Sunday, October 26, 2014
Carly Schmitt (USA) is a public artist and artistic entrepreneur. Schmitt is the President, founder and CEO of Artist @ Large, a small art business under which she executes large-scale public art projects and curates various community-based artistic initiatives. She holds a B.A. from Macalester College, and a M.F.A from the Bauhaus University in Weimar Germany.  She is a recipient of the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellowship, and has presented her work at the German House in New York City, the Temporäre Kunsthalle in Berlin, and at various universities throughout the United States and Europe. Schmitt is best known for her work that blurs the conventional boundary between art and life through a variety of artistic approaches. Her public artworks aims to span gaps, build bridges and bring people together through a system of unexpected circumstances and extraordinary contexts. Schmitt’s work can be encountered throughout Europe and the United States.
During her stay at GeoAIR residency, Carly worked within “Cooking Imagination: Tbilisi Migrant Stories” project and developed works under her ongoing project ARAS - The American Reputation Aid Society. ARAS is an interactive-installation and public-cooking-performance, which uses a mobile kitchen, street-vendor's cart, as platform for a meaningful inter-cultural conversation. ARAS is an ongoing public performances that, using the satirical personal of an aid foundation, distributes excellent examples of home-cooked „American food“ as an invitation for a conversation about food, culture, industrialization, personal histories, national identity and international policy. This project references the American tradition of Bake Sales, Pancake Breakfasts, Community Pie Socials, and the sometimes seemingly cavalier belief that “good food can fix anything.”
“Cooking Imaginations: Tbilisi Migrant Stories” project was implemented with the financial support of the Prince Claus Fund.
Carly Schmitt’s residency project was supported by CEC ArtsLink as part of their Global Art Lab program with support from the Kettering Family Foundation.