In March of 2012, with the help of Glasschord Magazine, Kardash Onnig invited artists from all over the world to participate in an exhibition / residency program titled artistication @ BARAKA. The program ran from July through October. Baraka is located on an 11-acre parcel of wooded land in upstate New York.
The overall objective of the artistication project was to create place-responsive artworks that incorporated site, its role in community, and the use of dialogue between the artists as a critical link to a better understanding of both process and intent. The artists were asked to maintain a compelling connection to the worksite and be willing to participate in recorded, transcribed sessions designed to support each other’s individual approach to process, problem solving and intent.
Artists from Iran, Armenia, France and the United States participated in pairs, each for one month. Halfway through each residency, the local community was invited to a question and answer dialogue and at the conclusion of each residency, there was an exhibition of the works. This short video addresses the crucial question: was the project, given its original intent, successful? Is dialogue possible in a society where freedom of the individual is given the highest priority?
artistication short film by Jimi Pantalon.