Drawing by Étienne Léopold Trouvelot
Drawing by Étienne Léopold Trouvelot

Sunday Service: Janani Balasubramanian presents JP Ventura, Elliana Schwab, Sophia Mak and Bex Kwan, Mark Popinchalk, and Moiya McTier

Sunday, May 6, 2018

7:00pm

“We were peering into this darkness, crisscrossed with voices, when the change took place: the only real, great change I’ve ever happened to witness, and compared to it the rest is nothing.” —Italo Calvino, Cosmicomics For some nine months now, Sunday Service host Janani Balasubramanian has been in residence with the brown dwarf research group at the American Museum of …

Treatment: Prologue, Digital Video, 3:30, 2016
Treatment: Prologue, Digital Video, 3:30, 2016

Treatment: The Plan for Rain

May 6 – July 1, 2018

Opening Reception: May 6, 5:00 – 7:00pm

Treatment: The Plan for Rain is a project by Nicholas O’Brien that rethinks the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) stormwater collection program by focusing on soil biodiversity, transparency, maintenance, and its impact on citizens. Through a series of animations and sculptures, artist Nicholas O’Brien questions how the DEP’s plan employs System Engineering principles that often ignore the human element in …

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Ethereal Summit

Friday, May 11 – Saturday, May 12, 2018

 

Called the “SXSW of blockchain”, Ethereal brings together futurists, entrepreneurs, investors, artists, musicians, and humanitarians for two days of storytelling and knowledge sharing around the future we want to build using the power of transformative technologies.

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Knockdown Center x Open Engagement present a Discwoman Showcase with BEARCAT and Riobamba and a live performance by Lykanthea

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Doors at 9:00pm
Performances at 10:00pm

Free with Open Engagement Conference Pass
General Admission $5 at the door [CASH ONLY]

Knockdown Center and Open Engagement present an evening of performances and dancing with opening act Lykanthea followed by a Discwoman showcase with BEARCAT and Riobamba in conjunction with the Open Engagement SUSTAINABILITY conference May 11 – 13, 2018. Official drink sponsor for the event is Kombrewcha, the first hard kombucha that allows you to socialize without compromise.   Open Engagement 2018 – SUSTAINABILITY …

No State, 2018. Courtesy American Artist and Housing.
No State, 2018. Courtesy American Artist and Housing.

VISION AND TECHNOLOGY: toward a more just future

Monday May 14
9:30am – 5:30pm

VISION AND TECHNOLOGY: toward a more just future is a conference organized by the International Center of Photography (ICP) and Eyebeam that addresses the implications of visuality, representation, and privacy in the age of surveillance and big data. This public symposium convenes artists, technologists, and scholars to explore the following questions: How do artists and creative technologists respond to, or …

Treatment: A Place to Catch Dirty Water, Digital Video, 4:10, 2018
Treatment: A Place to Catch Dirty Water, Digital Video, 4:10, 2018

Treatment: Water Toxicity Workshop

Sunday, May 20, 2018

3:00pm

Free with RSVP **Rain or Shine**

Environmental advocate and educator Willis Elkins leads a workshop about water toxicity levels in Newtown Creek and his research as a founding member of the North Brooklyn Boat Club. Participants will meet at the Knockdown Center to talk about Elkins’ current research and then venture over to Newtown Creek and the English Kills (10min walk) to inspect some of the …

HELIC.AL
HELIC.AL

HELIC.AL presents Eric Random, Cindytalk, Das Ding, Interval, Artefactos De Dolor + more

Thursday May 24, 2018

9:00pm – 2:00am

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On 21 May 1993. the first ele_mental event at an Ohio State University parking garage, launched the careers of many midwestern electronic musicians; from Dieselboy, Archetyp, Todd Sines & Titonton. Their next event, Comfort, with almost a thousand attendees, crystallized their long-standing association with Detroit’s own Jon Santos, Brian Gillespie, Claude Young Jr. / Claude Young, Anthony Shakir, Mack Goudy …

Photo courtesy of Concha Vidal, photo by Tarek Serraj.
Photo courtesy of Concha Vidal, photo by Tarek Serraj.

ITINERANT Performance Art Festival Closing Event

Friday, May 25, 2018

7:00pm

ITINERANT Performance Art Festival NYC Closing Event featuring artists: Concha Vidal, Carl Lawrence, Angeli, and Steven Pestana. As a part of ITINERANT Performance Art Festival NYC May 17 – 25, 2018 Knockdown Center hosts the final performance event of ITINERANT Performance Art Festival NYC, an annual festival that invites the public to a week of Live Action Art in the …