Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine
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The Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine
2010-Present

The Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine is a project that began when Mildred Beltre and Oasa DuVerney started making art together in each other’s apartments. As we shared stories and experiences while making our work, we wondered if we could bring a similar experience to our other neighbors. So, in the summer of 2010 we co-founded a collaborative public art project that explores art making as a community-building tool. The Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine is a community based, socially engaged project in Crown Heights Brooklyn. Dubbing ourselves the “Official Unofficial Artists in Residence” of our block, we set up tents, tables, a banner, and art supplies on the street outside our apartment building, and began working.
Oasa DuVerney Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine fabric woven into fence
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Hope Less, Do More (north side)
2013
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Oasa DuVerney Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine fabric on fence
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Hope Less, Do More (south side)
2013
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Oasa DuVerney Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine Fabric on fence
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We Are Still Here (south side)
2012
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Oasa DuVerney Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine fabric woven into fence
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Do Not Disappear into Silence (south side)
2014
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Oasa DuVerney Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine Fabrice woven into fence
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Do Not Disappear Into Silence (north side)
2014
Fabrice woven into fence

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fence weaving in process
2014
Oasa DuVerney Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine chalk on sidewalk
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Awkward
2013
chalk on sidewalk

In response to the awkwardness of gentrification

Oasa DuVerney Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine Cover of book
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The Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine Presents: A Guide To Tenant Rights and Community Activities
2014
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page from A Guide To Tenant Rights and Community Activities
2014

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page from A Guide To Tenant Rights and Community Activities
2014
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page from A Guide To Tenant Rights and Community Activities
2014

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page from A Guide To Tenant Rights and Community Activities
2014
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page from A Guide To Tenant Rights and Community Activities
2014

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page from A Guide To Tenant Rights and Community Activities
2014
Oasa DuVerney Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine plastic bottles, dirt, plants, tape, zip ties, fence
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Fence Herb Garden
2013
plastic bottles, dirt, plants, tape, zip ties, fence

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Oasa DuVerney Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine blood, sweat and tears
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Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine Service Series
2012
blood, sweat and tears

In the summer of 2012 BHAM offered their artistic services such as sewing and mending, portraiture, and thank you and please forgive me card making and invited local artist to facilitate art workshops.
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Oasa DuVerney Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine wood, buckets, sand, pvc, herbs
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Smell box installation By guest artist Jason Gaspar
2011
wood, buckets, sand, pvc, herbs

Guest artist Jason Gaspar created smell boxes so that passers by could stop and engage with the scents of Freedom, Life, Humility, and Respect.
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Creative work requires a lot of energy so the Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine makes it a priority to provide healthy snacks to our neighbors during workshops

Oasa DuVerney Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine paper pulp, water, patience
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Paper making workshop
2013
paper pulp, water, patience

Artist Rejin Leys facilitated a paper making workshop
Oasa DuVerney Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine tape, saranwrap, hope
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Tape casting
2012
tape, saranwrap, hope

Artist Annelisse Fifi taught us how to immortalize our favorite objects and body parts using basic household items

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sometimes the student becomes the master
2010

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Workshop with Artist Elisa Soliven and JJ Manford
2013
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Screenprinting workshop at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum
2013
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Screenprinting workshop at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum
2013

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Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine Occupy Lincoln Place
2011

In response to the oocupy wall street protest we wanted to give our neighbors an opportunity voice their concerns right on our block.
Oasa DuVerney Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine poster board, markers, and friends
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Public Space is For Everyone
2011
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Oasa DuVerney Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine poster board, markers, a lot to say
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I Don't Like....
2011
poster board, markers, a lot to say
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Children's And Young Peoples Manifesto
2012
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Classic Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine
2010

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