Project in four categories

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Queens, NY
Jamaica FLUX 2016 (commissioned)
Curated by Heng Gil Han and Kalia Brooks

1. The Survey – a ten question survey distributed to the Jamaica Arts and
Learning staff, board members, mailing list, and general public. Currently 25
people responded, two requested for their answers to not be shared publicly.

2. The Cleaning of the JCAL Basement – a long ongoing process of discussions,
organization, collaboration, patience, sorting, cleaning, and removal of debris to
bring to order and to make space for artists’ studios. To date two 30 yard
dumpsters have been filled with detritus from the JCAL basement.

3. The Community-Engaged Residency – research and development of a
community engaged residency for individual artists and artist collectives that
actively engage the Jamaica, Queens community members as active
participants and contributors in the creation of and/or production of a new work.
Artists of all disciplines will be encouraged to bring creativity to issues relating to
class, race, gender, housing, displacement, immigration, education, and other
social justice issues. Collection of resource materials (mission statements,
applications, and artist agreements) from other community engaged residencies.

4. The Art in the Basement – Spending countless hours in JCAL’s basement
(often alone) cleaning, sorting, and discovering its many rooms and hidden
realm, I was inspired by this subterranean world filled with history, discarded
objects, and configurations of infrastructure. I became acutely aware of the
psychogeography of the space – how it affected my thoughts and emotions.
I created art unrelated to the original project concept.

Basement Clean-Up: Thanks to Cathy Hung, Roseann Evans, Heng-Gil Han for support and guidance. Thanks to Rejin Leys and Thiago Szmrecsanyi for major cleaning and sorting. Special thanks to Edward Wysocki & Hernan Mery for management of the garbage removal.

Survey: Thanks to Cathy Hung, Roseann Evans, Heng-Gil Han for editing assistance. Special thanks to Roseann Evans for distribution.

Photo: Imaginary Solutions. Photographer, Masahito Ono; concept & styling, Ed Woodham; costume design, Sean Billy Kizy & Ed Woodham; model, Sean Billy Kizy. All other photos by Dominique Sindayiganza.

Sound: Boiler recording by Ed Woodham; mixed by Dianna Brindle; headphones configured by Sam Hack