Two stories about The Sharing Project installation at the Aiken County Historical Museum in the Aiken Standard

The Sharing Project installation (on July 29) at the Aiken County Historical Museum

Many thanks to Larry Wood and to the Aiken Standard for the wonderful feature, front page story about The Sharing Project exhibition at the Aiken County Historical Museum, and many thanks for the excellent shorter story that ran a few days earlier as well.

And, of course, many thanks to Brenda Baratto, Lauren Virgo, Doris Baumgarten, Joe Christian, and everyone else at the Aiken County Historical Museum for working with me on the show.

Sharing Project installation opens at Aiken County Historical Museum

There was a time when there were numerous socialist experiments in America, like the one, called Happyville, that 50 Russian Jews from New York started in South Carolina in 1905. Happyville has almost entirely disappeared, but you can explore what remains by visiting The Sharing Project installation at the Aiken County Historical Museum — located just minutes away from where Happyville once was.

In addition to the Happyville video, there are 4 other short films (selected from the 15 in larger versions of the installation) and 21 interviews that explore the meaning and value of sharing in a personal and interdisciplinary way.

I encourage you to participate in the exhibition not only by watching the films, but by sharing canned food and bringing it to the museum. You will have an opportunity at the end of the show to take some of the communal food and give it away to whomever you think will appreciate it.

More information below:

Canned food gathering: now through July 29
Exhibition: June 1 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday June 1, 6-8 pm
Closing and canned food distribution event: Sunday July 29, 3-5 pm

Aiken County Historical Museum
Open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Admission is free
Address: 433 Newberry St SW, Aiken, SC 29801

Phone: 803-642-2015

Talking about The Sharing Project in Aiken on Tuesday the 16th

I’m doing a talk on Tuesday the 16th at 10:30 at the Aiken County Historical Museum in South Carolina about The Sharing Project installation and the forgotten socialist Jewish commune of Happyville — which existed for a short period (1905-1908) near Aiken — in advance of the exhibition of the installation at the Aiken County Historical Museum this summer. If you’re in the area on the 16th, it would be great to see you there!

Sharing Project installation opens at Appalachian State University this Friday

The Sharing Project installation is traveling to the Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. If you’re in the area, I hope you can join me and gallery director, Jennie Carlisle, at the opening event, this Friday from 5-6:30 pm. The show features 15 videos – and 21 interviews – that explore the meaning of sharing and the forgotten Socialist Jewish commune of Happyville (1905-1908) in South Carolina.

A communal sculpture of shared objects has already started growing. Please consider contributing to it by bringing toys, tools, or other domestic items. You will have the opportunity, at the end of the show, to take these things and give them away to whomever you think will enjoy them.

After the opening, there will be a series of other events, including a lecture / discussion, a full day symposium on sharing, and a visit to a NC intentional community. More info and press release, below.

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APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
SMITH GALLERY
Contact: Jennie Carlisle, Director
The Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University
215.421.7118 / carlislejk@appstate.edu 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Exhibition at the Smith Gallery Addresses the Personal and Political Dimensions of Sharing
Joel Tauber: The Sharing Project
September 1 – October 27, 2017
Opening Reception, September 1, 5-6:30pm at the Smith Gallery

The​ ​Smith​ ​Gallery​ ​is​ ​pleased​ ​to​ ​announce​ ​the​ ​opening​ ​of​ ​​The​ ​Sharing​ ​Project​,​ ​a​ ​multimedia documentary​ ​installation​ ​by​ ​Winston​-Salem​ ​based​ ​artist​ ​Joel​ ​Tauber,​ ​which​ ​grapples​ ​with questions​ ​of​ ​how​ ​and​ ​why​ ​we​ ​share​ ​in​ ​the​ ​context​ ​of​ ​family​ ​and​ ​political​ ​life.​ ​The​ ​project features​ ​a​ ​set​ ​of​ ​fourteen​ ​paired​ ​videos​ ​that​ ​present​ ​challenging​ ​episodes​ ​from​ ​the​ ​artist’s​ ​life​ ​as a​ ​parent​ ​teaching​ ​his​ ​young​ ​son​ ​about​ ​the​ ​social​ ​virtues​ ​and​ ​limits​ ​of​ ​sharing,​ ​along​ ​with​ ​a central​ ​video​ ​projection​ ​detailing​ ​visit​s ​to​ ​the​ ​site​ ​of​ ​the​ ​historic​ ​Jewish​ ​commune​ ​of​ ​Happyville, in​ ​South​ ​Carolina​ ​to​ ​explore​ ​the​ ​land​ ​where​ ​a​ ​utopian​ ​social​ ​experiment​ ​briefly​ ​flourished. Tauber​ ​underscores​ ​the​ ​complex​ ​nature​ ​of​ ​sharing​ ​by​ ​including​ ​a​ ​diverse​ ​array​ ​of​ ​expert opinions​ ​from​ ​fields​ ​ranging​ ​from​ ​History,​ ​Anthropology,​ ​Education,​ ​Political​ ​Science,​ ​and Philosophy.​ ​These​ ​are​ ​presented​ ​through​ ​an​ ​iPad​ ​app​ ​that​ ​allows​ ​visitors​ ​to​ ​peruse​ ​interviews according​ ​to​ ​their​ ​own​ ​interests.

The​ ​final​ ​component​ ​of​ ​the​ ​installation​ ​is​ ​a​ ​community​ ​sculpture​ ​that​ ​will​ ​evolve​ ​as​ ​visitors contribute​ ​toys,​ ​tools,​ ​and​ ​other​ ​domestic​ ​items.​ ​At​ ​the​ ​close​ ​of​ ​the​ ​exhibition,​ ​all​ ​items​ ​collected will​ ​be​ ​redistributed​ ​through​ ​a​ ​community​ ​sharing​ ​event.​ ​All​ ​who​ ​attend​ ​the​ ​opening​ ​on September​ ​1st​ ​are​ ​encouraged​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​something​ ​from​ ​their​ ​own​ ​homes​ ​to​ ​help​ ​create​ ​the foundation​ ​for​ ​the​ ​sculpture.

While​ ​​The​ ​Sharing​ ​Project​ ​​originated​ ​from​ ​a​ ​highly​ ​personal​ ​place​ ​for​ ​the​ ​artist,​ ​Tauber​ ​has been​ ​quick​ ​to​ ​ground​ ​the​ ​project​ ​in​ ​larger​ ​concerns.​ ​“​The​ ​question​ ​of​ ​how​ ​much​ ​we​ ​should share​ ​is​ ​interconnected​ ​with​ ​the​ ​question​ ​of​ ​what​ ​political​ ​system​ ​we​ ​should​ ​adopt.​ ​Inequity​ ​is not​ ​just​ ​a​ ​political​ ​problem—it’s​ ​also​ ​an​ ​ethical,​ ​philosophical,​ ​historical,​ ​economic,​ ​biological (perhaps),​ ​psychological,​ ​and​ ​pedagogical​ ​one.​ ​I’ve​ ​tried​ ​to​ ​expose​ ​the​ ​complexities​ ​of​ ​this problem​ ​through​ ​a​ ​rigorous,​ ​personal,​ ​and​ ​interdisciplinary​ ​examination​ ​of​ ​what​ ​is​ ​inseparable from​ ​any​ ​possible​ ​solution—the​ ​meaning​ ​and​ ​value​ ​of​ ​sharing,”​ ​the​ ​artist​ ​said.

The​ ​Smith​ ​Gallery​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​host​ ​the​ ​exhibition​ ​for​ ​just​ ​these​ ​reasons.​ ​Gallery​ ​Director,​ ​Jennie Carlisle,​ ​noted​ ​that​ ​much​ ​of​ ​the​ ​current​ ​political​ ​polarization​ ​taking​ ​place​ ​at​ ​local,​ ​state,​ ​and national​ ​levels​ ​seems​ ​to​ ​center​ ​around​ ​questions​ ​of​ ​how​ ​best​ ​to​ ​allocate​ ​resources,​ ​who deserves​ ​these​ ​resources​ ​and​ ​why.​ ​“Tauber’s​ ​project​ ​is​ ​a​ ​very​ ​approachable,​ ​intimate​ ​view​ ​of an​ ​issue​ ​we​ ​are​ ​called​ ​to​ ​make​ ​decisions​ ​around​ ​every​ ​day​ ​in​ ​a​ ​myriad​ ​of​ ​ways,’’ ​she​ ​said. “Beyond​ ​this,​ ​we​ ​are​ ​thrilled​ ​to​ ​present​ ​the​ ​installation,​ ​because​ ​it​ ​is​ ​a​ ​rare​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​see​ ​an outstanding​ ​example​ ​of​ ​expanded​ ​documentary –​ ​a​ ​new​ ​field​ ​of​ ​art​ ​production​ ​that​ ​blends​ ​video, audio,​ ​and​ ​web​ ​based​ ​interactive​ ​technology.”

This​ ​exhibition​ ​and​ ​its​ ​programs​ ​are​ ​supported​ ​by​ ​a​ ​North​ ​Carolina​ ​Arts​ ​Council​ ​grant​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as the​ ​College​ ​of​ ​Fine​ ​and​ ​Applied​ ​Arts​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Art​ ​Department​ ​at​ ​Appalachian​ ​State​ ​University.

Related​ ​Programs

Artist​ ​Talk​ ​with​ ​Joel​ ​Tauber​ ​|​ ​​September,​ ​21,​ ​6pm​ ​|​ ​Turchin​ ​Center​ ​Lecture​ ​Hall
Tauber​ ​will​ ​offer​ ​a​ ​public​ ​lecture​ ​about​ ​the​ ​project,​ ​his​ ​career,​ ​his​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​new​ ​media production,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​way​ ​that​ ​his​ ​Jewish​ ​cultural​ ​heritage​ ​informs​ ​the​ ​work​ ​he​ ​makes.

Field​ ​Trip​ ​to​ ​Earthaven​ ​Ecovillage​ ​|​ ​September​ ​23,​ ​9-​4pm
The​ ​gallery​ ​hosts​ ​a​ ​field​ ​trip​ ​to​ ​Earthaven​ ​Ecovillage​ ​in​ ​Black​ ​Mountain,​ ​NC​ ​​​to​ ​learn​ ​about​ ​one of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​established​ ​intentional​ ​communities​ ​in​ ​Western​ ​North​ ​Carolina,​ ​and​ ​to​ ​hear community​ ​members​ ​talk​ ​about​ ​their​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​resource​ ​sharing,​ ​the​ ​challenges​ ​they​ ​face, and​ ​the​ ​role​ ​that​ ​artmaking​ ​and​ ​creativity​ ​plays​ ​in​ ​their​ ​community​ ​building. Contact​ ​Jennie​ ​at​ ​​carlislejk@appstate.edu for​ ​more​ ​information​ ​and​ ​to​ ​reserve​ ​a​ ​spot.

Family​ ​Activities​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Gallery
September​ ​25​ ​and​ ​October​ ​4.​ ​Times​ ​to​ ​be​ ​announced.
Join​ ​Brooke​ ​Hofsess​ ​and​ ​students​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Art​ ​Education​ ​program​ ​for​ ​morning​ ​and​ ​afternoon playshops​ ​that​ ​incorporate​ ​art​ ​making,​ ​games,​ ​and​ ​stories​ ​on​ ​the​ ​theme​ ​of​ ​sharing.​ ​Perfect​ ​for families​ ​with​ ​children​ ​5​ ​and​ ​under.​ ​Contact​ ​Jennie​ ​at​ ​​carlislejk@appstate.edu ​for​ ​more information​ ​and​ ​to​ ​reserve​ ​a​ ​spot.

Symposium:​ ​Sharing​ ​&
Friday,​ ​October​ ​20.​ ​Time​ ​and​ ​Location​ ​to​ ​be​ ​announced.
A​ ​one​ ​day​ ​panel​ ​discussion​ ​series​ ​addressing​ ​the​ ​idea​ ​of​ ​sharing​ ​in​ ​relation​ ​to​ ​a​ ​range​ ​of contemporary​ ​social​ ​concerns -​ ​immigration,​ ​education,​ ​healthcare,​ ​and​ ​environment.​ ​The emphasis​ ​of​ ​the​ ​event​ ​will​ ​be​ ​to​ ​present​ ​cross-disciplinary​ ​and​ ​divergent​ ​perspectives,​ ​to​ ​focus on​ ​local​ ​and​ ​statewide​ ​concerns,​ ​and​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​forum​ ​to​ ​think​ ​through​ ​the​ ​interconnection between​ ​personal​ ​and​ ​political​ ​belief​ ​systems​ ​related​ ​to​ ​resource​ ​sharing. More​ ​information​ ​coming​ ​soon.

Free​ ​Market:​ ​Community​ ​Sculpture​ ​Distribution​ ​Event​ ​|​ ​Friday,​ ​October​ ​27,​ ​5-6:30pm
Come​ ​celebrate​ ​the​ ​close​ ​of​ ​the​ ​exhibition​ ​with​ ​a​ ​meal​ ​sharing​ ​event​ ​and the​ ​redistribution​ ​of items​ ​collected​ ​for​ ​the​ ​making​ ​of​ ​a​ ​community​ ​sculpture.​ ​Take​ ​home​ ​a​ ​hidden​ ​treasure,​ ​toy,​ ​tool or​ ​household​ ​item​ ​to​ ​share​ ​with​ ​a​ ​friend​ ​or​ ​family​ ​member.

About​ ​the​ ​Artist
Joel​ ​Tauber​ ​is​ ​an​ ​artist​ ​and​ ​filmmaker​ ​based​ ​in​ ​Winston​-​Salem.​ ​He​ ​teaches​ ​experimental​ ​film and​ ​orchestrates​ ​the​ ​video​ ​art​ ​program​ ​at​ ​Wake​ ​Forest​ ​University.​ ​His​ ​work​ ​has​ ​been​ ​shown​ ​in solo​ ​art​ ​exhibitions​ ​at​ ​a​ ​number​ ​of​ ​locations,​ ​including​ ​Galerie​ ​Adamski​ ​in​ ​Berlin​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as Aachen,​ ​Germany;​ ​the​ ​University​ ​Art​ ​Museum​ ​at​ ​Cal​ ​State​ ​Long​ ​Beach;​ ​the​ ​Helen​ ​Lindhurst Fine​ ​Arts​ ​Gallery​ ​at​ ​the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Southern​ ​California;​ ​the​ ​Rocky​ ​Mountain​ ​School​ ​of Photography;​ ​and​ ​Susanne​ ​Vielmetter​ ​Los​ ​Angeles​ ​Projects.​ ​He​ ​has​ ​been​ ​included​ ​in numerous​ ​group​ ​art​ ​exhibitions​ ​including​ ​the​ ​2004​ ​and​ ​2008​ ​California​ ​Biennials​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Orange County​ ​Museum​ ​of​ ​Art;​ ​“The​ ​Gravity​ ​in​ ​Art”​ ​at​ ​the​ ​De​ ​Appel​ ​Centre​ ​For​ ​Contemporary​ ​Art​ ​in Amsterdam;​ ​and​ ​“Still​ ​Things​ ​Fall​ ​From​ ​the​ ​Sky”​ ​at​ ​the​ ​California​ ​Museum​ ​of​ ​Photography.​ ​Film Festivals​ ​include​ ​the​ ​Sedona​ ​International​ ​Film​ ​Festival,​ ​the​ ​San​ ​Francisco​ ​Documentary Festival,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Downtown​ ​Film​ ​Festival​ ​–​ ​Los​ ​Angeles,​ ​where​ ​his​ ​movie,​ ​“Sick-Amour”,​ ​was awarded​ ​“Best​ ​Green​ ​Film.”​ ​Tauber​ ​won​ ​the​ ​2007​ ​Contemporary​ ​Collectors​ ​of​ ​Orange​ ​County Fellowship,​ ​the​ ​2007-2008​ ​CalArts​ ​/​ ​Alpert​ ​Ucross​ ​Residency​ ​Prize​ ​for​ ​Visual​ ​Arts,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​2015 grant​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Andy​ ​Warhol​ ​Foundation​ ​For​ ​The​ ​Visual​ ​Arts​ ​in​ ​conjunction​ ​with​ ​a​ ​residency​ ​from The​ ​Grand​ ​Central​ ​Art​ ​Center.

About​ ​the​ ​Smith​ ​Gallery
The​ ​Smith​ ​Gallery​ ​is​ ​a​ ​vibrant​ ​contemporary​ ​art​ ​space,​ ​housed​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Schaefer​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​the Performing​ ​Arts.​ ​It​ ​presents​ ​original​ ​and​ ​travelling​ ​exhibitions,​ ​features​ ​work​ ​by​ ​faculty​ ​and students​ ​at​ ​the​ ​university,​ ​and​ ​commissions​ ​daring​ ​new​ ​art​ ​in​ ​all​ ​of​ ​its​ ​forms.​ ​The​ ​gallery​ ​is​ ​open Monday​ ​through​ ​Friday​ ​from​ ​10​ ​AM​ ​to​ ​5​ ​PM​ ​and​ ​during​ ​special​ ​events​ ​scheduled​ ​at​ ​the Schaefer​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Performing​ ​Arts,​ ​731​ ​Rivers​ ​Street,​ ​Boone,​ ​NC​ ​28608.​ ​Admission​ ​is FREE.

Conversation with Pedro de Llano about The Sharing Project in Art Journal Open

It was an absolute joy to have this conversation with Pedro de Llano. We have lots in common, and we cover a lot of ground in this story. Many thanks to Pedro for engaging in such a stimulating dialogue with me. And many thanks to Gloria Sutton, Alyssa Pavley, and everyone else at Art Journal Open for all of your support and for all of your editorial work. I really appreciate it!