Lise Brenner, with visual design assistance from Christopher Kennedy, presents Distributed Archive: Joe’s Story—a selection of photographs and oral histories. These archived materials, including a collection of in-depth transcriptions and corresponding map derived from walks and talks with lifelong Dutch Kills resident Joe Dente, were gathered through a slow-growing personal network of one-to-one relationships nurtured by Lise Brenner over a period of approximately 2 years. The foundation of her research methodology was the question: what do you love in the neighborhood? The goal was two-fold: to capture the importance of ‘unimportant’ places in creating a sense of place, and to give voice to people whose daily experience is in the process of radical change that is unacknowledged by official statements about zoning, land use, real estate, and neighborhood ‘renewal.’
To connect this installation with Nurtureart’s location in Bushwick Lise Brenner leads a writing and drawing observational walk in neighborhood to highlight landmarks sometimes hidden in plain sight. At these landmarks she has place index cards typed out with text based on an imagined meeting between her father and Joe Dente. You can find this highly-personalized map on postcards at NURTUREart.
Choreographer, writer, teacher, producer and performer active in NYC and abroad, Lise Brenner holds her MFA Interdisciplinary Performance from DasArts, University of the Arts, Amsterdam and has had her work supported by, among others, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Mondriaan Stichting (NL), iLand Art, Dance Theatre Workshop, and the Central Park Urban Rangers. In 2010 she co-founded ICSCS (the Institute for Culture in the Service of Community Sustainability), with support from the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund and the Mellon Foundation.