For 7 years, the Silent Barn has called 915 Wyckoff home. Originally, this space was built out by The Skeletons, a band that had already lived at Silent Barns in Williamsburg and near Oberlin College. Over the years, 915 Wyckoff transformed from Skeletons' practice studio into a fixture of Brooklyn's DIY underground. The many residents and friends that 915 Wyckoff has seen over the years have completely saturated the building with creativity and positive energy. We've had so many amazing shows that a new mop turns completely black as soon as it touches the floor.
Because of this series recent events, The Silent Barn will soon have a new address. Although this is an extremely painful decision for us, it's one that is necessary and ultimately very exciting as well. The Silent Barn has been a live-in space for its entire history. "Living in the stew" has been part of our mission as a venue, but it's also necessary financially - with rent dollars subsidizing the venue's costs, we were able to run Silent Barn with little regard for how much money we pull in through shows. After thorough research, it's become clear that because of the way our building and surrounding neighborhood are zoned, there is no way that we can rezone to allow residents to live at 915 Wyckoff. To appeal our case to the local government would take nearly a year - in the time it takes to appeal, Silent Barn would fall into irreparable debt. Given the amount of support we've received through Kickstarter, we need to be certain that when we reopen Silent Barn, we will be able to keep our doors open for years to come. There is simply no way for The Silent Barn to continue at 915 Wyckoff.
Nonetheless, all of us at Silent Barn are ecstatic about the possibilities of a new space and blank slate to be create with. In the coming months, we'll be hunting for a location that is ideal to our needs. Given our experience with the positives and negatives of our space at 915 Wyckoff, we'll be able to design a new space that will be better than before. It will be safer and more secure. It will maintain our symbol of living immersed in artistic expression. It will hopefully be completely disorienting to anybody who enters for the first time. With the opportunities of a new space, we’ll be able to give everybody who has supported us the Silent Barn that they deserve.
In the meantime, we need to get out of 915 Wyckoff by the end of the month. Through this week and weekend, we will need plenty of volunteers helping us cleaning up our space, and putting everything into boxes and loading it into trucks. Volunteers will see Peter Edwards’ glowing orb exhibit and see 915 Wyckoff for the last time. This is going to be a crazy, crazy week. Come and have fun with us and pay your last respects to this phase of our history.
If you would like to volunteer (and we sure need the hands this week!) please sign up to our group. If you haven’t check out the Casper Electronics installation, which will now be the final project in the space, check out these photos and video.
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Yum! A pack of Silent Barn Stickers.
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A Silent Barn T-Shirt, designed & screened by Eli Lehrhoff of DUBKNOWDUB.
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One Ticket to G Lucas Crane Gourmet Food and Tape Event :)
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Collection of 10 lovingly packaged cassettes from Partylab, and one special Silent Barn benefit compilation tape put together by Green Age "Records"
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Everything mentioned above. We carve your name into every mop, broom and dustpan in the house. We carve your likeness into something in the house. We all honor you as a modern Leo Medici.