Fellows


Fellows in Residence
Spring 2024 - Group 2


DANCE

Sandra Parker

Sandra Parker – Choreographer and interdisciplinary artist – Australia

Sandra Parker is a choreographer and interdisciplinary artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Recent work includes the development of a new project, Safehold, through the inaugural The Australian Ballet residency, and Yield to Resistance (a 4-hour performance installation), the result of a 2019 residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Sandra has presented her work across Australia, Asia, Europe, and the US.

At Bogliasco, Sandra Parker plans to develop a new work, SAFEHOLD, an ensemble full-length dance and sound work investigating notions of safety, control, trust, and co-dependence. The project will examine what we deem is 'safe' for all on a human, bodily level. The residency will focus on choreographic composition in conjunction with the development of sound material.

FILM/VIDEO

Abigail Child

Abigail Child – Filmmaker, poet, writer, and Professor Emerita, SMFA at Tufts University – United States

Abigail Child has been at the forefront of experimental writing and media since the 1980s, having completed over 50 film/video works and written six books. An acknowledged pioneer in montage, Child addresses the interplay between sound and image to create, in the words of LA Weekly, “…a political filmmaking that’s attentive to form.” Winner of a Rome Prize, Radcliffe, Guggenheim & Fulbright Fellowships, and a participant in two Whitney Biennials (89/97), Child has had numerous retrospectives worldwide.

Child will be completing UNREALISM: Cinema & Poetics in the Digital Age focusing on a set of issues crucial to art-making in the 21st century: modernist forms of montage, appropriation, sampling & how they are transformed within the aesthetics & politics of a post-internet era. The essays explore contemporary cinema from the viewpoint of a practicing filmmaker/poet whose first-hand observations & critical analyses span over two decades of transformations in materials, spectatorship & distribution.

HUMANITIES SCHOLARSHIP

Emily Allegra Dreyfus

Emily Allegra Dreyfus (Visual Arts-Scholarship) – Cultural historian of Cinema and Media and Postdoctoral Researcher at the Film University Babelsberg – United States/United Kingdom/Germany

Emily Allegra Dreyfus is a cultural historian of Cinema and Media and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Film University Babelsberg. Her 2020 PhD (University of Chicago) considered the political and aesthetic dimensions of music in Nazi-era cinema. Integrating analytical approaches from Film, Literary Studies and Musicology, her work addresses the aesthetics of feeling in visual culture, the unfolding of music and images in time, and the cultural and historical contingencies of emotional self-understanding. Beyond academia, Emily is an active freelance musician.

Emily Dreyfus will be preparing a book manuscript entitled Dissonance in the Dark: Music in Nazi Cinema. The monograph explores the complex interplay of sound, image, and ideology in the largely forgotten field of German mass culture from 1933-1945. It argues that the obsessive return to musical subjects and the question of sensitivity in mainstream cinema under Hitler defies binaries of propaganda vs. escapist entertainment, instead revealing deep internal conflicts in everyday Fascist society around gender, sexuality, class, and race.

Carolyn White

Carolyn White (Archaeology) – Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno – United States

Carolyn White is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she holds the Mamie Kleberg Chair in Historic Preservation. Her research and teaching focuses on the intersection of art and archaeology, the archaeology of ephemeral spaces, the materiality of individual lives, and active site archaeology. Her most recent books are The Archaeology of Burning Man (University of New Mexico Press) and Distant Voices: On Steven Seidenberg’s Architecture of Silence (Contrasto Press).

Artist Steven Seidenberg and archaeologist Carolyn White collaborate to image and interpret domestic spaces in occupied buildings, temporary encampments, and other liminal housing in contemporary Italy. Through fine art photography and archaeo/anthropological practices, they explore the ways through which migrants, disenfranchised Italians, and other marginalized populations carve stable homes from abandoned spaces, despite government policies increasingly hostile to their presence and needs.

LITERATURE

Elaine Vilar Madruga

Elaine Vilar Madruga – Poet, playwright, and novelist – Cuba – Bogliasco and Ludwig Foundation Special Fellow

Elaine Vilar Madruga is a poet, playwright, and novelist considered one of today’s foremost literary voices in Cuba and the Caribbean. She also works as a creative writing instructor, editor, multidisciplinary artist, and literary coach. She has received over one hundred national and international prizes. She is the author of over fifty books, and her work has been published in the U.S., Canada, the Dominican Republic, Spain, Chile, France, Panama, Denmark, Brazil, and Mexico.

The Female Skin is a magical realism novel that revolves around the irrational nature of religious thoughts. The inhabitants of an aged town, hidden between mountains, see miracles in every corner. They have been waiting for decades for the advent of a Messiah. This is the only path they have found to feel purpose in a world that has left them behind. The birth of the awaited Messiah in the body of a girl will bring echoes of war in a town ruled by men who are not ready for a revolution of women.

MUSIC

Lembit Beecher

Lembit Beecher – Composer and animator – United States

Estonian-American composer and animator Lembit Beecher writes “hauntingly lovely and deeply personal” music (San Francisco Chronicle) that stems from a fascination with the ways memories, histories, and stories permeate our contemporary lives. Recent premieres include Tell Me Again for cellist Karen Ouzounian and the Orlando Philharmonic, Sky on Swings, an opera tracing the relationship of two women diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and string quartets for the Juilliard, Aizuri, and Lydian quartets.

Lembit Beecher will develop a series of pieces for cello and electronics for cellist Karen Ouzounian. Exploring multi-generational legacies of migration, the pieces will combine recorded interviews and a custom-built, surround-sound speaker array in which small speaker cones will be embedded into family heirlooms from Lembit and Karen’s families and placed throughout the audience.

THEATER

Wendall Harrington

Wendall Harrington – Professor at Yale School of Drama – United States

An award-winning designer of projected media for performance for Broadway, Opera, Dance and concerts since the late 70’s, Wendall is the head of the Projection Design Concentration at the Yale School of Drama.

Tentatively entitled Good Looking, Wendall Harrington's project is a written and illustrated text exploring the evolution of modern projection design, its historical roots, and observations of the aesthetic demands of work that is both collaborative and individual.

VISUAL ARTS

Sonya Clark

Sonya Clark – Artist and Professor of Art at Amherst College – United States

Sonya Clark creates installations and objects rooted in craft’s legacy. She employs the language of textiles politics of hair, and the power of text to celebrate Blackness while interrogating historical imbalances. She is a full professor at Amherst College in Massachusetts. She has received awards from many organizations including United States Artists, Pollock-Krasner, Art Prize, and Anonymous Was a Woman. Her work has been exhibited in over 500 venues worldwide.

Flipped Script, an expansive art project, uses Twist, Clark's coily curled typeface created to challenge the Roman alphabet’s dominance in over 70% of the world’s languages as a colonial tool. Imbued with the power of mark making and named by poet Rita Dove, Twist mimics the curl pattern of African hair. It reforms the Roman alphabet like Black Vernacular English bends language. It seeks in movement of wrists and fingers, a re-embodied script to engage political expression, literature, and visual art.

Steven Seidenberg

Steven Seidenberg – Artist and writer – United States

Photographer, poet, and philosopher Steven Seidenberg’s collections of photographs include The Architecture of Silence (Contrasto, 2023) and Pipevalve: Berlin (Lodima Press, 2017). He is the author of numerous collections of lyric, philosophical prose and poetry, most recently Anon (Omnidawn, 2022), plain sight (Roof Books, 2020), and Situ (Black Sun Lit, 2018). He has had solo exhibitions of his work in Japan, Italy, Germany, Mexico, and the United States, and his books have appeared in Swedish, Italian, and Portuguese translations.

Artist Steven Seidenberg and archaeologist Carolyn White collaborate to image and interpret domestic spaces in occupied buildings, temporary encampments, and other liminal housing in contemporary Italy. Through fine art photography and archaeo/anthropological practices, they explore the ways through which migrants, disenfranchised Italians, and other marginalized populations carve stable homes from abandoned spaces, despite government policies increasingly hostile to their presence and needs.