EDWARD QUIST . KUVAPUTKI & TRIODE KUVAPUTKI
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

EDWARD QUIST . KUVAPUTKI & TRIODE KUVAPUTKI

Please Join us for a night of films directed by Edward Quist with IIpo Vaisanen, Dirk Dresselhaus and Chandra Shukla in attendance.

KUVAPUTKI (38 min)

Directed by Edward Quist

Produced by Derek Gruen

Music by Pan Sonic

Digital artist Edward Quist developed imagery to Pan Sonic's experiments in synthesis. He combined cathode ray visions with Mika Vainio's and IIpo Vaisanen's uncompromising electronic sound, with the black and white abstraction of the film tying into the extremes of the music. Grounded in principals of self-restriction and minimal ism, Vainio and Valsanen, are immersed in the imagery of the cathode which seems to live and infect their physicality over the course of three parallel films as they merge with their own extreme sound and into Quist 's sinister vision.

TRIODE KUVAPUTKI (53 min)

Directed by Edward Quist

Soundtrack featuring:

die Angel (lipo Vaisanen and Dirk Dresselhaus)

Alyssa Auvinen (LDY OSC)

Johannes Auvinen (TIN MAN)

John Duncan

Paul Kendall

Runar Magnússon

Chris Latina (Article Collection)

QVORG (Derek Gruen and Edward Quist)

Edward Quist (embryoroom)

Brian Ratigan (NonFilms)

Chandra Shukla (XAMBUCA)

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Mo H. Zareei (mHz)

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Filmmakers Coop Presents A Tribute to Carolee Schneemann and Barbara Hammer
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Filmmakers Coop Presents A Tribute to Carolee Schneemann and Barbara Hammer

Photos by MM Serra

Photos by MM Serra

Film, food, and flower celebration!

Please join us to celebrate the beloved pioneers of experimental filmmaking, Carolee Schneemann and Barbara Hammer. The screening is free and open to the public, but we invite you to contribute food, flowers, and/or drinks! In the spirit of Barbara and Carolee, storytelling, poetry, and wine will be highly encouraged.

Works film tribute by:

Bill Brand, Bradley Eros, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Jack Waters, Joey Carducci, Lynne Sachs, Peggy Ahwesh, Peter Cramer, MM. Serra, Stephanie Wuertz, and others.

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Turd Wave Feminist Furlesque
Apr
20
3:00 PM15:00

Turd Wave Feminist Furlesque

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The Turd Wave Feminist Furlesque will embrace the aspects of the queer, female and gnc body that society deems inappropriate. Performances will question the pervading demand to view a polished version of our bodies that denies the fact that we have ACTUAL bodies that piss, shit, bleed, sweat, have hair and operate beyond the gender binary. Curated by Stephanie Guedalia.

Featuring:
Sugar Mamasota
Alizee Ferguson
Larry Sass-Ainsworth
Mitchell Murdock
Sarah Elizabeth

Suggested donation $15

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Closing Performances: Joseph Keckler, Amelia Marzec and Super Special Guests
Mar
23
3:00 PM15:00

Closing Performances: Joseph Keckler, Amelia Marzec and Super Special Guests

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For the Closing of (NO) FUN, Empirical Nonsense is pleased to present performances by JOSEPH KECKLER, AMELIA MARZEC & special guests.  Recently hailed by the New York Times as ”major vocal talent whose range shatters the conventional boundaries,” singer, musician, writer, artist and humorist, Joseph Keckler has garnered acclaim for his rich, versatile 3+ octave voice and sharp wit.  Amelia Marzec is an American artist focused on rebuilding local communications infrastructure to prepare for an uncertain future.

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Closing Performances: Stanley Love Performance Group, Helixx C Armageddon, and Jorge Clar
Jan
26
3:00 PM15:00

Closing Performances: Stanley Love Performance Group, Helixx C Armageddon, and Jorge Clar

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:

https://www.thevillager.com/2019/02/performance-was-reality-at-an-l-e-s-wedding/

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WRRQ Presents!
Dec
8
3:00 PM15:00

WRRQ Presents!

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

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Visual AIDS - Day With(out) Art
Dec
1
12:00 PM12:00

Visual AIDS - Day With(out) Art

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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.

Video Synopses

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.

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Closing Performances: NYOBS & PXALM
Nov
3
3:00 PM15:00

Closing Performances: NYOBS & PXALM

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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. 

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INCUBATOR
Oct
27
2:30 PM14:30

INCUBATOR

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.

THIS MONTH WE HAVE:
HEAVEN ENDER
LINDA FELCHER 
COMRADE BARBIE
STEPH the STEVE

$5 SUGGESTED DONATION
BYOB

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In Conversation: Erika Keck & Carol Cole
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

In Conversation: Erika Keck & Carol Cole

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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.

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L.E.S. Art Week Opening
Oct
17
5:00 PM17:00

L.E.S. Art Week Opening

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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).

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