Washington Street Art Center
January 24-30, 2017

a gathering of experimental composer-performers for six days hosted by Non-Event at Washington Street Gallery in Somerville, MA.

Washington Street Art Center
321 Washington Street
Somerville, MA

Co-Directors: Aaron Foster Bresley and Luke Martin
Resident Guest Artist: Michael Pisaro
Guest Artists: Elizabeth Baker, Mike Bullock, Carolyn Chen, Cindy Giron, Ben Levinson, Sarah Pitan, and Aleksey Zaitsev

Co-Incidence website

This project is based on an expanded view of what constitutes art, music, and the traditional concert. Following the example of the revolutionary arts community Black Mountain College, it will bring together a group of radical artists operating in the boundary-zones of their practice to take part in a residency curated as ‘social sculpture.’ Reflecting the values of experimental music, co-incidence will be allowed to grow organically, strongly influenced by the artists who attend: the directors simply provide a time, space, and loose framework. There will be encouraged but not required peer-to-peer meetings between artists in lieu of official lessons, the people attending will not be labeled as student or faculty.

As part of co-incidence, there will be three performances.

Tuesday, January 24th, 8 PM

This show will feature two new works by Boston-based experimental artists Morgan Evans-Weiler (new piece), Michael Rosenstein & Jesse Collins (new piece), and one by co-incidence Resident Artist Michael Pisaro.

Friday, January 27th, 8 PM

This show will feature (six) solo pieces/sets by all of the co-incidence Guest Artists. While we will get to know one another, and the local community, through other means throughout the residency, this provides a uniquely personal way to understand and be in contact with the co-incidence artists.

Sunday, January 29th, Sunrise (~6 AM)

This show will last from sunrise until completion and feature new works by the Guest Artists and Resident Artist, performed by the co-incidence ensemble (Guest Artists and Resident Artist, and Directors). These works will have been workshopped and critiqued throughout the week. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner will be provided at Washington Street Gallery during the show.

In addition to these events, the co-incidence artists will be at Washington Street Gallery morning, afternoon, and evening, rehearsing works and discussing relevant (or not) topics together. All of this, with the exception of the performances, provides a flexible framework that can be altered during the residency by the artists as they (we) see fit.

This residency is entirely open-door. Members of the community are welcome to join us for meals, workshops, discussions, performances, rehearsals, etc.