2016

TANGENT

Birmingham Museum of Art SHIFT residency project
(select works)

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For five months in early 2016, SHIFT occupied the ground floor storefront at 1910 3rd Ave. N in Birmingham’s Theatre and Arts District. A Birmingham Museum of Art initiative, SHIFT was a satellite space that functioned as a platform for conversations around contemporary art and aimed to engage contemporary Birmingham artists in non-traditional ways.

Each month SHIFT invited two people to host, occupy, and activate the satellite space. Hosts included Birmingham-based artists and creatives who worked together to present a project to the public on the last Friday of each month. SHIFT’s collaborative nature encouraged hosts to push outside their creative comfort zone and create opportunities to consider new ideas and concepts that would resound with the larger Birmingham community. SHIFT also included a zine makerspace, stocked with supplies and featuring a selection from the Birmingham Zine Library.

Together with my co-host, improvisational musician LaDonna Smith, we considered the improvisational qualities of collaboration and invited members from our respective artistic communities to work with us to create Tangent, a single-night event that incorporated spoken word, improvisational music, and sound performances within an immersive photographic installation featuring works from ten Birmingham photographers.

The ten photographers were tasked to document the geographic space between the Birmingham Museum of Art and the BMA’s downtown SHIFT space throughout the month of May. Participants could pursue their own subject matter or work from a provided list of prompts. The result is a widely-varied body of work that does not comprehensively document Birmingham’s downtown; instead through aggregation, selection, editing, and exhibition the pictures of people, monuments, landscapes, architecture, and detritus provide nuanced social, cultural, and aesthetic subtexts. In addition to the installation of selected works in the SHIFT space, participants’ photographs were shared to the SHIFT Instagram feed @shiftbham.

Participating photographers:

Rob Culpepper
Jenny Fine
Wes Frazer
Timothy Harstvedt
Devin Lunsford
C.W. Newell
Cary Norton
Carolyn Sherer
Orlando Thompson
Leita Turner


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