Sunday, December 07, 2008

Berwick names director-in-residence, project leaders

Berwick Research Institute, the Boston-based nonprofit experimental art “incubator,” has named Leon Johnson as its first director-in-residence, and Daniel DeLuca and Ryan Sciaino as coordinators of its “special projects incubator.”

Johnson, of Portland, Maine, will take over from Meg Rotzel, who co-founded and led the Berwick as director from 2000 to 2006. Berwick explains: “Taking a cue from it’s own research-oriented history, the Berwick extends its eight years of experience supporting unconventional creative practices into the arena of experimental arts administration. Director-in-residence names a new position taking equal inspiration from the traditional role of an Executive director and from the contained tenure and supported experimentation associated with an artist residency; a twenty-four month residency in which the DiR takes the reins and asks the organization itself to become the creative experiment.”

DeLuca and Sciaino will lead Berwick’s “special projects incubator,” which Berwick describes with its trademark clarity as “a laboratory for emerging curators, organizers and artists developing projects that draw from multiple genres to create innovative idea-driven work, this division of the Berwick supports a three-tiered incubation program and hosts seasonal events that explore a variety of event forms and content and create a context for collaborations and dialog between art organizations and local communities.”

Background on the gentlemen, and more, is here.


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