May events

May events


Alison Nguyen, history as hypnosis (still), 2023.

April 26, 2023
May events
Screenings, talks, readings, publications, and music
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Join us at e-flux this May for screenings, talks, poetry readings, publication launches, and live music featuring noncitizen, Nour Helou, Afrang Nordlöf Malekian, Christian RossipalAhmad Alattar, Merazul Islam, Roozbeh Behtaji, Evan Khorasani, Elyas Alavi, Critical Border Studies, Meriem Bennani, Amany Khalifa, Lucia Allais, Louis Henderson, Brian Dillon, Elvia WilkMaya Schweizer, Agnė Jokšė, Inesa Brašiškė, Rosalind Nashashibi, KJ Abudu, Zachary B. Feldman, Emily Small, Johanna Thorell, Julieta Aranda, Anton Vidokle, Kajsa Dahlberg, Hicham Gardaf, Mona Vatamanu, Florin Tudorand, Alison Nguyen, Selby Nimrod, Lukas Brasiskis, Helen CammockKarrabing Film CollectiveFelicity D. Scott, aracelis girmay, Matt Longabucco, and Xin Wang; and at Bar Laika for a live set featuring Miho Hatori and Paul Wilson Bae.

Tuesday, May 2, 2023, 7pm
In the Presence of Absence: An Evening With noncitizen 
Screening and discussion, Get tickets
An evening on surreal border regimes and ghostly traces of migration, curated by noncitizen members Nour Helou, Afrang Nordlöf Malekian, and Christian Rossipal. With a music composition by Ahmad Alattar, and films by Merazul Islam and Roozbeh Behtaji, Evan Khorasani, Elyas Alavi and Critical Border Studies, and Meriem Bennani. Followed by a conversation with Amany Khalifa. Read more here.

Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 8:30pm
Bar Laika presents Satellite 23: Miho Hatori and Paul Wilson Bae
Live music
Join us at Bar Laika (224 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238) for the 23rd edition of Satellite, featuring live music performances by Miho Hatori and Paul Wilson Bae. Hatori and Wilson Bae will lead a night of improvisation on voice, electronics, and keys. The two have been collaborating for the past seven years, where Wilson Bae has been part of Hatori’s band. For their Satellite performance, they will be improvising as a duo, and we might also hear some music from Hatori’s latest album, Between Isekai and Slice of Life (2021). Read more here.

Thursday, May 4, 2023, 7pm
Lucia Allais, “The Protective Matrix: Sandbags, Monuments, and Law in the Twentieth Century” 
e-flux Architecture Lectures, RSVP
A remarkable protective architecture was invented over the course of the twentieth century: the international practice of covering monumental structures with lattices of sandbags. This e-flux Architecture Lecture by Lucia Allais traces the evolving legal and technical justifications that were given for these structures, including in debates about the “humanization of war” at the League of Nations, ultimately proposing to detect a distinct spectrum of aesthetic ideologies behind this protective matrix. Read more here.

Saturday, May 6, 2023, 5pm
Louis Henderson: Ouvertures
Screening and discussion, Get tickets
Screening of Ouvertures (2020, 132 minutes), a film directed by Louis Henderson together with The Living and the Dead Ensemble, followed by an in-person discussion with Louis Henderson. Moving from the frozen landscapes of the Jura mountains to the urban centers of Port-au-Prince, Ouvertures brings the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture back to life. Read more here.

Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 7pm
Affinities: Brian Dillon in conversation with Elvia Wilk 
Publication launch, RSVP
On the occasion of the publication of Brian Dillon’s new book Affinities: On Art and Facsination (New York Review Books, 2023), join us for a conversation between Dillon and writer Elvia Wilk. What does it mean to claim affinity with a picture? What do feelings of affinity imply about the experience of art and of the world? Affinities is a critical and personal study of a sensation that is not exactly taste, desire, or solidarity, but has aspects of all three. Read more here.

Saturday, May 13, 2023, 5pm
Maya Schweizer: Moving Voices 
Screening and discussion, Get tickets
A screening of Maya Schweizer’s Texture of Oblivion (2016, 18 minutes), Voices and Shells (2020, 18 minutes), L’étoile de mer (The Starfish) (2019, 11 minutes), and Sans histoire (2023, 28 minutes), followed by an in-person conversation with the artist. Blurring the line between artistic and documentary expression, Schweizer’s films reverberate voices of human and non-human histories and scrutinize mnemonic structures and infrastructures, focusing on their social and political shifts over time. Read more here.

Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 7pm
Agnė Jokšė: Unconditional Love
Screening and discussion, Get tickets
A screening of Agnė Jokšė’s Unconditional Love (2021, 50 minutes) and Unconditional Love Extended (2023, 6 minutes), curated by Inesa Brašiškė, and followed by a discussion between Jokšė and Brašiškė. Unconditional Love consists of several interlinked chapters, exploring themes related to care, compassion, and love through the lens of intergenerational relations that were constituted in parallel to the societal and political changes taking place in Lithuania around the 1990s, while transitioning from the Soviet Union and its economic and ideological models into the independent state of today (and its neoliberal, capitalist, and so-called western ideology). Read more here.

Thursday, May 18, 2023, 7pm
In the Quiet Moments: Films by Rosalind Nashashibi 
Screening and discussion, Get tickets
A screening of Rosalind Nashashibi’s Open Day (2001, 12 minutes), Midwest (2002, 12 minutes), Juniper Set (2004, 1 minute), Jack Straw’s Castle (2009, 17 minutes), Electrical Gaza (2015, 17 minutes), and Vivian’s Garden (2017, 29 minutes), followed by an in-person conversation with the artist. At a cursory glance, Nashashibi’s films might seem overly quiet, almost somber; however, they reveal the subtleties and singularities that reside within the ordinary. Read more here.

Saturday, May 20, 2023, 5pm
Clocking Out, Part One: The March of Time
Screening, Get tickets
The March of Time centers on critical descriptions of time under global capitalism and the lasting effects of Western modernity’s imposition of a unilinear, progressive temporality on the Second and Third Worlds. With a screening of Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle, Notes for a Time/Bank (2012, 22 minutes), Kajsa Dahlberg, Reach, Grasp, Move, Position, Apply Force (2015, 42 minutes), Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor, Omnia Communia Deserta (2020, 29 minutes), and Hicham Gardaf, In Praise of Slowness (2023, 17 minutes). The first of the two-part screening program Clocking Out: Time Beyond Management co-curated by KJ Abudu, Zachary B. Feldman, Emily Small, and Johanna Thorell, the 2022-23 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellows of the Whitney Independent Study Program. Read more here.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 7pm
Alison Nguyen: history as hypnosis 
Artist talk and screening, Get tickets
A talk by Alison Nguyen, including a screening of a rough cut of Nguyen’s recent film history as hypnosis (2023), followed by a discussion with the artist moderated by Selby Nimrod and Lukas Brasiskis. The film history as hypnosis follows three women, programmed by artificial intelligence, whose memories from their previous existence have been erased. Interweaving subtle references to past violence associated with the US war in Vietnam, the film offers a complex take on how memory, consciousness, and historical narratives merge into a shared cultural imaginary produced, and reinforced, through cinematic images. Read more here.

May 25, 2023, 7pm
Clocking Out, Part Two: When Linearity Stops
Screening, Get tickets
When Linearity Stops attends to Black, Indigenous, and speculative critiques of hegemonic temporality via appeals to strategies of refusal, concurrent but incommensurable conceptions of time, and non-linear narratives. With a screening of Helen Cammock, They Call It Idlewild (2020, 19 minutes), Karrabing Film Collective, Wutharr, Saltwater Dreams (2016, 29 minutes), and Rosalind Nashashibi, Denim Sky (2022, 67 minutes). The second of the two-part screening program Clocking Out: Time Beyond Management co-curated by KJ Abudu, Zachary B. Feldman, Emily Small, and Johanna Thorell, the 2022-23 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellows of the Whitney Independent Study Program. Read more here.

Saturday, May 27, 2023, 5pm
Felicity D. Scott, “An Eye Half Open Only to Architecture”
e-flux Architecture Lectures, RSVP
Wolfgang Tillmans’ Book for Architects was first realized at the invitation of Rem Koolhaas for the 2014 International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. This e-flux Architecture Lecture by Felicity D. Scott will revisit the work not only in the context of the Venice biennale and subsequent iterations, but as a lens through which to read the artist’s multi-faceted engagement with architecture’s disciplinary mandates, its media-technical vehicles, and its entanglements with neoliberalism and market forces. Read more here.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 7pm
Launch of e-flux journal issues 134–136
Talks and poetry readings, RSVP
The editors of e-flux journal invite you to launch our spring issues! This Tuesday evening program features a talk by art historian Xin Wang following her piece “Soviet Hauntology.” Each journal issue from March to May holds the work of multiple poets, selected by editor Simone White. Matt Longabucco, who wrote “From Theta,” and aracelis girmay, author of “We knew,” will give readings. Read more here.

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