The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

ARC Summer Series at A.P.E Gallery

ARC Summer Series at A.P.E Gallery
June 26 to August 5, 2017

ARC, activate, research, create, follows the success of A.P.E.'s 2016 summer series 6 x 6, and launches A.P.E.'s second curated summer program. ARC continues the investigation of a contemporary art gallery as an active space within the community. From June 26 to August 5, 2017, A.P.E. will host four projects that consist of collaborative performance, a textual interactive installation, video installation/live performance, and immersive sound installation. During each 1-2 week residency, artists will create and shape work in the gallery space, which will be open to the public through a variety of workshops, performances, and interactive installations. Each project maintains a central inquiry into the relationship between the public, the work, and the space in which it is made.

The four projects are:

June 26-July 1: Unfinishing/ Barbie Diewald & Kate Seethaler
Choreographers Barbie Diewald and Kate Seethaler will seek out the post-finished dimension of a dance’s trajectory to explore what can happen to a dance after the final iteration. The two artists will bring their latest works, their research ephemera, and ten collaborating dancers into A.P.E to blur the edges of what it means to share space in order to mesh, destruct and create anew. In addition to an extended daily practice in the A.P.E. gallery, open to the public, the group will hold three evening performances that document the days’ unfinishing efforts.
Barbie Diewald, Kate Seethaler

July 7 – 22: The Debriti Show/ JonMarc Edwards

The Debriti Show is an interactive installation that comments on the power of language and communication. It is set in what at first appears to be an apothecary or medical marijuana dispensary, but rather than marijuana, it dispenses text, words and poetry. In our current political climate and in a world where much of our communication takes place in 140 character tweets, the Debriti Show could not be more timely!

July 23- 29: Projects in Place/ Wendy Woodson

Projects in Place combines theater, video and dance installation. Choreographer Wendy Woodson will work on several new emerging projects in sound, text, movement and video. Workshops and performances of works in progress will be part of the week residency. Wendy Woodson is a choreographer, director, writer and video artist. She is

Artistic Director of Present Company Inc. and is the Roger C. Holden Professor of Theater and Dance at Amherst College.

July 30 – August 5: Sound Installation/Jake Meginsky

A dynamic intersection of music, sound and architecture, this project seeks to directly engage listeners with the normally unheard sonic properties of everyday structures and settings by using pure electronics and electro-magnetic transducers to set architectural spaces and materials into vibration.

Funding for this project was provided in part from The Art Angels through the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

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