COLONY Nights - Photo Video Production Studio

About

As part of the initiatives by COLONY Incubator, we have conceived COLONY nights: monthly community-based encounters with a large variety of formats.

These events are focused on creating a space and time where artists can meet, connect, and pitch their ideas. Followed by our signature parties and celebrations of being alive! 

These creative nights will take place on the last Thursday of every month at one of the COLONY Studios located at 67 West St in Brooklyn, NY.

Each month, the event will be co-hosted by a publication, relevant institution or person from the creative fields; increasing the network for each event and more importantly, enable it to reach broader creative audiences.

Next event will take place on September 27th 2018, coming soon!

Get in touch: production@colonystudiosbk.com

 

manifesto

As artists, we often fall into the trap of wanting to be recognized. Whatever we do, we do it because we are exposing who we are and how we do things…. and that is just as diverse as people themselves.

It would be impossible to have an established venue, publication, gallery, government, agent, market, etc to represent us all. 

The truth is, most of what is established; magazines, products, schools, governments, and even the art system itself, all follow the same standard motivation to do things, profit. 

The mass consumption of products and media, as a new way to achieve taste and identity.

The leaders of mass consumption or -the leaders of the masses- are the ones most people look up to, and want to replicate and feel like them. We tend to believe that the closer we get there, the better life is. But we really only enter into an event horizon, empowering a system where rules have to be followed to construct a fake idea of individualism, order and comfort.

Until it's over. 

Establishment builds ego and kills creativity. But even when creativity flourishes, its usually limited to glorify and navigate into one's personal vision and perception. Unfortunately, if Art's final mission is to make a better world for us all live in, it is very far from achieving it. The art world has become another tool from the same system of control. 

THERE IS NO TIME AND SENSE ANYMORE TO GLORIFY EACH OTHER'S SELF EXPRESSION. Instead, Artists should get together and fight to transform the world, but most importantly (and this is where we all have failed) we should have a clear idea of how the future should be and what the new bases of society are to make it happen. In History, they have been called VISIONARIES.

We shouldn't be divided, we shouldn’t be afraid of the diverse; our work should come from it without trying to fit into something, be like someone, or even trying to be heard. We should create living pieces of art, that exist far beyond ourselves. Our beliefs reside in the Infamous, the forgotten, those who fail and are usually disapproved, ignored, misinterpreted, banned.

The world doesn’t need another outlet to pursuit establishment. 

We are the un-established, the most fucked up ones. 

We are not afraid of change. 

The COLONY Team.


COLONY NIGHTS, AUGUST 30TH 2018
DISCUSSIONS. MODERATED BY GIOVANNI CERVANTES
DJ SET BY K.ALEXIS

PHOTOS BY VIOLETTE FRANCHI

EMPTY HEADS

The French writer, Marcel Proust said “The true voyage of discovery consists not in seeking for new landscapes, but to see with a new pair of eyes”. 

If everything that we are and what we been looking for is already in front of us, this might be merely the first step into awareness as an absolute concept of our human perception.

But how do we get access to it?

How do we transform our deepest foundations in order to switch into a new pair of eyes?

How do we give up our “knowledge” of the world in order to discover the unknown?

...and where does creativity stand into this process?

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COLONY NIGHTS, JULY 26TH 2018
DISCUSSIONs. MODERATED BY GIOVANNI CERVANTES

Image is to experience

Throughout the friction of digging deep into phenomenology as a whole, one reaches at least a clear level of uncertainty. I feel love when knowing that all things were one and that everything bonds the same destiny.

Where to start a phenomenological study of the image?
As we started to represent our perception of reality rather than just experience it, the human mind began to add layers of subjective meaning to the physical phenomena; the things out there and its realism. We switched into a long journey inside our minds, into idealism, the inner self. We analyzed and abstracted reality into concepts, the mental phenomena arouse to communicate, and as communication evolved we came out with symbols to represent those ideas or concepts as an effort to abstract -simplify- and make a practical usage of our communication tools.

By using words, we can build concepts, with those concepts we can visualize images, by using images we can represent a basic but very powerful level of perception, which in fact can create and does creates our reality at deeper levels. Why is that? What are the components of this phenomena?

Representation is simulation, we have created a simulated act of phenomena, but for what purpose? Are we trapped in this unnecessary act for the sick of understanding reality? If image is to experience, what level of experience it offers to us and at what expense?

Have we become addicted to these simulations? Are we incapable to truly see? To feel astonished? Can we confront our reality with nothing in hand? No preconceptions of how or what things are? Are we blind?

If we ended up living inside an image, a simulated world of intentional experiences, how can we get the fuck out of it?

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COLONY NIGHTS, JUNE 28TH 2018
CO-HOSTED BY FIONA Y EDUARDO
PERFORMANCE BY MOTHERMARY & TUNES BY TRAGIC

PHOTOS BY DANNY VILLARREAL

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COLONY NIGHTS, March 2nd 2018
INSTALLATION BY THE COLONY TEAM
LIVE PERFORMANCE BY Katie rex

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COLONY NIGHTS, DECEMBER 15TH 2017
INSTALLATIONS BY THE COLONY TEAM
LIVE PERFORMANCES BY LONGER & SONIDO DISCOYOACAN
IMAGES BY RICARDO MANTILLA & ERwin jaquez

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COLONY NIGHTS, OCTOBER 26TH 2017
Co-hosted by BEN ZANK & MR. IOZO, MODERATED BY GIOVANNI CERVANTES
FILM BY YGAFILM AND IMAGES BY SERGIO AVELLANEDA
THANKS K. ALEXIS FOR ALWAYS MAKING US DANCE

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nyfw after party SUmmer 2017

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WE WANT DISORDER

As part of a counter-movement of the festivities around the closure of NY’s fashion week in February and September; COLONY states and celebrates that NY’s culture generators do not reside in the comforted perception of New York's style after "sex and the city clichès”, social privileges or mainstream businesses. COLONY NYFWs afterparty is not aligned with these media celebrations and we are showing the urgency to bring chaos and discomfort into the fashion industry.

In the words of Clarice Lispector, “Coherence, I don’t want it any more. Coherence is mutilation. I want disorder.”


FUCK REALITY! 
FUCK ART, LET’S CRASH.

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COLONY NIGHTs, August 31st 2017
Co-hosted by michael donovan, Driely Carter and brian shevlin
thanks to ApolLEnair for the tunes
And Sergio avellaneda for the images

1st episode of a series of discussions by COLONY Studios featuring experienced creatives in the image industry. This event was co-hosted by Michael Donovan ( http://studiodonovan.com/ ) Driely Carter ( http://drielys.com/ ) and Brian Shevlin ( https://conartistnyc.com/ ) Initiative by COLONY Studios Brooklyn August 31st 2017
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CO/LAB NIGHT, JULY 27TH 2017
Co-hosted by colony studios
Special thanks to K Alexis for the tunes
And ricardo mantilla for the images

Does beauty really exist? - Where is it?  

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co/Lab night, June 29th 2017
co-hosted by Floating point
Special thanks to riobamba

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CO/LAB NIGHT, MAY 25TH 2017 - COHOSTED BY STEVEN RICO

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CO/LAB NIGHT, April 27TH 2017 - COHOSTED BY Ella Cepeda from paper magazine

Photo Credits: Ricardo Mantilla


CO/LAB night, MARCH 30th 2017 - Cohosted by suited magazine


CO/LAB night, Feb 23rd 2017


NYFW after party winter 2017

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