Adaptable Apple is an exploration of collaboration and process. The multidisciplinary series began in 2014 (between multimedia artists (Michelle Golden and Remi Harris). Several versions of Adaptable Apple were presented as live performance collaborations in dance studios, galleries and theatres in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The series will now expand into a curated exploration of artists and community at BkSD. The program, running May – December, will highlight three artists in a gallery hang. In addition to the visual presentation there will be a workshop component that will seek to highlight and investigate the relationship between artist and process. These workshops will invite community participants into further understanding of the artist’s practice and give them a chance to be immersed and collaborate in their own right.
Amanda Espiritu: Since she was a young girl, Amanda has been fascinated with art and visual culture, embracing drawing and painting as a means of self expression. As she continued to explore other cultures and different forms of art and storytelling, she began crafting her own stories and poems, which starts to inform her art. Born in Los Angeles in 1992, Amanda has lived in several cities including Manila, San Francisco, London, and Boston. She captures her passion for traveling and people’s love of live and adventure in her photography and her short stories. Amanda currently lives in NYC and works in advertising. http://amandakespiritu.com
Matthew Hefferon: I picked up my first video camera in high school. At first, it started purely as a way to document ridiculous things my friends and I could drum up. Pure documentation quickly turned to storytelling and soon I started to understand the power of composition. As I started to dive into manual camera functions, I became infatuated with the never ending equation of variables that makes up an image. I carried around a small point and shoot camera everywhere I went. It helped me slow down time and bring attention to all the mundane aspects of life I constantly overlooked. I loved finding beauty in unusual places. Rust became my first infatuation. The colors created by oxidation are gorgeous. Deep oranges and reds hidden in places humans never pursue. I currently serve as a Broadcast Engineer maintaining all distribution equipment responsible for sending national programming to NBC’s 200 plus affiliates. During my spare time, I have continued to refine my craft, freelancing as a content creator for various clients from musicians to small businesses. This wide array of work from productions large and small has primed me for any creation scenario. http://www.matthewhefferon.com
Michelle Golden is a self-taught multimedia Artist, born and raised in NYC. Since 2010 Michelle has been involved in exhibitions throughout Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. In 2014 she expanded her work to include multidisciplinary collaborative pieces presented at The Brick Theatre, Triskelion Arts, Dancespace projects and Brooklyn Studios for Dance. In 2016 she completed an artist residency in Oaxaca, Mexico where she helped curate an artist run show. This will be her first foray into taking curative leadership with the Adaptable Apple project at BkSD.
Remi Harris is a multi-media dance and performance artist. She is a company member of Dance Cat-alyst and Racoco/Rx, has worked with Sydnie L. Mosley Dances; Banana Peel Dance, Amy Marshall, Keigwin + Company, artists Olek, and Hitomi Nozawa, fashion designer Catherine Malandrino, and The Penniless Loafers to name a few. In addition to performing, she works on her own creative projects under her choreographic venture dancesbyremi, is the Co-Director of Brooklyn Studios for Dance, teaches in the tri-state area, and advocates for dance as a member of several dance organizations. A native of Barbados, she grew up in Brooklyn, NY where she received her initial dance training. She graduated with a BA in Dance from Hofstra University where she was on scholarship. Her stage work has been shown at The Gershwin Hotel, Danspace, Abrons Art Center, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, The Brooklyn Lyceum, Teatro La Tea, Triskelion Arts, Brecht Forum, Gibney Dance Center, The Actors Fund Theater, The Brick Theater, Nicu Spoon Theater, BARD High School, bars, nightclubs, and several site specific areas in New York City. remitharris.com