ISSUE Project Room is pleased to announce the selection of composer, designer and performer Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, artist and musician Byron Westbrook, artist Kabir Carter, and musician, synth builder and electronics artist Antenes (Lori Napoleon) as Artists-In-Residence presenting new works in the 2017 season. Established in 2006, and celebrating its 10 year anniversary, ISSUE’s residency program commissions emerging New York artists to create challenging time-based works, serving a central role in fulfilling ISSUE’s mission to support and cultivate artists within the local community.

During the spring of 2017, ISSUE also presented new work by 2016 Artist-In-Residence Leila Bordreuil.

Applications for the residencies are by nomination only, with applicants selected by members of ISSUE’s Artistic Advisory Board, curators, staff and selected organizational partners. AIRs will be chosen by a Committee comprised of curators.


Kabir Carter’s work has been exhibited and presented throughout Europe and the United States. His interests include architectural acoustics, bioacoustics, body culture, and social dancing in the late twentieth century. He has worked as an educator at the Partisan café in Bergen and for Working Group for Sound in the Expanded Field in Copenhagen and Istanbul. Carter has been a Braunschweig Projects Fellow at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, and a Danish Arts Council DIVA Programme awardee. He is currently artist-in-residence at Aalto University’s Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics. He holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, where he was a Joseph Hartog Fellow.

Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste is a Bessie-nominated composer, designer and performer, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His work, through the lens of precarious labor, complicates notions of industry, identity, and environment and the implications of the intersections of such phenomena. He is a founding member of performance collective, Wildcat!, and frequently collaborates with performers and fine artists, often under the alias CROWNS. He has presented at the Brooklyn Museum, Newark Museum, Under The Radar at The Public Theater, The Studio Museum In Harlem, National Sawdust, The Jam Handy (Detroit), Tanz Im August at Hau3 (Berlin), American Realness at Abrons, Knockdown Center, Gibney Dance, FringeArts (Philadelphia), Judson Church, Arts East New York, JACK, Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia), University Settlement, Harlem Stage, as well as on Dazed Digital, Complex, and Boiler Room.

Byron Westbrook is an artist and musician based in Brooklyn, NY. He has been performing and showing experimental sound work internationally since 2008. His work focuses on dynamics of perception using sound, lighting and video to interact with architecture and landscape, often pursuing routes that involve social engagement. He holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, where he studied with Marina Rosenfeld, Marcus Schmickler and David Behrman. His work has been presented at ICA London, Cafe OTO (London), Fridman Gallery, Abrons Arts Center, Pioneer Works, Experimental Intermedia Foundation (NY), Human Resources (Los Angeles), Disjecta (Portland, OR), Instants Chavires Art Space (Paris), Fylkingen (Stockholm), the LAB (San Francisco), among many others. He has recorded releases with Root Strata, Los Discos Enfantasmes and Sedimental Records. He has previously been in residence at Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Clocktower Gallery, Diapason Gallery, EMS Stockholm, and is currently Visiting Faculty in the Fine Arts Department at Pratt Institute.

New York-based musician, synth builder and electronics artist and Antenes (Lori Napoleon) operates a laboratory of self-made sequencers and synthesizers using repurposed vintage telephone equipment. Known for her inventive soundscapes, Antenes treats the studio as a space for sculpting emergent patterns, textures, and percussion layers. Drawing musical influence from the curious and ephemeral sound-world of outdated telephone systems, her productions integrate sounds reminiscent of pulsing analog relay switching systems, errant radio transmissions, cross-continental echo, signature drones and message interferences between wires. A recipient of the forthcoming 2017 Artist in Residency at Issue Project Room, NY, Antenes has held residencies at Harvestworks (NYC) and Signal Culture (Owego NY) and has appeared at numerous interdisciplinary events including the New York Electronic Arts Festival, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory’s “Intersections” exhibition (Batavia, IL), Open House London’s Sonic Visitations, and Trinity College’s Science Gallery (Dublin). Her work is featured in the 2013 documentary I Dream of Wires: The Modular Synthesizer Documentary, as well as in several master’s theses including Mills College, FIT and Clemson University. Her 2015 production debut, The Track of a Storm vinyl EP on L.I.E.S. was named to the best-of lists of Fact Magazine and Juno Plus, and she recently collaborated with Moog Music in modifying their analog circuits into new instruments for her installation, “The Exchange” at MoogFest 2016. She has been featured in articles and podcasts including The Creators Project, ClockTower Radio, and writer Steven Johnson’s Wonderland Podcast (alongside Brian Eno, Alex Ross and Caroline Shaw).

Photo: Jeremy Touissant-Baptiste by Texas Isaiah; Byron Westbrook by Anna KO; Kabir Carter by Marcus Lieberenz; Antenes by Erez Avissar.

ISSUE Project Room's Artist-in-Residence program is made possible, in part, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, mediaThe foundation inc., public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and with the support of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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