A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: a panel discussion on big data and photography at Aperture; a dance performance at the Whitney Biennial; contemporary art conservation guru in conversation at the Swiss Institute; and Rhizome's annual Seven on Seven event, bringing together artists and tech geeks, at the New Museum.
Tuesday, Apr. 29, 6 p.m.
The Story of Data: Visualization, Mapping, and Photography
Everywhere you go these days, big data is all the talk. What happens at the intersection of data collection, documentary photography, journalism and privacy protection? Artist Paolo Cirio, software developer Harlo Holmes, photographer Jake Price and Derek Watkins, geographer and graphics editor at the New York Times, will discuss. Moderated by Stephen Mayes, visual communications strategist.
Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, 547 W. 27th St.
Wednesday, Apr. 30 and Thursday, May 1, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.
Age & Beauty Part 1: Mid-Career Artist/Suicide Note or &:-/
As part of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Brooklyn-based choreographer Miguel Gutierrez performs a duet about mid-career anxiety with young dancer Mickey Mahar. It's the first of three "queer pieces," according to the Whitney, that address "longevity, sustainability, aesthetic signature and burnout."
Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave.
Thursday, May 1, 6 p.m.
Conservation Talk: Christian Scheidemann
How do art conservators deal with contemporary art, often created in nontraditional materials? Sought-after New York-based conservator Christian Scheidemann (you might recall a 2009 New Yorker profile on him) will talk to Swiss Institute director Simon Castets about his work. Scheidemann worked on one of the pieces in Heidi Bucher's show, currently on view at the Swiss Institute.
Swiss Institute, 18 Wooster St.
Saturday, May 3, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Seven on Seven Conference
Rhizome's always-sold-out Seven on Seven conferences bring together pairs of leading lights in art and technology to dream up a project- be it an app, artwork or consumer product-in a single day. Kate Crawford (principal researcher, Microsoft Research) will deliver the keynote, followed by brief presentations by the pairs of artists and techies. This year's technology experts: Nick Bilton (journalist), Anil Dash (ThinkUp), Jen Fong (Mozilla/Meatspace Chat), David Kravitz (Snapchat), Kate Ray (Scrollkit), Aza Raskin (Jawbone) and Rus Yusupov (Vine). The artists: Kari Altmann, Ian Cheng, Simon Denny, Holly Herndon, Kevin McCoy, Frances Stark and Hannah Sawtell.
New Museum, 235 Bowery