ART, RESEARCH, THEORY

'MOTHERS IN ART - DYNAMIC SHIFTS'

Sunday, May 21, 2017
12:00 - 14:00

Goleb Project Space
Burgermeester de Vlugtlaan 125
1063 BJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands

This event is child friendly and free of charge.

Dyana Gravina, Procreate Project Photo by Doris Himmelbauer Sisterhood Kimono by Diane Goldie

Dyana Gravina, Procreate Project
Photo by Doris Himmelbauer
Sisterhood Kimono by Diane Goldie

m/other voices foundation invites you for the talk 'Mothers in Art - Dynamic Shifts' together with Dyana Gravina, founder of Procreate Project and the Mother House in London and Csilla Klenyánszki, who initiated at the Mothers in Arts Residency ( MA residency) program in Amsterdam. Both Dyana and Csilla will give further information about their projects, their experiences and future plans. After the discussion moderated by m/other voices, there will be a screening of The Mother House documentary.

Dyana Gravina is conceptual artist, producer and founder of the Procreate Project, a platform born in response to the urge of creating a new model of art organization that would come in support of women artists during pregnancy and motherhood, highlighting the positivity and creating a new awareness around motherhood and dynamic shifts in society and creative industries. One of its most recent initiative is called the 'Mother House', the first flexible artist studio with integrated childcare, where children are invited into the workspace.

Csilla Klenyanszki is a visual artist who lives and works in Amsterdam. She founded the Mothers in Arts Residency. The idea of this project comes from my her experiences, which are based on the first year of motherhood, the social and the daycare situation in the Netherlands & my particular situation as an emigrant artist, without a family network. She is currently running the 'MA residency' program, which invites emerging women artists to work in the studio when their child is between 3 months to 2 years old. The residency is designed around the childcare policies of the Netherlands: 3 months is the given maternity leave and 2 years is the minimum age, when children are provided with 2 days a week subsidized daycare.

 

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THE MOTHERHOOD ARCHIVES by Irene Lusztig

Film screening of The Motherhood Archives by Irene Lusztig, followed by a discussion between Lusztig and Deirdre M. Donoghue and an open Q&A. 

To see the trailer

Sunday, March 19, 2017 / 2:00pm  4:00pm
Goleb Project Space
Burgermeester de Vlugtlaan 125
1063 BJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands

The screening takes place during a day of performances at the Mothers in Arts Residency program, a project initiated by Csilla Klenyanszki, hosted by Goleb and supported by The Mondriaan Fonds.  For more information on the whole day's program and participating artists, please see here.   

This event is baby/children/partners friendly. There will be a playground and a quiet room with a changing table next to the space; partners are invited to take care of the children.

Reservation required by the 16th of March via: info@mothervoices.org


THE MOTHERHOOD ARCHIVES
Archival montage, science fiction, and an homage to 70s feminist filmmaking are woven together to form this haunting and lyrical essay film excavating hidden histories of childbirth in the twentieth century. Assembling an extraordinary archive of over 100 educational, industrial, and medical training films (including newly rediscovered Soviet and French childbirth films) THE MOTHERHOOD ARCHIVES (2013, 91 min.) inventively untangles the complex, sometimes surprising genealogies of maternal education. From the first use of anesthetic ether in the 19th century to the postmodern 21st century hospital birthing suite, THE MOTHERHOOD ARCHIVES charts a fascinating course through the cultural history of pain, the history of obstetric anesthesia, and the little-known international history of the natural childbirth and Lamaze movements. Revealing a world of intensive training, rehearsal, and performative preparation for the unknown that is ultimately incommensurate with experience, THE MOTHERHOOD ARCHIVES is a meditation on the maternal body as a site of institutional control, ideological surveillance, medical knowledge, and nationalist state intervention. Finally, the film works as a feminist recuperation of obsolete maternal histories, as a visual analysis of the persistent disciplining of the pregnant / laboring body, and as a new, contemporary counter-archive of women’s experiential narratives.


IRENE LUSZTIG is a filmmaker, visual artist, archival researcher, and amateur seamstress. Her film and video work mines old images and technologies for new meanings in order to reframe, recuperate, and reanimate forgotten and neglected histories.  Often beginning with rigorous research in archives, her work brings historical materials into conversation with the present day, inviting the viewer to explore historical spaces as a way of contemplating larger questions of politics, ideology, and the production of personal, collective, and national memories. 
Born in England to Romanian parents, Irene grew up in Boston and has lived in France, Italy, Romania, China, and Russia. She received her BA in filmmaking and Chinese studies from Harvard and completed her MFA in film and video at Bard College. Her debut feature film, Reconstruction (2001) was recognized with a Boston Society of Film Critics Discovery award and won best documentary at the New England Film Festival. Her work has been screened around the world, including at MoMA, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archive, Flaherty NYC, IDFA Amsterdam, and on television in the US, Europe, and Taiwan. She has received grants from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Massachusetts Cultural Council, LEF Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, and Sustainable Arts Foundation and has been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, the Flaherty Film Seminar, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Harvard’s Film Study Center. She is the 2016-17 recipient of a Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship. She teaches filmmaking at UC Santa Cruz where she is Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media; she lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 

DEIRDRE M. DONOGHUE is a visual and performance artist, director of m/other voices foundation for art, research, theory / dialogue / community involvement, PhD researcher at The Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Utrecht University, a mother and a birth doula.

 

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ART, RESEARCH, THEORY: In November 2016 the column space was passed on to Shira Richter, a mother, artist, activist, film maker and educator from Israel, to curate three editions of the m/other voices monthly columns on the topic of the 'maternal' and the 'politics of everyday life' from her particular, situated, feminist maternal perspective of mothering twin sons in Israel. In the first edition of 'Messages from Israel', Richter brought us her interview with Dr. Andrea O'Reilly, entitled 'Motherhood; a Liability or Crime?' In this second edition brought to you on Valentines Day 2017, Richter continues her ongoing investigation into patriarchal structures and mother work, this time turning her maternal gaze onto male violence and the "cultural gendered restrictions forced upon the men I love"   

m/other voices thank's Shira Richter for her tireless work of re-imagining the world from a feminist maternal perspective and Dr. James F. Gilligan for his graceful and generous contribution to the ongoing conversation unfolding on the virtual pages of the m/other voices foundation. 

Dr. James Gilligan and Shira Richter

Dr. James Gilligan and Shira Richter

See here to read the second edition of 'Messages from Israel'.

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Field Trip # 15 with Kirsten Schötteldreier 

Kirsten Schötteldreier is a singer, voice and performance coach, theatre-maker and 'energy trainer’. 

Kirsten Schötteldreier is a singer, voice and performance coach, theatre-maker and 'energy trainer’. 

“I started by singing in jazz formations, rock bands and as a studio singer. In my personal search for ever deeper musical layers, I began to study singing and direction at the Folkwang Conservatory in Essen, Germany. Being interested in more art forms than just opera, I chose to study in Essen where Pina Bausch was teaching young dancers, and were actors, singers and dancers were all being trained under the same roof. Moving to The Netherlands I sang more and more in modern pieces, including opera on location and in the theatre. I also participated in dance performances and started to make my own pieces like 'Lost Land', 'Verdriet', 'Closed' and 'Grenzgebiete'. These are pieces mainly about loosing home-ground due to war, political changes and globalization. After a period of health issues that affected my voice, I began attending Chi Kung classes in Malaysia, Germany and Russia. Chi Kung has become an important part of the voice training that I now offer and I use it with singers all over Europe in order to improve and stabilize a ‘high level’ and more authentic way of singing. In the last years I advice and work more and more in Opera, Theatre and Dansproductions for houses like o.a.Staatsoper Wien München , Berlin , Paris , Theater an der Wien ( Coach Young Ensemble )  &  Bayreuther Festspiele to create a good balance between the vocal, scenic and musical needs of each production. ” 

Location:
Broodplaats X&Y
Spaarndammerstraat 30
1013 Amsterdam

Getting there:
From Amsterdam Central Station, a five minute bus ride: Bus no:18, in the direction of Slotervaart. Get out at Haarlemmerplein from where it takes another 5 minute walk to get to Broodplaats X&Y. Alternatively: Tram no:3 from city centre. Get out at Haarlemmerplein.
 

PLEASE RESERVE: info@mothervoices.org
Spaces are limited. 

See here for more information on the Field Trips and their related inquiry.

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Sunday, January 29th, 2017
3:00pm - 6:00pm

During The International Film Festival Rotterdam: IFFR 2017, m/other voices holds a Field Trip with Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, to talk and share creative insights brought forth by her practices as a mother and a film maker. As part of the Field Trip we will be screening her work Mothertime. (For more information scroll below.)

Kristy Guevara-Flanagan teaches courses on documentary filmmaking at the School of Theater, Film and Television. Her first feature-length film was an acclaimed documentary covering four years in the lives of four adolescent girls. Going on 13 was an official selection of Tribeca, Silverdocs, and many other film festivals worldwide. It received funding from ITVS and was broadcast on public television in 2009. Guevara-Flanagan has also produced and directed several short films, including El Corrido de Cecilia Rios, winner of the Golden Gate Award for Best Bay Area Short Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival, a chronicle of the violent death of 15-year-old Cecilia Rios. It was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and subsequently broadcast on the Sundance Channel. Her most recent feature, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, traces the evolution and legacy of the comic book hero Wonder Woman as a way to reflect on society's anxieties about women's liberation. The film garnered numerous awards, premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2012 and was broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens in 2013. Guevara-Flanagan received her M.F.A. in cinema from San Francisco State University.

Mothertime

Mothertime

Embracing the innovative technology of the Go-Pro camera, Mothertime is an essayistic portrait sweeping us into a corporeal experience in parenting. By using a very small, portable camera worn by mother and child, or left on any surface and turned on and off remotely, this video is a real-time, sensorial journey spanning the frenetic to mundane. Set primarily amidst scenes of domestic life in their first home, the camera captures the whimsical, ordinary, sometimes claustrophobic repeating loops of work and play in daily life. The audience is drawn into the raw and messy reality of the mother-daughter relationship as the markers of toddlerhood become the turning points of the film itself. Early mobility, language acquisition, and increasing independence play out as preparation for the move from one house to another. Like a feminist Leviathan, the video aims to disrupt expectations as the audience itself embodies the mother-child. Ultimately,Mothertime breaks down the distinction between artist and corporeal mother and invites the viewer to do the same. To see the labor of motherhood as neither romanticized nor banal. 

Location:
Upominki /// non-profit project space
Sint-Mariastraat 132B
3014SR Rotterdam

Getting there:
From Rotterdam Central Station

 

PLEASE RESERVE: info@mothervoices.org
Spaces are limited.

See here for more information on the Field Trips and their related inquiry.

ART, THEORY, RESEARCH

ART, RESEARCH, THEORY: For the duration of the next three months we give the floor to Shira Richter, a mother, artist, activist, film maker, and educator from Israel. In the three editions (November 2016, December 2016 and January 2017) that Richter brings to us from her country and her feminist maternal perspective, we will be presented with her thoughts on motherhood, 'the maternal' and the politics of everyday life. In this first edition of 'Messages from Israel', Richter presents her interview with Andrea O'Reilly, entitled 'Motherhood, A Liability or a Crime?  #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6.' The interviews have been filmed by Shira Richter. Additionally we will be treating you to the keynote lecture of Dr. Andrea O'Reilly: 'The Baby Out With Bathwater: The Disavowal and Disappearance of Motherhood in 20th and 21st century Academic Feminism', presented at MIRCI's 20th Anniversary Gala Conference held in Toronto, October 2016.

Shira Richter

Shira Richter

 

See here to read the first edition of 'Messages from Israel'

 

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ART, THEORY, RESEARCH

ART, THEORY, RESEARCH: In the October column we are pleased to publish work by Nancy Gerber on the topic of maternal bereavement and introduce you to the work of poets Chanel Brenner and Alexis Rhone Fancher. 


Nancy Gerber received her doctorate in English from Rutgers University and taught as a visiting lecturer for eight years in the English and Women’s Studies departments of Rutgers-Newark. Her books are Portrait of the Mother-ArtistClass and Creativity in Contemporary American Fiction (Lexington, 2003); Losing a Life: A Daughter’s Memoir of Caregiving (Hamilton, 2005); and Fire and Ice: Poetry and Prose (Arseya, 2014), a finalist for a Gradiva Award in poetry from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. She is currently an advanced candidate in psychoanalytic training at the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis.

A version of this essay appeared on line in Journal of Mother Studies, Issue 1.  Gratitude to the editors, Kandee Kosior and Rosalind Howell, for permission to reprint this work.

See here to read 'A Ferocious Intimacy: Poetry by Grieving Mothers'

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Introducing...

 

'PILLARS OF HOME' 

 

Nr 57

Pillars of Home, Nr. 57, Csilla Klenyánszki

Pillars of Home, Nr. 57, Csilla Klenyánszki

One hundred - 30 minute long - balancing sculptures by Csilla Klenyánszki made during her Artist Residency in Motherhood, a free, open source residency project initiated by the artist Lenka Clayton. Currently there are 203 Artists-in-Residence-in-Motherhood in 25 countries and on six continents. Csilla Klenyánszki's residency takes place in Amsterdam. 

"The floor-to-ceiling constructions relay on their own inner stability while being framed only by the floor and the ceiling. The in situ installations are being made during my son’s naps, when our home becomes a studio for no more than a half an hour. The colorful hand-built pillars vary in size and complexity, depending on their territory. As the objects are being piled up, they become a coherent entity, but their delicate arrangement and balancing structure makes them vulnerable as they can be destroyed at any moment. Not only the existence of the image is in danger if the installation collapses,  but the noise of the fallen objects might awaken the sleeping baby, which ends the studio session. The nature of the project allows no self-correction, thus the final image might be imperfect." 

www.pillarsofhome.com

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THE MOTHER HOUSE

The very first art studio with co-produced and flexible childcare model is opening in London.

The Mother House Collective, 2016.

The Mother House Collective, 2016.


The Mother House, is a new initiative directed by Procreate Project in collaboration with Desperate Artwives. The Mother House is born in response to the urge of “making” within the life-changing experience of motherhood, offering a collaborative yet intimate space to curate artists’ practice whilst ensuring their journey into motherhood is fed in a creative and inclusive way.
Over 36 London based artists and their children are coming together for an exploratory month into the intersection between the roles of mother and artist, observing the importance of their impact on private lives and within society.
The Mother House residency is starting the 5th of September 2016 at the IKLECTIK Art Lab in London Waterloo and will provide a familiar context to share and reveal both the challenges and privileges of being a mother. The space will provide the artists with the freedom of working independently or alongside their children and it will also give them the opportunity to work in collaboration with other artists and create a supportive and inspiring network. This short-term project intends to demonstrate how a dedicated space provides crucial support for mother artists’ professional development. 
The experiment will turn into an artwork itself as a documentary, which will be shown for a final open-house day on the 9th of October, celebrating this journey and exhibiting all the works created during this time. he MOTHER HOUSE is  an experimental, dedicated creative space for London based mother-artists to explore a long term dream and make it a reality.


The Mother House London
5th of September - 29th of September
Daily 10.00 - 17.00

Open-house & Final Exhibition day
9th of October / 17.00 / 20.00
Free entrance

Location: 
IKLECTIK Art Lab
Old Paradise Yard
20 Carlisle Lane (Royal Street corner) next to Archbishop’s Park
SE1 7LG  

The Mother House Project will also hold talks and workshops during the weekends.
Please refer to the
website for full events timetable and artists list. For the list of participating artists see here. 

For more information contact:
Dyana Gravina / Procreate Project
Amy Dignam / Desperate Artwives
Tel. 07513 499387
 

The Mother House is supported by
m/other voices
Mamsie
Prams in the hall
Feminism in London
IKLECTIK Art Lab


 

 


 

 





 

 

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July newsletter featuring The Let Down Reflex - Part III  is now out. Also included in the July newsletter is information on m/other voices Field Trip #12, with Shira Richter, current open calls by Creative Collaborative Mothers, Cultural Re-producers Reading Groupthe upcoming MIRCI 20th year gala conference in Toronto and CFP on Maternal Art Activism. We will return with our next monthly newsletter at the end of September. Until then m/other voices wishes you happy, adventurous and carefree summer days! 

See here to read The Let Down Reflex - Part III

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Michelle Levy (left), Director of the EFA Project Space and Meghana Karnik (right), Program Manager of the EFA Project Space.

Michelle Levy (left), Director of the EFA Project Space and Meghana Karnik (right), Program Manager of the EFA Project Space.

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Field Trip # 12 with Shira Richter, Israel
Tuesday, 5th of July / 7pm - 10pm,
The Netherlands
 

Shira Richter is a feminist artist, independent scholar and artivist. She is the director of an award winning adventure film 'Two States of Mind' about women's and mother's voices regarding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, creator of photography exhibitions and installations about the value and status of mothers in society, a writer, visual performance lecturer, curator and advocate for gentle and ethical communication. Her projects act as an interface- or "multi-bridge" between academic knowledge, art, and contemporary activism. "Walking the Talk in my everyday life is the challenge". She lives in Israel with her partner, two children and three cats.


Location:
Klupko, Da Costastraat 37 / 1st floor
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Getting there:
Tram no: 13 from Amsterdam Centraal Station to Bilderdijkstraat / short walk to Da Costastraat. 


PLEASE RESERVE: info@mothervoices.org
Spaces are limited.

 

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FIELD TRIP # 11,
MARGRET WIBMER, AUSTRIA

'Victor', (2010), Margret Wibmer, lambdaprint on dibond, 100 x 100 cm, Ed.5.

'Victor', (2010), Margret Wibmer, lambdaprint on dibond, 100 x 100 cm, Ed.5.

“The above photograph was produced in Japan for my solo show at Art Gummi Gallery in Kanazawa. It was made in the private home of Mr. Yamazaki, a collector of antique audio and video apparature. The dog in the picture is nipper who served as a model in the famous painting titled 'his master’s voice’ as he is listening to a cylinder phonograph. Over a number of years I have produced a series of photographs that are concerned with how we relate to objects and the role of women in advertisement and modern consumer culture. My daughter Malaya appeared in many of these images. I will reveal more during the studio talk.“

Margret Wibmer is an international artist and educator who received her art education at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. After her studies she was based in New York City for many years. Since 1990 she has been based in Amsterdam. Margret Wibmer works systematically on the border between art and fashion, employing different media such as performance, photography, video and sculpture. The past couple of years she has been focusing on developing participatory performances that involve museum visitors as actors. Her works have been shown in galleries and museums in Europe, the US and Asia, including KAI 10 – Arthena Foundation in Düssedorf; RMIT Design Hub in Melbourne; Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, Ishikawa Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy in Japan and Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Currently she is investigating alternative ways of artistic production and is part of the MA program ‘Fashion Matters’ at Sandberg Institute. 

Location: 
Studio Margret Wibmer,
KNSM laan 153, 1019 LC Amsterdam.

Getting there:
Bus 65 or 48 / Tram 10 from Amsterdam Central Station. Stop at Azartplein. https://www.google.com/maps/place/KNSM

 

PLEASE RESERVE: info@mothervoices.org

See here for more information on the Field Trips and their related inquiry. 
 

 

The Let Down Reflex

MOTHER'S DAY, MAY 8th. 

LAUNCHING A THREE-MONTH-LONG SERIES: 'THE LET DOWN REFLEX' by Amber Berson and Juliana Driever.

 

Home Affairs, And Everything Else, 2015 Image: copyright and courtesy of Home Affairs

Home Affairs, And Everything Else, 2015 Image: copyright and courtesy of Home Affairs

Starting May 8th, Mother's Day, Amber Berson and Juliana Driever, co-curators of The Let Down Reflex, are launching a monthly column on parenting in the arts, with contributions by artists: Dillon de GiveHome Affairs (Arzu Ozkal, Claudia Costa Pederson, and Nanette Yannuzzi), Leisure (Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley), Lise Haller BaggesenLoVid, and Shane Aslan Selzer, with an additional text from EFA Project space administrators Michelle Levy and Meghana Karnik. 

The column takes shape in a series of interviews on revisionist approaches to accommodations and policies on the participation of families and parents in the arts and culture, and will be published over the course of three months. The questions and answers that form this special series for m/other voices are also an attempt to speak with you - the reader and we would love to hear your feedback. The full set of questions and contributions can be read here.


Order of publications:
May: Amber Berson & Juliana Driever / Lise Haller Baggesen / Dillon de Give
June: Home Affairs / Leisure / LoVid
July: Shane Aslan Selzer / Michelle Levy & Meghana Karnik, EFA Project Space
 

You can read here The Let Down Reflex - Part I

Excursion: Queensize

Friday, April 29, 2016 / 11:00am  2:00pm  
Arnheum Museum
Utrechtscheweg 87
6812 AA Arnhem,
Nederland


An Excursion to visit the exhibition Queensizea curated selection of works by female artists from the Thomas Olbricht Collection.  Queensize has previously been shown at me Collectors Room Berlin and is curated by Nicola Graef (documentary film producer and director) and Wolfgang Schoppmann (chief curator of the Olbricht Collection). Visit to the exhibition will be followed by lunch and a discussion over the exhibition and its framing of female experience/s, amongst other topics that come forth from the visit. To register for the excursion and for more detailed information please send an email to info@mothervoices.org by Monday, the 25th of April.

Arnhem Museum & m/other voices

 

In-House Production Assistant

m/other voices has an internship vacancy!

Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

In-House Production Assistant & an all around wizard!

Are you a student looking for work experience in the cultural field?
Are you interested in contemporary cultural issues, art, theory, research, philosophy, dialogue and community involvement projects? Do you want to gain experience in organising events, exhibitions, seminars and building networks across borders and disciplines? Come and work with us!

Position: 1 day a week, starting from April, 2016.
Location: Rotterdam, with a possibility to also work from home. 

Tasks:
-Maintaining website and social media
-Internal and external communication
-Assisting on the production and communication of international events, exhibitions and seminars.
-Working closely alongside and assisting the director in the daily running of the foundations activities.

Required skills:
- Excellent writing skills
- Fluent English and Dutch
- Good computer skills
- Excellent knowledge of social media
- Strong event production and organisational skills
- Organized and willing to take initiatives
- Sharp editorial eye and design skills are an advantage

What we offer:
- Opportunity to work in an engaged, dynamic, small team with an international network of artists, curators, writers, scholars, and other professionals.
- Possibility to participate in the foundations many activities and contribute to content.
- Benefit from having direct contact with a team of experienced professionals within the field of cultural production both in The Netherlands and abroad.

Apply by sending an email with a CV and a letter of motivation to:
mothervoicesfoundation@gmail.com

 

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