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SLIDELUCK Shortshow Recap

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[Text by Andrew McFarland]

[Photos by Casey Kelbaugh & Winston Struye]

The Slideluck team was thrilled to bring-it-all back home to kick-off their first 2015 event in our hometown of New York. SLIDELUCK Shortshow was a special night and a first for us. This show was all about the shorts. From micro-documentaries to fiction to animation, we featured just video work for this very special Slideluck at the gorgeous, new MEET on CHRYSTIE in the Lower East Side. To curate this show, we teamed up with Bond/360 to bring Slideluckers the very best in today’s video content.

The potluck was bountiful with the kitchen island at MEET overflowing with food as folks arrived. Some highlights included a sweet tarte aux pommes, a delectable curry chicken salad, and a fluffy frittata. In addition to a potluck dish, we ask folks to contribute canned goods for the nearby Bowery Mission. By the end of the night, we’d amassed about 100 pounds of donations! Attendees made themselves at home, grabbed a Brooklyn Lager and a friend, and claimed a comfy sofa seat.

The slideshow featured 17 unforgettable short videos & films, including Kambui Olujimi’s crowd-pleasing stop-motion piece, Alex Engel’s clever tribute to living with roommates, and Andrew Zuchero’s head-exploding horror flick. After the show, we all joined in wishing Kambui a happy birthday. We finished off the night at Wise Men on the Bowery. Special thanks to all of our partners and sponsors – Bond/360, MEET on CHRYSTIE, Souverain, Tito’s Vodka, and Brooklyn Brewery! You all rock our socks.

SLIDELUCK Miami II Recap

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[Text by Andrew McFarland]

[Photos by Casey Kelbaugh]

Miami Beach was the place to be this week, and the Slideluck Global team was happy to be there after escaping an early spring snowstorm in New York. As the sun went down on South Beach, Slideluckers arrived at the Bass Museum of Art Friday for SLIDELUCK Miami II. Folks had the chance to peruse the museum, including the amazing One Way: Peter Marino exhibit, and then grab an ice-cold Brooklyn East IPA.

By the time showtime rolled around around, the hall was packed with a crowd spilling out into the courtyard where a second slideshow was setup. This show was curated by José Carlos Diaz, the Curator of Exhibitions at the Bass Museum. Dave Greber‘s mystifying video was pure, high-calorie internet, and Cynthia Cruz gave Keyboard Cat a run for its money.  Cat Del Bruno‘s tongue-in-cheek instructional video, and Tomas van Houtryve’s stirring photo story exploring the prevalence of surveillance culture through drone technology provided some food for thought.

Chicken Liquor gave the crowd a send-off into the warm Miami night with a gravity-defying set on the patio. Afterward, a few die-hards crossed Collins Park to Free Spirits to continue the revelry. Special thanks to our partners at the Bass Museum of Art, Offset. Perrier, Souverain, Viewbook, Sandbox Studio, and – as always – Brooklyn Brewery!

 

SLIDELUCK Barcelona IX Recap

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[Text by Albert Such]

As March approaches each year, the photography community in Barcelona looks forwards to the newest edition of SLIDELUCK Barcelona. 2015 marked our ninth show here.

This year, we had an outpouring of submissions – dozens of photographers, multimedia producers, and visual artists sent in their work. In particular, Barcelona’s photography schools were well-represented among the applicants, with submissions from IEFC, GrisArt, and El Observatorio. SLIDELUCK Barcelona IX was for many of the artists the first time that their work had been included in a show.

The show itself was a festive celebration of Barcelona’s art scene. Like past years, SLIDELUCK Barcelona IX was held in conjunction with Enfocats Photography Festival, organized by Pati Llimona. In true Spanish style, the slideshow got started later than planned . . . however, with plenty of delicious Brooklyn Lager to keep the crowd happy, no one was complaining! The potluck was also a wonderful treat and included delicious Spanish omelettes, empanadas, and cheesecakes. Once our bellies were full, the show got underway. The 16 featured slideshows were as diverse and satisfying as the potluck. From Llorenc Pie and Maria D’Amico’s abstract videos to Sandro Pietro’s documentary short, to Rodrigo Illesca’s magical realism, SLIDELUCK Barcelona IX was a memorable night of art and community. Thank you to Brooklyn Brewery for all of its support!

SLIDELUCK Chicago IV Recap

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[Text by Andrew McFarland]
[Photos by Casey Kelbaugh]

It might have been a bitterly cold night this Valentine Day’s eve in the Windy City, but it couldn’t have been warmer or more welcoming inside The Promontory in Hyde Park for SLIDELUCK Chicago IV. With Jane Beachy of Salonathon at the director’s helm, this Slideluck was especially live-action, featuring several thrilling performances in addition to our lovely slideshow curated by Keren Sachs, the Director of Content Development at Offset.

A delightful massaged kale salad and a sour cream cake complete with dos leches pour-over were serious potluck crowd-pleaser. Once folks satisfied their taste buds and had their photo taken by GlitterGuts, they grabbed a fresh Brooklyn Lager and cozied up to their candle-lit cabaret tables for the main event.

Ole Timey started off the night by breathing life into some traditional country medleys. After that, Tricky Ol’Puss opened up the slideshow with some logic-defying magic tricks. In honor of Valentine’s Day, this show’s theme was “Eat Your Heart Out” and featured slideshows depicting everything from brotherly love to downright self-indulgence. Dav Yendler provided a whimsical and touching animation about his mom, while Matthew Swarts and Rafael Soldi’s work delved deep into the complexity of personal relations. Jon Lowenstein’s black-and-white series was a dynamic tribute to Chicago’s South Side.

Chicago’s very-own Celine NEON closed out the night with a show-stopping performance just before everyone broke out the Mardi Gras beads with tunes supplied by DJ Dave Maze on the decks. It was an unforgettable night, and it wouldn’t have been possible without our generous supporters and sponsors; special thanks to our host, The Promontory, the Chicago Performance Lab, Offset, Sandbox Studio, Viewbook, and – of course – Brooklyn Brewery!

 

Slideluck Columbia Launch Recap

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[Text and Photos by Sean Rayford]

Heads turned at the Tapp’s building When Paxton Pegues of the Pee Dee Ranch in Cheraw, SC showed up with a pastured, heritage breed Red Wattle-Cheshire suckling pig – roasted with Cucuzza squash.  The only other time I saw people react so favorably that evening was when they opened the bar. Down on Main St in Columbia, SC on Friday night the local photo and food communities collided with the sixth annual University of South Carolina photo festival. With the help of Slideluck, Brooklyn Brewery and Viewbook, the art department at the university was able to reach outside of their traditional network and facilitated a gathering around food, beverage and photography.

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In between eating and the photo presentations, USC photo instructor Gordon Humphries gathered a few handfuls of people to make a special image of the venue. “He wanted to do an illumination of the entire Tapps building for a photo and part of the way to achieve that is to get a large group of people with lots of flashes and other lights and do what you might call light painting. With the camera – he does a very long exposure – so the shutter stays open for a long time and everyone fires their flashes as much as they possibly can or if they have flashlights they just shine their lights on the building. It creates a neat effect with meager resources and you can light up an entire building,” explains Thomas Hammond (seen below looking at the results).

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“There was a lot of people out there. I got a kick out of the people in the building looking out their windows wondering what the heck was going on with all the strobes going off into their rooms,” remarked John Allen about the light painting. “It’s fun to see friends outside of work and catching up. A room full of photographers is like a melting pot, they all have different styles and things they like to do.” Paired with the USC photo festival the evening introduced conversation between hobbyists, students, educators and working professionals in an specific area of the art community that rarely sees cohesion.

SLIDELUCK Bologna: The land of tortellini and not only

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[Text by Maria Teresa Salvati]

The land of “tortellini” opened up its doors to Slideluck for the first time. Bologna was a great hit.

The ingredients that made the night a success were: Spazio Labo’, a centre for research in many fields of photography, masterfully led by Roberto Alfano, also the director of Slideluck Bologna; of a group of ladies, including Eva Perna, Gaia degli Esposti, who helped organize everything in such a easy and perfect way.

SLIDELUCK Bologna was also part of a new photography festival called Transizioni, Photography In Movement, focusing also on multimedia.

The slideshow was incredible. The guest curator of the show, Renata Ferri – Director of Photography at IO Donna and Amica – selected projects on the theme ‘Close to me’. We saw, to mention Renata’s words, so many mugs, bed-sheets, part of bodies and intimate image, that it all felt so very romantic and personal. Clearly the selection must have been wonderful, if everyone – coming from as far away as Milan and Rome – stayed till the end. Not only that, after the show, everyone participated in a lively talk with the curator herself.

The entire night seemed all very organic and fluid, passing by a large and rich potluck including pumpkin soup, homemade omelettes, mini-panini, pasta salad, and much more. Sometimes you don’t think people are going to respond proactively to such a new concept, but then there you are, happily surprised by the generosity and openness.

The intro by Marco Casino – winner of World Press Photo Multimedia 2014; the presentation of Hungry Still by Maria Teresa Salvati; the 22 project slideshow, the after show talk and the location, all dressed with fresh and lovely Brooklyn Brewery, and we can conclude that the ‘Bolognesi’ responded in the best way possible to a new Slideluck.

What tells you that that’s true is the question at the end of the night “when’s the next?”.

Very special thanks to our sponsors and partners: Brooklyn Brewery, Leica Store Firenze, Narratively and Viewbook.

SLIDELUCK Annual Fundraiser 2014 Recap

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[Text by Jen Plaskowitz]

[Photos by Polina V. Yamshchikov and www.johnmazlishphoto.com]

Wow! The Slideluck Global team is still reeling from the outpouring of support and generosity from last week’s Slideluck Annual Fundraiser and Auction at Lightbox. Slideluck is a community-driven organization, and the fundraiser was an amazing embodiment of that.

The night began with an elegant reception for Slideluck’s VIP’s – our board members, closest friends, and biggest supporters. We greeted guests with a selection of Brooklyn Brewery’s finest craft bottles and specialty cocktails featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Perrier, and Dutch Spirit bitters. After imbibing a few drinks and swapping a few stories, everyone found their seats beneath our handcrafted chandelier. Kevin’s Catering set a full table laden with stuffed sole and pork, each paired courses with Souverain Wines.

After a live auction, guests followed the siren song of soprano Katie Raab upstairs to desserts and champagne, and party guests swept into the hall.

The evening was especially memorable for us as we honored Hank Willis Thomas, an artist whose daring work shares so many of Slideluck’s values and aims. Artist Ashley Zelinskie created a beautiful 3-D printed sculpture, which was awarded with touching words by Hank’s mother Deborah Willis.

The night went on with sets by DJ Sweaterbeast and DJ Lexel. As we danced, projections of Slideluck’s best archived works followed along with us. Everywhere you could look was a sea of color, movement and smiling faces.

So let’s raise a glass of Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, thank you for an unforgettable night. We are so lucky to have such an amazing and supportive community base. Stay tuned as we continue to expand our mission locally and globally in 2015!

SLIDELUCK Savannah II Recap

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[Text by Jordan Frand]
[Photos by Siobhan Egan]

Despite chilly weather and a busy social calendar for the Hostess City, this past Thursday’s second Slideluck Savannah was the event of the season.

Over 200 Savannahians showed up at the American Legion Post 135 for one of the most impressive potlucks we’ve seen. Huge hams met delicate quinoa salads, while Southern specialties like collard greens graced the table right next to a bounty of desserts – homemade cakes, pies, cookies and more.
Missionary Blues got us in the mood with some bumping tunes and Brooklyn Brewery was keeping us happy and hydrated all night. Tom Kohler delivered a beautiful blessing and we all gave thanks for life before hitting the potluck. Everyone enjoyed a hearty meal and made new friends at their tables while drawing on the tablecloths. And then it was time for the art.
This year’s show, curated by the Slideluck Savannah team, demonstrated some of creative Savannah’s best, including some exquisite paintings and illustrations and even some radical typography. One lucky artist, Christine Sajecki, was randomly selected to receive a one year subscription to Viewbook. Congrats, Christine!
Despite some minor technical difficulties, the evening ended in high spirits and low stocks of beer (y’all were thirsty!) This incredible evening wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing volunteers and our sponsors: Blick, Kaufman & Heinz, Socially Yours, Orange PR & Marketing, Paprika Southern, You’re Welcome Savannah, WellFED, ArtRiseJudge Realty, Offset, Sandbox Studio.
Thank you for the good times, Savannah! We can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next Slideluck.

 

SLIDELUCK Baltimore III Recap

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[Text by Jen Plaskowitz]

[Photos by Winston Struye]

Sunday night marked the long-awaited return of Slideluck to Charm City. We had been talking about a follow-up to the legendary Slideluck Baltimore II since early 2012, but we finally made it back with the second installment of our first ever artist exchange.

Slideluck Baltimore III combined the artistic outputs of two extremely prolific and diverse creative epicenters, Baltimore and Bushwick (Greatest City in America and home of Slideluck HQ, respectively), the slideshows of all included artists were paired with music from their individual communities. Earlier this year the Slideluck Global team showed the work in Bushwick as part of Slideluck Bushwick III, but and though the summer slipped by, we were still super anxious to bring the show down to its second home.

Just as it had in 2012, Area 405, opened its doors to us. After we set the tables and chairs and awaited the arrival of the first guests, the global team admired the 49 portraits that lined the walls of the gallery, portraits created by young artists of leading community members over the age of 50.

And then they came, slowly at first, but faster with time. Some from across the street, others arrived straight from Berlin (Martha Cooper, how do you manage to be everywhere?). But almost everyone, regardless of origin, came bearing platters, and soon the table was full of delicious homemade dishes. There were curries, smoked salmon salads, gluten-free mac n’ cheese, coconut cakes, game hen casseroles, and chicken wings galore. Somehow everyone held off from snacking until the critical mass had assembled (maybe it was the good conversation, maybe it was the barman’s bottle cap popping skills), but when it did we all dug in at once.

After introductions by Slideluck Global Producer and Baltimore native Jen Plaskowitz and Slideluck Baltimore III curator and Baltimore Museum of Art Director Doreen Bolger, the crowd settled in and the show kicked off. We laughed, we cried, we noticed a lot of similarities between Sowebo and Soweto, and when the screen faded to black, everyone wanted to know when we were coming back.

Very soon we hope.  Slideluck Baltimore III was made possible by generous grants from the William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Foundation, Jane Brown of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, and friends of the arts in Baltimore.  Thanks also to our loyal global supporters, Viewbook, Sandbox Studio, and of course Brooklyn Brewery!