A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a live video and sound performance by Ursula Scherrer, MV Carbon and Shelley Hirsch; a program of short films by artist and writer Andrea Fraser; a talk by French philosopher Alain Badiou; a panel discussion about subversive approaches to comedy and performance art at the New Museum; and an artist's talk by Kia Labeija at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Tuesday, December 8, 8 p.m.
As part of Roulette's Intermedia Performance Series, Swiss-born New York-based artist Ursula Scherrer will perform live video manipulations, creating moving painterly abstractions. She will be accompanied by MV Carbon (cello and synthesizer) and Shelley Hirsch (vocals).
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
Wednesday, December 9, 7:30 p.m.
Light Industry presents a program of short films interrogating art-world systems of power by Andrea Fraser, a writer, artist and key figure within institutional critique. With a keen wit, Fraser uses subjects like museum multimedia guides and art-gallery etiquette to expose and critique larger structures in society. The program includes selections such as Reporting from Sao Paulo, I'm from the United States (1998) and Little Frank and His Carp (2001). Following the screening, Fraser and Jeff Preiss, the co-director of the film ORCHARD Document: May I Help You? (1991/2005/2006), will lead a discussion.
Light Industry, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn
Friday, December 11, 7 p.m.
Renowned French philosopher Alain Badiou will make a rare New York appearance to discuss love, truth and mathematics with academic and writer Simon Critchley. Their conversation will focus on Badiou's concept of the "Event," as expressed in science, art, politics and love. This program is co-presented by the Onassis Cultural Center NY and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Onassis Cultural Center, 645 Fifth Avenue
Saturday, December 12, 3 p.m.
In conjunction with the Wynne Greenwood exhibition "Kelly" (through Jan. 10), artist-writer Gregg Bordowitz, writer-comedian-performance artist Erin Markey and filmmaker-artist-writer Elisabeth Subrin will come together to discuss the radical potential of adopting and adapting particular voices and scripts in film, performance and stand-up comedy.
New Museum, 235 Bowery
Sunday, December 13, 3 p.m.
To commemorate the 26th annual Day With(Out) Art on Dec. 1, for which art organizations partner with advocacy groups to raise AIDS awareness, HIV-positive artist Kia Labeija will discuss her multimedium practice, which includes photography and ballroom performance. Labeija will be joined by writer Antwaun Sargent to explore the intersections of art and community engagement. Their conversation will follow "RADIANT PRESENCE," a slideshow presentation of works from the Visual AIDS Artists Registry, a database of works by artists living with HIV/AIDS.
Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street