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The Lighthouse is a satellite FabLab and artist residency on Governors Island. Six NY-based artists - Aarati Akkepeddi, Joseph Baker, Nacinimod Deodee, Shannon Finnegan, Anooj Bhandari, and Katherine Freer - explore the creative possibilities of artmaking and collaborative makerspaces over three months. Through virtual studio visits, social media and youth-focused events, residents of The Lighthouse encourage youth to dream into their wild and diverse creative passions and consider communal FabLabs as generative spaces for creative production and collaboration.

Beam Center Artist in Residence highlights (all images courtesy of the artists):

Aarati Akkapeddi (@aarati_)

What projects or research are you pursuing during your residency on Governors Island?
I’ve been working on a series of lumen prints and paper embossings depicting silhouettes of family photos (images 1, 2). I have also been working on an adjacent series of lumen prints of images generated through training a machine learning model on family photos and archival photographs from the Studies and Tamil Studio Archives and Society (image 3). These works are part of a continued exploration of intergenerational memory.

What has spending time on the Island meant to you and what impact has it had on your practice?
Being able to have a space to physically come work/rest in during the pandemic has given me a lot of comfort, light, and community. Having these access to these resources has helped me continue my practice at an intentional and healing pace. I’m am very grateful to Beam Center for this opportunity.

Joe Baker (@joesshoestore)

What projects or research are you pursuing during your residency on Governors Island?
I am pushing technology beyond its intention by sourcing computer components, old car parts, and other materials that speak to me. These experiments showcase my personality and help me express feelings that are not articulated by traditional mediums.

What has spending time on the Island meant to you and what impact has it had on your practice?
The environment of this island has a huge influence on the artists. I can see patterns evolving from all the projects we are pursuing as if we are one huge collective. The opportunities to grow as an artist and as a member of a community is what I appreciate the most.

Anooj Bhandari (@nonoojisgoodnooj)

What projects or research are you pursuing during your residency on Governors Island?
My projects that I’m pursuing in my time here fall under the larger theme of playwriting, but I’ve been documenting the process of “world creation” as it relates to the piece I’m writing through audio and visual documentation that all surround the relationship between the body and home-space, specifically through a look at the energy of illiteracy and alternatives to spoken communication.

What has spending time on the Island meant to you and what impact has it had on your practice?
Spending time on the island has meant space and time to play. It has continually proven as a respite in a time of extreme criticality towards both notions of systemic “safety” and ideas of needing to be “grateful for labor” in the time of a global pandemic. Coming here has felt like a continual departure from linearity where I can get to actively build a microcosm of the world I try to ignite in my writing.