2000 ARTSLINK PROJECTS AWARDS

BILL YOUNG & DANCERS, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Hungary

$4,000 to support the creation of a new dance work for Madach Theater in Budapest, Hungary. Bill Young will work with Madach’s twelve-member dance company to create a new piece built from in-depth work with contact improvisation. Mr. Young will also teach a daily class that will be open to the dance community in Budapest. The project will culminate in a week of public performances at Madach Theater in March 2001.

'LINES' CONTEMPORARY BALLET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Host Country: Poland

$4,000 to support the Artistic Director of LINES Contemporary Ballet, Alonzo King, in the development of a new collaborative work with Polish composer Pawel Szymanski. Mr. King will travel to Warsaw where he and Mr. Szymanski will work out the basic parameters of the composition and choreography for the new piece. The new ballet will premiere at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in the spring of 2002 and will join LINES Contemporary Ballet’s touring repertoire.

SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS, NEW YORK, NYFlipFest logo
Host Country: Estonia

$4,000 to support a collaboration between choreographer Yoshiko Chuma of the School of Hard Knocks and Priit Raud, Director of 2.tants, an experimental dance producer in Tallinn, Estonia. They will create a new work for Estonian dancers that will be part of a series of works Ms. Chuma is creating about cultural preconceptions and stereotypes under the collective title Reverse Psychology. The new work will premiere in Tallinn in April 2001 and will tour Estonia during the summer of 2001.

CATHY WEIS, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Macedonia

$6,000 to support dance and video artist Cathy Weis and media artist Sarah Gray in a residency in Skopje, Macedonia in June 2000. Ms. Weis and Ms. Gray worked with Nova Productions, PAC Multimedia, and the Contemporary Art Center in Skopje, and with media artist Ruben Puentedura in Bennington, Vermont, on a multidisciplinary project exploring ways to use sound and imagery transmitted on the internet to tell a story. The new work premiered in January 2001 at the Contemporary Art Center in Skopje and at The Kitchen in New York in a simultaneous performance via the internet.

H.L. HIX, KANSAS CITY, MO
Host Country: Estonia

$2,000 to support H.L. Hix to travel to Estonia to work with Dr. Juri Talvet, Head of the Department of Literature at the University of Tartu. Hix and Talvet have been working together on the translation of contemporary Estonian poetry into English. They will use this opportunity to complete an anthology featuring the work of twelve contemporary Estonian poets.

OTRABANDA COMPANY, NEW YORK, NYFlipFest logo
Host Country: Slovenia

$6,000 to support a collaboration between playwright Jim Neu of Otrabanda Company and Slovene playwright Boris Pintar. They will organize a series of workshops in Ljubljana, Slovenia that will explore the interaction between music and the spoken word in theater. These workshops will provide an opportunity for local writers, actors and musicians to work with Otrabanda members, and to present new work and develop works-in-progress.

LYNNE SACHS, BALTIMORE, MD and JEANNE FINLEY, NY Host Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
$5,000 to support a video and web project entitled House of Drafts/Dom Promaha. Jeanne Finley and Lynne Sachs worked with the Director of the Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Arts, Dunja Blazevic, and artists at SCCA’s Multimedia Laboratory to investigate how the upheavals in the countries of the former Yugoslavia have affected individual lives and the pluralistic nature of the city of Sarajevo. www.house-of-drafts.org

DENISE IRIS, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Romania

$3500 to support this media artist in a collaboration with visual artist Felix Aftene on an experimental video that will explore the influence of the Christian Orthodox faith on Romanian society. The video will be broadcast on Romanian National Television and screened at the Romanian Cultural Center in New York. Ms. Iris will also give a workshop in mobile digital editing for artists in Iasi, Romania.

Y. DAVID CHUNG, MCLEAN, VA
Host Country: Kazakhstan

$6,000 to support the development of a new multimedia work by visual artist Y. David Chung, musicians Pooh Johnston and Charles Tobermann and Roksonaki, a Kazakh quartet that plays traditional and contemporary music. Tobermann, Johnston and the Kazakh musicians will develop a new work based on folk music of the region; Chung will create a video work to accompany the musical piece.

LEO COACH, CLEVELAND, OH
Host Country: Slovenia

$4,000 to support Contemporary Music Coalition members Leo Coach, Allen Nemeth and Melvin Burks in a collaboration with Slovene musician Manc Kovacic to interpret the poetry of France Preseren, the national poet of Slovenia, through the music of American jazz. CMC performed concerts in Ljubljana, Maribor, and Ruse, Slovenia.

LINDA MAXEY, LAWRENCE, KS
Host Country: Lithuania

$7,000 to support marimbist Linda Maxey’s residency at the Lithuanian Music Academy in Vilnius where she will assist in updating the percussion curriculum. She will introduce advanced instrumental techniques and teaching methods that are currently unknown in Lithuania. Ms. Maxey will also teach master classes for Academy students, Vilnius Conservatory students and professional percussionists.

TRISTRA NEWYEAR, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Russia

$2,000 to support Modern Skomorokhi, a project involving the creation and performance of an original program of songs and instrumental pieces in the spirit of the skomorokhi, professional musicians who exerted an influence on Russian culture from the 12th to the 17th centuries. Tristra Newyear and Ilya Temkin will work with Russian musician Pavel Lion to develop a program of arranged traditional and original pieces that will be performed at various venues in Moscow and in New York City.

THOMAS WELLS, COLUMBUS, OH
Host Country: Yugoslavia

$3,500 to support Thomas Wells to work with faculty and students in the Music Department of University of Novi-Sad to strengthen the electronic music curriculum. Mr. Wells will donate much-needed electronic music equipment to the University and provide instruction in its use. He will explore new opportunities for collaboration between the University of Novi Sad and The Ohio State University where he is a professor of composition. Mr. Wells and local musicians will give public performances in Novi-Sad and surrounding areas.

BOND STREET THEATRE COALITION, NEW YORK, NY
Host Countries: Bulgaria and Yugoslavia

$7,000 to support a collaboration between Bond Street Theatre, a company that uses physical arts as a theater language that crosses cultural borders, and Theatre Tsvete of Sofia, Bulgaria, which focuses its attention in the areas of social work and education. Bond Street members will attend a preparation workshop with Theatre Tsvete in Sofia to develop a theatre piece dealing with conflict and resolution in the Balkan region. Both companies will travel to Kosovo to present the work in temporary settlements, shelters and hospitals. The final part of their project will be to return to Bulgaria to participate in the Youth Promoting Tolerance and Friendship in the New Balkans Seminar to be held in Plovdiv.

JESSICA LURIE, SEATTLE, WA
Host Country: Croatia
$5,000 to support the creation and production of Mayakovsky’s Smile, a multimedia performance that will combine images projected on a large screen, live and pre-recorded music and live narration. The project is inspired by the life and work of Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, a central figure in the Russian Avant-Garde Movement of the early 20th century. Musician Jessica Lurie and visual artist Danijel Zezelj will work with Croatian writers Griener and Kropilak, Croatian actor Sreten Mokrovic and local musicians in Zagreb. The piece will be performed in Zagreb, Croatia and in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

MARTY PETTENGER, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Yugoslavia
$5,000 to support the production of Just War, a theater piece written by Marty Pottenger based on interviews with citizens of the countries of the former Yugoslavia about their experiences during the wars. Just War will be developed, directed and staged in collaboration with Ana Miljanic, Theater Director at the Center for Cultural Decontamination in Belgrade. It will premiere in Belgrade in the fall of 2000, tour festivals throughout Europe in spring 2001 and premiere in New York City in fall 2001.

MAUREEN CONNOR, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Poland

$5,000 to support the participation of five U.S. artists in All You Need is Love, a project that investigates the impact of popular culture, especially literature, feature film and television on individual sexual experience. Maureen Connor, Alex Bag, Dan Asher, Sam Samore, Thomas Eller, and artists from six European countries participated in an exhibition and symposium held at the Bathhouse Center for Contemporary Art in Gdansk, Poland in May 2000.

GAYLEN GERBER, KAY ROSEN, and CANDIDA ALVAREZ, CHICAGO, IL
Host Country: Macedonia
$7,000 to support the residencies of these visual artists at the Museum of the City of Skopje as part of the project Words-Objects-Acts, a collaboration between The Museum of the City of Skopje and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Words-Objects-Acts will explore the relationship between language and experience and how ideas are translated into objects and images. The project will involve lectures, panel discussions and exhibitions of the work of Gerber, Rosen, Alvarez and three Macedonian artists in both Skopje and Chicago.

MARTHA GRENON, AUSTIN, TX
Host Country: Yugoslavia

$3,000 to support photographers Martha Grenon and Naim Shala, an ethnic Albanian living in Kosovo, to continue a photo-documentary project started in 1999 in Prishtina, Yugoslavia. Grenon will distribute cameras to a group of young men and women, ranging in age from 12 to 23, who will document their own lives and create mixed media works with their photos, found objects and personal keepsakes. Grenon and Shala will document the process and offer instruction in darkroom procedures. Exhibits in Prishtina and Austin, Texas will showcase the work of the young people, and a bilingual catalogue will be produced.

ANDREW HERSCHER, CAMBRIDGE, MA
Host Country: Yugoslavia

$3,000 to support architect Andrew Herscher to work with the Department of Architecture at the University of Prishtina to draw up reconstruction plans for a group of damaged historic buildings in Kosovo. Herscher has co-organized a project for the emergency protection of 100 historic monuments in greatest danger. By working with faculty and students at the University of Prishtina, he plans to develop pilot reconstruction projects for selected historic monuments.

ODILI DONALD ODITA, BROOKLYN, NY FlipFest logo
Host Country: Poland

$5,000 to support the participation of four U.S. artists in the exhibition Here and Now to be presented at the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw and the Galeria Arsenal in Bialystok, Poland in March and April 2001. The exhibition will include works by U.S. artists Odili Donald Odita, Byron Kim, Olivier Mosset and Steven Parrino and Polish artists Wojciech Lazarczyk, Robert Macieuk, Mikolaj Smoczynski and Leon Tarasewicz. An extensive catalogue will document the exhibition and plans are being made for the exhibition to travel to other cities in Europe and the US.

MARA ADAMITZ SCRUPE, BREMO BLUFF, VA
Host Country: Lithunia

$5,000 to support Mara Adamitz Scrupe’s residency at Europos Parkas in Vilnius, Lithuania in the spring of 2001. Ms. Scrupe will design a community garden in conjunction with her garden-based installation entitled Suspicious Science.