Presented by Robin Bell
Directed Actions is a live video series that consists of short films, new media, activism, and discussion connecting participants on issues and solution oriented action hosted at the Capital Fringe.
The series aims to highlight dynamic work as inspiration and an anchor for continued community building.
Created and curated by Robin Bell, a visual media artist and activist with deep roots in the community.
Holly Bass is a multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, writer and director. She creates solo and ensemble performances with professional collaborators as well as public art happenings and socially engaged art with untrained members of the community. Her performance work, which combines dance, theater and writing, has been presented at respected regional theaters and art spaces such as the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, the Seattle Art Museum, Art Basel Miami Beach (Project Miami Fair) and the South African State Theatre. Her visual art work spans photography, installation, video and performance and can be found in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the DC Art Bank, as well as private collections. A Cave Canem fellow, she has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies. She studied modern dance (under Viola Farber) and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College before earning her Master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. As an arts journalist early in her career, she was the first to put the term “hip hop theater” into print in American Theatre magazine. She has received numerous grants from the DC Arts Commission and was one of twenty artists nationwide to receive Future Aesthetics grant from the Ford Foundation/Hip Hop Theater Festival. Since 2014, she has directed a year-round creative writing and performance program for adjudicated youth in DC’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.
Ted Zook is primarily a nylon-string guitarist, but he also plays basscello through digital signal processors and a variety of digitally-processed, non-traditional analog instruments such as bowls, rainsticks, slidewhistle, whistle-flutes, oceanharp, etc. He began his study of the guitar in Chile and Uruguay (the latter under the guidance of Luis Acosta), and continued upon his return to the U.S. in the early 1960s under Sophocles Papas. Currently, Ted plays regularly plays experimental music in the Baltimore / Washington DC area.
Monica Jahan Bose is Bangladeshi-American artist, lawyer, and activist whose work spans performance, painting, film, photography, printmaking, and interdisciplinary projects. She often works in collaboration with rural and urban communities to address issues around gender and climate change. Her solo performance/installations and exhibitions have been presented at Art Asia Miami, Twelve Gates Gallery, the Bangladesh National Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the DUMBO Arts Festival, (e)merge art fair, SELECT Art Fair (during Miami Basel), UNESCO, Galerie Deborah Zafman, and many other venues. She studied art at Wesleyan University (USA) and Santiniketan (India) and has a law degree from Columbia University (USA). Monica has received numerous commissions and awards, including an Art Lives Here grant in 2013 and six grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (through the National Endowment for the Arts). She is the creator of “Storytelling with Saris,” a longterm collaborative art and advocacy project with 12 women from her ancestral island village, which is adversely impacted by climate change. Monica lives and works in Washington, D.C. and Bangladesh.