Brian Perkins is a filmmaker who finds himself living in Seattle, Washington after studying experimental film at School of Visual Arts in New York, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has directed music videos, shorts, animations, and most recently his first feature film.
His online project, The Watching Patch, is the moniker for projects influenced by 1920's Eastern European photo-montage and 1970's American children's books and television programming. His collaborators are in Seattle, Milwaukee, and New York City. Brian produces, writes, directs, and designs the artwork on the site; has hosted his web series here; and maintains a blog that chronicles his process and current projects.
Brian arrived on August 16th, and has already received his first ever tattoo, watched sunset at the beach, and written over half of the outline for a new screenplay. He will be at Shared Space through August 26th.
Aliya Bonar is an artist, community organizer and event producer based in New York City. Her art engages individuals - their bodies, their stories, their memories, their human-ness - to explore how we interact and engage inside of an increasingly branded, technological, and orchestrated world. She has worked with Creative Time, Flux Factory, Elsewhere Collaborative, The Wassaic Project, the Laundromat Project, and the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute to teach workshops and produce events that engage everyday people in making authentic connections.
Aliya's interactive installations and events are exaggerated versions of vaguely familiar worlds. They invite viewers to step outside of reality and share beyond normal limitations and rules. Her work mixes silly and serious, universal and individual, domestic and public to produce hot-pink and glitter-encrusted business meetings and power suits. With earnest juxtapositions of the personal and professional, she enables viewers to become participants and try on new ways of connecting – like trying on a sharply tailored, handmade suit. Aliya's work asks what your most courageous self would do, say, and wear. The “PowerSuit” your most courageous self wears is a personal talisman, relating to your body and history. It is a reminder of your biggest dreams.
Aliya arrives August 23rd and will be in residence with us through September 1st.