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ISSUE Project Room

Brooklyn, NY         

MISSION
ISSUE Project Room is a pioneering performance center, presenting projects by emerging and established experimental artists that expand the boundaries of artistic practice and stimulate critical dialogue about art and culture in the broader community.  ISSUE plays a vital role in NYC’s cultural ecology, facilitating the commission of new works by a diverse array of artists working across the disciplines of sound, dance, film, performance and literature.  Programming places an emphasis on bringing recognition to creative practitioners whose important contributions to the artistic field are underrepresented, often as a result of the gender, sexuality, or geographic location. Through the cultivation of innovative new work, ISSUE performs an essential research and development function that fosters an influx of ideas into the local, national, and international creative landscape.

HISTORY
ISSUE Project Room was established in 2003 by late visionary Suzanne Fiol in response to a scarcity of art centers fostering innovative creative practice. Across ten years of presentation in an array of homes, ISSUE has evolved into “Brooklyn’s leading avant-garde venue” (Wall St. Journal). Offering year-round opportunities for experimental multidisciplinary artists to develop and present challenging new works, programming annually features more than 400 performers, 20 newly-commissioned works, and more than 30 international artists rarely presented in the U.S.

In 2008, ISSUE was awarded a 20-year lease on a historic 4,800 sq. ft. theater in the former Board of Education building in Downtown Brooklyn. Offering a centralized location and a capacity double that of any previous space ISSUE had occupied, the theater has facilitated a degree visibility unique for our community of largely under-recognized artists.  Following full-time relocation to the space in January 2012, ISSUE’s audience and membership base have more than tripled and programming has received an unprecedented level of media acclaim including more than 20 feature articles in the New York Times and Wall St. Journal.

In 2012, ISSUE completed a $4 million City-funded capital campaign to carry out necessary renovations to bring the space to code and adapt it for multidisciplinary performance. Working with NYC’s Department of Design and Construction, architect WORKac will complete design plans by the end of 2013. Renovations will begin in 2014, with a grand re-opening in 2015. Once renovated, the space will serve as Brooklyn’s first permanent home for experimental art and function as a critical catalyst for the cultural revitalization of Downtown Brooklyn.

“Chalk” (excerpt) by Tristan Perich

ISSUE Project Room 2012 Artists-in-Residence Yarn/Wire perform the world premiere of “Chalk”, a newly-commissioned work by composer Tristan Perich.

Date of performance: April 28, 2012

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“Being-Time” (excerpt) by Eric Wubbels

As part of ISSUE’s annual String Theories series, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn presented the world premiere of “Being-Time”, a newly-commissioned work by composer Eric Wubbels.

Date of performance: March 17, 2012

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