Active as a composer and performer, Molly Joyce’s music has been described as “impassioned” (The Washington Post), written to “superb effect” (The Wire), and “energetic, heady and blisteringly emotive” (Paste Magazine). Her works have been commissioned and performed by several distinguished ensembles including the New World Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the New Juilliard, Decoda, and Contemporaneous ensembles. Additionally, her work has been performed at TEDxMidAtlantic, Bang on a Can Marathon, and VisionIntoArt’s FERUS Festival, and featured in outlets such as Pitchfork, WNYC’s New Sounds, Q2 Music, I Care If You Listen, and The Log Journal.
Her debut EP, Lean Back and Release, was released in January 2017 on New Amsterdam Records to much acclaim. Featuring violinists Monica Germino and Adrianna Mateo, the EP was praised as “energetic, heady and blisteringly emotive” by Paste Magazine and “arresting” by Textura. Additionally, Molly’s piece Rave was included on pianist Vicky Chow’s recent album on New Amsterdam, and the work was subsequently featured on Pitchfork and WNYC’s New Sounds.
Past seasons have seen commissions from performers such as Avi Avital, Vicky Chow, The Riot Ensemble, Mike Truesdell, Present Music, and the Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble, among others. Additionally, Molly has received grants from New Music USA, the Jerome Fund / American Composers Forum, and has held residencies at ArtCenter/ South Florida, De Link Tilburg, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Willapa Bay AiR.
As a performer, Molly often plays on her vintage toy organ, an instrument she bought on eBay and has performed on in multiple capacities; including solo, with toy piano, and with a beatboxer. She is additionally active as a DJ, spinning under the moniker “DJ MJ.”
Molly has studied at The Juilliard School (graduating with scholastic distinction), the Royal Conservatory in The Hague as a recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund Grant, and the Yale School of Music.
Maarten Inghels (°12/02/1988, Belgium) is a poet and writer. From 2016 till 2018 he was the official City Poet of Antwerp in Belgium.
Besides four collections of poetry, Inghels also published ’The Invisible Route’, a map for the pedestrian to cross the city without being seen by camera’s. The map shows the extended network of camera’s in Antwerp and the last and only route to remain invisible in the controlled public space. The Invisible Route plays upon earlier motives of Maarten Inghels’s work: the friction between the public and the private and the art of disappearing.
He was a guest at various literature festivals (Istanbul, Nicaragua, Berlin, Mantova, Hay-On-Wye, Paris, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Zagreb …). Selections of his poetry have been translated to English, German, French, Croatian, Romanian, Estonian, Turkish and published by various international anthologies and magazines (The Moth, Poetry London, Lyrikline.org, Die Horen, La Traductière, Poésie/Première, Edit, 3:AM Magazine, Poetry International Web…).
He coördinated The Lonely Funeral in Belgium, a social and literary project which provides poets to speak at funerals of those without relatives and friends to attend. The eponymous book was published in 2013 and received wide critical acclaim—a German anthology was published in 2016 by Edition Korrespondenzen, the English edition follows in 2018.
Zhang Ruyi’s artistic practice embeds itself in nothing less than the logic of life. It is centred on the undisclosed relationship between ego consciousness, physical space, and mundane experience. By withholding certain “slices” of time and information of the material employed, the artist is able to capture, replicate, compress, condense or fabricate the materialisation of emotions. She is dedicated to the exploration of both positive and negative frictions between individuals and reality, nature and industrial landscape. Its position is that of a discursive apparatus, transforming the tactile into the visual. Taking the relational language of order aesthetics, she suggests the reconstruction of a specific space to be “read,” “questioned,” and “memorised.” She employs objects to question objects and spaces to question spaces, thus resisting the order.
Zhang Ruyi (b. 1985) is an artist currently living and working in Shanghai. She works predominantly in abstract drawing, painting, sculpture and installation. In her practice, sculpture occupies a unique space mediating artifacts, industrial experience and urbanism. Zhang’s work has been presented by Pilar Corrias (London, 2018), K11 Art Foundation (Hong Kong, 2018), Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai, 2018), Sadie Coles HQ (London, 2017), Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing, 2017), Cass Sculpture Foundation (Chichester, 2016), Sifang Art Museum (Nanjing, 2016), chi K11 art museum (Shanghai, 2016), Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum (Shanghai, 2015), etc. Her solo exhibitions include “Building Opposite Building” (Don Gallery, Shanghai, 2016), “Pause” (White Space Beijing, Beijing, 2016), “Cut | Off” (Don Gallery, Shanghai, 2014), etc. Zhang is the recipient of Prix YISHU 8 · Chine 2017 and the participant of the 2017 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Programme, now in studio residency hosted by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council at Villa Sträuli, Winterthur. She has been nominated the Frieze Artist Award London 2018.