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home residency x Tunnel Mobile Karaoke

This November, artist Jevijoe Vitug shares his Tunnel Mobile Karaoke in a series of live karaoke events, public interventions and video archives in collaboration with home residency at various locations in Harlem, New York.

Tunnel Mobile Karaoke (TMK) is a project created by artist Jevijoe Vitug during his 2019 Create Change Artist Residency with The Laundromat Project. The project honors and celebrates the unseen and unnoticed labor of immigrants of color in the United States through a series of karaoke-style music events. In collaboration with home residency and community partners, Jevijoe will host karaoke jam sessions with Harlem residents and passersby, on neighborhood blocks and in community spaces, and encourage participants to sing songs in their mother tongues. Begun in East Harlem, TMK is inspired by “The King of Latin Soul” Joe Bataan, the son of a Filipino immigrant father and an African American mother, who used the tunnel underpasses of East Harlem as “echo chambers” to rehearse and perform his songs. Jevijoe’s wish for the project is to spark conversation and celebration of immigrant histories in Harlem and beyond. Alongside live programs, guests are invited to visit an open studio of the TMK project archive at home residency.

OPENING RECEPTION & OPEN STUDIO

  • Reception: Wednesday 11/20, 7:30pm–10:00pm
  • Open Studio: Thursday 11/21–Wednesday 11/27, 10:00am–6:00pm
    Location: home residency, 2 West 120th St, SW corner of 120th Street & Fifth Avenue. Please RSVP by emailing jessrolls@pm.me to attend the reception and arrange studio visits. Building is wheelchair accessible.

MUSIC EVENTS

All programs are free and drop-in. All buildings and grounds are wheelchair accessible.

TUESDAY 11/19, 6:00pm–7:00pm

  • Karaoke with Jackie Robinson Community
  • Location: Meet at Jackie Robinson Recreation Center entrance, 85 Bradhurst Avenue

WEDNESDAY 11/20, 5:30pm–7:00pm

  • Karaoke with Uptown Grand Central Wellness Wednesdays
  • Location: SW corner of 125th St & Park Ave, by Harlem-125th Street Metro North station
    Uptown Grand Central is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming East 125th Street into a thriving corridor by delivering programs that put advocacy into action through collaborations with businesses, residents and neighborhood organizations across East Harlem.

TUESDAY 11/26, 6:00pm–8:00pm

  • Karaoke and screening of Maureen Catbagan’s “Joe Bataan Fan” with Sisters Uptown Bookstore
  • Location: 1942 Amsterdam Ave, NW corner of 156th Street & Amsterdam Avenue
    Sisters Uptown Bookstore is an Indie bookshop and community hub spotlighting a range or titles and events by and about African Americans. A community resource center for the exchange of information and ideas. Sisters’ motto is “knowledge is key”. Sisters provide an educational, emotional, spiritual and loving environment for diverse community where all are welcome.

For all inquires including access support: jessrolls@pm.me

Special thanks to The Laundromat Project 2019 Create Change Artist Residency Program for supporting Jevijoe Vitug Tunnel Mobile Karaoke and to our community collaborators Uptown Grand Central, Jackie Robinson Community and Sisters Uptown Bookstore for co-hosting events.

For all enquires including access support: jessrolls@pm.me

We hope you can join us!

About home residency

home residency (2019) is a pilot artist residency program hosted by curator-artist Jess Rolls in her home and with her neighborhood community. Based on a commitment to community building and working in public space, the residency supports artists, curators and other practitioners in the field of contemporary art and beyond to build up and meditate new practices of community-embedded programming. The residency operates out of Jess’ home in Harlem and moves conversation and art projects into public spaces in collaboration with local partners. As a starting point for 2019, the residency explored “home” and as a central theme. What is home? Is it a place, a feeling, an identity, a voice? Is it safety or belonging? Does it come with us when we move or do we leave it behind? FFI: jessrolls@pm.me @home_residency

Jess Rolls is a New York-based curator, artist and educator working across the fields of public art, community-based programs and housing.

Currently:

Curating Home Residency – a pilot artist-residency program in my home – currently hosting Robert Foster, artist at Wysing Arts Center, UK, (Jan 2019 – Dec 2019) and Jevijoe Vitug (Nov 2019).

Associate Curator – Concourse House, Home for Women and Their Children and Fordham and Bedford Community Services in the Northwest Bronx (2017 – present).

Faculty member – The Art Students League of New York, teaching youth programs in partnership with NYC Parks, Harlem (2018 – present).

Recent projects collaborations – with Bronx Native (Bronx), Uptown Grand Central (Harlem), Flux Factory (Queens) and Shirin Neshat Studio (Brooklyn)