Tuesday, May 19, 2015

1:54 African Contemporary and Frieze Art Fairs — Fast Forward to the Future

DOEprojekts was pleased to view and participate in several art projects and cultural programs offered by 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair NYC and Frieze NYC.

At 1:54 African Art Fair, we spoke with Lisa Brittan, gallerist, Axis Gallery, NYC, and Ugochukus-Smooth Nzewi, Ph.D, Curator of African Art at the Hood Museum of Art, NH. 
Dr. Nzewi moderated a lively and informative presentation by both Lisa Brittan and Mariane Ibrahim-Lenhardt, Director of Mariane Ibrahim Gallery in Seattle, WA. Both Ms. Brittan and Ms. Ibrahim-Lenhardt spoke about various artists all over the world, including Africa, who work across many social and cultural boundaries — both women affirmatively used the word "hybrid" in their presentations.

Frieze NYC advertises itself as one of the world's leading art fairs, complete with "cutting-edge" high-priced art objects. 
DOEprojekts especially enjoyed the participatory programs at Frieze this year including Pia Camil's Wearing-Watching (we appreciated the gift of two free wearable fabrics -- although we waited in line for an hour to choose them), a Tribute to the Flux-Labyrinth (1976-2015), Korakrit Arunanondchai's Denim Massage Chairs (a definite favorite after walking-walking-walking for 2 days), and Aki Sasamoto's Coffee/Tea. We thank these artists, and Frieze, for offering participatory art experiences and free art objects. You are inspirational to our conceptual and socially-engaged art practice!
Also inspirational was the generosity of our "Gestures of Hybridity" 3Arts Matching Grant Supporters. We thank all of you from the absolute center of our hearts! With your support, we exceeded our matching-grant target, receiving 133% of our goal. We will be using these funds to conduct studio workshops in Hamburg, South Africa, and Berlin, Germany during summer 2015, as well as other ongoing workshops in NYC. We will keep you informed through this blog and our Facebook page. 
Above are the "thank you" art/objects we offer to our supporters — and we are always hoping to share our work with both familiar and new viewers and supporters. Please keep in touch with us through DOEprojekts@gmail.com or through our blog (RSS feed) and websites! Thank you, thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you!
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Gestures of Hybridity – 3Arts Matching Grant

DOEprojekts is pleased to have been awarded a matching grant by 3Arts.org!  Please watch our 3-minute video at:  http://3arts.org/projects/gestures-of-hybridity/
We have a selection of art objects and opportunities that will serve to "thank you" for your support! We will be continuing to install our graphite sound drawings and conduct workshops in the USA and abroad during 2015 and 2016. Our first installation of Gestures of Hybridity was very well-received at the Hyde Park Art Center.  
Please support our Gestures of Hybridity project and our ongoing socially-engaged art practice at: http://3arts.org/projects/gestures-of-hybridity/
If you have questions about our project please contact us at DOEprojekts@gmail.com
Thank you! Thank you!
Gestures of Hybridity installations and workshops have been selected by    to be funded by one of their matching grants.

Monday, March 30, 2015

"Gestures of Hybridity" at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago — March 19 to May 2

DOEprojekts invites you to come "play" with hybrid works of drawing and sound at the Hyde Park Art Center. More information about the installation may be found here.

This exhibit has been chosen by   to be funded by one of their matching grants.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"Gestures of Hybridity" opens at HPAC, Thursday, March 19

DOEprojekts invites you to the opening reception of our participatory art action "Gestures of Hybridity." COME PLAY with sight and sound at Hyde Park Art Center! 
More information about the event may be found here.
Our seven large drawings can be “played” by YOU using our custom-designed brass stylus. We have selected the sounds and tones based on their subjective connections to the cultural keyword HYBRIDITY, which is “the trend to blend.” Come blend your movement with sound and drawing!
Hyde Park Art Center’s Muller Meeting Room is a community space open to all. It also acts as an informal learning and presentation space that highlights activity and programming at the Art Center, displaying finished projects and works in progress by members of the Art Center’s community, including students, teaching artists, resident artists, exhibiting artists, and youth participating in our outreach initiatives.
For more information about DOEprojekts, visit
This exhibit has been chosen by    to be funded by one of their matching grants.

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.


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: