Blog

Postcards from the Future: Collaborative Visions for Lima

Postcards from the Future: Collaborative Visions for Lima

It’s been a little over a month since the American Arts Incubator — Peru (AAI Peru) program was completed. Reflecting back on the month-long exchange, the global pandemic and virtual format did not dampen the enthusiasm and brilliance of the participating artists. Instead, it challenged us to adapt and respond to the moment, framed by the past…

read more
That Cold Fire (Esse Fogo Frio)

That Cold Fire (Esse Fogo Frio)

On the night of Thursday, March 12, 2020, American artist Santiago X exhibited a video of his piece, “ATICINTOLOCA: Man and The Black Snake” to a full auditorium at the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center in Belo Horizonte (CCBB BH). The performance of the indigenous-futurist artist, born to the Kossati and Chamoru nations…

read more
Portals for Healing: Breathing Life into Art & Technology

Portals for Healing: Breathing Life into Art & Technology

The entirety of this experience, from beginning to end, is something I will cherish and continue to be inspired by as I go forward in my art practice. From the relationships forged on the ground to my amazement of the vision and voices of the participants, and for our entire team’s resilience and creative pivoting in response to the pandemic, I am forever grateful…

read more
My Story, Many Stories

My Story, Many Stories

American Arts Incubator — Colombia, entitled “Laboratorio en las Fronteras,” brought together a group of 28 visual artists, filmmakers, creative producers, musicians, educators, and social advocates to explore migration and identity in the context of the Colombia/Venezuela border crisis. Just as I was about to begin a journey to Barranquilla to lead the lab in person, the world went on lockdown…

read more
Lima 2100: Collective Resilience through Adaptive Urbanism

Lima 2100: Collective Resilience through Adaptive Urbanism

The recent global pandemic has disrupted all of our lives, while highlighting a myriad of “wicked problems” facing cities. In just a matter of months, cities look and feel different. For many, we are looking at them out our window or within the small perimeter in our neighborhood. The isolation during shelter-in-place has shed light on…

read more
Augment Earth: Embedded Futures in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Augment Earth: Embedded Futures in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

I’m writing this blog post in the midst of final preparations for my journey, as I leave wintry Chicago en route for summertime in Belo Horizonte, Brazil! This will be my very first trip to Brazil, and my first ever visit to South America. I’m excited to meet the partners on the ground, get settled in, and make some waves with the 25 participants …

read more
INTELLIGENT UKRAINE

INTELLIGENT UKRAINE

I first visited Kyiv Ukraine in 1992, the first year of Perestroika, and again in 1993. I met Ukrainian artists in New York City by chance during an open art studio day in Brooklyn, and one of the artists I met was from Kyiv. She spontaneously invited me to visit her hometown, saying she would set me up with a place to stay (this was pre-AirBnb)…

read more
Reflections on AAI — Amplify 2019

Reflections on AAI — Amplify 2019

Group shot of Amplify 2019 participants. Photo by Shamsher Virk. This past month, we completed our second annual summer exchange program, American Arts Incubator — Amplify. Six promising emerging leaders, Eloy Monter Hernández, Minju Do, Reginald Nkululeko Sedibe,...

read more
Apply now for American Arts Incubator 2020

Apply now for American Arts Incubator 2020

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...

read more
Announcing the 2019 American Arts Incubator Cohort

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...

read more
A Cultural Puzzle

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...

read more
Emergent Tributaries and Beyond

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...

read more
Works in Progress II

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...

read more
Works in Progress

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...

read more
Memory Data Art in Space

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...

read more
The Language That Only Art Can Speak

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...

read more
Getting Ready for Casablanca

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....

read more
Orientation Week Kicks off AAI 2018 in San Francisco

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...

read more
Announcing Artists for the 2018 American Arts Incubator

Announcing Artists for the 2018 American Arts Incubator

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...

read more
Community Projects Underway

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...

read more
Self-Guided Khlong Tour

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...

read more

American Arts Incubator is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs developed in partnership with ZERO1.

Visit exchanges.state.gov
Visit zero1.org
info@zero1.org
T +1 408.909-3761

Contact Us

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.