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Cipher: Refraction

October 17, 7pm
$10 General Ticket
$5 Artists and Students

Artist Giselle Zatonyl will host an evening featuring screenings of video art, live music, and discussion about the internet’s role in art making. Zatonyl was one of the artists awarded a micro-residency at CultureHub during the program’s inaugural year. During her residency, she incorporated real world data from motion-capture and facial tracking software into 3D rendered, fictional worlds. The resulting piece follows a narrative thread from Zatonyl’s earlier works about a hyper-commercial future, and will be premiered during the evening.

Refraction features Eva Papamargariti, V5MT, A Bill Miller, Carrie Gates, Erik H Zepka, Mattie Hillock, Mark Pieterson, Faith Holland, and Hector Llanquin.

Cipher features Morehshin Allahyari, Jenifer Juniper Stratford, Mattie Hillock, Jeremy Couillard, Johnny Woods, Erik H Zepka, Sabrina Ratté, Nicholas O’Brien, and Giselle Zatonyl

Music from Opal Onyx and HD XD

Still from Optimal Health Technologies Institute, Giselle Zatonyl, 2014

Open Relationship

Part of the Conversations with Iran Series

Recess Gallery, 41 Grand St
November 1, 3pm


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, writer Bavand Behpoor, and 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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The Mirror up to Nature: Reflecting the Environment in Designs, Maps, and Theater

October 26, 6pm
RSVP | $5 Suggested Donation

How do different creative disciplines construct a narrative around ecology and environmentalism? This Long Table discussion will include theater director Karin Coonrod, composer Liz Swados, experts in data visualization from Vizzuality, and faculty from the Parsons Institute for Information Mapping. We invite you to join the discourse surrounding the role of art and design in preserving our planet’s vital resources. The Long Table experiments with participation and public engagement by reappropriating a dinner table atmosphere as a public forum and encouraging informal conversation on serious topics. This event will touch on the connections between science, activism, theater, and design and how people working in these various areas are striving to effect positive social change. This evening is presented in association with La MaMa’s production of The Tempest directed by Karin Coonrod with music by Liz Swados, running October 2 through November 2 at the Ellen Stewart Theatre. For more details please visit

Vizzuality's Evolution of Web 2.0

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, Notendo, Rosa Menkman, Kieran Nolan, Luis Hernandez, Victor Morales, Kent Sheely, and Tom7

Performances by Tamara Yadao and Skot Deeming

The Knowable Space