ONLINE ARTIST RESIDENCY | UN/MUTE – 10002 UNVEILING
In celebration of Europe Day 2021, the concluding event, the Unveiling, of UN/MUTE- 10002, took place via Facebook Live. UN/MUTE – 10002 was a 3-month collaborative project that enabled ten European artists who had never been to NYC to engage in an online residency and collaborate with ten New York City artists. In a series of weekly recorded Zoom sessions, participants from a wide range of disciplines worked in teams of two to create new works that can be followed at unmute.nyc. The ACFNY supported Vienna-based clarinetist and performer Barbara Maria Neu and her NYC-based partner, visual artist and educator Kris Grey as TEAM PROFILE.
Watch the UN/MUTE Unveiling here:
UN/MUTE-10002 follows the narratives of ten European artists who have never visited New York City and ten NYC-based artists, paired into teams of two, one European with one New Yorker. Additionally, one artist is a digital immigrant, born before 1986, and the other is a digital native, born into the world of web browsers and email, after 1986. Over a series of Zoom sessions, each team’s collective creative process will unfold in a series of video recordings. The online world that has emerged in response to the pandemic reshapes our definition of social contact, obscures our private and public environments, and circumscribes the evolution of communication.
Language serves as the first cultural indicator of change. At constant risk of complete extermination, the Amazon is now more recognized as an online shopping platform than one of our planet’s richest natural resources. We stream video content into our living rooms while drinking bottled water branded with pictures of mountain springs, and our most priceless memories are hidden away in a cloud. We sit a virtual world apart from each other – far more than the recommended six feet – obscuring the socioeconomic divisions of race, color, national origin, gender identification, sexual orientation, religion, and age. The present state often sounding more like mythology or folklore than reality.
As the internet conditions our lifestyle, we aim to find new normalcy amidst a shortage of vaccines, new virus strains, unsettling unemployment rates, and a Western world trying to mitigate racism and xenophobia during a delicate sociopolitical epoch. Regardless of our facility with digital technologies, how do we progress without compromising the past? How can we learn from each other’s individual histories and experiences? Embodying inclusion, multilingualism, and digitalization, UN/MUTE provides an opportunity for two transatlantic strangers to collaborating on a singular project for a sustainable future.
Creating a fair and equitable space after COVID shuttered artists from residencies, travel, studio visits, exhibitions, and physical networking, UN/MUTE is an online residency that provides artists an opportunity for critical exchange and collaboration while simultaneously connecting resources from the global cultural epicenter of New York City. This project is co-organized by Undercurrent and the European Union National Institutes for Culture’s New York Cluster. It went live on February 12, 2021, in concurrence with the Lunar New Year, and will continue through May 9th, celebrating Europe Day.
TEAM /PROFILE: Barbara Maria Neu /Austria + Kris Grey /NYC
TEAM /RAM: Gabrielė Gervickaitė /Lithuania + Yi Hsuan Lai /NYC
TEAM /BRANCH: Alex Mirutziu /Romania + Sydney Shavers /NYC
TEAM /CLOUD: FOQL /Poland + Emmanuel Massillon /NYC
TEAM /WEB: Olesja Katšanovskaja–Münd /Estonia + Mo Kong /NYC
TEAM /STREAM: Marie Lukáčová /Czech Republic + Emily Shanahan /NYC
TEAM /KEY: Sophie Guisset /Wallonia-Brussels, Belgium + Will Calhoun /NYC
TEAM/MOUSE: Aaron Bezzina /Malta + Kyle Hittmeier /NYC
TEAM /THUMBNAIL: Eren Aksu /Germany + Sheila Maldonado /NYC
TEAM /BUG: Sanne De Wilde /Flanders, Belgium + H. Lan Thao Lam /NYC
UN/MUTE-10002 is a project by EUNIC New York and Undercurrent, realized with financial support from EUNIC — EU National Institutes for Culture — Europe’s network of national cultural institutes and organizations, with 36 members from all EU member states. This project was initiated by the Lietuvos kultūros institutas / Lithuanian Culture Institute and the Consulate General of Estonia in New York and is co-organized by Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Wallonie-Bruxelles International New York, Czech Center New York, Delegation of Flanders in the USA, Goethe-Institut New York, Arts Council Malta in New York, Polish Cultural Institute New York, Romanian Cultural Institute in New York / ICR New York, the Jindrich Chalupecky SocietyHope Recycling Station, and supported by the European Union at the UN – New York.
Image credit: Undercurrent