Open RelationshipPart of the Conversations with Iran Series
Recess Gallery, 41 Grand St
November 1, 3pm
RSVP | FREE
A European friend once wrote to me, “I wish your country will open up one day.” What a strange word, I thought: “Open up!” Is it not what the policeman shouts at the door? Open up to what or whom? To modernization? To the global market? To capitalism? To penetration? Or, less aggressively, to adaptation? Or, ultimately, to translation? Or is it just opening up a space, some sort of a void? —Bavand Behpoor, Politics of Opening: Translation as Authorship
Architect and scholar Craig L. Wilkins and the curators of The Back Room, Ava Ansari and Molly Kleiman, will discuss the strategies, challenges, and urgencies for devising proactive and celebratory engagements with marginalized spaces in Iran and the US. The event will act as a coda to the eight-week, three-channel telepresence workshop conducted this spring by The Back Room in collaboration with CultureHub, with participating artists, architects, and writers at Sazmanab Center for Contemporary Art, Tehran; and Mani Studio, Isfahan. The program is supported by La MaMa and The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
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Game Art in the Knowable Space
November 7, 7pm
$10 General Ticket
$5 Artists and Students
The aesthetics of video games are rerouted to create works of art, music, and cinema that subvert game mechanics and the experience of play. Game artist and machinima maker Chris Burke curates a showcase of artists who are using games beyond their intended purpose, as tools for making art. The exhibited works explore the finite, or “knowable,” potential of the programmed game environment.
With artwork from Alex Myers, Annie Ok, Jeff Donaldson, Rosa Menkman, Friedrich Kirschner, Victor Morales, Kent Sheely, and Tom Murphy VII
Performances by Tamara Yadao and mrghosty (AKA Skot Deeming)