Sunday, August 10, 2014

Eric Barry Drasin and the Fast Food Collective.

Last week Eric Barry Drasin spent a week in residence at Rural Projects. During his stay, members of the collective Fast Food came to sample the environment, generate new work, and share their ideas during an audio visual performance.

Eric Barry Drasin is a Brooklyn-based artist, musician and curator working at the intersection of digital media, performance and installation.   Rooted in the Expanded Cinema tradition, his work explores the relationship between composition, interface, performance, score, and synesthetic audiovisual environments.

Fast Food is an expanded cinema collective based in Brooklyn, NY.   They create experimental, realtime media performances.   

The work deals with interactive technology as it relates to audiovisual interface, composition, performance, and score.    Fast Food curate a variety of events in NYC including improvised electronics round robins, the patching circle at ITP, and an evening of audiovisual performances and video scores called “single channel cheeseburgers.”


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Johanna Bystrom Sims

Johanna Bystrom Sims  (b.1971) is an artist living and working in Sweden. 

Her work spans from sculpture to drawing and sound work, in which there is often an architectural element.She has Degrees in Fine Art from University of Leeds, England and from School of Visual Arts in New York. During her time in the U.S. Johanna participated in exhibitions mainly in New York, but also in Los Angeles and North Carolina. Her work has also been shown in Japan and Germany. Since her move back to Sweden she has had solo exhibitions of sculpture, drawing and sound and commissions involving sound work. Having collaborated with lighting designers, landscapers, and exhibition designers has expanded her artistic practice and opened up the arena in which her work can be found.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Soil 1.1

This week we are delighted to be hosting a contingent from Sweden:

Johanna Byström Sims: Founder of Soil 1.1. and artist living in Sala, Sweden.

Henrik Wallenberg, CEO and owner of Limsta Säteri, a farm outside of Sala, 1 hour west of Stockholm, Sweden. Henrik is a business school graduate in economics.
Linda Wallenberg (Rydberg): Founder of Soil 1.1. and curator living at Limsta Säteri. Linda works as a regional visual art coordinator in the county of Västmanland, Sweden.

Soil 1.1 is a feasibility study organised by our guests and Rural Projects surrounding residencies in rural locations.

This week we visited the following local organisations.

Wassaic Artist Residency

Here is (right to left) Henrik, Johanna, Linda and Charlotte Caldwell (the residency director of the Wassaic Project) at the Mill in Wassaic, NY.

The Watershed Center

Here is (right to left) Henrik, Linda, Brooke Lehman (Co-Director of the Watershed Center), Johanna and Sarah Lock (excecutive director of Rural Pojects)

Wave Farm
Galen Joseph-Hunter, (Executive Director of Wave Farm) speaks to Henrik, Johanna, Linda and Greg Lock (Artistic director of Rural Projects).

The Re-Institute

Johanna, Henrik, Sarah and Linda outside the Re-Institute.

Here is the reflections of the visitors! - SOIL 1.1 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Rural Projects on hiatus 2012/2013

We look forward to starting up again in summer 2014, with newly renovated space and a partnership to bring artists from NW England and Europe to Columbia county. Stay tuned!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Summer 2011 - Gary Peploe

Rural Projects is pleased to welcome Manchester, UK based artist, Gary Peploe for an August residency.

Gary Peploe was born in Bolton in 1973. A graduate of Interactive Arts B.A. at Manchester Metropolitan University and M.A. Creative Technologies at The University of Salford, he has worked in the media industry, notably with musicians New Order and The Doves. He was Creative Technologies Director of IDEA (Innovation in Digital and Electronic Arts). His video/film and video installation work has been shown nationally and internationally. He founded and is Creative Director of ‘Interval’ established December 2005. Gary is also a founder member of ‘Loosecollective’ an innovative design initiative with 21st century business model. He has worked as a consultant for Manchester’s ‘Bellyfeel’ interactive media company, which was awarded a Webby for 2007’s Crimeface, transmedia online narrative. He also won a ZKM award for Urban Cycles, an international collaboration which he instigated between Interspace, Bulgaria and IDEA, UK. He currently lectures at the University of Salford.
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Here is a video Gary shot during his residency:

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Summer 2011 - Phil Constable

Phil Constable has returned to Rural Projects to revisit the piece he created the Summer of 2010, intending to adorn it with a silkscreen print (above). While in residence, Phil set up a printmaking project space. Please read about Phil's original residency in the Summer 2010 post.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer 2011 - Matthew Slaats

Matthew is an artist based in Hyde Park, NY. Beginning in the fall of 2010 Matt cleared a site in the woods of Rural Projects and prepared the ground for grass seed. This summer he will complete the preparation of the site for a cricket pitch. On August 6th he will engage guests with a performance piece held on the site.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Summer 2010 - Phil Constable

Phil Constable was born in Canterbury, Kent in 1971. A graduate of Liverpool John Moore’s University, BA (hons) Fine Art and The University of Salford, MA Creative Technology.

He was Senior Design designer for Guardian Media Group where he was responsible for streaming television programs. Channel M then went onto develop the user interface he designed for large web portal, Manchester Online.

His work is project-based and utilizes various media, commenting on architectural space, signs of inhabitants, and memory. Constable has exhibited video installations, large scale vinyl installations, prints, and paintings nationally and internationally.

Phil is currently associate lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and co-founder and director of Adorn Creatives, a bespoke large scale branding company with a wide client base which includes interior designers, typography designers, graphic designers and architects.

Phil's residency began August 17. He is working on a site-specific piece in the woods on the Rural Projects property, utilizing the footings of what may have been a dwelling. The piece juxtaposes the archeological remnants of man with modernist architecture.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Félicia Atkinson - Open Studio - Friday, May 28th 6-8PM

Félicia will show work in progress. A presentation will commence at 7:30pm. Come and enjoy an informal evening of observation and conversation. BYOB ~ Bonfire ~ Children welcome! Please click to enlarge and read the press release.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Summer 2010 - Félicia Atkinson

Rural Projects is pleased to welcome French-born, Brussels-based artist Félicia Atkinson to the 2010 Bartering Residency. Felicia arrived May 20th and will be in residence at the barn for ten days to draw and record sounds and images in the surrounding environment. She will show her work in progress at the end of the residency at an open studio event.

Félicia Atkinson is travelling coast to coast across the U.S. for four months with a fellowship from the French program Villa Medicis Hors Les Murs, collecting sounds, images and thoughts during her trip. So far she has been in Chicago, where she performed at the Museum of Contmeporary Art, Brooklyn and Gallatin. Félicia is working on two commissions: a sound piece for French public radio and a video for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal. Further travels will take her to performances in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles.

Félicia’s work is inspired by two ways of thinking: the Japanese wabi-sabi philosophy of the unfinished, and the lo-fi and psychedelic improvisations in music and drawing. Imperfections, improvisation, repetition, raw materials, folk culture, minimal art, travel, translation, contemplation, are the materials of her body of work which includes performance, writing, music, drawing, and photography.

Find out about Félicia Atkinson and her work at

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Summer 2009 - Mel Skluzacek

Mel Skluzacek was our first Bartering resident.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Amelia Coulter Supper Club

Rural Projects Supper Club, featuring Amelia Coulter