RISD OneRoom

I’m honored to have been invited to curate a week of programming at the RISD Museum as part of the Locally Made show.  Come by the museum at noon any day this week (Tuesday through Sunday) to experience  Inside Voices:

“Set down what you carry. Lower your voice, raise your attention. Join these artists, selected for their practice as world-makers, as they take you on sensory excursions inside their environments. Gentle and sure, grounded and experimental, curious and complicated – each day will bring new experiences of gravity and wonder.”


Tuesday – Sianna Plavin and Fay Strongin
Wednesday – Marguerite Keyes
Thursday – Peter Bussigel
Friday – Sakiko Mori and Laura Cetilia
Saturday – Lists (David Penn and Neil Jackson)
Sunday – Geoff Mullen

About Locally Made: http://risdmuseum.org/notes/locally_made

About One Room: http://risdmuseum.org/pages/oneroom

Calendar of One Room events: http://risdmuseum.org/calendar/2013/07/?filter=locally_made_one_room

UPDATE: View images from “Inside Voices” here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joritakemypicture/sets/72157635666557213/

Community MusicWorks: ArtPlace

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Part of my work at Community MusicWorks involves documenting  various awesome projects that staff and students create.

Here’s a great blog post featuring several images and text about CMW’s ArtPlace endeavors this year, including a few images (like the one above) from an installation I created with students.


New Work at AS220


When I Look at the Sky, I See the Past (January 2013)

New Letterpress Prints by Jori Ketten

AS220 Project Space
93 Mathewson Street
Providence, RI 02903

April 6-27, 2013
Opening April 6, 5-7PM

I made this body of work in January 2013 at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina over the course of a two-week letterpress residency. I didn’t have a plan when I drove south and was excited to experiment in the studio. It felt daring to be plan-less, to make from an instinctual place. I was interested in using the letterpress in a non-traditional way and made all of these monoprints on a Vandercook SP15. They are: futuristic documents of the past, experimental topographies, galactic echoes, meditations on decoding/encoding/control/chaos and the desire to make sense of something that seems senseless. A tarot deck to help you find your way and to remind you that you are always going to be a little lost.

Titles are derived from “Snow on the Desert” by Agha Shahid Ali, published in A Nostalgist’s Map of America.

Careers in the Common Good: How Artists Change Cities

I’m on a panel!

April 2, 2013
4:00 pm, Room 117, MacMillan Hall, Brown Campus

Sponsored by Center for Careers and Life After Brown

Providence is famous for its many successful artist-created and artist-run nonprofit organizations. Come hear a discussion on these very special types of organizations from the artists themselves. Featured artists include Jori Ketten ’02 from Providence Provision/186 Carpenter; Barnaby Evans ’75 from WaterFire.org; and Anna Shapiro, RISD/Sculpture ’01, and Umberto Crenca, from AS220.

Register here.

Images from Dance Exchange’s How to Lose a Mountain


In April 2012 I hiked 60+ miles with several dancers from Dance Exchange, an intergenerational company of artists that creates dance and engages people in making art as part of the How to Lose a Mountain project.

Dance Exchange was founded by MacArthur award-winner Liz Lerman in 1976 and has produced more than 100 innovative dance/theatre works, presented thousands of performances and conducted innumerable community encounters. With these activities, the company has reached communities of every size from Los Angeles, California to Eastport, Maine, from Yamaguchi, Japan to Gdansk, Poland. I have worked with Dance Exchange as guest artist, company manager, production coordinator, and documentarian.

How to Lose a Mountain examines loss and gain, risk and reward, and the distances travelled by our stories, our stuff, and ourselves. One year prior to the piece’s world premiere, Dance Exchange Artistic Director Cassie Meador investigated the resources that power her home by walking from where she lives in Washington, DC to a site of mountaintop removal in West Virginia. Along the way, she and Dance Exchange artists visited power plants, led movement and outdoor education workshops called “Moving Field Guides,” and collected stories from community members in workshops called “500 Miles/500 Stories.” I joined the company for the first 10 days of the hike and took thousands of photographs that contributed to the creation of an evening length work  addressing issues of use and reuse, of living in the now and honoring our past, of what we lose when we gain and what we gain when we lose.

See the images here: http://www.500miles500stories.com/pictures/
See a video I also made on the hike here: https://vimeo.com/46270397