivers a State of the Union Address highlighting the past year and suggesting priorities for the coming year. It’s a broadcast from one to many. But democracy is a conversation, not a monologue. Understanding the state of our union takes We the People reflecting in our own communities on our challenges and opportunities locally, nationally, and globally.

Since 2015, the USDAC has hosted the People’s State of the Union as an invitation to supplement the President’s stories by coming together in our own homes, schools, houses of worship, and community organizations to share our own take on the state of our union. More than 120 communities have taken part for each of the last two years.

The People’s State of the Union has two main parts: Story Circles across the nation, and a collaboratively composed Poetic Address to the Nation. Story Circles bring people together to share stories from their own experience. Stories are uploaded to an online story portal where they can be shared and browsed. Then—inspired by these stories—an invited group of poets collaboratively composes the Poetic Address to the Nation, performed and broadcast live. This year, Story Circles will take place nationwide from January 27-February 5, 2017. The Poetic Address will be hosted by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Saturday, March 11, 2017.



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Sana Obaid: دیوار | De-war | Wall

Sana Obaid: دیوار | De-war | Wall | Press Release | Volunteer July 28-August 31, 2017 Opening reception: July 28, 7-9pm Artist talk: August 13, 11am I have never deliberately made art on political or social conditions. – Sana Obaid (open call exhibition proposal, 2015) You have not demonstrated that you have the ties that […]

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2017 Exhibitions
Sana Obaid: دیوار | De-war | Wall
Omar López-Chahoud
Reimagining Tradition
Kimberly Mayhorn

past

Andrew Snyder: 9 Meditations
Francesco Simeti: Swell
Liinu Grönlund: It could have been
The Middle Passage
Soup Kitchen 2016
2016 Exhibitions
Another Space: Permanent Construction
i Collective: Once Upon Unfolding Times
Dimensions Variable: Multidisciplinary
South Slope Derby 2016
Boa Mistura: Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way
SiTE:LAB: Nothing Is Destroyed
guerilla-art.mx: Transgression
Rawiya: In Her Absence I Created Her Image
HAI: Sole Exchange
Videokaffe: Para-sites & Proto-types
Prosjektrom Normanns: Transcendental Tactility
/rive: Anamorphosis
Soup Kitchen 2015
Mira Gaberova: Statue of Everything
Savas Boyraz: Back Drop
Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu: Venus von Hamburg
Soap Box Derby 2015
Sara Morawetz: How the Stars Stand
Whitney Lynn: Rummage
Yun-Woo Choi: Endless, Seamless
Jasmine Murrell: Some Impossibility Without A Name
Tirtzah Bassel: I Want To Hold You Close
B. David Walsh: Extracted Bedroom Project
Lena Lapschina: Yes/No
Soup Kitchen 2014
Sofia Szamosi: Eat Me
Corina Reynolds: Northwestern Expansion
Emanuele Cacciatore: A Conversation with Consequence
Box Car Workshops and Derby 2014
Mark Stilwell: The Super Defense Force vs The Tittanno Beast (The Power of the Constructonauts)
Hubert Dobler: Roundabout
Arne Schreiber: Your Stripes
Katerina Marcelja: Fragment Series
Fuse-Works: Some Assembly Required