Soup Kitchen 2015

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December 1-31, 2015


Each year the Open Source Soup Kitchen brings together artists, cooks, friends, and neighbors for a month of cooking, eating, sharing and celebrating!

For as many nights of the month as we have volunteers, we will provide the cookware and utensils–and our volunteer chef of the evening will be responsible to a “one-pot meal” (usually a soup or stew) that can feed approximately 15-20 people. All meals are served between 7:00-9:00pm. We welcome all kinds of unique dishes from any ethnic tradition!

The cook of the night is also responsible for incorporating an artistic element into the evening–it can be a one-night exhibit, musical performance, short play, or decoration of the gallery!

Attendees of the Soup Kitchen are neighbors, artists, people who are down on their luck, or some who are simply hungry. Sometimes the conversation flows easily, sometimes not, but the food is nearly always tasty (it’s New York, after all–we have standards!)

Join us for good food, good art, and good conversation–and bring your friends, family, and neighbors!

If you would like to host an evening, sign up here:

This is a free event. If you would like to be a guest, stop by Open Source any night in December between 7:00pm and 9:00pm!

2016 Exhibitions

Since 2008, Open Source has been dedicated to exploring the social change that can be enacted through communities formed around art. In 2016, we aim to further our mission and exhibiting artist collectives and artist-run spaces to engage the neighborhood in discussions about culture, collaboration, and social issues.

Inspired by texts such as Elias Canneti’s Crowds and Power and the Guerrilla Girls’ Guide to Behaving Badly (Which You Have to do Most of the Time in the World as We Know It), we realize that art is not only important within communities, but community is also critical to art-making. Together, groups of people can accomplish amazing things and generate much needed change. Over the past few years, we have seen how groups like #BlackLivesMatter and Occupy Wall Street can bring individuals together to raise awareness and push for change. Though it is not always easy, these actions are powerful and push society forward, calling out injustices and keeping the authorities accountable to the people. This year, we will exhibit collectives from across the globe to start a conversation in Brooklyn about how art can not only generate communities, but how it can also be a catalyst for social and political change.

This year will host exhibits from: Rive Collective (Brooklyn, NY), Prosjektrom Normanns (Norway), Videokaffe (International), Healing Arts Initiative (Queens, NY), Rawiya (International), (Mexico), SiTE:LAB (Grand Rapids, MI), Boa Mistura (Spain), Dimensions Variable (Miami, FL), iCollective (International), Another Space (Denmark)

Prosjektrom Normanns: Place. Presence.

January 30-February 29, 2016

Franklin Evans, spreadsheetspace, 2015, Prosjektrom Normanns

Franklin Evans, spreadsheetspace, 2015, Prosjektrom Normanns

Prosjektrom Normanns is an artist-run project space in Stavanger, Norway, established in 2011. The project space is run by its four members: Margrethe Aanestad, Kristin Velle-George, Elin Melberg and Helene Ødegaard. In addition to presenting art exhibitions, Prosjektrom Normanns also hosts events, workshops and seminars.

Videokaffe: Para-sites & Proto-types

March 2016

Heini Aho, Standing Alone, Huuto Gallery, 2015

Heini Aho, Standing Alone, Huuto Gallery, 2015

Videokaffe is an international art collective that draws from various disciplines to create an interactive, process-oriented experience. A collective of craftsmen and artists nostalgic for the “Wunderkammer”, or fabled curiosity chambers filled with oddities and marvels that explore and display the shared beauty of art, phenomena and technology, Videokaffe is known for colonizing galleries and residencies for intensive work periods, Videokaffe harnesses the myriad specialties and skill-sets of its members to create artworks, experiences and environments.

Healing Arts Initiative: Sole Exchange

April 2-29, 2016

Healing Arts Initiative Art Studio

Healing Arts Initiative Art Studio

Healing Arts Initiative (HAI) is a Queens-based non-profit organization that exists to remove barriers to arts and culture for New York City’s underserved populations. Each year, HAI touches the lives of over 350,000 individuals, providing cultural access to those limited by health, age or income. HAI offers an array of arts, education and wellness programs including performances, free and low-cost tickets to cultural events, group transport, workshops and community engagement programs in schools. HAI’s Art Studio & Gallery is a program that provides a safe space in which to create art for artists living with mental health challenges, individuals who have experienced prior incarceration and members of the LGBTQ+ and homeless communities.


May 2016

Myriam Abdelaziz, Menya's Kids, 2014

Myriam Abdelaziz, Menya’s Kids, 2014

Rawiya is a collective of photographers form the Middle East presenting an insider’s view of a region in flux balancing its contradictions while reflecting on social and political issues and stereotypes. Rawiya, meaning “she who tells a story,” brings together the experiences and photographic styles of Myriam Abdelaziz, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Laura Boushnack, and Tanya Habjouqa. Rawiya is the first all female photo collective of the Middle East.

June 2016

Yeschka, Going for a Good Wave/Fleeing for a Better Life, 2015

Yeschka, Going for a Good Wave/Fleeing for a Better Life, 2015 is a German-Mexican street art collective consisting of street artists and filmmakers founded by Yescka in 2011. Born from the wish to spread intercultural art the collective has successfully organized project trips, exhibitions, and has contributed to numerous street art festivals. (Mexico, Germany, USA, Switzerland, Sweden, and Spain). These art projects look critically at our society and questions it. The observer is called upon to actively consider issues and injustices, thus preventing him from becoming a mere consumer. Fruitful collaborations with local artists and its film documentation play a central role in travelling with the collective.


July 2016

Katie Gilmore, Higher Ground, 2015, at SiTE:LAB's Rumsey Street Project for ArtPrize

Katie Gilmore, Higher Ground, 2015, at SiTE:LAB’s Rumsey Street Project for ArtPrize

SiTE:LAB creates temporary site-specific art projects aimed at facilitating dynamic collaborations between the art, design, education, business and cultural communities of Grand Rapids.

Boa Mistura

August 2016

Boa Mistura, Luz nas vielas (Light in the Alleyways), 2012, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Boa Mistura, Luz nas vielas (Light in the Alleyways), 2012, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Boa Mistura is a multidisciplinary team with roots in graffiti art born in late 2001, Madrid, Spain. They develop their work mainly in the public space. They have carried out projects in South Africa, USA, UK, Brazil, Mexico, Georgia, Algeria, Norway, Serbia and Panamá.

Soap Box Derby 2016

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August 2016

Soap Box Derby 2015, Photo by Miho Suzuki

Soap Box Derby 2015, Photo by Miho Suzuki

Join us for the 9th Annual Soap Box Derby!

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.

Since 2008, our Soap Box Derby has been a staple of the neighborhood. Each year, the Soap Box Workshop encouraging 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 derby, kids test drive their racers, ensuring the safety and functionality of each invention. At the Soap Box Derby, participants get to race their soap box cars for real as friends, families, and neighbors cheer them on as they race down the street.

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Soup Kitchen 2015
2016 Exhibitions
Prosjektrom Normanns: Place. Presence.
Videokaffe: Para-sites & Proto-types
Healing Arts Initiative: Sole Exchange
Boa Mistura
Soap Box Derby 2016


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
Soap Box 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
Anja Matthes: Out-Sight-In In-Sight-Out
Soup Kitchen 2013
Katarina Poliacikova: Until We Remember The Same
Miho Suzuki: Our Children Today
We Know Not Exactly Where or How
Soap Box Derby 2013
Keith Miller: Trees
Andrea Ray: Utopians Dance
Margrethe Aanestad: Herein
David D’Ostilio: The Chopping Block
Stefanie Koseff: To The Deep
Michael Poetschko: Zona
Soup Kitchen 2012
Kathleen Vance: From the Woods
Nick Kline: Gilgo Beach
Soap Box Camp and Derby 2012
Patrick Cadenhead: Spring and Renewal
Felipe Mujica: One day this will NOT be yours
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