KUBA FALK Alive Again + Already Dead
Sunday, March 8
4:00 Tree Planting / 9:00 Performance
ALIVE AGAIN! TREE PLANTING SUNDAY MARCH 8 AT 4 PM!
ALREADY DEAD! LIVE PERFORMANCE SUNDAY MARCH 8 AT 9:00 PM
We are proud to present an exhibition + live performance by our first Fellowship Artist : Kuba Falk.
Mr. Falk has been scholar/artist-in-residence with Grace Exhibition Space since December 1, 2019 - using the city of New York to complete his research into the effects of capitalism, industry and destruction on our world, and manifesting through Climate Change.
We welcome you to Kuba Falk's Exhibition and our new Gallery!
+ A big welcome to springtime, our new season - schedule below - and all of our new collaborators +
KUBA FALK ALIVE AGAIN
MARCH 8 AT 4:00 PM
With the gesture of planting a tree I want to point out the very importance of such actions if we want to fight climate change. That is overwhelmingly the top solution to do so. At the same time we have to keep in our minds (and plates!) words of Joseph Poore, an environmental researcher at the Queen’s College, University of Oxford: “Without freeing up the billions of hectares we use to produce meat and milk, this ambition is not realisable.” We need to start planting trees now wherever possible, reduce dramatically meat and diary consumption, retrieve farm lands and plant even more trees there.
ALIVE AGAIN is also a tribute to Joseph Beuys and his 7000 OAKS. In fact action of Beuys - initiated in 1982 at Documenta 7 in Kassel, Germany - spread worldwide, reaching New York in 1988. There 37 trees, oaks and others together with basalt stone markers, grow on W 22nd Street in Chelsea.
My appreciation must also be expressed here towards another visionary artist - Agnes Denes. Her TREE MOUNTAIN - A LIVING TIME CAPSULE (1996 to the present) is one of the works that I find extremely valuable from a practical perspective and astonishingly beautiful at the same time.
Nevertheless it doesn’t matter if we plant 11 000 trees or 7000 trees or 1 tree unless we plant them at all.
KUBA FALK ALREADY DEAD. FEEDBACK LOOPS OF DESIRE.
MARCH 8 AT 9:00 PM
“The biggest problem we face is a philosophical one: understanding that this civilization is already dead. The sooner we confront this problem, and the sooner we realize there’s nothing we can do to save ourselves, the sooner we can get down to the hard work of adapting, with mortal humility, to our new reality.”
Roy Scranton, “Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene.”, New York Times
“I want you to panic.”
We live in a time of the sixth mass extinction, where all life is dying out as a result of human activity on earth, driven by an extractivist mindset. The catastrophe has already taken place, but it still resonates - a symphony of loss and destruction, a disturbed balance.
Let's mourn the loss, let's cry for the dead - humans, animals, plants, devastated ecosystems, polluted waters, earth and air. Let tears wash the wounds and broken hearts, let the song of despair resound and be heard, for its recognition in order to begin the healing process.
This performance is a mourning for loss. An action to embody something as abstract as issue of climate change. It is a lamentation. To acknowledge feelings of grief and despair. They need to be experienced in order to move on, to transform, heal, change - within spiritual frame.
KUBA FALK [POLAND] Performance and Intermedia Artist
born 1984, the Republic of Poland
Kuba Falk creates body-based works built out of personal rituals and
spiritual practice with strong presence of themes of healing through
facing shadows and inconvenient truths of self delusion.
His poetry, video and sound works are often incorporated into his
performances creating complex actions.
Falk studied in Cracow, Poland at the Intermedia Department of the
Academy of Fine Arts; Stage Directing and Stage Acting at the Academy
of Theatre Arts and Comparative Religion Studies at the Jagiellonian
KUBA FALK on VIMEO: https://vimeo.com/kubafalk
GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE for INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART
SPRING 2020 : March 6 - May 15
March 6, 7, 8 - 13, 14 KUBA FALK [Poland] Exhibition + Performances
March 20 - May 17 OPTIMISTIC nihilism
Talk Music Elixirs 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Performance Art 9:00 - 10:00 pm
March 20 : Andrew Faust [NY] Adriana Magana [NY] Jaguar Mary X [NY] Tomasz Szarma [Finland/Poland] Mai Nguyen [Quebec] Arantxa Araujo [Mexico/NY] Jon Konkol [Berlin]
April 3 : Luke Stence [NY] Valerie Sharp [NY] Rae Goodwin [KY] Kristiane Bogwald [Norway] Hua wei Hua [China/NY]
April 17 : Shawn Shepard [NY] Molly Rafutto [NY] Thomas Albrecht [NY] Qing Cai [Singapore/China] Gim Gwang Cheol [S. Korea] Park Kyueng Hwa [S. Korea]
May 1 : Nina Isabelle [NY] Stvn Girard - Michelle Lacombe - Guillaume Dufour-Morin [Quebec]
May 15 : Alan Tod [Portugal/France] Alex Romania [NY] Stacy Smith [NY] Erik Hokanson [NY] Nina Isabelle [NY] The Women's Activation System [London, UK]
Curated by Jill McDermid-Hokanson
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