Upstairs we have a thriving artist in residency program. Four 2-bedroom apartments
filled with artists who create their own work, including interactive art, music,
zine production, sound art, neuroscience art, video art, circuit building and more.
Silent Bar AIRS host creative projects in their living rooms, and are core participants
in the Silent Barn collective. Here are some of the past and present artists in residence.
liz pelly is a writer and editor. she currently edits an online ad-free alt-weekly-inspired newspaper, "the media" (fvckthemedia.com) and freelances for music magazines. when she is not editing copy and folding zines, she also books shows at the barn and helps organize the newly-formed safer spaces working group. since moving into the barn she has been inspired to start playing drums which has been fun. before living at the silent barn liz lived in massachusetts for 6 years where she booked house shows and worked at a newspaper.
Melissa is an interdisciplinary artist whose work employs data and generative self-programmed compositional environments. Clarke recently was an artist in residence at the Simon’s Center for Art and Geometry at SUNY Stony Brook, and has performed and exhibited her multimedia work at spaces such as, Center for New Music, CA (2014), Interactive Art Fair, FL (2013), Eastern Bloc, CAN (2013), Reverse Art Space, NY (2012, 2014), 319 Scholes, NY (2011), Eyebeam, NY (2012), Issue Project Room, NY (2009), Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, NY (2013), Electronic Music Foundation, NY (2008), with the Queens Museum, NY (2009), International Biennial of Contemporary Art, ULA-2010, Venezuela (2010). She is a graduate of NYU’s ITP program with a 2 year Tisch Fellowship.
Melissa often works across mediums as a way to look at hybridizations of wilderness and technological spaces—towards considerations of nature at the center of human experience, myth, science, and information collection. She works at the intersections of research, data, science, and art. Clarke’s interested in open source tools, online spaces, and citizen science with a background in interaction and electronic visual and audio art. She creates custom hardware and software systems for her projects. In 2012 Clarke went on an Arctic expedition, where she traveled up the west coast of Greenland for a month conducting research and collecting data for her work. Her recent multi-media installation Sila is based on this expedition. Much has been written about this expedition and other aspects of her work have been featured by publications and blogs such as: L Magazine, Creators Project, Village Voice, Impose, Animal NYC, Bloun Art Info, Kickstarter, Art 21, Core 77, and Columbia University’s State of the Planet.
With her recent installation projects, Untitled Antartica and Sila, Clarke endeavors to reconnect seismic data collected from beneath Antarctic glaciers with its organic source. Using sound, video projection, wood, and glass sculpture, she creates immersive neolandscapes giving physical form to the information collected about the giant landmass and the terrain beneath the seas surrounding it.
Mike Sheffield is an Artist in Residence at the Silent Barn as well as an active member of both the Shows and Public Art working groups. Mike is an active Brooklyn-based concert promoter and musician who has played and released music with several rock and experimental acts as well as creating sound installation work. Mike's main musical tools consist of prepared guitar, cassette tapes, modular synthesizer and drum machine.
Mike is a writer by trade and has worked for several different publications including SPIN Magazine, The Village Voice, Impose Magazine, Dusted Magazine, and Barnes & Noble.com.
Since April of 2013, Mike has been working on a curatorial project entitled She Was Freaks. The name was taken from a biography of photographer Diane Arbus wherein the author William Todd Schultz refers to Arbus’s obsession with photographing eccentrics and how she would lose herself in her subjects, giving over to them completely rather than just winning their trust for her own personal gain; “She was freaks.”
These nights are supposed to represent a push away from the typical art show, and to encourage artists to take risks, to collaborate across genres and mediums, to get uncomfortable, to work less with expectation, pursuing personal experiments and creating from the inside outwards.
Thus far, Mike has had four She Was Freaks shows at four different gallery spaces in Brooklyn, New York with the fifth slated for this August at the Silent Barn. These shows have included a photography exhibit, an interactive sculpture and performance art installation, a musique concrete collage, and a video art screening, all focusing on themes of alienation, escapism, modern sexuality and the grotesque.
Nat Roe is a co-founder of the new Silent Barn location, was a resident of our prior space, and currently lives in 3L. Nat regularly hosts concerts, in addition to working on Silent Barn's volunteer infrastructure as "Chef of Chefs".
As a sound collagist, Nat has DJed at WFMU for many years, in addition to several publications. Nat's sound collage finds a middle ground between the turntablism of DJ Screw, DJ Clue and Dancehall radio norms and with the cut-up appropriation and electroacoustic mess of Christian Marclay or Ake Hodell. Listen at www.wfmu.org/playlists/nr.
Silent Barn Artist in Residence 2013-14
Co-owner and chief mechanic of The Canned Ham.
Freelance production assistant and camera operator.
Lover of prosecco and travel.