Random Number in Random Spaces
St. Cecilia’s Convent, Brooklyn, NY
A failing economy has decided the recent fate of 21 Monitor Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Formerly a nun’s convent, the grand three-story house now stands uninhabited due to the declining membership of St. Cecilia parish and its sister school. Rather than let the building fall into disrepair the parish has found ways to breathe new life into it through a rotating schedule of film shoots, screenings, dance performances, and art exhibitions.
Taking its cue from the friends-of-friends network that has allowed access to 21 Monitor Street, system:system is a three-day event that reflects on the nature of associations between parts of a whole. The title is a play on the term “complex systems,” which are characterized by their connections and tendencies toward unpredictable behavior. The organizing of this event evokes these qualities and embraces the small world phenomenon of strangers being linked through minimal degrees of separation to form a dynamic structure.
The unoccupied nun’s living quarters will now showcase work that experiments with the building up and/or breaking down of systems: mathematical, scientific, social, economic, and otherwise. Much like the social and economic factors responsible for this event, the behavior between the separate elements—artistic interventions and performances—will result in an atmosphere of emergent interconnectedness. The act of creating artistic content in a temporary context will feature prominently, remaining true to the fluid way in which these works were executed.
Curated by Adam Henry and Christina Vassallo
Abby Manock, Adam Henry, Anya Kielar, Arthur Ou, Chris Dorland, Curver Thoroddsen, David Brooks, Derick Melander, [dNASAb], Emily Mae Smith, eTeam, Ethan Breckenridge, Francesca DiMattio, Gandalf Gavan, Garth Weiser, Ian Davis, Inna Babaeva, Jeff Konigsberg, Johannes VanDerBeek, Kai Vierstra, Lisha Bai, Maria João Salema & Lee Wells, Marius Watz, Matthew Monteith, Matthew Schenning, Melissa Brown, Meridith Pingree, Mike Hein, MiYoung Sohn, Nika Sarabi, Peter Kirn, Phil Vanderhyden, Saira McLaren, Skyler Brickley, SOFTlab, Studio Mode, Suzanne Song, Tom Brauer, Yeni Mao
Installation in Progress
- system:system photos on Flickr
- Opening reception: Friday, Oct 23, 7pm – 10pm with performances by Matamoros and New Idea Society / after party at The Richardson, 451 Graham Ave, BK
- Additional Performance: Saturday Oct 24, 8 pm / Bonnie Pipkin Presents “By Virtue Guarded and Manners Graced…A Game of Exquisite Corpse”
- Hours: Friday Oct 23, 7 pm – 10 pm
Sat & Sun Oct 24 – 25, noon – 6 pm
Sat & Sun Oct 31 – Nov 1, noon – 6 pm
and by appointment by calling: 718.666.8906
- Location: St. Cecilia’s Convent, 21 Monitor Street, Brooklyn, NY
Who is responsible?
Making something out of nothing Super Square was born from a tanked economy and focuses on the creative use of available resources for presenting art exhibitions. A nomadic project, Super Square organizes events that emphasize the creation of site-responsive art in unoccupied spaces. Super Square is comprised of a core group of art professionals and maintains an openness to collaborative efforts.
Who made it possible?
Sponsored by The Richardson, the official after party venue. Support for system:system is generously provided by Brooklyn Brewery, the exclusive beer sponsor of the exhibition. Website provided by Arlo/Artists for Super Square.
Special thanks to St. Cecilia RC Parish & Father Jim Krische, Jose Gonzalez, Claire Sexton, Lee Wells, Suzanne Song.