Icebox Project Space




Bodies in Space

June 22- June 24, 2017
Opening June 22nd 6-9pm

Bodies in Space is an experimental video installation & soundscape highlighting the landscape & environs of the Pine Barrens. Filmed for & by creative humans for PEARCE. Featuring a pop-up shop for Pearce Capsule 3.

The Crossing Image

MoM 1: ‘mid the steep sky’s commotion

The Crossing

Sunday, June 11th, 4pm

Featuring the world premiere of Joshua Stamper’s ‘mid the steep sky’s commotion, with an installation by artist Caroline Santa in The Icebox at Crane Arts.
‘mid the steep sky’s commotion is the second chapter of Joshua Stamper’s four-part Elements series, exploring the enigmatic and impenetrable quality of wind, its singular and intimate relationship to the detritus of a city, and the ways in which that detritus exists as an echo of the movements, relationships, and dreams of the city of Philadelphia. Joshua Stamper’s unique, colorful, evolving music captures ‘what the wind says’ in this first collaboration with The Crossing.
“Wind is the epitome of mystery: it is a force of both destruction and preservation; its origins are inscrutable and its destination is unknown. Its presence echoes through our poems and dreams, yet its patterns and path remain impenetrable—invisible save for its effect on the world around it.”
– Joshua Stamper



Get Rid of Yourself, Bernadette Corporation
Alone, but Moving, Shelby Donnelly

Thursday, April 13th 6-9pm

April 13th– 7pm and 8:30pm
April 15th– 2pm

The Icebox Project Space is pleased to announce a limited screening of Bernadette Corporation’s Get Rid of Yourself and the release of Shelby Donnelly’s Alone, but Moving this Thursday, April 13th.

Bernadette Corporation’s Get Rid of Yourself (2003) offers an incredibly complex look at protest and political resistance, and is as poignant now as upon initial release. Using a rich mixture of fact, fiction, narrative and document, the incredibly prescient Get Rid of Yourself offers a historical and primary account of the events surrounding the G8 riots in Genoa, Italy.

The Icebox Project Space releases a limited number of editioned artist’s publications each year. This year’s first is Shelby Donnelly’s Alone, but Moving. A series of drawings housed in an innovative folio cover, Alone, but Moving is in part a meditation on the ways in which we experience film and video, and how that experience manifests itself in the artist’s practice.

 Get Rid of Yourself
Bernadette Corporation
2003, 61 min, color, sound

From Electronic Arts Intermix:

This complex, multi-layered work, called an “anti-documentary” by its authors, combines footage of rioting at the 2001 G-8 summit in Genoa with performances by Chloe Sevigny, Werner von Delmont and members of the Black Bloc anarchist group. These elements yield a disorienting and critical video that ultimately questions its own status and role as much as that of its subjects. The artists write that Get Rid of Yourself functions as “a cine-tract that aligns itself with nascent forms of political resistance within the anti-globalization movement… a filmed essay that works by betraying its own form.”

Made with the support of The French Ministry of Culture, Delegation aux Arts Plastiques (Image/Movement); Colin De Land, American Fine Arts, Co; MASSPOP.

 Alone, but Moving
Shelby Donnelly 
2017, edition of 50

From the artist:

Alone, but Moving is a series of drawings inspired by the practice of taking screenshots while watching films on a home computer. The drawings have subtitles collaged from reading, musical lyrics, film dialogue, and Donnelly’s own writing. Donnelly’s personal investigation of film becomes an outlet to articulate being and experience.



Taji Ra’oof Nahl

Open Studio: March 20th -29th
Reception: Thursday March 23rd 7-9 pm

Performance: Saturday March 25th 1pm – 5pm

The Icebox Project Space is proud to begin a new series of short artist residencies with Taji Ra’oof Nahl. These residencies will focus on an intense, radical expansion of practice through the free and full use of the Icebox and its facilities. We are pleased to begin with such a vital member of Philadelphia’s arts community.

“AMPLIFIED REPERTOIRE – BATON”, an open studio exhibition.

In a conversation with George Lewis, Ben Patterson states: ” Sound is a by-product of activity.”

Taji Ra’oof Nahl will investigate the unique acoustic dynamic of Icebox Project Space with field recording via analog & digital methods of capturing the vast sonic frequencies thru installation construction, film & video projection, human exchange, and a marathon of  “Art Happenings” to be conducted during his open studio stay.

Collaborations by way of Taji’s third Iteration of – Renaissance Report Live /with host Noah Smalls. Taji invites artists of various disciplines to contribute to his practice using the formats of Johnny Carson Show /Dave Chappell Show.
With Guest including Sherman Fleming, Theodore Harris, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Marc Zajack, Raphael Xavier, Shawn Theodore, Ivanco Talevski, Charles Lloyd, Kimberly Camp, Moshie Black, Ernel Martinez, George Lewis & others.

Futhermore, Taji will cultivate his “Defenders of the Republic” rubrics with new video works & Live “Original Soundtrack Scoring Sessions”. Subjects & muses to include Charles Blockson, Ben Patterson, and Lawrence D Butch Morris.

Taji Ra’oof Nahl is a Philadelphia based, interdisciplinary artist whose vocabulary delves into social commentary via historical & futurist aesthetic. Installation, video, performance art, sculpture, painting, are utilities that embodies poetic & abstract narrative for his oeuvre.

His work has been in exhibitions at, The Italian Palace – Tangier Morocco, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, Kelly Writers House at University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery at Columbia College of Chicago. African American Art Museum Philadelphia

Solo exhibitions include Pageant Soloveev Gallery Philadelphia, Indigo Bleu Design & Cultural Center, and the Little Berlin Annex Space. Group showing at West Chester University, Goggleworks Reading Pa., Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia Pa., National Archive, Philadelphia. Pa., University of Pennsylvania, James Dupree Gallery, Philadelphia City Hall, and others.
Taji also spearheads 2Spiral Art Collective, collaborating with artists of vast disciplines to develop art that explores the transformative elements of compassion, freedom, justice and productive activism.



November 20, 2016 @ 4:00PM
Michael Hersch
Zwischen Leben und Tod: twenty-two pieces after images by Peter Weiss (PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE)
Carolyn Huebl and Mark Wait perform
$20 ad the door/ $10 student



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time camp proposal

Time Camp 001

Call for proposals
Deadline: Tuesday. June 20th 2017

In collaboration with Icebox Project Space , Time Camp 001 is a two-day program and interactive installation exploring time, alternative temporalities, time travel, and temporal shifts, with activities include temporal sound design, time walks, temporal scavenger hunts, zinemaking, special performances, and more. Time Camp 001 will take place at the space-time point of September 30-Oct 1, 2017 at Icebox Project Space (Phila, PA). More details soon.

We are inviting submissions for workshops and lectures, as well as art-based submissions for inclusion in the installation.

Workshop and Lecture Submission Information
Seeking abstracts and proposals for 45 and 60 minute workshops and lectures for presentation at Time Camp. Please identify any audio/visual and electrical needs for your presentation. Also include presenter information and website if available. Please submit a proposal for your submission to by June 20, 2017.

Sample topics include:
Time Travel Theories/Time Travel 101
Time Machine Design
Time Travel in Comics

Installation Submission information
Seeking submissions of small installations, film, audio/video, literature, photography, objects, and art pieces dealing with time travel, such as personal time machines and devices and time travel artifacts. Works can be individual or collaborative, and should be experimental. Proposals should include a description of your project or piece, including dimensions, sizes, number, and other specifications. Please identify any audio/visual and electrical needs. Also include artist information and website if available. Please submit a proposal for your submission to by June 20, 2017.

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N.G.O. – Nakatani Gong Orchestra

Tuesday, April 4th 8:00 PM
$7-10 sliding scale

Fire Museum Presents:
Nakatani Gong Orchestra
Tatsuya Nakatani (solo)

A contemporary live art sound project, N.G.O. has toured all over North and Central America. This is an ongoing, growing community engagement project and the only bowed-Gong orchestra in existence in the world today. The rich harmonies produced from multiple layers of bowed gongs are simply magic to anyone, engaging and inspiring the spirits of both the player and all who attend.

For each performance in a given city, gong players are selected by a local curator. Most are new to N.G.O. Nakatani gives a specialized training workshop to selected players in preparation for the performance. Players will also experience Nakatani’s own unique point of view regarding Gong techniques, and will experience undiscovered dimensions while immersed in the vibrations and sounds during a training workshop. Nakatani is the composer and conductor for the performance.

Nakatani began germinating ideas for N.G.O. in early 2002, and finally took the project to on the road in April 2011. He had performed 87 concerts with N.G.O. all over the USA and Mexico by December 2015. Notable venues include John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., MOCA Cleveland, OH, Tigertail productions presented at Miami Dade County Auditorium in FL, Bemis Contemporary Art Center in Omaha NE, Columbia Museum of Art in SC, and The Issue Project Room in New York City.

Many listeners have said “I have never experienced anything like this before!”, along with describing a feeling of cleansing a sort of purification after the event. Today, sound based therapy practices use singing bowls and gongs, which result in similar euphonious waves and energies. The primary purpose of N.G.O. is not for spiritual ceremonial purposes or “gong bathing”, but the fact is that with over 14 various gong sizes, ranging in diameters from 10 to 50 inches, one can’t avoid some of these amazing secondary results.

sponsored by
Penn Treaty Special Services District


The Icebox Project Space is proud to announce its Sound Residency Series

The Icebox is hosting sound-based artists within the space for periods between a few hours and up to 6 weeks, with a focus on experimentation and exploration of the unique acoustic properties of the Icebox (formerly an enormous walk-in freezer, which accounts for some of its unusual characteristics). At the end of each residency, the Icebox will release a track online and at the end of 2016, we intend to compile the tracks onto an LP, as a sonic document.