Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Artist Call: 'Low Lives' exhibition of live performance works curated by Jorge Rojas

Low Lives is a new exhibition of live performance-based works by artists from different parts of the world and projected in real time at Five Myles, a performance and exhibition space in Brooklyn, NY and labotanica, Houston, Texas. Low Lives is curated by Jorge Rojas.

Low Lives examines works that critically investigate, challenge, and extend the potential of performance practice presented live through online broadcasting networks. These networks, though seldom utilized for performance art, provide a new alternative and efficient medium for presenting and viewing performances. Low Lives is about not simply the presentation of performative gestures at a particular place and time but also about the transmission of these moments and what gets lost, conveyed, blurred, and reconfigured when utilizing this medium. Low Lives embraces works with a lo-fi aesthetic such as low pixel image and sound quality, contributing to a raw, DIY and sometimes voyeuristic quality to the transmission and reception of the work.

Artists selected to participate in this exhibition will transmit their work live through BlogTV, a platform that allows for anyone with a computer, webcam and internet connection to broadcast live. Interested artists are encouraged to visit BlogTV and their frequently asked questions page to familiarize them with the site.

Submission Requirements:
-Artists interested can submit previously created works or new work to be considered through links to artist’s websites or other web destinations. Duration of works must be under 5 minutes to be considered
- Artist statement including how work relates to the theme
- CV
- Email all submission materials to:

Important Dates:
June 30th- Submission deadline
July 15th- Artists notified on selection
August 8th- Show opens at Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, Five Myles & labotanica- 6:00 – 9:00 pm (EST)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Artist Ayanna Jolivet McCloud to present at the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in Bogotá

Ayanna Jolivet McCloud, Goofer Dust, performance installation at Diaspora Vibe Gallery (2006)

Artist Ayanna Jolivet McCloud will present a new site-specific installation--- “Got my (neck, back, legs, feet, liver)” at the Seventh Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, entitled Staging Citizenship: Cultural Rights in the Americas, which will take place at the National University of Colombia in Bogotá on August 21-30, 2009.

The Encuentro is a meeting place for artists, scholars, students, and activists investigating the relationship between performance and politics in the Americas. Gathering between 400 and 600 participants, each Encuentro is part academic conference, part performance festival, part workshop series, and wholly interdisciplinary: it is a concentrated space of experimentation, dialogue and collaboration, featuring lectures, performances, installations, roundtable discussions, exhibits, video screenings, work groups and hands-on performance workshops. This year’s event will investigate "cultural rights" and their complex relationship to citizenship in both historical and contemporary contexts.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Eglantine Melita Buchanan-Gordon Scholarship honors Artistic Excellence

Eglantine Buchanan-Gordon awards Scholarship to Artist Nicole Winter

In honor of Eglantine Gordon, affectionately known as “Mama-G”, who stands as an example of academic excellence and commitment to community and family values, the Gordon family has established The Eglantine Melita Buchanan-Gordon Scholarship. This award will honor a student at Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica and provide that student with an unrestricted cash award. Additionally, selected students will be mentored through Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator in Miami and will be invited to participate in the DVCAI’s Artist in Residence Program, with an opportunity to exhibit in the ‘Off The Wall Experimental Series’ at Diaspora Vibe Gallery In Miami, Florida.

The 2009 Eglantine Scholarship was awarded to Nicole Winter, a student in the Edna Manley Ceramics Department.

Scholarship applications for 2010 will be available on this blog in November.

Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Nicole Winter and Petrona Morrison

Scholarship recipient Nicole Winter with Rosie Gordon-Wallace and Philip Supersad

The Final Day at Revolution Gallery in Kingston

International Arts Exchange Jamaica Participants

Marlon Hill, Esq., Presenter

Photographer Roy Wallace and Artist Patricia Roldan

Urban Culturalist Jenni Lewin-Turner

Artists Jaquenette Arnette and Danny Ramirez

Rosie Gordon-Wallace and Artist Jaquenette Arnette

Artist Patricia Roldan and Photographer Indygo Williams

Artist Deborah Jack

Artists Carlos Alejandro and Benari Kamau

Artists Andranique Morgan and Nicole Winter

Artist Alejandro Contreras

Photographer Indygo Williams presents Rosie Gordon-Wallace with gift of appreciation

Rosie Gordon-Wallace and Carol Campbell

Thank you Llaurence Whyte

Many thanks to our driver extraordinaire, Llaurence Whyte (left) with Artist Benari Kamau

Across the mountains on our way to the north coast

Dunns Falls

The sea just below Dunns Falls

Thank you to our Jamaica International Arts Exchange Sponsors

Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs
Ford Foundation


The Courtleigh Hotel and Suites
1876 Wines
Tastee Patties Ltd
Gold Cup Coffee Company

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Visit to the National Gallery's Biennial....

Gordon Myers and the beautiful Lorna Dunkley

......then off to the airport (sniff, sniff)


Jamaica Day Five: Sculpture Park at UTECH

Pat Ramsey, OD, UTECH, Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Director/Curator, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Carol Campbell, Director/Curator, Revolution Gallery

Pat Ramsey welcomes the group to the UTECH Sculpture Park

sculpture by Mazola wa Mwashigadi

Photographers Indygo Williams and Roy Wallace

sculpture by Edna Manley

David Dunn, Ceramicist, Pat Ramsey, OD, UTECH, Rosie-Gordon Wallace, Carol Campbell

Jackfruit Tree at the edge of the sculpture park

sculpture by Christopher Gonzalez

Wura-Natasha Ogunji with sculpture by Edna Manley

Jamaica Day Three: Workshops

Saturday's Symposium brought together an international group of artists, writers, curators and community members for workshops and discussion on such topics as: Cultural Production and Personal Artistic Practice, Intellectual Property Rights and Legal Issues, Diasporic Identities and Creativity, Grantseeking and Resource Sharing, Studio Visits, Global Creative Opportunities and more.

Jenni Lewin-Turner, Urban Culturalist, Michelle Ramlagan, Scholar and Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Curator/Director, Diaspora Vibe Gallery

Carol Campbell and Rosie Gordon-Wallace

Artist Patricia Roldan (standing)

Jenni Lewin-Turner, Urban Culturalist, Michelle Ramlagan, Scholar and Gordon Myers, Musician in diasporic dialogue

Artist Deborah Jack

Duane Bennett, Artist, Goldsmith

Artists Danny Ramirez, Jacquelyn and Lisa Lindo

Phillipa Davis, Esq. with Jamaican Intellectual Property and Artist, Marlon Hill, Esq. and Chris Kennedy, Eagle Expres Shipping

Artists at the Workshop

Artist Garfield Morgan

Stella Gonzalez, Artist Coordinator and Erman, Artist

Roy Wallace, Photographer, Installation Designer, Logistics Manager

Carol Campbell, Curator/Director, Revolution Gallery and Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Curator/Director, Diaspora Vibe Gallery

Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Curator/Director, Diaspora Vibe Gallery