Vehicle will not be hosting events until we feel it is safe to do so for those of us who are at risk or who do not have access to proper healthcare. Be safe out there. 


Vehicle is a monthly meeting where a group of artists and other interested practitioners get together and have candid conversations over drinks about the work they produce.

Unless otherwise listed, meetings take place 7pm the last Monday of every month at  The Sunview Luncheonette in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

For more details read on…

Vehicle is a monthly forum for moving image, sound, and other narrative media. This site provides information about presenting artists, upcoming meetings, and serves as an archive of past presentations with links to related materials and research.

On the last Monday of every month a visiting artist will present a work-in-progress along with a selected reading, sent in advance. The readings provide a frame of reference for the ensuing discussion. Screenings and readings are selected by the presenting artist and Vehicle.

We feel that the value of open and rigorous critical analysis is sorely at odds with an affirmative culture that finds its latest fetish in the form of the “like.” We are interested in difficult works that provoke difficult discussions. We like works that are problematic in a critical and analytic sense—a problematic work generates problems (i.e. matters of concern), and with problems we generate ideas.

In that spirit, we are not interested in what you do or do not like. We care how things function. We care how works generate meaning and how meaning can emancipate us from fossilized ideas. We care about creating a forum to help artists understand what meanings their works are generating and how they go about doing it.

Who’s in the room? A group of peers invested in time-based media, the problems of narrative, the politics of aesthetics, and the aesthetics of politics. Meetings last as long as the conversation and alcohol hold out.

We imagine our conversations offering a sustained critical analysis of the work, an open, lively, and rigorous debate about issues of real substance, and an elaboration of the consequences of our works on the world at large. Nothing is off the table except for narcissistic self-advancement. 

We would like to acknowledge the work of Jen Liu and Chelsea Knight and their Video Group. Along with Jen and Chelsea, we envision Vehicle to be a continuation of the Video Group as well as an elaboration on its form.

We have kids. Meetings are child-friendly, and those with children who would like to arrange childcare during the meetings should contact us. 

Vehicle is a project of Camel Collective
contact Anthony Graves with any inquiries
studio [@] camelcollective [dot] org

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Feb 24: Stephen Sewell

7pm at The Sunview Luncheonette
221 Nassau Ave Ground Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Three Lessons (How to shoot a gun)

Three Lessons (How to shoot a gun) is an essay film that examines the reproduction and naturalization of gun culture by following a young woman as she travels across the United States to learn how to operate a firearm from three men of different backgrounds and ideological points of view. The video forestalls discussion of the Second Amendment in favor of examining gun culture in relation to history, identity/identification, and the reproduction of ideologies. The montage of instructional footage, interviews of the participants discussing their history and experiences with firearms, found footage, and animation underscores the gaps and contradictions that arise between individual experiences and uses these dissonances to identify the underlying political, economic and social forces shaping them. As the video shifts between these individual experiences and larger determining forces the realization that these customs of gun ownership are not given but historically practiced becomes apparent and the capacity for change more evident.

Stephen Sewell is a Brooklyn-based artist, filmmaker, and educator. He received his MFA from the University of Washington and is an alum of the Whitney Independent Study Program and Art & Law Program. He has exhibited works nationally and internationally and has lectured and participated on panel discussions at institutions such as the University of Hertfordshire, Queens Museum, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and MoMA PS1 Print Shop. He currently works for the Whitney Independent Study Program.

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Nov 02: Elise Rasmussen

2 pm at The Queens Museum
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368

more info:
Events Calendar, Queens Museum 

The year without a summer

“The year without a summer” takes its title from a phenomenon that occurred in the summer of 1816 wherein many parts of the world experienced extreme weather conditions. Dramatic storms and colorful skies gave inspiration to Romantic art, as witnessed in works by William Turner and Casper Friedrich; while poor harvests, economic decline and civil unrest influenced Mary Shelley’s writing of Frankenstein during her summer sojourn to Lake Geneva. A century and a half later was it discovered that the eruption of Mount Tambora on the island of Sumbawa in Indonesia was the cause of this erratic shift in the world’s weather patterns, causing a famine in Switzerland and speculation that the world was ending. Using this historical framework as a provocation, “The year without a summer” re-examines the effects of this environmental anomaly, finding parallels with our current climate crises, while intertwining diaristic accounts of Mary Shelley and her circle, Sumbawan folklore, and my own reflections traveling to the same volcano and lake during the hottest summer on record.

Elise has provided the following text in reference to her work:  Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley
“Letters Written During a Residence of Three Months in the Environs of Geneva in the Summer of 1816"

Elise Rasmussen is a research-based artist working with lens-based media. She has exhibited, performed and screened her work internationally including venues such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum, Pioneer Works (New York), Night Gallery (Los Angeles), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE), Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane), Dazibao (Montreal), and the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto (Scarborough). Elise received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been an artist in residence at a number of institutions including the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), the Nirox Foundation (South Africa), La Becque (Switzerland), LMCC (New York), Shandaken Projects (Storm King), SOMA (Mexico City), the Banff Centre (Alberta) and was a 2016 Fellow in the Art & Law Program (New York). Elise has been written about in publications such as Art in America, BOMB Magazine, Hyperallergic, Canadian Art and the New Inquiry, and has received grants and awards from the Jerome Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, NYFA/NYSCA, Contact Photography Festival, and the American Austrian Foundation. Born in Edmonton, Canada, Elise lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Sept 30: Alex Strada

7pm at The Sunview Luncheonette
221 Nassau Ave Ground Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11222

What Truths Are Worth Telling?

"What Truths Are Worth Telling?" is an in-progress film that investigates the idea of "truth". The work is structured by a series of questions derived from Bertolt Brecht's "Writing the Truth: Five Difficulties" (1935). Examples include: “How do you recognize an idea as truthful?” and “How can different truth claims be shared with the goal of eliciting collective action?” I posed these questions to a range of women whose professional practices intersect with the idea of truth, such as postcolonial theorist Gayatri Spivak, philosopher Vanessa Wills, and writer Sarah Schulman. These conversations are paired with footage of the hidden labor taking place within the Whitney Museum’s conservation lab and at the London Meat Co., one of the last meatpacking facilities that neighbors the museum.

Strada has provided this text in reference to “What Truths Are Worth Telling?”: Bertolt Brecht, “Writing the Truth: Five Difficulties,” 1935.

Alex Strada is an artist and educator based in New York City. Working across film, photography, performance, and text, her projects ask questions related to the politics of representation, the visibility of labor, and the reproduction of collective memory. Her process is research-based and often involves collaboration. Strada's work has been shown at the Anthology Film Archives, Socrates Sculpture Park, Goethe-Institut, Museum of Moving Image, Jewish Museum, National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavik, MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, Kaunas Biennial in Lithuania, and on the screens of Times Square with Time Square Arts' Midnight Moment. Strada was a fellow in the Art & Law Program, the Institute for Investigative Living at A-Z West, and the Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship. Her work has been written about in Artsy, Vice, and The New Yorker. Strada received a B.A. from Bates College in 2010, an M.F.A. in Visual Art from Columbia University in 2016, and she was a 2018-2019 studio participant in the Whitney Independent Study Program. She is adjunct faculty at Fordham University and Columbia University.

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June 24: Liang Luscombe

7pm at The Sunview Luncheonette
221 Nassau Ave Ground Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Sweaty Scales

The lily blossom will never allow herself to humiliate her white ghost. She digs her nails in… waiting for him to squeal. This is not to draw blood, but only a bit of fun. She will never discuss facts from your family life with her friends. She has her own ghosts in the closet, and doesn't need to know about yours too. Lily blossoms are hardworking and determined — she works and studies obstinately and doesn’t forget about her home and family… how could she? Her white ghost willfully reminds her. She tries not to interfere in her white ghost’s relationships with his ex-lovers and friends. If this blossom needs to meddle, she will. She welcomes with saccharine stamens possessing an imperceptible poison that clings to each end. If you like these features in a lily blossom, then now is the right time for you to orient yourself and prepare … to unearth … your beloved!

Sweaty Scales is a surreal comedy set in a world of brightly coloured constructed film sets, puppets and sculptures. The video tells the story of a pair of lovers: an Asian American woman named Lisa and her Caucasian lover Oliver. Through this interracial romance, the project explores Lisa’s struggle finding her own sexual identity and space for fantasy in relation to the bind of representation that confronts Asian American women. Guided by a narrator that performs upon a diamond-shaped staircase set, we follow Lisa and Oliver through a world of parties, late-night cocktails, crafting evenings, and film-going.

This is a work-in-progress single-channel video.  

Liang Luscombe is a visual artist currently based in Chicago and undertaking the 2018–2019 Chicago Artist Coalition’s HATCH residency. She has undertaken residencies at the SOMA Summer, Mexico City, 2018; Australia Council Studio, British School at Rome in 2013; and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art Studio Residency, Perth in 2011. She was the recipient of an Australia Council JUMP Mentorship in 2013 and was mentored by Australian painter Angela Brennan.

Recent solo exhibitions include: She inches glass to break, VCUarts MFA Thesis Exhibition, Richmond, 2018; Table Talk, Box Copy, Brisbane, 2016; A Tall Painter, Yarra Flats, Melbourne, 2016; Three Sailors, Sutton Project Space, Melbourne, 2014; Non in Casa, 157 Blyth St, Melbourne, 2013; Bauhaus Fisher Price, TCB art inc., Melbourne, 2012. Selected group exhibitions include: Phone Home, EFA Project Space, New York, 2019; Footnotes, The 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg, 2015; No fond return of love, I.C.A.N., Sydney, 2014; Dear Masato, all at once, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; brimming dissolution, buoyant expenditure, RM, Auckland, 2014; Synonyms for Sincerity, Alaska Projects, Sydney, 2013; Please be quiet, The British School at Rome, Rome, 2013; Navel Gazing, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2013; Fresh Paint, Sutton Projects, Melbourne, 2012; Ménage a Trois, XYZ Gallery Tokyo, 2012.

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May 27: Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere

7pm at The Sunview Luncheonette
221 Nassau Ave Ground Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Toward a New Anthem

In 2016 Colin Kaepernick, then San Francisco 49ers Quarterback, began sitting and later kneeling during the national anthem. Over the past few years, Kaepernick’ s ongoing actions have prompted national debate and forced reflections of the social and political state of the nation. His standpoint is in dialogue with a history of actions directed toward and against the performance of the national anthem. From the 1961 Beatnik Riot in Washington Square Park (NYC) where folk musicians sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” as a collective public exercise in free speech, to the 1968 Mexico City Olympics where Tommie Smith and John Carlos used the platform of global athletics to protest the mistreatment and oppression of African-Americans in the US, the performance of the national anthem has become central to public dialogue pertaining to freedoms and inequality. We are interested in these contexts as sites of resistance where song and public assembly play central roles.

Our work-in-progress, Toward a New Anthem began with a trip to Baltimore where we researched historical materials and photographs, and documented both the original manuscript and the facsimile of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Maryland Historical Society. In addition, we traveled both north and south across the Francis Scott Key Bridge while listening to Jimi Hendrix’s protest rendition of the song (Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner”, and as commemoration the bridge was named after him).

Toward a New Anthem examines the political reverberations and manifested responses to the “The Star-Spangled Banner” over the last century. Our larger project will re-imagine and eventually (through collaborative songwriting) re-write the lyrics and music of the national anthem

Suggested Reading: 
A Punch in 4/4 Time, Valerie Tevere and Angel Nevarez, BOMB Magazine, Mar 15, 2017

Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere are multidisciplinary artists whose projects and research investigate contemporary music and sound, the electromagnetic spectrum, dissent, and public fora. Their interests lie in the intersection between art, music, and civic action/responsibility, and historical moments that resonate through distinct musical instrumentation and sonorous traditions.

Nevarez and Tevere have exhibited and screened their work at MoMA, The Guggenheim Museum, Creative Time, and New Museum in New York; Museo de Arte Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico; Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria; Casino Luxembourg, LU; Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden/Oslo, Norway; Manifesta 8/ Spain, and elsewhere. The first US survey of their work was exhibited at Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia in 2016. They have received fellowships and grants from Creative Capital, Art Matters, the NEA, and Franklin Furnace. Both were Studio Fellows at The Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, artists-in-residence at the International Artists Studio Program in Sweden (IASPIS), and recently at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY and Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA.

Tevere is Professor of Media Culture at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Nevarez is a musician and Adjunct Faculty at Parsons School of Design, NY.