1994 ARTSLINK PROJECTS AWARDS

JO ANDRES, BROOKLYN, NY
Host Country: Hungary
$1,550 to enable Jo Andres, choreographer and filmmaker, to travel to Budapest for a month-long residency during which she will work with Hungarian presenter Gyorgy Szabo and with local University students to produce a new dance/media piece. Andres will also present a workshop for visual artists and dancers on combining slides and film projection with dance.

MARIKA BLOSSFELDT, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Estonia
$3,930 to support choreographer Marika Blossfeldt and members of Goh Production in the creation of Moon Pulse, a video film co-production with Estonian Television (ETV). The piece incorporates personal history and prehistoric myth and will be filmed in the isolated, natural settings of Estonian’s coastline and marshland. The production will be directed by Peeter Brambat and Lisa Karrer will compose the score.  

GREGORY HANCOCK, CARMEL, IN
Host Country: Latvia
$5,000 to support Gregory Hancock and Shari Washington of the Indianapolis Dance Company, and Iveta Asons, of the Indianapolis Latvian Dance and Musci Ensemble, to work with The National Dance Ensemble of Latvia (Daile) in Riga. The three-week project will include master classes taught by Shari Washington, and intensive study of traditional and contemporary Latvian folk dance, which will lead to new choreography for Daile. Hacock, Asons and Washington will also attend “Baltica” a regional dance festival held in Riga.   

RISA JAROSLAW, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Poland
$5,000 to enable choreographer Risa Jaroslaw and five members of her company to begin the first phase of a creative collaboration with Jacek Luminski, Director of the Silesian Dance Theater in Bytom, Poland. Jaroslaw and company, working with the Silesian Dance Theater and other regional organizations, will conduct workshops, lead seminars and perform. In particular, the group will work with community groups such as a group of senior adults in Piekary Slaski who perform regional folksongs, and TSJK< a Jewish social/cultural group in Katowice.  

TAMAR ROGOFF, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Belarus
$5,000 to support the creation of The Ivye Project, a collaboration under the artistic director of choreographer Tamar Rogoff, which will bring together 25 artists from the US, Belarus, Lithuania and Estonia to work on a performance based on the diary of Tamar Rogoff’s father during a trip to Yvye in 1935. The artists will meet for one month for rehearsals and workshops, incorporating non-professional local survivors and children, and the performance will take place during the month of August for a wide audience.  

HOWARD SAYETTE, SAN RAFAEL, CA
Host Country: Russia
$3,000 to support Howard Sayette, in collaboration with Nikolai Boyarchikov, Artistic Director of the Mussorgsky Ballet, to travel to Russia to stage Bronislava Nijinska’s ballet Les Noces for its premiere in St. Petersburg in February 1995. The project is of great importance to Russian audiences and dancers, as the works of Nijinska had never been performed in Nijinska’s own homeland. Sayette will spend a preparatory period working with the Russian dancers to orient them to the neoclassical style, and the company will tour the piece after its premier in St. Petersburg.

CHRISTOPHER MERRIL, FREEDONIA, NY
Host Country: Slovenia
$3,800 to support poet/translator Chrisopher Merrill and Dennis Maloney, editor/publisher of white Pines Press, to attend the Vilenica Literary Festival and to meet with publishers, writers and students in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1994. Merrill and Maloney will work with Ales Debeljak, a Slovenian poet, to organize an intensive residency period. The purpose of the trip is to meet with Central European writers and identify projects for translation and publication. Merril and Maloney will also present talks and lectures on American writing, publishing and innovations in computer desktop publishing.  

GEORGE PAUL CSICSERY, OAKLAND, CA
Host Country: Hungary
$4,900 to enable George Paul Csicsery, in conjunction with Hungarian filmmaker Paul Schiffer, to continue his work on the documentary film Troop 214, which contrasts the Cold War experiences of Hungarian “scouts” raised in Derby, NY in the late 1950’s and their counterparts in Hungary in the Communist Young Pioneers. Csicsery, a member of the Hungarian scouts in his youth will use the archival Young Pioneer and Hungarian exile troop footage as well as present-day interviews with the two groups.  

ROBIN HESSMAN, ANDOVER, MA
Host Country: Russia
$3,500 to support Robin Hessman, in collaboration with Moscow filmmaker Alexandra Gorshanova, on a documentary film which explores Ivanova, the “City of Brides” near Moscow. Ivanova is unique in that, due to various social and economic circumstances, virtually only women live there. The filmmakers will examine the role that a historically closed community plays in the shaping of women’s cultural identity by allowing local residents to tell their own stories.  

MITCHELL LOCH, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Host Country: Slovenia
$2,635 to support a collaboration between screenwriter Mitchell Locj and Slovenian filmmaker Franci Slak to create a screenplay and storyboard for a Slovene/American feature film. The film will be set in an imaginary country, informed by both American and Slovenian folk traditions. Mr. Slak will provide contact with the Academy of Theater, Film, Radio and Television and the cultural association “New Slovene Art” in Ljubljana. Graduate students at the Academy will observe and participate in the process of screenwriting and documentation through workshops and round table discussions.  

JAMES LONGLEY, MIDDLETOWN, CT
Host Country: Russia
$5,000 to support James Longley in collaboration with Russian cinematographer Oleg Babaev to make a full-length feature documentary about the industrial city of Magnitogorsk, home of the Lenin Steelworks, a city closed to foreigners until 1986. The project will explore the city, once a symbol of Soviet industrial power, from the perspective of the people who live there, by focusing on several individuals. The film will provide viewers with insights into the life and problems of an important Russian city in a period of economic transformation.

YURI SHUTOWVSKY, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Russia
$5,000 to support Yuri shutovsky and his organization, the Moscow Metro Art Association, in a collaboration with Moscow based film/video maker Tatiana Didenko to create a film on the subject of the waterways and hydro-electric stations of the former Soviet Union. The film, using many primary source materials and contemporary footage, will serve as the component to the exhibition The canals of Russia: Waterways to Communism. The presentation will explore the historical, political and social aspects of the canal system which was instigate in the 18th century by Peter the Great, and reborn under Stalin.  

CLOYD DUFF, FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ
Host Country: Poland
$3,000 to enable timpanist Cloyd Duff to participate in the VIII International Percussion Workshops in Poland. Duff was the principle timpanist in the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra for nearly 40 years, and has taught master classes and workshops since his retirement. He will bring his expertise as a musician and educator to the Workshops which will be designed specifically to allow percussionists of Poland and the Eastern Bloc to become acquainted with American percussive techniques.  

JESSE KREGAL, BUFFALO, NY
Host Country: Belarus
$4,000 to enable Jesse Kregal, timpanist, Paul Fetler, composer/educator, and Jack Brennan, percussionist, to travel to Minsk, Belarus for a period of four weeks to take part in joint conferences and perform with several Belarus musicians of the State Philarmonic Society. The works to be performed will be chosen from Kregal and Brennan’s repertory, and include works composed by Fetler. The project will involve the exchange of information and techniques, and the introduction of new instrument technology to musicians in Minsk.  

DMITRI RACHMANOV, NEW YORK, NY
Host: Country: Russia
$2,500 to enable Dmitri Rachmanov to travel to Russia to collaborate with Russian musicians and to participate in solo and chamber performances at various museums and historical sites in and around Moscow. Rachmanov will perform works of contemporary Russian as well as American composers, and the programs will juxtapose different styles of music written in different countries, emphasizing the diversity and unity between them. In addition, he will teach master classes to share his experience and bicultural background with a new generation of students.  

VIT HOREJS, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Czech Republic
$5,000 to support five members of the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre to travel to Prague to work  with five members of the Buchty and Loutky Theatre for a period of sic weeks on a collaborative staging of Rusalka, The Little Rivermaid. The tale of Rusalka, similar to the Anderson fairy tale, is based on Czech legend of a rivermaid who falls in love with a human and is betrayed. The production will use over twenty marionettes, some dating to the last century, as well as music arranged by Elise Morris incorporating arias from Dvorak’s opera and Czech folk music. Performances will be staged at the Minor Theater in Prague, and in New York City.

GEOFF HOYLE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Host Country: Latvia, Russia
$3,000 to support Geoff Hoyle, clown and circus performer, to travel to Moscow and Riga to work with the Moscow and Riga circuses, giving performances from his repertory as well as collaborating with performers on original works.  Hoyle will research archival material on the forgotten works of earlier performers such as the clown Karandash to inform the new work.

M.JOSHUA KARTER, HARTFORD, CT
Host Country: Russia
$3,800 to support M. Joshua Karter to direct a Russian language stage production of Talley’s Folly, a Pulitzer Prize winning play by the American playwright Lanford Wilson at the Nikitrky Gates theater in Moscow. The work will be performed by two Russian actors of the Nikitsky Gates ensemble, who will travel to the United States prior to the premiere for preliminary rehearsals, to study aspects of American life relevant to the play, and to meet with American actors who had created the roles previously.  

CAROL ROCAMORA, PHILADELPHIA, PA
Host Country: Russia
$2,500 to support Dr. Carol Rocamora, Artistic and Producing Director of the Philadelphia Festival Theatre, and Russian language scholar, to travel to Russia for 10 days to work on a English translation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Rocamora will work in collaboration with Dr. Anatoly Smelianski of the Moscow Art Theater, and travel to Checkov’s estate to research the ongoing effort to provide the academic and artistic communities with original, contemporary translations of Chekhov’s works.

KRISTIN THOMAS, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia
$1,000 to support .the first stage of development of a multimedia theater project exploring the personal and political tensions in the war in the former Yugoslavia. Thomas will travel through Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia in July 1994 and use video to record the stories of people she meets along the route. She will collaborate with Ivica Boban, a Croatian performance artist on a script based on the gathered stories, as well as on the performer’s own experiences of the war. A film will be produced incorporating video documentation of the final stage play as well as original footage of the story documentation process and archival footage.

NICOLE CARSTENS, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Russia
$3,700 to enable Nicole Carstens to travel to Moscow to create sculptural art works in collaboration with various young Moscow artists based on her investigation of the position of plastics, synthetics and mass produced commodities in Russian society today. She will work with Russian artists to introduce them to her methods for using such discarded synthetics and mass produced commodities.  

BRIAN CONERY, EMERYVILLE, CA
Host Country: Russia
$2,400 to enable Brian Conery to collaborate with the AES Art Group in Moscow on a site-specific conceptual installation. Conery and the three AES artists will work separately in their respective countries on the initial phases of the work, and come together for approximately four weeks to finalize the installation at the site chosen by the AES artists. Upon his return to the US, Conery will give slide presentations at the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery and the Richmond Art Center.  

SANDRIA HU, HOUSTON, TX
Host Country: Czech Republic
$3,500 to support Sandria Hu to travel to Prague to participate in a printmaking collaboration with Czech artists creating new work which will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of the Church at Litomerice, in Bohemia. The residency will be coordinated through SYMPOSIUM, a Foundation for the Promotion and Development of International Artistic Activities in Prague. Hu will explore the ways in which her imagery overlaps that of many East European artists, strengthen her already existing contrasts and develop new ties for future collaborative efforts.  

STASHU KYBARTAS, CHICAGO, IL
Host Country: Lithuania
$5,000 to enable the Stashu Kybartas to create a video installation.  Piece in collaboration with Lithuanian video and installation artist Gintaras Seputis at the Center for Contemporary Art in Vilnius. The piece will look at Lithuania in a time of significant change from the viewpoints of both an outsider and an artist who lives there, focusing on cultural issues of identity in the country’s changing socio-political climate. The artists will exhibit the installation in the United States subsequent to the Vilnius opening.

PAUL LAMARRE AND MELISSA WOLF a.k.a. EIDIA, VISUAL ART
Host Country: Russia
$4,000 to support the ongoing Video-Book project Food Sex Art/The Starving Artists’ Cookbook. Over a three-week period, Lamarre and wolf will interview artists in Moscow and St. Petersburg, resulting in an edited series representing the artists in the “Russian Chapter” and in keeping with the existing 90-hour anthology.  

LELAND MEANS, WHITTIER, CA
Host Country: Czech Republic
$3,500 to enable Leland Means to travel to Prague for a two-month period to collaborate with Czech sculptor Vladimir Merta on the creation of a body of sculptural work. Means, whose work incorporates ideas of form and sound (his sculptures can be played as musical instruments) will work collaboratively with Merta to explore common concerns using different media. An open studio and symposium will be held in Merta’s studio. Means will hold similar open studio in Los Angeles upon his return to the US.  

KEVIN NEEL, PROVIDENCE, RI
Host Country: Romania
$3,500 to enable Kevin Neel to travel to Romania to photograph the architecture of Bucharest, in conjunction with the Union of Romanian Architects (URA), with a focus on the areas that have been drastically altered under the Ceausescu regime. The project will consist of producing photographs which document the juxtaposition of old and new architecture in Bucharest, showing the dramatic need for rehabilitation. The work will be included in an exhibition on URA’s international design competition, in addition to being part of a book sponsored by the URA on the architecture of Bucharest.

SHARON SMITH, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Hungary
$2,775 to enable Sharon Smith to travel to Hungary to give a hands-on seminar entitled “Instant Photography as an Educational Tool” at a conference on Developing and Diagnosing Visual Talent in Szentendre. Smith will produce photographs in collaboration with a selected group of Hungarian children using Polaroid cameras, showing daily life in Budapest. The children’s school will exhibit the work, and Smith will document the project in slides to show upon her return to the U.S.  

MARK TRIBE, SAN DIEGO, CA
Host Country: Russia
$2,000 to enable Mark Tribe to travel to Moscow to create the video installation Bad Humor in collaboration with Moscow artist Gia Rivava at the Moscow Gallery. The project, an installation using video projection, will explore how humor “translates” from one language to another. The exhibition will take place at the Moscow Gallery, followed by three sessions on issues of cultural translation and contemporary art practice to be held at the Moscow Gallery, the Moscow Contemporary Art Center and the Moscow State Art Institute. The artists will bring the show to California in spring of 1995.