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Resistance: the Battle of Philadelphia
Episode 01

Opening Reception: March 8th 6-9pm

M. Asli Dukan’s Resistance: the Battle of Philadelphia will be exhibited in The Entryway Gallery, located in the front of the Icebox from March 8th through April 28th. The Icebox will be featuring “Episode 01”, the first of a six-part, web-based series set in a near-future Philadelphia where a clandestine collective of residents mobilize to resist police violence and the authoritarian government embedded in their city. “Episode 01” introduces us to Akewi, a poet and graduate student on scholarship and living with her partner, Lester, in West Philadelphia.

Sound Affect

Our sonic archive from January’s exhibition, Sound Affect, is now available for listening on our SoundCloud!

Click HERE to listen

Sound Affect, was a month-long project transforming the Icebox into a hybrid recording booth/observatory. The exhibition was focused on using sound as a means of predicting the future by addressing the coming year. During this time the Icebox was made available to anyone who was interested in contributing a sound, a song, spoken word, foot stomp, crash, or a whisper to the project.

We want to thank all of our participants for contributing:
Daniel J Pilger, Davelle Barnes, David Backer And Shelly Ronen, Dron, Em Smith, I Am Intisar, Ivan Boyko, J. Harrod, J. Thad Lutz, Jaison Smulkski, Jen Strick, 108 X 5 (Bells), Andrew Criss, Astia & Tantrum Tonic, Caitlin Bias, Chad States, Jermaine Jenkins, Josh Agran, Joy O. Ude, Juile Beth, Katie Hubell And Jerry Kaba, Logan Cryer, Lydia Smith, LZ RN, Matthew Smith Lee, Megan, Meghan Barwick, Michael Secor, Mike Bullock, Nick Stahl, Pan, Patricia Moss – Vreeland, Penelope Long, Phil, Richelle Kota, S, Sarah Mirk, Sarah Muehlbauer, Steve, Svetlana Dali And Leonard Green, Tim Tracy,Tina Plokarz And Julia Staples, Tom Rivers, TR7, William Felinski, Ricky, Taylor B, members from Fleisher’s Teen Lounge, Dan Malloy, Michelle Oosterbaan, Zack Simonson, Addison, Jacob C. Hammes, Elliot Wattenberger, Teisa Ramsey, Michaela Mink, Anton Afonsky, Cachel Kriebel, V. Yoder, Angela, Klunt, Leah McGlone, Olivia C. Williams, Juli Snyder, Gérardine Aldamar, Mary Henjes, Ayde, Erin Morse, Micheal, and J + J.

We’re still processing and uploading some files, so stay tuned for more! 

Semi-Transparent, 2016 (still), courtesy of the artist

Announcing the Icebox 2018 Video Residency, Lisa Marie Patzer!

The Icebox Project Space is pleased to support local video artist Lisa Marie Patzer as the recipient of its 2018 Video Residency. The video residency program, entering its inaugural year, is intended to provide financial, technical, and consulting support for an artist to create a new work that utilizes the gallery’s unique multi-media projection system. Patzer is a Philadelphia-based video, web, and new media artist whose work deals with topics at the intersection of technology, identity politics, and the public sphere. During her residency, Patzer will work closely with the technical and spatial offerings of the gallery to create a new site specific video installation titled, “A Reasonable Expectation of Privacy.” Looking at the history of technological advances in surveillance and Supreme Court rulings on the Fourth Amendment, this project will engage the audience to question what is a reasonable expectation of privacy in the 21st century.

Semi-Transparent, 2016 (still), courtesy of the artist

The Icebox Project Space – 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.


Upcoming Events

Tangle Movement Arts: Elements of Friction

March 23rd 8 pm
March 24th 3pm & 8 pm
Tickets are available HERE

Tangle presents Elements of Friction, all-new circus-theater that challenges and surprises.

When everything is wrong, do you ground yourself first—or charge into the flames? Tangle Movement Arts presents Elements of Friction, an evening-length circus-theater experience premiering at the Icebox Project Space. In this all-new collection of contemporary circus arts, trapeze and aerial silks play out elemental tensions, inspired by the rhythms of nature and the power of collective action.

Tangle’s acrobats spark connection, flow between worlds, absorb new ideas, and drift into fresh territory. Mixing live music, dynamic acrobatics, and video installation by immersive digital artist Carver Audain, Tangle’s ten-woman cast searches for balance as stone strikes flame and wind ripples water. Elements of Friction offers a patchwork of strategies, a toolkit of renewal and resistance, and an explosion of aerial dance.

Tangle Movement Arts is a circus arts company with a contemporary twist, whose work integrates traditional circus like trapeze and aerial silks with dance, theater, and spoken word to tell a multi-dimensional story. Tangle’s work reflects individuals of diverse identities, with an emphasis on queer and female experiences, and is devised collaboratively by its all-female ensemble.

Tangle is based in Philadelphia and has been a Philly FringeArts Festival favorite since its inception in 2011.

Tickets are $15-20 with discounts for students, artists, seniors, and groups of 4 people or more.

Bread & Puppet Theater: Basic Bye-bye Show

April 8th 7 pm
Tickets are sliding scale: $10-$20 for adults, $5 for children

The Icebox Project Space is pleased to host Bread & Puppet Theater’s, The Basic Bye-bye Show, a manifesto on transformation inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s apocalyptic woodcuts, birch branches lost during an ice storm, and the daily news.

In The Basic Bye-bye Show a series of quiet object fantasies unfolds in black, white, and grey inside a small fabric stage printed with elementary words — “Resist”, ”Bread”, “Yes”, “Sky”, “Riot”, “Byebye”. Outside, an orchestra of nonsense instruments arises, spins, and recedes. A birch forest grows. Sculpted clouds produce hands, chairs, and rain. The storm passes. The episodes that make up The Basic Byebye Show develop in abstract counterpoint to periodic handkerchief-assisted “basic byebyes” to various brutal unnecessities of our current politics.

After the performance Bread and Puppet will serve its famous free sourdough rye bread with aioli, and Bread and Puppet’s “Cheap Art” – books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread and Puppet Press – will be for sale. The Bread and Puppet Practitioners-of- the-Pursuit-of- What String Band will welcome the public.

Past Events and Exhibitions

20/92 Video Festival

Opening Reception: March 8th 6-9pm
March 9th & 10th 12-6 pm

The Icebox Project Space is pleased to announce the 20/92 Video Festival for 2018.

The 20/92 Video Festival is a rare opportunity to view work at an unique scale and format. Our dedicated projection system allows for a continuous image to be cast upon its eastern and northern walls, at a maximum size of 20’ x 92’ with a resolution of 3646 x 768.

This year’s 20/92 was juried by Icebox directors Ryan McCartney and Timothy Belknap

Featured Artists: Natasha Le Sourd, Ben Mosca, Tyler Bohm, Michael Covello Odalla, Shana Hoehn, Jack Hogan, Minjoo Lee, Rachel Rampleman, Paul Hinson, Nina Karin Isaacson, Ryann Slauson, Sarah Crofts, Annette Isham, Katie Hubbell, Taji Ra’oof Nahl, & CLAIRE.


Distance≠Time, image by Neighboring States


Distance≠Time, was an immersive multimedia exhibition featuring the efforts of two collectives that investigated relationships between science and the self: the Dr. Pawel Norway Dream Machine, an interactive installation and performance by the Culture Industry Dot Club, and Time Camp 001, artworks, multimedia workshops, and lectures by the Black Quantum Futurism. This five-week exhibition ran from September 6th to October 14th and featured interactive performances, lectures and a panel discussion.

Distance≠Time, image by Neighboring States


Human Festival 01, October 21st 

Human Festival was a wide-view compendium of contemporary practices at the intersections of Experimental Music, Performance Art, Dance, Publishing and Visual Arts; both Nationally and Internationally. Human Festival seeks to utilize the hallowed structures of these aforementioned modes to hold a space in which art can be intimate, responsive and mischievous; a generous laboratory without partition.
Organized by Jim Strong

I have been in the tutor at Human Festival 01

Antonia at Human Festival 01

Maddie Hewitt at Human Festival 01

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