A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: a discussion about curating material from social movements like Occupy Wall Street at Independent Curators International's Hub; a screening and talk about Wang Jiulang's in-progress documentary on Chinese trash at the Asia Society; a sound art performance by Ben Vida at Lisa Cooley Gallery; and open studios with Aki Sasamoto at LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island.
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 6:30-8 p.m.
Curating Social Movements: Discussion with Ryan Lee Wong and Josh MacPhee
Social movements like Occupy Wall Street generate countless physical artifacts that museums have begun to collect and display. Ryan Lee Wong, program director at the Asian American Writers' Workshop, along with designer/artist/activist Josh MacPhee, will "explore the challenges and implications of curating [such] material."
Independent Curators International, ICI Curatorial Hub, 401 Broadway, Suite 1620
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Discussion and Screening: Plastic China
Writing in Time, artist Liu Jingsong said that "[Filmmaker] Wang Jiuliang was the first to expose [Beijing's] little-known Seventh Ring Zone garbage dumps." This was in reference to Beijing Besieged by Waste, a 2011 documentary. Excerpts from the director's forthcoming Plastic China, which continues his investigation of the human and environmental costs of trash in the People's Republic, will be screened at Asia Society. Film curator La Frances Hui will moderate a Q&A.
Asia Society, 725 Park Ave.
Thursday, Aug. 21, 8-8:30 p.m.
Slipping Control (LC Edition): Performance by Ben Vida
Sound artist Ben Vida has performed at venues ranging from New York's Museum of Modern Art to the Sydney Opera House. His new LP, Slipping Control, is out this month. This Thursday, he debuts a solo 25-minute performance for voice and electronics, Slipping Control (LC Edition), at Lisa Cooley's Lower East Side gallery. According to Cooley, the piece "focuses on the organic rhythmic instability of vocal performance and the use of text-based scores to communicate rhythmic information."
Lisa Cooley, 107 Norfolk St.
Saturday, Aug. 23, 1-2 p.m.
Open Studio: Aki Sasamoto
Governor's Island provides an inviting and quick sylvan getaway for those weary of New York's concrete jungle. Combine culture with nature in this studio visit with New York-based Japanese sculptor and installation artist Aki Sasamoto, who has invited collaborators such as Madeline Best (artist, performer, lighting designer) and Jessica Weinstein (actor) as well as unnamed scientists, to workshop concepts ranging from "working with a tall box" to attempting to "physicalize a mathematical theory." The performance will be further elaborated in November in a solo show at New York's JTT Gallery.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Arts Center at Governor's Island, Building 110