Platform 2016: The Zine Project: Allied Productions (Arts on Site)
A conversation with Allied Productions on the second and final evening of their zine residency.
Founded in 1980 by Jack Waters and Peter Cramer, Allied Productions helped give a start to pioneering non-profits like ABC No Rio on the Lower East Side in 1983. Recently, Allied Productions’ main project has been the development and maintenance of Le Petit Versailles Community Garden, a formerly abandoned lot in the East Village, which has been home to art exhibitions, performances, readings, and film screenings.
During this “mini residency” Waters and Cramer will assemble a zine project, offer a dance workshop to reconstruct a dance by Brian Taylor (1957 -1992) as well as host a night of live performances, film screenings, and dialogue. The goal of the collective is to help facilitate a platform for building a new language for current and future generations; a vocabulary specific to gender queer post corporate pharma experiences born of the epidemic that are independent of, yet informed by, currently dominant narratives of AIDS/HIV.
Contributors to zine and night of performance include:
(list in formation) – *Live presentation 10/18
Bizzy Barefoot, Peter Cramer*, Darnell Davis, Walter Dundervill, Douglas Dunn* – Excerpt from Aubade (2014) – Duet danced by Paul Singh and Chris Williams, Robert Flynt, Carl George* – Screening film excerpt from “6 Feet: Dancers I Know and Love,” Stephan Georgiou, Mimi Gross, Geoffrey Hendricks* – Talk about artist performer Brian Buczak, Andre Hereford, Derek Jackson, Stephen Kent Jusick*, Esther Kaplan, Ryan Lawrence, Ricardo Nelson, Robert Vazquez-Pacheco, Vasilios Papapitsios, Carlo Quispe, Susan Salinger, Ethan Shoshan, Sur Rodney (Sur), Brad Taylor, Brian Taylor, Jack Waters*, Melissa Wynn
In trying to “fill out the gap” left by deaths from AIDS, the zine, as a handmade, grassroots object, will serve as a central metaphor for addressing the ephemeral, fragmentary, and affective documents of a generation of artists. Two artist collectives, Allied Productions (October 18) and AUNTS (November 8) will develop zines and related live presentations addressing how each collective’s artistic practices might be in conversation with the reality and aftermath of the AIDS epidemic in the NYC dance and performance community.
Part of PLATFORM 2016: Lost and Found
Allied Productions, Inc. is a not-for-profit arts umbrella organization founded in 1980. We are an entirely artist-run multi-purpose entity that fosters community building through the collective process. We present, produce, and sponsor all areas of the arts, including the activities of individuals, groups, and organizations.
In the past, Allied helped give a start to pioneering non-profits like ABC No Rio. Recently, Allied’s main project has been the development and maintenance of Le Petit Versailles Community Garden. After fourteen years of work, Allied has transformed what was formerly an abandoned lot left in the wake of a demolished auto-body chop-shop into an extraordinary community garden and multipurpose arts space. For nearly ten years, Le Petit Versailles has been home to countless art exhibitions, performances, readings, film screenings, and more.
Allied Productions facilitates community and communication between many different artists and organizations. Among our ongoing New York City organizational associates are The Film Makers Cooperative, Mix NYC, ABC No Rio, Rain Forrest Relief, Gartenberg Media Enterprises, Inbred Hybrid Collective, and AIDS Data Treatment Network. Out of town affiliates include The Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation (Philadelphia), Parasol Project (Tucson), and Frise Art Collective (Hamburg, Germany).
Part of PLATFORM 2016: Lost and Found