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.
Andrew Jeffrey Wright is a founding member of Philadelphia's Space 1026 art collective. His works include painting, animation, drawing, collage, photography, sculpture, video, installation, screen printing, zines and performance. Andrew and his performance partner, Rose Luardo, have hosted the comedy performance night, Comedy Dreamz, at The Silent Barn several times in the past 3 years. During his residency for the months of September, May and June, Andrew will be creating video and performance work, and drawing a lot.
A southern queer pisces hailing most recently from Richmond, VA. They are a co-founder of Girls Rock! RVA, activist, writer, performer and queer community organizer. They love to illustrate flyers for friend's shows, co-create rad queer spaces for creative collaboration, cook in cast iron, sew and reclaim traditionally feminized roles into southern gothic space traveling dyke heathenry. During their residency, they will do per-zine writing/illustration, host queer potlucks in the Phoenix Room, draw so many flyers, help with gardening, talk to their plants and try really hard not to bring home any cats. Check out their newest venture Ambient Spell Performances as Death Witness and Zine On The Fire Escape: For when yr burning from the inside out.
Em Boltz is a queer musician and poet currently residing in room 2L. They are associated with music and multimedia acts such as The Bijous, We Came From Asia, and Crayon. They are interested in sustainable living, creating music, writing, zine-making, and astrology and will probably ask if they can read your chart.
Silent Barn Artist in Residence 2014-16
Liz Pelly is a writer, editor, show-booker, Silent Bar-tender, zine librarian, and sometimes drummer who cares a lot about digital media literacy, punk feminism, and writing in her diary. She lives on the second floor of the Silent Barn where she is usually transcribing interviews, answering one million Silent Barn emails, or working on The Media, the bi-weekly ad-free web-paper she co-edits.
Megan is a writer, show-booker, zine-maker, conceptual party planner, bartender and resident of the Silent Barn. She also does PR and is in the safer spaces working group.
Interests include: birthdays, basketballs, blue / green / red / yellow. Outside, astroturf, my notebook. Nice pens. Low vibrations from dance parties felt from bed. The sounds my cat makes. Cow print, checkerboard print, stripes. Lots of stripes and turtlenecks. Stretching, "yes," "thank you," i love you
Nat Roe is a co-founder of the new Silent Barn location, which he's lived in since we started up, and was a resident of our prior space too. Nat works as the Executive Director of the Barn's bosom buddy, Flux Factory, a collectively directed space hosting residencies, exhibitions & educational programs.
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.
Hi! i'm Noah. I spew ideology and clean up nicely. Some of my projects include fmly fest, the ny + la art book fair, friends first fest, and cuddle formation. Sometimes I make jokes on the silent barn twitter. I live above the barn in 603 upstairs so come over, bring tea, and let's be friends
Paras (Pear) Memon is an ambient musician, performing under the moniker Fast-Boy, and the co-founder of Chosen Family Collaborative Group, an online visual arts gallery and zine platform which features content from QTPoC and/or radical artists. Originally from Canada, Pear moved to Brooklyn in the fall of 2014 to begin working with the Safer Spaces working group of the Silent Barn, and later formed their own sub-working group from SFS, called PoCTALK, also referred to as PoC in DiY, where discussions revolve around making the space more welcoming for racially marginalized identities, and regarding the multidimensional realities of differing PoC identities and positionalities, as well as inter-PoC politics. Pear's past art administration experience includes a 2-year residency at an artist collective called The Artel, located in Kingston, Ontario, as well as working at CFRC Radio 101.9, a campus/community radio in Queen's, Kingston, Ontario. During their Silent Barn residency, Pear hopes to organize, promote and host more diverse events in the space such as panels, workshops and shows.
Reilly is a queer musician/poet/artist from Akron, OH, affiliated with acts such as The Bijous, Peking Saint, Volition Spears, We Came From Asia, Dead Kids, and Juggler. Is currently petting a cat in Brooklyn, NY.
Andrew McFarland is a photographer, producer, and facilitator who currently resides at the Silent Barn. Over the past three years he has criss-crossed the United States producing Folk to Folk, a documentary project exploring how the inclusive spirit of folk music inspires participatory communities, and, more recently, the Story Store, an interactive story-telling exchange.
As the Photo Chef and an Outreach Sous Chef he uses visual media and events to engage the public with the Silent Barn’s collective and creative environment. Andrew can be found running shows and overseeing the Hawkitori IRL Salon for Conversations of Greater Gravity and Sanity Preservation at the Silent Barn. During the day he works as a global producer at Slideluck.
Chris is a freeschool instructor, zine-maker, and PhD candidate in postcolonial literature. He’s led classes on apathy, astrology, and queer theory, and promotes education programming at Silent Barn. His summer residency organizes a weekly course on intersectional activism, exploring the intersections of race, class, gender, and disability analysis.
Emma Reaves is a Brooklyn based artist/performer. She is an ensemble member and co-artistic director for THE NY NEO-FUTURISTS, writing/directing/performing in their critically acclaimed on-going weekly show TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND. Emma is also an ensemble member of Psychic Readings, creating performances alongside fellow maniacs Ric Royer and G Lucas Crane.
G Lucas Crane has been creating tape collage music for over a decade, publishing under the solo moniker Nonhorse, and collaborating in groups such as Woods, Ogg Myst, and Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice. The stairwell leading to the second floor residences is covered in the hand-decorated cassettes used for audio collages, and from Crane's personal collection.
Gabriela is a writer and editor from San Francisco, CA who has called New York home for the past 4+ years. She is an avid dabbler, and enjoys writing poetry, making music as Cadet Kelly, talking tarot, hanging at the beach, doodling, and riding bikes with friends. She is a proud co-founder of Silent Barn's House Of Gemini (alongside Emily Sprague), and can often be spotted at the gig -- come say what's up!
Sometimes talking to Jono Milo can be a little dizzying: He drifts between IRL and Internet existence seamlessly and seems to know everybody in the world of Net art and ambient experimental music. It can be hard to keep up if your understanding of it all is rudimentary (or worse), and if Jono were made to stop and explain the backstory of every underground tape label–Orange Milk, I Had An Accident, 1080p–and every piece of animation or audio software that he references, well, that could take hours. It’s hard to blame him, though, for going full throttle on the esoterica, because as a Net artist, founder of a new tape label (Afternoons Modeling), musician (Daytime Television), and tireless collaborator, well, this is kind of his thing—and he’s really good at it.
Read more on BK MAG http://www.bkmag.com/2015/01/13/jono-milos-expansive-digital-universe/
Johanne [yo-HUN-ah] is a resident and curator of 603^ above The Silent Barn where she also participates in the residency and safer spaces working groups. She is currently finishing a full-length album entitled "Patientness" to be released with Orchid Tapes in 2016. Before Brooklyn, Johanne lived in Berlin, Germany, and her hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Julie Mallis has exhibited her paintings, installations and video art nationally in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work investigates perception, imaginary worlds and the relationship between music and art. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where she received her degree in Electronic Time Based Media and Anthropology. Mallis completed a Flight School Fellowship in 2014 through the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts / Pittsburgh Filmmakers. She is the co-founder of BOOM Concepts Art Space in Pittsburgh and is a 2014-2015 artist-in-residence at The Silent Barn.
Lani Combier-Kapel drums and sings in the brooklyn bands ADVAETA and Warcries. At Silent Barn, she manages the booking calendar and co-runs a band t-shirt consignment shop called Merch & Destroy. She and Mike Sheffield also run Gingercore Booking.
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.
Nina is a calendar chef in the shows working group, where they curate, facilitate, and run shows, and generally work to maintain and improve shows infrastructure. Their shows are archived at Katy Perry Research Institute.
Outside of Silent Barn, neon is a music and culture writer covering the intersection of arts and activism, cyborgs, community and identity. They also make zines exploring these same topics in an abstract way, play sounds, organize events, and occasionally remember to archive these things at @neonsigh and neon-hq.tumblr.com
NM was a Silent Barn Artist in Residence from 2013 - 2014.
Quinn is a culture writer and budding ceramicist. Before moving to the Silent Barn she attended Bard College where she created BUMP (Bard United Music Place), a centralized organization and communication system for the school's music venues. She also helped co-crete Bard’s Safer Spaces Policy. Quinn lives in 2L and aims to make the apartment into a creative, comfy zone. She currently writes for sites like Pitchfork, Hyperallergic, The Fader, and elsewhere.
Silent Barn Artist in Residence 2015
more about Seiya coming soon!
Silent Barn Artist in Residence 2015
more about Shamir coming soon!
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.
Tali lives on the 3rd floor of the Barn in the practice space also known as 603 upstairs. She helps out with the residency program and with Safer Spaces and is the queen of resetting the boilers that live in the basement. If you need her you can find her working behind the bar or deep in a music-making, cat-petting, astrology hole. Tali holds open astrology office hours 24/7 basically, so please contact tali dot stern at gmail dot com to make an appointment.
Tricia MacKenzie, PhD, is a scientist and interdisciplinary artist who seeks to immortalize the connections between herself and other beings. She works at the intersection of science, technology, and fine art, designing experiments that have aesthetic and cultural value in addition to answering basic research questions. She received her PhD in Biology from New York University and her BSc in Neurobiology from the University of Washington, Seattle.