Culturebot Scanner: Putting Performance On Your Radar (March 22-29)

image from JACK website

Levi Gonzalez

Any given day in NYC brings hundreds of choices of things to do and Culturebot Scanner is here to help put the good stuff on your radar. Here are some events to check out over the next two weeks:


Choreographer Levi Gonzalez will present more, a (mostly) solo dance work, at new Clinton Hill art space JACKmore was created during a residency at JACK and curated by Stacy Grossfield. Levi refers to the work as a “first step at looking at these ideas,” and tomorrow’s one night only performance will be the first public sharing. If you don’t already know Levi – which would be surprising since he’s a pillar of the downtown dance community! – he serves as Programming Advisor at Movement Research, Artistic Advisor for New York Live Arts’ Fresh Tracks Residency Program and Artist Advisor at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. More Culturebot on Levi Gonzalez here. The performance is @ JACK – 505 1/2 Waverly Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238. Tickets $10.


Organized by the amazing Yelena Gluzman and Esther Neff in support of their experimental conference-as-performance coming this September, Theatre as Theory this Saturday features a lecture by Dr. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, an excerpt of G. Douglas Barrett‘s Hence Where Labor performed by Fahad Siadat and Robert Ashley‘s Public Opinion Descends Upon the Demonstrators, performed by Varispeed. The audience is invited to sell their written reactions in a silent auction at the close of the night. The event is @ Glasshouse, 246 Union Ave Brooklyn, NY 11206. Tickets $25 at door / $30 advance. Seating is very limited.


Culturebot and The Invisible Dog present The Brooklyn Commune: a public, artist-driven, collaborative design project investigating the economics of cultural production in the United States. We will examine common assumptions about capital, class, labor and value and how these affect aesthetics as part of a process of reimagining the way performance is framed, created, valued and distributed in the 21st century. To date, investigations of this kind have been funder or institution driven. Now it is time for the people outside the institutions to develop a platform and a vision for the future.  The Brooklyn Commune will consist of four public research sessions leading to a weekend-long congress at The Invisible Dog in October 2013.

Sunday will feature a presentation by NYU professor Randy Martin on the financialization of American life and artistic citizenship followed by musician/performer Cynthia Hopkins doing a real-life pre-tax time accounting consultation with Danielle Hlatky of accounting firm Pipia Cohen Hlatky. This will be followed by an Open Space session modeled on Improbable’s UK-based recurring gathering Devoted & Disgruntled.

Doors are at 1:30PM / Bring a pen & notepad or laptop to take notes / Bring water and snacks / Bring cameras, phones, digital recording devices, etc. Check out the FB page here.


The monthly performance series Performance Heart, curated by clown artist Matthew Silver, comes to Grace Exhibition Space this Tuesday with new work by Allison Brainard (including Culturebot’s own Maxwell Cramer), 2Shea, Ouija, and The Coccoon Project. 9pm @ 840 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11206. Suggested donation.


The awesome Ursula Eagly will show her latest project Self Made Man Man Made Land at the Chocolate Factory in LIC. The work premiered at Mount Treper Arts last summer, and now makes its landing in NYC. In addition to her long record as a choreographer, Eagly has a reputation as a unique performer, working with Kathy Westwater, Yoshiko Chuma, Daria Faïn, and others. The show will feature Eagly performing along with Abby Block, Kohji Setoh, and Elliott Jenetopulos. Self Made Man Man Made Land runs March 27-30, 8pm @ The Chocolate Factory Theater, 5-49 49th Avenue, LIC, Queens 11101. Tickets $15.


The gallery at The Kitchen will be open to the public next Friday afternoon as Tina Satter and her company Half Straddle hold working rehearsals. We love Tina and think this will be fun. This is part of The Kitchen L.A.B.  – “a new program devoted to presenting, discussing, and developing interdisciplinary works revolving around themes of common interest to artists in different fields—and, more specifically, considering the meaning and uses of specific words in contemporary art.” It is somewhat reminiscent of Culturebot’s Ephemeral Evidence project at Exit Art, but hey, it’s all good. We don’t mind that The Kitchen never returns our calls. 2-7pm @ The Kitchen, 512 W 19th St. New York 10011. Free.

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