facilitated by Kinderhook&Caracas, directed by Sol Calero, Ethan Hayes-Chute, Derek Howard, Christopher Kline and Dafna Maimon
October 4 – 29
Kinderhook & Caracas is a Berlin-based project space run by Sol Calero and Christopher Kline founded in 2011. The initiative is named after their hometowns in Venezuela and New York. For 2016, it will forego its normal exhibition schedule to focus on a single year-long project entitled CONGLOMERATE.
CONGLOMERATE acts as a TV Network based at Kinderhook & Caracas, and is directed by artists Sol Calero, Ethan Hayes-Chute, Derek Howard, Christopher Kline and Dafna Maimon. The network will create a wide range of original content which is formulated into episodes.
For AFFECT´s October Module, CONGLOMERATE invites the participants to develop a short “TV Special” based on the theme of “Sacrifice”.
The connotations of “sacrifice” can range from the esoteric (human or animal sacrifice) to the everyday (the sacrifices made when collaborating). In broader terms, sacrifice applies to the human condition and what we are all willing to give up to form a better society, or more sustainable relationships.
The notion of sacrifice has become increasingly relevant in regards to the current refugee crisis (the west asking itself what it's willing to sacrifice, or refugees themselves being forced to sacrifice the lives they've built for safety or a better opportunity for their families).
Sacrifice can also be thought of as a privilege, as it presupposes that there is some excess to sacrifice, and it's always tied into an economy between dependent agents and their flux.
Through workshops, group presentations and discussion, CONGLOMERATE will work with participants to create a single, final, one-shot (non-stop) “TV Special” composed of various set elements, props, actors, miniatures, costumes, sounds, etc.
The end result will be the symbiotic flow from one segment to another manifested in a 3-5 minute clip. The project is formatted so that both individual and collective efforts are given equal space, yet rely upon each other to exist, and this tension/relationship creates a model to consider an “affectful” way of working. The constraints of collaboration, and using only one shot will be determining factors in the content and dialogue.
The frame of the final event on the 29th October 2016 is a Wrap Party at Agora´s new venue within the created sets which will feature a looping screening of the final one-shot scene.
About the facilitator
Kinderhook & Caracas is a Berlin-based project space founded in 2011 by Sol Calero and Christopher Kline. It is named after their hometowns of Caracas, Venezuela and Kinderhook, New York respectively. The program focuses on the presentation of solo exhibitions, collaborations, and co-curated projects with an emphasis on creating a cohesive, in-depth, new body of work without concern for its functionality in the commercial gallery landscape or within a traditional institutional framework. Also presented are research-based archival exhibitions and on-going media projects with a focus on new methods of knowledge production and preservation. All projects are presented alongside researched texts developed with the artists to offer tangental and alternate readings of the work.
A film premiered at Agora Rollberg. Saturday 29th of October 2016
Agora Rollberg, Am Sudhaus 2, 12053 Berlin
Produced by participating artists of AFFECT#6: CONGLOMERATE: :
AFFECT#6: CONGLOMERATE was facilitated by CONGLOMERATE.TV (Sol Calero, Dafna Maimon, Christopher Kline, Ethan Hayes-Chute and Derek Howard). CONGLOMERATE is a collaborative Gesamtkunstwerk presented in the form of a television network.
The project is realized by a core team of five artists and filmmakers:
Sol Calero, Ethan Hayes-Chute, Derek Howard, Christopher Kline and Dafna Maimon.
CONGLOMERATE acts as a producer of original programs, also inviting additional Berlin-based and international artists to realize their own segments, sets, commercials and specials for the network.
For the month of October 2016, CONGLOMERATE was invited to co-facilitate the #6 Module of AFFECT: Agora’s Program for Collaborative Artistic Practices in Berlin.
Through workshops, group presentations and discussion, CONGLOMERATE worked with AFFECT participants to create a single, final, one-shot (non-stop) “TV Special” composed of various set elements, props, actors, miniatures, costumes, sounds, etc.
The frame of the final event on the 29th October 2016 is a Wrap Party at Agora´s new venue within the created sets featured a looping screening of the final one-shot scene. :
Installation photo credits by Bea Rodrigues, exhibition credits by Bea Rodrigues and Kate Davis, Video stills by Ethan Hayes-Chute Et .