Watermill Artists-in-Residence Sebastián Escalona, Josefina Dagorret, Stacey Goodman & Aneta Panek and invite the community to explore their work through In Process @ The Watermill Center. In Process @ The Watermill Center invites the community to engage with our resident artists on Saturday afternoons through open rehearsals, workshops, studios visits, lectures or artists talks.
During their Watermill residency, Sebastián Escalona (visual artist and art director) and Josefina Dagorret (director and performer) will continue the development of Extinct Rite – a research project that combines different languages of artistic expressions involving landscape, the body, the site-specific and the memory. The project is inspired by the Chilean, pre-Columbian tribe “Selknam” who was exterminated in 1923 by European colonizers in “Tierra del Fuego” located on the Chilean side of Patagonia. The Selknam’s most important ceremony, “Hain”, was dedicated to connecting the human being with the universe as represented in the stars and other natural earthly forces. The goal of Sebastián and Josefina’s residency is to awaken the Hain rite and bringing it back to the modern world, returning the instinctive memory to the body in order to produce links with contemporary performative practices.
Multi-disciplinary artist Stacey Goodman will focus on connecting the performative and ephemeral aspects of his work Dreams, Light & Liberation, to the video and sculptural components. He will create sculptural objects, video and performances that together aim to liberate how we perceive marginalized people and spaces via historical photography and imagination – specifically the marginalized people of the 1930s and 40s.
Aneta Panek will use her residency at The Watermill Center to stage a punk opera Alchemy and Punk (working title), which she has been developing for three years within the framework of her artistic PhD at the University of Arts, Berlin and Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing, France. Through the creation of a visual and musical installation, she will test the relevancy of her theories and ideas as images on stage. Aneta Panek is interested in challenging the existing norms of performing knowledge. Time permitting, she will create a documentary on The Watermill Center, which she feels “is an institution like Bauhaus or Black Mountain College and should be seen and perpetuated as such.”