Established in 2016 by BSMT Director Grace Franck, the Mana BSMT New Media Program (NMP) is a community-based residency dedicated to supporting the next generation of new media artists. Through ongoing support in Mana’s 2-million square-foot campus, the program aims to foster innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship, as well as develop and present exhibitions and programming at the intersection of art and new media technology.
The BSMT Residencies are six-month stints curated by guest artists as part of an experimental initiative to foster collaboration. Participants are encouraged to curate their own programming, shaping the culture of the BSMT.
Currently in residence through September, 2017 is a group of 12 artists led by by Sei and Ki Smith of Apostrophe NYC. The duo created the Base 12 project with the purpose of addressing the dual practice of making and showing work as a contemporary artist. The group works in a range of stylistic and personal influences, representing the diversity of contemporary art.
Established by curatorial director Ysabel Pinyol and curator Karline Moeller, Mana Residencies give local and international visual artists the opportunity to work at the organization’s prestigious New Jersey headquarters. The annual program provides a complimentary studio for one year, providing five mid-career artists the opportunity to freely develop and expand their practice with the benefits of additional space, a strong community, and ongoing support. Participants are immersed in the art complex, which includes resources such as the Keating Foundry and the Gary Lichtenstein Editions print shop, as well as Mana’s art storage, handling, and framing services. Artists-in-residence also receive a strategic introduction to the curators, collectors, and other art world professionals who regularly visit the organization. Our residents are selected from a strong network of like-minded individuals, many of whom choose to continue their stay at Mana.
Please note: BSMT and Mana residencies are invitation-only.
Current Mana Residencies artists:
Welcome to BSMT Nights: April Fools!, an evening for tricks, pranks, and jokes, where truth becomes lies and lies become truth. Explore artists’ studios at your own risk; the artist with the best tomfoolery will win a secret prize and the coveted title of JESTER OF THE NIGHT.
We’ll have music, food, and drinks to accompany the evening's festivities, plus a live DJ set by Nas Leber to dance off our villainies.
Suggested donation $10
A group exhibition featuring new experiential work by five renowned digital artists, created exclusively for Mana BSMT.
A site-specific installation examining the ontological dichotomy between potentiality and actuality, nothing and being, contrasting theories of immanence and transcendence in relation to the material world.
Surface is a group exhibition in Mana BSMT’s new 3,000 square foot gallery. It will feature work by five Mana BSMT Residents who work primarily as GIF artists: Matthias Brown (Traceloops), Sam Cannon, Julian Glander, Thoka Maer, and Hayden Zezula (Zolloc). Until now, their artwork has been created for and seen on screens, and shared across social platforms. This exhibition is their first exploration into creating work that can only be experienced in a physical space: sculpture, installation, performance, and gaming. By eliminating screens and creating site-specific experiences, this exhibition will illustrate a collective surfacing from the digital to the physical realm.
Join the conversation online using #SurfaceBSMT
IMAGES (LEFT TO RIGHT)
(1) Thoka Maer
(2) Hayden Zezula, digital rendering of emit, 2016
(3) Matthias Brown, Quadline, 2016
(4) Sam Cannon, Untitled, 2016
(5) Julian Glander, kwurdy2.jpeg, 2016
This exhibition is sponsored by GIPHY Arts
Matthias Brown’s Falling Faces explores physicality and process, as well as positive and negative space, using projection, shadow, and live painting on a free-standing screen. The piece seeks to highlight what is often seen as the shortcomings of production, showcasing these aspects of the process and using them as integral parts of the final work.
We offer semi-private and private studios for rent to non-residency artists in our BSMT on a monthly basis. There is a waiting list, so we encourage you to apply in advance. Applications will be thoroughly reviewed before being accepted.