A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a screening and debate about Palestinian and Native American struggles for autonomy; a performance of classical Indian music in a new installation in the Dia Dream House; an artist talk by Tamara Johnson and Eto Otitigbe; an evening with Internet celebrities hosted by writer Adrian Chen; and a live mix of a multi-channel symphonic composition by Sabisha Friedberg.
Thursday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.
Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny's multimedia research platform and documentary explore similarities between Palestinians' and Native Americans' respective struggles for land and autonomy. The film focuses on militant resistance in Lebanon and Palestine, and the activism of indigenous communities in America belonging to three different tribes: the Oglala Lakota, the Mohawks and the Navajo. Peterson and Rasamny are joined by video artist and media archivist Adam Khalil for a debate following the screening. This evening is part of a series hosted by e-flux journal in conjunction with their "Supercommunity" issue, which includes a section themed around "Apocalypses," guest-edited by artist Pedro Neves Marques.
e-flux, 311 East Broadway
Saturday, June 13, 9 p.m.
This performance is the first in a series of concerts taking place at "Dia 15 VI 13 545 West 22 Street Dream House," a transposition of La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela's TriBeCA sound and light environment to the Dia Art Foundation's Chelsea location. The installation is open from June through to October. To inaugurate the program, this evening pays tribute to the late Hindustani classical singer Pandit Pran Nath, who first introduced Indian Classical music to the West in the 1970s. The Just Alap Raga Ensemble plays Nath's arrangement of a traditional composition, while Young and Zazeela—who were both disciples of Nath—perform vocals with Jung Hee Choi, accompanied by prerecorded music by Nath and Naren Budhkar on tabla.
Dia:Chelsea, 545 West 22nd Street
Sunday June 14, 1:30 p.m.
Two artists with installations currently on view at Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center in the Bronx, discuss their work and their processes. On Wave Hill's Sun Porch, Johnson has installed a replica of a permanent stone balustrade on the property. In the Sunroom, Otitigbe presents geometric sculptural forms, which use man-made and organic materials and reference algorithmic patterns and plants.
Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx
Monday June 15, 7:30 p.m.
The latest installment in this series hosted by writer Adrian Chen features web developer Jenn Schiffer, fashion casting director and star of VFiles' web show Model Files Preston Chaunsumlit, poet Steve Roggenbuck, writer and poet Gabby Bess, artist and game designer Sam Lavigne, and artist Leon Chang. IRL Club's tongue-in-cheek mission statement is to present, in real life, "cool people from the Internet."
The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn
Tuesday June 16, 8 p.m.
South African-born artist and composer Sabisha Friedberg will perform a live mix of the third and final movement of The Hant Variance, a melancholic quadraphonic experiential piece which she composed. This performance at Artists Space Books & Talks is presented by ISSUE Project Room, which released a recording of the movement on vinyl this past February.
Artists Space Books & Talks, 55 Walker Street