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Marilyn Arsem : Recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council 2017 Artist Fellowship in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres

Announcement : January 30, 2017

Mobius Artist Marilyn Arsem

Recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council 2017 Artist Fellowship in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is honored to announce the 2017 Artist Fellowship awards in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. Sixteen artists will receive fellowships of $12,000, and 16 artists will receive $1,000 finalist awards. See a list of this year’s fellows and finalists, to date.

The awards are anonymously judged, based solely on the artistic quality and creative ability of the work submitted. Applications were open to all eligible Massachusetts artists. A total number of 561 applications were received; 141 in Crafts, 135 in Dramatic Writing, and 285 in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres.

photo credit: Mark Solinsky : February 18, 2016: 100 Ways to Consider Time, Day 99: Salt

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Mobius Returns To Fort Point!

Mobius Returns to Fort Point!

Greetings!

It is another year full of possibilities at Mobius, and to kick it all off, we are excited to announce that we have moved back to Boston and Fort Point!

What does this mean?

To start, we are no longer operating our former space at 55 Norfolk Street in Cambridge. Instead, Mobius’ office has relocated to the Midway Studio building at 15 Channel Center Street, Suite #202 Boston, MA02210. We have an exciting year of programs lined up for 2017 that will occur both at Midway and in collaboration with other venues around Boston and beyond.
Though we are excited by the potential that this move offers us, this was not an easy decision. Mobius had a productive time in Cambridge over the last five years and facilitated hundreds of new projects from a broad range of local, national, and international artists. During this time we formed a strong relationship with the Cambridge arts community – a relationship that we look forward to continuing to foster moving forward, even as we transition back to Boston.

As you may know, Mobius also has a deep and longstanding relationship with Fort Point, having once called the area our home for a span of over twenty years. For this reason, it seems fitting that our return to Fort Point will coincide with Mobius' 40th anniversary as an organization. During this landmark year, we look forward to reflecting upon and celebrating our past while we continue to build towards a stronger future!

Thanks to all of the artists we work with and our supporters, Mobius continues to evolve, grow and adapt to the many challenges we and other arts organizations face. Our new change of location comes with a renewed inspiration to identify ways that artist-driven experimental practices can contribute to meaningful conversations and forms of actions during these contentious social and political times.  

Thank you for being a part of this work. We look forward to seeing and working with you all in 2017!

All our best!
Mobius

Some upcoming programming highlights include:

January / February:

Mobius artists to participate in the first Boston SERC (Social Emergency Response Center) initiated by the Design Studio for Social Intervention.

Reports from Afield with Yuka Takahashi, Sara June & Max Lord, in which the artists will present on their experience developing a new project at the Work Space Brussels Residency.

March:

Sandy Huckleberry will present a new work at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

April/May:

Mobius to present an evening of experimental work at City Hall in Boston.
 
Marilyn Arsem will participate in Bbeyond’s Being (in) Public: Time, Action, Freedom in Public Spaces in Belfast, Northern Ireland

June:

Mobius will present an evening-length program of new composer/choreographer collaborative works at Judson Church in NYC and Green Street Studios in Cambridge featuring local and New York based artists as well as Mobius Artists past and present.

June-August:

Mobius will be collaborating with the Distillery Gallery to develop new programs over the course of a three-month residency.

We will be sure to keep you posted as further details and dates are confirmed for these projects, and many others in the works!

photo by Bob Raymond of Milan Kohout and David Franklin performing Flying and Flowing

Jed Speare, In Memoriam, March 22nd. 2016 He will be missed.

Jed Speare, Strange Attractor@StudioSoto, Photo by Kristophe Diaz

Jed Speare, Strange Attractor@StudioSoto, Photo by Kristophe Diaz

Jed Speare – 1954-2016

It is with great sadness that Mobius shares the news of the passing of Jed Speare on March 22, 2016.  Jed was an active member in the group since 1995 and provided leadership for Mobius as co-director/director from 1996-2004, and again from 2009-2013.  Mobius is lucky to have received the commitment and dedication that Jed generously gave to this organization. He had a prolific career as a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and organizer. Jed’s activities reached far beyond Mobius, as he engaged with numerous artists and organizations in Boston and around the world.

Despite the challenges with his health in the last few years he persisted in his work with the sensitivity, attention, and criticality that he always had. Just in the last few months, Jed was an artist-in-residence at the Guest House, Cork, Ireland and at Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh. He launched: The Wounds of Returning - Sound Works II 1974-1983 with Farpoint Recordings, and presented a new electroacoustic work at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall with collaborator, Morgan Evans-Weiler.  

Jed’s career as an artist spanned over four decades, during which his work reflected the personal, political and cultural transformations that marked a fluctuating environment for experimental art making.  We are grateful that he left us with so many memories, ideas, images, words, and sounds which will continue to have impact for years to come.

Thank you Jed for all that you have shared and given us.  

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Mobius is preparing a memorial event in honor of Jed’s life and work. We will be sending out details as they solidify. If you have any reflections, photos, or expressions to share about Jed (now or in consideration of the memorial) please send them to daniel@mobius.org

Additional announcements of Jed’s passing:

Family Vineyard

The WIRE Magazine, UK

"100 Ways to Consider Time " Marilyn Arsem : Days 50-100 BY CHELSEA COON ON MARCH 15, 2016

‘Salt’, Day 99 in ‘100 Ways to Consider Time’, Marilyn Arsem. Photo Credit: Vela Om

‘Salt’, Day 99 in ‘100 Ways to Consider Time’, Marilyn Arsem. Photo Credit: Vela Om

Here are the links to the articles written by Chelsea Coon in Big Red & Shiny on Marilyn Arsem and 100 Ways to Consider Time.

100 Ways to Consider Time: Days 1–50

http://bigredandshiny.org/22939/100-ways-to-consider-time-days-1-50/

100 Ways to Consider Time: Days 50-100

http://bigredandshiny.org/…/100-ways-to-consider-time-days…/

Marilyn Arsem  is the recipient of its 2015 Maud Morgan Prize. The Museum of Fine Arts' Maud Morgan Prize honors a Massachusetts woman artist who has demonstrated creativity and vision, making significant contributions to the contemporary arts landscape.  

Arsem performed at the Museum of Fine Arts for 100 days, beginning  November 09, 2015 and ending February 19, 2016.

Mobius Artists Anna Wexler and Margaret Bellafiore both have artists books in this travelling project which is now in Washington, DC.

Mobius Artists Anna Wexler and Margaret Bellafiore both have artists books in this travelling project which is now in Washington, DC. http://www.amsshdc2016.org/about.html

 

link to Washington Post review of show with Margaret Bellafiore mention:https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/museums/artists-prove-that-bombing-in-baghdad-was-not-the-end-of-street-of-booksellers/2016/02/11/4f255f3e-c8fc-11e5-ae11-57b6aeab993f_story.html

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In the Museum for 100 Days, a Performance Artist Pushes Us to Reflect on Time by Heather Kapplow on February 12, 2016 Hyperallergic

marilyn Hyperallergic.jpg

Here is the link to the article written by Heather Kapplow in Hyperallergic on Marilyn Arsem and 100 Ways to Consider Time.

http://hyperallergic.com/274894/in-the-museum-for-100-days-a-performance-artist-pushes-us-to-reflect-on-time/

Marilyn Arsem  is the recipient of its 2015 Maud Morgan Prize. The Museum of Fine Arts' Maud Morgan Prize honors a Massachusetts woman artist who has demonstrated creativity and vision, making significant contributions to the contemporary arts landscape.  

Arsem has been performing at the Museum since November 09, 2015 and will conclude on February 19, 2016

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100 Ways to Consider Time: Days 1–50 BY CHELSEA COON ON FEBRUARY 8, 2016, Big Red & Shiny

Here is the link to the article written by Chelsea Coon in Big Red & Shiny on Marilyn Arsem and 100 Ways to Consider Time.

http://bigredandshiny.org/22939/100-ways-to-consider-time-days-1-50/ 

Marilyn Arsem  is the recipient of its 2015 Maud Morgan Prize. The Museum of Fine Arts' Maud Morgan Prize honors a Massachusetts woman artist who has demonstrated creativity and vision, making significant contributions to the contemporary arts landscape.  

Arsem has been performing at the Museum since November 09, 2015 and will conclude on February 19, 2016

 

The Performance Art of Marilyn Arsem Original e-book available for free download now!

The Performance Art of Marilyn Arsem

Original e-book available for free download now!

Enhanced e-book available through iBooks featuring 8 videos, 4 audio clips, and 21 slideshows, with essays by Edward Saywell and Liz Munsell.

This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.

It is a free download until the end of Arsem’s performance of 100 Ways to Consider Time at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on February 19th, after which it will be available for purchase.

The final chapter on 100 Ways to Consider Time will be updated after completion of the performance, and will include photos, some audio and video, as well as writing by Arsem and audience members.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/performance-art-marilyn-arsem/id1052288139?mt=13

Marilyn Arsem has created over 180 works of performance art since 1975, and in the process she has helped to define the genre itself. This monograph on her life’s work is among the first of its kind to embrace e-books’ capacity to convey key aspects of durational, live art through multimedia. It grants access to rare videos and slideshows of Arsem’s past performances, as well as to newly conducted audio interviews with the artist. Arsem discusses performance art on her own terms in a preface and a final chapter about her current work, and MFA curators contextualize her practice and recurring themes in an introduction and entry-based chapters on women’s work, cultures of violence, natural resources, and time and mortality. This enhanced e-book celebrates an artist who has spent her career pushing the boundaries of artistic experience, and at the same time, expands the established boundaries of how books present performance.

About the Authors

Liz Munsell is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art & MFA Programs, position supported by Lorraine Bressler, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Edward Saywell is Chair, Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, and Arthur K. Solomon Curator of Modern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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Forecast Public Art Public Art Review

 

Last summer, Mobuis Artists Group members Marilyn Arsem, Daniel S. DeLuca, Tom Plsek and Joanne Rice participated in Time Body Space Objects 4, on Spectacle Island Boston, Ma. The performance series was curated by Alice Vogler and Vela Phelan.

This piece was recently posted on the Public Art Review.

http://forecastpublicart.org/public-art-review/on-location/2015/12/bostons-isles-arts-initiative/

Photo credit: "SEVEN DISAPPEARANCES" by Marilyn Arsem, Time Body Space Objects 4. The artist performed seven demonstrations of the transformation of materials for "Seen/Unseen" on Spectacle Island. Photo by Nabeela Vega.

 

awards

Boston Foundation awards Brother Thomas Fellowship 2015, to Mobius Artist Sandrine Schaefer

"Mobius Artist, Sandrine Schaefer was named 1 of 10 local artists as a 2015 Brother Thomas Fellow through The Boston Foundation. The Brother Thomas Fund honors the life of Brother Thomas Bezanson, a Benedictine monk and ceramist whose work can be found in scores of museums nationwide.

The award is not tied to any particular project and designed to assist mid-career artists to evolve their practices.  Working with a site-sensitive approach, Sandrine plans to use the funds for travel opportunities to make new work."

Mobius Artist Sandrine Schaefer has been nominated for a Brother Thomas Fellowship Award

Mobius Artist Sandrine Schaefer has been nominated for a Brother Thomas Fellowship Award

Toward the end of his life, Brother Thomas, a Benedictine monk and world-renowned ceramic artist who died in 2007, joined forces with his friends Bernie and Sue Pucker, owners of Boston's Pucker Gallery, to create a legacy that would benefit other artists through the sale of his work. Today his legacy funds Fellowships for artists working at a high level of excellence and creativity. 

The Boston Foundation :: 75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA

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The Mobius Online Bookstore is now OPEN

published June 30, 2015

this moment: missives from another world, thirty years of performances photographed by Bob Raymond

Mobius’s new publication is a 10”x10” book containing 70 color photographs of performances, as well as essays on the history of Mobius and the challenges of documenting ephemeral art.  The artists pictured in the images have also written about the work.  Bob was a fixture at Mobius for 30 years, photographing performances every week.

Both paperback and hardcover versions are available.   They can now be purchased through the Mobius website.  Just click on ‘Store’ in the navigation menu on www.mobius.org, and follow the instructions. 

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2015 Foster Prize Interviews: Sandrine Schaefer

published March 23, 2015

Here is the link to an interview by Big Red and Shiny with Mobius artist Sandrine Schaefer, recipient of the ICA 2015 Foster Prize.

2015 Foster Prize Interviews: Sandrine Schaefer

http://www.bigredandshiny.com/cgi-bin/BRS.cgi?article=2015-02-23-033500391924366899 

Image credit: Sandrine Schaefer, "Land of Milk and Honey," (2013). Photograph by Daniel S. DeLuca. Image courtesy of the artist

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Marilyn Arsem - 2015 Recipient of a Finalist award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council

    Marilyn Arsem, EDGE 2013 Ndpae photo: Phil Fryer

    Marilyn Arsem, EDGE 2013 Ndpae photo: Phil Fryer

published March 23, 2015

Congratulations to Marilyn Arsem - 2015 Recipient of a Finalist award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Recipient of a Finalist award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Marilyn Arsem 
Sculpture/Installation/New Genres
2015  Finalist 
marilynarsem.net

Selected Exhibitions
Anderson-Foothill Library, Salt Lake City, Utah; Performance Art Festival, Salt Lake City Main Library, Utah; First Biennial Festival Of Performance Art and Sound Art at The Quarry, Contemporary Arts International, Acton, MA; 3rd International Sokolowsko Festival of Ephemeral Art, Poland; Egyptian Gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/gallery/artistDetail.asp?App=20151909&sampleNumber=3