2016 Selected Artists-in-Residence
Madeline Sayet is the Resident Director at Amerinda (American Indian Artists) Inc. in New York City and a PHD Candidate at The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK.
She is a 2016 TED Fellow, a recipient of The White House Champion of Change Award, a Van Lier Directing Fellow at Second Stage Theatre and a National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow.
Her work as a theater director uses minimalist magical realism to interrogate questions of gendering, indigenous perspectives, and reimagine classic plays to give voice to those that have been silenced.
Select directing includes: The Magic Flute (Glimmerglass), Macbeth (NYC Parks), Daughters of Leda (IRT/Culture Project), Sliver of a Full Moon (Joe's Pub/Capitol Building/United Nations/Yale Law), Powwow Highway (HERE), Miss Lead (59e59), The Tempest(Various). Upcoming: Poppea (University of Illinois-Urbana), Winter's Tale (HERE). She has her BFA in Theater and MA in Arts Politics & Post-Colonial Theory from NYU.
The synthetic life form “Yoko K.” was assembled in the US with components made in Japan. Yoko K. is designed to assume the role of an “electronic musician", sent to this time to transport people to a dreamscape through the use of “pre-22nd century nostalgia Mars pop music.” Yoko's mission is to make people imagine a more beautiful, optimistic future, covertly altering the course of human history to prevent its eventual self-destruction.
In addition to being an electronic musician, composer, producer, engineer, vocalist, and sound designer, Yoko's earthly identity now includes being a founder of Sen Sound, a social enterprise with the vision to reimagine the soundscape in hospitals. Yoko is working with the Innovation Hub at Sibley Memorial Hospital to develop solutions to alleviate noise pollution and increase choices for pleasant sound design in healthcare.
Currently, Yoko is a fellow at Halcyon Incubator and a Citizen Artist Fellow at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; previously I have served as an artist-in-residence at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (2016), IDEO Cambridge (2015), and Strathmore (2011); received Washington Area Music Association Awards for “Best Electronica Artist” (2011, 2012); was a finalist for International Songwriting Competition (2007) and “Best Album in Electronica” by the 6th Annual Independent Music Awards (2006).
Karabo Mooki is a visual artist and life enthusiast from Johannesburg, South Africa. He specializes in photography and videography and is passionate about creating visual stories through a variety of different mediums, concentrating on aesthetics to compliment the best outcome for the message.
The camera has always been the empowered memory maker and marker in his life. Pieces of life devolved through the sights of everyday shapes, striking colors, distinctive compositions, interpreting these into my own images is his way of expressing my experiences.
He is finding his place amongst constant change and communicating through this form of dialogue. He aims to connect, communicate and share ideas that may materialize into tangible works and co-create, build and grow with inspirational creative globally.
Zoe Roux is an emerging artist and theatre designer from Montreal. A recent graduate from Concordia Unversity with a Bachelor in Fine Arts and a Specialization in Theatre Design, her work spans across costume, set, and lighting design, illuminating the hybridity of theatre's visual production.
The integrity and innovation unique to Roux's portfolio brought her to collaborate with acclaimed Canadian companies including Centaur Theatre, The Other Theatre, as well as independent initiatives.
Roux's work is inspired by the female body, nature, sleeplessness, and cognitive processes behind dreams. Using intermedia installations, video art, and performance, Roux's independent work critically engages with the role of feminism and popular culture, commenting on the interactions between the female self and society.
Her performance work was showcased in the 2016 Art Matters Festival, and across Montreal-based galleries. In her independent art and in her theatre design, Roux explores her own relationship with vulnerability and human resilience.
A key player in the Montreal arts community, her approach is nourished by her practice in theatre and group collaboration, forming work that is immersive, interactive, and galvanizing to the senses.
Ruth a visual artist based in Madrid. Her main interest is the relationship between human beings and the natural environment. She uses photography to document mismanagement and accumulation of plastic and other inorganic debris in the natural landscape.
She generates images that could trick our perception of true and false, where natural and artificial materials get confused in natural and artificial environments. She works across different disciplines to create imaginary sceneries and generate interventions in natural landscapes. With these different approaches, she intend to draw attention into the difficult coexistence between our current way of life, the evolution of natural landscape, and the consequences that can arise in the future.
In recent years, Ruth has worked with various NGOs related to childhood, teaching workshops and working as a photographer to document their work.
Tuuli Malla is a performance and installation artist, who works independently as well as in collaboration with artists and community groups mainly in Helsinki and London. She has studied Urban Studies at Bartlett, University College London and Performance Making at Goldsmiths, University of London.
All methods of Tuuli's work - ranging from movement and photography to documentary and sound - deal with questions of place and belonging. Also memory, time and death are reoccurring themes manifested through liminal spaces and material traces of past events. Much of the work is site-specific, which means that the work is made in collaboration with objects and places, as well as people.
Tuuli's practice blurs borders between artists and audience. Working in public space or with people without formal arts education shrinks the distance of everyday life and "art". Giving space for surrounding people and places is an important part of the creative process and an aim for encounters with the finished work.
Raphaël always loved that sweet spot between art and technology. With a background in computer science engineering, he collaborated for years with sound designers and musicians to create video games (Darkworks / Ubisoft) and innovative music tools (Everyday Looper).
For a couple of months now, he has been exploring the possibilities beyond software by adding electronic into the mix. Currently he's part of a lovely multidisciplinary team (Les Fondeurs de Roue) that is working on resurrecting, with a modern twist, an old merry-go-round in Paris.
Wynne is a Canadian artist and product designer based in San Francisco. As an artist, she is interested in how different communities and groups use the arts as a way of cultivating emotional health and well-being. She believes that the daily practice of art making promotes a healthy way of relating with oneself and others by cultivating personal clarity.
Her artwork currently explores the various perceived realities that are created from living and re-live continuously in the past, present and future through technology.
During the Saga Residency, she intend to create a set of textile arts to further explore the construction of realities: how they are created and the way they are consumed. She will capture and recreate moments by collecting various forms including static physical forms of documentation and sensory forms, which will come from memory.