Maria Chavez is primarily known as an abstract turntablist, where she improvises with a turntable and a DJ mixer to create live sound "vibration" sculpture pieces with broken records and needles. As a sound artist, she focuses on creating site-specific or site-sensitive multi-channel sound installations. Accident, coincidence, and failure are themes that unite her sound sculptures, installations, and other works with her solo turntable performance practice. Chavez is based in Brooklyn.
Malik Gaines’ work includes performance, video, scholarship, and criticism. Since 2000, he has performed with collaborators Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade as the group My Barbarian. Their work uses musical/theatrical and critical techniques to playfully act out social difficulties. His book, Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left: A History of the Impossible (2017, NYU Press), traces a transnational circulation of political ideas through performances of the sixties and beyond. Gaines lives in New York.
(Petra Bachmaier & Sean Gallero) (3Arts Fellow)
New Media Artists
Luftwerk is a collaboration of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. Luftwerk art installations use light to transform experiences of space and site, exploring the properties of light, its composition, and its inherent qualities to reveal the visible and hidden characteristics of our surroundings. Through their work, Bachmaier and Gallero seek to open new conversations by inviting the public to experience the familiar, transformed. Luftwerk studio is based in Chicago.
Sound & Performance Artist
Ander Mikalson transforms abstract concepts into visceral experiences and converts passive media into collective creative action. An essential mode of her artistic practice and production is collaboration and participation. Her open-ended way of working challenges the role hierarchical processes play in contemporary art, and shifts the focus to the importance of collective creativity in our time.
Sohrab Mohebbi is currently thinking about the idea of minor universalisms, which he defines as forms of relationality and sociality that are not rooted in the unanimous, rational subject. Mohebbi lives and works in Los Angeles.
Audio Engineer, Collaborator with Maria Chavez
Daniel Neumann works in hybrid installation-performance formats. He understands sound as an inter-subjective field enabled by audio procedures. He uses captured, displaced artifacts that are modulated through media and apparatuses of reproduction to produce new temporary places, situations, and social architectures. As an audio engineer, he focuses on concerts featuring electroacoustic music and multi-channel live audio that require complex speaker setups, unusual miking techniques, and high quality sound reinforcement. Neumann is based in Brooklyn.
Brittany Powell Parich is interested in domestic items, the everyday, food, humor, and products. When she creates her work, she looks for the place where the mass-produced meets the personalized through methods of inventorying, making products, and setting up environments. Past projects include rendering a Mexican restaurant in a life-size contact paper cutout installation, immortalizing cell phone photos in watercolor paintings, and embroidering Ikea furniture assembly instructions onto a quilt. Powell Parich lives in Portland.
Dario Robleto’s research-driven practice results in intricately handcrafted objects that reflect his exploration of popular culture, science, war, and American history. He uses unexpected materials such as meteorites, glass produced by atomic explosions, and lost heartbeat recordings from the 19th century. He then transforms these artifacts from a vast inventory of humanity’s collective past into delicately layered objects that are sincere and personal meditations on love, death, eroding memory, and healing. Robleto lives in Houston.
Visual/Performance Artist, Collaborator with Malik Gaines
Alexandro Segade makes time-based art – spanning video, performance, and installation – because he is interested in the ways that culture, politics, and aesthetics shift over time and change in different contexts. Situated in visual art, his work has adapted cinematic genres and theatrical modes of production, allowing him to playfully re-imagine current social conditions, drawing attention to the ways specific narrative modes frame the figures they represent. Segade lives in New York.
Mike van Graan has served in leadership positions in a variety of anti-apartheid cultural organizations in South Africa since 1994. To date, he has written 27 plays, all characterized by his deep concern for social justice. Racism, discrimination, humanism, xenophobia, environment, exploitation, freedom, and corruption are among the topics he constantly explores. His latest work, When Swallows Cry, is a play that deals with the international theme of migration. Van Graan is based in Cape Town.
RESIDENCY 28: SEPTEMBER 18-OCTOBER 20, 2017
ALUMNI PROJECT RESIDENCY
Past RR Artists-in-Residence from 2012 to 2015 were invited to apply to return to the residency to work on a specific project.
Dancer/Performer, Collaborator with Allie Hankins
Visual/Performance/Video/Social Practice Artist
Conceptual Artist/Gallery Director/Curator
RESIDENCY 29: NOVEMBER 20-DECEMBER 22, 2017
Writer/Dramaturg, Collaborator with Jeanine Durning
Photographer, Collaborator with Eiko Otake
Partnerships: The Rauschenberg Residency has partnerships with 3Arts (Chicago), Photolucida (Portland), and the Ford Family Foundation (OR) in order to expand our selection process and broaden our diversity.
Artist as Activist: The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artist as Activist Fellowship provides independent artists and art collectives with a demonstrated commitment to applying their creative work to the public sphere with monetary grants over two years along with access to opportunities for professional advancement. Fellows are also invited to participate in the Rauschenberg Residency program.