Remitting Default: a Psycho-Economic Performance of Getting Skoooooled
August 30, 2011 – July 1, 2013
Recess Activities, Inc. is pleased to announce Analog, our new online residency program. Analog will provide a sustained, virtual space that will expand upon Recess’s mission to support contemporary artists determining the visibility of their work as well as the parameters of its presentation. This new program will also allow Recess to continue supporting the creative process of contemporary artists while reaching out to online, international audiences.
For the inaugural Analog residency, Kenya (Robinson) will begin work on a 2-year project entitled Remitting Default: a Psycho-Economic Performance of Getting Skoooooled. Set to begin this summer, the project will record the artist’s two-year experience as a black MFA student at Yale University while struggling to maintain her personal finances and secure fiscal support. Kenya will make her private education public, posting a daily record of the available balance in her personal checking account. This information will be published online and fully accessible to the public, turning personal information into a durational performance of the mundane. Restricted to a numerical format, the data will transform over time and will accumulate for as long as her grad school experience does. This “bank” of information will serve as a database that Kenya will analyze and manipulate for use in expanded creative and academic projects at Yale.
The project will terminate on July 1, 2013 in conjunction with the artist’s completion of her MFA program.
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About the artist:
Kenya (Robinson) is a community-taught artist from Gainesville Florida and is a manipulator of a variety of mediums. Ranging from performance to sculpture, and many spaces in between, she is a past resident of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s WorkSpace Program (2009-2010) and the 2010 Triangle Arts Workshop. Her sculptural work has been exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Diasporan Arts, The Jersey City Museum, The Aljira Center for Contemporary Art and The 60 Wall Street Gallery at Deutsche Bank. In addition, her performances have been featured at The Kitchen, Rush Arts Gallery, MoMA PS1, The DUMBO Arts Festival, Recess Activities Inc. and Cabinet Space.