Fleshing Out the Ghost

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In conjunction with the exhibition Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin: Universal Skin Salvation, the artist will give a performance lecture incorporating images and video to expand on thematics addressed within the show.

With K-beauty advertised as achieving the flesh of a Korean female subject devoid of her subjectivities, it becomes apparent that she is repurposed as technology for attaining desirable surface quality, one rendered as technically superior flesh. What skin are we seeking and looking at in K-beauty – one that emphasizes rehabilitation from war, narrative of assimilation in the U.S., and machinic visions of Asiatic femininity? Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin’s performance lecture “Fleshing Out the Ghost: the Fetish, Desire, and Master in K-beauty” investigates K-beauty as a site to unpack its racialized and gendered imaginary of Korean flesh and the fetish that congeals from it. Shin examines how the Korean woman complicates instead of clarifies the distinction between the master and the fetish object and the haunting and the following pleasures that occur from “wearing” contaminated desires of otherness as second skin.

About the exhibition
On view November 10 – December 16, 2018.
Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin: Universal Skin Salvation exhibition features a custom line of K-beauty products and a fully immersive sauna alongside new video, photo, and collage works. Visitors are invited to apply the beauty products and enter the sauna installation, absorbing small amounts of home-brewed lactic acid. For Shin, the active bacterial agent acts as a stand-in for bodily rehabilitation from the Korean War, and as an extension of the Korean “flesh” enlivened by biological matter.

Sunday Service: Miguel Gutierrez Presents…

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Sunday Service: Miguel Gutierrez Presents… Bryanna Bradley, Camilo Godoy, Evelyn Sanchez Narvaez, and xtian w

Miguel Gutierrez hosts the final Sunday Service of the season on December 9th, where invited artists Bryanna Bradley, Camilo Godoy, Evelyn Sanchez Narvaez, and xtian w will respond to ideas around ancestry.

Gutierrez offers the following prompt to the artists: “I have been thinking about “ancestry,” which I see as a kind of fascination for many artists, particularly trans and POC peeps. I’m wondering about how people are contending with the past to forge a future. Is this a tension for you or not? How do you think of the concept of ancestry? How do tethers to the past make space for the future for you?”

About the Curator

Miguel Gutierrez lives in Brooklyn, NY. He creates dance-based performances, music and poetry that focus on desire, identity and the search for meaning. His work has been presented in venues such as Centre National de Danse, Centre Pompidou, ImPulsTanz, Fringe Arts, Walker Art Center, TBA/PICA, MCA Chicago, New York Live Arts, Live Arts Bard, American Realness, and the 2014 Whitney Biennial. He has received support from Creative Capital, MAP, National Dance Project, and Jerome Foundation. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, United States Artists, New York Foundation for the Arts, Tides Foundation and an award from Foundation for Contemporary Art. He is a 2016 Doris Duke Artist and he has received four NY Dance and Performance Bessie Awards. He recently created a commission for Ballet de Lorraine in Nancy, France. He runs LANDING, an educational initiative at Gibney and his book When You Rise Up is available from 53rd State Press. His upcoming piece, This Bridge Called My Ass, premieres in January 2019.

About the Artists

Bryanna Bradley is a Queens native and a body-based broad. In July 2016, Bradley participated in the Improv Traditions & Innovations Program at The School at Jacob’s Pillow under the tutelage of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (Urban Bush Women). That same summer she was a Black Girl Spectrum (BGS) on Tour participant with award-winning choreographer Camille A. Brown. In May 2017, Bradley premiered her dance work buck:an exploration of black masculinity in Nick Cave’s exhibit ‘Unti’ at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), the largest contemporary art museum in the U.S. Bradley made her theatrical debut in October 2017 as a guest actor and choreographer at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts(MCLA) Theatre production of Passing Strange. She has performed for other artists like choreographer Mersiha Mesihoivc/Circuit Debris, dream-pop band Arc Iris, and Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges. Bradley was a 2018 LANDING program participant at Gibney led by Miguel Gutierrez and spends her days laughing at her own sense of humor.

Camilo Godoy is an artist whose practice is concerned with the construction of political meanings and histories. His work engages with conceptual, photographic, and choreographic strategies to negotiate questions that confront the politics of citizenship, imperialism and sexuality. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia and is based in New York, United States. He is a graduate of The New School with a BFA from Parsons School of Design, 2012; and a BA from Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, 2013. Godoy was recently a 2017 Artist-in-Residence, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP); and 2015-2017 Artist-in-Residence, Movement Research. His work has been presented in public space as a billboard in New York and at venues such as Instituto Cervantes, New York; La MaMa Galleria, New York; Donaufestival, Krems; and Mousonturm, Frankfurt; among others. Godoy is currently in Session at Recess and has a solo exhibition in February 2019 at CUE in New York.

Sun/moon Evelyn is a complicated happy child allowing herself to feel. They are grounded by healing, being messy, collaging, style & adornment, soil, salty & sweet waters, spirits, traditions, incense, story, vulnerability, rigor AND are currently being challenged by Abby Z and the New Utility, Jill Sigman, Miguel Gutierrez, Gibney, and the shadows of her past. Evelyn shows gratitude to the lineage of Warrior (womb)yn they come from by continuing to live in laughter (a privilege few get to practice).

xtian w is a non binary trans femme writer and performer. Their poems and essays appear in [PANK], No, Dear, VIDA, Bone Bouquet, Jaded Ibis, and Hematopoiesis Press, among others. Current creative—life interests include Medusa, hysteria, Trans sensorialities, weaving and braiding, coriander, ancestry, gut bacteria, ghazals, list poems, friendship beyond heteronormativity, boundaries, and houseplants. An Aquarius sun/ Capricorn moon/ Virgo rising, xtian is an MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU and paints their nails in Brooklyn.

About Sunday Service
Taking place the first Sunday of each month, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of cross-disciplinary performances and presentations that brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service centers works in progress, interdisciplinary endeavors, and diversity in format showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster the testing of ideas and critical discourse amongst peers.

Sunday Service is programmed by Stephanie Acosta and Alexis Wilkinson, Knockdown Center’s Director of Exhibitions and Live Art.

Hospital Fest

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HOSPITAL FEST 2018

Hospital Productions — the cult NYC record label specializing in underground music, founded in 1997 by Dominick Fernow — returns for its annual festival showcasing the interconnectivity of cold music subcultures. Voyeurs will discover a diverse and heavily curated cross section of the noise, electronic, and metal music landscapes hardening before the December solstice

EARLY SHOW – 12PM [Early show tickets include entry into the late show]

Featuring: Power Trip with Prurient & Iggor Cavalera (of Sepultura), Merzbow, Jesu with special guests [Justin K Broadrick], Kelly Moran, Linekraft, Final [Justin K Broadrick], Autoerotichrist, 51717, Zohra Atash, Country Club, Nikki Sneakers, Ron Morelli official – Live

LATE SHOW – 11PM

Featuring: Silent Servant (Official) – Live, Shifted, Becka Diamond, Ancient Methods

+ More To Be Announced

all day: all night

Andy Stott / Demdike Stare / Nick Klein / rrao

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Quo Vadis and Knockdown Center Present

Andy Stott – Live
Demdike Stare
Nick Klein – Live
rrao – Live

21+

Andy Stott [Modern Love] With a sound that’s both worldly and underworldly, elegant and hauntingly distorted, Andy Stott is one of dark electronic music’s most cherished producers. The Manchester native deconstructs the traditional elements of dub and techno—analog Roland synths and Elektron drum machine grooves—compounding them with idiosyncratic melodies and field recordings, resulting in a sound that’s infinitely listenable yet boldly provocative. Moments of sentimentality recall the glory days of rave and euro-house before deliberately and unceremoniously decomposing into a stark sonic void

Stott’s dancefloor mastery and left-field sensibility have made him a cult favorite, with adherents everywhere from the obscure nooks of Berlin’s Berghain to the pages of Pitchfork, who awarded their Best New Music designation to both his 2014 album Faith In Strangers and 2012’s Luxury Problems. His new record, 2016’s Too Many Voices was lauded by Tiny Mixtapes, who described it as “home to some of his most severely commanding and disturbingly tender songs to date.”

Demdike Stare [Modern Love] A Quo Vadis favorite back with us for the fourth time, Demdike Stare is equal parts rhythmic noise and occult black magic. Miles Whitaker and Sean Canty grew up in Manchester and bonded over a love of crate-digging. In the late aughts, they formed up as Demdike Stare, named for the Pendle witch coven matriarch Demdike (née Elizabeth Southerns). Their sound meshes syncopated breakbeats with primal pounding, slick-wet ambiance with dusty samples, luscious drones with expansive orchestral passages. Allmusic praised their 2016 Wonderland, saying, “Demdike Stare sound like they’re having an enormous amount of fun coming up with the most off-the-wall bangers they can summon from their machines.”

Nick Klein [LI.E.S/Bank/Alter] A prodigy of gritty electronic textures with roots in Miami, Nick Klein is a producer, event curator, and co-founder of the Primitive Languages imprint based in Brooklyn. He has been putting out a stream of experimental noise contraptions and infectious minimal tech bangers since 2013. Labels that have published Klein include ALTERBANK Records NYC, and Ascetic House, as well as LIES Records News who released his 2016 EP Rhinestone Cowboy, an underground hit. Krossfingers calls his 2018 EP Lowered Flaming Coffin a “phenomenal release,” adding, “it feels fresh after listening.” He recently performed a b2b set with Cienfuegos broadcasted by Boiler Room from the eighteen-hour Fourth World party series

rrao [The Bunker New York] Known primarily for working soundboards at dancefloors and underground boîtes, rrao is currently releasing her first original tracks, and she’s letting the music do the talking. Her debut single “Anita”, a track rich with stereoscopic drones, driving tablas, and immersive found sounds, appeared on the 15 Years of The Bunker compilation. She’s often seen spinning alongside her labelmates from The Bunker at Brooklyn most beloved spots

Universal Skin Salvation: A Conversation

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Join Knockdown Center and BOMB Magazine for an evening celebrating Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin’s exhibition Universal Skin Salvation — the artist’s first large-scale solo exhibition featuring a custom line of K-beauty products and a fully immersive sauna. In the spirit of BOMB’s interviews, Knockdown Center and BOMB host a conversation with artists Valery Jung Estabrook, Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin and scholar So-Rim Lee to discuss their respective practices, intersecting areas of research, and topics prompted by the works in the exhibition such as cultural possession, concepts of beauty and the cosmetic industry, and technology and management of the self.

Reception to follow in Knockdown Center’s bar, the Ready Room.

Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin explores the porousness of bodily boundaries and the ceaseless movement of living processes, like fermentation that echo the history of colonialism. Shin is interested in entangling the history of conquest and the literal digestion of material – herbs, medicine, and food – into a new system of relations that emerge from a complicated history of entanglement. Shin has exhibited at SPRING/BREAK, New York, NY (2018), Disclaimer Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2018), AC Institute, New York, NY (2017), Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY (2017), Miranda Kuo Gallery, New York, NY (2017), and many others. Forthcoming shows include Phantom Limb at Cody Dock, London, England and Ghost in the Ghost at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY. Shin lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Valery Jung Estabrook was born in Plantation, Florida, and grew up on an organic Asian pear farm in rural southwestern Virginia. She holds an MFA in Painting from Brooklyn College and a BA in Visual Art from Brown University. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including New York, Los Angeles, Lagos, Bilbao, and Melbourne. In 2018 she received the Gold AHL-T&W Foundation Contemporary Visual Art Award, an annual award recognizing artists of Korean heritage in the United States. She currently resides in New Mexico.

So-Rim Lee is the 2018-19 Center for Korean Research-Academy of Korean Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University. Lee researches on contemporary popular culture’s complex embodiments of neoliberalism through performance studies and visual culture, with a focus on South Korea. Lee’s doctoral dissertation, “Performing the Self: Cosmetic Surgery and the Political Economy of Beauty in Korea,” weds historiography, cultural studies, media studies, and performance analysis to construe cosmetic surgery as a mode of performing one’s subjectivity in contemporary Korea. Lee has previously written for New Theatre Quarterly, Performance Research, and Theatre Survey, and is a recipient of the Ric Weiland Humanities and Sciences Fellowship, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, and the Charlene Porras Graduate Scholar Award from the El Centro Chicano y Latino at Stanford University.

About the exhibition
On view November 10 – December 16, 2018
Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin: Universal Skin Salvation features a custom line of K-beauty products and a fully immersive sauna alongside new video, photo, and collage works. Visitors are invited to apply the beauty products and enter the sauna installation, absorbing small amounts of home-brewed lactic acid. For Shin, the active bacterial agent acts as a stand-in for bodily rehabilitation from the Korean War, and as an extension of the Korean “flesh” enlivened by biological matter.

I Am Soca: Flashback

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A retro Soca fete with a hint of new flavor plus music by top Soca DJs and a performance from Edwin Yearwood + more to be added!

Tickets On Sale!

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For Event Info & More Follow On Facebook & Instagram @IAmSocaEvent

Or Visit www.IAmSocaEvent.com

Ben Klock / Anthony Parasole / Newa

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Knockdown Center presents Ben Klock (Ostgut Ton, Klockworks)

with support from Anthony Parasole (Ostgut Ton, Output), Newa (Klockworks, Semantica, Bassiani)

Knockdown Center is thrilled to welcome Klockworks label-founder Ben Klock to its main space on November 23rd, 2018 along with Output resident Anthony Parasole, and Klockworks labelmate Newa in support. A fixture in Resident Advisor’s top-10 DJs for the better part of a decade, Ben Klock needs little introduction. Having become a Berghain resident in 2005, he has since established himself at the forefront of Berlin’s modern Techno movement, an ever-present symbol of the city’s vast musical landscape. His long-standing relationship with the notorious Techno institution has formed the backdrop to his success, providing an invaluable platform that has allowed him to become one of the most in-demand DJ/producers of the current generation.

Those who have witnessed him perform will note not only the diversity in his track selection, but also his ability to create a room rather than just play to it. Though intense and powerful, his DJ output reflects a certain kind of fervour, capturing an artistry and emotion that can often appear absent from the Techno genre. He also possesses a wonderful understanding of how to adapt his music to the circumstances, a competence that means he can be found at both large-scale festivals and small intimate club settings around the world.

Klockworks, a label Ben founded in 2006 as a home for his more raw and minimal productions, has shifted its focus over recent years to become a medium for him to present his more diverse personal tastes and support developing talents. The growth of the label has been aided by a series of showcases at various international locations, including London’s Village Underground, New York, Barcelona, Detroit and Berlin, with more on the horizon.

Anthony Parasole should also need no introduction to newer or longer-standing dancers of the New York Deep House and Techno scenes. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Anthony Parasole has had a lifelong love affair with electronic music. Listening to radio shows playing the early dance tracks from New York, Chicago, Detroit, and beyond, really perked up his ears. His earliest experiences at the New York clubs and Storm Raves blew his mind wide open. His engulfment in this gritty New York street music and culture is an influence on his style to this day, not only in his music but in the entire artistic aesthetic of his labels.

Anthony has productions out on his own labels, The Corner & Deconstruct, as well as for Marcel Dettmann’s mighty Techno imprint MDR. Parasole has since made the progression to resident at Berghain and through this platform he began shaping his sound and technique, pushing his deep, raw, driving, rhythmic, percussive, and mesmerizing sound that club-goers have come to know and love. Soon after, Anthony became resident at Output in his home town Brooklyn, NY and he continues to consistently challenge dancefloors worldwide.

Newa (real name Ana Kublashvili) hails from Tbilisi, Georgia, and has grown into one of the most talented and recognized producers from the region. Being the first female DJ/producer to have releases on Ben Klock’s label Klockworks, with additional releases on Bassiani and Semantica, Newa has played alongside Klockworks artists at Photon showcases at Berghain, Bassiani and others across the world.

The Read Live!

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Join Kid Fury and Crissle for a live taping of their weekly podcast covering hip-hop and pop culture’s most trying stars. Throwing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude, no star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyoncé. (Or Blue Ivy.)

As transplants to NYC, The Read also serves as an on-air therapy session for two friends trying to adjust to life and rats in the big city.

In conjunction with Werk It – the Women’s Podcast Festival. The annual Werk It festival from WNYC Studios is the podcasting industry’s only gathering dedicated to elevating women’s voices on both sides of the microphone. For registration to Werk It! (November 13-14, 2018) visit https://www.werkitfestival.com/

[Tickets to The Read Live! and Werk It! Festival are sold separately and do not gain access to the other]

Werk It! A Women’s Podcast Festival

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Join Werk It: A Women’s Podcast Festival, the inimitable annual gathering for women shaping the future of podcasting! Two full days of conversations, workshops, live tapings, networking events, and one-on-one mentoring sessions, plus our Podcast Accelerator: your chance to pitch a show, incubate a pilot, and score a development deal with WNYC Studios.

Register now to become a part of our growing community of female and non-binary producers, hosts, writers, reporters, editors, engineers, social media managers, marketers, sound designers, video producers, entrepreneurs, and executives, from across the United States and around the world, in all stages of our careers.

We’ll be updating the schedule and list of presenters, posting information and ticketing for evening Werk It events happening at venues across NYC, and sharing FAQs about the festival at www.werkitfestival.com.

Werk It is produced by WNYC Studios, the home of Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, 2 Dope Queens, Note to Self, Snap Judgment, Sooo Many White Guys, Here’s the Thing, The New Yorker Radio Hour, On the Media, Nancy and other great podcasts.

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