India K’s "Share Landscapes" feel like a cool breath of air in my winter shriveled lungs.
Former intern extraordinaire ~India Kieser ‘12~ has popped up in many Tumblr dashboards around the world so I figured I’d let you guys know that 1) I SAW THIS IRL (that’s internet slang for In Real Life by the way) IN VAPA TWICE, ONCE DURING HER SENIOR REVIEW AND THEN AGAIN DURING HER SENIOR SHOW and 2) isn’t this wonderful? Something poignant and eternal about it.
This was part of India’s senior work and I am very glad to see it attract the attention it deserves. Her work explores themes of nostalgia, memory, and self worth, and I took that from her website.
Here’s to you India!
This is one of those pieces that, when I saw it first a few years ago, inspired me to tell myself to “try harder” and to pull the messages I really want to send out of myself and put them into work.
Wherever you go, you bring you with you. You are the constant.
the very wise dad of a possible future Benningtonian, on life’s big transitions. (via benningtonstudents
You owe reality nothing and the truth about your feelings everything.
Richard Hugo, Writing off the Subject from The Triggering Town
My poetry professor began our first class — my first class of my last term — with having us read from this essay on poetry. This quote really stuck with me and will stick with me for a while. It’s moments like this where I’m very glad I decided on Bennington all those years ago.
I’m just starting my final term (?!?!??!?!!?) at Bennington, but I don’t like to talk about that, so we’ll just talk about the immediate past.
For my final Field Work Term internship I was a curatorial intern and archive assistant at The Kitchen in Chelsea in Manhattan. Between my duties as gallery attendant, performance usher and bartender, writer and designer of press materials, artist delivery runner, and assistant photo archivist, I learned an incredible amount about how people function inside the art world, from the fans, to curators, to web designers, to the current showing artists themselves, Luke Stettner and Boru O’Brien O’Connell.
At times it felt like I was still working at Bennington in VAPA, the Visual and Performing Arts building. The Kitchen hosts virtually every kind of artist, specializing in art that bleeds into multiple disciplines. That means dance with digital projections of interactive graphs over the dancers, experimental theater and cinema shows, and your familiar gallery opening.
A large chunk of my time was spent in the photo archives, uploading and selecting photos for online publication. It was amazing to be able both to witness the history of such a place, gain information on an amazing array of artists and performers, and take on a job that will directly influence someone’s experience with the website, be it a curious passerby on the internet or the artists themselves. It’s helped me to feel more secure than ever (as confident as a young undergraduate can be….) with the connections I’ve made, including employees at The Kitchen; from women who curate shows the The Getty, to artists I hope to someday work with. It’s a good place to be, feeling less daunted by the competition of the job market and more inspired by the possibilities that are to be discovered.