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WEDNESDAY, AUG 05 2020 - THURSDAY, DEC 31 2020

As a gathering space for plural nations, cultures, languages, and beliefs, New York’s internationalist energy has flowed into the makeup of the artists in “10001.” Their practices range from moving and still visual and performing arts to music composition and film. Participating artists include: Anna Bera (Poland), Alex Camilleri (Malta), Mariella Cassar-Cordina (Malta), Saddie Choua (Flanders, Belgium), Nicola Ginzel (Austria), Justyna Górowska (Poland), Ada Van Hoorebeke (Flanders, Belgium), Ieva Mediodia (Lithuania), Luisa Muhr (Austria), Kira Nova (Lithuania), Jonas Tarm (Estonia), and Terttu Uibopuu (Estonia).

Borrowing the zip code from both the Empire State Building and New York City’s Central Post Office, “10001” focuses on the collaboration of strangers and the narrative of their collective creative process using New York City as the linchpin. Coming from a variety of disciplines, twelve European artists, who had never met each other before, including Austrian artists Luisa Muhr and Nicola Ginzel, were randomly paired, making up a total of six teams. On September 11th, these teams held a live virtual project unveiling.

As the most densely populated city in the United States, we had to adapt and evolve as families, neighborhoods, communities, and boroughs. With shelter-in-place orders, social distancing, closed country borders, and global protests for justice and racial equality, communication, exchange, and collaboration are needed more than ever. This project imagines rehabilitating NYC through collaboration. As strangers, how do we work together with what we do not know for a hopeful and better tomorrow?  

This project was initiated by the Lithuanian Culture Institute and the Consulate General of Estonia in New York and co-organized by Undercurrent and Arts Council Malta in New York, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA, and the Polish Cultural Institute New York. The project is supported by the European Union National Institutes of Culture’s New York Cluster.

The project is supported by the European Union National Institutes of Culture’s New York Cluster. EUNIC NYC is currently working on a follow-up project called “10002” to be presented in the spring of 2021. Stay tuned, creative and healthy!



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