Programs

The (e)merge art fair presents an extensive line-up of special projects and performances, including live music, video, design and culinary arts. (e)merge also engages curators, gallerists, collectors, artists and other art world innovators in panel discussions during the fair.

2014 Performance/Art Actions Schedule

2014 Performance/Art Actions Schedule


2014 PERFORMANCES + ART ACTIONS:

To Be Announced

2014 Panel Discussions + Special Projects

2014 Panel Discussions + Special Projects


2014 PANEL DISCUSSIONS:

To Be Announced

2013 Performance/Art Actions Schedule


2013 PERFORMANCES + ART ACTIONS SCHEDULE:

DAILY, throughout the FAIR:
> Benjamin Andrew - Chronoecology Corps
The artist creates a narrative in which time-traveling scientists from the 23rd-century operate a field station to collect and study the natural world before it disappears. Presenting interactive simulations of natural phenomena, they conduct participatory research at the fair, collecting visitor interviews to be added to an online memory bank.
LL/2, 12pm, various times

> Nancy Daly - #LookingForLove
Monitoring social media over the four days of the fair, the artist progressively creates a large sculpture consisting of nautical knots known as “monkey paws.” Every time someone uses the hashtag #LookingForLove, she will add another knot to the sculpture.
HALL A/12, 12pm, various times

> Double A Projects (Athena Robles and Anna Stein) - PROJECT MICRO-FLOAT
Using practices from microfinance, pledge giving, crowdfunding, IOUs and other alternative strategies, this public art action launches a social campaign for artists and arts supporters to explore concepts of self-worth and financial networking. Visitors can browse artist projects that need funding, cast their free vote to float a project, and symbolically pledge to support a lending circle, a cause they believe in, or the cultural arena as a whole.
ROOM 3/16, 12pm, various times

> Adam Void + Chelsea Ragan - Freedom Is Not For Sale
This active installation explores traveling cultures, makeshift homesteads, and life “off the grid.” This folk-art Wunderkammer highlights the beautiful struggle of life on the road by coupling handcrafted treasures with found oddities.
Pool Deck/47, 12pm, various times

> Andrew Wodzianski - Self Portrait as Jack Torrance
In this endurance-based performance, the artist replicates the obsession of Stephen King’s protagonist/antagonist in The Shining. Repetitively typing a prescriptive proverb inside the hotel lobby, the artist, acting as Jack Torrance, is condemned to artistic failure.
LOBBY/48, 12pm, various times


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
> Flore de Preneuf - When We First Met
In this interactive installation, the artist bends the patient practice of street photography into a time- and place- bound format. Two backdrops - one interior, one exterior - will provide the setting for photographic encounters with her audience mediated through an old-fashioned view camera.
time: 2.5 hours
LL/35, 5pm

> Linda Hesh - Kissing Booth
Visitors are invited to pose for a photo portrait kissing their choice of friend, lover or spouse while surrounded by photos displaying two men or two women. Participants may upload their own photos, or pose for the artist, to join an ongoing online conversation about what feelings are elicited by same sex affection.
time: 3 hours
ROOM 4/22, 5pm

> Borjana Ventzislavova - 15 minute conditional bed stories
Visitors are invited to rest and read passages from the U.S. Constitution in a bedroom set up in a public area. Participants will receive Polaroid photos taken of them by the artist, as their actions prompt consideration about whether the Constitution has contemporary relevance beyond that of a bedtime story or a dream.
time: 3 hours
LL/45, 5pm

> Armando Lopez Bircann – Animals + Fire - ARLOBI - Emerge 2013 Mix
The artist will present a collection of multimedia, ceremonial performances. These works play with the formats of performance, the ritualization of self-portraiture, and the activation of performative sculptures.
time: 2 hours
LL/AREA D, 5:30pm

> Monica Jahan Bose - Unwrapped
The artist will wrap and unwrap her body with a 216-foot sari inscribed with writing by women from her grandmother’s village in Bangladesh. Drawing inspiration from the Indian myth of Draupadi, the eternal virgin who was married to five brothers, as well as her grandmother’s factual marriage at age seven, the artist’s performance speaks to the rights of women for education and autonomy over their own bodies.
time: 1 hour
ROOM 1/25, 6pm

> Benoit Izard “BIZARD” – Animals + Fire - KISSERS
Two anonymous persons are sealed in a kissing position by a double head mask. Kissing and hugging continuously for one hour, the performers reduce their action to nothing but a presence, which manifests between them and their viewers.
time: 1.5 hours
POOL DECK/AREA D, 7:15pm


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4
> Paul Shortt - The Legitimate Artist
The artist will carry an enlarged replica of his Master of Fine Arts diploma around the fair as he interacts with attendees. Posing for pictures and declaring his qualifications as a legitimate artist, Shortt enacts a critique of artistic credentialing, thereby calling into question the categories of amateur and professional art.
time: 7 hours
LL/41, 12pm

> Kirsty LittleOverload
This trapeze-inspired performance aims to capture the feeling of a modern phenomenon: the cultural fascination of wanting it all and the rush to the top of what may seem to be a precarious ladder. Amid too much information, too much expectation, and too little time, the artist asks if we ever get to the end of our to-do list and considers whether this is what we really desire.
time: 15 minutes
POOL DECK/28, 1:30pm

> Alex Braden - Outside and Play
Positioned throughout the parking garage and wearing headphones, several musicians, who have never rehearsed together, will play along to a recording of the artist's composition, which is publicly available for prior download at www.alexanderbraden.com. As the musicians begin to play their parts in isolation, visitors may press “play” on their own digital audio players, then roam through the garage with their headphones on, listening to a dynamic blend of recorded music and live performance.
time: 15 minutes

LL/7, 1:30pm

> Borjana Ventzislavova - 15 minute conditional bed stories
Visitors are invited to rest and read passages from the U.S. Constitution in a bedroom set up in a public area. Participants will receive Polaroid photos taken of them by the artist, as their actions prompt consideration about whether the Constitution has contemporary relevance beyond that of a bedtime story or a dream.
time: 3 hours
LL/45, 3pm

> Alex Braden - Outside and Play
Positioned throughout the parking garage and wearing headphones, several musicians, who have never rehearsed together, will play along to a recording of the artist's composition, which is publicly available for prior download at www.alexanderbraden.com. As the musicians begin to play their parts in isolation, visitors may press “play” on their own digital audio players, then roam through the garage with their headphones on, listening to a dynamic blend of recorded music and live performance.
time: 15 minutes

LL/7, 3:30pm

> Linda Hesh - Kissing Booth
Visitors are invited to pose for a photo portrait kissing their choice of friend, lover or spouse while surrounded by photos displaying two men or two women. Participants may upload their own photos, or pose for the artist, to join an ongoing online conversation about what feelings are elicited by same sex affection.
time: 3 hours
ROOM 4/22, 4pm

> Sheldon Scott – Animals + Fire - Victory
This performance explores the acceptance of hollow victories. Based on the large-scale installation, Level With Me, Victory is informed by the cyclical nature of systems of inequality.
time: 1 hour
LL/AREA D, 4pm

> Kirsty LittleOverload
This trapeze-inspired performance aims to capture the feeling of a modern phenomenon: the cultural fascination of wanting it all and the rush to the top of what may seem to be a precarious ladder. Amid too much information, too much expectation, and too little time, the artist asks if we ever get to the end of our to-do list and considers whether this is what we really desire.
time: 15 minutes
POOL DECK/28, 4:30pm

> Flore de Preneuf - When We First Met
In this interactive installation, the artist bends the patient practice of street photography into a time- and place- bound format. Two backdrops - one interior, one exterior - will provide the setting for photographic encounters with her audience mediated through an old-fashioned view camera.
time: 2.5 hours
LL/35, 4:30pm

> Alex Braden - Outside and Play
Positioned throughout the parking garage and wearing headphones, several musicians, who have never rehearsed together, will play along to a recording of the artist's composition, which is publicly available for prior download at www.alexanderbraden.com. As the musicians begin to play their parts in isolation, visitors may press “play” on their own digital audio players, then roam through the garage with their headphones on, listening to a dynamic blend of recorded music and live performance.
time: 15 minutes

LL/7, 6pm


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5
> Paul Shortt - The Legitimate Artist
The artist will carry an enlarged replica of his Master of Fine Arts diploma around the fair as he interacts with attendees. Posing for pictures and declaring his qualifications as a legitimate artist, Shortt enacts a critique of artistic credentialing, thereby calling into question the categories of amateur and professional art.
time: 7 hours
LL/41 + various, 12pm

> Benoit Izard “BIZARD” – Animals + Fire - KISSERS
Two anonymous persons are sealed in a kissing position by a double head mask. Kissing and hugging continuously for one hour, the performers reduce their action to nothing but a presence, which manifests between them and their viewers.
time: 1.5hrs
POOL DECK/AREA D, 12:15pm

> Kirsty LittleOverload
This trapeze-inspired performance aims to capture the feeling of a modern phenomenon; the cultural fascination of wanting it all and the rush to the top of what may seem to be a precarious ladder. Amid too much information, too much expectation, and too little time, the artist asks if we ever get to the end of our to-do list and considers whether this is what we really desire.
time: 15 minutes
POOL DECK/28, 1:30pm

> Linda Hesh - Kissing Booth
Visitors are invited to pose for a photo portrait kissing their choice of friend, lover or spouse while surrounded by photos displaying two men or two women. Participants may upload their own photos, or pose for the artist, to join an ongoing online conversation about what feelings are elicited by same sex affection.
time: 3 hours
ROOM 4/22, 2pm

> Borjana Ventzislavova - 15 minute conditional bed stories
Visitors are invited to rest and read passages from the U.S. Constitution in a bedroom set up in a public area. Participants will receive Polaroid photos taken of them by the artist, as their actions prompt consideration about whether the Constitution has contemporary relevance beyond that of a bedtime story or a dream.
time: 3 hours
LL/45, 3pm

> Holly BassRevival
This performance brings together folks from all walks of life in a shared celebration of community and rejuvenation. Borrowing elements of early church traditions, Revival will include live music, collective singing and spoken word as well as personal "art testimonies" by guest artists and community members.
time: 1 hour 15 minutes
POOL DECK/4, 3:30pm

> Flore de Preneuf - When We First Met
In this interactive installation, the artist bends the patient practice of street photography into a time- and place- bound format. Two backdrops - one interior, one exterior - will provide the setting for photographic encounters with her audience mediated through an old-fashioned view camera.
time: 2.5 hours
LL/35, 4:30pm

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6
> Monica Jahan Bose - Unwrapped
The artist will wrap and unwrap her body with a 216-foot sari inscribed with writing by women from her grandmother’s village in Bangladesh. Drawing inspiration from the Indian myth of Draupadi, the eternal virgin who was married to five brothers, as well as her grandmother’s factual marriage at age seven, the artist’s performance speaks to the rights of women for education and autonomy over their own bodies.
time: 1 hour
ROOM 1/25, 12:30pm

> Linda Hesh - Kissing Booth
Visitors are invited to pose for a photo portrait kissing their choice of friend, lover or spouse while surrounded by photos displaying two men or two women. Participants may upload their own photos, or pose for the artist, to join an ongoing online conversation about what feelings are elicited by same sex affection.
time: 3 hours
ROOM 4/22, 2pm

> Flore de Preneuf - When We First Met
In this interactive installation, the artist bends the patient practice of street photography into a time- and place- bound format. Two backdrops - one interior, one exterior - will provide the setting for photographic encounters with her audience mediated through an old-fashioned view camera.
time: 2.5 hours
LL/35, 2pm

> Holly BassRevival
This performance brings together folks from all walks of life in a shared celebration of community and rejuvenation. Borrowing elements of early church traditions, Revival will include live music, collective singing and spoken word as well as personal "art testimonies" by guest artists and community members.
time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Pool Deck/4, 2:30pm

> Armando Lopez Bircann – Animals + Fire - ARLOBI - Emerge 2013 Mix
The artist will present a collection of multimedia, ceremonial performances. These works play with the formats of performance, the ritualization of self-portraiture, and the activation of performative sculptures.
time: 2 hours
LL/AREA D, 3pm

> Borjana Ventzislavova - 15 minute conditional bed stories
Visitors are invited to rest and read passages from the U.S. Constitution in a bedroom set up in a public area. Participants will receive Polaroid photos taken of them by the artist, as their actions prompt consideration about whether the Constitution has contemporary relevance beyond that of a bedtime story or a dream.
time: 3 hours
LL/45, 3pm

2013 PANEL DISCUSSIONS

PRESENTED BY:



CONNECT: Artists + Community
FRIDAY, October 4th, 2013: 2pm
@ Capitol Skyline Hotel - Room 1
This conversation with national arts leaders explores how artists build communities to support themselves in their work. Moderator: Silvana Straw, Artist/Cultural Organizer/Philanthropic Advisor (Washington, DC); Panelists include: Margaret Boozer, Director, Red Dirt Studios (Washington, DC); Ryan Frank, Installation Manager, The Wassaic Project, (Wassaic); James McAnally, artistic collaborator, US English, and Co-Director, The Luminary (St. Louis); and Abigail Satinsky, Associate Director, Threewalls (Chicago). Produced in collaboration with the Transformer FRAMEWORK Panel series.

COLLECT: Emerging Art
SATURDAY, October 5th, 2013: 2pm
@ Capitol Skyline Hotel - Room 1
Institutional and private perspectives inform this discussion on collecting works by emerging artists. Moderator: Klaus Ottmann, Director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art and Curator at Large, The Phillips Collection (Washington, DC) Panelists include: Marina Galvani, Curator, the World Bank Art Program (Washington, DC); Tony Podesta, collector (Washington, DC) and Mika Yoshitake, Assistant Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC).

2012 PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Performance Art: IMPACT
FRIDAY, October 5th: 2pm
@ Capitol Skyline Hotel - Room 1
Moderator: Lisa Gold, Executive Director, Washington Project for the Arts.
Panelists: Claire Breukel (Contemporary Art curator and Writer), Adam Budak (curator of Contemporary Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden), Sarah Newman (curator of contemporary art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art), Jefferson Pinder (performance artist).
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Art Funding: NOW
SATURDAY, October 6th: 2pm
@ Capitol Skyline Hotel - Room 1
Moderator: Dorothy Kosinski, Director, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. Panelists Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts; Jamie Bennett, Chief of Staff, National Endowment for the Arts; Lionell Thomas, Executive Director, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
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2011 PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Emerging Art / Emerging Practices
September 23 at 2pm
@ Capitol Skyline Hotel – Room 1
Moderator: Claire Breukel (Contemporary Art Curator and Writer)
Panelists: Matthew Higgs (Director/Chief Curator, White Columns), Kristen Hileman (Curator, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD), JJ McCracken (Artist), and Walter Robinson (Editor, Artnet Magazine)
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Collecting for the Future
September 24 at 2pm
@ Capitol Skyline Hotel– Room 1
Moderator: Karen Sommer Shalett (editor-in-chief, DC Magazine)
Panelists: Ann Garfinkle (Art Attorney, Whiteford, Taylor and Preston LLP), Dorothy Kosinski (Director, The Phillips Collection), Heather Podesta (Collector) & Mera Rubell (Collector)

Current Directions in Video Art
@ Capitol Skyline – Room 1
Moderator: Todd Smith, (Director, Tampa Museum of Art);
Panelists: Anita Beckers (Galerie Anita Beckers), Janet Biggs (Artist), Jonathan Monaghan (Artist), and Manuel de Santeren (Collector)
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PREVIOUS PANEL DISCUSSIONS

(e)merge panel discussion: Creative Voices, hosted by the Phillips Collection, September 14, 2011

(e)merge panel discussion: Collecting Emerging Art, hosted by Conner Contemporary Art, Saturday, July 9, 2011
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(e)merge panel discussion 3 presented by Flashpoint Gallery + (e)merge art fair, Saturday April 16, 2011
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(e)merge panel discussion 2 presented by Hamiltonian Gallery + Conner Contemporary Art, Saturday, October 2, 2010
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(e)merge panel discussion 1 presented by Conner Contemporary Art, Saturday, July 31, 2010
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