Wednesday Night — 16 Beaver presents Wael Shawky @ Rés de Chão

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*PLEASE NOTE: This event will NOT be at 16 Beaver. For address and directions see #1 below.
What: 16 Beaver presents Wael Shawky @ Rés de Chão
Where: Rés de Chão, 71 North 7th Street, Brooklyn, New York (For directions see #1 below)
When: December 10, 2003, 7:30pm
1. Directions + Brief Program Description
2. About Wael Shawky
3. About Açúcar Invertido II (AS A SATELLITE>> Rés de Chão)
1. Directions + Brief program Description
16 Beaver presents Wael Shawky at Rés de Chão
A talk by visiting artist Wael Shawky, who lives and works in Alexandria, Egypt. Wael will present his recent works and discuss his future projects. This program is organized by 16 Beaver, an artist-run independent initiative in New York City, and is hosted by the Brazilian alternative space Rés de Chão, which is temporarily based in New York City realizing Açúcar Invertido II.
December 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
AS A SATELLITE >>Rés de Chão
71 North 7th Street, Brooklyn, New York
Directions: Take L train to Bedford stop in Brooklyn. The loft is located between Wythe and Kent Streets in Williamsburg.
2. About Wael Shawky
Wael Shawky
His recent exhibitions include “Hypnose” (Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Aubervilliers, France, 2003); “24/7” (CAC Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2003); “La Biennale di Venezia” (2003); “Body and the Archive” (Artists’ Space, New York, 2003); “Close Up” (Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2002); “Square and Circle” (Darag El Fan, Beirut, Lebanon, 2001). Awards include the honorary award at Rita Longa International Symposium, Codema; Grand Nile Prize 6th International Cairo Biennial, Cairo (1996); and the Grand Akhnaton Prize at 6th Salon of Youth, Cairo (1994). Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Wael Shawk studied at Alexandria University, and later received a graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in the USA, where he was Assistant Professor (2000-2001).
For further reading, see an interview with Wael Shawky by artist and writer Hassan Khan:
3. About Açúcar Invertido II (AS A SATELLITE>> Rés de Chão)
Açúcar Invertido II
Rés de Chão’s Açúcar Invertido II is realized under the umbrella of AS A SATELLITE, a program with independent cultural initiatives of the Americas.
Açúcar Invertido II will be held in New York from December 2, 2003 through January 10, 2004. It is a “quarantine” with people and of projects manifesting symptoms of contemporary art. To realize Açúcar Invertido II, the Brazilian alternative space, Rés de Chão, is operating temporarily from a 2000 sq. ft. live/work loft space in Brooklyn, New York located at 71 North 7th Street between Wythe and Kent Streets in Williamsburg.
At times, Rés de Chão’s loft in Williamsburg simply functions as the home of Edson Barrus, founder of Rés de Chão, and as the guest quarters for the dozens of participating artists of Açúcar Invertido II. But more often, the loft functions as an art studio, performance venue, exhibition gallery, and overall creative laboratory open to the general public. As part of Açúcar Invertido II, Rés de Chão has organized real-time video stream/screenings, performances, interventions in the public space, exhibitions, and a number of public programs, which are being held or will be on view at Rés de Chão’s loft in Williamsburg; other times in public spaces, television, radio, the internet or at collaborating venues. Program highlights include:
December 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
>>What is Rés de Chão?!
A presentation by Edson Barrus, founder of Rés de Chão, of the quarantine artistic projects Açúcar Invertido I (Rio de Janeiro, 2002) and Açúcar Invertido II (New York, 2003-04). This program is organized by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University. It will be held at New York University, King Juan Carlos Center, 53 Washington Square South.
December 19, 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
>>Extended Hours (a.k.a. The Party)
After a couple of weeks into Açúcar Invertido II, there will be various projects “accumulated” and on exhibition at the loft, and a number of participating artists will be in residence. This will be an evening reception with live-performances by artists and real-time video stream/screenings. Dance to Brazilian tunes and other international mixes by DJ dap. “Extended Hours” is organized to coincide with the Williamsburg Gallery Association’s Third Friday of the Month.
December 28 and 29
>>Tu Sempre
A multi-media installation made in collaboration by the French artist and filmmaker Yann Beauvais, made in collaboration with the Berlin-based media artist Thomas Köner. “Tu Sempre” centers on the AIDS crisis as represented in the 1980s and 1990s. It was first realized in 2001 by Yann Beauvais, and produced by La Criée, centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France. In 2002, Yann Beauvais and The Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France commissioned the sound work to Thomas Köner.
December 15 – January 9
>>Big Slip
A two-channel video installation by artist Cyríaco Lopes consisting of Brazilian films portraying Americans and of American films portraying Brazilians; and a CD collection catalogued in four types: American musicians interpreting Brazilian music; Brazilian musicians interpreting American music; American and Brazilians playing in duo; and different versions of the internationally renowned Brazilian song “Girl from Ipanema” by Antonio Carlos Jobim.
A number of the exhibitions and programs for Açúcar Invertido II were planned and scheduled in advance. However, during the 40-day period, some events of Açúcar Invertido II will take place spontaneously; certain programs will be organized or realized without prior announcement; and several other projects might just happen, by chance, or by accident.
To view the program calendar and for more details on the numerous planned events of Açúcar Invertido II, please visit:
This website will be updated frequently to include programs that are added throughout the quarantine. To participate or be informed, please visit the website regularly.
The programs of Açúcar Invertido II involve dozens of artists and cultural producers from Brazil and abroad, including Ricardo Basbaum, Yann Beauvais, Carine Cadilho, Ana Paula Cardoso, Marcelo Cucco, Thomas Köner, Artur Leandro, Daniela Mattos, Carmem Riquelme, Rick Santos, Tato Teixeira, and groups such as Los Vaderramas, Grupo Urucum, and Dig Improvizzo, among others. Many of these artists and groups will be visiting New York City—and staying at Rés de Chão’s loft in Williamsburg—at different times throughout the 40-day program schedule of Açúcar Invertido II. Other artists have already been (and will continue) sending their projects or instructions from abroad: Bruno Vieira, based in Belo Horizonte, has invited a number of artists to send their “packaged” art via postal mail; Camila Rocha will be connected via email from Finland; and Rachel Rosalén will be transmitting/streaming her project from Japan.
AS A SATELLITE>>Rés de Chão is accompanied by a four-page, black and white brochure that includes an introductory text on Rés de Chão’s history and vision, a schedule of planned events, and contact information for Rés de Chão’s loft in Williamsburg and Rio de Janeiro.
AS A SATELLITE is a program with independent cultural initiatives in Latin America, Canada, and the Caribbean, which consists of positioning and using The Americas Society as their satellite for the production of exhibitions and event-based projects in New York. AS A SATELLITE entails the co-production and presentation of a number of projects conceptualized by selected artist-run or artist-led initiatives, one of which is Rés de Chão, an alternative space in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that was initiated in 2002 by Edson Barrus, an artist and cultural producer.
AS A SATELLITE >>Rés de Chão reflects the relationship and cross-cultural influences of artistic practices and disciplines, and will generate a diverse network of people and ideas. Although the three initiatives selected for AS A SATELLITE, operate from the Americas, the projects organized under the umbrella of this program, such as Rés de Chão’s Açúcar Invertido II, have included artists and other cultural producers from throughout the world thereby generating a global and interdisciplinary dialogue across numerous artistic, cultural, and geographic borders. Other AS A SATELLITE programs have included the artists-run center Muro Sur Artes Visuales (Santiago, Chile), the multi-disciplinary collective Instant Coffee (Toronto Canada), and the now defunct artist-run center, La Panaderia (Mexico City, Mexico).
AS A SATELLITE is generously supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support has been provided by the Elliott Family Foundation. AS A SATELLITE media sponsors include: Art Nexus, Parachute, Latin Arte, Arte al Dia, and Latinarte.com.