SO WHAT'S THE STORY BEHIND PRACTICE-BO-BACTICE?
Practice-Bo-Bactice is a series of video essays and conversations with some of the most engaging artists, musicians, writers and more working today. It is online, available to anyone, and designed for everyone.
What is practice? What does it look like day-to-day? What are people's recipes? Do we need to work non-stop/24-7 or can we just take ourselves less seriously and enjoy the process? Practice-bo-bactice is a glimpse into the intimate workings of these artists' lives, and its goal is to keep us connected with each other as well as to push us to live in a more authentic way.
MEET OUR GUESTS
Guests in the Practice-Bo-Bactice series include:
Composer Missy Mazzoli, nominated for a 2018 Grammy Award, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's composer-in-residence, and fierce advocate for young female-identifying composers
Artist Sheila Pepe, an award-winning multimedia artist and educator, whose wild and beautiful mid-career solo exhibition Hot Mess Formalism is currently traveling across museums throughout the United States
Flutist Claire Chase, a 2012 MacArthur Fellow and tireless performer, commissioner and advocate of new music, a founder of International Contemporary Ensemble and educator at Harvard University
Artist Jen Liu, a 2019 Creative Capital awardee, working in the fields of video, sculpture, biomaterial and performance, addressing pressing issues of race and gender
Composer Marcos Balter, whose emotionally visceral and intellectually complex music is performed worldwide, Guggenheim Foundation award-winning composer with prolific output
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein, a performer particularly known for her stunning interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach, plays solo recitals and concertos with orchestras around the world, has recordings on the Sony record label
Photography duo Tribble/Mancenido, comprised of Tracey Mancenido and Frank Tribble, whose compelling work has brought them from hot New York galleries to the truck stops of America
Artist Nat Castañeda, working in the fields of video and collage, recently featured in a video installation on New York City's Highline, also an Associated Press journalist and photographer
The Afield & The Afield School
We are The Afield--violinist Rebecca Fischer and visual artist Anthony Hawley--a NYC-based collaborative duo. We met at Columbia University in the late 90's, and we've been working together for years, making art and performing our work around the world.
In 2017 we started The Afield School, a mobile, pop-up arts experience serving and inspiring the larger community. We wanted to create something to adapt to a changing world, outside of existing institutional models. Since then, we've brought interdisciplinary workshops to various schools, festivals and organizations around the world, however we have been constantly striving to invent new platforms to reach more people. This is where the range and beauty of the internet and Practice-Bo-Bactice come in. We like to think of The Afield School as a multi-tendriled thing that is always changing just a little. Practice-Bo-Bactice is one of our tendrils.
We've already begun shooting episodes of Practice-Bo-Bactice in our studio in the Bronx and will finish shooting the first season in the next couple of months (all shoot dates for the first season are booked). The funds we raise will go towards equipment, production, editing and launch of the episodes.
We're so excited for you to be a part of this journey with us!
Rewards: Yes, t-shirts! Yes, get your name featured in the full-season video credits!
BUT ALSO, we're producing limited edition CHAPBOOKS for each artist, transcribing the conversations. This way you can enjoy the PBB talk in multiple ways AND have a collectible.
We are also offering a series of LIMITED EDITION PRINTS. These are still images taken from our Practice Bo Bactice shoots. These exist in a limited edition and we will do one per shoot. What's really cool? These will then be used to produce the cover of the chapbooks. What is else is really cool? They're a series--they'll all be the same idea--hands and materials. You can get one or the set!!! Here's an example below from Missy Mazzoli's shoot:
MORE ABOUT US
Praised for her “beautiful tone and nuanced phrasing” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), violinist Rebecca Fischer is sought after as a highly expressive, intuitive performer. First-violinist of the Chiara Quartet for 18 years until the group’s final season in 2018, she has toured internationally, held residencies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Harvard University, and premiered over 30 major works by composers such as Philip Glass and Gabriela Lena Frank. A skilled singing violinist, Rebecca has commissioned songs by Lisa Bielawa, Mathew Fuerst and others. A graduate of Columbia University and The Juilliard School, Rebecca teaches at the Mannes School of Music, and her writing on artistry and creativity has been featured in Strings Magazine and on her website: rebeccafischerviolin.com.
Anthony Hawley is a multidisciplinary artist and writer. His art has won him residencies and awards from the MacDowell Colony, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, and VCCA: Malta. He has exhibited and performed solo projects in venues throughout the United States, Italy and Malta, and his solo exhibition “Fault Diagnosis”—a five-day multimedia event—was produced by CounterCurrent, the Menil Collection, and Aurora Picture Show in Houston, Texas. He is the author of two collections of poetry and his writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, Modern Painters, and The Paris Review. Anthony holds degrees from the School for Visual Arts and Columbia University and teaches in the Hunter College MFA studio art program. artiswaydifferent.com
Risks and challenges
Creating new modes and models for education involves a lot of work. We’ve been researching and dreaming up new approaches to arts education for several years now, but…we’re growing this ourselves amidst our many other commitments, jobs, etc.
We are our own producers, directors, and editors. Anthony spends hours splicing, arranging and fine-tuning video and sound after shoots to make a final product that is unique to each conversation. Together, we have endless conversations about the right group of guests that span a diverse set of practices and people. Planning for the shoots entails developing a careful balance between researching, planning, and allowing for spontaneity. We craft and curate the conversation ahead of time, then throw some of our plans away to allow the moment to take over and let the discussion steer us. Basically, we want to create the highest quality series to offer to you and doing that takes an incredible amount of time! (Meanwhile we both teach at several art schools and institutions in NY, perform, exhibit, etc.).
But the time is nigh for Practice-Bo-Bactice and we need your help in making this all we have dreamt it to be! The Afield School is about mutability and changeability—it’s about creating an approach to education that is flexible and adaptable. Practice-Bo-Bactice, our online series, will be an invaluable component to this model and it’s utterly important to us that is available to everyone—young persons, adults, artists of all kinds, anyone and everyone. We can only do that with your help.
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