Wednesday, July 25
Arte Institute, Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education and Residency Unlimited (RU), present the video Casita Press Play, Episode 1: Bored in Class by Amelia Saul on Wednesday, July 25 at 7:00 pm at the Instituto Cervantes.
Casita Press Play, Episode 1: Bored in Class is the culmination of five-months of weekly workshops conducted by the artist Amelia Saul with fifteen students of Casita Maria, a 78 year old cultural and education center located in the South Bronx, one of the poorest Congressional Districts in the United States.
“Casita Press Play, Episode 1: Bored in Class recounts, in a combination of staged readings and reenactments, a Dantean adventure through a dreamy, perilous middle-school art class. Each student is bored to tears, gets confronted by something wicked and vicious, and ultimately must fight for passage into a netherworld of enthusiastic, distracted, dancing vampires”, explains Amelia Saul.
This project was realized in the Fall 2011 within the framework of Amelia Saul’s joint residency with Casita Maria and Residency Unlimited. The screening at Instituto Cervantes inaugurates the Video Art Project series a year-round cycle of film and video screenings of works by RU artists and other artists, launched by Arte Institute and RU.
The Instituto Cervantes is located at 211 East 49th Street, New York, NY. For more information about the screening of Casita Press Play, Episode 1: Bored in Class please contact Aisha Jordan, Arts Manager at Casita Maria, at (718) 589-2230 *6054 or send an email to email@example.com.
AMELIA SAUL is a video and performance artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her MFA at New York University, and has exhibited at Momenta Art, Brooklyn, and 80WSE Galleries, NYC. Following her Residency Unlimited /Casita Maria residency in 2011, she became a resident artist at Yaddo, NY. Saul is working with Claude Wampler on a show slated for early 2013 to be presented jointly at The Kitchen, NYC, and EMPAC, Troy, NY. For more information, please visit www.ameliasaul.net and use the password “easy2remember”.
VIDEO ART PROJECT: Launched by Arte Institute and Residency Unlimited (RU), Video Art Project is a year-round cycle of film and video screenings of works by RU artists and other artists jointly selected by both organizations. The screenings take place in different venues throughout the city including the RU event space in Carroll Gardens. Video Art Project aims to offer a vital platform for artists pushing the boundaries of moving image media.
ARTE INSTITUTE is a New York based, non-profit organization that fosters the dissemination of Portuguese contemporary art and film and creates cultural connections between artists and filmmakers in Portugal, New York and Brazil. Arte Institute’s leit motif is the power of synergies and the unlimited potential of a whole generation.
CASITA MARIA CENTER FOR ARTS AND EDUCATION continues its 78-year legacy of serving youth of the South Bronx community and other New Yorkers at its new, state of the art facility with comprehensive kindergarten through college arts and education programs supported by a family center, a gallery and a theater to bolster learning. Casita offers safe, rigorous and creative programs both during the school day and during out-of-school time that help transform the lives of the youth we serve. Its mission is to empower youth and their families by creating a culture of learning through high quality social, cultural and educational opportunities. For more information, please visit www.casitamaria.org.
RESIDENCY UNLIMITED is an artist-centered organization dedicated to producing customized residency formats to support the creation, presentation and dissemination of contemporary art through strategic partnerships with collaborating institutions. RU provides tailored support and services to emerging and mid-career artists and curators that include enhanced networking opportunities, production and technical assistance, exhibition opportunities, on-line resources, art and public education programs. Operating across multiple platforms, RU is particularly committed to promoting multidisciplinary practices and to building lasting connections between residents and the broader arts community both locally and globally.