In Residence:
May 20, 2015 - June 17, 2015
Discipline:
Visual Art, Installation, Video Art, Sound Art
Country:
United States, Poland

Tomek Jeziorski was born in 1986 in Warsaw, Poland. He graduated with a degree in Cultural Studies from the University of Warsaw, and a degree in Film Directing from the National Film School in Lodz. Tomek’s wide-ranging projects have taken shape as documentary videos, animated projections, and found footage compositions, among others. His works also consist of video design for larger-scale theatre, dance and music productions.

Adam Lenz is a composer and multimedia artist currently based in Hartford, CT. He holds an Artist Diploma (2015) from the Hartt School of Music as well as a B.M. in Music Composition (2012) and a M.A. in Music Research (2013) from Western Michigan University.

Shane Weeks is a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, multidisciplinary artist, and cultural consultant. Born on the Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton, NY, Weeks has been instilled with a sense of responsibility to better his tribe, which inspired travels up and down the East Coast to a multitude of American and Canadian reservations in order to study the history and culture of other native peoples. In addition to this study, Weeks has dedicated his life to education, bridging the gaps between the local community and the Shinnecock Nation. His involvement is widespread: he has taught craft workshops for years and worked in conjunction with the Shinnecock Museum and Cultural Center. A distinguished member of the Shinnecock community and government, Weeks’ mission is to educate both the Shinnecock people and their neighbors in order to build a better future for the Reservation and the community as a whole.

Karolina Zielińska was born in 1988 in Biala Podlaska, Poland. She graduated with a degree in
Photography from the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz. She then studied cinematography at the National Film School in Lodz. Her works were exhibited at FOTOFESTIVAL in Lodz as well as in Biala Podlaska and Warsaw. She works as a cinematographer.

 

FLYING POINT is a multimedia project that focuses on the lives of the Shinnecock Indian tribe. The Shinnecock Indians have lived on Long Island’s East End for thousands of years. And yet, the rich history and culture of the Shinnecock Indian Nation is not a subject that has garnered mention in history books. And it is a rare occurrence to hear first-hand accounts of the tribe’s oral history. However, the resident artists have the distinct honor of truly being welcomed into the Shinnecock community to research and document the living history of the Shinnecock people.

Over the course of the residency, the artists conduct site-visits, attend community events, and arrange home visits to experience the melding between modern and traditional life on the Reservation.

The collected material results in a large-scale, multimedia installation, which serves as a living portrait of the contemporary Shinnecock community. Excerpts from interviews collected throughout the residency are displayed on video monitors projected across The Center. This deconstructed approach encourages audience-driven discovery, inviting audience members to connect with the people, places, and events that have shaped the heart and soul of the Shinnecock Indian Nation.

Following the completion of the project, the collection of digital photos, video, and audio materials compiled during the residency period will be housed in the archives of the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum to serve as an account of life on the Reservation for current and future members of the tribe.