9/50: A SOUTHEAST ARTS PRESENTERS SUMMIT
June 20 - 22, 2015
9/50: A Southeast Arts Presenters Summit at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (ACAC) brings together eighteen nonprofit and independent contemporary art presenters and publishers from nine (Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina) of the fifty states. PARSE, along with Pelican Bomb and Press Street are representing New Orleans at the 9/50 Summit where we are presenting the work of Jane Cassidy and Duane Pitre.
More about our project for the 9/50 Summit:
Multi-media artist Jane Cassidy and avant-garde composer/sound artist Duane Pitre live and work in New Orleans and have participated in previous exhibitions at PARSE. In collaboration with PARSE Co-Director Ricardo Barba, the work of Cassidy and Pitre is positioned within a structure built out of reclaimed and repurposed materials. Cassidy’s use of light, air, and energy and Pitre’s use of sound, silence, and vibrations reference ephemeral materials that can be endlessly recycled. In a landscape as precarious as New Orleans, residents and particularly artists, are very conscious of the ebb and flow between the scarcity and abundance of resources throughout the city. Nearly ten years after Hurricane Katrina and the federal levee failure in New Orleans, recycling initiatives such as The Green Project, Go Green NOLA, etc. are finally beginning to take hold, but compared to many other American cities, the lack of glass recycling and overuse of Styrofoam is appalling. Since 2010, PARSE (formerly Parse Gallery) has created exhibitions, installations, and performative environments that respond to and utilize existing materials. In its new iteration, PARSE continues to reflect on past projects, while refining the focus of the space by inviting curators to contribute exhibitions and programming that challenges and aims to elevate the discourse concerning contemporary art and critical thinking in a city obsessed with salvage culture and excess.