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TELL ME YOUR SECRETS

AUGUST 14 – SEPTEMBER 7 | Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas

Contaminate Format by Taxiplasm and Renzo Vitale originally conceived with Gemma Fleming, Dave Irwin, and James Donovan

A combination of performance art and interactive sound installation, Tell Me Your Secrets, a collaborative work of artists Taxiplasm and Renzo Vitale, takes guests on a journey of self-reflection, whereby the verbalization of their secrets brings the performer and space to life. Both artists actively engage with art movement-driven organization Contaminate to launch a new market model for immersive experiences, shifting the concept of fine arts’ collection to an innovative level. Nature speaks and experience translates. Yet we falsely subscribe to a belief that the admission of these truths will render us weak. Tell Me Your Secrets is a somatic quest to abandon this notion, to unlock and reveal these deeper truths which hallmark our identity[...]

RIPENING | FUR AND PORCELAIN

24 APRIL | Galapagos Art Space Dumbo BK

Conceived and Choreographed by Vanessa Walters

“Fur and Porcelain” is the first Ripening cabaret show, the first bite, in a series of live shows for Walter’s five-year-long project. In the cabaret will presented dance excerpts from the Ripening repertoire – solos, duets, and trios along with related performance material from guest artists whose work relates to the Ripening journey.[…]


RIPENING | YIELD

1 FEBRUARY | FLICfest at Irondale Center BK

Conceived and Choreographed by Vanessa Walters

Ripening is a multi-disciplinary creative experience unfolding through dance, performance, film, installation, and interactive video design. It explores our manifold emotional, physical, and psychological relationships with Time. It transverses themes of aging, beauty, vanity, childhood fantasies and nightmares, and the inevitable wonder and cruelty Time wreaks: arriving, becoming, blossoming, maturing, rotting, dying, transforming. The exquisite journey from deliciousness to decay.[…]

2014

THE SEEDS THAT RELEASE

OCTOBER 8 | Creative Rising Long Island City NYC

Contaminate Format byTaxiplasm and Joseph Grazi

Contaminate with Taxiplasm and Joseph Grazi curate The Seeds that Release, a site-specific interactive performance premiered during Armory 2013, as part of the celebration of See|Me’s summer-long global campaign Creatives Rising. Contaminate introduces for the first time the concept of art format[...]

A PIECE OF BLACK

WINTER | Norwood Private Club Chelsea NYC

Curated by Taxiplasm

Taxiplasm in collaboration with Contaminate and(Art) Amalgamated Gallery presents exclusive screenings at the Norwood Club. A Piece of Black revisits a series of art house films curated by Taxiplasm, films which cannot be coupled with anything else, that bear no category but their own while transgressing through various cultures and disciplines with a pioneering spirit. […]

10.23.13 ZOO | 11.07.13 SANS SOLEIL & LA JETEE | 11.27.13 SHIT YEAR

THE MANIFESTO

JANUARY | Contaminate releases its Manifesto

Here’s to the pioneers, explorers, creators. To the innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs.
To the ones who know life to be a creative act: they mold it and push it until it fits them.
They dent flat worlds and invent new art forms, aesthetics, technologies, social structures, and cultural movements.
They see art as immersion. They are oddballs who outwit the rules. We bridge the many gaps between brainchild and full-grown execution. we draw maps alongside such pioneers, who wander territories without worry of results, who always search and never settle.
We are always on their side because they antagonize the humdrum.
Contaminate. Reboot the World

2013

100 DAYS: SOCIAL UNIT

15 NOVEMBER | Cappellini Showroom SoHo NYC

by Wouter Kalis and Corinne De Korver

Experiential night celebrating Wouter Kalis and Corinne De Korver, winners of the Social Track. of One Hundred Days. Performance by Felix Hess […]

100 DAYS: HOLLOW

11 OCTOBER | Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò NYU

by Jei Ryung Lee

Experiential night celebrating Jei Lee, winner of the Social Track. of One Hundred Days. Performance by Sarah Sadie Newitt[…]

100 DAYS: NEVER ENDING STORY

13 SEPTEMBER | Kristin Hanson Gallery TriBeCa NYC

by Chia-Shan Lee

Experiential night celebrating Chia-Shan Lee, winner of the Environmental Track. of One Hundred Days. The installation comes alive with performers Alexis Convento, Ede Thurell, Lucy Struever, and Seanna Sharpe wearing Chia-Shan’s creations and staging her fairy-tale under the direction of choreographer Vanessa Walters accompanied by an original music composition by Renzo Vitale and Emiliano Melis will accompany the performance.[…]

MiN

27 JULY | Black Crate Bushwick BK

Written and created by Seanna Sharpe and curated by Contaminate.

Featuring Akil Vishus Davis, Kenneth Stephen O’Neil, Mariana Plick, Megan Hornaday, Nikki Nasto, Rachel Hsiung, Sarah Sadie Newitt, Savannah Blair, Sean Roschman, Seanna Sharpe. Visual Artists: Yvette Cohen, Melanie Hoff, Chambliss Giobbi, Samuela Malizia, Andriano Mores, Linden Renz, Joseph Grazi […]

100 DAYS: D.ONE

13 JUNE | Kristin Hanson Gallery TriBeCa NYC

Day one of One Hundred Days

Event to announce the three winners of One Hundred Days with an installation of David Irwin and durational performance by Alexis Convento.[…]

OUT OF THE BOX: AN ART SALON

7 JUNE | The Box Lower East Side NYC

Fundraising Art Salon

Performances include : Mystical Weapons, featuring Sean Ono Lennon and Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Hydra, The Click Clack Boom and aerialists Seanna Sharpe, Sarah Sadie Newett and Autumn Kioti
Art Exhibition and Silent Art Auction featuring:
Rieko Fujinami, Chambliss Giobbi, Dan Hillier, Jen Harris, Melissa Murray, Wednesday Wolf, Gemma Fleming, Melodie Provenzano, Joseph Grazi, Ed Colelli, Greg Lipton, Heather Reynolds, Angelo Bellobono, Nicholas Papadakis, Geoffrey Krawczyk, Indira Cesarine, and Richard Sylvarnesi […]

UNDER CONTROL: AN ART SALON

10 MAY | Antebi Loft Flatiron NYC

Multi Disciplinary Salon Experience

Experiential art evening featuring a combination of visual arts, performance art, and music by Chambliss Giobbi, Joseph Grazi, Carolina Montejo, Melissa Murray, Samuela Malizia, Simone Serlenga, Gemma Fleming, Taxiplasm, David Irwin, Renzo Vitale, James Donovan, NWSPR, and Alexis Convento.[…]

MAKE A WISH

7 MARCH | Dacia Gallery Lower East Side NYC

by Claudia Trombin

Multi-disciplinary experience with Claudia Trombin’s paintings and sculptures, performance by Alexis Convento and music by Emiliano Melis[…]

GATE535 EXTENDED

FEBRUARY | Gate535 Extended Until Summer 2012

Contaminate and ContestaRockHair join forces as international promoters of new art and curatorial innovators as they launch Gate535, a project that gathers Contaminate’s international network of artists into the trendy, creative atmosphere of ContestaRockhair’s New York salon at 535 Hudson Street for the entire course of 2011 […]

02.29.12 Giovanni Damiola – Ordinary Superheroes
04.11.12 Melissa Murray – Eight Minutes
05.25.12 Simone Serlenga – After 10 Shots
05.30.12 Carolina Montejo – Monochromatic Portraits

2012

ONE HUNDRED DAYS

NOVEMBER | Contaminate launches a new inititative

Art and Sustainability

ONE HUNDRED DAYS is an international competition for emerging artists organized and sponsored by Contaminate. The competition is open to artists working within the realm of Visual and Installation Art, including sculpture, installation, painting, photography, design, and illustration. […] For this first edition of ONE HUNDRED DAYS, artists are asked to create a visual or installation project aimed at raising awareness about Sustainability Issues, demonstrating the creative potential of fine arts with regards to environmental, social, and economic issues and the potential role of art in a much needed societal transformation[…]

TEMPORARY STATES: AN ART SALON

19 NOVEMBER | GEM Private Gallery Chelsea NYC

Multi Disciplinary Salon Experience

Live Music by Ashen Figure Unplugged
Dance performance by The Vangeline Theater
Art Exhibition by Angelo Bellobono, Luca Coser, Francesco Avesani, Claudia Trombin, and Natalie Tyler

INTO THE VAULT

23-24 MAY | VIP Tableau Vivant Experience

by Sarah Small

Tableau Vivant of The Delirium Constructions celebrates humanity by representing a visual and sonic encyclopedia of the human condition. Part homage to the history of art, part joyous communion, part party, part radical experiment, Small’s Tableaux reveal the evolutionary process of creating art and community, contemplating raw and poignant truths about humankind’s timeless yearning to find connection within ourselves and with one another. The project mounts a unique, process-oriented and participant-driven theatrical experience in diverse communities across the globe, enlisting local talent and non-performers alike to create a self-revealing celebration of image, sound, and unity, via contemporary, multi-disciplinary performance art.[…]

ART FOR HAITI: A BENEFIT AUCTION

5 MAY | Friends Seminary East Village NYC

with Solidarité Haïtienne

As journalists travel the world hunting for news and stories, they often need to develop a clinical and objective eye to get to the truth of what they see. Yet, occasionally, they encounter situations and tragedies that call for action and participation that goes beyond reporting. That is what happened to Claudio Gatti, an investigative reporter for Il Sole-24 Ore, the leading business daily in Italy and contributor to the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, when he traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti in the aftermath of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the Caribbean island on January 12, 2010.[…]

PRIVÉ: AN ART SALON

27 APRIL | Cloud Lounge Luxury Attaché NYC

A private salon experience

Amuse yourself among an intimate gathering of artists and art lovers; exchange ideas, increase your knowledge of the arts, and spark your creative spirit while sipping delicious wine and food. A manifestation of an exquisitely feminine universe, joined with an artistic perception of women’s life and an their unpredictable way of finding a place in this world, ties together the work and performance of Japanese belly dancer Lale Sayoko, painters Cait O’Connor and Samuela Malizia, and filmmaker Brian Gonzalez. These artists’ works strengthen each other like a sonata and the result is a kind of music that although composed of notes technically and stylistically different, gives birth to a coherent language, rich of resonances and echoes[...]

THE PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

23 FEBRUARY | Salumé SoHo NYC

by Silvia Forese

Contaminate is pleased to present Il piacere e’ tutto mio. The pleasure is all mine, the first New York solo-show by Italian artist Silvia Forese, curated for Salumé, an Italian “salumeria” serving real Italian panini in the heart of Soho. The show opens on February 23rd, 2011 with an opening reception featuring a live installation by the artist and continues until March 25th, 2011[…]

GATE535

FEBRUARY | Contaminate launches a new inititative

Contaminate and ContestaRockHair join forces as international promoters of new art and curatorial innovators as they launch Gate535, a project that gathers Contaminate’s international network of artists into the trendy, creative atmosphere of ContestaRockhair’s New York salon at 535 Hudson Street for the entire course of 2011 […]

02.02.11 Claudia Trombin – Alter Ego
03.16.11 Gemma Fleming – Not a Fairy Tale
05.04.11 Manu Hell – Sacrum et Profanum
06.01.11 BB Production – Dress up your drawing
06.15.11 Charis Kirchheimer People Having Way Too Much Fun
07.27.11 Samuela Malizia – Just a moment
10.19.11 Maxine Nienow – The Viewer’s Choice

2011

BODIES: AN ART SALON

5 NOVEMBER | GEM Private Gallery Chelsea NYC

Art Salon Experience

Amuse yourself among an intimate gathering of artists and art lovers, exchange ideas, increase your knowledge of the arts, and spark your creative spirit. A manifestation of human nature’s multiple and fragmented facets through the representation and the use of the body in the arts will be the core theme of the salon. The evening will include live model drawing by painters Lee Vasu and Francesco Masci, poetry readings by Kate Angus and a group exhibition by Cait O’Connor, Claudia Alvarez, Claudia Trombin, Chris Stain, and Maxine Nienow.[…]

BIPOLAR

15 OCTOBER | R Bar Lower East Side NYC

BiPoleR intertwines two different art forms: performance and video art. A group of pole dancers – Kyra Johannesen, Marlo, Lian Tal, and a video artist, Sumseen – will meet on the poles of the R Bar, creating a dialogue between video projection and pole dancing. Music by New York-based DJ/Producer Eeah Kaiju[…]

TRIUMPH

16 SEPTEMBER | Dacia Gallery Lower East Side NYC

Group Show in collaboration with Dacia Gallery. Artists: Natalie Tyler, Claudia Trombin, Gloria Duque, Lee Vasu, Eva M. Connell, Scott Westhoven, Thomas Legaspi, Claudia Butz and Cait O’Connor.[…]

LEISURE

7 AUGUST | Ernest Rubenstein Gallery Lower East Side NYC

Group show in collaboration with Education Alliance. Artists: Claudia Alvarez, Andrew Coates, Cait O’Connor, Matt Gorrek, Claudia Trombin,Natalie Tyler, Lee Vasu, Evan Kirstein, Bess Sobota, and Gloria Duque.[…]

ALTER EGO

22 JUNE | De Santos West Village NYC

by Claudia Trombin

“Alter Ego,” an evening of music and art showcasing the exhibition of Italian painter Claudia Trombin. To be held at De Santos, the cozy West Village eatery located at 139 West 10th Street, the show opens on June 22nd and will feature the painter's most recent artwork, as well as a live performance by music designer Emiliano Melis. The exhibition will close on July 4th. “Alter Ego” is the ultimate expression of Trombin's long-time artistic and conceptual research on masks. In Trombin's work, the mask–a means to play with one’s identity, displaying its hidden aspects–loses its physical dimension and becomes a state of mind. Each body part becomes a vehicle of expression: an arm, a foot, or a hand acts as a lens that deforms or highlights a perspective otherwise lost in the whole[…]

OUTBREAK INITIATIVE

MAY | Contaminate launches a new inititative

As part of the Outbreak, Contaminate is spreading its activities to the different neighborhoods of New York City, supporting local artists and communities, starting with Red Hook. This urban neighborhood, just across the harbor from Governor’s Island and the tip of Manhattan, is rapidly becoming one of the hippest areas of Brooklyn, with artists, musicians, and bohemian types abounding […]

05.05.10 Joshua Ray Stephens – Dark Meat: the Aftermath
07.06.10 Andrew Coates – Information (apparently)
07.23.10 Jade Kuei – Beyond the Brambles
10.07.10 L.J. Lindhurst – Little Shiny Things
12.02.10 John Tebeau – It’s More Fun This Way
12.16.10 Tracey Atkinson – Darchive

KUROI HIKARI

12 MAY | Ward III TriBeCa NYC

by Tetsuo Hasegawa

Dance performance by Lale Sayoko

FOOLS RUSH IN

1 APRIL | Bathhouse Studio East Village NYC

Photo and Music event in partnership with Win-Initiative and APA

TRAVELLING SKETCHES: AN ART SALON

20 MARCH | Think Coffee NoHo NYC

Art Salon with the jazz singer Silvia Cecchetti and live drawings performance by Lee Vasu, Francesco Masci, and Jsun Laliberte

WILDLY DIFFERENT THINGS, DUBLIN & NY

25 FEBRUARY | Collaboration with BlueLeaf Gallery Dublin

ELECTRO SKINS

29 JANUARY | Ovest Chelsea NYC

Multi-Disciplinary Night with the videoartist Sara Taigher, the music of DJs Rupture and Matt Shadetek, and performance by Seanna Sharpe

2010

SELF PORTRAITS

18 NOVEMBER | The Dressing Room Lower East Side NYC

by Gemma Fleming

ROADS

12 NOVEMBER | Spazio81 Milan

by Pietro Lucerni

JAZZ NIGHT

30 SEPTEMBER | Garage West Village NYC

by with Luca Hara Garacci

aWAY

6 AUGUST | Cornichon Williamsburg BK

by Hanna Jane Mandelbaum

2B

26 JUNE | Giano East Village NYC

by Maxine Nienow and Nikka Dimroci

PRIVATE FRAMES

13 MAY | B.East Lower East Side NYC

by Claudia Butz

CUTTING LAYERS

24 MARCH | Megu Lounge NYC

by Julien Gardair

INTO THE OPEN at THE NEW SCHOOL

4 MARCH | Collaboration with Parsons The New School for Design

NEO-BYZANTINE ICONS

4 FEBRUARY | Apotheke, Chinatown\’s famous speak easy

by Lee Vasu

2009

MATTER AND MEMORY

10 DECEMBER | Collaboration with Ennagon Gallery

by Matilde Soligno

NICOLE STAGER at MEGU LOUNGE NYC

19 NOVEMBER | First event of Contaminate

THE INCEPTION

OCTOBER | The virus hits New York City and the contamination officially starts

Art, music, images, performance, and dreams. Contaminate New York City with us. Put into play all the different art forms that you know as well as your enthusiasm. We create events, situations, and moments where we can exchange our feelings, ideals, and ideas, where we can be involved and captured by all the art types that surround us. In our events we combine visuals, sounds, scents, sensations, and flavors that generate simultaneous interactions and unexpected yet pleasant surprises. Let’s give this word a positive meaning together.

2008