Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain

On Nature and Our Supplements: In poems and in pictures

Today, we approach Nature cautiously, altered by highly refined drugs. We ingest, inject, imbibe various medications and pharmaceuticals supplements to keep the body alive, awake, attuned to ever changing bodily states. All ducks are dabblers. Sunrise and shadows falling across the forest floor, waves upon the shore beach walks and park prowling our pockets filled with pills; tote bags carrying vials, syringes or bottles; news reports of bee colony collapse, icebergs melting, plastic patch growing, atmospheric turbulence, ocean temperatures rising... Where's the awe?

Organized by Gregg Bordowitz with Ari Banias, Corrine Fitzpatrick, Malik Gaines, Alexandro Segade, and Lynne Tillman.

Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain– a two-month festival celebrating ISSUE Project Room's 10th anniversary– revisits seminal past projects and initiates new relationships with over 60 artists working across disciplines of sound, dance, performance, and literature. Presented as a series of 24 evenings of provocative double billings, Ten Years Alive blurs the boundaries between divergent disciplines and practices and celebrating the vibrancy of the Brooklyn experimental arts community.

Gregg Bordowitz is a writer and artist living in New York. In the past year, works were included in three historical survey exhibitions: This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980's (MCA Chicago), Blues for Smoke (LA MOCA) and NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star (New Museum). He is the Director for the new School of the Art Institute of Chicago Low Residency MFA Program.

Ari Banias is the author of a chapbook, What’s Personal is Being Here With All of You (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2012). His poems have appeared in Guernica, Gulf Coast, Aufgabe, The Volta, Subtropics, and elsewhere. The recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative writing, he will be a second-year writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown in 2013-14.

Corrine Fitzpatrick is a poet and art writer in Brooklyn. She curates the Talk Series for the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, and co-edited In The Act: A Sprawling Space for Performance (Högkvarteret, 2012) which documents and expands upon an international mingling of queer-feminist performance and writing. In October she will present The Three Thousand Mile Summer, a sound and text installation in collaboration with Litia Perta, at White Cube for The Norrland's Opera in Umeå, Sweden.

Malik Gaines is an artist and writer. He has exhibited and performed widely with the group My Barbarian, has published articles and essays on contemporary art and historical performance, and is currently assistant professor of art and Hunter College.

Alexandro Segade is an artist and performer based in Brooklyn and LA. Segade's collaborative work has been presented in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum, MoMA, the New Museum and The Kitchen (New York); and MoCA, LACMA the Hammer Museum, Susanne Vielmetter Gallery (Los Angeles); and internationally, including, most recently Yaffa 23 in Jerusalem, Israel. Segade's work with the group My Barbarian received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts award in 2013 and a 2012 Creative Capital Grant.

Lynne Tillman is a novelist, short story writer, and critic. Her most recent book is Someday This Will Be Funny, her fourth collection of stories. In January 2014, a new collection of essays, What Would Lynne Tillman Do? will be published by Richard Nash's Red Lemonade Press. She is at work on her sixth novel, tentatively titled, Men and Apparitions.

Photo: Die Kaisergrüft Wien (c) 2007 photo by Gregg Bordowitz.

Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain is made possible, in part, by “Lead Presenter” support from Robert Bielecki and HBO; “Festival Sponsor” support from Robert Longo, Margo Somma & John Hamilton, and Sixpoint Brewery; with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and with the support of ISSUE Project Room’s Members.

ISSUE’s Littoral Series is made possible, in part, through generous support from The Casement Fund and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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