A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a performance exploring digital vocabularies by Lisa Kori Chung and Gene Kogan; a screening of Tarkovsky's The Mirror presented by Susan Howe; a showing of Christian Petzold's Phoenix at MoMA; an experimental animation festival at Pioneer Works; and a book launch for experimental playwright Richard Foreman.
Tuesday, November 24, 6 p.m.
In conjunction with the group exhibition "Inside/Out," on view through Dec. 20, artists Lisa Kori Chung and Gene Kogan present the Opera Toolkit Improvisation Workshop, a dramatic performance engaging with tools for digital performativity. This work is part of a larger exploration underway at Eyebeam into building a common vocabulary among artists who work with cutting-edge technology.
Eyebeam, 117 Beekman Street
Thursday, November 24, 7 p.m.
A rare screening of Russian master Andrei Tarkovsky's 1975 meditation on memory will be introduced by poet and essayist Susan Howe. Howe's new book of essays, The Quarry, which includes an essay on The Mirror's poetic elements, will be available for purchase.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center, 165 West 65th Street
Wednesday, November 25, 7:30 p.m.
German director Christian Petzold's latest film Phoenix (2014), set in ghostly postwar Berlin, interrogates loss, love and memory. Petzold is one of the founding figures of the Berliner Schule filmmaking movement, which emerged in the 1990s and is characterized by understatement and slow pacing.
The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street
Saturday, November 28, 6 p.m.
The Chicago-based Eyeworks Festival returns to Pioneer Works for a third year to present a program of new and old avant-garde animations. The program features classic films by animators like Robert Breet, Suzan Pitt and Jules Engel as well as contemporary works by artists like Oliver Laric and Amy Lockhart. The films will be presented on both video and 16mm film.
Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn
Monday, November 30, 7 p.m.
This event will celebrate Richard Foreman's two new books, The Manifestos and Essays (Theater Communications Group) and Plays with Films (Contra Mundum Press). Foreman, an avant-garde theater pioneer, will be joined by experimental filmmaker and teacher Ken Jacobs as well as playwright and essayist George Hunka to discuss his explorations into language, ontology and medium.
McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street