A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a Sun Ra film at BAMcinématek; an artist panel about postindustrial fabrication at the Judd Foundation; a talk on cyber-consciousness at the New Museum; an afternoon performance by artist Delia Gonzalez at MoMA PS1; and a reading at apexart curated by Albert Mobilio.
Thursday Apr. 9., 9:15 p.m.
As part of their series "Space is the Place: Afrofuturism on Film," BAMcinématek presents Robert Mugge's 1980 documentary about musician and mystic Sun Ra. The film, shot on 16 mm, includes intimate footage of Ra in a museum's Egyptian art gallery as well as concert footage in Baltimore and Philadelphia and interviews with colleagues. "Space is the Place" runs through Apr. 15.
Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn
Friday Apr. 10, 5 p.m.
Organized by graduate students from Bard's Center for Curatorial Studies, this talk brings together a group of artists including Dora Budor, Josh Kline and Keith Tilford. The participants will consider the history of fabrication since the inception of Minimalism and Conceptualism, addressing issues that include the outsourcing of labor and the political potential of technological innovations in production. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance.
Judd Foundation, 101 Spring Street
Saturday Apr. 11, 4:30 p.m.
Taking place in DIS's The Island (Ken) installation on the ground floor of the New Museum Triennial, Terasem Movement Foundation managing director Bruce Duncan and robot Bina48 will discuss cyber-consciousness, also known as "mind uploading." Bina48 is a sentient robot and arguably the most socially advanced humanoid in the world. She was commissioned by the transgender and transhumanist entrepreneur and United Therapeutics Corporation CEO Martine Rothblatt as a mind clone of Rothblatt's wife Bina. Together Duncan and Bina48 will talk about mindfiles, mind clones and the global experiment of uploading one's consciousness.
New Museum, 235 Bowery
Sunday Apr. 12, 2 p.m.
Artist and musician Delia Gonzalez will be showing her latest project In Remembrance, consisting of four 16 mm ballet films accompanied by an original piano score and performances by Brooklyn electronic musicians Alice Cohen, Bryce Hackford, Adrian Knight and David Lackner. The afternoon will feature additional sets of electronic music and visuals by Heathered Pearls and Georgia, and a live hardware techno set by Malory. The event is organized by the music label DFA Records, which is releasing the soundtrack to Gonzalez's In Remembrance.
MoMA PS1, 22-23 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
Tuesday Apr. 14, 7 p.m.
The reading series "Double Take," curated by Bookforum editor Albert Mobilio, pairs poets, novelists, editors and artists to trade takes on shared experiences. This latest installment will feature writers McKenzie Wark and Jackie Wang on trauma, writers Ellis Avery and Tayari Jones on TV and Twitter, and poet Matthea Harvey and BOMB publisher Mary-Ann Monforton on clouds and cubes.
apexart, 291 Church Street