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 by 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 (Brooklyn, NY), Prosjektrom Normanns (Norway), Videokaffe (International), Healing Arts Initiative (Queens, NY), Rawiya (International), guerilla-art.mx (Mexico), SiTE:LAB (Grand Rapids, MI), Boa Mistura (Spain), Dimensions Variable (Miami, FL), iCollective (International), Another Space (Denmark)
Videokaffe presents Para-sites & Proto-types, a participatory installation at Open Source Gallery.
During Para-sites & Proto-types Videokaffe, an art collective known for occupying spaces for intensive work periods, will harness their members’ specialties and skills to create artwork, experiences, and environments within Open Source. Para-sites & Proto-types will transform the gallery into a “science-garage-arcade,” using the space as a combination exhibition venue, cafeteria, and workshop that will be open to the public.
Throughout March, Videokaffe will work onsite at the gallery, feeding off the environment to create work from ready-made, found, and recycled objects. They will exhibit their methods of working, encouraging conversation with the public–and inviting interested viewers to participate in various aspects of the project. Instead of installing finished work within the gallery, however, Videokaffe will explode Para-sites & Proto-types out into the gallery’s surroundings, planting their parasitic creations on trees, sidewalks, walls, and lamp posts. By recycling objects and feeding off of interactions with the public, Para-sites & Proto-types will integrate art into the urban architecture surrounding Open Source, celebrating how art nurtures the environment and how the environment nurtures art.
Videokaffe is an international artist group with a background in visual arts, sound and engineering. The members are professionals in various forms of art and craft: sculpture, video production, new media art, boat building, clocksmithing, art education and music. Through their exhibitions and residencies the group researches and engages with a variety of fields such as oscillation and frequency, fluid and gas dynamics, mechanics and movement, sound, light and picture. Videokaffe has exhibited across the globe, at spaces such as Gallery LUDA (Russia), Galleria Titanik (Finland), Wäinö Aaltonen Museum (Finland), Wassaic Summer Festival (USA), and Städtische Galerie Bremen (Germany). In April Videokaffe will also exhibit at One Art Space in Manhattan, NY.
April 2-29, 2016
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.
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.
guerilla-art.mx 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 guerilla-art.mx collective.
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 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.
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.
Dimensions Variable is an exhibition space committed to the presentation and support of contemporary art. Through a collaborative exchange with artists and institutions, Dimensions Variable develops an exhibition program that is engaging and compelling. Dimensions Variable was founded in 2009 by artists Frances Trombly and Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova who currently collaborate and co-direct the project space.
i Collective is an organic collaborative platform of artists, curators and scientists working in the intersection of arts, urban interventions and socially engaged projects. As a horizontal network, they explore the interaction of individual experiences and collective ideas, recombining the notions of private and public. Using different approaches, like the artistic-situational, they develop strategies that activate citizens in order to re-imagine the cityscape. Following this goal, i Collective proposes platforms that foster the configuration of symbolic places, as well as the creation of temporary communities that meet for a collective creative purpose. i Collective started in 2009. With different backgrounds and practices, they met in Berlin. Informal chats became passionate discussions, in which they shared our interest in combining our artistic work with the context they were living in, in a collective way. So they put their energies together and realised projects in different contexts and countries, like the parallel events of Manifesta 8 Biennial (2010, Spain) and Manifesta 9 (2012, Belgium), 48-Hours Neukölln Festival (2009, Germany), OpenArt Örebro (2013, Sweden), Buenos Aires Museums Night (2012, Argentina), Schmiede (2011, Austria), School of Intermedia Art, Hangzhou (2013, China), a.o. After all this work, i Collective continues exploring the concepts of public realm and communities, exploring new models of participation, self-management, creative uses of new technologies and cross-disciplinary methodology.
Transcendental Tactility | Press Release | Artist Bios | Facebook Event February 10-27, 2016 Opening Reception: February 13, 2015 Prosjektrom Normanns presents Transcendental Tactility, a multi-media exhibition, at Open Source Gallery. Transcendental Tactility is a group exhibition curated by Norwegian artist-run space Prosjektrom Normanns that will explore abstract, poetic, and lyric expressions of existence and […]
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
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