Hemispheric New York Events

Hemispheric New York features special programs, such as EMERGENYC (EMERGENYC), lectures, film series, conferences, and performance workshops, some of which are exclusively for members, and some which are open to the public at large. Below are upcoming and recent events.


Raúl Miranda | MINIMALE: de la apropiación visual a la minificción documental

En conversación con Rodrigo Tisi y Marcial Godoy-Anativia

 

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Jueves, 23 Octubre, 2014
6:00–8:00 pm

MINIMALE es un grupo artístico transitorio e interdisciplinario fundado por Raúl Miranda el año 2000 cuya obra es un ejercicio consciente de teoría y praxis escénica, que establece un diálogo entre el teatro, la plástica y lo audiovisual, acercando los lenguajes teatrales a los conceptuales de las artes visuales, en instalaciones de carácter transmedial y de cine vivo (performance). Su trabajo fue exhibido entre diciembre del 2013 y marzo del 2014 en el Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Chile.

Instituto Hemisférico de Performance y Política
20 Cooper Square, 5to piso
New York, NY 10003

Raúl Miranda

Artista visual, director, escenográfo, académico e investigador escénico chileno, cuya obra, a través de su agrupación MINIMALE, ha sido un permanente desplazamiento caracterizado por fusionar los códigos de las artes visuales contemporáneas, con lenguajes teatrales y fílmicos, mediante los conceptos de “cine vivo” e “instalación escénica”, desarrollando una consistente y particular poética transdisciplinaria, a lo largo de su carrera. Dentro sus trabajos destacan la exposición de videoarte “(A)Propósito”, en el MNBA (2013-2014), la publicación del libro teórico “Mutaciones Escénicas" (2008).

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The Potency of Indigenous Bibles and Biographies: Mapuche Shamanic Literacy and Historical Consciousness

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Ana Mariella Bacigalupo | SUNY Buffalo
Friday, October 24, 2014
2–4 pm

Mapuche oral shamanic biographies and performances—some of which take the form of “Bibles” and shamanic literacies—play a central role in the production of indigenous history in southern Chile. In this article Bacigalupo explains how and why a mixed-race Mapuche shaman charged her to write about her life and practice in the form of a “Bible.” This book would become a ritual object and a means of storing her shamanic power by textualizing it, thereby allowing her to speak to a future audience. The realities and powers her “Bible” stores can be extracted, transformed, circulated, and actualized for a variety of ends, even to bring about shamanic rebirth. Ultimately, Bacigalupo argues that through their use and interpretation of this “Bible,” Mapuche shamans in southern Chile expand academic notions of indigenous history and literacy.

Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Ana Mariella Bacigalupo received her PhD in Anthropology from UCLA and is currently an Associate Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Buffalo. She has worked with Mapuche shamans in southern Chile for twenty years. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and four books, including Shamans of the Foye Tree: Gender, Power and Healing Among the Chilean Mapuche (University of Texas Press, 2007) and the upcoming Thunder Shaman: Making History with Mapuche Spirits in Patagonia under contract with the University of Texas Press. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards and fellowships, and currently serves as the Anthropology Coordinator for the NIH Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Grant as well as chair of the section of Religion and Spirituality of the Latin American Studies Association. 




Critical Tactics Lab | The Hand That Feeds: A conversation with the undocumented workers and organizers of the Hot and Crusty labor victory, and the filmmakers who covered it

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November 6, 2014
7-9 pm
 

Wine reception to follow. 

At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back.

Risking deportation and the loss of their livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one roller-coaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers will battle in back rooms, Occupy Wall Street protesters will take over the restaurant, and a picket line will divide the neighborhood. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his coworkers will never be exploited again.  

Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

This event is free and open to the public. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings. This venue is wheelchair accessible. 

Directed and Produced by Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick, http://www.thehandthatfeedsfilm.com/
Photo: Eleazar Castillo



Critical Tactics Lab | Zona Intervenida // Colectivo Andén, A film preview and talk with Nitin Sawhey

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
7-9pm

Zona Intervenida // Colectivo Andén is an artistic exploration of the historic memory of violence, civil war and apathy in Guatemala. It follows a collective of young artists who use dance, performance, and poetry to intervene in a former train station in Quetzaltenango, which was converted to a military base during the worst atrocities of the war. Through movement, music, seeds and spoken word, the artists seek to activate and transform the dark memories of the space, while engaging public imagination and bringing light to Guatemala’s silenced past. More about the project:http://www.ZonaIntervenida.orgView the trailer HERE.

Nitin Sawhney speaks about his upcoming documentary , co-produced with the Andén Collective in Guatemala, with a limited sneak preview of the work-in-progress film. He will also briefly discuss his emerging curatorial research project, Guatemala Después.

Wine reception to follow.

Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Nitin Sawhney, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the New School. His research, teaching and creative practice engages the critical role of technology, civic media, and artistic interventions in contested spaces. Nitin previously taught at the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) and conducted research at the MIT Media Lab. He examines social movements and crisis contexts, though forms of creative urban tactics, participatory research, performance and documentary film. His first feature-length documentary film, Flying Paper, showcased the creative struggles of Palestinian children in Gaza flying kites to break the Guinness World Record; it has been screened in over 25 international film festivals and is being distributed by Journeyman Pictures.

This event is free and open to the public. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings. This venue is wheelchair accessible. 




 

Critical Tactics Lab | Zach Blas: Facial Weaponization Suite and Face Cages

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
7-9pm

The success of today’s booming biometrics industry resides in its promise to rapidly measure an objective, truthful, and core identity from the surface of a human body, often for a mixture of commercial, state, and military interests. Yet, Biometric machines often fail to recognize non-normative, minoritarian persons, which makes such people vulnerable to discrimination, violence, and criminalization. Face Cages and Facial Weaponization Suite dramatize and protest against biometric facial recognition–and the inequalities these technologies propagate. 

Wine Reception to follow.

Zach Blas is an artist, writer, and curator whose work engages technology, queerness, and politics. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University at Buffalo. Blas has exhibited and lectured internationally, most recently at Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; the 2014 Museum of Arts and Design Biennial, New York; the 2014 Dakar Biennial; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; and The Moving Museum, Istanbul. Zach has published writings in The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest; Women Studies Quarterly; and You are Here: Art after the Internet. His work has been written about and featured in Art Review, Frieze, Art Papers, Hyperallergic, Rhizome, Mousse Magazine, The Atlantic, and Al Jazeera America.

Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

This event is free and open to the public. A photo ID is required for entry to NYU buildings. This venue is wheelchair accessible.