The Field Network

The Field Network by thefieldnewyork
March 21, 2011, 10:00 am
Filed under: Home Base

The Field Network is a consortium of sites that provide Fieldwork workshops and other Field programs.  Initiated in 1993, the Network has locations in cities across the United States and in Europe.  Each site tailors its activities to the local community with the mission to support artists as they develop their work and to help artists sustain a life in the arts.  Sites are stewarded by trained Fieldwork facilitators who also are practicing artists themselves.

Fieldwork is a workshop in which art makers learn about their work, develop their ability to give critical commentary, and build a community of artistic peers.  The primary goal of Fieldwork is to provide structure and support for an artist’s process.  Fieldwork is one of the few places where artists of any creative discipline can develop their own craft at their own pace.

The Fieldwork model of critique has been honed for 25 years, and continues to be a powerful tool in the process of making art and learning how to give feedback.  In Fieldwork sessions, participants share their works in progress and exchange criticism with a community of peers.  In order to ensure objective, unbiased feedback, they do not provide explanations about their work or their artistic intentions.  When giving feedback, participants describe what they saw or heard, commenting on the structure of the work, intent, content, emotional response, and themes developed, providing a detailed and multi-faceted reflection of what was shown.  All feedback is non-directorial; instead comments are focused on what’s happening in the work and how those choices shape the work, so that the authorship of each artist is respected and supported.

The Field was founded in 1986 in New York City, and this location is the founding and central hub of the Network.  The Field was begun by a small group of performing artists who met weekly with the goal of improving their artwork and building their careers. From this modest and intimate origin, The Field organically grew into the nationally recognized arts service organization that we are today.

Fieldwork Workshops in New York

For more information, including how to set up a site in your community, please contact Associate Director, Pele Bauch:

The Field
75 Maiden Lane, Suite 906
New York, NY 10013


Tweets from the Panel Event, “to fail and fail big” by thefieldnewyork
May 3, 2013, 12:06 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized


On Wednesday, May 1, 2013, The Field hosted a Panel Event, “to fail and fail big: A case study of Mid-career artists, Success, and Failure,” at SITI Company. The panel was facilitated by Georgiana Pickett, Executive Director, Baryshnikov Arts Center. Panelists included award-winning performer and art-maker, Okwui Okpokwasili; Moira Brennan, Program Director, The MAP Fund; producer Thomas O. Kriegsmann and critically acclaimed musician, Somi. 

The following is a chronological record of tweets that were posted real time during the event: 




5/1/13 3:36 PM
Gearing up for To Fail and Fail Big our panel event at SITI Company tonight. See you there 
Here we go! Will it be frightening? Will we fail? Will we succeed? Will we move the field forward? Let’s find out!
Why are we having this conversation? To discern the conditions that help artists thrive so the sector can help more artists thrive!
From Okwui Okpokwasili, “Do I feel successful? No. But I feel really f**king lucky.”
Seems to me that many successful artists are failing regularly! How? Work-in-progress showings as an integral piece of creative practice.
“The only opposition is the mindset of the culture at large. Until this shifts, we will never have enough money for experimental art.”
“The best presenters are the best bc of their plasticity…their ability to break the mold.” Producer, Tommy Kriegsmann
Choreographer, Kimberly Bartosik, was told, “Being a white woman right now is really not working in your favor.”
Does the system that created established artists even exist anymore? Great question.

Tweet #9 – retweeted by Kerry McCarthy and commented on by Karen Harvey “Maybe it’s an illusion – because maybe the established artists were actually the beginning of the ‘system’ they thrive within?”
You keep on going. You develop a certain skin. Your success or failure cannot be what is reflected back at you from anybody.
There’s a sense of entitlement to be creative in the younger generation that’s not in line with our economic culture.
So many of you said it’s not necessarily about failure, it’s more about risk-taking and building an environment that champions those risks.


Making a dance and a play by ilanasilverstein
May 3, 2013, 9:37 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

The creative process is driving us without knowing the shape the project will take on.  As we go, it defines itself more and more:

A play/dance based on the plays Trust, Rausch, and Protect Me
A project centered around finding space for artists
A film with site specific dance/theater elements about finding space and text adapted from plays
A dance redefining improvisational structures explored in rehearsal
A play made for a specific space
A collection of movements and words manifested out of the process

I love the unknown and listening to what the project is in this moment.  We have a collective sensitivity to this.  We wait for IT to happen and we all begin together.

Fieldwork at Tanzfabrik: 03.03.-31.03.11 by Rachel Brooker
December 20, 2010, 7:15 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized
Just scheduled for this spring! ***
Thursdays 03.03.-31.03.11, 12-14 Uhr
OPEN SHOWING OF WORK: 08.04.10, 20:00
total cost: 105 Euros

Möckernstr 68, Berlin Kreuzberg

Artists will gather for five weekly meetings to show work and receive rigorous, supportive feedback following the Fieldwork feedback method, followed by a public performance of the participants’ work at Tanzfabrik. This method has been used and loved by professional artists/choreographers at all stages of their careers as well as artists beginning their first choreographic experiments. It is not limited to dancemakers, but open to all art form.

The Field is an artists’ support organization based in NYC, now opening a site in Berlin, to “support artists in the development of their work and to combat the isolation which often comes with an artistic career” (from

Why participate?

• Gain new insight into your artwork
• Be motivated by a weekly deadline
• Hone your critical perception
Show your work to a wide public at Tanzfabrik

Rachel Brooker has made and produced performance work internationally since 1999. She founded and directs Anima Dance (, a dance theater company based in Berlin, and The Field Berlin. She has performed with Marc Bogaerts, Felix Ruckert, Sabine Dahrendorf, Barbara Ruíz and Dai Jian of Shen Wei Dance Arts and others.

Level: All levels                               Language: English/German

for more information or to register:

ART GROWS HERE: Fieldwork Showing, Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 by Rachel Brooker
October 6, 2009, 9:43 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

a showing of works developed through the first ever Berlin Fieldwork session by:

Summer Banks
Rachel Brooker
Alissa Romanow
Felix Ruckert

Wednesday, October 28, 20:30
schwelle 7, Uferstr. 6, Berlin-Wedding
tix: sliding scale 5-12 euro (you slide yourself)

includes an introduction to the Fieldwork feedback method, which frankly rocks.
If you are an artist living in Berlin, you want to know about this organization-
if not, you want to see thoughtfully developed art. come see.

The 2009 Network Conference by thefieldnewyork
June 5, 2009, 11:08 am
Filed under: Home Base

Thank you to all who came out for this year’s conference!

“The Field Forward Network Conference 2009 was an amazing opportunity to meet other artists and deepen my experience of the Field. It reaffirmed my commitment to this safe, un-curated space for all artists. The workshop on getting work produced and presented after the Field was especially useful to me. I’ve been acting on what I learned in the month since the conference and am already noticing a marked increase in career activity, which I’m thrilled about. The Field is a profound resource for artists, and the FFN conference was a very important opportunity for me, artistically, personally and in my career,” Rachel Brooker (Berlin) 

“This year’s national conference was an invigorating experience. It was helpful to compare notes with Field leadership from around the country, and to learn how different groups are responding to the unique needs of their respective communities. I especially appreciated the in-depth discussion around outreach strategies for increasing multi-cultural participation in Field sessions, and returned home feeling even more committed to the important work we are doing here in Seattle,” Karen Kinch (Seattle)

The Field Forward Network Conference was incredibly eye-opening for me.  As a relatively new administrator for this program in Atlanta and Houston through Several Dancers Core, the conference gave me the opportunity to ‘jump in with both feet’ by connecting me with the experiences of all of the other Network sites.  I am particularly looking forward to making use of the facilitator’s handbook that is being developed by the Field Seattle site.  I also found the presentation on the art of curating to be an incredibly valuable discussion!” Patton (Atlanta/Houston)