Friday, March 26, 2010

18 Artists to Study Melancholy

Monday, March 08, 2010



Artists wanted to present studies in Melancholy at The Fremont Abbey. Apply by 23 March. E-mail applications to Twelve artists will be selected to present studies in melancholy for a half-day event, STUDIES IN MONK, MOMPOU & MELANCHOLY, 1PM–4:30PM Saturday 10 April at The Fremont Abbey. Pianist, Kristine Thomas, will play throughout the event— Federico Mompou, Thelonious Monk and other melancholic composers—with brief pauses to allow for transitions.


Organizers seek artists interested in experimenting with movement, performance, visual, verbal, paper, audio... All mediums considered. Self-supporting, low-tech preferred. This is not an endeavor in finished, choreographed work. It is an investigation of process and preparation. Artists should not spend vast amounts of time preparing, but should envision and set into place parameters for a study and plan to partake in that study. A study is about the growth of the artist. See Wikipedia definition of study. It may help to consider the difference between performance, rehearsal, improvisation and study.

PRE-TALK: 1PM Saturday 27 March @ The Abbey

A pre-talk, also at The Abbey, will offer info on Mompou to those unfamiliar with his work. This free, informal gathering is open to the public. Presenting artists are encouraged to attend to familiarize themselves with the space and subject matter.

Why Melancholy?

"I can now add another threat, perhaps as dangerous as the most apocalyptic of concerns. We are possibly not far away from eradicating a major cultural force, a serious inspiration to invention, the muse behind much art and poetry and music. We are wantonly hankering to rid the world of numerous ideas and visions, multitudinous innovations and meditations. We are right at this moment annihilating melancholia." – Eric G. Wilson, from Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)


Interested individuals please send an informal e-mail expressing your interest to no later than 23 MARCH 2009. Include your (1) name, (2) contact information (3) link to a website if you have one, (3) a very brief (<100 words) work history, (4) your preference for a study length: 10-min, 20-min, or 1-hour, and (5) one sentence expressing your study medium or idea.

Curators: A. K. Mimi Allin & Danae' Clark
Pianist: Kristine Thomas

Studies in Everything of which Studies in White and Studies in Monk, Mompou & Melancholy are a part is on FACEBOOK.