10th Annual South Slope Derby

Facebook Event | In the New York Times | On Brooklyn Independent Television | 2016 Derby | 2015 Derby | 2014 Derby | 2013 Derby | 2012 Derby

August 26, 2017
Noon

Every year in the end of August you can experience the thrill of witnessing our participants from the summer Soap Box Workshop race their fun, funky, eco-friendly contraptions down 17th Street in Brooklyn.

Our 10th Annual South Slope Derby is set for August 26th 2017!

Since 2007, our Derby has been a staple of the neighborhood. Each year, the Soap Box Workshop encourages children to think outside the box. Children plan their inventions using sketches and calculations, bringing them to life with found and recycled objects as well as building materials. Over the course of the workshop, participants turn piles of seemingly useless trash into functional machines while learning about construction and design and, more importantly, having fun. Leading up to the race, kids test drive their gravity racers, ensuring the safety and functionality of each invention. At the Derby participants get to race their cars for real as friends, families, and neighbors cheer them on as they race down the street.



Ikarus Play

Sunday, August 6th at 6 and 7 pm
Monday, August 7th at 7 and 8 pm

Dramahound Productions and Open Source Gallery are pleased to announce the premiere of a one-act play by Anne Phelan, The Ikarus Play. It will be performed Sunday, August 6th at 6 and 7 pm, and Monday, August 7th at 7 and 8 pm at Open Source Gallery, 306 17th Street (near Sixth Avenue), Park Slope. Admission is free.

The Ikarus Play is inspired by its current exhibition of video of work by Pakistani artist Sana Obaid. It features Kendra Mittermeyer as Deedee (Daedalus) and Emily Ann Banks as Kara (Ikarus). The director is Christie Marie Clark (Anne Phelan’s They All Know Me, Thespian Production Slam-a-Thon; Clown Love, Strawberry One-Act Festival; The Diner, Caravan Play Festival), with costume design by Cathy Small.

The Ikarus Play explores the classic myth as the family prepares for their flight to freedom from Crete, and ultimately its tragic ending. Originally, the play was to be performed with Obaid’s work on-site, but her visa was denied by the US., even though her visit was funded by the NEA. This production and a video representation of her work is going forward in spite of this turn of events.

This is Anne Phelan and Dramahound’s seventh production at Open Source; previous plays include Brooklyn Lighthouse; Deconstruction; Mi Tigre, My Lover; a reading of The Tiger Play; Olmsted in Autumn; and Venus von Merkel (directed by Christie Marie Clark).



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

mayrose

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

mkm_newsreels_photo

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



Next Page »

on view now

10th Annual South Slope Derby

Facebook Event | In the New York Times | On Brooklyn Independent Television | 2016 Derby | 2015 Derby | 2014 Derby | 2013 Derby | 2012 Derby August 26, 2017 Noon Every year in the end of August you can experience the thrill of witnessing our participants from the summer Soap Box Workshop race […]

upcoming

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