We're so excited to welcome our first residents on Friday! Click here to see a list of their names, or visit their websites to learn more about them. Remember that we've got more pictures and you can keep abreast of our activities this summer at: www.shandakenproject.org/new.
In only two short weeks we've made an immense amount of progress at the Shandaken Project! For larger images and more pictures of the prep work, visit http://www.shandakenproject.org/new/. Thank you all for your donations, which made this work possible!
Studio site #1.
Studio site #2.
Studio site #3.
We trucked in the first round of lumber ourselves (made possible by our barbarian loaner car, The Weist Beast).
Half of one of the floor frames, constructed in the driveway.
Meanwhile, in the garden, our friend Andrew ripped out the shrubbery that had consumed the northeastern half, after years of neglect. He has a backhoe!
Beds for brassicas like kale, pac choi, and cabbage.
While digging, we found a snake egg.
Our rock bank. The ground in the Catskills is almost comically rocky—this is the yield from only five beds. Future dividends may include paths and walls.
Digging a level hole is more difficult than you might imagine.
So is mixing concrete.
But Kant and Andy had fun doing it at the third site.
Nick had to put his back into it.
The studios are anchored to the blocks using J-bolts.
The first floor frame is laid.
THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Shandaken Project's Kickstarter Campaign! We're absolutely floored that not only did we reach our goal, but we surpassed it by a considerable amount!
It's thanks to you that this essential new program will be able to provide significant amounts of support for process and experimentation by creative producers. Stay tuned for the announcement of who will be coming for a residency in 2012!
We're busy digging beds for the garden, installing the deer fencing you helped to buy, and prepping to build the studios that you made possible. We've got limited internet access here, but we hope to be in touch again soon!
Until then, big hugs from our mountaintop! Get ready for that BBQ!
We're so pleased with the great cover story on the Shandaken Project by Kyle Chayka that came out this afternoon in Artinfo! He articulates some really important ideas that separate Shandaken from the rest of the pack—particularly that we oppose the top-down funding model used by so many institutions, and that the time spent in our organic vegetable garden will benefit residents' practices as much as it will their endeavors in the kitchen!
He also discusses the great studios we're planning, quoting their designer Kant Smith, when he explains how they will strengthen residents' sense of place: "the person working inside the studio feels immediately connected to the surrounding landscape, through sight, smell, sound, even weather."
The Shandaken Project's eco-friendly studio designs, garden ideas, and location are all carefully planned parts of a whole package! The Catskills and nearby Hudson River Valley have a rich cultural history that we hope will excite our residents, and we think that early American philosophers were onto something in their ideas about how a sublime landscape affects individuals. We are gunning for a win-win scenario in which 1) working respectfully with natural ecologies helps preserve our increasingly at-risk environment AND benefits our residents' practices, and 2) working communally supports a high quality of life for the residents while making the organization more sustainable.
Thank you for helping us to turn those goals into realities!
The Shandaken Project might be physically located two hours from the city, but ideologically we're right next to the vanguard institutions that make New York City a vibrant site of cultural production. We're honored that Creative Time, The Kitchen, and Triple Canopy have all voiced their support of the Shandaken Project on their curated pages:
Creative Time and The Kitchen were both founded at a time when the city was in turmoil and artists could make use of the raw material of the urban experience to enhance their means of production. Both continue to inspire us as artist-centered institutions that support experimentation and have kept not only apace but ahead of each bend in the intellectual road for the past thirty-five years.
By now of course, the landscape has changed drastically, and the young institution Triple Canopy has already proven itself a leader amongst giants by using new technologies for global impact while keeping strong roots in its community.
Thank you to the individuals at all three organizations who have been instrumental in supporting their little sister the Shandaken Project!
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You're invited to our first big party! Get a ticket to a rollicking, all-day art party in the woods on Saturday, July 28. There will be swimming, hikes, BBQ, and a special midnight performance by Bruno Coviello of Light Asylum! We'll also acknowledge your generosity on our website: because you helped us build our studios!Estimated delivery:
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ONLY ONE AVAILABLE! Have your own private residency one weekend this summer, during a 2-night, 3-day stay in a gorgeous house in Catskill, NY. This one-bedroom, one-bath beauty is nestled into the side of a mountain and looks across a three-mile gorge onto a forested expanse. Grill yourself some organic veggies from the farm stand down the road or just relax with a glass of vino and watch the sunset from the wraparound porch. Visit the Shandaken Project if you'd like, and we'll even cook you dinner! This vacation home is offered Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 15, 2012. You will also receive all five mixtapes, an overnight ticket the weekend of the 28th, invitations to our hike and canning workshop, jars of goodies, and an acknowledgement on our website.Estimated delivery:
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