Part of the NYC dance and performance community since 1995, Carrie Ahern and her company Present Pariah Inc. use the medium of the body to investigate spaces of taboo. She has a reputation for extensive research for each project combined with an ability to make viewers deeply uncomfortable and comfortable simultaneously. Ahern’s work has been performed nationally and internationally. Commissions and awards include: Danspace Project commission (2006 and 2008); Guggenheim Works and Process commission (2005); Fractured Atlas Creative Development Grant (2007); BAX Space Grant Artist (2007-8); LMCC SwingSpace (2009-10) NYFA BUILD (2011-12);Project: Space Available AIR (Seattle 2011) Alwan for the Arts- commissions and AIR (2011-13) Recent projects include: For 1067 PacificPeople: The POP UP Gesture Store (with Andrea Haenggi and Rob Neuwirth, 2014-16), Pickpocket Dance Party (with Andrea Haenggi, 2015); Borrowed Prey the two part performance about death for a butcher shop and cemetery; The Art of Burial the fantasy burial experience which she is also developing into a TED Talk. Ahern is currently developing a multi-part work inspired by Simone de Beauvoir’s ‘The Second Sex’.
Catherine Grau (1982) works in the tradition of social sculpture – situating art directly within society and motivated by social change. Her projects are participatory and often employ installation, objects and props as a means of facilitating a shift in our behavior and perception. Her interests are in generating new practices of public space and education, focusing on social, sensorial and metaphysical modes of being. Co-producing these performative (lived) experiences with a participating audience is a reoccurring form of her work, which she likes to frame as learning/unlearning processes. Catherine holds a BFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute and a MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from the Bauhaus University. She loves to work collaboratively with other artists and across disciplines. In 2010 she co-founded the Berlin-based artist collective Process Institute, with whom she worked exclusively in 2010/2011 and since comes together with on an annual basis. She is currently based in New York.
Andrea Haenggi is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, dancer, improviser and teacher whose live-performance works includes video, installation, collaboration, writing, photography, speech, mapping and drawing. She strives to develop a new language for every piece. Her performance projects aim to go beyond ”production,” with a sense of participatory engagement, and are concerned with issues such as power/powerlessness, consumerism, identity in diversity and «why are we alive?»
Ellie Irons is an artist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. She works in a variety of media, from walks to WIFI, to reveal how human and nonhuman lives intertwine with other earth systems. Recently she has been in residence at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, the Headlands Center and the SVA Nature Lab. Her work has been part of recent group exhibitions exploring contemporary environmental issues, including Social Ecologies, Emergent Ecologies, and the ongoing Chance Ecologies project. Recent exhibition venues include The Queens Museum, Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, Pratt Manhattan Gallery and William Paterson University. Her writing has appeared in Temporary Art Review, The Brooklyn Rail and Landscape Architecture Futures. She is a 2015 NYFA Fellowship recipient and a 2015 Turbulence Commission grantee. Irons teaches part time at Brown University. She studied Environmental Science and Art at Scripps College and received her MFA from Hunter College, CUNY.
Christopher Lee Kennedy is a teaching artist and organizer who creates site-specific projects that explore relationships between the built and natural environment, queer identity, and alternative education. These projects generate publications, research, performances, and installations that invite new understandings of ecology, community and social equity. With a background in environmental engineering, Kennedy uses field science techniques such as transects, specimen collecting, sampling, and mapping, as well forms of storytelling and embodied experience to help archive and visualize complex systems. Kennedy was born in Ocean County, New Jersey and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.