Come check out work by current and past DIAP fellows at the Compton Goethals Gallery at City College! Reception is tomorrow night from 5:30-8pm!

Pictures from Hyperplace to come soon!

Come check out work by current and past DIAP fellows at the Compton Goethals Gallery at City College! Reception is tomorrow night from 5:30-8pm!

Pictures from Hyperplace to come soon!

Hyperplace Harlem »

It’s finally happening! Next week is Hyperplace Harlem, a unique interdisciplinary festival taking place right here in Harlem/Hamilton Heights. This is going to be a really exciting event not to be missed! I will be creating another iteration of my site-specific installations, a new work called THINGS FALLING TOGETHER, at Clayton Williams Community Garden, which will also be host to workshops on biodiversity by artists EcoArtTech and Michelle Rosenberg. My work will be part of an exhibition titled UNIMAGINABLE TERRAIN curated by City College’s own Audra Lambert and Anna Cahn, also jointly taking place in the DIAP - Digital & Interdisciplinary Arts Practice MFA at CCNY studio. Make sure to check out the discussion panel called INSIDE //\ OUTSIDE, which will investigate issues of “traversing interactions between people, spaces & artistic practice”. Also included in the festival is a sound sculpture from my fellow DIAP alum William Tucci, a curated exhibition at Tatiana Pagés Gallery with Carla Perez-Gallardo and several other artists called A SENSE OF PLACE, a new iteration of iParade (a walking, interactive, GPS-triggered text/audio/video experience) by DIAP favorites LoVid Hinkis-Lapidus, and a night of screenings/readings at Maysles Cinema!!

It’s all happening Oct 4–6! Please check out the beautifully designed website for more info!

Airspace above a vacant lot between two buildings on 127th St, Morningside Heights

Airspace above a vacant lot between two buildings on 127th St, Morningside Heights

“Form is all we have to help us cope with fundamentally chaotic facts and assaults. Formulating something is a great start. I trust form, trust my feeling or capacity to find the right form for something. Even if that is only by being well organized. That too is form.”

– Gerhard Richter

Infinite Sunset »

One of my favorite “pieces” of net art.

GEOAMNESIA, 2014, prints, 13 inches x 19 inches each (shown: 1 of 5)

Some of my prints will be included in a fantastic group show comprised of Picture Berlin alumni titled REUNION. There is also another opening happening simultaneously in the same space featuring the current PB residents called GROUNDWORK. It’s happening in Berlin from August 9-15, so please check it out if you find yourself near Moabit!

LEHRTERSIEBZEHN, Lehrter Str. 17, HH, 3. etage [Moabit]Hauptbahnhof station (S-bahn)Bus 123 - Poststadion stopExhibition dates: 9 - 15 August 2014

GEOAMNESIA, 2014, prints, 13 inches x 19 inches each (shown: 1 of 5)

Some of my prints will be included in a fantastic group show comprised of Picture Berlin alumni titled REUNION. There is also another opening happening simultaneously in the same space featuring the current PB residents called GROUNDWORK. It’s happening in Berlin from August 9-15, so please check it out if you find yourself near Moabit!

LEHRTERSIEBZEHN, Lehrter Str. 17, HH, 3. etage [Moabit]
Hauptbahnhof station (S-bahn)
Bus 123 - Poststadion stop
Exhibition dates: 9 - 15 August 2014

The Built Landscape – The Los Angeles Review of Books »

This is technically a book review, but wonderful/worthwhile.

"We think of ruins as being isolated cultural sites, but our effect on the earth has been so significant that we have entered the Anthropocene Era. Sometimes we deceive ourselves into thinking that these changes have been utterly natural, but we are living in the ruins of a natural disaster of our own making, a process started thousands of years ago but accelerating quickly. ‘Nature is not a temple, but a ruin,’ writes J.B. MacKinnon in The Once and Future World: Nature as It Was, as It Is, as It Could Be. ‘A beautiful ruin, but a ruin all the same’”.

“The highways crisscross through the towns and become man-made geological networks of concrete. In fact, the entire landscape has a mineral presence. From the shiny chrome diners to glass windows of shopping centers, a sense of the crystalline prevails.”

– Robert Smithson, The Crystal Land, 1996

Official press release for A PERFORATED CENTER

KARA J. SCHMIDT
A PERFORATED CENTER
MAY 1 – 8

A Perforated Center is an exhibition of four works that respond to the militarization and privatization of public areas through the insertion of poetic interventions. These interventions challenge the dynamics of how we experience in-between areas, and the inherent connections amidst those that inhabit these locations. Kara J. Schmidt is an interdisciplinary artist interested in how different mediums can be used in a linear quality that references how the body interacts with and is informed by architecture. Her work often unfolds through the limitations of site‐specificity, taking the form of parasitical installations, performance, and video projection. Referring to these sites as “nomadic entry points”, she uses constructed surfaces within situations denoted as transitory to instigate dialogue and disruption within the itinerancy of the everyday.

MFA Group Opening Reception: May 1
5–9pm
DIAP Studio
Shepard Hall, Room 408 (4th Fl.)
259 Convent Ave, NYC

INVISIBLE LINE, May 3
7–9pm

Interactive solo performance with video projection, 5th Avenue from 142nd Street to Washington Square Park (follow invisible_line_ on Twitter for location updates)

RETICULANT MATTER, May 4
2–3pm

Collaborative performance with Lionel Cruet, Sasha Cohen, David Diaz, Tenrai Forsyth, Sarah Mayo, Laura Schneider, and Schmidt around perimeter of City College, beginning at 140th Street and Amsterdam Avenue

CANOPY, May 1–8

Installation with cotton cord, wood, and microfilament within NE stairwell of Shepard Hall, 259 Convent Ave

ANTHROPICA, May 1–8

Video installation with rocks and stones, DIAP Studio, Shepard 408, 259 Convent Ave (by appointment: please contact)

www.karajschmidt.com

A Perforated Center is a project by Kara J. Schmidt in fulfillment of an MFA thesis in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice (DIAP) at the City College of New York CUNY.

“To inhabit a subject, or have research embodied in yourself, is to be part of the particular constellation of forces in the area of your research. Research is thus written from within. You have various entry points into describing a particular reality. One’s practice is producing the information that you are writing on. Research is not prior to practice. You are living it, part of it; the subject is embodied in you. The body is very important in this, where you are, where you have chosen to position yourself.”

– Eyal Weizman. Taken from here.