The Case for Space

April 11-May 4, 2013


The aspiration of outer space defines our relationship to other realms as an ethos, aesthetics, and ecology. This residency considers the role that space programs play in cognitive and spiritual life, social consciousness, and political progress: how the micro and macro cosmos regenerate the potential for space as a ground for identification, relationship, and reflection; how space technologies, tools, and tactics help us explore plateaus of the possible; and how the diversity of cosmic physical orders help us imagine constellations for change here at home.


Heidi Neilson is an artist working in printmaking. She works on artists’ books and public projects concerning topics such as weather, fake snow, and the debris in earth’s orbit. She has participated in residencies at the Center for Book Arts, I-Park, Visual Studies Workshop, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Kala Art Institute, the Lower East Side Printshop, and Women’s Studio Workshop. She also has exhibits and features in a wide range of places including: the Queens Museum of Art, the International Center for Prints New York, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Islip Art Museum, and The Drawing Center. Her work is included in over 50 museum and university collections. Originally from Oregon, Heidi received a BA in biology from Reed College and an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute, and she lives and works in New York.


Hương Ngô is an artist and educator, born in Hong Kong, and based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work, often collaborative and performance-based, has been supported by the New Museum, Rhizome, LMCC, The Kitchen, EFA Project Space, Tate Modern, Vox Populi, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and the National Museum in Prague. She is a part of the collective Fantastic Futures, a recent Whitney Independent Study Program Fellow, and has a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her current and upcoming works can be viewed at Smackmellon (Brooklyn), Quartair (The Hague), and with Fantastic Futures at Eyebeam Art & Technology Center (NY), and also through the 2013 iLAB Residency Program.


Cassie Thornton (San Francisco) is currently developing a body of work based on her research about the substance of debt. She began her work when she was a graduate student at California College of the Arts (2010-1012) within the Social Practice Workshop.  Her current work engages with the student debt of her peers at CCA as psychological and financial material. Before graduate school she co-developed the Teaching Artist Union (2009 – ongoing) in New York City after five years as an art educator in public schools. She is the founder and co-director for the School of the Future, a 24-hour, one-month intergenerational outdoor free school designed for and by teaching artists. In 2011 she built a house in India with a team of Indian art students, home ‘experts’, and construction workers, who lived in it until it transformed into a home.  In the summer of 2013 she began research into the relationship between debt and labor as artist in residence at the labor archives at SF State University.


Katherine Chandler (Washington DC) creates work that transects social theory, art practice, and new media studies.  Her work explores how images and sensory information intertwine with ways of making value, highlighting the political-ethical dimensions of how people see, sense and act.  Currently, she is working on a project about the United States Military’s “unmanned” systems or drones, as they are more commonly called.  A starting point is the word unmanned, which points to ambivalence about what is human (or man?) within the system and what is not.  Who or what is this negated being that is becoming increasingly important to local, national, and global politics?



Residency Research Findings, May 3rd, 6pm Brookland Artspace, 3305 Eighth Street N.E., Washington, DC, 20017. RSVP:


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