Please join us for Site Non- Specific, a special event this July by Artist in Residence Naama Levit. The exhibition will take place On the Rooftop at BKMW July 10 & 11 and 17 & 18. The opening reception is July 10 from 6 – 9pm in conjunction with a performance of the works from 7-8pm. This performance is an ongoing activation of works by both Naama Levit and Hilla Shapira, and performed by Æirrinn Ricks.

An artist talk will be In the Gallery at BKMW on July 18 at 2pm. This lecture will also be aired via Zoom and registration is required. Masks are required for all in-person events.

Site-non-specific is an installation, a performance, and wearable objects. 

This installation displays an arrangement of objects and shapes, mostly ones of the domestic environment, and free standing forms that were collected in the streets of New York. They are coated in a layer of beige/off-white gypsum and composed together to create an environment, a site within a site. It stands on a platform on the rooftop of BKMW studio, surrounded by vents, boilers, electricity cords and the building’s sides. 

The performance is an ongoing repetitive spectacle of movement and interactions around the installation as the performer activates the objects and materials. 

The installation suggests a liminal existence, a non specification of moments and objects. Fluidity of forms and functions, shapes that imply a utilitarian purpose to suggest occurrences or a ritual. Through displacement of materials and reconstruction of functional objects the aim is to question the common design order and the specification of things. Bodies and objects are in a constant mode of change. They are defined according to the context, environment, and the subjects around them. The ongoing performance suggests endless options of relationships with objects which invite the viewer to experience the non specification of the specific.

This project was made during the Designers in Residence 2021 at EMMA Kreativzentrum Pforzheim, Germany and in collaboration with Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY. The work is presented at 3 sites simultaneously- Pforzheim, Brooklyn, and in the virtual space.

-Naama Levit & Hilla Shapira 2021

This past year Naama Levit was selected as an EMMA Designer in Residency, an international scholarship program for young fashion, accessory, industrial, and jewelry designers at EMMA Kreativzentrum Pforzheim, Germany. Due to Covid restrictions Naama was unable to travel to Germany for the spring residency and came to Brooklyn Metal Works to work “remotely” instead. We at BKMW have been very fortunate to have this time to get to know Naama’s practice and create space for this important project. We are also grateful for the opportunity to build relationships with EMMA. These are the types of exchanges that BKMW values and cultivates, and it is meaningful that even during very hard times we can always find ways to support one another.

Meet the 2021 Designers in Residence here.

Take a virtual tour of the exhibition at EMMA here.

Site – Non Specific performed by Æirrinn Ricks
Site – Non Specific performed by Æirrinn Ricks