[Text by Brooklyn Lager] [Photos by Casey Kelbaugh]
It was a warm summer night and I had traveled halfway across the world for this show, so I was frankly feeling a little shaken up. A couple hundred of my buddies and I were packed in tightly for SLIDELUCK Tel Aviv III. We were all excited for the event and couldn’t believe that UPS and Customs would put the kibbosh on us and prevent us from bringing some Brooklyn flavor to the party. While hundreds gathered in the garden behind Alfred Gallery for food, music and art, we were locked up behind bars at Customs.
From what I’ve heard from the outside, it was a fantastic evening. Many of the artist studios in the building were open for the evening, the potluck was diverse and robust and the slideshow was well-received. I guess it wouldn’t have been possible without the Tel Aviv Arts Council, Ari Fruchter, Molly Surno, the Alfred Gallery,Time Out TelAviv, Naked Sea, Brown TLV Hotel, Lucy Zotoff and all of the other volunteers that helped make it happen!
Next time, we shall prevail. The good people of Israel deserve the opportunity to enjoy cold Brooklyn Beers!
After some solid grub and mingling, Doreen Bolger, Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art kicked off the slideshow with a B-more plug urging everyone, especially artists, to keep their eyes on Charm City. Road trip!
No one seemed to mind how hot and sticky it got in the studio, as everyone proceeded to drink the always-refreshing Brooklyn Brewery beers and hoot and holler for all the rad artists presenting.
The night wrapped up with an unexpected all out, hands on the floor, 90s dance party with DJ Marty McSorley! We are excited to keep these good vibes going as Slideluck and Brooklyn Brewery travel to Baltimore for Part 2 of the exchange. Stay tuned!
Without question, the Norse gods were on our side for SLIDELUCK Oslo III. The sunshine held clear and strong until late in the night. The harvest was bountiful and the table abundant. Fair maidens and strong warriors from kingdoms near and far filled the room. The slideshow was a divine celebration of Norway’s artistic strength. Music shook the afterparty like Thor’s hammer. And rather than bloodshed, it was Brooklyn Brown Ale and Brooklyn Lager that flowed in copious amounts.
There was excitement and expectation in the air as the entirety of this prosperous nation was preparing to celebrate my birthday (and their 200th anniversary) just 36 hours later. Flags were beginning to appear in the streets around Fisk og Vilt – where Slideluck was held – and the words “Gratulerer Med Dagen” or “Happy Birthday” were on everyone’s lips.
Laara Matsen, photo editor of the celebrated D2 Magazine selected 20 amazing photographers to participate. DJs Kent Horne, Ron Like Hell and Strangefruit provided some great tunes until the wee hours. And Knut Bry brought his famous handshake and the kind of fresh salmon lox that one would only expect to find in Valhalla.
It was clear that on this very night, with the ancient gods on our sides and the wind filling our sails, that Brooklyn Brewery had a breakthrough beyond just Experiential Marketing and was getting into the realm of “Spiritual Marketing.”
Slideluck left everyone who attended satiated in body, mind and soul. Attention soon shifted to Norway’s bicentennial celebration and of course my birthday. And on that very May 17th, one of our attendees, Ingvil Marstein, gave birth to a baby girl. And to that little patriot, I say: Gratulerer Med Dagen!
The premier of a new exhibition and publication co-produced by Slideluck London, FORMAT International Photography Festival and QUAD opened this Saturday 15th March! Titled Hungry Still, the exhibition has been co-curated by Slideluck London’s Maria Teresa Salvati, Federica Chiocchetti and QUAD/FORMAT’s Louise Clements, showcasing twenty four of the best international photographers presenting multimedia photo stories featuring incredible images and narratives from all over the world. Slideshows by the 24 artists have been installed on screens in QUAD Gallery, a centre for contemporary art and film in Derby UK complemented by a special programme of events featuring talks, workshops and recipes relating to the concepts and stories behind the locations and content of the slideshows. For the launch guests enjoyed tasting some wonderful delicacies from the book such as photographer Catrine Val’s Hearty Vegetable Pie and Raphael Arocha’s confidence boosting Gin and Tonic, along with delicious Brooklyn Brewery Beers! Slideluck London, QUAD and FORMAT have also collaborated on a beautiful new publication designed by Akina Factory which features images from each of the photographers, anecdotes and recipes contained in over 200 pages. It is a brilliant and unusual photo cookbook that is already selling like hotcakes! Buy it here.
The exhibiting photographers have been selected from the last 6 years of Slideluck London editions and include: Alexander Aksakov, Alfonso Almendros, Rafael Arocha, Poulomi Basu, Jean-Marc Caimi, Arantxa Cedillo, Pierfrancesco Celada, Joanna Chudy, Cristina De Middel, Peter Di Campo, Carolyn Drake, Shiho Fukada, Sophie Gerrard, Laura Hynd, Alvaro Laiz, Sebastian Liste, Aaron Schuman, Bryan Schutmaat, Fan Shi San, Ian Teh, Phillip Toledano, Catrine Val, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb. The exhibition is part of and supported by the FORMAT International Photography Festival off-year programme; if you are in Derby between now and mid-May be sure to check out the scheduled events.
Friday March 7th was the date for the 8th Slideluck Edition in Barcelona. For the fourth consecutive year, we organized it in collaboration with the Centre Civic Pati Llimona, and their yearly photography festival Enfocats 2014.
We had a panic moment in the morning when we heard the news that there had been a power cut in the Pati Llimona and all the surrounding area, but things went back to normal, and by the afternoon everything was ready for the show…
The evening program started with a presentation of the Revela Photo Prize organized by Can Baste. An interesting concept: a competition dedicated to social documentary photography where the amount of the prize is not awarded to the winning photographer, but to a NGO that works on the social problems documented in the winning project.
After the presentation, and the short introduction from the Slideluck Barcelona team, we started the slideshow. This year, the call for submissions was a big success, so we had really good material to select from and, although we had to take some difficult decisions, we had settled on showing 16 very powerful works from all kind of photographic styles and genres.
And then, the best part started… (As you may know if you have read previous write-ups from Barcelona, we have done a little change to the usual Slideluck program: to cope with the strange Spanish habits of having very late dinner, we have the dinner party after the slideshow).
We enjoyed the delicious food that was brought by the attendants (from the staple spanish omelette to Indian pulao), with two different varieties of Brookyn Beer: Lager and Pilsner. The dinner and conversation went on for a couple of hours.
The night began with potluck tables set in the midst of an exhibition. As they dined on sweet and savory treats and visited the bar stocked with Brooklyn Brewery’s finest, guests perused the Gallery’s exhibition highlighting the world’s greatest street and graffiti artists. #Weloveatl, a local group of phone photographers that use social media to share their work and organize gatherings, had also made prints and hung them on the walls so those clustering around them could experience the many sides of Atlanta. When it came time for the night’s culminating slideshow, people scooped up the last of the potluck dishes and took their seats surrounding the white screen centered in the main room. Anticipation grew for the start of the Slideluck Atlanta show as the lights dimmed. A few words were said to introduce Slideluck Atlanta, and then show of local and international artist rolled on.
On a warm, sultry evening in Wynwood, a diverse group of Miamians gathered in the palm tree garden behind Gramps Bar for the final event Mash event of 2013 and the launch of Slideluck Miami. It was a sizzling sexpot of an event.
Brooklyn Pilsner poured like manna from heaven. Kids frolicked freely in the sand. Once in a while, people spoke in English. Many of the graffiti artists that made Wynwood Wynwood were in the house.
The potluck got real when the Design District’s hottest new restaurant, The District, donated a $250 for the best dish. After great deliberation, the grand prize was split in two and awarded to Leo Valencia for his Ceviche Cups and Alice Pedroletti for her Naked Frittata. The slideshow featured 26 local artists and four wild cards from around the globe.
The cream on top was when Slideluck Miami Director, Ruben Millares, got up on stage with his band Chicken Liquor and rocked the damn house. Before long, another member of the team, Antonia Wright, got up on stage to thrash about and bang on a tambourine.
It was at that point, that I said to the elderly person next to me: I’M IN MIAMI, BITCH!
[Text by Casey Kelbaugh]
[Photos by Winston Struye and Yasmine Beckley]
Our fundraiser at Domingo Zapata’s studio in New York City on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 was a grand success! With the help of Christie’s Emerging Collectors and hundreds of donors, we raised $70,000 for Slideluck and the Slideluck Youth Initiative! It was an amazing night for this organization and we are very grateful for all those that contributed.
The evening began with a cocktail reception in the parlor, some lovely and familiar tunes being played on the Steinway. This was followed by a lavish Spanish dinner for 28 people prepared by Calva. After Domingo made an appeal to sell some of the work right off his walls, things heated up quickly. One guest, Veronica Wong, walked out of the fray with 4 paintings for a song – an expensive song – and one that helped us make it halfway to our goal in one fell swoop! A lively party for another 150 guests or so followed. Domingo did a live-action edible painting on a large white cake, many a beer was consumed, more art was purchased, more funds raised, and the sounds of spontaneous piano and guitar jams carried on until early in the morning. Oh, and everyone got laid.