Toni Dove lives and works in New York. Since the early 1990s, she has produced embodied hybrids of film, installation art and experimental theater. In her work, performers and participants interact with an unfolding narrative, using interface technologies such as motion sensing and laser harp to “perform” on-screen avatars. Her current touring project is Spectropia, a feature length live-mix movie performance for two players, upcoming at the Kitchen, NYC, in December, 2010.
Her current project in development is Lucid Possession, supported by a residency at HERE Arts Center (HARP), supported by EMPAC with a tech residency, August 2009. "Connections," a group of European co-producers and presenters, is co-commissioning the project. Republique theater in Copenhagen is co-producing. Work-in-progress showings: HERE Culturemart 2009 & 20010. Republique, Copenhagen, Nov 2009, Spielart Festival, Nov 2009.
Dove served by appointment on the 2000/2003 Government Advisory Committee on Information Technology and Creativity, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council, USA.
Alicia Grullón is interested in the effect place has on identity, the politics of living and the body as word. Her projects consist of performances and photography in public spaces where everything accidental and local become setting and character. Alicia has exhibited at Mount Holyoke College’s Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, Raritan Community College, Masur Museum of Art, the Peekskill Arts Festival, Samuel Dorsky Museum at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Hunter College Gallery, The Point Community Center, Lower East Side Festival of the Arts and The University of Rhode Island. Awards include: Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Art and Law Residency 2010, Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art 2007-08, Chashama Visual Arts Award, Research Associateship at Mount Holyoke College, and Arts Council Korea International Artist Residency at Stone and Water Gallery in Anyang, South Korea 2009. She’s participated in 2008’s Art in Odd Places Pedestrian and Jamaica Flux 2010 at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. Alicia’s work has appeared in The World Journal of Post-Factory Photography, Dirty Pop Magazine, and ICP at the Point. Alicia has a BFA from New York University and an MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Alicia has lived in the Netherlands, England, and Korea. She now lives and works in New York City.
Elaine Tin Nyo is a conceptual artist with a kitchen and studio in Harlem. Elaine has a BFA in visual art from Carnegie-Mellon University. Her photographs, recipes, videos, installations and performances have been presented by The Phillips Collection, BlindSpot, Deitch Projects, Thread Waxing Space, The New Museum, Creative Time, Bronx Museum, Fargfabriken (Sweden), Neueberger Museum, Leslie Tonkonow Projects, Art in General, Chez Bushwick, Bupyeong Museum (South Korea), and French Culinary Institute. Elaine’s Sauna Project is the recipient of a Franklin Furnace Fund grant in 2008.Elaine is a member of the artist group, dBfoundation, whose critically-acclaimed project, CAFÉ inhabited The Phillips Collection in Washington DC in 2009. In the name of art, Elaine has lived on a frozen lake; danced with strangers at a Harley-Davidson dealership in Nevada and a think tank in Sweden; stood knee-high in fermenting skate in Korea; and converted an art gallery into a working 300-seat bingo parlor…and has lived to tell about it.
Elaine worked as an arts administrator for over 25 years at such organizations as White Columns, Creative Capital Foundation and most recently the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts where she established the EFA Gallery, a project space for independent curators.
Born in Rangoon, Burma, Elaine moved to the States as a child, and learned how to speak English watching Star Trek and The French Chef.
Mendi Lewis Obadike makes performance, music, literature and conceptual art. She has performed in a range of venues, including the Stone, the Bowery Poetry Club, Roulette, the Armory Show, the Yale Cabaret, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Mendi collaborates with her husband (Keith Obadike) as Mendi + Keith. Together they composed The Sour Thunder, an Internet Opera (Bridge Records, 2004), produced Crosstalk: American Speech Music (Bridge Records, 2008), and composed the opera-masquerade Four Electric Ghosts (which debuted at The Kitchen in May 2009). Forthcoming books include Big House / Disclosure and Four Electric Ghosts (1913 Press, 2010). Their conceptual media artworks have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum, the New Museum, and Electronic Arts Intermix and the New York African Film Festival, among other institutions. Mendi is the author of Armor and Flesh, which won the Naomi Long Madgett Prize from Lotus Press. She earned a BA in English from Spelman College and a PhD in literature from Duke University, and has held fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation for Poetry, Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, Princeton University Society of Fellows, and New York Foundation for the Arts. Mendi is an Assistant Professor in Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute.
Alva Rogers is an artist, playwright and chanteuse whose legendary performances during the 80’s and 90’s made her a much sought-after muse.
She is the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, Franklin Furnace and a New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award. The Joseph Papp Public Theater, Spoleto Festival, USA, The Kitchen, Dixon Place and Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Films have commissioned her work. Readings and productions have been presented by the aforementioned theaters, as well as HERE, Actor’s Express Theater, New Georges, The Women’s Project, Trinity Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theater, The Walker Art Center, P.S. 122, The New Museum, Pillsbury House Theater, The O’Neill Puppetry Conference and the American Museum of Natural History.
Collaborators include Heather Henson, Lisa Jones, Whitfield Lovell, Butch Morris, Vernon Reid, Elliot Sharp, Lorna Simpson, Urban Bush Women, Kara Walker and Fred Wilson. She was a founding member of the High Fidelity Performance Troupe, Rodeo Caldonia and an original member of the Band of Susans. She has an ongoing collaboration with Seattle-based composer, Bruce Monroe.
Alva holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Brown University and an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from New York University.