Room & Board is an experimental artist’s residency and salon that takes place in my apartment here in Williamsburg. Artists of all stripes—visual, auditory, literary, olfactory or otherwise—are invited to stay with me and my partner for about a month. No stipend is available, but you’ll have your own room and unlimited refrigerator privileges. During your residency, we will live together as friends, roommates, and collaborators. You are not required to produce anything, but if you would like to, I will help in every way that I can, including with expenses. If you like, your residency will culminate in a public salon, an expression of your work adapted to the domestic space we’ve been sharing.
02/15/2016 // Next in our Armchair Academy series will be a talk on the surprising story of one of gender’s favorite cliches, the midlife crisis. On Monday, March 14, Susanne Schmidt (History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge) will present her research on “The feminist origins of the midlife crisis.” Cara Kiernan Fallon (Department of the History of Science, Harvard) responds.
12/04/2015 // Last night’s inaugural Armchair Academy talk by recent scholar-in-residence Bobby Brennan was tremendously interesting and a lot of fun. A recording of the talk, including thoughtful comments by our respondents Anna Majeski and Nikki Georgopulos, is available below.
11/17/2015 // I am very pleased to announce Room & Board’s brand-new Armchair Academy series, scholarly talks by serious researchers that are fit for a general audience. The decision to expand residencies and salons to academic and research-based projects came from the realization that scholars face many of the same difficulties as artists. It is also part of my personal wish to bring art and academia closer together without compromising the fundamental strengths of each: openness and transformation on the one hand, rigor and historical perspective on the other. Our first talk will be on Thursday, December 3 at 6:30 pm, when art historian Bobby Brennan will present his research on the concept of modern art in the Italian renaissance.
10/31/2015 // Even as we peel labels off of just about everything in the house in the wake of Gregor’s salon on Thursday, we’re getting excited for Swantje Lichtenstein, Antje Vowinckel, and Marc Matter’s salon coming up on Wednesday, November 11. Together, these three collaborators will present a memorable evening of sound poetry, mixing words, music, and research. Prior to their appearance here, they will also be taking part in Issue Project Room’s International Festival of Text-Sound Poetry taking place Saturday, November 7 through Tuesday, November 10 largely at Wendy’s Subway here in our dear 11211, presented in collaboration with Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival and the Goethe-Institut New York.
10/03/2015 // Still lounging around in my PJs after last night’s inauguration party for Daniel Fishkin’s magnificent Bed Piece: Pelta Feldman Variation, Room & Board’s first permanent installation. For more information, I recommend talking to R&B’s current resident, Gregor Weichbrodt, who’ll be sleeping in the work all month. (Or, you could request a copy of our little Bed Piece Book, with essays by me and Daniel and a poem by circuit engineer Peter Blasser.) Meanwhile, keep your calendar open for Gregor’s salon on Thursday, October 29.
08/17/2015 // Excellent news, folks: Won’t Be a Ghost, an experimental theater work based on the trial(s) of Chelsea Manning, will be performed on Thursday, September 3 and Friday, September 4 at Dixon Place. Won’t Be a Ghost is written by Francis Weiss Rabkin and music is by R&B’s latest resident Leslie Lancaster Allison. (Added bonus: choreography is by Laurel Atwell, who lent her vocal talents to Leslie’s transcendent Bath Piece.) Free buttons to everyone who buys tickets in advance.
06/01/2015 // Entirely pleased to announce Room & Board’s next resident, writer and programmer Gregor Weichbrodt, who will be in residence in October, 2015. While previous residents have journeyed here from as far away as Flatbush, Gregor comes to us from Berlin. A great excuse to brush up on your German and/or Python.
03/23/2015 // We love this thoughtful review and interview with Luwayne on Pitchfork.
03/13/2015 // Warm thanks to all who came out last night for Luwayne’s smashing showcase. President Deborah and I were warm all night with Dreamcrusher’s delicious vegan cookies, the selection of tasty non-dairy milks on offer, and the positive vibrations of everyone in the room. If you missed your chance to pick up the exclusive R&B + Dreamcrusher t-shirt Luwayne designed for their salon, it’s not too late! We still have some mediums and one or two larges left.
03/01/2015 // Come to the Silent Barn tonight at 8pm to see Dreamcrusher (R&B’s new resident Luwayne Glass)! Join us there and exchange chills for thrills on this snowy sunday.
02.20.2015 // Next month, Luwayne Glass, alias Dreamcrusher, will be our first Bed & Breakfast guest. Plan to be at Room & Board on Thursday, March 12 for a salon/concert/basement noise show/TBD by Kansas’s finest.
01.25.2015 // Room & Board is excited to welcome Leslie Lancaster Allison as artist-in-residence for April 2015. Please join us on Thursday, April 30 for Leslie’s salon!