John Freyer – Short-Term Visiting Fellowship

November 13, 2017 – November 16, 2017 all-day America/New York Timezone
Marni Shindelman
John Freyer - Short-Term Visiting Fellowship @ Various locations

John Freyer’s art is rooted in social practice, specifically the exchange of goods to encourage experience.  In his latest project Hot Coffee: Recovery Roast, Freyer has built a mobile coffee bike that moves across campus; encouraging conversations between community members. In an age of short text messages and emails, Freyer’s work emphasizes face-to-face communication as community building and spaces for healthier individuals and families. He sees the local artisan as an integral aspect of community economic and social development.  

Sponsored by a Willson Center Short Term Fellowship, the project will begin with students in both the Lamar Dodd School of Art and the College Recovery Center. Students will work with 1000 Faces Coffee to develop a blend reminiscent of the types of connections they long for, and specific to the UGA community. Students will then learn the art of communication and conversation from Freyer, through workshops and exercises he has developed to prepare them to drive the bike. Like an ancient tea ceremony, Freyer will train them in the art of the pour over. Students will then ride the bike around UGA campus for three days in various shifts, pursuing the art of the conversation.

The schedule for Freyer’s fellowship is as follows:

Monday, November 13:  John Freyer Lecture, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Rm. S151, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 14: Cupping at 1000 Faces Coffee, 585 Barber St., Athens, time TBD
Wednesday, November 15:  Bike riding, North Campus/ Main Campus
Thursday, November 16: Bike riding, Arts Quad
Thursday, November 16: Free hot dinner, White Tiger, time TBD
John Freyer’s work has been reviewed in The New Yorker, The Sunday London Times, Artforum, Print Magazine and NBC’s The Today Show. Freyer is a Fulbright Scholar, a Macdowell Colony Fellow and was an Artist in Residence at Light Work and the Fannon Center, Doha, Qatar. Freyer has brought his social practice projects – Free Ice Water, Free Hot Coffee and Free Hot Supper to the TEDx stage, has exhibited at Mixed Greens Gallery in New York, the Liverpool Biennial Fringe in Liverpool, UK and is currently a Tate Exchange Associate at the Tate Modern in London.