Mobilizing Media and Conceptual Frameworks for Emerging Challenges of Communication and Governance
Detail (increased vibrance and saturation), Garden of Earthly Delights, Hieronymus Bosch, c. 1490-1510
After five months of weekly discussions among its board members and invited colleagues, Amplifier has adopted a new mission responding to emerging challenges of media and government as disinformation and a crisis of public confidence, corruption of political processes, and regulatory capture have led to institutional failure and collapse of local and global social and natural ecosystems .
In the coming months, Amplifier will propose a series of initiatives that aim to use emerging ideas, media, design, and aesthetic strategies to raise the visibility of alternative political and economic frameworks, and advance institutional transformation. After years of working at the grassroots level producing small-scale interventions in conditions of severe social and economic neglect, the nonprofit intends to shift its focus to influencing public policy and promoting existing tools and methods to improve local and global governance.
Areas of particular emphasis will be advancement of alternate forms of media production and economic policymaking for social equity, ecological design, and well-being. We believe that the global pandemic, rise of neo-fascism, and climate crisis are global consciousness-changing events that call for an essential shift in institutions.
Stephen Zacks, President; James Andrews, Vice President; William Rockwell, Treasurer; Alfonso Ramos, Secretary
Amplifier Strategic Planning Process
Amplifier’s board of directors is currently reevaluating its mission and programs based on our experiences in Flint, Michigan; Newburgh, New York; and Callicoon, New York.
As of 2018, Flint Public Art Project, established as an organization by Amplifier inc., became its own independent nonprofit with its own Flint-based board of directors, receiving IRS 501c3 tax-exemption in 2019. We have been excited to follow this new phase of the organization as it evolves under local leadership.
We expect to provide an update soon about the future direction of Amplifier after a period of reflection on how we can most effectively advocate for better outcomes for underrepresented groups and small and medium-size cities and produce work that has the potential to transform conditions, locally, nationally, and internationally, for people and for global ecosystems.
Until then, we are grateful for your support.
Stephen Zacks President Amplifier Inc.
Moving Pictures Gallery and Amplifier present Performing Spaces
Performing Spaces activates architecture with site-specific sound and light performances.
For the spring/summer 2016, Moving Pictures Gallery and Amplifier are touring to arts and music festivals with site-specific audiovisual stages to augment and enhance the night. Performing Spaces is about how these technologies can be extended into the built environment using immersive media to transform our relationships to spaces, tell stories, and envision the future of our communities. Through site-specific light and sound installations, artists using custom audiovisual technologies will transform architecture into immersive experiences with stunning experimental animations and sounds.
Moving Pictures Gallery artists are among the most innovative audiovisual performers in the field. Using cutting edge tools, techniques and virtuosic performance, our roster of artists captivates audiences all over the world.
Eric Barry Drasin – co-founder of Moving Pictures Gallery is an artist and curator working at the intersection of digital media, performance and installation. Over the last few years he has produced some of the most compelling Realtime Media Exhibitions in NYC, working with the most exciting artists to emerge in the medium. He is the founder of the Fast Food video art collective and has exhibited and performed at galleries, theaters and museums throughout NYC.
Benton C Bainbridge – co-founder of Moving Pictures Gallery is a media artist based in the Bronx. Working with custom systems of his own design, Bainbridge creates immersive environments, interactive installations and time-based artworks. He has shown across 5 continents, collaborating with artists including Beastie Boys, Kaki King, Pauline Oliveros. Benton has been the resident media artist at American Museum of Natural History’s monthly event “One Step Beyond” since its inception.
Jonas Bers is an audiovisual noise artist and performer based in the Hudson Valley New York. In his recent process, obsolete video equipment is modified for use as performance instrumentation to create an audio-visual synaesthetic score.
Moving Pictures Gallery produces exhibitions investigating the way real-time media technologies can be extended through performance to transform relationships and connections.
Amplifier uses art and design as a tool of urban transformation and city-making. Amplifier creates programs that connect public and private groups with the global art and design field to bring the most innovative work–often highly concentrated in large cosmopolitan centers–to under-served groups and smaller cities around the country, where it can have the greatest possible resonance.
Eric Barry Drasin
Radiator Gallery Exhibition, Dec. 17 – Jan. 22
CHANCE ECOLOGIES: Movement Workshop by Luciana Freire D’Anunciação, 2015. Photo by CATHERINE GRAU
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 8, 2015
CHANCE ECOLOGIES The Wild Landscape of Hunter’s Point South
Opening: Thursday, December 17th 2015, 6 – 9 pm
Joianne Bittle, Laura Chipley, Allison Danielle Behrstock, Luciana Freire D’Anunciação,
Edrex Fontanilla, Dylan Gauthier, Dillon de Give, GH Hovagimyan, Ellie Irons, Christopher Kennedy, Anne Percoco, Edmund Mooney, Matthias Neumann, Natalia Roumelioti, Raphaele Shirley, Marisa Tesauro, Sarah Nelson Wright
Curated by: Catherine Grau, Nathan Kensinger, Stephen Zacks
On view at Radiator Arts Dec. 17th through Jan. 22nd, Chance Ecologies: The Wild Landscape of Hunter’s Point South, displays the results of a daring summer-long experimental art project on a large plot of publicly owned land in Hunter’s Point, Long Island City, Queens. The accidental post-industrial landscape, predominantly disused for the last 35 years, harbored a rich unplanned ecology that participating artists explored through a series of secret temporary installations, performances, and research interventions. Located in the mouth of Newtown Creek, a federal Superfund site, and facing magnificent views of Midtown Manhattan across the East River, the site embodies the paradoxes of man-made ecological crisis and the continued drive towards the production of human habitats.
Exhibited in the form of photographs, videos, installations, documentation, elaborations of processes, speculative proposals, and an archive of plants and materials, Chance Ecologies is a platform for artists and thinkers to creatively explore the value of wild places in the city, uncovering and mapping their layered histories and the natural ecologies that have evolved in them. Referencing pioneering projects like Art on the Beach by Creative Time that played an instrumental role in reimagining the uses of public land prior to redevelopment, this project belongs to a lineage of public art projects utilizing vacant lots and post-industrial landfills as places of freedom, play, and experimentation.
Immediately following the summer of unpermitted activities, in the fall of 2015, heavy construction equipment leveled the Hunter’s Point site for Phase 2 of the housing and waterfront park development led by the Economic Development Corporation of New York City and designed by Thomas Balsley Associates with Weiss/ Manfredi and ARUP.
As a framework for artistic gestures, advocacy, and research exploring the un-designed landscapes and wilderness found in abandoned spaces, post-industrial sites, and landfills, Chance Ecologies continues to create actions, programs, and discourse around the value of wild spaces in the urban environment, documenting, learning from, and commemorating the naturally occurring ecosystems that are being lost to development, and articulating contemporary interpretations of and new ways of relating to urban wilderness.
Chance Ecologies is produced in affiliation with Amplifier Inc., a nonprofit organization using art and design as tools of urban transformation and city-making. Amplifier creates programs that connect public and private groups with the global art and design field to bring the most innovative work to under-served groups and smaller communities around the country, where it can have the greatest possible resonance.
RadiatorArts (Radical Mediator for the Arts) provides local and international emerging and mid-career curators and artist-curators an excellent opportunity to work with and learn about the operations of a multi-disciplinary organization. Radiator will regularly present contemporary art exhibitions, performances and video programs. Each curator is expected to work cooperatively, be flexible, self-motivated, and interested in contributing to the ongoing needs of this active multi-arts center.