Monday, October 3, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Journal

vizkult is heading up the initiative to publish The Occupy Wall Street Journal for the occupation of Wall Street. The idea was proposed to the NYC General Assembly Arts & Culture Committee meeting this past Monday Sept. 26th. Be on the look out for "The Occupy Wall Street Journal". If anyone wants to help out with future i issues contact The content will be along the same taste as the previous vizKult projects, Good Morning Baghdad and BCuz Newz.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Index Festival - Aug 3-28

The Index Festival August 3-28, 2011

The Index Festival will transpire in August 2011 in New York City. Our aim is to bring together individuals and groups who cognitively engage media culture. We welcome the interdisciplinary, shared and accessible culture we are coming to live in as a result of digital technology. Our mission is to focus on projects that blur the vocabulary of science and art, dissect the media that describes our culture today, and to disseminate out from the [cultural] institution, and further into the multi textural international landscape.

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6-7:30pm --> Opening "To Have and To Hold" @ Harvestworks
7-8:30pm --> Panel @ Harvestworks
9pm-2am: --> PARTY at M1-5, 52 Walker Street, NYC***

***Co-hosted by Helen Wu of Opalnest
DJ's (in order of appearance): Maria Chavez, Jon Santos, Matt Radune...
Visual: Sadek Bazaraa, Carrie Gates, special guests... and more!

Festival Organizers:
Kristin Trethewey, Victoria Keddie, Malcolm Levy, Cornelia Lund, Kellie Morgan, Helen Homan Wu

Festival Artists:
Ingo Gunther, Robert Pietrusco, Katja Loher, Jon Rafman, Dan Perrone, Jon Cohrs, Clive Murphy, Ava Jarden, Igal Nassima, Lary Seven, David First and Kid Millions, Paul Metzger, Maria Chavez, Twistycat, Byron Westbrook, MV Carbon, Liz Wendelbo, Future Archeology, Shelley Burgon, Kerry Downey, Andrew Graham, Janos Stone, Mathew Spiegelberg, Antonio Serna, Elias Melad, Ryan Brennan, Luna Maurer, Graw Bocklet, Robert Heel, Alyssa Wendt, Dana Bell, Tom Ruth, Michael Robinson, Kevin Lovelady, Sadek Bazaraa, Collin McKelvey and Kelly Lynn Jones, Jeremy Rotsztain, Goeffrey Pugen, Zach Layton, Carrie Gates, Jon Santos

Festival Panelists:
Cornelia Lund, Malcolm Levy, Ceci Moss, Nathalie Bachand, Robert Pietrusko, Katja Lohrer, Ingo Gunther, Jon Rafman, Maria Chavez, Byron Westbrook, Shelley Burgon, Future Archeology, Ed Beard and Lea Bertucci, MV Carbon, Peter Kirn, Chris Lacinak, Perry Garvin, Ryan Anthony Donaldson, Jane Park

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Blues to Drone
August 18 6:00pm- 10pm
Clocktower Gallery/ Art on Air
108 Leonard Street, 13th Floor

[Mis] Adventures in Manipulation , Part 1 + 2
August 19-20th 7pm-2am
Millenium Film Workshop 66 E 4th Street, NY, NY

Media Literacy for a Critical Masswith Katherine Fry
--> August 20 / Daytime Workshop
Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, 596 Broadway, #602

To Have and to Hold --> August 3-28
Harvestworks, 596 Broadway, #602

Landscapes Worlds Real --> Aug 8-28
INDEX HQ, 236 W 37th

Read the Rules Before You Use the Pool --> August 18-27
**OPENING Aug 18th 6-8PM**
CSV Center, 107 Suffolk Street

Fill the Barn --> August 19-28
Chashama Harlem Studio
461 W 126th Street, NY, NY

Animated Architectures, Part 1 + 2
August 9 7pm-2am
Millenium Film Workshop
66 E 4th Street

Colo(u)r Sound Culture Mash Up
August 27 7pm-2am
Millenium Film Workshop
66 E 4th Street

@ Harvestworks, 596 Broadway, #602
The Festival Aug 3 at 7pm
Mediated Landscapes Aug 10 at 7pm
Make Read7 Aug 17 at 7pm
Digital Born and After Aug 24 at 7pm

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

from the kids who brought you Pretty Vacant + some....

Incongruent Sum
curated by Astrid Honold

WED June 29th, 7-9pm

111 Leroy St, New York, NY
(between Hudson & Greenwich)

Eric Fertman
Carlos Little
Antonio Serna
Fendry Ekel
Kathryn Lynch
Yuri Masnyj
Anya Kielar

organized by Mathematics Collective

Monday, May 2, 2011

MEMORY PALACE: Brooklyn College 2011 Thesis Exhibition

Brooklyn College MFA Thesis Exhibition 2011

Art by
Linda Bernal, Julia Cocuzza, Gregory Hayes, Megan Hays, Michele Liebler, Hector Madera-Gonzalez, Allison Merz, Madison Omahne, Ivan Rivera, Nooshin Rostami, Natalie Taylor, & Boris Torres

Curated by
Adam Thompson

Opening Reception: Friday May 20th, 6-10pm
RSVP via Facebook

May 20-June 5, 2011
Open Daily 1-6pm

Flux Factory

39-31 29th Street
Long Island City, Queens, New York

Exhibition Statement (by Adam Thompson):

The ‘memory palace’ is an ancient memorization technique, one which exploits the fact that our visual/spatial memory far outperforms our verbal and numerical memory. To memorize a long text or string of numbers, you can use a remembered architectural space (like a childhood home) as a mental storehouse for the new information. You can transform each to-be-remembered item into a dramatic, eccentric, unforgettable image, mentally insert these images into specific locations within the remembered space, and later ‘find’ it right where you left it.

This show resembles a memory palace, in that it is idiosyncratic rather than unified, and endeavors to make a virtue of this heterogeneity. The differences between images, experiences, personalities are what make them visible, meaningful, and memorable. We can’t help but categorize artworks, but when we do we inevitably obscure what most compels us about them. It is particularity--not generality--that arrests our attention.

The idiosyncrasy of visual expression renders art a perpetually uneasy collaborator with academe, since schools necessarily prioritize rational, categorical thought. But the title of this exhibition provides an analogy for how this collaboration can function productively; the memory palace technique requires both wildly varied imagery and a framework to anchor and link that imagery. In an MFA program, the school supplies the quantitative structures that order the experience--the space, the time, the schedules, the deadlines--and the students furnish the bureaucratic boxes with color, with strangeness, with life.

When the palace fragments, when the menagerie vanishes and the walls of the studios are once again whitewashed clean, these sundry art practices will likely find themselves in more isolated rooms. But while at Brooklyn College, this group of artists built a home from their differences, a place to which they can always return in their mind's eye.

For more details visit MEMORYPALACE2011.COM

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Julia Cocuzza: Auto-Reverse, Curated by David Gibson

My first ever solo exhibition in Brooklyn. Artists Jennifer Baker and Fara'h Salehi will be showing in the front gallery, I'll be holding down the back.. Check it out!

Julia Cocuzza
Curated by David Gibson
April 22-May 29, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, April 22nd, 6-9pm
Art 101 Gallery
101 Grand Street, Brooklyn NY

For more info:
Real Form Independents
David Gibson, Article Projects
Art 101 Gallery

RSVP via Facebook

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

RE-INSCRIBING THE CITY: Unitary Urbanism today.

"The crisis of urbanism is worsening. The construction of neighborhoods, old and new, is obviously at variance with established modes of behavior, and all the more so with the new ways of life we seek. As a result, we are surrounded by a dull and sterile environment."

"In old neighborhoods, the streets have degenerated into highways, and the leisure is commercialized and adulterated by tourism. Social relations there become impossible. Newly built neighborhoods have only two themes, which govern everything: traffic circulation and household comfort. They are the meager expressions of bourgeois happiness and lack any concern for play" - Constant Nieuwenhuis, International situationiste 3 (December 1959) pp. 37-40

Unitary Urbanism today.

A vizKult panel discussion held In conjunction with The 5th Annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair

Saturday April 9th 4:15-5:45pm

Judson Memorial Church (balcony)
55 Washington Square South
New York City, NY

In the late 50s up until about the end of the 60s a group of artist known as the Lettrist/Situationist International (LI/SI) made a desperate attempt to re-inscribe the city so that it's inhabitants could break free from the bleak urban routine of work and consumption. During this period several strategies were developed under the name of Unitary Urbanism. This panel reflects on the historical importance of these strategies in order to critically examine how they relate to their own work and the possible uses within society today.

MODERATOR: Antonio Serna
PANELIST: Ethan Spiglan, Adeola Enigbokan, Dillon De Give, Blake Morris, The Walk Study Group, and Wilfried Hou Je Bek (via skype)


Ethan Spigland received an M.F.A. from the Graduate Film Program at New York University, and a maitrise from the University of Paris VIII under the supervision of Jean-Francois Lyotard and Gilles Deleuze. He has made numerous films and media works including: Luminosity Porosity, based on the work of architect Steven Holl, Elevator Moods, featured in the Sundance Film Festival, and The Strange Case of Balthazar Hyppolite, which won the Gold Medal in the Student Academy Awards.

Adeola Enigbokan. Artist, researcher, writer and teacher based in New York City. Her work is about the experience of living in cities today. Her work has been presented in several diverse venues: at the ConfluxCity Festival, Anthology Film Archive in New York, The Royal Institute for British Architects, London and the Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem. She teaches courses in Urban Studies, Media Studies, Sociology and Anthropology at several universities in New York City. Currently she is completing a doctorate in Environmental Psychology at the City University of New York. Website:

Dillon de Give started Lah an annual walking project that commemorates the spirit of Hal, a coyote who appeared in Central Park in 2006 and died shortly after being captured by authorities. Lah illustrates how a coyote might find its way into Manhattan with a reverse human journey out of the city: a hike retracing a potential coyote-like path through greenspaces. Citing examples of juvenile coyotes that have made long dispersal trips, the walk averages around 50-60 miles. Website:

Blake Morris uses walking as a core way to engage ideas and space, and also to create community. His last project was a yearlong exploration of the public works of Robert Moses, called The [Robert Moses] Walk Project, which resulted in over 50 walks throughout the NYC area. He also created the [untitled] Walk Project, and is working on Walking up an Appetite, an exploration of walking, food and technology. Currently his work can be seen at the Superfront gallery in LA, as part of Detroit: A Brooklyn Case Study.

The Walk Study Group is New York City walking group formed by Blake Morris and Dillon De Give. Each week case studies of strategic walking practice and theory in art, politics, ecology, and philosophy, are combined with specific short walks. The course will result in an understanding both theoretical and practical and culminates with a group walk constructed by the class for the public. Website:

William Hou Je Bek Wilfried is a 'culture hacker' who develops generative psychogeography. Inspired by concepts of drift (dérive) from Romanticism and, later, the Situationists around Guy Debord, Wilfried uses algorithmic routes to explore a city in non-intuitive ways. Hou Je Bek organizes dérives, where people walk through a city by taking computer code as a guideline, using the body as a means to perform software. Website:

Antonio Serna is an artist living and working in New York. With art as his tool, he is constantly comparing and contrasting the human construct of progress with the animal instinct of survival. The results of which have been exhibited in New York, Spain, Mexico, The Netherlands, and Texas. Antonio has also taught and lectured at Parsons School of Design, St. Johns University, and at Brooklyn College as a teaching fellow. Outside of his studio, Antonio Serna enjoys rummaging through the social anthropology of art and visual culture. Website:

Optional Texts:

October issue 79: Guy Debord and the Internationale situationniste [PDF 7.8mb]
A Special Issue. Guest editor, Thomas F McDonough. Winter 1997
table of contents:
Rereading Debord, Rereading the Situationists - Thomas F. McDonough
Why Art Can't Kill the Situationist International - T.J. Clark and Donald Nicholson-Smith
AsgerJorn's Avant-Garde Archives - Claire Gilman
Angels of Purity - Vincent Kaufmann
Lefebvre on the Situationists: An Interview - Kristin Ross (1983)
Situationist Texts on Visual Culture and Urbanism: A Selection:
Guy Debord - One More Try If You Want to Be Situationists (The S.I. in and against Decomposition)
Guy Debord - Theses on the Cultural Revolution
Michèl Bernstein - In Praise of Pinot-Gallizio
Constant Nieuwenhuis - Extracts from Letters to the Situationist International
Editorial Notes: Absence and Its Costumers
Editorial Notes: The Sense of Decay in Art
Constant Nieuwenhuis - A Different City for a Different Life
Editorial Notes: Critique of Urbanism
Editorial Notes: Once Again, on Decomposition
Raoul Vaneigem - Comments Against Urbanism
Editorial Notes: The Avant-Garde of Presence
Théo Frey - Perspectives for a Generation

In Conversation Raoul Vaneigem - Hans Ulrich Obrist, e-flux article 62, 2009 [PDF 1.1]

About vizKlut: This panel is part of vizKult, a loose band of artist and writers exploring the 'cult of vision'. This group explores the ways in which the visual operates in our society and the mechanism which manufacture, shape, and control the world around us. In this sense VizKult's emphasis is on the process rather than the products of our contemporary visual condition.

Additionally, in conjunction with the 5th Annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair, vizKult is presenting DISCRETE POWER, a group exhibition on display during the book fair weekend. Opening reception April 9th, from 6-8pm on the Judson Church balcony. For more info visit: and

Friday, February 11, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

MFA Showcase 2011 - Opening Reception

Brooklyn College Student Center, 4th Floor
Campus Road & East 27th Street, Brooklyn

Opening Reception: Tuesday February 8th, 5-7pm

featuring all current MFA students at Brooklyn College