May 2019: Cairi Jacks
Cairi Jacks is an artist and researcher from Wales. After gaining a Fine Art degree in 2015 from Central Saint Martins, with a focus on socially engaged practice, she completed an MSc in Environment, Politics and Society at University Collage London. Her practice seeks to integrate these fields and draws on her interests in psychology, sociology and ecology to create work that responds directly to the environment.
By inviting viewers to have direct sensory experience of the natural world, her work explores our interdependence with the more-than-human world and the impact that transformed understandings of this relationship can have on our sense of our own subjectivity and on our relationship to the environment.
She is currently undertaking a number of residencies focusing on research and the development of her practice.
June 2019: David Donohoe
David Donohoe is an Irish musician, composer, live performer and artist. He is currently working on an extended suite, for piano, percussion and electronics, entitled W/HERE. The key concern of the work is the exploration of a sense of place and non-place. He has composed for installation, theatre and film. His performance practice focuses on immediate composition, solo extemporisation, live soundtracks, and collaborative improvisation. Using piano, synthesizer,percussion and live processing he is interested in music as a response to the immediate moment.
He coordinates Rainfear, a visceral, high-energy onslaught of polyrhythmic spontaneous composition currently operating as a duo with David Lacey. A long-time collaborator of Eamonn Doyle, he has composed music and sound for Doyle's books and exhibitions, notably the highly acclaimed END installation at Recontres D’Arles Photo Festival and Eamonn Doyle & Made in Dublin at the RHA. He was co-coordinator of String Machine, a collaborative music project which saw the commissioning of new work by the Goethe Institut Ireland as the major focus of their 50th anniversary celebrations. He has released music on D1 Recordings, Mille Plateaux, Force-Inc, Fällt and Minimise.
July 2019: Orlando Jacinto Garcia
Through 200 works composed for a wide range of performance genres including interdisciplinary and site specific works, and works with and without electronics for orchestra, choir, soloists, and a variety of chamber ensembles, Orlando Jacinto Garcia has established himself as an important figure in the new music world. The distinctive character of his music has often been described as "time suspended- haunting sonic explorations" qualities he developed from his studies with Morton Feldman among others.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1954, Garcia migrated to the United States in 1961. In demand as a guest composer, he is the recipient of numerous honors and awards from a variety of organizations and cultural institutions including the Rockefeller, Fulbright, Knight, Dutka, Civitella Ranieri, Bogliasco, and Cintas Foundations, the State of Florida, the MacDowell and Millay Colony, and the Ariel, Noise International, Matiz Rangel, Nuevas Resonancias, Salvatore Martirano, and Bloch International Competitions. Most recently he has been the recipient of 4 Latin Grammy nominations in the best Contemporary Classical Composition Category (2009-11, 2015). With performances around the world, his works are recorded on New Albion, O.O. Discs, CRI /New World, Albany, North/South, CRS, Rugginenti, VDM, Capstone, Innova, CNMAS, Opus One, Telos, and Toccata Classics.
SIEN Collective is the collaborative work of visual artists Siobhán Arnold and Meagan Shein. SIEN Collective utilizes historic and new photographic processes, drawing, sewing, collage and installation. We seek to address the contradiction between looking and seeing - how we “missee” and “unsee” the world(s) around us. We find inspiration from mythology, archetypes, history, and fairy tale, employing the imagery of the natural and human world interchangeably. While our work is exhibited and collected widely, engaging the public with our artistic processes is an important aspect of the work.
Siobhán Arnold is and artist/educator living in San Diego, California. She is a mixed media artist who works with photography, textiles, sculpture and installation. She received a BA with honors from the University of Chicago and an MFA from University of California Santa Barbara.
Meagan Shein is an artist working with paper, ink and encaustic living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her MFA from Hunter College, MA in art history from Williams College, and BA with special honors from the University of Chicago.
August 2019: Molly Joyce
Molly Joyce’s music has been described as one of “serene power” (New York Times), written to “superb effect” (The Wire), and “impassioned” (The Washington Post). Her works have been commissioned by ensembles including the New World, New York Youth, Pittsburgh, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, and New Juilliard, Decoda, and Contemporaneous ensembles. Additionally, her work has been presented at TEDxMidAtlantic, Bang on a Can Marathon, Classical:NEXT, VisionIntoArt’s FERUS Festival, and featured in Pitchfork, WNYC’s New Sounds, Q2 Music, I Care If You Listen, and The Log Journal.
Molly has studied at The Juilliard School, Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and Yale School of Music. More information at www.mollyjoycemusic.com.