Brick + Mortar Film Festival
Conjunction Arts, in partnership with the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and Greenfield Community College, produced the Brick + Mortar International Video Art Festival for four consecutive years (2009-2012). The Festival transformed downtown Greenfield, Massachusetts into a temporary arts district that presents the best of cutting edge contemporary art by artists working locally, nationally and internationally in temporary installations in a range of historic buildings recently renovated or under-construction.
The Festival was established to bring attention to the redevelopment of the heart of downtown at a time when buildings housing vibrant locally-owned businesses alternated with shuttered storefronts and empty upper floors. The critical ideas by the artists and curators that shaped the festivals also brought attention to what is a city undergoing transformation. The festival website has archived the work of past festivals, curators and artists participating.
From 2007-2008, Conjunction Arts paired McCallum & Tarry directly with selected emerging artists to assist them in realizing their first large-scale project. The goal was to use the production process as an educational opportunity that enables emerging artists to gain a range of skills that further their careers while creating a civic-based artwork that contributes to social justice and sustainable communities.
In the fall of 2007 Conjunction Arts launched the Mentorship Program by nominating artist Matthew McGuinness, part of the artist collective The 62, through our Board of Directors and Advisory Committee to help him realize his project Rudolf: A Salutary Pipeline, which combined urban environmental activism with civic-based art forms.
Matthew McGuinness manufactured biodiesel, an alternative fuel, and utilized the byproduct of this refining process, glycerin, to create a series of petroleum-themed sculptures. The installation demonstrated a sustainable method of alternative fueling, developing community, and inspiring action and awareness through art. Bringing together businesses in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, McGuinness combined a civic-based form of art-making with an exhibition of sculptures made from glycerin, rendering wheel rims, hood ornaments, mud flaps, and gas cans into translucent soap.
PublicEdge is a socially progressive speakers' bureau of artists, scholars, and art administrators that aims to strengthen the ongoing discourse and critical language surrounding publicly engaged art practice by connecting these artists and writers with academic and cultural institutions. From 2003-2004, Conjunction Arts partnered with Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA to produce Public Subversions: Civil Disobedience and Public Art Today, a curated conversation between Greg Sholette and Brian Holmes to articulate and theorize the nature of new street activism that combines visual innovation, digital technology, mass demonstrations and civil disobedience to create a new hybrid form of public art agitation, or "networked interactivism," as writer Brian Holmes describes it.
Artists Residency Connection
The Artists Residency Connection (ARC) was a three-year pilot program from 2001-2004, establishing residencies for artists to work with grass-roots community based organizations and agencies. Its most significant accomplishment was the Re-bicycling Project (2004), a collaboration between The 62, The Bronx International High School and Highbridge Community Life Center.
The 62, a graphic design activist collective, worked with South Bronx teenagers to explore issues of transportation, environmental waste, love, loss, food, art and design over the course of 12 weeks. Using the foyer as of the Bronx Museum of Art as a bike shop, The 62 and crew tirelessly transformed what had been garbage into working bicycles, complete with new identities that project participants conceptualized and collaboratively designed.
For the last day of the workshops, the crew triumphantly paraded down the Grand Concourse in a Tour De Bronx.
The China Residency
In 2002, Conjunction Arts received support from the Ford Foundation to launch the China Residency, a program born of longstanding collaborations between McCallum & Tarry and contemporary Chinese artists and curators that laid the groundwork for ongoing cultural exchange between artists in New York and Beijing. The grant helped secure the use of a live/work studio facility in Bei Gao, an old factory site and artists' community on the northern periphery of Beijing, to host international artists and a series of virtual salon events titled "Breakfast in Beijing, Dinner in New York" that took advantage of the 12-hour time difference to establish dialogue between artists and curators in both cities.