Delta Vortex

Friday July 14 at 5PM, launch of limited edition t-shirt by Ashley Teamer, at Defend New Orleans Downtown, 600 Carondelet Street, Suite 140.

Delta Vortex

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!

Spring Wrap-up

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.

Politics of Imaging

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.

Archeologies and Other Stories on Roach-O-Vision

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 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!


Private Salon with Jan van Tienen

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 to order a copy of Nothing here remains or to attend a reading in New Orleans.

Digital Water

Wednesday April 12 at 6PM, lecture and book launch of the International Cloud Atlas Vol. III (2016, 2nd edition) by Christina Gruber, at The Stacks, 900 Camp Street (inside the CAC).

Volume III of the International Cloud Atlas (2016, 2nd edition) deals with the analog parts in the digital world, in this case water. A digital “cloud” (a network of servers) needs water to cool down its processors to be able to stream data at the highest speeds. The first digital “cloud” is described in the third Volume of the International Cloud Atlas. This specific “cloud” is located in a small village in Upper Austria, Kronstorf. Here Google purchased land for a future data center. These manifestations of the digital world become visible and add an additional layer on the Earth’s surface. “Digital Water” engages in the relationship the user has with streams of data and the connection to water streams in the “real” world. The virtual world is connected to the most abundant element in the world: water, and gains actual weight. 

According to the World Meteorological Organisation (International Cloud Atlas, 1975) clouds are so called hydrometeors. A meteor is a phenomenon observed in the atmosphere or on the surface of the earth, which consists of a suspension, a precipitation, or a phenomenon of the nature of an optical or electrical manifestation. Clouds consist of minute particles of liquid water or ice, or of both, suspended in the atmosphere and usually not touching the ground. However, a specific cloud does not permanently consist of the exact same particles. Technically speaking, a cloud is not even an object, but an area in the atmosphere reaching over saturation.

Shot In New Orleans

Thursday March 30 at 8PM, screening of films by Deltaworkers residents Léa Triboulet (FR), Jacob Dwyer (GB) & Giovanni Giaretta (IT), at St. Mary Majaks, 918 St. Mary Street.

With Shot In New Orleans we present films by Deltaworkers’ residents. Alumni Léa Triboulet and Jacob Dwyer stayed with us in 2015 and created and shot their films entirely in New Orleans. Both films have premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and have toured the world since. Current resident Giovanni Giaretta will give an introduction to his work and show 3 of his films.

The Brother (Léa Triboulet, 2016, 9 min)
The Brother
Three young sisters quietly mourn the absence of their brother as they continue their everyday life. Léa Triboulet uses the New Orleans backdrop to create a sensitive, powerful short film about loss and sisterhood and makes us excited about her work in the future.

Donovan Garcia (Jacob Dwyer, 2016, 9 min)
Donovan GarciaDonovan Garcia was shot throughout one day on a trip to the Jean Lafitte Swamps just outside New Orleans. As a voice from behind the lens attempts to document the trip, the presence of another man, whom we’ve been told is with us, comes into question. His name is Donovan Garcia.


Giovanni Giaretta will give an introduction to his work and his stay in New Orleans and show the following films:

The Sailor (2017, 9 min)
The Sailor
A sailor dreams of a homeland he has never had: day after day he constructs his new native land, shaping it to the substance of his soul. This video deals with the notion of what we call ‘home’ and ‘foreign’ while simultaneously dealing with issues related to language and translation.

A thing among things (2015, 7 min)
A thing among things
The video combines a recollection of visual memories of a blind person with close-ups of transparent minerals. The images work almost as a setting design open to different interpretations: as to see something presuming being something else.

Untitled (Portrait study) (2012, 13 min)
Untitled (Portrait study)
The video documents the relationship between an entomologist with a few different species of butterflies. The gestures and the experience of the entomologist create a narrative between scientific description and a choreography.

*Descriptions by the International Film Festival Rotterdam & Giovanni Giaretta.

Full Aperture: Martha Colburn in person

Saturday March 18 at 8PM, screening of films by Martha Colburn, hosted by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (1111 St. Mary Street), organised by Shotgun Cinema.

Martha Colburn will be present in person to present a selection of her stop-motion animated films along with a show of puppets and an introduction. Starting with her Super8mm films made in Baltimore with Jad Fair (Half Japanese), the Boredoms, and her own band The Dramatics, she has produced over sixty short animations. Her 35mm film Cosmetic Emergency – a film about war and cosmetic surgery – premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005. Tonight’s screening will also include some new films, including her Standing Rock protest animation, Myth Labs, about the American frontier and Meth use, and Metamorfoza, a stop-motion animated doll film which takes place in WWII.

Her style has been called ‘Monty Python meets Hieronymous Bosch’ and her work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and the Military Museum of Dresden, Germany.

Pricing Information:
$6 general admission; $5 NOPA members

The Outer Limits

Thursday December 1 at 8PM, screening of films by Carlos Motta (Col), Laure Prouvost (FR) & Roy Villevoye (NL), at St. Mary Majaks, 918 St. Mary Street.

Still from Voice Over by Roy Villevoy

Still from Voice Over by Roy Villevoy


The Outer Limits forms an introduction to our 2017 side program. Alongside the residency we aim to collaborate with local and international artists, scholars, writers, filmmakers and institutions to explore what we can learn from New Orleans in regards to sexuality, gentrification and absurdism. To start off we’ve selected three films that explore these topics:

Deseos (Carlos Motta, 2015, 33 min)
A correspondence between a Columbian and a Lebanese woman demonstrates how laws and religion determine the dominant discourse on sexuality.

Wantee (Laure Prouvost, 2013, 15 min)
Lessons in representation and absurd storytelling, all washed down with an obligatory cup of tea.

Voice Over (Roy Villevoye, 2015, 22 min)
In the rainforest Papuans build a traditional sculpture for their deceased family member Omomá. In the meantime, the filmmaker has a business conflict elsewhere.

*Descriptions by the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Private Salon with Olivier Willemsen

Wednesday June 1 at 6:30PM, private salon with Olivier Willemsen, at the house of Moira Crone.

During a private salon writer in residence Olivier Willemsen will read from his novel Morgen komt Liesbeth (2014) (Liesbeth’s coming tomorrow). During his residency Olivier was guided by the New Orleans based author Moira Crone. For the salon she has invited a diverse group of writers from New Orleans who will all read from their own work.

The salon is hosted by Moira in her own house, hence the private nature of this event.