A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a talk on the history of graphic design in the Philippines presented by Triple Canopy; a retrospective of films by Polish director Wojciech Has; a conversation about the cultural applications of blockchain technologies organized by Rhizome; a performance about intimacy and technology by artist Marisa Olson; and a talk on text and craft by artist Jeffrey Gibson.
Tuesday, October 20, 7 p.m.
Manila-based writer, publisher and graphic designer Clara Lobregat Balaguer discusses Filipino typography and design, drawing from her upcoming essay for the online magazine Triple Canopy. Balaguer explores how the legacy of colonization and Western influence informs graphic design. Topics include the impact of U.S. military bases and the surrounding girlie bars, as well as the development of the Internet slang and subculture Jejemon.
Triple Canopy, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn
Wednesday, October 21, 7:30 and 9:15 p.m.
As part of "The Waking Dreams of Wojciech Has" (Oct. 15-27), a retrospective of the late Polish director's films, the Brooklyn Academy of Music presents Goodbye to the Past (1961). The melancholic meditation on time and memory tells the story of a middle-aged actress who returns to her hometown for her grandfather's funeral. The series includes Has's 1973 art house masterpiece The Hourglass Sanatorium (Oct. 22), which the director submitted to the Cannes film festival even though the Polish government forbade it. The film won the festival's jury prize, but as punishment Communist authorities blocked Has's film projects for the next decade.
BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn
Thursday, October 22, 7 p.m.
Rhizome's artistic director Michael Connor has organized a conversation about the cultural potential of blockchain databases. These secure peer-to-peer validated networks are best known for being the technology behind currencies like Bitcoin, but this talk focuses on how the technology can be used for publishing, licensing and distribution. Participants include artist and entrepreneur Kevin McCoy, who co-founded the blockchain-based art verification service Monegraph; Hanna Nilsson and Rasmus Svensson from Berlin-based design firm PWR Studio, who are developing a digital publishing platform; and Rachel O'Dwyer, a Dublin-based researcher and curator.
New Museum, 235 Bowery
Saturday, October 24, 3 p.m.
In conjunction with her solo exhibition "Fool's Gold" (through Nov. 14) at Johannes Vogt, Marisa Olson has put together an afternoon of live performance related to the show's themes of technology, memory and commodity fetishism. Along with Olson, artist and poet Giovanna Olmos and actress and writer Cecilia Corrigan will perform.
Johannes Vogt Gallery, 526 West 26th Street
Sunday, October 25, 4 p.m.
Brooklyn-based painter and sculptor Jeffrey Gibson, who draws from Native American traditional handicrafts in his work, discusses the relationship of text and craft in contemporary art in the context of his solo exhibition at Marc Straus (Oct. 25-Dec. 13), which includes a series of wall hangings that incorporate words by James Baldwin into beaded textiles.
Marc Straus, 299 Grand Street