Recommended: Topic Presents THE LETTER ROOM & THIS TOWN at The Greenville Drive-In
The Greenville Drive-In in partnership with TOPIC presents: A special screening of the Oscar®-nominated short written and directed by Elvira Lind and starring Oscar Isaac, THE LETTER ROOM and David White’s quirky New Zealand-set comedy, THIS TOWN
Sunday, July 25, 2021 | Doors 7:30 PM | Screening starts at dusk | Admission is FREE. Registration required at drivein32.com
Featuring a LIVE pre-show Q&A with the producer of THE LETTER ROOM Sofia Sondervan-Bild, conducted by Dwight Grimm of the Greenville Drive-In
THE LETTER ROOM
Nominated for an Oscar® in the Live Action Short Film category, THE LETTER ROOM follows an empathetic corrections officer (Oscar Isaac) who finds escape in the deeply personal letters written to an inmate on death row. Co-starring Alia Shawkat.
After meeting on a dating app, Sean and Casey are quickly falling in love. There’s only one hitch: he’s being pursued by a dogged sheriff who believes he murdered his whole family. In order to prove his love to Casey, Sean must prove his innocence.
- 7:30 PM – DOORS
- 8:00 PM – LIVE Q&A with the producer of THE LETTER ROOM Sofia Sondervan-Bild
- approx. 8:30 PM – OPENING SHORT – THE LETTER ROOM
- approx. 9:00 PM – THIS TOWN writer, director, and star David White in conversation with Dwight Grimm of Greenville Drive-In will introduce the film.
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Hudson As Muse Artist In Residence: FRUITING BODIES
A project of Pratt Institute’s Inclusive Ecologies centered on the distinctive pawpaw tree
- research, interviews and oral histories illuminating the intertwining of people and plants
- unearthing the overlooked, forgotten, and marginalized, both vegetal and human, through the establishment of pawpaw food forest sites in the urban realm.
Fruiting bodies is a chance for us to collectively imagine a city structured around participatory rituals of cultivation and care, to relish the messiness of fruit, and fruiting bodies more broadly, including our own. It’s also an opportunity to examine stories about and communication with plants, using the distinctive pawpaw tree and its many narrative strands as an organizing principle. We’d like to think that fruit trees, like the pawpaw, can also be teachers, introducing and making visible collaborative, indigenous, and feminist narratives in the urban environment.
Most public spaces prohibit the use of fruit trees, using justifications as varied as difficult maintenance, slippery sidewalks, limited budgets, challenging urban soils, and the modernist ideal of “litter free” plants. “Botanical sexism” describes the use of male trees in the urban realm, to avoid the “messiness” of fruiting female trees. It has had the unintended effect of radically raising pollen counts and thus allergies and asthma in cities. The “arsenal of exclusion”, in which urban design is used to exclude “unwanted people or behaviors” also contributes to the uncharitable condition of our public spaces. Fruiting Bodies embraces a new generosity and model of engagement.
Basilica is the host of the first South Bay pawpaw patch, sharing a picturesque cluster with a Thorny Locust and Box Elder maple, providing shade company and a buffer from the train passing just behind. The Thorny Locust shares a Pleistocene history with the pawpaw too; it’s believed the thorns of the locust evolved to protect itself and its understory trees, like the pawpaw, from the Mastodons and other megafauna gone since the Quaternary extinction event. Curiously those same Mastodons, skeletons of which have been recovered from the South Bay, were responsible for extending the range of the pawpaw this far north through consumption and subsequent seed dispersal through their large travel distances.
ABOUT THE PAWPAW TREE
Native to 26 eastern American states, and extending as far north as southeastern Canada, the pawpaw is our largest native fruit. This little tree is part of the annonaceae, or custard apple family, the only “truly extratropical” plant within this family and its northernmost member, which includes soursops, or guanabana, cherimoyas, sugar apples, alligator apples and lang-langs. Found in North American broadleaf deciduous forests, it is a small understory riparian tree, often found near streams and rivers, making it ideally situated for its new patch locations in both the North and South Bays of Hudson, N.Y.
One aspect of the pawpaw’s resurgence is its resonance with this moment in time, as we critically examine collective narratives. Native Americans and African Americans are telling their own histories, using plants and food as one means to connect to lost, suppressed and stolen cultures. The pawpaw was a valued food source for Native Americans and Africans enslaved in the US prior to the civil war. The recent New York Times article brings out this history.
HUDSON PAWPAW PATCH: FRUITING BODIES
The Basilica Pawpaw patch was made possible by a collaboration between Inclusive Ecologies Cathryn Dwyre and Elliott Maltby, Basilica Arts with David Szalsa, community member and Basilica Green activist Marc Scrivo, and Arnaud Cornillon of Acorn Studio Hudson with a grant from the Faculty Development Fund of Pratt Institute supporting the initiative and generous donations from community members like Marc and Arnaud, and the work and tree expertise of Basil Nooks.
CALL TO ACTION: FRUITING BODIES
GUARDIANS OF THE TREES
Basilica and Inclusive Ecologies would like to invite the community to participate in the cultivation, care, and design of the recently installed pawpaw patch on Basilica’s grounds. Future visions include adding companion plants to work in collaboration with the pawpaw trees, creating a more complete food forest ecosystem, gearing up for a groundbreaking event to coincide with the pawpaw moon.
ORAL HISTORY / INTERVIEW COLLECTION
In addition to the cultivation and care of the pawpaw patch, the Fruiting Bodies project is gathering stories exploring personal, historical and cultural relationships with fruiting trees. If you are interested in sitting with one of the Inclusive Ecologies members for an interview, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We can provide further details about the scope and content of the interview on request, and are adaptable to your interests and needs.
Inclusive Ecologies https://www.inclusiveecologies.org/ at Pratt Institute is a space for research, teaching, and practice that explores intersections between design and climate crisis. Inclusive refers to both the scope of the research, which seeks to integrate perspectives that have been historically marginalized from climate change discourse (indigenous peoples, women of color, industrialized animals, among others) as well as the aim of the research group is to integrate multiple design disciplines within areas of making, posthumanism, and environmental justice. Ecologies is interpreted in the broad sense, from earth and its systems to social relations. We support participatory design practices that include a diverse range of multi-species landscapes.
The Hudson As Muse Basilica Back Gallery Artist In Residence Series is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.
New podcast episode!
The Basilica Conversation Series Podcast, hosted by Basilica Hudson Co-Founder and Director Melissa Auf der Maur, highlights people and organizations that reflect and inspire our mission to be a platform for independent and innovative voices, and to support artists, filmmakers, musicians and climate change advocates.
EPISODE 5: CA Conrad, Kate Durbin & Cat Tyc
“ECO POETICS: From Somatic Rituals to Everyday Trash and Everything In-between”
This episode features poetry readings and conversation with CA Conrad, Kate Durbin and Cat Tyc, director of The Home School. Their upcoming season of virtual workshops offered us an opportunity to discuss the way they teach, but more specifically the rituals in which they create. The realms explored range from electronic poetry arts, to hoarders and the tricky relationship between people and things, traumas, healing and the sacred EARTH.
EPISODE 4: R.B. Schlather & Roddy Bottum
“The Future of Opera: Sasquatch, Rip Van Winkle and Chosen Families”
Conversation about the intersections of the underground world of art and the old world of opera between Opera Director / Artist R.B. Schlather and Musician Roddy Bottum. Opera was created 100s of years ago as an artistic experiment of the European elite, but after speaking to RB and Roddy we find ourselves wondering if it could stand to benefit from being reclaimed by local communities and the underworld. From DIY dioramas and pen pal projects, to mutual understanding about queer solitude, we may wonder what world would not benefit from such creativity?
In honor of Pride Month and our commitment to artistic subcultures, we celebrate these two independent and innovative artists on this Basilica Conversation Podcast.
EPISODE 3: Elise McMahon of LikeMindedObjects
“Cross Industry Solution Hunting, Wastestream Research, & Regional Manufacturing!”
Learn about the underworld of FAST FASHION and it’s connection to West Africa, about RESOURCEFUL DESIGN and a new design headquarters in Hudson that aims to inspire the “spinning of gears” to deconstruct the design, materials and previous lives of objects on display.
LMO creates furniture, accessories and custom interiors in a contemporary joyful aesthetic with a resourceful design eye looking to local materials and technologies that respect communities and environment
EPISODE 2: Jon Bowermaster, Susannah Bradley & Rebecca Wolff
How do we break out of echo chambers? How do we mobilize both individual action and systemic change, and what role can the arts play in climate action?
This episode of the Basilica Conversation Series Podcast features oceans expert, journalist, author, and filmmaker Jon Bowermaster; SunCommon’s Regional Director of Marketing Susannah Bradley; and writer, publisher and City of Hudson Alderperson Rebecca Wolff as they tackle these questions and more.
EPISODE 1: Rebecca Foon & Jesse Paris Smith of Pathway to Paris/1000 Cities
Becky Foon and Jesse Paris Smith are both musicians, activists, and co-founders of Pathway to Paris, a non-profit organization dedicated to turning the Paris Agreement into reality. They bring together musicians, artists, activists, academics, mayors and innovators, to raise consciousness surrounding the urgency of climate.
Becky Foon also is a member of the Basilica Hudson Board of Directors, and based in Montreal. Jesse Smith is based in NYC.
Cross Pollination: our collaboration with Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Olana State Historic Site and The Olana Partnership
Anchored in our longstanding commitment to the arts and environmental legacies in the Hudson River Valley, the peak of summer is a perfect time for place-based connections and explorations in local arts and ecology. This July, we are thrilled to work with the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Olana State Historic Site and The Olana Partnership on programming accompanying Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment, a new exhibition exploring the theme of “cross pollination” in art and the environment from the 19th century to the contemporary moment. More information about the exhibition and accompanying programming can be found here.
The next installment of our Non-Fiction Screening Series at the Greenville Drive-In features the award-winning documentary Waste Land, following Vik Muniz, one the artists featured in Cross Pollination. Basilica Hudson will also facilitate a panel discussion with Cross Pollination Artists Rachel Sussman and Sayler/Morris (also co-founders of Toolshed, our program collaborators and creators of the Toolshed Exchange lending library on our campus) on the connections between art, ecology, and climate change. Our third collaboration culminates in Basilica Hudson’s co-founder/director Melissa Auf der Maur leading an Art and Environment tour of the Olana State Historic Site, exploring how the arts impact our landscapes.
Image credit: Lisa Sanditz and Emily Sartor, “Thrilling Tales and Startling Adventures – Unofficial Guide to Pollinators of the Hudson Valley,” 2021, Ink, color pencil, graphite, and gouache on paper, 36 x 24 in., Courtesy of the artists. Created on the occasion of Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment, co-presented at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site.
SoundScape tickets now on sale
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021
FEATURING Circuit des Yeux, Moor Mother, Tomberlin, William Basinski and more TBA
Basilica Hudson and The Creative Independent are proud to once again present Basilica SoundScape: A Weekend of Music + Art, this year hosted at the gorgeous outdoor venue PS21 Performance Spaces for the 21st Century — a state-of-the-art open-air venue on 100 acres of orchards and meadows in Chatham, NY — and in collaboration with H0l0.
In keeping with its reputation as “the anti-festival,” Basilica SoundScape will continue to push the boundaries of how attendees traditionally experience festival-going, this year welcoming headliners as Artists In Residence to collaborate and create musical sets unique to Basilica SoundScape. With the complete schedule still to be announced, the Artists in Residence will be the core to the weekend and perform both Friday and Saturday evening, offering site-specific inspired work as other local musicians and poets flesh out the rest of the programming. Basilica SoundScape aims to foster an environment that encourages these artists to tap into true creative freedom without limits and to immerse themselves in a weekend in Upstate NY.
A limited amount of early bird tickets are available till July 1 at a discounted rate. With capacity at 500 per night, attendees are welcome to opt for a single evening, as each night will feature unique sounds and experimentation. Become a member of our Patreon for exclusive updates and to get a 10% off discount code!
FIREDANCE! At Basilica Hudson
On May 21-23, 2021, FIREDANCE!: A Selection of First Nation Stories breathed light and love into our factory halls for three sold out shows, presented by Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre and directed by the legendary Hudson community leader Pamela Badila.
There are so many words, and yet not nearly enough, to capture the energy and love these artists gifted us: Community. Compassion. Lineage. Storytelling. Joy. Ingenuity. Beauty. Inspiration.
Ms. Pamela Badila has been presenting plays and teaching Hudson youth about different cultures for 16 years, and at Sunday’s performance, announced that FIREDANCE would be her final time doing so, feeling an emotional call to move on to another creative endeavor. Thank you to the Badila family for gracing our halls with this important moment, nearly 10 years after a Diata Diata play last took place in Basilica. We are eternally honored.
Thank you Alima’s West African Cuisine for being there all weekend serving delicious and nourishing food. And thank you to everyone who came to share in this experience and support our Black and Brown neighbors.
“The Badila family, with the inspired and fearless leadership of their Matriarch, Pamela, are a City of Hudson treasure. They provide a sort of spiritual unity and center to our community. We have been honored to host them since the beginnings of our art factory, and grateful to have them back. We have watched their family grow and their talents continue to impress and explode, each and every one of them. This is an opportunity for you to enter a world of ancient ritual through their creativity, and learn more about the expansive work they do in Hudson and beyond.” – Melissa Auf der Maur, BH co-founder/director.
All photos by Anna Victoria
“The stories, the representation activation keeps the culture alive, paying homage to diversity, seeing that we are more alike than we are different. Relating breeds understanding breeds compassion breeds humanism.” – Ntangou Badila
“Thank you all who came and supported my family , and your Black and Brown neighbors in their Brilliance✨this was just a weekend of what can happen when community all comes together, we make Fire!🔥 we birthed something sooo beautiful from set design, to adornments, to fuzzy wear, to movement, to music to lighting ✨rehearsals through zoom until the last week😅🙈🌟 🌟All of our hands collectively made it happen, our energy and creativity gave the fire life! And it was felt by all who came to witness and feel. Giving and receiving medicinal nourishment. Storytelling is our way to carry our history, traditions, family, love, ceremony , reflect on emotions, and all the elemental spirit forces around us ~ we learn lessons and are able to relate to the characters in the story, be they plant, animal, element, Human, we learn that they are all related~ vibrating on a similar breath. We are able to see ourselves in a different perspective, love and forgive. I come from a long line of storytellers and medicine men and women, and I am so Proud of my Mama ~Badila~for once again guiding community on such a magical experience! And all for free to make sure the intentions remain pure and accessible to all. As a community “Play” is a key ingredient, and i take this key wisdom throughout my life. That is what Waters the growth💦Make sure to continue to play and enjoy! Try new things and experience new parts of yourself and the beings around you. Mama is a magician at making a game of celebrating anything, and I am happy to inherit this gift. Take a deep breath, let go and enjoy this life you have been blessed to live✨✨✨keep growing ~ Diata Diata✨Step by Step✨✨ Thank you @basilicahudson for opening up your space for us to create our world🌀✨the seeing hearing , trusting and sharing~ that Is Black Lives Matter ✊🏾” – Nkoula Badila
CCIA Action Items
On May 11, 2021, Basilica Hudson hosted a Climate & Community Investment Act (CCIA) info session with Environmental Advocates NY (EANY). Thank you to everyone who joined us to learn and ask questions about he most comprehensive environmental justice bill being reviewed by NYS legislators. We were moved by the variety of community leaders on the call, from the arts sector to education to local elected officials.
Rachel Patterson and Joshua Cohen of EANY shared some incredible resources for supporting the CCIA, which we have outlined below.
CCIA Action Alert (send letter with one click!)
What is the CCIA?
PowerPoint from May 11 Info Session
NY Renews’ CCIA factsheet
Hudson As Muse Artist In Residence: Kamau Patton
EIGHT PILLARS : A SERPENT COILED ALONG A BROKEN LINE
As Artist in Residence at Basilica through the NEA supported Hudson As Muse program, Kamau Patton will develop a composition which uses landscape as material and inspiration for a new sound work to be premiered at Basilica Hudson. Patton will also continue his research on the poetics of landscape and engage directly with the aspiring Toolshed Garden.
Kamau Patton is also the creator of Tel: is a platform for performance, study, and contemplation that will question how the nature of memory has changed in relation to the encroachment of cyberspace, telematics, and transmission technologies. The project name refers to the archeological term for a mound formed by the accumulated remains left by communities occupying a site over time. Tel is experienced through a myriad of disciplines: past iterations have been presented as transmissions, walks, conversations, engagement with archives, and a publication series.
Patton will present his work as a community listening event on June 9, 2021. MORE INFO HERE.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kamau Patton is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose work examines history and culture through engagement with archives, documents, stories, and sites. Patton’s projects are dialogic and take form as expanded field conversations. Patton received his MFA from Stanford University in 2007 and received a degree in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. His work was shown in 2012 as part of Pacific Standard Time and in 2013 as part of the Machine Project Field guide to LA Architecture. Patton has completed projects in soundscape studies through support provided by the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative, and the Tang Teaching Museum. He presented research in 2016 at the ABF house in Stockholm, Sweden, as a part of The Shape of Co- to- Come symposium and exhibition. Patton participated in a series of performances as part of Projects 107: Lone Wolf Recital Corps at the Museum of Modern Art in August 2017. In September 2017, he installed an iteration of his ongoing project, Tel, at the Tang Museum. In 2019, Patton’s public art commission with the Bowman Montessori School in Palo Alto, CA, was open to the public.
The Hudson As Muse Basilica Back Gallery Artist In Residence Series is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.
Basilica Non-fiction Screening Series 2021 Schedule
In order to comply with COVID-19 restrictions and accommodate a larger audience, Basilica Hudson is thrilled to once again partner with the Greenville Drive-In to move the Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series OUTDOORS. Hosting our series at the drive-in allows us to bring independent and experimental documentary filmmaking to the most people possible, as our own screening room would need to operate at extremely low capacity.
Expanding on our collaboration from last season, this year we will present six films, one a month from May through October. These screenings are free, with a suggested donation of $15 per car made at the box office or online to help sustain Basilica Hudson and support filmmakers. Bring some friends and enjoy the great drinks and snacks at the Greenville Drive-In with a stunning view of the Catskill Mountains. We hope to see you soon!
BASILICA NON-FICTION SCREENING SERIES: Work Songs
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Our series launches with Mark Street’s documentary Work Songs, a kaleidoscopic portrait of the United States at work, exploring threats from automation, the gig economy and the decline of unions through interviews with working Americans. Mark Street will be in attendance to introduce the film and give a brief Q&A.
BASILICA NON-FICTION SCREENING SERIES: Sisters with Transistors
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Sisters with Transistors is the remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today.
BASILICA NON-FICTION SCREENING SERIES: WASTE LAND
Thursday, July 22, 2021
WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from Brooklyn to his native home in Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, where he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores” — self-designated pickers of recyclable materials — and recreates the portraits out of garbage with them.
BASILICA NON-FICTION SCREENING SERIES: 2040
Thursday, August 19, 2021
Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.
DRONE AT HOME 2021 Recap
With all large indoor gatherings still postponed due to COVID-19, we were so grateful to be able to once again present a free digital reworking of 24-HOUR DRONE, this year presented with Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7 FM.
From Mellotron to reconfigured turntables, from an augmented Oud to haunting resonance that seemed to reach out from behind a screen, we thank the boundary pushing artists who dove so fiercely into the realm of drone, transporting us with both ethereal and discordant sounds evocative across an emotional spectrum.
New to this year’s DRONE AT HOME, Jon McCarthy of contributing local artist collective Inter(air) produced the DRONE AT HOME audio/visual livestream on Twitch, which featured 10 hours of new sound and visuals from this year’s artists streaming parallel to the audio broadcast on Wave Farm’s Standing Wave Radio and WGXC 90.7-FM.
Nearly 1,000 different people watched from all over the world (double the capacity of its preceding in-person event) and tuned in over 2,000 times. While we celebrated from different corners of the globe, the connection we shared through the healing power of sound was palpable.
Thank you to Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7 FM for their curatorial contributions and technical expertise in all things radio. Their steadfast commitment to recording every 24-HOUR DRONE since 2015 allowed us to present the Archive Audio Block of this year’s virtual stream. Having access to historic Basilica moments at its most experimental and experiential is an invaluable resource, especially during this new era of digital connection.
And of course, thank you droners for holding onto the magic of DRONE. With exchange and communion at its core, DRONE connects listeners sharing experiences across oceans and airwaves, and hopefully soon, within the halls of our industrial art factory.
“Now we know how important festivals like these are, not just during the times that they’re being performed as entertainment, but during times of isolation, fear and the scary unknown that reality and chance sometimes must provide for us.” – Maria Chávez, DRONE AT HOME 2021 sound artist
“The DRONE AT HOME event offered a much-needed opportunity to kind of reconnect with some of my Drone Not Drone folks in putting together our collective piece for the event. I felt like we were able to feed off of one another and able to share that artistic and synergistic energy in ways that I haven’t felt really at all over this last 18 months or so, and I feel very thankful for that.” – Alex Bissen (IOSIS), Drone not Drones, DRONE AT HOME 2021 sound artist
DIRECTLY SUPPORT DRONE ARTISTS
Consider supporting our DRONE artists and collectives by buying their music and following their future projects.
Canada Resonance Agency (featuring Cares, Beard Closet, Indweller (Colin Fisher and Ilyse Krivel), David Jones, Steff Juniper / Quivering, Mandelbrut, Matt Nish-Lapidus / New Tendencies, Red Panel, Xuan Ye) // Maria Chávez // Brian Dewan + Ross Goldstein // Drone Not Drones (featuring Luke Heiken, IOSIS, Neon Menhirs, John Marks, Crystal Myslajek, Meredith Gill and Lynn Avery & Cole Pulice )// LaMont Hamilton // Inter(air) (featuring Matt Luczak, Keri Toye (Sound VVitch), Tom Christie (Fraternal Twin), Nick Levine (Jodi), Drew Piraino (Primitive Air), Samuel Johnson (Somethingless), Mitch Van Dusen), Jared Ashdown, Jon McCarthy // Le Guess Who? presents Prana Crafter & Richard Bolhuis // LUMEN PROJECT (featuring Fadi Tabbal, Julia Sabra, Mathias Landæus, Yasmine El Baramawy, Vincent Bahar, and Nathan Larson)// NRRF B(b) Radio (featuring Jonny Farrow, Anna Friz, Stephen Germana, Sarah Knudtson, Jeff Kolar, and Peter Speer)// Chloe Alexandra Thompson