A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a discussion of whether or not to delete our embarrassing online avatars; a musical performance by Tei Shi in MoMA's sculpture garden; a screening of journalistic and experimental films about the Indian city of Chandigarh; a genderqueer retelling of Dumbo; and a talk by artist collective FATAMORGANA on illusions and the invisible forces of capital.
Wednesday, August 26, 7 p.m.
Artist, writer and curator Willa Köerner, along with writer and digital manager Alex Teplitzky, host a presentation about embarrassing social media accounts. The evening features a selection of media tracing former online identities both mortifying and nostalgic to the people who submitted them via an open call process. A discussion about personal branding and coming of age online contextualizes these submissions. The event is organized as part of POWRPLANT, a pop-up digital-art laboratory aimed at providing software access and skills to teens.
Hunter East Harlem Gallery, 2180 Third Avenue
Thursday, August 27, 5:30 p.m.
Singer-songwriter and producer Tei Shi, whose music draws from the genres of shoegaze and R&B, performs live at 6:30 p.m. in MoMA's sculpture garden. The Argentinian-born, Brooklyn-based musician is accompanied by Alex Schaaf on guitar and Gabriel Smith on drums. The night opens with a 5:30 p.m. DJ set by Lomé, a host of the Bushwick-based Internet radio station Newtown Radio.
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street
Thursday, August 27, 7:30 p.m.
This program of short films, selected by curator and academic Shanay Jhaveri, juxtaposes visions of India by Indian and Western artists, focusing on the post-independence city of Chandigarh. Established by Prime Minister Nehru in 1947 as the capital of East Punjab, Chandigarh was a planned city expected to point the way toward the future. The selection of films puts straightforward journalism about the region, like the 1999 Channel 4 TV special hosted by Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, in conversation with more experimental works, like filmmaker Nalina Malani's Utopia (1969-76), which combines double-channel projection, model townscapes and animation.
Light Industry, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn
Friday, August 28, 8 p.m.
In her two-act cabaret reimagining of the Disney movie Dumbo, artist and performer Bailey Nolan stars as the elephant's mother, a retired showgirl. In a series of vignettes told from the mother's perspective, Nolan envisions Dumbo as a gender-free outsider. The cast includes members of Nolan's collective BabySkinGlove: Charley Parden, Viva Soudan, Nessa Norich, Ellen Robin Rosenberg and Wesley Flask. The soundtrack features songs by Mariah Carey, Joni Smith, Aerosmith and others. Additional performances take place on Thursday, Aug. 27 and Saturday, Aug. 29.
JACK, 505 1/2 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn
Sunday, August 30, 3 p.m.
In conjunction with their exhibition "Real f/x Mirage ZoneTM," FATAMORGANA, a collaborative research platform made up of artists Kristoff Steinruck and Zuzanna Juszkiewicz, give an artist talk. Their work draws on imagery of desert landscapes and commodity objects to explore the real and the virtual, with the aim of exposing the invisible forces at work in global economic structures.
Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens