Wanderings & Wonderings: Amelia Bande

Saturday, May 27, 2017
2:00pm — 4:00pm

Photo courtesy Amelia Bande

Writer and artist Amelia Bande will offer an outdoor musical lecture at Maya Lin’s 2007-08 earthwork Storm King Wavefield. This program was developed as a project called Walk Writing undertaken during Bande’s 2016 residency at The Shandaken Project at Storm King. Long walks produced a series of audio-text meditations on politics, art, and friendships, intertwined with reflections about the Storm King landscape and the sculptural works of the Art Center.

On Earth Day, April 22, I wake up very late. I go on Facebook and someone has posted a live broadcast of the March for Science. Maya Lin is onstage speaking: “I am an artist and environmentalist. In my work, I reveal aspects of the natural world that you might not be aware of.” I was at Storm King only 2 days ago. At Lin’s Storm King Wavefield, I thought of mountains and the sea as barriers and their correlation to geographical belonging, physical displacement, and language. I was also thinking about preservation. Not only of the environment, but also of my interpersonal relationships. I kept on acting as if my friends moving away had no consequences. I want everybody to be as free as they can be, but I wonder if I was pushing people away by not expressing how important their actual presence was for me. What were the chances of Maya Lin appearing on my computer screen? She continues: “…awareness of what we are losing…plausible future scenarios that balance our needs with that of nature.”

Amelia Bande is a Chilean writer working in performance, theater, and film. Her plays Chueca and Partir y Renunciar were staged in Santiago, Chile. She is part of the Gel Film Series, writing scripts for the group’s animations and film installations (2012- present), co-founder of Publishing Puppies, a press for visual work, poetry and fiction (2011-present), and works with No Total (2016-present). She has recently shown work, solo and collaborative, at Artists Space, The Poetry Project, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Dixon Place, BAM, The Shandaken Project, and MIX NYC in New York; NGBK and Flutgraben Kunstfabrik in Berlin; and the NewBridge Project in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Presented with The Shandaken Project

Initiated in 2013 by the Art Center, Wanderings & Wonderings invites visitors to engage with artists in creative and unexpected ways. Participating artists have created tours, maps, performances, poetry and movement workshops, new media, and deeply thoughtful conversations. Since 2015, Wanderings & Wonderings has been co-presented with Nicholas Weist, Director of The Shandaken Project at Storm King, and features select alumnae residents and their collaborators.

Artist talks are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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