Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Public Gestures

Installation, New York City

Beginning in October 2013, Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins' Respectfully Silent Utterly Defenseless will be exhibited at the University of Utah Salt Lake City, as part of the Public Gestures: 2nd Rocky Mountain Printmaking Alliance Symposiumhttp://www.art.utah.edu/2nd-rmpa-symposium/exhibitions-events/

Installation, Salt Lake City

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins in Hurriyet Daily News

"Initiated by Istanbul Modern in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1... Flux is a site-specific group performance embodying a transformative cultural reflection about the future. Directed by Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins, this two-part performance is choreographed by Ernesto Pujol, known for his site-specific performances and social choreographies. The one-hour performance will integrate itself into the museum’s architectural kinetic installation on view, creating an ephemeral hybrid space, an architecture-within-the-architecture, part surreal garden and part secular cloister. Audiences may sit and experience a performative meditation that engages aspects of contemporary life in Istanbul, with its lingering past and its pending future."

"Baykal-Rollins, who has been living and working in Istanbul for the past decade, engages in what is currently known “art as social practice,” combining performance with image-making, alternative education, institutional critique, and cultural studies in a reflection about contemporary existence."

Sunday, May 26, 2013

FLUX Venice: a new performance by Silsila Collective

Photo by Zeynep Özel

FLUX is a two-part performance by Silsila Collective under the direction of Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins. Performed first at Venice’s Piazza San Marco in May, and then in June at Istanbul Modern Art Museum, FLUX celebrates the vibrant relationship between these two sister cities (past and present, from waters’ edge to waters’ edge). Choreographed by New York performance artist Ernesto Pujol in the tradition of tanztheater, Silsila’s twenty performers will move through the geometry of the Piazza’s massive tile patterns, which are based upon ancient Turkish carpet designs. Each performer will be wearing a garment covered in drawings and calligraphy comprised entirely of digital information from their collective stories and imagery. Essentially, Silsila will perform as “living books”, visible histories of their personal and cultural bodies, moving through the map of a carpet long-gone.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


 Respectfully Silent Utterly Defenseless is a public art project by Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins; an ironic take on recent NRA statements about gun-violence in America. Consisting of posters and site-specific installations in public spaces and schools across the United States, this project is curated by Lanfranco Aceti, with the support of Goldsmiths College London, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, and Sabanci University Kasa Gallery in Istanbul.