posted Sep 25, 2012, 12:21 AM by Robin Enrico   [ updated Dec 29, 2013, 7:55 PM ]

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Volunteers of Brooklyn     Do You Remember the Slime

The Silent Barn needs you... Yes! You!

As we approach signing a lease on our new space we've run into all kinds of practical concerns, and this is where you might of tremendous help to us. The Silent Barn is looking for both a Licensed Structural Engineer and a Licensed Architect to help us finalize out final build out.

We are also in need of a Materials Chef. Someone who can help us transport large building materials to our new site. If you have a pickup truck, we have an open position for you. Especially if this is your ride.

Lastly, we will be doing a ton of build out on our new space and will need a large group of volunteers to help us with that construction. If you think you would be interested in helping us with the physical construction of our space please let us know.

For any of these positions, please contact:

We recently uncovered this gem of a video detailing the cleaning of the Silent Barn bathroom by Matthew Caron.

Keep the Silent Barn clean has actually been on our minds a lot lately. As sparked by this recent article for Allotrope Magazine by Barn members G Lucas Crane and Nat Roe discussing the way trash accumulates and effect / shape a space.

Here's a short excerpt:

"Trash from shows and weird cooking. Coffee grounds. Uncomposted vegetable leavings. Uncompressed milk cartons with a small amount of lazy milk in the corner. A million beer cans, each with beer in the bottom, wherein floated one cigarette. The trash could only be half looked at, because there was so much of it. Yes, it was shameful. We wanted to ignore it like you ignore the vomit next to the only vacant seat on the subway. But you can’t when it’s always there, leering at you through fraying garbage bags."

You can read the rest of the article on the Allotrope Magazine website

Seriously people, this was WAY less fun to clean up than it was to be a part of.

And that video Matthew was talking about, why here it is:

Well worth all his effort.

Can we keep the new Silent Barn clean? Honestly... I don't know.

The Blast from the Past Dragon


Silent Barn Lore  

Lucky Dragons perform at the Silent Barn 2/26/10
Video courtesy Jesse Hlebo

This video of Lucky Dragons is especially interesting today, because just this weekend our very own Joe Ahearn spoke with the members of Lucky Dragons as part of a panel during Pop Montreal.

"A moderated panel conversation based around the creative potential of DIY, DIT (do-it-together) and interactive approaches to creative practices. As the potential for self-distribution and DIY production of creative media increase at an exponential rate, the cultural, political and aesthetic significance of the decision to challenge expectation by pursuing these approaches to creativity take on new and exciting values.

Featuring local, and international figures—which will include DIY performance artists, lucky dragons, as well as Brooklyn-based promoter Edan Wilber (runs Death by Audio) and Joe Ahearn (Curator of Performance and Installation at Clocktower/Director of Showpaper/Curator at Silent Barn)—this conversation will both address the most vital thematic and cultural issues, tensions, questions and ideas, while also acting as an opportunity to share valuable practical, aesthetic, ethical and logistical potentials, approaches and solutions."

You should also take a look at mercurialn's amazing photos from that show


Speaking of the good old days, did you ever have a good time at The Silent Barn? Of course you did. And we're tired of talking about ourselves so much. So why don't you tell us about an awesome time you had there.

Where you maybe this guy?

No? Hows about this fellow?

Photos courtesy Leia Jospe

Okay, we maybe you were at the Anamanaguchi / Starscream / Fiasco show where these photos were taken.

Videos courtesy Brooklyn Vegan

Or maybe you just have a good story you'd like to share about being at The Silent Barn. Please email us so we can add your story to our next newsletter.

The Barn Exam
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Every so often we get awesome ideas submitted to as potential Silent Barn projects to the Barn Exam. This weeks favorite is: Bodega Barn

"I've had this idea for a while but it would be most fun to do with a group. You know how most of the bodegas around here have the exact same huge ugly red/white/bad font sign that says THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING HERE YOUR BUSINESS IS APPRECIATED ? I want to speak with each bodega owner who posts this sign to see if they'd be interested in replacing it with something more aesthetically interesting and personally designed specifically for their business! The message can be the same or similar, or maybe they'd want to tweak it. Silent Barn folks would be the artists. This would all be on a volunteer basis and new signs would be an artistic donation. Maybe we could sneak a little SB plug in small text. Best of all, this would be a way of interacting with a large segment of the Ridgewood community-- Dominicans, Polish, Koreans-- who otherwise would not be aware of SB happening and its potential to be a true community artspace. So it's a good deed, a fun art project, and community outreach."

If you have an idea for an awesome project that could be a part of the new Silent Barn, or if you just like to offer your help in general, please take the Barn Exam. Let us know all about yourself and join in the fun.


Hey Kickstarter Donors! Good news!

For those of you who will be receiving the collection of 10 lovingly packaged cassettes from Partylab, we just wanted to show you that those tapes are being meticulously packaged and prepared for distribution. Each cassette has a hand made and unique insert.

Like this one which says:


That mad scientist put us on a rocket and blasted us into space


You developed some robot friends to keep us company in orbit


Stop wondering what we'll eat and breath and other science facts. Breath in, just relax.

We can only wonder what nerd wrote that.
The Stewdio Tour     Contact

We found it. The Silent Barn has nearly closed on a ten year lease with extension option on our new home.  Located in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn, this 10,000 sq. ft. space can house eight legal residents in apartments above a first floor with a large concert hall opening to a yard as well as rooms large enough to fit at a dozen art studios. 

But don't take my word for it. Check out this video of us exploring the space.

But right now we need YOU to help us fill our studio and residential spaces with awesome people. Learn more right here . Tell your friends, have them tell their friends. We're excited to get the new Silent Barn of the ground, but even more excited to have YOU be apart of it

We've already had people coming up with ideas such as a Barbershop / Records Store and a Comic Book Shop to add to usual stew of projects. Check out our map of the space and imagine all the cool things you do in out new space.

And hey, we're not the only ones who are pumped. Check out these write ups in The Village Voice and Impose Magazine.


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