Please join us for the opening reception of JOHAN TAHON, TILL LINDEMANN, SANDOR LUBBE . E S, GERALD COLLINGS . First Loves & CAITLIN ROSE SWEET . Hag
Join us for the closing of (NO) FUN with special performances by Amelia Marzec, and super special guests.
Amelia Marzec is an American artist focused on rebuilding local communications infrastructure to prepare for an uncertain future. Her work has been exhibited at SIGGRAPH, MIT, ISEA (Canada), University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland), ONCE Foundation Contemporary Art Biennial (Spain), NODE Forum for Digital Arts Biennial (Germany), Near-Field Communication Digital Art Biennale, and is part of the Rhizome ArtBase. She has been a resident at Eyebeam, a resident at Harvestworks, a fellow at NYSCA/NYFA, the A.I.R. Gallery Emma Bee Bernstein Fellow, a member of the Civic Reflex collective at Panoply Performance Laboratory, a Tow Fellow at Columbia University, a grantee of the Research Foundation of CUNY, and a nominee for the World Technology Awards for Art. Her work has been featured in Wired, Make, Hyperallergic, Neural Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, Creators, NPR, and the front page of Reddit. She holds an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design, and a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts. She co-founded the Radical Networks conference; has written for the Huffington Post; taught at Hunter College, Queens College, and Pratt Institute; and has given talks at RISD, Barnard College, and the Queens Museum of Art.
For the Closing of SCOOTER LAFORGE and NICOLAS WAGNER exhibitions, Empirical Nonsense is pleased to present new performances by STANLEY LOVE PERFORMANCE GROUP, HELIXX C ARMAGEDDON, and JORGE CLAR. Curated by Scooter LaForge and with a deep love and commitment we share this visionary creative community with you.
“We are human first, dancers second” – says choreographer/dancer Stanley Love and this universal declaration seems to be the key to reading his work produced with the Stanley Love Performance Group. Active on the NYC dance scene for almost 26 years, Love has made his mark as a driving force behind large-scale dances involving large casts and extremely dense, energetic movement, drawing from various social and modern dance idioms and coordinated in perfect unison to a truly orchestral effect. However, while most of the contemporary choreographers working with large ensembles invest in uniformity of look and movement, Love sees value in the individuality of each of his dancers and builds his ensemble as an embodiment of the underlying principle of diversity, both of culture and body types. While his pieces are highly structured and choreographed in minute details, the performers contribute to them not only by their brilliant technique and perfect sense of the rhythm – necessary to execute each of the wildly dynamic “sections” that Love’s work is built upon – but also uniqueness of their stage presence, emotion and spirit.
Helixx C. Armageddon is a performance artist, lyricist, poet, and music producer. She is a founding member of The Anomolies, a gender justice hip-hop collective, formed in 1995. Helixx has performed in notable venues around New York City including Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, Hammerstein Ballroom, Gene Frankel Theatre, Howl! Happening and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Currently, she is working on an experimental spoken word album and is based in the East Village.
Jorge Clar is a multidisciplinary artist, poet, and editor. He is a part of the performance troupe Karload of Klowns, a mainstay of the Gene Frankel Theatre on Bond Street. Recent performances include Erasing the Dictionary and PataCircus at the Gene Frankel, and Prismatic at Ivy Brown Gallery. Clar curated the performance and poetry review Monster Salon for Howl! Happening and has performed within art shows by Angelica Bergamini, Kelly Bugden + Van Wifvat, Joel Handorff, Scooter LaForge, and more.
STANLEY LOVE PERFORMANCE ART GROUP COULD NOT PERFORM BUT THE ART GROUP DID A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE OF LOVE YOU CAN READ ABOUT HERE:
An informal gathering of the WRRQ Collective showcasing new projects and ideas. WRRQ is an intergenerational community of queer and transgender artists and activists who wrrq to transform our culture. We make art together as a form of visual resistance and collective healing, including visual art, music, drag and video. We also take care of each other and our people by organizing community dinners, clothing swaps, vigils, street actions and movement building. Our wrrq together continually evolves as a creative response to community needs. www.wrrq.nyc
ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS highlights the impact of art in AIDS activism and advocacy today by commissioning compelling short videos from six inspiring community organizations and collectives—ACT UP NY, Positive Women’s Network – USA, Sero Project, The SPOT, Tacoma Action Collective, and VOCAL-NY. The program represents a wide range of organizational strategies, from direct action to grassroots service providers to nation-wide movement building, while considering the role of creative practices in activist responses to the ongoing AIDS crisis.
ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS seeks to reflect the persisting urgencies of today’s HIV/AIDS epidemic by pointing to pressing political concerns. In their commissioned videos, organizations address intersecting issues including anti-Black violence, HIV criminalization, homelessness, and the disproportionate effects of HIV on marginalized communities. At a moment of growing interest in the histories of AIDS activism, ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS foregrounds contemporary engagements between activists, artists, and cultural workers on the front lines.
SAVE THE DATE FOR VISUAL AIDS MARQUEE SCREENINGS:
December 1: SVA Theatre, New York City (Seating on a first come, first served based)
December 4: Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling, New York City in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem (RSVP)
December 8: The Broad, Los Angeles (RSVP)
December 15: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (RSVP)
With ~100 additional screenings around the world, details here.
ACT UP NY FOR ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS, 2018
Since 1987, ACT UP NY has held weekly Monday meetings. In 2018, an arm of the collective organized #HIVPreventionDay in conjunction with Prep4All, calling on Gilead Sciences to release their patent for Truvada, a drug that has the ability to reduce HIV transmission by 99%. In this video, the ACT UP Graphics and Visual Tactics Working Group pairs audio from planning meetings with seven sites of queer history in New York while explicating the values and strategies the collective uses to build power.
POSITIVE WOMEN’S NETWORK – USA FOR ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS, 2018
Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN) is a national membership body of women living with HIV and allies that exists to strengthen the strategic power of all women living with HIV in the United States. In this video, women reflect on how collective creative projects have helped them create comfortable, intimate spaces where they can build community and provide support for each other while also working to advocate for changes that improve lives and uphold rights.
SERO PROJECT FOR ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS, 2018
The Sero Project is a U.S.-based network of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and allies fighting for freedom from stigma and injustice. Sero is particularly focused on ending the inappropriate use of one's HIV status in criminal prosecutions of PLHIV, including for non-disclosure, potential or perceived HIV exposure or HIV transmission. The 2018 conference, co-produced with Positive Women’s Network-USA, included a showcase of visual art and poetry made by advocates working against HIV criminalization.
VOCAL FOR ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS, 2018
VOCAL (Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders) is a New York-based grassroots membership organization that builds power among low-income people in order to create healthy and just communities. VOCAL is intentional in drawing connections between homelessness and the HIV and AIDS epidemic, understanding that access to housing impacts access to medication and the ability to maintain a regimen. In this video, VOCAL explains how it uses political theater and direct action as creative tactics to address housing policies as part of their work to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic.
THE SPOT FOR ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS, 2018
The SPOT (Safe Place Over Time) is dedicated to providing services and opportunities for wellness, empowerment, and leadership to young men in Jackson, Mississippi. 40 percent of gay and bisexual men in Jackson, the majority of them Black, are living with HIV—the nation’s highest rate. Housed in the Jackson Medical Mall among healthcare and service providers, The SPOT offers a place for young men to openly discuss issues and challenges, work to improve their quality of life, and to promote the concept of self-worth in a variety of ways, including dance and creative expression.
TACOMA ACTION COLLECTIVE FOR ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS, 2018
Tacoma Action Collective is a partnership of Black community organizers working in grassroots action and education. This video chronicles how the collective organized in response to the whitewashing of the exhibition Art, AIDS, America at the Tacoma Art Museum. The collective also reflects on their work at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in South Africa, responding to interconnected structural violences with the demand #StopErasingBlackPeople.
Please join us for the opening reception of:
SCOOTER LAFORGE . Creation of the Animals
NICOLAS WAGNER . Concatenation
NELSON SANTOS . I Need You By Me, Beside Me, To Guide Me
NYOBS is Mike Cacciatore, Peter Cramer, John Michael Swartz and Jack Waters. An alternative experimental free association “kitchen“ band born at Punk Island 2014. From trance lyrics to primal screams, NYOBS pierces the restive soul with mind-blowing inducements of tonal & aural synth-esthesia. Recent performances include opening for 3 Teen Kill 4 at BWAC and a special musical tribute to the writings of David Wojnarowicz at the Whitney Museum.
PXALM: Angel Favorite, Maureen Catbagan, and L. Favorite are non-binary/gender-fluid, Brooklyn-based multi-media artists whose music is part existential, post-punk, and dark romantic. They have a curiosity towards exploring different forms of spirituality and expanding individual and social consciousness through sound.
There's been an explosion in the combination Laboratory and Performance Workshop. The only way to recreate the results is with MORE EXPERIMENTS
Incubator is a new performance series Co-Curated by Plush & James or Whatever for performer who wish to try out new things in an activated environment.
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Join us for an engaging conversation between artists Erika Keck and Carol Cole as they shed light on their artistic process and creative inspirations drawing from their solo exhibitions in the gallery. Part of Lower East Side Art Week and moderated by Jill Conner, art critic, curator, and contributor to Riot Material, Whitehot Magazine, Afterimage, ArtUS, Art In America, Interview Magazine, Performance Art Journal and Sculpture Magazine.
This October, we are pleased to announce that Empirical Nonsense is participating in the inaugural Lower East Side Art Week, October 17-21. As part of this year’s theme, placing female artists at the forefront with our current exhibitions and discussion. An audio tour designed by The Two Percent will be available throughout the week featuring exclusive interviews with artists and gallery directors, purchased through the website and MP3 players available at Lesley Heller Gallery (54 Orchard St).
Please Join Us for the Inaugural Exhibitions at Empirical Nonsense