Greetings! The 8th annual residency for the International Interdisciplinary Artists Consortium is happening August 18th-22nd, 2019 at Earthdance- an artist-run retreat center in Western Massachusetts. Eighteen artists from Croatia, Germany, Mexico, North Macedonia, Poland and the U.S. (California, Massachusetts and New York) will gather for four days of exchanging approaches to making work and to engage in dialogue sessions about interdisciplinary performance and its role in education and in different cultural contexts. Immediately following our time together, we will serve as teachers for the Moving Arts Lab, August 22nd-25th - a three day festival of workshops open to the general public. Included in the weekend is a larger dialogue session, offering a connection between the residency and lab and a direct engagement with all participants. We will also offer a faculty performance.
I need your support to help cover some of the travel expenses for the residency artists/teachers, plus room and board at Earthdance during our stay. For the last five years I have run successful fundraising campaigns, in major part to your contributions. This year, as with the last four, I am continuing to have all of the teachers for the Lab present for the entire duration of the residency. Previously I was only able to support a smaller group of artists participating in this portion of the project.
In a culture that continually devalues artists and their contributions, it has been important to me to provide this opportunity to artists without them having to incur any out-of-pocket expenses. The residency and lab are spaces where we can continue to identify and support the values that we share, and that are in danger of being lost in a world of distraction, divisiveness, overwhelming violence and instant gratification. We will also continue to identify our individual and collective resources toward further supporting our individual artistic projects, engaging with various communities throughout the world.
The International Interdisciplinary Artists Consortium (IIAC) is a network of performing and creative artists, educators and producers working across artistic disciplines and continental divides. The body and movement are central to the consortium’s practice, research and dialogue.
The objective of the IIAC is three-fold:
-to engage in artists' residencies that offer opportunities for knowledge exchange which feed into larger social and educational structures (i.e. workshops, festivals and academia)
-to identify and sustain methods for sharing resources and values
-to expand a network of partners
Established in 2012, IIAC has since grown to include over 60 artists living and/or working in such countries as Australia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Curaçao, England, Finland, Germany, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Poland, Puerto Rico, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, and Uruguay, and from within the U.S. in states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York and Pennsylvania.
This year's roster includes:
- Esther Baker-Tarpaga (Philadelphia, PA)
- Deborah Black (NYC/Europe)
- Daniel Bear Davis (Williamsburg, MA)
- Krista DeNio (Berkeley, CA)
- Debra Disbrow (Brooklyn, NY)
- Federico Hewson (Berlin, Germany)
- Ivana Ivković (Zagreb, Croatia)
- Martín Lanz Landázuri (Mexico City, Mexico)
- Arely Landeros (Mexico City, Mexico)
- LEIMAY (Ximena Garnica & Shige Moriya - Brooklyn, NY)
- Thea Little (Brooklyn, NY)
- Agnieszka Mendel (Wygnanowice, Poland)
- Deirdre Morris (Plainfield, MA)
- Odeya Nini (Los Angeles, CA)
- Iskra Sukarova (Skopje, North Macedonia)
- Larissa Velez-Jackson (Brooklyn, NY)
- Edisa Weeks (Brooklyn, NY)
For more information, please visit www.interdisciplinaryartistsconsortium.com
Peter Sciscioli, Interdisciplinary Performer, Creator, Educator and Producer
Risks and challenges
The main challenge I face is financial. If I don't find support then I will have ongoing out-of-pocket expenses, and I will have to forfeit any fee for my time and work. It may also jeopardize another possibility for me to continue creating these kinds of opportunities in the future.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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