Thursday, September 16, 2010
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Sexed Asian Machines: On The Communicability Of Multimedia
Brown Bag Lunch Talk with Jian Chen, Gallatin School Of Individualized Study, NYU

Date: Monday, Sep 20th
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

A/P/A Institute, Room 709
41-51 East 11th Street
7th Floor, Room 709
New York, NY 10003

Free and open to the public.
To RSVP:Email, or Call 212-992-9653
Bring your own lunch and A/P/A Institute will provide beverages and dessert!
Prior to the multimedia convergence initiated by mass digitalization, documentary and pornographic film/video offered the experiences of communicability and interactivity now attributed to “post-cinematic” multimedia. Pornography and documentary are arguably anti-cinematic forms that work through communicative relays between viewers and film/video, rather than immersive spectatorship, and through visible technological mediation, in contrast to aesthetic signatures or spectacle. Whether through claims to authenticity or the pleasure of fantasy, these two genres also initiate the kinds of cross-cultural contact celebrated more belatedly, and with more polished veneer, in global Hollywood cinema.

Chen’s talk will focus on semi-documentaries on sex work and mainstream online pornography, which feature Asian feminine subjects. Chen contends that these docu/porn forms make potentially explicit the paradoxical relationships between autonomy and control, enjoyment and labor, shaping image consumption and cultural visibility within transnational neoliberal capitalism. And Chen's talk will explore the racial, sexual fantasies that support the imagined free-flow circulation of images and information within multimedia public spheres.

For more information and to RSVP, contact TK

Jian Chen is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Chen’s current research explores new demands made on cultural consumption, representation, and politics, with the transnational circulation of sexed racial and ethnic images in post-cinematic film and media. Chen’s article “Sex Without Friction: the Limits of Multi-Mediated Human Subjectivity in Cheang Shu Lea’s Tech-Porn” is forthcoming in the electronic journal Postmodern Culture.

Cosponsored with the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and the Gallatin School for Individualized Study

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September 24 - November 24, 2010
Opening Friday, September 24, 7pm - 9pm
Alternative Histories is a history of New York City alternative art spaces and projects since the 1960s. Through audio interviews with founders and key staff, a reading room of magazines and publications, documentation, ephemera and narrative descriptions, the exhibition will tell the story of pioneering spaces – like P.S.1, Artists Space, Fashion Moda, Taller Boricua, ABC No Rio, The Kitchen, Franklin Furnace, Exit Art, 112 Greene Street, White Columns, Creative Time, Electronic Arts Intermix, Anthology Film Archives, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Just Above Midtown, and many more – as well as document a new generation of alternative projects such as Live With Animals, Fake Estate, Apartment Show, Pocket Utopia, Cleopatra’s, English Kills Art Gallery, Triple Candie, Esopus Space, and others.

Over 130 spaces are represented in the show, which elaborates on the significant contributions these organizations made to the cultural fabric of New York City. They gave visibility and inclusion to otherwise excluded artists and ideas. The idealism of the founders, the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in sustaining these histories, against all odds, illustrates the dynamic purposes that propel the artistic scene in New York. “Imagination is an alternative to reality, creating options that never end,” says Papo Colo.

The exhibition incorporates a broad definition of the term “alternative space,” and includes significant publications and artist collectives to cover a broad arc of this history – bridging neighborhoods, decades and themes. In the development and organization of this exhibition, the curatorial team viewed dozens of archives and personal collections – selecting critical materials from the histories of the spaces and projects – and interviewed founders and early staff members, when possible, to construct a narrative about the alternative space movement in New York and its continuing impact on the city’s cultural and artistic landscape.

For more information go to Exit Art
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Saturday, September 11, 2010
Autoerotic Asphyxiation by Danh Vo at Artist Space

Location: Artist Space, 38, Green St. NYC
Tel: 212.226.3970
Date: September 11 - November 2, 2010

Danh Vo (Born 1975, Ba Ria, Vietnam) recent exhibitions include 6th Berlin Biennial (2010); Gwangju Biennial (2010); Where the Lions Are, Kunsthalle Basel (2009); Package Tour, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008).

Autoerotic Asphyxiation, Danh Vo’s first exhibition in the USA, is made possible through the generous support of Shelley Fox Aarons & Philip Aarons, The Danish Arts Council, The Friends of Artists Space, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. 

 Go to Artist Space for more information.
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