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.

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
This event will be livestreamed, starting at 7 pm (EST). Click here to view the live video feed.

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.  

Mahoma and Vergilio, the main subjects of the film and organizers of the Hot and Crusty campaign, will join filmmakers Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick in a simultaneously translated discussion. They will relate the strategies it took to overcome a two-month lockout, back door legal battles, and a picket line that divided a neighborhood and the soul it took to ensure they will never be exploited again. http://www.thehandthatfeedsfilm.com/

Wine reception to follow. 

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

Diálogos Hemisféricos / Hemispheric Dialogues | Disability, Led by Faye Ginsburg and Laurence Parent

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Monday, November 10, 2014

(Tea and Cookies will be served)

Hemispheric Dialogues invites key thinkers to lead a discussion about some of the pressing issues of our time. The series envisions informal yet sustained dialogue among faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, artists, and members of the community.

For the discussion, Faye and Laurence have suggested the following:

Examined Life: a walk with Judith Butler in conversation with Sunny Taylor
Annual Review on Disability Worlds
Disability in the Digital Age 

Faye Ginsburg is Director of the Center for Media, Culture, and History at NYU where she is also the David B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology and founder and co-director of the NYU Council for the Study of Disability. With her research partner, the anthropologist Rayna Rapp, she is currently working on a book entitled Disability, Personhood and the "New Normal" in 21st Century America with funding from the NEH. 

Laurence Parent is a PhD student in Humanities at Concordia University. She holds a MA in Critical Disability Studies from York University and a BA in Political Science from Université du Québec à Montréal. She lives in Montréal and is involved within the Québec Disability Rights Movement. 

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. 20 Cooper Square is wheelchair accessible.

SUBMERGE at BAX (Saturdays, November 8–22, 2014)

Guest Curators: Maria Bauman (November 8), Zavé Martohardjono (November 15) and Zachary Frater (November 22)

BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange
421 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn


Tickets Available HERE ($16 General / $10 Low Income)

Voices Up! | Featuring Ashley Phillips, Ganessa James, and Monica McIntyre, Curated by Maria Bauman

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

As Audre Lorde said “…for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.” The exciting artists that are part of the November SUBMERGE performances are breaking silences with their work, indeed.  On November 8, Ashley Phillips, Ganessa James, and Monica McIntyre lift their voices as artists, as healers, as Black women, as queer people piercing through silence with clarity and panache. This show brings the storytelling of the three songwriters in a round robin, offering spontaneous collaboration and a way to weave three very distinct voices together with the common thread of love, spirituality and community.

ReduX | Featuring Mieke D, DJ Tikka Masala, and Alicia Ohs, Curated by Zavé Martohardjono

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

In the second of a three-night SUBMERGE @ BAX series, curating artist Zavé Martohardjonopresents ReduX, a night of mixed media performance bringing together three multidisciplinary artists Mieke D, DJ Tikka Masala, and Alicia Ohs. Participating artists’ works are informed by in-studio artist-to-artist conversation and collaboration hosted by Brooklyn Arts Exchange. ReduX takes thematic interest in contemporary re-imaginations and subversions of “the traditional” through performance. As curator, Martohardjono invited artists in this program whose work blurs boundaries, subverts expectations, and crosses disciplines. ReduX specifically attempts to widen space for queer artists from the Asian diaspora within the artists of color space the SUBMERGE @ BAX series provides. All the while, ReduX offers a platform to its three artists to disrupt assumptions, speak back to formal practices or inherited ancestries/legacies, and remix their cultural influences.

The Miss Krayola Newcomer Drag Pageant | Featuring Aja, Banjela Davis, Detoxx Bústi-ae, Leo Gugu, Sparklez, DeAndre Peoples, Javier Rodriguez, Raf Liriano, Roxanne Jokhan

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Inaugural Miss Krayola Pageant gathers together four figures who have little to no experience in the drag arts, but who have long awaited to legitimately, in the words of Marlon Riggs, “unleash the Queen.” Trust—each of these young monarchs has dreamt vividly and incessantly of adoration. In the weeks leading up to the pageant. Their raw talent and creativity will be coached, contoured, and cuntified by some of today’s burgeoning drag legends. Enter our judges & drag mentors: Misses Detoxx Bústi-ae, Leo Gugu, and the illustrious Sparklez. At Miss Krayola, our contestants will endure three rounds of judging: a classic Runway category, a rousing Q&A session from our judges and hosts, and an original Performance of their own design. Hosting the evening are two dissimilar Queens, both with various degrees of notoriety. One is our reigning Mr(s). Williamsburg, Bushwick’s very own Aja. The other, her crime-fighting cohort (and baby drag herself), Miss Banjela Davis. Somewhere in Park Slope, four promising talents will share a stage to compete for our love/their glory. Come and witness the ingenuity, grace, and unbridled zeal of these Queens as they transcend the material constraints of maleness to bring us something divinely feminine. Soon wigs will fly and we will see who really deserves to be called the cuntiest crayon in the box! Arise, Miss Krayola!!!

The Helix Queer Performance Network is a collaboration between La MaMa Experimental Theatre ClubBAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.

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

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

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
This event will be livestreamed, starting at 7 pm (EST). Click here to view the live video feed.

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.