The Rainbow Soulclub, founded by Saskia Janssen and George Korsmit in 2005, involves collaborative projects between artists, art students and clients of The Rainbow Foundation, which provides shelter and care for homeless people and for long term drug addicts in Amsterdam.
Dawn DeDeaux has implemented experimental art programming for a 6000 inmate prison facility, including projects for juvenile offenders. This led to a long-term collaboration with The Hardy Boys, two of New Orleans’ most notorious gang leaders of the late 80s through early 90s.
Janssen, Korsmit and DeDeaux will show the work that was made during these partnerships and go into a conversation about their experiences they’ve shared with their collaborators.
Wednesday May 2 at 7:00PM, private salon with readings by Alma Mathijsen, Jami Attenberg, Kristina Robinson, Cassie Pryun, Anne Gisleson and songs by Michael Jeffrey Lee, at the studio of Anne Gisleson.
Forget the Girls
Deltaworkers and the Dutch foundation for literature present a partial English translation of Alma Mathijsen’s novel Forget the Girls.
Forget the Girls shines a new light on friendship, which is at least as intense and complex as a romantic relationship. In this novel Alma Mathijsen explores the thresholds between devotion and obsession, between self-sacrifice and egoism.
Please contact us at email@example.com to order a copy of Forget the Girls or to attend a reading in New Orleans.
Tuesday April 17 at 6PM, public talk by Maaike Gouwenberg, Saskia Janssen & George Korsmit, in the Stone Auditorium at Newcomb Art Department of Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave, 202 Woldenberg Art Center.
Deltaworkers residents George Korsmit & Saskia Janssen will give a public talk together with Deltaworkers co-founder Maaike Gouwenberg.
As one of their projects, artists Korsmit & Janssen established The Rainbow Soulclub. It’s an art studio in an Amsterdam shelter for long-term drug users. Since then, they have run a weekly program in the studio, often together with their art students.
Gouwenberg is a freelance curator who specializes in the intersection between theater and the visual arts. Amongst many other things, she works for Performa in New York.
Each residency period we launch a limited edition t-shirt designed by an artist from New Orleans. In 2017 we’ve worked with Ashley Teamer.
Ashley created Delta Vortex: a metallic silver, yellow and blue design based on our logo. The t-shirt is silkscreened at Purple Monkey Design and has a hand-sewn label in the back. Different men’s and women’s sizes are available in a total edition of 50. Prices are $30/€25.
Ashley Teamer is an artist from New Orleans with whom we have been working in a myriad of ways since we started in 2014. Her current work revolves around female basketball teams. She also does a mean drag performance as Drifter.
We will officially launch Delta Vortex on Friday July 14 at 5PM at Defend New Orleans. DJ Grown Man will play some tunes!
Join us for music, drinks and more of Ashley’s work!
Tuesday May 30 8PM, performances and screenings by current residents Martha Colburn, Siri Borge, Elfie Tromp and Giovanni Giaretta and screening of DAT LIKWID LAND, the film of 2015 resident Jacob Dwyer, at Arts Estuary, 1024 Elysian Fields Avenue (in the backyard of NPN).
The last Deltaworkers event during our 2017 season!
Martha Colburn is cooking up a musical and visual surprise.
Siri Borge got interested in how humans project their own feelings and habits on animals during her residency. On our wrap-up eve she will show a new installation and a performance dealing with this topic.*
Elfie Tromp loves the hyper-sexual female image in drag culture and modern day feminism. She owns her sexuality and like a good lil’ Beyonce adept she’s not afraid to sell her looks for a statement. However, the amount of catcalling on the streets of New Orleans makes her rethink the impact she has on her surroundings. In a new performance she explores different images of sexuality.
Giovanni Giaretta presents his new publication Elsewhere(s).
Jacob Dwyer is present to introduce his film DAT LIKWID LAND: a contemporary portrait of New Orleans in response to John Kennedy Toole’s novel A Confederacy of Dunces.
This event is free and open to the public.
Shout out to Arts Estuary for supporting Deltaworkers by letting us use their amazing space.
*Siri Borge’s residency is in collaboration with PARSE NOLA.
Wednesday May 24 at 6PM, screening of Episode 3: Enjoy Poverty by Renzo Martens + panel discussion with Bmike, Big Chief Brian Harrison Nelson, Garrett Bradley and Kristina Kay Robinson, at the Joan Mitchell Center, 2275 Bayou Road.
Episode 3: Enjoy Poverty is a controversial 90 minute film registration of Renzo Martens’ activities in the Congo. In an epic journey, the film establishes that images of poverty are the Congo’s most lucrative export, generating more revenue than traditional exports like gold, diamonds, or cocoa. However, just as with these traditional exports, those that provide the raw material: the poor being filmed, hardly benefit from it at all.
We, a Dutch non-profit operating in New Orleans, constantly ask ourselves the question of how to share our resources in a way that makes sense as much for New Orleans as it does for us. We’ve invited a number of people who somehow deal with this question in their practice to discuss the film and its thematics after the screening.
Renzo Martens is a Dutch artist who currently lives and works in Brussels, Amsterdam and Kinshasa. In 2010 he initiated the Institute for Human Activities (IHA) that postulates a gentrification program in the Congolese rainforest.
Brandan “Bmike” Odums is a highly sought after visual artist and filmmaker who uses these chosen mediums to tell stories and make statements that transform the minds of viewers as well as the spaces in which his work appears.
Brian Harrison Nelson is the Big Chief of the Guardians of the Flame. He studied at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. He wrote and directed the short film Keeper of the Flame.
Garrett Bradley was educated in film at UCLA. She focuses on social economic situations, human conflicts and historical reflection and won several prizes, including the Artadia New Orleans Prospect Award and the Sundance Jury Award.
Kristina Kay Robinson is a writer and visual artist born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her written and visual work centers the intellectual geographies and spiritual technologies of Black, Afro-Indigenous, and diasporic peoples.
Monday May 1 to Wednesday May 31, continuous screening of Archeologies and Other Stories by Giovanni Giaretta on Roach-O-Vision, a livestream by Animal Planet.
It’s always dinner time for this family of American Cockroaches in New Orleans. Known also as the Palmetto Bug or Water Bug, American cockroaches are the largest common species of pest Cockroach. Watch them as they catch-up with movies on Roach-O-Vision. During the month of May they’re watching Giovanni Giaretta’s Archeologies and Other Stories.
To see the live stream go to www.apl.tv and scroll down until you see the Cockroach cam.
Cockroach Cam is in partnership with the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans. Every day from 10:30 – 11:00 am ET the roaches are fed. The Insectarium is part of the Audubon Nature Institute. Plan your visit here.
Many thanks to Animal Planet and the Audubon Nature Institute for making this possible!
Thursday April 20 at 7:00PM, private salon with Jan van Tienen, at the house of Maurice Ruffin.
We choose our words –
Notes on family
Deltaworkers and the Dutch foundation for literature present a partial English translation of Jan van Tienen’s debut novel Nothing here remains.
A family is a blunt instrument that guides and moulds. It shapes one’s character, like a drunk man shapes a vase. There are intentions, but they are fickle and their effect is uncertain, and all the while the wheel keeps turning. Sometimes the clay starts to chip. Let’s study the fragments.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to order a copy of Nothing here remains or to attend a reading in New Orleans.