Events

ARAS is co-sponsoring this event to save the Tower on the Marsh. Please join us!

 


 

Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00pm

28 E. 39th St., New York, NY 10016

IEMANJÁ BROWN

poetry

MORGAN VO

poetry

MASTERS OF CEREMONY

transdisciplinary performance group w/ Rachel Bernsen, Abraham Gomez-Delgado, Melanie Maar, Taylor Ho Bynum & special guest Jean Carla Rodea

The performances will be followed by a wine

reception in the archive.

ARAS is pleased to announce an evening of ekphrastic poetry and performance. Coming from the Greek ek, "out," and phrasis, "speak," the verb ekphrazein means to call a visual object by name. It is the description of one artwork by another medium, thus allowing each form to illuminate and enhance the other. Come see what new forms arise as two poets and a performance collective present works in response to the symbol of SEED.

ARTIST BIOS:

Iemanjá Brown is a teacher and sometimes-poet who lives in New York City.

Morgan Vo is the author of several chapbooks including Eat Pamphlet. He was a 2014 Emerge-Surface-Be fellow with the St. Mark's Poetry Project, working with mentor Brenda Coultas. Also in 2014, he organized the New Pinky series of zines and broadsides. His writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Recluse, PELT and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

MoC is a transdisciplinary performance collective of artists exploring ritual in composition since 2012. The group practices spontaneous action as a way to experience and share composition and choreography in the moment, continuously seeking a collective consciousness as well as individual presence. They enjoy conducting ceremonies of necessary transitions for everyone present through awareness of risk and relationship, dialogue and intention, empathy and fake mythologies.Their performances have taken place at music venues, lofts, galleries, studios, wedding venues, gardens and could also suddenly appear where you are. www.rachelbernsen.comwww.abrahamgomez-delgado.com | www.melaniemaar.com  |  www.taylorhobynum.com  |  www.jeancarlarodea.com

This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

 


 
ARAS (The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism) presents
EKPHRAZEIN VI: ASHES
 
Featuring performances by
Geoffrey Olsen (poetry) 
Akeema Zane (poetry) + ELSZ (harp)
Devin Brahja Waldman (sax) + Jason Kao Hwang (violin) + Megumi Eda (dance) + Yushiko Chuma (dance)
 

Friday, February 16th, 7pm

28 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016

Admission: $12 collected at the door
 
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ARAS is pleased to announce an evening of ekphrastic poetry and music. Coming from the Greek ek, "out," and phrasis, "speak," the verb ekphrazein means to call a visual object by name. It is the description of one artwork by another medium, thus allowing each form to illuminate and enhance the other. Come see what new forms arise as three poets and a musical duo perform works in response to the archetype of the Mirror.
 
The performances will be followed by a wine reception in the archive.
 
ARAS (The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism)  is a pictorial and written archive of mythological, ritualistic, and symbolic images from all over the world and from all epochs of human history. The collection probes the universality of archetypal themes and provides a testament to the deep and abiding connections that unite the disparate factions of the human family.
 
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ARTIST BIOS:
 
 

Akeema-Zane is a writer, researcher and multidisciplinary artist of Afro-Caribbean descent. She debuted her first solo show, In-Room 1317 in 2014 - a performance reading of a collection of short stories on her boarding school experience as a part of an installation called new renaissance sessions. Her methodology is using intersectionality to configure a blueprint for a life that centers the literary, cinematic and performance traditions. The aforementioned has included being artist-in-residence, student and fellow at Groundation Grenada, Cave Canem, The Maysles Documentary Center; leading writing workshops with the likes of The Harlem Free School; and reading, performing and installing works at Nola Darling, The Schomburg Center, A.I.R Gallery, The New Museum, Cave Canem, No Longer Empty, etc. She has collaborated with various musicians as a featured artist and producer on songs, one of which is featured on the album BRWN by B. Cool Aid and most recently published liner notes to Tamara Renée’s debut album Conjur Woman. Her published works include: There's a Monopoly on Change, On Being the Daughter Discovering the Home of her Descendants…, Interlude, When Money Can't Buy You Home, and Nonsecular Non Sequitur. This year saw her performing with a collaborative for the Not Normal Festival at Brick Theater, in an experimental performance entitled Rotten Spring and in another collaboration hosted by Submerge 2017 at MINKA entitled 8 Rites. Additionally she lead writing workshops at Weeksville Heritage (Speaking Memory of Bones: Improvisational Dig) and Pioneer Works (The Poetics of Archival Praxis). She is in works to direct a short film project with artist and collaborator Joyce LeeAnn and is slated to release a poetry record with independent label Akashic Records in the coming year.

 

Devin Brahja Waldman is a saxophonist, drummer, synthesizer player and composer who has appeared in venues such as The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Town Hall and Berlin Jazz Festival. He has performed with Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Malcolm Mooney (of Can), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, CA Conrad and Sam Shalabi. He has collaborated with his aunt, poet Anne Waldman, since the age of ten. Waldman leads a NYC/Montreal group known as B R A H J A and is a member of Heroes Are Gang Leaders. Waldman is a co-producer for Fast Speaking Music, an independent poetry and music label in NYC. 

 

ELSZ is a producer, vocalist and harpist based between Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Sydney (Australia). ELSZ is a daring, dynamic exploratory  artist drawing together the acoustic with the electronic and experimental. Her distinctive productions, lyrical elegance and evocative live shows have reached audiences worldwide from her home towns to New York, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris and more. ELSZ weaves narrative poetry into universal themes that unfold the raw emotional life and an implicit questioning of phenomena such as love and violence. She casts a call to action through word and sound.

 

Geoffrey Olsen is a poet and prose writer living in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He is the author of two chapbooks (End Notebook and Not of Distends * Address Panicked)​. He has work forthcoming in Vestiges_03. With writers Lyric Hunter and Sade LaNay, he collaboratively wrote and performed the piece "Tect Heart" in spring 2017. He is a graduate of the Pratt Institute MFA in Writing.

 

Jason Kao Hwang (composer/violin/viola) CD Sing House, was named one of the Best CDs of 2017 by Downbeat Magazine. As violinist, he has worked with Wadada Leo Smith, Yoshiko Chuma, Patricia Nicholson, Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Reggie Workman, Anthony Braxton, Steve Swell, Tomeka Reid, and others.  As composer, Mr. Hwang has received support from Chamber Music America, US Artists International, the NEA, NJSCA, Rockefeller Foundation, Meet the Composer and others. He has recently launched a gofundme campaign for his octet Burning Bridge to record his composition Blood in 2018.

 

Megumi Eda is a ballerina/contemporary dancer working professionally in Japan, Europe and America for over 25 years. She has begun to incorporate other art forms including sculpture and video into her own installations and performances. She has been collaborating with Yoshiko Chuma since 2014 as a performer and filmmaker. 

 

Yoshiko Chuma is the artistic director of The School Of Hard Knocks since 1980. Conceptual Artist, the director, the choreographers, the performer, the dancer and activist.


 

 

ARAS (The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism) presents
EKPHRAZEIN V: THE MIRROR
 
Featuring poetry readings by Alina Gregorian, Aldrin Valdez and Aimee Walleston
and a music by Rachel Brotman & Brooke Herr
 

Tuesday, October 24th, 7pm

28 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016

Admission: $12 collected at the door
 
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ARAS is pleased to announce an evening of ekphrastic poetry and music. Coming from the Greek ek, "out," and phrasis, "speak," the verb ekphrazein means to call a visual object by name. It is the description of one artwork by another medium, thus allowing each form to illuminate and enhance the other. Come see what new forms arise as three poets and a musical duo perform works in response to the archetype of the Mirror.
 
The performances will be followed by a wine reception in the archive.
 
ARAS (The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism)  is a pictorial and written archive of mythological, ritualistic, and symbolic images from all over the world and from all epochs of human history. The collection probes the universality of archetypal themes and provides a testament to the deep and abiding connections that unite the disparate factions of the human family.
 
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ARTIST BIOS:

RACHEL BROTMAN & BROOKE HERR have been working collaboratively since 2016. They make multimedia compositions using two voices, live sampling and manipulation, and video-visual performance elements. Pulling from very different backgrounds, their process of creation is contingent upon a hybrid approach—a fidelity to holding the polished and the unpolished in the same space. Their previous works include "I Live in Symbols" (premiered at Not Art Presents, at BKSD, December 2016), "Helpless" (premiered at Brackish, March 2016) and "Dead Snake" (premiered at Brackish, March 2016).

 

ALINA GREGORIAN is a writer and artist whose chapbooks include Flags for Adjectives (Diez) and Navigational Clouds (Monk Books). Alina hosts a video poetry series on HuffPost and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

 

ALDRIN VALDEZ is a Pinoy writer and visual artist. They grew up in Manila and Long Island and currently live in Brooklyn. Aldrin studied at Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts. They have been awarded fellowships from Queer/Art/Mentorship and Poets House. Their work has appeared in Art21 Magazine, ArtSlant, The Cortland Review, Nat Brut, Poor Claudia, the Poetry Project's The Recluse, and elsewhere. Aldrin's first book of poetry will be published by Nightboat Books in 2018.

 

AIMEE WALLESTON is a New York City-based essayist and editor who has contributed writing to Art in America, CR Fashion Book, T Magazine, Flash Art and The Brooklyn Rail, among many other publications. She teaches at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and the International Center of Photography.

 
 

 

 

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The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS) presents
EKPHRAZEIN IV: THE TOWER
 
Featuring poetry readings by Rijard Bergeron & Sade LaNay
and a duo musical performance by Anaïs Maviel & Larkin Grimm
 
Wednesday, May 31st, 7pm
28 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016
Admission: $10 collected at the door
 
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ARAS is pleased to announce an evening of ekphrastic poetry and music. Coming from the Greek ek, "out," and phrasis, "speak," the verb ekphrazein means to call a visual object by name. It is the description of one artwork by another medium, thus allowing each form to illuminate and enhance the other. Come see what new forms arise as two poets and a musical duo perform works in response to the archetype of the Tower.
 
The performances will be followed by a wine reception in the archive.
 
The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS) is a pictorial and written archive of mythological, ritualistic, and symbolic images from all over the world and from all epochs of human history. The collection probes the universality of archetypal themes and provides a testament to the deep and abiding connections that unite the disparate factions of the human family.
 
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ARTIST BIOS:
 
RIJARD BERGERON is a poet. His work has been published in The Poetry Project Newsletter, This Image Journal, and elsewhere. Rijard also makes collage and has most recently published two pieces in collaboration with Sara Jane Stoner, for her book Experience in the Medium of Destruction (Portable Press @ Yo Yo Labs). He is very grateful for his friends and his friends who have been mentors. He invites you to email him at rijardbergeron@gmail.com or view the photographs he posts on his Instagram @rijardbergeron. He lives in Brooklyn.
 
LARKIN GRIMM is a NYC based composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist who bridges the worlds of folk, rock - n - roll, noise, and free jazz.  She was born in a commune in Memphis, Tennessee and studied sculpture at Yale University.  Music is invisible sculpture.
 
SADE LANAY is a poet and artist from Houston, TX. Sade is the author of Dream Machine (co-im-press, 2014) and self portrait (Birds of Lace, forthcoming) with poems featured in the Electric Gurlesque and Bettering American Poetry anthologies. They are a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing at the Pratt Institute in Bed-Stuy.
 
ANAÏS MAVIEL is a vocalist & multi-instrumentist. As a fearless improviser, composer & performer, she expresses hybrid forms reinventing her French & Haitian origins, invoking ancestral and cyborg streams. Creatively involved with William Parker, Larkin Grimm, Mara Rosenbloom, Matt Lavelle, Michael Bisio, Jen Baker, the Commons Choir & more free-spirited fellows & mentors in the music, dance, theater and performance art waters, she is dedicated to substantial creations from solo to cross-disciplinary ensembles, and to expanding the power of music as a healing & transformative act.

 


The Transforming Snake in Jung's Red Book by Ami Ronnberg- Tuesday Lunch Lecture, November 2016

 


ARAS

Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism

and

Samadhi Arts

Present

Celebration of the Trickster

 

Friday, April 1st, 2016, 7:00 pm

 

ARAS at the C.G. Jung Center, 28 E. 39th Street, NYC

General Admission $15, Students $10

Register here – celebrationofthetrickster.eventbrite.com

 

Join ARAS and the C.G. Jung Center this April 1st, for Celebration of Trickster, a multidisciplinary event spanning neolithic shamanism, ancient myth, tarot, gravitational waves, and the transhuman future.

Lectures, music, performance, and video, created by Samadhi Arts and FOLD performance ensemble, explore the legacy of the trickster in world art and folklore as messenger, spirit-guide, and bearer of transformation.

In contemporary global culture, the trickster figures of shaman and androgyne have risen as symbols of indeterminacy, fluidity, and the power to create a new society. 

Celebration of the Trickster is part of Cosmogony, a performance cycle by FOLD, the resident performance ensemble for Samadhi Arts, with installments this March at Pioneer Works, De-construkt Projekt in Red Hook, and H.O.M.E in Bushwick.

 


Friends of ARAS 2015 Event - Friday, October 9, 7 PM

Martha’s Mandala

presented by Martha Oliver-Smith

 

ARAS (Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism) and Art and Psyche Conferences invite you to a celebration to thank the Friends of ARAS who have so generously contributed to our organization. 

This lecture will present the mandalas, paintings and drawings of Martha Stringham Bacon, a little known artist in the early 20th century. As the introverted wife of Leonard Bacon, a successful literary figure and poet, Martha (Patty) Bacon struggled to express herself as an artist. When she suffered a severe mental breakdown in 1923, she discovered a path to healing through creating mandalas. The Bacons’ meeting with Jung led Martha to a deeper understanding of the terrifying experience she referred to as her “tidal wave.” The background of Leonard and Martha Bacon’s association and friendship with Jung will also be explored. 

Martha Oliver-Smith was born to a family of writers, artists and scholars. She spent most of her childhood moving between her grandmother Martha Stringham Bacon’s place in Peace Dale and living with her mother in New York. Martha’s Mandala is a memoir about her grandmother. She is working on a second memoir.

Reception to follow.  Please join us for this enlivening event!

ARAS at the C.G. Jung Center, 28 East 39th Street, New York

212-697-3480

Please register at marthasmandala.eventbrite.com

Friends of ARAS free.

Join Friends of ARAS $30.00

Suggested donation for non-members  $20.00