October events

October events


Shigeko Kubota​, Self-Portrait (still), ca. 1970-1971. Courtesy of the Shigeko Kubota Video Art Foundation. © 2021 Shigeko Kubota Video Art Foundation / ARS New York.

October 4, 2022
October events
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We are very pleased to announce our line up of programs this October at e-flux, featuring live music, screenings, and talks.

This week, on October 7, join us for Playthroughs, featuring live music with Keith Fullerton Whitman on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of his landmark album Playthroughs, followed by a Q&A with Whitman moderated by writer and musician Sasha Frere-Jones. Next week, on October 11, join us for A Life on Video: Shigeko Kubota’s Broken Diary, a screening of select works by the acclaimed Japanese video artist followed by a conversation with Eimi Tagore-Erwin, Juno Peter Yoon, and Lukas Brasiskis, and organized as part of the Revisiting Feminist Moving Image series. On October 13, Johanna Gosse will give a talk titled Altered States: Bruce Conner’s Border Crossings accompanied by a screening of Conner’s LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS, as part of our continuing Film Beyond Film lecture series. See more details on these programs below.

Other October events include Digestiona collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the 2022 Tallinn Architecture Biennale presented on October 17 and hosted by Lydia Kallipoliti (co-curator, 2022 Tallinn Architecture Biennale) and Christina Moushoul (assistant editor, e-flux Architecture). On October 18, Slow Growth, presented by Flaherty NYC as part of the “let’s all be lichen” series programmed by asinnajaq, will feature a screening of Sunna Nousuniemi’s Boso mu ruovttoluotta (Breathe me back to life) and Nivi Pederson’s Pilluarneq Ersigiunnaarpara (Happiness Scares Me No More). On October 20, A Souvenir of Frictions will feature three films by Peng Zuqiang followed by a Q&A with the artist. On October 24, we celebrate the publication of Elizabeth Povinelli’s new book Routes/Worlds (2022, e-flux journal and Sternberg Press). And on October 25, we host a screening of selected works by Peggy Ahwesh, followed by an in-person discussion with the artist. We wrap the month’s programs on October 27 with A Reality Between Words and Images, a screening of works by Lynne Sachs with the artist in attendance.

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events this fall!

Friday, October 7, 2022, 7pm
Playthroughs: Live music by Keith Fullerton Whitman
Admission 15 USD. Get tickets

Join us at e-flux for the twentieth anniversary of the album Playthroughs, featuring a live music performance by Keith Fullerton Whitman and a Q&A with Whitman moderated by writer and musician Sasha Frere-Jones. Playthroughs was released in October 2002 on the label Kranky to much critical acclaim from Pitchfork and other publications—and to this day remains one of Whitman’s most beloved albums. It consists of drone-heavy ambient music composed entirely using processed guitar sounds (acoustic and electric). The album follows in the footsteps of Steve Reich and other musicians within the contemporary classical umbrella. Read more on the event here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 7pm
A Life on Video: Shigeko Kubota’s Broken Diary
Admission starts at 5 USD. Get tickets

Join us at e-flux Screening Room for A Life on Video: Shigeko Kubota’s Broken Diary, a screening and discussion of videos by Shigeko Kubota, curated by Juno Peter Yoon and Lukas Brasiskis. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Yoon and Brasiskis, and Eimi Tagore-Erwin. Over her five-decade career, Kubota forged a lyrical confluence of the personal and the technological, often merging vibrant electronic processing techniques with images and objects of nature, art, and everyday life. An active participant in the international Fluxus art movement in the 1960s, Kubota was strongly influenced by the art and theories of Marcel Duchamp and John Cage. Her distinctive fusions of the organic, the art historical, and the electronic are at once poetic and witty. Focusing on several, often interconnected themes, Kubota’s works include installations that pay direct homage to Duchampian ideas and icons; those that reference Japanese spiritual traditions of nature and landscape, particularly water and mountains; and a series of diaristic works chronicling her personal life on video. In this screening, we will focus on the latter component of Kubota’s body of work—her autobiographical videos, collectively titled Broken Diary, that evolved since 1970. Self-Portrait (ca. 1970–1971), Video Girls and Video Songs for Navajo Sky (1973), My Father (1973–1975), and SoHo SoAp/Rain Damage (1985perfectly represent Kubota’s poignant and wry autofictional observations of the everyday, characteristic of a strong sense of feminist identity. Read more on the event and films here.

Thursday, October 13, 2022, 7pm
Altered States: Bruce Conner’s Border Crossings
A lecture by Johanna Gosse

Free admission. RSVP

Join us at e-flux Screening Room for Altered States: Bruce Conner’s Border Crossings, a lecture by Johanna Gosse, with a screening of Conner’s LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS (1959–1967, 3 minutes). This talk focuses on Bruce Conner’s LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS, an exemplary instance of experimental film’s engagement with the psychedelic counterculture. Inspired by Conner’s experience living in Mexico City in the early 1960s and his avid experimentation with psychedelics, particularly hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms, the film features ethnographic views of rural village life, cameos from LSD guru Timothy Leary, and multiple allusions, literal and symbolic, to an atomic mushroom cloud, all set to a lively rock soundtrack by the Beatles. The talk will trace how the twin motifs of border crossing and atomic anxiety surface in LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS, and in turn, how Conner’s film illuminates the complex cultural politics of race and nation within the 1960s counterculture. The discussion will focus on how the film’s psychedelia is shaped by a colonialist logic of “expansion” and (self-) discovery, in which primitivist projections of Indigeneity play a constitutive role. Read more on the lecture here.

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