A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: a panel discussion on the future of museum buildings at the Center for Architecture; a daylong festival devoted to digital culture at Pratt Institute; actual physical combat at the Whitney Museum; and a drone-building workshop at ApexArt.
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6-8 p.m.
Panel: The Guggenheim Helsinki and the Future of Museum Architecture
What will define the museum of the 21st century? With an open call now online for designs for its Helsinki branch and continuing scrutiny over labor practices at its Abu Dhabi outpost, the Guggenheim may end up being a central topic in that conversation. Yale adjunct architecture professor Joel Sanders leads a panel discussion; weighing in are Guggenheim deputy director and chief curator Nancy Spector, architect Jeanne Gang, Sanders's Yale colleague Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen and Cara Cragan, the museum's director of architectural projects, Helsinki and Abu Dhabi.
Center for Architecture, 536 Laguardia Pl.
Thursday, Oct. 16, 11:45 p.m.
Midnight Mortal Kombat
It's rare that "real violence" takes place in an art museum, but "a fight to the death" is promised in this performance by poet and artist Ariana Reines and actor and writer Jim Fletcher, who will battle with styles inspired by the video game Mortal Kombat as well as sources as diverse as krumping, kung fu and, for some reason, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Sound will be provided by musician Edley ODowd. Fun fact: all three share the same birthday, Oct. 24, though in different years. Recommended for "mature audiences."
Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave.
Saturday, Oct. 18, 1-4 p.m.
Workshop: DIY Drones
Unmanned aircraft are used in everything from weather prediction to surveillance to hunting terrorists, resulting in all sorts of knotty ethical questions. At this workshop you can learn how to build a "community satellite" using just a helium balloon and some cheap digital cameras. Ten bucks gets you in the door; participation will be capped at 20 people. The workshop complements the show "Decolonized Skies," organized by the High&Low Bureau, and is led by Grassroots Mapping.
ApexArt, 291 Church St.
Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Festival: "Pratt Upload: Meme, You, and Everyone We Follow"
Digital culture comes in for a day of analysis, kicked off with a keynote by artist and writer Marisa Olson (who coined the term "Post-Internet art" in 2006). Panels will be devoted to subjects including memes, animation, the post-human and identity as performance, and will feature participants such as artists R. Luke Dubois and E-Team. In an accompanying exhibition, venues like American Medium and Eyebeam will showcase digital artists they've worked with in the last year.
Pratt Institute, 215 Willoughby Ave., Brooklyn