Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DOEprojekts' Studio Workshop — Exploring Coreforms and Keywords

Studio Workshop Exploring Coreforms and Keywords

DOEprojekts recently held a community workshop in the Garment District, Manhattan. Participants were introduced to the conceptual basis for our socially-engaged art practice — Coreforms and Keywords — and then invited to respond to these concepts through various materials and written "prompts" that we provided. Some of the visual responses are shown in the photos above.

Participants were also invited to write about their experiences at the end of the workshop:


“The workshop was very engaging immediately with your presentation and invitation to explore. I also felt it was challenging but at the same time comforting to create something meaningful.”
— A. T., New York City


“My immediate connection was to the Coreforms. I love their simultaneous simplicity and complexity – in seeing the bright yellow felt, [the forms] invoked a happy face. However, the keywords invoked uncertainty. A wonderful, freedom and thought-provoking workshop!”
— E.G., New York City

“The studio workshop allowed a therapeutic expression of sorts – allowing mind to use Coreforms to create hybridity and diaspora – the process, not product was important – a blank space — free to create ANYTHING – [and the workshop] ‘prompts’ offered a starting point but no end – this can be continuous.” — C.F., New York City


“This workshop is great for all ages...” — R. A., New York City

DOEprojekts continues to develop experiences and create artifacts using Coreforms and cultural Keywords as points of departure, and invitations to interact, engaging both the art knowledgeable and the art curious. If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring a workshop for a group, please contact us through our website or at DOEprojekts@gmail.com.



Saturday, January 31, 2015

Coreforms and Keywords — Diaspora and Hybridity



Coreforms and Keywords — Diaspora and Hybridity
DOEprojekts continues to develop experiences and create artifacts using Coreforms and cultural Keywords as points of departure, and invitations to interact, engaging both the art knowledgeable and the art curious.

We are presently preparing for a March 2015 installation at the Hyde Park Art Center's Muller Meeting Room. The installation will be funded by a 3Arts Matching Grant. We plan to install 7 graphite drawings titled "Gestures of Hybridity." Each drawing, when traced with a stylus, will trigger sounds related to abstract associations related to hybridity. 

"Gestures of Hybridity" is influenced by readings related to two cultural keywords — Diaspora and Hybridity. Definitions of "diaspora" include "constant renewal of identity through creative hybridity." Hybridity is the "trend to blend"  -- blending of visuals and sounds, blending of artists and participating viewers, blending of experiences and artifacts.










Gestures of Hybridity —Artifact

DOEprojekts is currently working an artifact that is a hybrid of Coreforms — zero, one, hyphen, tilde, and period (circles, vertical and horizontal lines, swashes and points). We developed the abstract artifact after working on the large graphite drawings. 

Will it be part of a stylus that will produce sound on the graphite drawings? 

Will it be an artifact to be worn? 

Will it be an enormous bronze sculpture?

Will it be a trivet?

Only time will tell. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Grants and Goals for 2015





















Grants and Goals for 2015
DOEprojekts is pleased to have been selected for the upcoming 2015 3Arts Artist Projects Matching Grant program. We are currently planning several projects for 2015, using the cultural keyword "Diaspora" and "Hybridity" as points of departure for, and invitations to interact with, objects and experiences in exhibition environments, public spaces, and with art & culture audiences.  Our contemporary definition of diaspora includes "the constant renewal of identity through creative hybridity." The following photos show drawing and printmaking works in progress:

















Chairs for Humanity and the Adaptive Design Association
DOEprojekts was honored to be chosen as two of thirty artists/designers to contribute to "Chairs for Humanity" sponsored by the Adaptive Design Association (ADA) in 2015. Our unique chairs represented two of our most successful projects in 2014:  "Backbone" and "Landmark home." We look forward to a continuing relationship with ADA, and also an exciting and creative year in 2015!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DOEprojekts in Dialog: ManifestO

DOEprojekts in Dialog: "ManifestO" 
This autumn, DOEprojekts has been in dialog with Anaïs Duplan and Kione Kochi, lead artists, writers, and performers for ManifeStation, a manifesto writing project.

DOEprojekts and ManifeStation 
We met face-to-face with ManifeStation at the Flux Factory in Long Island City, NY, and spoke about our passions, our hopes and fears, where we have been and where we hope to go with our art and cultural practice. 

In four weeks time, Duplan and Kochi responded via email with a beautifully written "ManifestO" that summarized our dialog. We have edited and adjusted some of their words (as would be expected), but we feel that ManifeStation has made a great contribution in regards to clarifying our ideas and concepts. We are grateful and indebted to ManifeStation for their work on the behalf of DOEprojekts' current ManifestO, which appears below:

0. DOEprojekts is a socially-energized art and cultural practice initiated by Deborah Adams Doering and led by Deborah and Glenn N. Doering.
0. DOEprojekts' interdisciplinary work concerns Coreforms and Keywords.

1. Coreforms are zeroes, ones, hyphens, tildes, periods.
They are essential. They are ontological.
1. Coreforms are circles, vertical lines, horizontal lines, swashes and dots.
They are points of departure. They are invitations to interact.

1. Keywords are a lexicon significantly influenced by our contemporary English language and those persons who speak/write English. Keywords are significant and difficult.
1. Keywords trace the intellectual history of cultural production and reproduction. There are no permanent definitions, only contextualized meanings. Revisions are required and anticipated.

—. Coreforms are ciphers: our world is increasingly encoded in the language of Coreforms.
—. Keywords are keys: this encoded world can be deciphered using the Cultural and Societal Keywords.

~. Movement is a Keyword. Movement allows shifts in perspective.
~. A Zero moving in space can appear as a tilde. Or one. Or hyphen. Or "O". Or period.

0. Zero is Nothing.
1. One is Something.
~. The concept of Zero in Movement seen as One is the concept of Nothing in Movement seen as Something. This is significant and difficult.

O. We are interested in the intersection of concept and corporeality, experiences and artifacts.
O. We are interested in thought or concept expressed as object or form.
O. Objectmaking is inherently corporeal. Objectmaking is movement of limbs, bodies, persons to perform the creative act; i.e., production of Object/s, i.e., production of Something, i.e., production of Artifact.
O. Our conceptual thought is materialized by the hands of DOEprojekts participants. Our conceptual thought is made legible by Coreforms.

We share our work with a dual audience: the art-knowledgeable and the art-interested.

www.DOEprojekts.org
www.DOEprojekts.com

Sunday, October 19, 2014

DOEprojekts Discusses "Manifest O" with ManifeStation

DOEprojekts Discusses "Manifest O" with ManifeStation, a manifesto writing project
ManifeStation was performed by Anaïs Duplan, Kione Kochi, and Danielle Freiman, as part of UtopiaSchool, hosted by Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY, October 2014

ManifeStation: Question 1 -- Who are you? What are your interests and passions?

DOEprojekts: We are DOEprojekts, a socially-engaged art practice, led by Deborah Adams Doering and Glenn N. Doering. Our interests and passions include exploring cultural Coreforms (Zero, One, Hyphen, Tilde, Period) and Keywords as a platform to invite the public (John DOE, Jane DOE) to participate in experiences/interactions and artifacts/object-making that move us toward greater awareness. We are interested in experiences and artifacts that move us toward the common good.

ManifeStation: Question 2 -- What is the topic of the manifesto you are requesting?

DOEprojekts: We invite ManifeStation to collaborate with us, re-introducing and refining DOEprojekt’s previous “Manifest O” in 2012.

DOEprojekts “Manifest O” 2012
DOEprojekts first participatory “Manifest O” is a large 9’ x 21’ (2,7 x 6,4 meter) embroidered tapestry featuring Coreforms. “Manifest O” was first displayed at the Amtsgericht in Kassel, Germany in 2012.  Our partners and collaborators 2012 are listed at the end of an essay about our “Just Us at Work” art action. 
Our main partner in the creation of the “Manifest O” was the Keiskamma Art Project (KAP), South Africa.

We were pleased to participate in ManifeStation on Saturday, October 18, 2014 and look forward to your project’s contribution (to be published in a future blog entry).

ManifeStation:  Question 3 -- What do you want this manifesto to accomplish?

DOEprojekts: The purpose of our current “Manifest O” in 2014-2015 is to re-introduce and re-affirm our intentions. If we had to choose only one word to summarize “Manifest O” it would be the cultural Keyword “Movements.”  DOEprojekt's cultural Coreforms are: Zero, One, Hyphen, Tilde, Period. (Circle, Horizontal and Vertical lines, Swash, and Point). These forms are united – and, in fact, may be seen as a single form – through movement(s).

ManifeStation:  Question 4 -- What are your hopes and fears?

DOEprojekts: Our hopes: continuing community connections, creating experiences and artifacts that serve the artistic cultural common good. Our fears include: stagnation (non-movement), isolation, ignorance, ennui, and disinterest.

ManifeStation:  Question 5 -- Are there other manifestos that you really like?

DOEprojekts: We appreciate manifestos that move us – Thomas More’s Utopia would be an example. (Utopia is a Keyword).

ManifeStation:  Question 6 -- Do you already have a manifesto that you would like to share?

DOEprojekts: Our first “Manifest O” is mentioned above, and we have shared that with you -- something to be considered as we re-introduce and refine our “Manifest O” for 2014 and beyond.

Other resources given to ManifeStation:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Wetware/Wetwear" at "Reflecting on Olana"





DOEprojekts "Wetware/Wetwear" at Catwalk Institute, Catskill, NY
DOEprojekts (Deborah Adams Doering + Glenn N. Doering) exhibited their participatory art action "Wetware/Wetwear" during the Sept 13, 2014 event "Reflecting on OLANA," curated by Purcell Palmer and Fawn Potash.
DOEprojekts worked with an invasive Hudson River species called the Eurasian Water Chestnut, creating a mantle that resembles a life jacket. 
"Wetware/Wetware" incorporated over 2000 individual Eurasian Water Chestnuts that the artists collected from the Hudson River bank, then polished, drilled, and intricately assembled.
The title of the work "Wetware/Wetware" reflects DOEprojekt's ongoing interest and research related to cultural Coreforms and Keywords.
"WetWARE" is a media term used to describe the elements equivalent to hardware and software found in a person, namely the central nervous system and the human mind. 
"WetWEAR" describes wearable items, such as life preservers and life jackets, that are worn in or near bodies of water.
Over a dozen participants donned "Wetware/Wetwear" during DOEprojekts' residency, and became part of the Catskill, NY, landscape in both body and mind.
DOEprojekts welcomes inquiries about opportunities to create future participatory art actions that engage the public, both the art knowledgeable and the art curious. 
More information about DOEprojekts' public art works, and contact information, may be found at DOEprojekts.org.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

DOEprojekts at Catwalk Institute Art Residency



DOEprojekts "Wetware/Wetwear" at Catwalk Institute, Catskill, NY
DOEprojekts -- Deborah Adams Doering + Glenn N. Doering -- are invited by the Catwalk Institute to develop a participatory art action for the Sept 13, 2014 event "Reflecting on OLANA."
Doerings have chosen to work with an invasive Hudson River species, the Eurasian Water Chestnut. They are creating a mantle for visitors to put on. The mantle will resemble a life jacket and will incorporate over 2000 individual Eurasian Water Chestnuts that they have polished and joined together, after collecting them from the Hudson River bank.
The title of the work "Wetware/Wetware" reflects DOEprojekt's ongoing interest and research related to cultural Coreforms and Keywords.
"WetWARE" is a media term used to describe the elements equivalent to hardware and software found in a person, namely the central nervous system and the human mind. 
"WetWEAR" describes wearable items, such as life preservers and life jackets, that are worn in or near bodies of water.
Visitors to the Catwalk Institute will be invited to put on "Wetware/Wetwear" and become part of the Catwalk Institute landscape in both body and mind.
More information about DOEprojekts' past work may be found at DOEprojekts.org.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BACKBONE & THE BEAST



















THE BEAST
John Preus' THE BEAST was created as a space for cultural inquiry, public dialogue and creative production within the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC). 

Preus transformed the HPAC's main gallery's interior with a complex architectural framework inspired by the form of a dead steer -- a signifier of sacrifice, violence, atonement, and other rich and complex cultural interactions. He fabricated the structure from discarded wood and furniture from recently closed Chicago Public Schools. More information may be found at http://johnpreus.com

Preus and the HPAC invited community groups and art collaborations were invited to participate in THE BEAST -- including DOEprojekts.


BACKBONE
People of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities participated in the art action BACKBONE as part of John Preus' THE BEAST.

Backbone is a custom "mantle" made of African fish vertebrae, Asian bovine bone, and US stainless steel. Participants are invited to put on BACKBONE with the help of DOEprojekts (Deborah Adams Doering + Glenn N. Doering), creators of the BACKBONE mantle. Selected photos are posted at www.DOEprojekts.com and www.DOEprojekts.org.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Landmark Series — "home" in the Pacific Northwest



Landmark "home" in Plain, Washington
DOEprojekts (Deborah Adams Doering + Glenn N. Doering) continues their Landmark Series "home" in the Pacific Northwest -- specifically, Plain, Washington -- at the foot of the Cascade Mountains.

The town of Plain is home to the Grünewald Guild, a community of artists and artisans. Snowcapped peaks, rushing waters and golden meadows inspire and create an environment in which ALL people are welcome to artistically learn and grow. Exploring the relationship between art and faith often undergirds Guild artists.

DOEprojekts thanks the MANY people who helped install Landmark "home." Special thanks goes to Carey Adams Harsin (pinecone gathering), Sarah Jane Gray (assisting with photography and video), Dan and Lois Oberg (Guild leadership) and Doug McLeod (art sherpa).

Our Landmark Series incorporates cultural keywords such as "home," one of over 100 cultural keywords cited by social scientists as having qualities of "significance but difficulty" in both public discourse and a broad spectrum of academic disciplines.







Landmark "home" installation
The 51 foot stencil took 3 days to draw and cut. The stencil was first used in Riverwoods, IL, as part of the exhibition Avian Spirits. The "home" stencil was then shipped to Plain, WA. Installation of Landmark "home" took 3 days, including the collection of over 1000 pine cones found in the local environment. The installation is temporary and will cause no harm to the environment.
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Environmental factors
DOEprojekts' installation of Landmark "home" was influenced by the beauty, but also vulnerability, of the Plain Valley, often under a  Level  1 or Level 2 evacuation alert due to local forest fires.