Online Artist Residency, UN/MUTE – 10002, connects artists from New York and Europe featuring the Czech artist, Marie Lukáčová. In the UnMute project, the Czech Center New York partners together with other European Cultural Institutes in New York and the Undercurrent Gallery in DUMBO in Brooklyn to organize an online artist residency that provides a unique platform for international exchange and promotes active collaboration between European and American artists in a time when travel is limited or impossible.
The UN/MUTE-10002 launched on February 12, with a lottery in which our representative artist Marie Lukáčová received a collaborative partner from New York Emily Shanahan. Together, they form a collaborative team named Stream that will, in the coming months, develop an original art project along with nine other European-American artist teams with names such as Bug, Mouse, and Cloud. You can follow the story and the development of the project below and every week on unmute.nyc. The final results of the UN/MUTE-10002 projects will all be presented on May 9.
Second Week of the residency: Emily and Marie meet for the first time and share the themes and mediums of their practice.
Marie Lukáčová is one of the founders of the Fourth Wave feminist group which initiated a public debate on sexism at universities in 2017. She works primarily in the media of video and video installation; her films transform symbols borrowed from the fields of politics, mythology, geology, and science. They move across various time levels and locations, addressing the questions of uncertain future through specific narratives and poetics. Lukáčová has introduced her work primarily on the Czech independent gallery scene as well as in Wrocław, Ljubljana, and Stuttgart. She graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design and has also studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Brno University of Technology and at Kunstakademie Mainz in Germany.
Emily Shanahan is a Brooklyn-based artist working primarily in video and mixed media. She received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Her work has been exhibited in Norway, Germany, Singapore, Canada, and the United States. In 2019, she was the recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Research and Creation Grant and was awarded a summer fellowship from the Terra Foundation for American Art in Giverny, France. In 2016 she participated in the New Museum Seminars: (Temporary) Collections of Ideas. Her first artist book, The Tick vs. the Hum, was published by Golden Spike Press and is held in the Whitney Museum Library Collection. Her most recent artist book, Work Life Harmony, was published by Sming Sming Books and is held in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Library Collection.
Creating a fair and equitable space after COVID shuttered artists from residencies, travel, studio visits, exhibitions, and physical networking, UN/MUTE is an online residency that provides artists from Europe and NYC an opportunity for critical exchange and collaboration while simultaneously connecting resources from the global cultural epicenter of New York City. UN/MUTE-10002 follows the narratives of ten European artists who have never visited New York City and ten NYC-based artists, paired into teams of two. Over a series of Zoom sessions, each team’s collective creative process will unfold in a series of video recordings.
UN/MUTE-10002 is a project by the European Union National Institutes for Culture cluster in New York and Undercurrent, realized with financial support from EUNIC — European Union National Institutes for Culture — Europe’s network of national cultural institutes and organizations.
Participating artists include Eren Aksu (Germany), Aaron Bezzina (Malta), Will Calhoun (NYC), Sanne De Wilde (Flanders, Belgium), FOQL (Poland), Gabrielė Gervickaitė (Lithuania), Kris Grey (NYC), Sophie Guisset (Wallonia-Brussels, Belgium), Kyle Hittmeier (NYC), Mo Kong (NYC), Yi Hsuan Lai (NYC), H. Lan Thao Lam (NYC), Marie Lukáčová (Czech Republic), Olesja Katšanovskaja–Münd (Estonia), Sheila Maldonado (NYC), Barbara Maria Neu (Austria), Emmanuel Massillon (NYC), Alex Mirutziu (Romania), Emily Shanahan (NYC), and Sydney Shavers (NYC).
This project is co-organized by the Czech Center New York, the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, Wallonia-Brussels International in New York, the Delegation of Flanders to the USA, the Goethe-Institut New York, the Arts Council Malta in New York, the Polish Cultural Institute New York, the Romanian Cultural Institute, the Hope Recycling Station, and the Jindřich Chalupecký Society, and it is supported by the European Union Delegation to the United Nations.
Week One: Marie shares a five-minute selfie of her life outside of her immediate art practice.
Week One: Emily shares a five-minute selfie of her life outside of her immediate art practice.
Week Three: Emily and Marie discuss video practice and their ideas on human engagement with nature.