Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2019-20

(Brooklyn, NY)IV Castellanos and Amanda Hunt

Project Description

IV Castellanos and Amanda Hunt will further develop their work circling around and into ideas of athleticism/rigor, productivity culture, futility, and the objectification of one's body as a terms of survival. By making work that redefines the 'hyper' and 'anti' hero, we aim to interrogate structural binaries between self-sustainability and clearly displayed acts of need for physical support in our performances. We will continue to work in tandem with visual objects; casting essential tools, such as a hammer, out of plaster so that when we "use" it like a hammer, it shatters. These actions playfully conflate ideas of productivity and inefficacy, and questions the functionality of work as we know it, what it is, and what it looks like.


IV Castellanos and Amanda Hunt are Brooklyn-based artists that have performed extensively both solo and collaboratively. Their work has been presented in NYC at The Queens Museum, Gibney Dance Center, Grace Exhibition Space, The Knockdown Center, Judson Church, PPL, and nationally in places like Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), Inverse Performance Festival (Arkansas), and The Aha Festival (Santa Fe, NM). They have held residencies at Chez Bushwick, Anonymous Ensemble, MARSH (St. Louis, MO), and the Artist-In-Vacancy Program (Newburgh, NY). They are co-directors of Para\\el Performance Space in Brooklyn, NY, a venue dedicated to showing emerging, in process, and/or DIY performance. Hunt and Castellanos make multi-disciplinary work with sculptural objects in performance using concepts of labor and futility. Their work addresses the body as a tool/object, and attempts rigor, success, and failure, from and within the body.

Images: Newburgh, NY Artist in Vacancy Residency.