NLS is now accepting applications for the Winter 2021/2022 International Art Residency and the Curatorial and Art Writing Fellowship. The deadline for applications is August 10, 2021.


NLS is pleased to announce 2022 Artist-In-Residence, Brad Pinnock. Brad Pinnock (b. 1998, Kingston, Jamaica) graduated from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2021 with a BFA in Painting. The imagery in Pinnock's large-scale sculptural and collage work centers on racehorse betting as a social phenomenon. Using steel, wire and found materials, such as ephemera retrieved during his time in local betting houses, and drawing from the field of consumer psychology, Pinnock's work develops a lens through which to interrogate the relationship between capitalism and personhood. His work considers not only the socialisation linked to the spaces of betting houses, but also the practice of racehorse breeding as part of a larger colonial tradition of breeding for profit replicated during chattel slavery. His work prompts us to ask the questions, how and to what degree, are the conditions and enactment of race, gender and the cycle of poverty influenced and manipulated within the framework of capitalism? Pinnock is 2022 artist-in-residence at New Local Space. His most recent exhibitions include ..And I Resume The Struggle, Olympia Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica (2021) and INSITU II, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica (2021). His upcoming solo exhibition, the Engineering of Consent, opens at New Local Space this year.

The 12-week NLS Individual Residency program provides artists with an 800 square ft studio space, a work stipend of $300,000, and a solo exhibition at the end of the residency. NLS programming is made possible in part through a partnership with the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development Next Generation Programme.

TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2021

NLS is now accepting applications for the 2021/2022 International Winter Art Residency and the Curatorial and Art Writing Fellowship

The 10-week International Winter Art Residency provides an 800 square ft studio space, housing for international artists, and a solo exhibition at the end of the residency. Find application here.

The Curatorial & Art Writing Fellowship is a 5-month long mentorship program geared towards addressing the dearth of archival scholarship on the work of artists in Jamaica and the Caribbean by empowering young writers and curators with the tools to write these histories. Accepted applicants are awarded a work stipend of JMD $300,000 as well as a publication stipend. Find application here.

The deadline for applications to both programmes is August 10, 2021

NLS 2021 programming is made possible in part through a partnership with the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development Next Generation Programme.


Left to right: Afifa Aza, Joni Gordon, Summer and Fall Artists-in-Residence

NLS welcomes 2021 individual artists-in-residence, Joni Gordon and Afifa Aza. Joni Gordon, who will be in residence from May to August, 2021, is a recent graduate of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and was part of the inaugural cohort of La Práctica, a group residency administered by NLS and inspired by Beta Local, Puerto Rico. Gordon’s multimedia work examines the dichotomy of racial discrimination experienced through annual Work and Travel Programs, such as Farm Work, which recruit tertiary students to The United States of America to work for minimum wage under the pretext of financial advancement.

Afifa Aza will be in residence from August to November, 2021. Aza is a music selector, researcher, and producer who creates sound projects and spaces inspired by music. In 2010 she co-created two independently funded open community spaces; the SO((U))L HQ and Di Institute for Social Leadership in Jamaica. For the past three years Aza has been working on a memory project with an interest in finding ways to use music to address individual memory-related illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease. This work developed into a deeper exploration of collective/national memory.

The 12-week residencies provide an 800 square ft studio space, a work stipend of $300,000, and a solo exhibition at the end of the residency.

NLS 2020 programming is made possible in part through a partnership with the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development Next Generation Programme.


Clockwise from top left: Desanna Watson, Matthew McCarthy, Joni Gordon, Sasha-Kay Hinds

New Local Space welcomes four awardees to the inaugural La Práctica group residency: Desanna Watson, Joni Gordon, Matthew McCarthy, Sasha-Kay Hinds. The awardees each receive individual studio spaces, work stipends and critical support for their practices through a roster of visiting guest lectures. The program creates a space for communal sharing and learning where artists and practitioners build community and acquire the skills necessary to advance their practices and engage more nuanced conversations. Adjacent to their studio practices, the La Práctica curriculum draws on participants' interests and knowledge, supplemented by pedagogical exercises and visiting guest lectures.

Joni Gordon examines the dichotomy of racial discrimination experienced through annual Work and Travel Programs, such as Farm Work, which recruit tertiary students to The United States of America to work for minimum wage under the pretext of financial advancement. Through photography and abstract sculptural forms Gordon uses her own body to express the physicality of trauma and pain, centering her work around her own experiences with the Work and Travel Program. She intends to extend her research into other work programs that lure individuals overseas for minimum wage.

Sasha-Kay Hinds works through performance, video and photography to deconstruct her experience with teenage pregnancy. Employing costuming, and drawing from her training in both dance and theatre, Hinds' visual art practice sets forth her practice as both a means of escape and a way to confront trauma and isolation. Hinds' work explores her own identity and femininity while highlighting the lack of legislative support towards women's and girls' reproductive health, protections and rights against abuse.

Matthew McCarthy's work questions and tests the boundary between preparation and completion through a daily practice of journal writing interpreted as performative painting and choreographed to a music compilation. McCarthy aims to develop a performance work that observes the constraints of musical time while exploring improvisation.

Desanna Watson examines the historical journey of black women as property to their fathers, brothers, husbands and slave masters to become the largest demographic of recent home purchasers in Jamaica, with 59 percent of the total number of mortgages being disbursed to women. Watson will focus on a body of work exploring the factors that have contributed to the ownership and distribution of property in Jamaica. Her research interests include domestication and the privileges, or lack thereof, attached to skin tone, money and family name in the acquisition of property.

NLS 2020 programming is made possible in part through a partnership with the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development Next Generation Programme.

NOVEMBER 2020 - MAY, 2021

Ada M. Patterson is awarded the NLS 2020 Curatorial and Art Writing Fellowship. The Fellowship is a 5-month long mentorship program supporting a project proposed by the fellow. The Curatorial and Art Writing Fellowship is geared towards addressing the dearth of archival scholarship on the work of artists in Jamaica and the Caribbean by empowering young writers and curators with the tools to write these histories. Patterson will be mentored by Daniella Rose King (Adjunct Curator, Caribbean Diasporic Art, Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational, Tate, UK) and a supporting committee of regional cultural practitioners and academics comprised of Amanda McIntyre (Writer, Trinidad and Tobago), Dave Williams (Choreographer, Trinidad and Tobago), Jovante Anderson (Writer, Jamaica) and Ronald Cummings (Assistant Professor, Brock University).

Patterson proposes collaboration and intimate engagement with a divergence of queer performance practices in Barbados, between film, writing and conversation. Through these media Patterson aims to address the dichotomy between invisibility as a means of agency or mobility, versus bodies otherwise queered invisible or marked for social death. Considered through the shattered lens of crisis, Patterson’s work examines the precarious and crisis-(dis)oriented conditions which both underpin and undermine queer performance practices in Barbados.

Ada M. Patterson received their Masters of Education in Arts at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and their Bachelors of Fine Art with honours from Central Saint Martins, London, UK. Their solo exhibitions include The Whole World is Turning at TENT, Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Things You Threw in the Gully at Roodkapje Rotterdam, Netherlands. Their Curatorial and pedagogical work includes Wukshop: Kanga for the Present, Wukshop: Magic Portals at Tender Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Plastic Love Island at Roodkapje Rotterdam, Netherlands. Their published writing includes Catching Their Rhythm: On Shimmer Rotterdam in Metropolis M; A-Z of Caribbean Art, Robert & Christopher Publishers, Trinidad & Tobago;...and my intentions are never fixed: On Frank Bowling, in Sugarcane Magazine; and ...only a Fool looks at the finger: On the 10th Berlin Biennale, Sugarcane Magazine. Past residencies include Hamburger Community of Art in Roodkapje Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2019 and Studium Witte de With: Parallel Curriculum at Witte de With in Rotterdam, Netherlands, as well as Alice Yard, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.

NLS 2020 programming is made possible in part through a partnership with the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development Next Generation Programme.


Ania Freer's six month curatorial fellowship culminates in a group exhibition that presents the unique craft practices and oral histories of seven artists working across Jamaica outside of mainstream knowledge. The exhibition will bring together the work of Albert St. John Phipps, Kemel Leeford Rankine, Cecil "Bingy" Smith, Racquel Brown, Alexander "Bamboo King" Dempster, Jeffett "Georgie" Strachan and Jennifer "Eighty" Stewart who work in media and practices ranging from basket weaving and crochet to sign painting and wood carving. Through her curatorial project, Freer aims to create a space of equitable commerce and an alternative system of understanding the cultural and economic value of these makers and their practices, as well as the social contexts and pressures in which they have developed their work and continue to exist.

Ania Freer is a documentary filmmaker based in Kingston, Jamaica whose practice centers on creating equitable systems of representation and commerce for indigenous craft makers and artists, most recently with the project Goat Curry TV during which she traveled across Jamaica archiving oral histories. Freer's work is currently on exhibit in the 2019 Summer Exhibition, National Gallery of Jamaica (Kingston, Jamaica).

Ania Freer's NLS curatorial and art writing fellowship was supported by the following committee members: Dr. Erica James, assistant professor, University of Miami and editorial committee member for Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism; Henry Murphy, art production coordinator, Friends of the High Line; Raphael Fonseca, curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Niteroi; and Rosanna McLaughlin, art editor, The White Review and Nicole Smythe-Johnson, writer and curator, Austin, TX/ Kingston, Jamaica.

NLS 2019 programming is made possible in part through a partnership with the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development Next Generation Programme.

MAY 2019

T'Waunii Sinclair explores revolutionary narratives within black history and identities using the Haitian Revolution as his point of departure. Sinclair’s work is driven by the discourse and scholarship surrounding race, politics, race-politics, and histories of subjugation. In his current work Sinclair experiments with installation and sculpture as a means to focus on the machete as an aesthetic object and relic of cultural significance to black people as a tool of labor and revolution

T'Waunii Sinclair (b. 1992, Manchester, Jamaica) studied Painting at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston Jamaica (2015). In 2017 Sinclair exhibited in the Jamaica Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica (Kingston, Jamaica) and 2019 the group exhibition Dark Matter, Cage Gallery, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, (Kingston, Jamaica)

T'Waunii Sinclair’s NLS residency was supported by the following committee members: Dr. Eddie Chambers (Professor, The University of Austin Texas ), Nikolai Noel (Visual artist, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago), Tessa Mars (Visual artist, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti), Kearra Amaya Gopee (Visual artist, Los Angeles, CA/ Trinidad and Tobago) and Nicole Smythe-Johnson (writer and curator, Austin, TX/ Kingston, Jamaica).

NLS 2019 programming is made possible in part through a partnership with the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development Next Generation Programme.


NLS welcomes Emily Motto who will be in residency from January through March 2019.

During her residency Motto proposes to experiment in collective ways of creating drawings in space, to generate a form that is constantly in flux, with a dependency on the physical movements and presence of each viewer. Over the course of the residency Motto will organise a series of collective drawing experiments, reliant on the materials available where we are. This she envisages may take the form of continuous 'maze' within the project space and extending beyond

Emily Motto is a London-based artist whose work looks at ways bodies contain and consume space. She received her BFA from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University and has received numerous awards including most recently The Derek Hill Foundation Scholarship (2017 - 2018), Mark Tanner Sculpture Award (2016). Motto has recently completed residencies at The British School at Rome, Rome Italy (2017) and Beaconsfield Contemporary Art, London, UK (2016). Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions in the UK, Italy and Switzerland. Recent exhibitions include a two-person show titled Nexus Space at Platform Southwark and a solo show, POSTURES, RICE + TOY in London.


NLS welcomes Kearra Amaya Gopee for their residency through November, 2018 to January 2019.

Kearra Amaya Gopee's practice focuses on the nature of violence and erasure, and the particularities of that which is inflicted on the Caribbean by the global north. Using personal experiences as a point of departure, they address themes of migration, intergenerational trauma, queerness and difference while seeking to complicate the viewer's understanding of economic and social marginalization in the postcolonial Caribbean. Through photography, animation, video, installation, coding, sound and handicraft, their observations are translated into ephemeral photographs, installations and objects. Their work interweaves the personal with the historical, the mythological with the material.

Gopee is a Trinidadian photographer & visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. They have presented work in New York and across the Caribbean, namely at Alice Yard in Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean Studies Association's conference in Haiti and at the Ludwig Foundation in Cuba. Before moving to the States, Gopee worked as a staff photographer at the Trinidad Guardian newspaper. Most recently, they were a part of the Caribbean Cultural Center's augmented reality exhibition, Home, and Baxter Street Camera Club's 7th Annual Zine Fair. Gopee graduated from New York University in 2017, with a BFA in Photography and Imaging with a minor in Africana Studies.


Blue Curry will be in residency at NLS this month. During his residency Blue will be considering reggae music as regional cliché. One of the Caribbean’s most beloved cultural exports, born out of struggle and inequality, layered with politics and religion, reggae is now employed as a representative music of leisure globally. The jaunty reggae beat activates fantasies of sipping poolside cocktails on a carefree island getaway; it entices visitors to the region while reinforcing stereotypes and cultural singularity. Blue will be collaborating with the audio engineers at Creative Sounds recording studio during his three week residency to produce a new work reflecting his investigation into the ways that economic geography influence cultural production and consumption. Taking an experimental approach Blue will bring together his current sculptural concerns with this new audio component for the NLS space.

Blue Curry is a Bahamian artist currently based in London who works primarily in sculpture and installation. He uses an idiosyncratic language of commonplace objects and found materials to engage with themes of exoticism, tourism and culture. He has exhibited extensively, participating in the Liverpool, SITE Santa Fe and Jamaica Biennials, as well as in group shows at PPOW Gallery in New York, The Art Museum of the Americas in Washington DC, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Recently he has spent periods as resident artist at the National Gallery of The Cayman Islands, Centro León, the Dominican Republic and at Alice Yard, Trinidad. He was featured in the book The Sense of Movement: When Artists Travel and is currently showing work in Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of The Caribbean Archipelago at the Museum of Latin American Art, California, part of the Getty Foundation series of exhibitions,Pacific Standard Time LA/LA.

MAY 2017

This Summer Kelley-Ann Lindo will be in residency at NLS expanding her discourse surrounding Barrel Children syndrome. The term Barrel Children refers to minors left behind by one or both parents who have migrated and substitute their presence with the provision of material goods and remittance for the children. The barrels, usually packed with items representing basic food stuff, help families and kin maintain short term nutrition and sustainability.

This residency will extend the research Lindo embarked on during her residency at Alice Yard in Trinidad last year; where she focused on the concept of the barrel as a means to communicate. Lindo will further decode the contents sent in barrels and the understandings communicated within them, developing conversation around the formulation of self-identity through childhood experience.


NLS welcomes writer-in-residence Rosanna McLaughlin as our inaugural TAARE Resident. McLaughlin is in residence at NLS in March and April of this year. Her areas of focus lie in reportage, feminist practices, and the cultural and economic narratives that dictate the type of art that gains prominence. McLaughlin is currently researching into the death of Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta and the protest movement that followed her death.

Follow Rosanna McLaughlin's residency via the NLS Art Writing and Research blog.

Rosanna McLauhlin is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been published in Frieze magazine, Artsy, The White Review and BOMB. She was shortlisted for the Fitzcarraldo Essay Prize, 2016. Between 2011-2013 she co-ran Hobbs Mclaughlin Gallery.

The Transatlantic Artists' Residency Exchange (TAARE) programme is supported by the British Council in partnership with Alice Yard, Autograph ABP, Delfina Foundation, Gasworks, Hospitalfield Arts, and NLS.


New Local Space partners with The British Council for the Trans Atlantic Artists' Residency Exchange (TAARE) program, which focuses on exchanges between the United Kingdom (UK), Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The residency is open to visual artists, art critics and curators in the UK and the Caribbean. The program is targeted at providing research and practice-based residencies while developing trans-Atlantic connections. The submission deadline for applications is December 2, 2016.

For full details and information on how to apply click here.

Key partners for the project are Alice Yard, Delfina Foundation, Gasworks, Autograph ABP, and Hospitalfield Arts.

MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016
Susanne Winterling
Kelley-Ann Lindo
David Gumbs

NLS welcomes the 2016 Summer Residents: David Gumbs, Kelley-Ann Lindo and Susanne Winterling, three brilliant artists from Martinique, Jamaica and Germany with diverse art practices.

Over the nine-week residency, Gumbs, Lindo and Winterling will bring their unique backgrounds in 3-D mapping, video, painting and marine bioluminescence together to create a responsive mental and social landscape that investigates the vulnerability of water-associated ecologies and their link to our individual and cultural experiences and memories.

Aesthetically the artists approach the project with diverse materials, combining amorphous sculptural cues, a lab aesthetic, and a focus on heightening sensibilities and consciousness within audience participation. The artists draw inspiration from Jamaica's marine ecology-- particularly bioluminescent algae and the conch shell, as well as the context of that ecology within human experience of water-- natural disasters, history, practices and politics.

Donate to the Summer Residency Kickstarter fundraising campaign here.


Susanne Winterling

Working across film and photography, Winterling is known for installations that critically intervene in their surroundings, directing attention to the sensual and perceptual qualities of spaces, objects and the representation of realities. Winterling's most recent exhibitions include 'Nature after nature' at the historical Fridericianum, Kassel, 'Drift' at the Gallerie Parrotta Contemporary Art, in Stuttgart, and 'The Lulennial: A Slight Gesturay', in Mexico City. In her exhibitions, her interests include biodiversity, nature/culture, and subjectivity to technology. Opting for a poetical rather than a power oriented practice, Winterling focuses on the entanglement of ecology and politics. She is also one of the founders of the art collective Akademie Isotrop, and is a professor of contemporary art.

David Gumbs

Gumbs is a multimedia artist who approaches his practice through drawing, painting, photography, new media, and interactive video. He has taken part in several new media festivals including the Trinidad and Tobego Film Festival, the Transforming Spaces in Bahamas, the Biennale Internationale D’Art Contemporain (BIAC) in Martinique, and the Beep Bop Boop New Media Festival in Florida. In his works, he explores the offscreen of perception, memory, the cycle of life, the visible and invisible, and rhizome graphical macroscopic universes. Gumbs’ polymorphic art reveals the interbreeding and hybridization process in the collective and individual unconsciousness in Caribbean imagination. His artistic approach is based on a famous quotation from XVII th century French philosopher and chemist Antoine Lavoisier: “Mass is neither gained nor lost, merely transformed.”

Kelley-Ann Lindo

Lindo works in photography, videography and painting. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting at The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2015. Lindo serves as art counselor at the Bellevue Hospital and the Jamaica Council for People with Disabilities. She utilizes elements of fragility and abstraction to fuel a tradition of remembrance art, as she seeks to break the passivity of the spectator. Her work predominantly explores the memories and visual legacies that remain after flooding, and through the manipulation of fragile materials she demonstrates the susceptibility of memory and the necessity of recollection.




The call for 2016 residency applications is now open to both artists and researchers/writers.



Susan Reuben: "Extrication for the curious"

NLS is pleased to present 'Extrication for the curious', a 48 Hour Residency project by Susan Reuben.

For her 48 Hour Residency Susan Reuben draws inspiration from local folklore to create a fibre-based site-specific experience that visually pulls the viewer into a web-like system through which they must navigate. The project is a conceit for the artist’s considerations of ways the individual might operate in pre-existing social and political systems. Her installation aims to link the physical experience of the viewer within the work to a mindfulness of choices, barriers and the potential traps of a not-always-clearly-visible system.

Susan Reuben is a fibre artist who works with tapestry and weaving to find ways that simplify larger ideas and social concepts. She studied Textiles at the Edna Manley College School of the Visual Arts where she graduated in 1991.

This project is presented in partnership with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission as part of the JCDC Artist Development Programme. The project was generously funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund.

This event is free and open to the public and will provide complimentary refreshments.

To be held on Saturday, December 19 & Sunday, December 20 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The NLS 48H Residency program is geared towards interdisciplinary, performative, and interactive projects. The residency is an opportunity for an individual artist or group of artists to collaborate in activating the grounds at New Local Space over a 48-hour period, during which the public is invited to view and participate.

For more information contact



Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe joins NLS this December to transform the interior space with an installation that uses new and traditional media to portray the societal impact of migration through the intimate lens of her family. Malaika's project tells a story of her Jamaican grandfather's childhood separation from his mother due to migration. She will use this installation to explore the familial impact and wider societal implications of stories like these.

Using discarded, broken objects acquired during her time in Jamaica Malaika will create a room with two windows made out of video projections. With audio from her conversations with her grandfather looped and videos edited from footage shot during the residency, she will connect the complexity of emotions within her family’s genealogy to contemporary realities around migration and loss.

Malaika's residency at NLS takes place from December 16 to January 27. During her residency the public will be invited to an open studio as well as her final exhibition.

NLS has launched a Kickstarter for Malaika with a range of gifts for our donors. The Kickstarter aims to raise $3150 to provide a stipend for travel, room and board and materials. NLS provides studio space, events including a public exhibition and all associated administrative and technical costs.

To back Malaika:

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Rodell Warner: "Canopy Giuld"
Image courtesy Rodell Warner

Rodell Warner will use his residency to carry out a community photography, fashion and object design project. From images captured in nature he'll produce patterns and printed fabrics. Designers and other artists from Kingston have been invited to help create wearable garments and art objects from these fabrics and patterns, which will be shared publicly in a multimedia live event with a mixture of functional, material and digital art.

Warner's recent work was selected to open ARC Magazine's New Media programming for the 2013 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. He has exhibited regionally and internationally at spaces such as Alice Yard and Medulla Gallery in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, CAG(e) Gallery, Edna Manley College in Kingston, Jamaica, and NIROX Projects in Johannesburg, South Africa. His work was also featured in “Pictures from Paradise: A Survey of Contemporary Caribbean Photography” (Robert and Christopher), 2012.

Open studio: Monday, April 28, 7 - 9 PM

The final exhibition presenting the work of Warner and his five collaborators Afifa Aza, Ai Yoshida, Ayana Rivière, Di-Andre C. Davis, Leasho Johnson and Storm Saulter will open on May 9.

Wilmer Wilson IV: "Notes"
Above photo of performance "From My Paper Bag Colored Heart" at CONNERSMITH.
Image courtesy the artist and CONNERSMITH.

NLS is pleased to announce 2013 Summer artist-in-residence, Wilmer Wilson IV. Wilmer is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans performance and sculpture.

Wilmer's project Notes will be an expansion of his recent personal developments in sculpture, anthropological research, and found objects, into a new body of work. Building on his interest in context and everyday objects, he will create an archive of found paper ephemera with a focus on handout flyers and lottery tickets that will be incorporated into relief sculptures made of wood, staples, and found objects. The compositional combinations of everyday materials will contextualize its parts into grand, expansive low-relief tableaux. Notes concerns itself with vernacular modes of communication, particularly in urban spaces.

Compounded by the historic lack of representation and preservation plaguing underrepresented demographics, some structures of communication remain wholly undocumented and unappreciated as contributions to a larger cultural dialogue. Notes aims to elevate these structures thereby describing the rich, expansive, heroic lives of their progenitors.

For more about Wilmer's past work, visit his website at

Rodell Warner + DJ Afifa: "Binary Solved"

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

NLS is excited to present Binary Solved, an experimental visual-sound intervention by DJ Afifa and Rodell Warner over the course of two nights.

Click here for footage and images of Binary Solved.

Rodell Warner and DJ Afifa collaborate to create an interactive sound art installation for the NLS 48 Hour Residency. Warner and Afifa use the two-day format of the residency, to play with and attempt to blow perceived dichotomies of existence. Binary Solved is an undertaking by the two artists to link the real with the imagined, the other with the self, the digital with natural, and, ultimately, existence with freedom. Each night of the residency performance functions as a counterpoint/contrast to the other.

The project consists of a fusion of projected moving images with sound that are installed to encompass a 360-degree space of the outdoors through which audience members traverse. Against a pre-existing backdrop the entire audience will wear all-black or all-white, either carving out their own body image in the artwork or conversely becoming one with the projection respectively. Binary Solved first examines how the world is understood by drawing its conceit from the formal components of designing a work of art— using a ground (the surface on which the image rests) and the figure (the image that rests on this surface)– to create an experience that challenges the splintering of the two.

The first night of Binary Solved will take place on Friday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. On this night audience members wear all-black, functioning as the figure for the complete artwork. The second intervention will take place on Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. during which audience members wear all-white functioning as the ground.

For more information email or call 406-9771.