November 8–11, 2019
Crush Curatorial, Amagansett, NY
Organized by Mira Dayal, Katie Giritlian, beck haberstroh, and Josephine Heston
With Emmy Catedral, Johann Diedrick, Camilo Godoy, Christopher Lin, Richard McDonough, Yixuan Pan, Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin, and Alexa West
rehearsal is a platform for artists and art workers to develop or incubate an idea, question, workshop, or practice in a participatory format. This intensive, short-form residency was developed to support artists and art workers through community and critique, in response to a lack of resources for emerging artists who would like to develop work in a social context.
In June, we wrote eight artists and art workers, inviting them to spend a long weekend with us. We asked each participant to prepare by considering their practice as a toolbox:
Which tool would benefit from being applied in a social context? How might others benefit from a demonstration of that tool? Share one of those tools with the group.
Over the next several months, the organizers worked with each participant to flesh out their idea. In August, past and future residency participants came together for a home-cooked meal. Each member shared a “seed” of the idea that they looked forward to nurturing.
On a chilly November evening, we boarded a train to Amagansett. Over the next three days, we built a community by:
Assembling dumplings together, guided by a spotlight, sounds, and gestures, with Pan
Listening for and to imagined sonic ecologies with Johann
Mining the language of newspapers and building syllabic choreographies with Camilo
Creating a collective parade of sand and piles based on memories of domestic architectures with Richard
Meditating on time, environment, and presence via scents and embers with Chris
Finding balance and trusting falls amid entangled bodies and objects with Alexa
Archiving traces and the imprints of our peers through the vocabulary of our site’s glacial deposits with Emmy
Considering found microbial bodies and collective metabolisms that we had incubated with Tiffany
The moments in between were shaped by group reflections, cooking in pairs, and storytelling around the campfire. While rehearsal is considered a platform for performances, it is also a performance in itself, an arena for play, one that has required choreography on the part of the organizers, and contributions from each participant.
Mira Dayal, organizer
Mira Dayal is an artist, critic, and curator based in New York. She is the founding editor of JAC, co-curator of the collaborative artist publication prompt:, and an associate editor at Artforum. Her current studio work employs membranes, metaphors, fibers, and scrolls; she often works collaboratively. She has recently shown work at Gymnasium, Lubov, NURTUREart, NARS Foundation, A.I.R. Gallery, Abrons Art Center, and other spaces, and was recently a Curatorial Fellow at CUE Art Foundation and SOHO20.
Katie Giritlian, organizer
Katie Giritlian is an artist and cultural organizer based in Chicago + NYC. Interested in actions of memorialization, and the choreographies both logged and imagined in portrait studios, she makes work, networks and publications, and organizes group listening exercises and reading rooms. She has coordinated publications for Pioneer Works Press, facilitated workshops at SOHO20, rehearsal residency, Small Editions, among others, and has published with prompt:. Giritlian is a co-founder of rehearsal, a residency for experimentation in a social context, and a member of Soft Surplus.
beck haberstroh, organizer
beck haberstroh is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and facilitator based in Brooklyn. haberstroh is a member of Soft Surplus and a co-founder of the nomadic learning community Millennial Focus Group and a performance residency called rehearsal. They’ve been included in group exhibitions at Small Editions, the School for Poetic Computation, Babycastles, Bullet Space, Knockdown Center, Flux Factory, and the Wassaic Project. haberstroh is a 2019 Media Arts Fellow at BRIC and was a 2018 Cuts and Burns resident at Outpost Artist Resources. haberstroh is a graduate of Brown University and an MFA candidate at the University of California, San Diego.
Josephine Heston, organizer
Josephine Heston is a curator, writer, and editor based in New York. She is currently the Programs Associate at CUE Art Foundation. She is a co-founder of rehearsal, a residency for experimentation in a social context, and was formerly editor in chief of the Journal of Art Criticism (JAC). Her past research has engaged with queer and affect theories, and her programming often explores collaborative platforms for sharing resources among emerging artists, writers, and arts workers.
Emmy Catedral (b. Butuan City, Philippines) is an artist and writer, who immigrated to Queens, NY at the age of ten. Emmy works in performance and installation with things made with paper, including books. She has presented solo and collaborative projects at a number of venues, sometimes as The Explorers Club of Enrique de Malacca, and The Amateur Astronomers Society of Voorhees. She also performs as Y2K (with Carlos Rigau and Jocelyn Spaar) and is co-librarian of the Pilipinx American Library. She received an MFA in Sculpture from Hunter College and is the Fairs & Editions Coordinator at Printed Matter, Inc.
Johann Diedrick makes installations, performances, and objects that let people play with sound. He surfaces vibratory histories of past interactions inscribed in material and embedded in space, peeling back sonic layers to reveal hidden memories and untold stories. He shares his tools and techniques through listening tours, workshops and open-source hardware/software. Along with receiving an Asian Cultural Council grant, his work has been featured in Wire Magazine, Musicworks Magazine, and presented at MoMA PS1 and Abrons Art Center (both as a sound designer for Jonathan González), Somerset House (London, UK), Social Kitchen (Kyoto, Japan), Common Ground (Berlin, Germany), Knockdown Center (Queens, NY) and Pioneer Works (Brooklyn, NY). He has shared his work and taught workshops at Meisei University (Tokyo, Japan), Yale University (New Haven, CT), NYU Shanghai (Shanghai, China), Invisible Places (Viseu and Ponta Delgada, Portugal), and NIME 2013 (Daejeon and Seoul, South Korea). He studied at the ITP program at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. He researched at the InterLab at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) in Yamaguchi, Japan, and worked as an interactive software developer at Qosmo in Tokyo, Japan. He lives and works as a senior developer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Camilo Godoy is an artist and educator born in Bogotá, Colombia and based in New York, United States. He is a graduate of The New School with a BFA from Parsons School of Design, 2012; and a BA from Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, 2013. Godoy was a 2018 Session Artist, Recess; 2018 Artist-in-Residence, Leslie-Lohman Museum; 2018 Artist-in-Residence, coleção moraes-barbosa; 2017 Artist-in-Residence, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP); 2015-2017 Artist-in-Residence, Movement Research. His work has been presented in New York in public space as a billboard and at venues such as Brooklyn Museum, CUE, Danspace Project, New York; and Mousonturm, Frankfurt; among others. Godoy currently teaches various age groups at Dedalus Foundation, Leslie-Lohman Museum, and Whitney Museum.
Christopher Lin (b. 1988, New Port Richey, FL; lives and works in New York) graduated with a BA from Yale University in 2010 and an MFA from Hunter College in 2015. Combining elements of systematic experimentation and ritual practice, his sculptures, installations, and conceptual projects explore materials that are familiar to the viewer but are presented in an unfamiliar way. Through careful arrangements of found objects and performative encounters, the everyday is twisted and made visceral. Play transforms into contemplation as he explores themes such as transience, the human condition, and environmental anxiety. Lin’s work has been exhibited in New York and Chicago, recently at Flux Factory, Hercules Art Studio Program, Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, and The Active Space among others. He received the C12 Emerging Artist Fellowship in 2016 and is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Hercules Art Studio Program.
Richard McDonough is an artist based in NYC. His practice operates within painting and sculpture (sometimes inviting use of lens and sound). Research interest umbrella covering: traditions in parade and procession, building typologies of American homes + property (lawns), and rudimentary construction practices, seen through compressed, aerial, or “miniature” view.
Yixuan Pan is an artist who was born and raised in the land of fish and rice, Hunan, China. To deal with issues of translation and communication as well as reimagining the western hegemony through a global outlook, her anti-disciplinary practice merges multiple media and modes of presentation such as installation, video, performance, lollipop making, music therapy practicing, choral conducting, and more. By dislocating language from its context and form, Pan questions the linguistic structures people learn and unlearn in relation to comfort, temperature, transparency, hierarchy, and power dynamics. Pan wants to be a cook when she grows up.
Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin
Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin explores the porousness of bodily boundaries and the ceaseless movement of living processes, like fermentation, echoing the history of colonialism. Shin is interested in entangling the history of conquest and the literal digestion of material – herbs, medicine, and food – into a new system of relations that emerge from a complicated history of entanglement. Shin has exhibited internationally at Cuchifritos Gallery, NY; Cody Dock, London; Knockdown Center, NY; AC Institute, NY; Abrons Arts Center, NY, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, NY; and more. She is a 2019 Visiting Artist Fellow at UrbanGlass and 2020 artist-in-residence at Session Recess.
Alexa West is an artist based in New York City. Working within dance, West employs bodies and objects to articulate an expanded field of movement. Prior to earning her BFA at The Cooper Union, West studied at the Professional Training Program at the Martha Graham School. By utilizing motion, posture, and gesture, West creates choreographies that generate highly manufactured situations. West calls upon her observation that choreography functions as a design methodology in dance, political movements, urban development, and social spaces. As she investigates the premeditated movement of bodies, she utilizes the delegation of movements in these realms as a compositional tool. Her investigations probe at dance steps, work out plans, ergonomics, architectural blueprints, public planning, and biometrics, to develop new dance lexicons.