There's currently a lot happening, new media-wise, in New York. Cory Arcangel's show at Team Gallery
just opened and On and Off
, a survey of important net art, curated by Caitlin Jones, opens this week (10/5). Also upcoming (10/14) is Paul Slocum's
show, at Vertex List
. And the list goes on and on.......... But I'd especially like to point your attention to two upcoming events. The first, at The Kitchen, is curated by my colleague, Lauren Cornell, and I'm really looking forward to it. The second, at The Guggenheim, was curated by moi. Both are a part of Rhizome's 10th Anniversary festival.THEY HEART A COMPUTER
Tomorrow (10/3), 8pmThe Kitchen
, 512 W.19th, NYThis evening of live performances and video screenings explores forms of expression, desire and anxiety prevalent in a culture increasingly influenced by the Internet. Doo Man Group (made of Ben Jones, Jessica Ciocci, and Jacob Ciocci of Paper Rad) interweaves live percussion with a dense collage of web-based visual emphemera. Jona Bechtolt (of Yacht) and Claire L. Evans combine music, dance and Powerpoint to explore the possibilities and fallacies embedded in online communities. In addition, videos by Michael Bell-Smith, JODI, Shana Moulton, Takeshi Murata, and humorist Ze Frank investigate how the Internet amplifies and exxagerates life offline. SHOW & TELL
Tuesday, October 17, 6:30pmSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Ave @ 89th, NY
Box office (212) 423-3587 ($10/7)Artists Tara Mateik and the Yes Men present performative lectures as subversive as they are witty.
In his words, Tara Mateik's work “stategizes to overthrow institutions of compulsory gender… through performance, video, and intervention.” In "Putting the Balls Away," he will reenact a legendary "Battle of the Sexes:" Billie Jean King's 1973 defeat of the former Wimbledon men's champion, Bobby Riggs. By playing both roles in a video version of the match, and reviving remarks by sports commentators Howard Cosell and Rosie Casals, Mateik recalls the controversy sparked by the most watched televised sporting event of the era.
The Yes Men will present the first public demonstration of their SurvivaBall, an advanced new technology designed to keep corporate managers safe, even when climate change makes life as we know it impossible. Recently unveiled at a corporate conference by Yes Men masquerading as Halliburton executives, the SurvivaBall is “designed to protect the corporate manager no matter what Mother Nature throws his or her way,"
I hope you can join us!Update:
The Village Voice just ran a nice piece on Show & Tell:Yes Men & Tara Mateik
In 1999, culture-jamming activists the Yes Men set up gwbush.com, which spoofed W.’s real website and pointed out his hypocrisies. When asked about the prank, Bush delivered the unforgettable response, “There ought to be limits to freedom.” Tonight, the notorious duo (most recently using the aliases of Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno) demonstrate their disinformation techniques by giving a talk and assuming different guises. (Those unfamiliar with the Yes Men’s antics should rent their self-titled 2003 documentary, in which they pass themselves off as spokespersons for the World Trade Organization, among other feats.) They’re joined by fellow pot-stirrer Tara Mateik, who discusses his current project “Putting the Balls Away,” an exploration of gender via a re-enactment of the famous “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Part of the new-media arts organization Rhizome.org’s 10th Anniversary Festival. (Switzer)
Tue 6:30pm, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 5th Ave New York, NY 10128 Upper East Side (212) 423-3587 www.guggenheim.org, $7–$10