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American Arts Incubator: Request for Qualifications for Artists Access PDF version of request for qualifications American Arts Incubator (AAI) is a creative exchange program that utilizes community-driven digital and new media art projects to instigate dialogue, build...

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Announcing the 2019 American Arts Incubator Cohort

American Arts Incubator (AAI) is an international new media and digital arts exchange program developed by ZERO1 in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. AAI was created to support the collaboration of American...

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A Cultural Puzzle

I am so proud, again, of all the participants as individuals and as teams. There are a few other notable teams that were crucial in realizing these project work: ZERO1, L’Uzine, and the American Consulate in Casablanca. I want to thank them for their help in...

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No Word for “Empowerment” in Polish?!

We are more than halfway into American Arts Incubator — Poland, and it has been an amazing journey witnessing our growth, development, and empowerment of participants and myself through the “Layers of Life” workshop. Layers of Life // First Day from Amy Karle....

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Emergent Tributaries and Beyond

It’s been an incredible month at IZOLYATSIA, and I can’t believe how far we’ve come! March 29th was the opening reception for Emergent Tributaries at IZONE, showcasing collaborative works from the community groups as well as myself. The name of the exhibition is...

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Works in Progress II

The participants have worked so incredibly hard to create insightful and beautiful projects. Clay animals on map from event by the Littorale group. Still from video by Amine Krafi, Loubna El Ghallab, and Taha Azale. With impressive tenacity and efficiency in a short...

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Works in Progress

After completing and presenting their initial research and another ideation session, participants formed project groups — some related to the previous research, some new. The groups are collecting, creating, designing, iterating, revamping, and installing their...

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Memory Data Art in Space

I am so thrilled to work with this incredible cohort: a group of philosophers and artists with a wide range of artistic and technical talents with passions that include history and memory, environmental causes and science, as well as social justice and art. There is...

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The Language That Only Art Can Speak

The process of making art is like the process of exploring yourself. For me, it is one and the same. Making art is a process of exploring myself and the world around me, making sense of it in a way that is beyond the thinking mind… from a place of all of these...

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Getting Ready for Casablanca

"The long poem of walking manipulates spatial organizations… it is neither foreign to them… nor in conformity with them." —Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life I am so humbled by this opportunity to simultaneously teach and learn in Casablanca this March....

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Orientation Week Kicks off AAI 2018 in San Francisco

“Political VR” “Collaborative trust” “Fearless science fiction” “Speculative architecture” These are just a handful of the phrases captured from conversations about selected artists’ work during last week’s American Arts Incubator (AAI) orientation. The six artists...

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Reflections: Bangkok and My Students

It’s hard to for me to believe that it’s been a month since the exchange has ended. The time was intense, rewarding, and the effects of the experience difficult to describe — but I’ll do my best. I’ve never done anything quite like this: worked for a month in a...

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Exposición del Colombo Americano

Opening night. The exhibition at Colombo Americano was a huge success! All of the teams came together to pull off an amazing show. In total, we had four groups who produced seven projects now on display in the gallery. The work ranged from video projection mapping,...

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Community Projects Progress Report

Our four teams have been working diligently on their community projects. I asked each one to submit a progress report and got different types of responses. Here they are in raw form with just a bit of editing on my part. Each one is headlined by a nickname for their...

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Community Projects Underway

How do you figure out who will be in the four (and only four) groups to develop collaborative artworks — what we call community projects? With 20 workshop participants, I was hoping to get five in each group, and this was a challenge for me to tackle. On a sheet of A4...

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Self-Guided Khlong Tour

When you get to a new place, get lost. Wander in space, wander in time. I adhere to the words of Rebecca Solnit in A Field Guide to Getting Lost and often find myself in the moment in a new city. I finally had some free time during the American Arts Incubator program...

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Project Development

The community project descriptions below were written by participants in American Arts Incubator — Colombia and focus on social inclusion and peace in the country. These projects were initiated during Nathan Ober's Incubator workshop and will continue to develop after...

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Probing the World for Sounds of Peace

Last week, I took a small group on a field recording expedition. We hiked up a short mountain peak close to where I've been staying. As we traveled further up the side of the mountain, the city sounds began to dissipate and blur into a sea of fragmented voices and...

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Very Hot, Very Cold

I arrived in Bangkok a couple days ago. Here, you cannot escape the physical effects of the place. It is humid and muggy outside, and once you're inside, your sweat dries from the blasts of AC and you become very cold. This is the dialogue I quickly experienced:...

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Welcome to Medellín!

I am just getting used to the busy sounds of the city here in Medellín, Colombia. As I approach the final hour before the American Arts Incubator program officially takes off, I am completely inspired and spellbound by what I have seen so far. During my first week, I...

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15 Days Until Takeoff

With just 15 days left to go, I’m both nervous and excited about the upcoming American Arts Incubator experience in Thailand. Life is getting busy here. After some back-and-forth brainstorming with Bangkok Art and Culture Center American Arts, we came up with the name...

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What Constitutes an Artist Community?

What constitutes an artist community? And how can art contribute to and challenge political processes? As I prepare for my upcoming exchange trip to Colombia, I am asking these questions and finding answers in unlikely places. I’ve been living off of the grid in DIY...

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Makerspace Show-and-Tell

The day of the showcase has finally arrived! The doors were opened for the public to come and see our work. To my own surprise there were a large number of attendees, including many curious pedestrians who wandered in. A few hours into the event, we had our panel...

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In Guatemala a Makerspace is Born

The community project descriptions below were written by participants in American Arts Incubator — Guatemala. All four projects are collaborating to form a single makerspace, each contributing to an aspect of the whole. These projects were initiated during Balam...

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Paseo Prototyping Festival

This past weekend I was asked to take part in the San José Paseo Public Prototyping Festival as a representative of ZERO1’s American Arts Incubator (AAI) program. The festival was created to celebrate the culmination of the San José State University Paseo Prototyping...

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