The 2020 Harvestworks Artist Studios are part of their Art and Technology Program on Governors Island that is centered on art works created at the intersection of art and technology. Since 2011, it has included artists open studios, exhibitions of digital media art, public workshops and their educational research facility on Governors Island and in Manhattan. Harvestworks’ goal is to provide exhibition opportunities to electronic media artists and also to educate the public about how artists use new and emerging technology for artistic expression.

2020 Artists in Residence:
Katherine Bennett (pictured, first image: Luciferins)

Charlotte Mundy
Joseph Morris and Alexandra Goldberg (pictured, second image: Solar Particle Wind Chime)
Jakob Dwight
Muyassar Kurdi
Valerie Hallier
Dafna Naphtali and Ayala Naphtali

2020 Artist Highlights:

Valérie Hallier (@multiplemedia_artist@valerie_hallier)

Screaming booth session on Governors Island, 2020

What projects or research are you pursuing during your residency on Governors Island?
Inspired by the French Medieval “crieur public”, ScreamNow is the first outdoor public screaming booth of an upcoming series. The artwork takes a fundamental yet repressed human expression to generate visuals seen outside of the booth.

ScreamNow : Inside/Out evolved to reflect our current social distancing and deeply transformative times. The new set up expands in space with a studio, adding the concept of Inside/Out to the project’s original purpose of offering a sanctuary for people to scream their heart out.

The screams from inside each of us are released outside in nature, shielded by the open booth structure. Recorded via a microphone in the booth, the screams are processed inside of the studio. Flower petals picked from the outside world are covering the walls of the studio where the recorded screams are transformed into visuals and projected back inside and outside of the booth.

The screamer instantly sees the visuals empowering her voice.

Scream visualization using Max 8, 2020

What has spending time on the Island meant to you and what impact has it had on your practice?
Coming to Governors Island each day has been a privilege. The island is a sanctuary where one finds peace and a renewed connection with nature. Access to a studio in that context has helped me focus and be more productive than usual. Thanks to the trustees, I was also able to schedule public sessions for my screaming booth project and with all the necessary health precautions in place, I was able to have had a good panel of people experiencing the booth and confirming its artistic merit. Being able to connect with other artists and art organizations has also been a great opportunity to expand my network, reinforce a sense of community and allow us to share our various artistic practices informally or through great initiatives such as the Porch interviews series: Hey Neighbor!

ScreamNow: Inside Out, inside of the studio, rose petals, Governors Island, 2020

Muyassar Kurdi (@muyassarkurdi)

What projects or research are you pursuing during your residency on Governors Island?
Brain Works: An interdisciplinary piece (for movement, viola, large-scale paintings, voice) centered on memory, visual rhythm, subtlety, and gravity while honoring the futuristic and the ancient.

What has spending time on the Island meant to you and what impact has it had on your practice?
It has been a wonderful experience to have alone time near the water and open landscape post-quarantine. I was able to work on large-scale paintings at the space while expanding on movement and sound. I enjoyed how the environment was a source of inspiration for the work.