"As artists we are not singular, we are constantly engaging in dialogues with other art, maybe it be of the past, or of our peers and mentors. Thanks to the Djerassi Program, lasting friendships have formed throughout this month, and I am absolutely certain that the art of these new friends will in some way or another inform my own practice in the future." Monika Zobel (2018)
May 1 - August 30, 2021
Day Use Residents are artists who were accepted in 2020 but whose residencies were postponed due to shelter-in-place. This small group of local artists uses the property and facilities during the day in accordance with the Djerassi Program’s Phased COVID Plan and local health guidelines.
Krista DeNio, Oakland, CA, Choreographer
Krista DeNio is an interdisciplinary choreographer, director, performer, writer and educator. Artistic Director of KD>>Moving Ground. She is committed to developing new forms of performance work that engage interdisciplinary research, between theater, dance, anthropology, ecology, social services, community engagement and more. KDMG creates site-specific, audience-interactive performance experiences that live at the intersection of art, education, and advocacy. Krista is also the Art Program Manager, with Larkin Street Youth Services. Her employment in social services, and work in the field as an artist engaging anti-racism, are based in a deep commitment to undoing systemic oppression. Krista is a House Artist at CounterPulse, where she has been a two time Artist in Residence, and co-produced her work. As project director of EchoTheaterSuitcase project, she works with military veterans and civilian non-veteran theater artists to make original performance work resulting in audience-interactive, site-responsive experiences. Current work includes NETWORK, a project inspired by tree communities and what human communities can learn from them, is a collaboration between artists, scientists, foresters, trees, land, designers and more; a site-specific experience in residence at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and co-produced by CounterPulse.
Julie Herndon, Oakland, CA, Composer
Julie Herndon is a composer and performer working with internal/external space through improvisation, text, graphics, and electronics. Her work explores the body’s relationship to the self, to performance, and to tools like musical instruments and personal technology. Her electroacoustic work has been described as “blended to inhabit a surprisingly expressive space” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Recent compositions have been performed by ensembles including JACK Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Proton Bern, Line Upon Line Percussion, Elevate and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. Performances include festivals and venues such as Artistry Space and Hotel Vagabond in Singapore, soundSCAPE in Italy, MATA Festival and MIS-EN_PLACE Bushwick in New York, Megapolis Audio Art Festival in Oakland, and Hot Air Festival in San Francisco. Julie is currently a curator at the Center for New Music in San Francisco, Composer in Residence with Elevate Ensemble, and a doctoral candidate (Hume Fellow) at Stanford University. For more information about Julie, please visit: www.julieherndonmusic.com
Alisa Yang, Saratoga, CA, Filmmaker
Alisa Yang is a visual artist and filmmaker. Her practice is rooted in collage across medium; from two-dimensional work to installation and film, she explores themes of language, cultural identity, and displacement of Asian diasporas. She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at University of Michigan in 2016. Her work has been shown in places such as MoMAPS1, Aesthetica Art Prize, Art Nova 100 in Beijing , Riverside Art Museum, Orange County Center of Contemporary Arts, and New Mexico Museum of Art. She recently won the 2018 Special Arte Laguna Prize, Best Regional Filmmaker at 2017 Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the first Golden Reel Awards for Short Documentary at 2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. For more information about Alisa, please visit: www.alisayang.com