Assembly: Non-Fine Arts
12 – 1 pm, Contemporary Art Gallery
Part of Locally Made’s One Room.
In Assembly, gather for casual meetings of the minds and unexpected happenings curated by local artists and designers. Congregate for poetry readings, sonic performances, movement, projection, and more.
Jacob Berendes curates Non-Fine Arts from 8/6-8/11.
Non-Fine Arts presents a collection of artists who do not prioritize display in museum or gallery settings, but prefer to make art directly in and for their communities. while their mechanisms and formats may be non-standard in formal arts institutions, these artists utilize extremely standard methods of information interaction- email, newspapers, comic books, dance parties, pop songs, horror movies, noise. In most cases these decisions are both ideological and practical. — Jacob Berendes
8/8: Jacob Berendes, Mothers News: “Stochastic Processes in Contemporary Publishing and the Other Kind”
Mothers News is known for its award-winning writing and artwork, but these things are not rare — awards for interestingness are given out many times a day around the globe. One thing that separates Mothers News from the pack is that it also features the antipode of intelligent writing and interesting artwork — it’s the only publication in history that regularly publishes blocks of truly random alphanumeric strings derived from atmospheric noise. In this brief talk we will examine what “true” randomness is, the implications thereof, the benefit to the consumer, and the inherent sacredness of neglected spaces. Also noise, failure, malevolence, and the myth of chaotic neutrality. This is an all-ages event, although the talk will most likely be sprinkled with f-bombs. There will be very little math involved. — Jacob Berendes
Free with museum admission.
Jacob Berendes is a writer and interdisciplinary artist. He is the publisher and main writer of Mothers News, a free monthly newspaper based in Providence RI, now in its 4th year of publishing. Jacob’s work has shown at Space 1026 (Philadelphia PA), Gallery 51 (North Adams MA), Clark University (Worcester MA), Stairwell Gallery (Providence RI), Dirt Palace (Providence RI), HaNNa Tokyo (Tokyo Japan), and White Vinyl Space (Miami FL). He had a solo exhibition at Space 1026 (Philadelphia PA) in 2012.