Last night the breathtaking floating film festival in Venice called “Cinema Galleggiante” conceived by Microclima – Paolo Rosso and Edoardo Aruta included Red Regatta’s short film made by Jones Pellegrini Ginko Film produced by Magazzino Italian Art (co-organizers of Red Regatta). Both screen and audience were on the water, floating in the lagoon to view a thoughtful program with themes of “instability, the unexpected, resistance, technological solutions, and the water’s potential for creating routes for transport and communication” – a truly inspiring initiative. I was so very sorry to not be able to be there to see it in person, but today many friends shared photos and videos today and I was certainly with them in spirit. I was honored that Red Regatta was included!
I’m sending love and gratitude to my amazing friends and Red Regatta project collaborators AVT Associazione Vela al Terzo Venezia and Righetti Giorgio! And to Red Red Regatta curator Chiara Spangaro project manager Marcella Ferrari and all of our Venetian partners–Università Iuav di Venezia, Classic Boats Venice,, Certosa Vento di Venezia, Spazio Thetis, Ocean Space, The Peggy Guggenheim and Mazzoleni! Grazie mille to Marco Valmarana for the videos you see in this post!
It was a real gift to get this glimpse.
Call and Response
It is a time of great change, and it is a time of listening deeply—to each other and to the sounds around us. In our suddenly quieter world, the sound of the birds can now be heard more clearly.
This project invites you to stop and listen. Call and Response refers to the actual format of this project—my call and received responses from around the world—as well as themes of community, connection and conversation.
I called on friends from around the world, inviting them to send one minute videos of local bird sounds. The 100 video contributions create unique sound compositions, combining a wide range of species and dialogues with videos from Africa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Birds are environmental indicators. For this reason, humans have always been attracted to birdsong and bird sounds. A diverse bird community signals a healthy environment. We are reminded how essential it is and has always been to live in harmonious balance. Call-and-response patterns are found in every culture’s communication and music and in all forms of sharing and democracy around the globe.
Collected here https://www.callandresponseproject.org/, the video contributions create unique sound compositions combining a wide range of species and conversations not heard together anywhere else in the world. Each time the project site is refreshed, a new composition is created.
In Call and Response, each collaborator’s video submission allows us as viewers to share in the precise moment it was recorded. What they were hearing, letting us be virtually side by side for a moment, listening together. My warm thanks to all who submitted videos! Special thanks to William van Roden, collaborating consultant and to Tom J. Hole for web development. Call and Response was created with generous support from TOTAH.
June 26-September 19, 2020
Mazzoleni is delighted to reopen its London gallery following the lockdown with the group show Back to London. A journey through image, time, word and space. The exhibition title also suggests the physical return to the gallery of a selection of artworks recently exhibited in international museums and fairs. Historical and contemporary artists are brought together in this show, allowing a number of visual, material or conceptual affinities to emerge.
The artwork by Giacomo Balla (1871-1958) establishes a visual dialogue with the photographic works of Red Regatta by the American artist Melissa McGill (b. 1969).
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Artists in this exhibition include Vincenzo Agnetti, Giacomo Balla, Mel Bochner, Alighiero Boetti, Andrea Francolino, Melissa McGill, Rebecca Moccia, David Reimondo, Giuseppe Uncini.
On May 9, 2020 Magazzino Italian Art hosted an Instagram Live session with artist Melissa McGill and journalist Julia Felsenthal, in celebration of the release of Giovanni Pellegrini’s film “Melissa McGill: Red Regatta.” The pair discussed the artist’s public art project called ‘Red Regatta,’ which activated Venice’s lagoon and canals with large-scale regattas of traditional vela al terzo sailboats hoisted with hand-painted red sails from May–September 2019. Presented in collaboration with Associazione Vela al Terzo, curated by Chiara Spangaro, with project manager Marcella Ferrari, the project was co-organized by Magazzino Italian Art, with support from Mazzoleni. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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A new film by Giovanni Pellegrini on McGill’s public art project Red Regatta premiered on Magazzino Da Casa on May 9, 2020. The screening was followed by a Q+A with the artist Melissa McGill and journalist Julia Felsenthal on Instagram Live for the project’s one year anniversary.
Hanging out with NY’s bravest at The Armory show with Mazzoleni.
TOTAH presented exhibiting artist Melissa McGill in conversation with Oceana’s Brian Langloss to discuss the precarious state of our oceans’ ecosystem and the threat of rising water levels. The event will take place at TOTAH, within the context of Melissa’s solo exhibition Red Regatta: riflessi, an immersive photography show that places viewers in the afterglow of the Venetian lagoon following Melissa’s large-scale, unprecedented 2019 public art project Red Regatta. Red Regatta is the first artwork to be registered as a Clean Regatta, receiving a Gold Level certification from Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana program, that mobilizes sailors to protect the ocean through education and activism.
Watch the video here.
Oceana is a dedicated to protecting and restoring the world’s oceans on a global scale.
Brian Langloss is the Campaign Organizer for Oceana in New York City.
Oval Lingotto Fiere | Booth Purple 13 Green 14
Via Giacomo Mattè Trucco, 70
Mazzoleni is pleased to announce its participation at Artissima 2019 with an exhibition entirely dedicated to Melissa McGill and her public art project Red Regatta. This solo project will be displayed in the Main Section of the fair.
The monographic show presented by Mazzoleni will display works by the artist created during three phases of the project’s timeline: artist renderings, red colour studies for the hand-painted sails, and photographs taken by the artist of the red sails reflected in the lagoon waters during the Red Regatta performances.
Red Regatta, an unprecedented series of four large-scale site-specific performances, activated Venice’s lagoon and waterways between May and September 2019. Fifty-two traditional vela al terzo boats sailed in unison in choreographed regattas, each with sails hand-painted in distinct shades of red, developed by McGill. The public artwork united Venetians and visitors to celebrate the cultural and maritime history of the city and call attention to the forces of climate change and mass tourism that threaten its future.
Melissa McGill will also take part in a talk titled Make a Better World Now! with fellow American artist Christian Holstad and Vittorio Calabrese (director of Magazzino Italian Art), which will take place on Friday 1st November at 2.30pm at the Meeting Point of the Oval. The discussion will be dedicated to the relationship between art and environmental sustainability as well as their Venetian projects.
Red Regatta by Melissa McGill was presented in collaboration with Associazione Vela al Terzo Venezia, co-organized by Magazzino Italian Art Foundation, and curated by Chiara Spangaro with project management by Marcella Ferrari
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On Thursday, March 28th, the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations, in collaboration with Magazzino Italian Art Foundation and artist Melissa McGill,presented an exhibition of related and preparatory works to preview McGill’s latest project. ‘Red Regatta’ ahead of its debut in Venice. The exhibition coincided with the United Nations General Assembly’s meeting, “Climate Protection for All: High-Level Meeting on the Protection of the Global Climate for Present & Future Generations of Humankind in the Context of the Economic, Social and Environmental Dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
‘Red Regatta’ is presented in collaboration with Associazione Vela al Terzo Venezia and more than 250 local partners, led by McGill, curator Chiara Spangaro, and project manager Marcella Ferrari, and is co-organized by Magazzino Italian Art Foundation.
Thank you to Sergio Costa, Min. of the Environment of Italy, Amb. Mariangela Zappia, Ambassador of Italy at the U.N., Manlio di Stefano, Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Giuseppe Papalia, First Secretary Chief of Staff to the Permanent Representative, and Min. Plen. Francesco Genuardi, Consul General of Italy for joining us.
David Weeks Studio is pleased to present Light & Space, an exhibition featuring Melissa McGill and David Weeks on view at 38 Walker Street from March 14−May 2, 2018.
Melissa McGill’s recent work, 100 Breaths, is made up of 100 unique works on paper. Each is made with her breath, blowing metal dust suspended in varnish to create drawings that refer to both geography and the body. These gold, copper and silver forms are highly responsive to ambient light and changes throughout the day, as the light changes in the room. They flare up and soften as the viewer moves and looks at them from different angles. The light animates the work, bringing it to life, creating an experience in the moment.
David Weeks’ Lorre is an installation of kinetic lights. Drawn from the idea of altering a space with simple lines, the series utilizes copper cables to create definition. Using the inherent conductivity of the cable, the light source is free to move without the constraints of wiring.
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Grazie a Marie Claire e Adelaide Corbetta!
“At Casa Scatturin, which is an office and apartment designed by Carlo Scarpa, I met Melissa McGill who, collaborating with curator Chiara Spangaro, exhibited The Campi a project dedicated to Venice. The American artist picked up sounds around some of the city’s public squares, photographed these spaces, mapped them and then went back to work on recordings that are now contained in sculptural sound boxes. Opening a Campo Box you are transferred into the middle of Venice, from any place you are. Because the sounds are unique to this city and the capacity to bring them elsewhere is unique to art.” Click here for full article. Photo by Adelaide Corbetta
Thank you Vogue and Eve MacSweeney!
“Another small but beautifully formed exhibition is “The Campi” by Melissa McGill. The New York–based artist, who lived for a time in Venice, has crafted a small edition of mahogany boxes in the irregular shapes of three of the city’s “squares” (campi), chosen for being part of Venetians’ everyday life rather than tourist spots. Like tiny grand pianos, the boxes open to produce the recorded sounds and voices of each space, released like birds into the air—the perfect repository for memories of this infinitely fascinating destination.”
Read the full article here. Photo by Luca Marella.
The Campi will be exhibited in Venice May 9th to 14, 2017, coinciding with the opening of La Bienniale di Venezia-57th International Art Exhibition.
The Campi is a sculptural sound project that invokes daily life in the Venetian Campo (public city square), exploring the conversation between the visible and the invisible that defines public space.
The project will be presented at exclusive (art and architecture) locations throughout Venice, creating an opportunity to explore hidden gems in the city.
For more information, go to thecampi.eu
Constellation Boat Tours begin May 7, 2016. For schedules and details click here for information.
Beginning in June 2015, a new constellation has been rising nightly above a small island in the middle of the Hudson River, fifty miles north of New York City. Every evening as the sun goes down, starry points of light emerge one by one with the stars of the night sky above the Bannerman’s Castle ruin on Pollepel Island in Melissa McGill’s light-based public art project.
Constellation, the book, accompanies this mysterious and sublime installation, both as an extension and artifact of the project. The book is a visual and literary dialogue between artist Melissa McGill and several celebrated writers and poets, using the artwork as a springboard for inspiration and collaboration.
By: Melissa McGill (Artist), Sam Anderson (Contributor), Tracy K. Smith (Contributor), Richard Blanco (Contributor), Hadrien Coumans (Contributor), Joe Baker (Contributor), Edwin Torres (Contributor), Jeffrey Yang (Contributor)
Very happy to announce that the Constellation book, published byPrinceton Architectural Press is coming out in October! Join us for a special event to celebrate under the stars, presented by the Sunset Reading Series! (space is limited- book early!)
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Follow this link to hear the interview recorded on location with Sarah LaDuke and WAMC: http://wamc.org/post/seventeen-stars-added-multitudes-melissa-mcgills-constellation
Thank you to Ted Loos, Todd Heisler and The New York Times!
I will be leading my LAST “Artist’s Tour” of “PALMAS”, my surround sound installation at Manitoga, on October 11th at 4pm.
Hope to see you there!
“Palmas is a site-specific surround sound installation by artist Melissa McGill that engages Manitoga’s Quarry Pool and encircling path. The work takes its name from the improvised, rhythmic clapping that is an integral part of Flamenco. McGill’s exploration of absence and presence, accents and pauses enlivens the landscape, playing the Quarry Pool like an instrument….Experience Palmas as you explore Manitoga’s Upper and Lower Quarry Pool paths and discover hidden moments with McGill. House and Studio visit included. “
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What an amazing turnout today at Manitoga for my “Palmas” project featuring the lovely Sol “La Argentinita”, Cristian Puig, Barbara Martinez, Isabel del Dia, and Peter Basil Bogdanos! Thanks to all who came! Olé!
Artist Melissa McGill invites Flamenco y Sol Ensemble to collaborate and create “Palmas” – a site specific project at Manitoga with live music, song and dance. Flamenco y Sol Ensemble consists of Artistic Director Sol “La Argentinita”, baile-dance/cante-song; Music Director Cristian Puig, cante/toque-guitar; Peter Basil Bogdanos, percussion; Isabel del Dia, baile; and Barbara Martinez, baile/cante.
Manitoga’s central Quarry Pool forms a natural amphitheater where moss-covered alcoves, rock ledges and tranquil waters will come to life with exhilarating music, song, and dance. Performers will enliven the water’s edge upon a temporary stage at the base of Manitoga’s waterfall and seemingly float on water from a central pier. Around the Quarry rim, specially designed resonant boxes will serve as acoustic platforms for Flamenco’s signature clapping and footwork, turning the central Quarry into an instrument of sound and human interaction.
“The sculptural quality of sound followed by its palpable absence enhances the experience and intimacy with nature, building upon Russel Wright’s original intention at Manitoga,” explains McGill. Palmas animates and activates the site aurally to invite a heightened sense of awareness of Manitoga’s landscape – its natural richness.
In naming the property Manitoga, Wright borrowed native Algonquin words meaning “place of great spirit”. At Manitoga, Flamenco’s duende – its spirit of evocation and heightened sense of emotion – finds a perfect home.