Artists in Residence
RESIDENCY 24: JANUARY 9-FEBRUARY 17, 2017
Barak adé Soleil (3Arts Fellow)
Barak adé Soleil has been generating body-centric creative work for more than two decades. He makes dance, theatre and performance art of the moment and in the moment. His directing, performing and process speak to the expanse of contemporary art, utilizing techniques drawn from the African diaspora, queer and disability culture, and post-modern and conceptual social forms. Adé Soleil is based in Chicago.
Morgan Bassichis makes live comedic solo performances that draw on historical archives and combine experimental comedic storytelling with communal ritual to explore how feelings are used and abused in various social and political contexts. Bassichis’s projects are informed by a background as an activist and writer engaged in social movements, and an interest in the impacts of collective trauma. Bassichis’s performance persona traffics in narcissistic altruism, delusional self-help and mystical visitation. Bassichis lives in Brooklyn.
Dancer, Collaborator with Barak adé Soleil
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Drew Coleman studied Jazz Dance with local legends Joel Hall and Gus Giordano. A vibrant instructor, he has taught various forms of dance throughout Chicago and has presented his own choreography at Steppenwolf Theatre and the Art Institute of Chicago. He recently performed with Barak adé Soleil in a duet repertoire at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Middlebury College in Vermont. Coleman lives in Chicago.
Marcus Fischer’s work centers around memory, geography and the manipulation of physical audio recording mediums. Slowly unfolding melodies and warm tape-saturated drones have become a trademark of his recordings and live performances. In addition to the manipulation of physical mechanisms to create sound, he draws inspiration from anachronistic materials, shaping Letraset letters into shapes of birds or animals or using film cameras to explore color, light and composition. Fischer is based in Portland, Oregon.
Fabricator, Collaborator with Senga Nengudi
Ellioutt Fittz spent four years active duty in the military before pursuing a career in long haul trucking. After seven years, the arduous lifestyle pushed a move to Los Angeles where he met his wife, Senga Nengudi. He worked as an electrician and became skilled in carpentry and plumbing. Fittz assists Nengudi with the fabrication of her sculptures. They live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Scholar/Educator/Performance Creator, Collaborator with Barak adé Soleil
Anna Khimasia recently completed her PhD in Interdisciplinary Critical Theory focusing on Contemporary Art and Performance. She is committed to issues surrounding equality, diversity and inclusivity, and embraces interdisciplinary and exploratory practices. She is currently curating a series of research and development initiatives at the Carleton University Art Gallery in Ottawa, Canada, bringing in diverse artists and collectives whose work is performative, exploratory and multi-disciplinary. Khimasia lives in Ottowa.
Wardell Milan’s creative practice oscillates between the illusionary possibilities of photography, the mutability of drawing and collage, and the linear storytelling capabilities of film. His photographic works – which document hand-constructed tabletop dioramas – compress time and space to create impossible worlds. Evacuating time, culture and the body from linear logic, the figure becomes displaced to discover a truer, more complicated and riddled connection between people and the communities that shape them. Milan lives in New York City.
In her work, Senga Nengudi often utilizes humble, discarded, castaway materials in the belief, as with disenfranchised humans, that they may be transformed into poetic entities, just as she seeks elevation to her poetic self. With an improvisational impulse, she gathers and works her materials. Her work says “yes” to all those who have been told “no” by the majority. Nengudi lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Multi-Disciplinary Performance Artist
David Neumann is at times a choreographer, a director and a performer, often working in combinations of the three. He is currently Artistic Director of Advanced Beginner Group, a collection of artists across many disciplines and approaches that, under his direction, come together for specific projects. The group makes work that is, at its core, an irrational response to our perceived place in the universe. Neumann lives in Thornwood, New York.
Kambui Olujimi looks to complicate and reconsider established modes of thinking that have morphed into “inevitabilities.” This pursuit takes shape through interdisciplinary bodies of work that investigate these phenomena from multiple angles of inquiry. He excavates the language and aesthetics of social, historical and cultural conventions and brings them out of the world of the implicit. Once given gravity, weight and shape, their incongruities and illusory nature are revealed. Olujimi lives in Brooklyn.
Visual/Performance Artist, Collaborator with David Neumann
Erica Sweany has a multidisciplinary background and has been seen on Broadway, network TV, and as a lead in the recently released feature film, It Had to Be You, starring Cristin Milioti. She is a writer of music, an inventor of apparatuses, and a costume/clothing designer dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of art making. She is currently experimenting with how these multiple disciplines overlap and inform each other. Sweany lives in Thornwood, New York.
Pamela Z works with voice, live electronic processing, sampled sound and video. A pioneer of live digital looping techniques, she processes her voice in real time to create dense, complex sonic layers. Her solo works combine experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text and sampled concrète sounds. In addition to her performance work, she has a growing body of inter-media gallery works including multi-channel sound and video installations. Z lives in San Francisco.
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Partnerships: The Rauschenberg Residency has partnerships with 3Arts (Chicago), Photolucida (Portland), the Ford Family Foundation (OR), and MASS MoCA (MA), in order to diversify 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.