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Ballroom Sessions—The Farther Place

Ongoing

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Marfa, Texas

Residency


Ballroom Sessions—The Farther Place supports artists and musicians to create new work. Past artists-in-residence included: Roberto Carlos Lange & Kristi Sword, Rob Frye, EJ Hill, Rob Mazurek, and Elle Pérez. 2022 artists-in-residence include: Johanna Unzueta, Morgan Bassichis, Jesse Chun, Li(sa E.) Harris, Guadalupe Maravilla, and more to be announced.

Through in-depth site visits, residencies, research, studio space or production, artists can explore nascent ideas in their practice. Ballroom Sessions prompts questions like: How do artists think and make work in these times? How can an arts organization serve artists? What kind of support is most generous to artists and musicians right now, especially if they experiment between mediums and forms? How can Ballroom continue to commission timely work during the pandemic? 

Ballroom Sessions encourages cross-disciplinary processes, facilitates research of the culture and landscape of the region, and connects artists to local partners and experts. During and after these residencies, participating artists will present their new works for the public in a number of ways ranging from releasing music and film, audio lectures, interviews and more, through Ballroom’s unique channels.

The “Farther Place” connotes not only a physically distant location, but also a zone for experimentation. Through incubation and production, artists can go deeper into a farther place within their practices. Their ideas and artworks move out into the world beyond Far West Texas. As a point of inspiration Sun Ra conjures us to move beyond our (earthly) limits in his poem “The Farther”:

 

Get over into the spirit of things

Thus the movement is on. . . .

Ever moving toward

The farther place or the

Place of the farther. . .

 

Ballroom Sessions—The Farther Place is organized by Ballroom Marfa’s Music Curator Sarah Melendez and Curator Daisy Nam.

Jibz Cameron - 2023

Jibz Cameron is a performer, visual artist and actor. Her multi-media performance work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has spanned over 20 years and has been presented at arts venues such as The New Museum of Contemporary Art LA, The Broad Museum, The Hammer Museum, REDCAT, BAM, The Warhol Museum, Centre Pompidou among others. She has been heralded by the New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years” and “outrageously smart, grotesque and innovative” by The New Yorker.  She has written and produced numerous performance pieces, video works and original music. Cameron produces and hosts Weirdo Night, a monthly comedy and performance event in Los Angeles and New York. Her film Weirdo Night (the movie), directed by Mariah Garnett is a 2020 Sundance Film Festival selection.  She is a 2020 Creative Capital Grant awardee, a 2021 United States Artist Award recipient and a 2022 Guggenheim fellow. She is currently working Titanic Depression, a live mulit media performances based on the 1997 disaster porn, which will premier in May, 2023, and a conceptual comedy album which will be released in the spring of 2023.  She also makes paintings and drawings.  dynastyhandbag.com

Jamire Williams – 2023

Jamire Williams is a multidisciplinary artist whose work includes music performance, performance art, composition, and sculpture. His practice focuses on faith, spirituality, roots and the evidence of those things which are not seen. His list of collaborators includes Solange Knowles, Herbie Hancock, Virgil Abloh, Kara Walker, Jason Moran, Dev Hynes, Robert Glasper, Moses Sumney, Kahlil Joseph, Jamal Cyrus, Ari Marcopoulos, Christian Scott, Jeff Parker, Chassol and Carlos Niño.

Williams has a deep resume as a recording artist, and has distinguished himself across avant-garde, jazz, and indie music genres seamlessly. His 2016 lead-artist effort ///// EFFECTUAL is a powerful solo percussion statement that established his affinity for minimalism, his approach of the drum kit as a canvas for “painting,” and his embrace of abstraction as a holistic practice in sound. He has been the touring drummer for Blood Orange since 2018. “Working with Jamire is like working with someone who knows the map of your brain, better than you even do. In London, taxi drivers have to take a test called “The Knowledge” in order to know the streets by heart alone. This is how I would describe Jamire’s instincts and intuition in regards to music. It’s like he was there when the idea was formed.” – Dev Hynes

He was a prominent performer at The Whitney Museum of American Art for Jason Moran’s exhibition Jazz On A High Floor In The Afternoon (2019) and has since presented and/or installed works at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and Brookfield Place (New York, NY). As a featured musician on a plethora of major and indie record label releases, the culmination of those endeavors is clearly portrayed throughout his most recent solo release But Only After You Have Suffered out on International Anthem. Though it is a project that the artist has stepped away from, the gravity of its production is ever apparent. “If constraint is both virtuous and virtuosic, then poetic utterance provides the musical device for song to bleed back through; Jamire Williams’ offerings are conjurations setting light on this very place.” – The Quietus

Jamire was a key contributor and writer on Solange’s critically-acclaimed 2019 album When I Get Home, a direct expression of her appreciation for her roots in Houston, Texas (the city where Jamire was born, raised, and currently resides). Since relocating to Houston in 2021, Williams has been an artist in residence at Lawndale Art & Performance Center (Houston, TX) as a member of their 2021/22 Artist Studio Program and was recently granted artist in residence for Ballroom Sessions–The Farther Place at Ballroom Marfa for 2023.