A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a conversation about new media presented by Christiane Paul, Jon Ippolito and Joanne McNeil; a screening and artist talk by Sondra Perry at EAI; an interactive live multimedia performance by XHOSA; a collaboration by legendary New York City performers Meredith Monk and Anne Waldman; and a concert of contemporary classical music by S.E.M. Ensemble at Paula Cooper Gallery.
Tuesday, December 15, 6 p.m.
Christiane Paul, the Whitney Museum's adjunct curator of new media arts, will lead a conversation with Jon Ippolito and Joanne McNeil, the two inaugural recipients of the Thoma Foundation's award for digital arts writing. Ippolito is a curator, academic and writer, whose networked project ThoughtMesh works to preserve digital culture from obsolescence. McNeil has contributed to Dissent, Domus and frieze, as well as to forthcoming books published by Walker Art Center and New Documents.
School of Visual Arts, 133/141 West 21st Street, Room 101C
Wednesday, December 16, 6:30 p.m.
Sondra Perry confronts race and gender through her work in video, performance and new media, exploring how identity functions in the digital realm. Perry will present current and forthcoming projects including the work-in-progress My Twilight Zone Thing, commissioned through the Session residency program at the nonprofit Recess. Perry's artist talk will touch on her practice and influences, including Kara Walker and David Hammons. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org; the event is free but space is limited.
Electronic Arts Intermix, 535 West 22nd Street
Thursday, December 17, 9 p.m.
New York-born musician and multimedia artist XHOSA presents an interactive installation made in collaboration with Net artist Hattie Ball. XHOSA will perform live, her vocals manipulating the video designed by Ball. A brief Q&A will follow the presentation, when XHOSA will explain how she coded the audiovisual experience using the programming language MaxMSP.
Powrplnt, 562 Evergreen Avenue, Brooklyn
Saturday, December 19, 8 p.m.
Avant-garde artist and performer Meredith Monk, best known for her extended vocal techniques, will be joined by poet and activist Anne Waldman for their first collaboration. The concert will have a three-night run, culminating in a benefit performance on Saturday ($150). Advanced tickets for the performances on Thursday and Friday ($25) have sold out, but more tickets may be made available in the days leading up the shows.
Danspace Project, 131 East 10th Street
Saturday, December 19, 8 p.m.
For this year's iteration of the S.E.M. Ensemble's annual concert at Paula Cooper Gallery, the new music ensemble will perform Orpheus Variations, a work created in 2015 by composer Alvin Lucier. This performance will mark the piece's U.S. premiere and will feature cellist Charles Curtis. The evening's program will also include the first U.S. performance of Pavel Jan Vejvanovský's Senerata in C (1685) as well as music by Iannis Xenakis, Petr Kotik, Liisa Hirsch and Eli Greenhoe.
Paula Cooper Gallery, 521 West 21st Street