Welcome to the BSMT at Mana Contemporary.

The Mana BSMT is a collaborative hub for artists, with private and semi-private studios, and an open-plan workspace. Occupying the entire lower part of Mana Contemporary’s headquarters in New Jersey, half of this 100,000-square-foot space is reserved for the BSMT New Media Program (NMP), and the BSMT and Mana Residencies. The other half is available for rent to artists who seek a community experience.

The Residencies


BSMT New Media Program (NMP)

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.

BSMT Residencies

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.

BSMT Residency artists, curated by Apostrophe NYC:

Caslon Bevington
Ryan Bock
Morell Cutler
Alana Dee Haynes
Kolter Hodgson
Charlie Hudson
The Love Child
Julia Powers
Bruno Smith
Sei Smith
James Reyes
James Rubio

Mana Residencies

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:

Mille Kalsmose-Hjelmborg
Daniel Bejar
Raul Mourao
Jake Harper
Anne Vieux

BSMT Nights:

BSMT Nights: April Fools!

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.

Saturday, April 1, 2017
5PM – 10PM

888 Newark Avenue

Suggested donation $10


Exhibitions on view

BSMT Exhibition Space

A group exhibition featuring new experiential work by five renowned digital artists, created exclusively for Mana BSMT.

Pneuma (πνεῦμα)
BSMT South

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.

January 21​–​May 31, 2017

Surface Surface Surface Surface Surface

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

(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 (Traceloops)

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.

Sam Cannon

Sam Cannon’s work explores the way we consume images of women’s bodies, and the dialogue between digital art and art in the physical world. Her interactive piece, Self Preservation, is a life-size sculpture of her body cast in soap. A computerized shower system is triggered whenever the exhibition hashtag #SurfaceBSMT appears on social media: while we are invited to share the work online, we also contribute to it’s physical decay.

Julian Glander

Julian Glander created an interactive gaming piece entitled Kwurdy. A room-sized, expressive blob on a screen responds to human input through a confusing controller interface. Glander’s work explores form and formlessness, and how we use these to express our emotions.

Thoka Maer

Thoka Maer’s Fig.8 combines dream-like animations projected on a three-dimensional plane of geometric shapes, suspended by acrylic glass panels. Her work is a surreal exploration of the concept of vagueness through space and time.

Hayden Zezula (Zolloc)

Hayden Zezula (Zolloc)’s Emit consists of a 6 × 6 × 6 feet cube, mounted from the ceiling on top of a 18 feet platform with a central pit, giving the illusion of being endless. A digital animation illuminates and activates the cube from within. This play of depth and light mimics the surreal environments that exist in his digital 3D 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.


Grace franck, BSMT Director
Aaron parach, BSMT Operations


888 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306