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Read The Rules Before You Use the Pool; INDEX Festival 2011

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center
107 Suffolk Street, between Rivington & Delancey, 212-260-4080
East Village / Lower East Side
August 18 - August 27, 2011
Reception: Thursday, August 18, 6 - 8 PM
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One of many exhibitions taking place throughout August as part of the inaugural INDEX Festival of Media + Culture

ARTISTS: Graw Boeckler with Tujiko Noriko, Ryan Brennan, Robert Heel, Luna Maurer, Elias Melad, Antonio Serna

WHEN August 18-27, 2011 Monday-Friday 3:30PM-7:30PM Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center 107 Suffolk Street; 2nd Floor, NY, NY Opening August 18 from 6PM-8PM

CURATED BY Cornelia Lund +Kristin Trethewey

DESCRIPTION Rules can be defined as a prescribed guide for conduct or action. In life, rules are often prescribed to us, but we find the exceptions, break and even make new rules constantly. They become the foundation of any structure and are a major part of game design, spiritual practice and instruction. This exhibition of multidisciplinary projects questions, our perception and the necessary process of the construction and deconstruction of rules. Some projects are built for others to engage with. While other works pay homage to them, bounce off and/or find ways around the rules.

Ryan Brennan’s Living Exercises are an on going performance project based on a series of instructions to be done sometimes privately or publicly aimed to broaden ones perspective personally and socially.

Elias Necol Melad is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His paintings force interactions between personal inner monologues and our current global landscape, recycling primitive architectural forms as an environmental template to display these synergies. He studied at Brooklyn College under Archie Rand and Vito Acconci.

Robert Heel is an audiovisual artist, VJ and electronic musician, working in the fields of video and sound design, installation, audiovisual live performance, VJ-ing and music production.

Luna Maurer is an artist and designer from Holland. Poly-luna is the design practice by Luna Maurer. She forms part of the Conditonal Design Collective. Read the manifesto and visit the platform at

Graw Boeckler We see our role as artists not only in producing artefacts but also in designing the way they are consumed respectively distributed. We invented a set up to present films and a virtual space called “Raum für Projektion” (space for projection)

Antonio Serna is an artist living and working in New York. With art as a tool, he is constantly comparing and contrasting the human construct of progress with the animal instinct of survival. The results of which have been exhibited in New York, Spain, Mexico, Amsterdam, and Texas. Antonio has also taught and lectured at Parsons School of Design, St. Johns University, and at Brooklyn College as a teaching fellow. Outside of his studio, Antonio Serna enjoys rummaging through the social anthropology of art and visual culture via vizKult.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the Netherlands Cultural Services.
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