A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: brainstorming about utopia at FluxFactory; a mixtape of artists' videos at Electronic Arts Intermix; an analysis of a 1984 album by English post-punk masters The Fall at Karma; and a screening of randomly selected films from UbuWeb organized by Eyebeam.
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 7-11 p.m.
Utopia School: Building Dreaming Party
With violence breaking out in spots from Ferguson, Mo., to Gaza, and with Ebola making a comeback, the idea of utopia may have a special pull. Utopia School, in Flux Factory's Long Island City gallery, will explore "spaces and initiatives that re-imagine the world in some crucial way." Those attending tonight's party will brainstorm over watermelon juice about installations and architectural initiatives (though non-specialists are also welcome).
FluxFactory, 39-31 29th St., Long Island City, Queens
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m.
Summerjam Music Video Mix
Art galleries typically stage summer group shows; Electronic Arts Intermix offers an annual evening of video screenings. This week's is described as "a late-summer mixtape [containing] a deftly sequenced flow of bangers, classics, deep cuts, and hidden gems." A bold claim. On the roster: George Barber, Robert Beatty, Stephen Beck, Ginny Benson, Cheryl Donegan, Maura Jasper, Cynthia Maughan, Jon Rafman, Pipilotti Rist, Trevor Shimizu, Tom Thayer and C. Spencer Yeh.
Electronic Arts Intermix, 535 W. 22nd St.
Thursday, Aug. 28, 6-9 p.m.
The Wonderful and Frightening World Of ... The Fall: Bob Nickas & Nikholis Planck
Curator and critic Bob Nickas and artist Nikholis Planck will discuss English post-punk band The Fall, focusing on frontman Mark E. Smith. The pair will break down the band's 1984 album The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall track by track. "The Fall have been around for a very long time, still going," the pair write, "influenced so many other groups, and have released any number of great records over the years. You'd think that one of them would have merited a slim volume by now, but no, the twats at 33 1/3 were too busy putting out books on Radiohead, The Stone Roses, Patty Smyth, and U-fucking-2." With a performance by Brooklyn's lo-fi band Spectre Folk (Pete Nolan, Peter Meehan, Mark Ibold, Steve Shelley, Aaron Mullan) at 6:30.
Karma, 39 Great Jones St.
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2-5 p.m.
Poet Kenneth Goldsmith's Ubuweb is a rich online resource of art, sound, dance, visual poetry and more. This screening features films from the site selected with Ubu-Roulette, a tool conceived by artists Marie von Heyl and Joachim Stein. "The tool randomizes in real-time the vast collection of video art to create surprising cross-connections between works and people," the organizers say. Recent Eyebeam resident Sascha Pohflepp hosts.
Eyebeam Art and Technology Center at Governors Island, Building 15