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Culture Politics as Usual

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Seems the Death Star has met its match:

The Final Days of AT&T 

We're all moved in and expecting two more resident artists to join Jan Gerber this week. In the meantime it's culture politics as usual in Lower Manhattan as you can read in the text below. Lots of promises and no money:

October 31, 2005


The Thing enters the Death Star

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death star entrance
 
Never before seen pictures inside the Death Star:
 
 
More Pix from tinjail 
 
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Even buildings that were at the heart of old telecommunications technology, such as AT&T's onetime manual switching center at 32 Avenue of the Americas, at Walker Street, are being adapted to new technology. The building has been purchased by the Rudin family, which is adapting it for use by companies like MCI WorldCom and Qwest.

While a new generation of equipment will be installed upstairs at the old switching center, the landmarked lobby will retain the 1932 murals and the declaration that ''Telephone wires and radio unite to make neighbors of nations.''
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Confessions of a Wal-Mart Hit Man

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Confessions of a Wal-Mart Hit Man
Confessions of a Wal-Mart Hit Man -- blogger call invite 

Robert Greenwald's (Outfoxed) new documentary, "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" will premiere in NYC & LA theaters on Nov. 4th and will expand wide on November 13th to over 3,000 screenings nationwide in churches, colleges, and living rooms in the largest grassroots mobilization in movie history.

In making the film, we were fortunate enough to meet numerous former Wal-Mart store managers, including Weldon Nicholson, a whistleblower whose stories are so compelling that we made a special video,"Confessions of a Wal-Mart Hit Man" and are releasing it exclusively to the blogging community.  

http://www.walmartmovie.com/confessions/

In addition, we'd like to invite you to a special blogger conference call this Wednesday at 8pm ET with Mr. Nicholson and producer/director Robert Greenwald.  

What: Blogger conference call
When: Wed, Oct. 19th 8pm ET, 5pm PT
Who: Weldon Nicholson and Robert Greenwald

RSVP by emailing jim@gilliam.com, and I will give you the call-in information.


SPECFLIC 1.0 * Speculative Distributed Cinema

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SPECFLIC 1.0 * Speculative Distributed Cinema
Public Launch October 28th, 2005

Pre-show 8pm, main event 9pm-midnight
Calit2 Courtyard, UCSD Campus


Langlois Workshops Online

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Yvonne Spielmann Workshops
Workshops with Professor Yvonne Spielmann (Ph.D.) Online

The Daniel Langlois Foundation in Montreal is pleased to provide online access to a pedagogical document recounting the history of experimental video and electronic and digital imaging. This document includes excerpts from a three-day workshop given by Professor Yvonne Spielmann (Ph.D.), which was held at the Foundation's Centre for Research and Documentation (CR+D) from September 29 to October 1, 2004. It also contains excerpts of works by artists such as Steina and Woody Vasulka, Bill Etra, Dan Sandin, John F. Simon Jr. and Granular Synthesis:
Daniel Langlois Foundation


Image & Imagination Conference, NYU

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Image and Imagination
Image and Imagination

Thursday, October 13 - Saturday, October 15, 2005
at New York University

During the last few decades, the growing importance of images has triggered intensive public debate. Following the "linguistic turn" of the humanities during the 20th century, an "iconic turn" could lead to an equally fundamental reconstitution not only of the humanities but also our ways of communication. The conference will bring together experts from the USA and Europe who will address issues of the individual and collective imagination in creating and understanding images.


Talk by Dr. Axel Bruns, October 11, 2005

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***A REMINDER*** 

The Thing & The Institute for Distributed Creativity present:


Axel Bruns
 
Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production

 


video_dumbo, October 14 - 16, 2005

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Image: Swamp by Megan Cump

video_dumbo
October  14 - 16, 2005
Curated by Caspar Stracke and Gabriela Monroy

FRIDAY - October  14th, 2005
7:30 NEW  YORK WATER TAXI - Live  Film by Owen O’Toole,  and Bradley Eros
9:00 Opening Party: “TAUCHBECKEN!”


Wild Walls NY Event

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Wild Walls New York

As an extended part of Wild Walls New York: A Series of Films in/on Architecture, which will take place October 6–11, 2005, Artists Space presents a selection of artists’ videos that investigate, document, and disturb urban spaces, both public and private, new and old.

Wild Walls New York is organized by Artists Space and the Center for Architecture, and includes film screenings at Anthology Film Archives, special events at Artists Space, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Center for Architecture, and screenings in public spaces such as Columbus Circle and the former asphalt plant Asphalt Green.

Special Wild Walls NY Event at Artists Space: Thursday, October 6, 6–8pm

Kamal Aljafari: Visit Iraq (2003)
Carola Dertnig: A Room with a View at the Financial District (2001)
Eiko Grimberg: The Years to Come (2005)
Frank Oudeman: Time Warner (2004)
Judith Hopf, Natascha Sadr-Haghighian, Florian Zeyfang: Proprio aperto
(2004)

All films are on permanent view in the project space and will be
presented here in one individual screening.

other screenings:

Friday, October 7, 7-9pm, Anthology Film Archives
Ian Hugo: Jazz of Lights (1954)
Helen Levitt: In the Street (1952)
Shirley Clarke: Skyscraper (1959)
Stan Brakhage: The Wonder Ring (1955)
Shirley Clarke: Bridges Go Round (1958)
Francis Thomson: N.Y., N.Y. (1957)
Don Owen: High Steel (1965)

Saturday, October 8, 6:30-8:30pm, Anthology Film Archives
All films by Rudolph Burkhardt:
The Pursuit of Happiness (1940)
The Climate of New York (1948)
Under The Brooklyn Bridge (1953)
The Aviary /Nymphlight/A Fable For Fountains (1955/57)
What Mozart Saw on Mulberry Street (1956)
Mulberry Street (with Joseph Cornell) (1957/1965)
Eastside Summer (1959)

Sunday. October 9, 10am-4pm, Center for Architecture
Regular or Super - Views on Mies van der Rohe (2005)
Jakub Wagner: Profil—Jan Kaplicky (2005)
Bregtje van der Haak: Lagos (2005)
Jeffrey Kipnis: A Constructive Madness (2003)
S. Shahbazi & T. Zolghadr: Tehran 1380 (2002),
Thomas Wartmann & Stefan Tolz: Adobe Towns (2005)

Sunday, October 9, 6:30-8:30pm, Anthology Film Archives
All films by Rudolph Burkhardt:
Sodom and Gomorrah, New York 10036 (1976)
Dwellings (1975)
City Pasture (1975)
Tree Streets (1995)

Monday, October 10, all day, 2 Columbus Circle
Frank Oudeman: Time Warner (2004)

VENUES
Artists Space, 38 Greene Street, 3rd Floor, New York NY 10013
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, New York NY 10009
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York NY 10012
2 Columbus Circle, (the former Huntington Hartford's Gallery of Modern Art), New York NY


Friends of the High Line Events

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Friends of The High Line Header
 

HIGH LINE PRE-GROUNDBREAKING OCTOBER EVENTS

October 8 and 9: High Line Viewing with Open House New York FREE
A rare chance to view the High Line up close, from a building directly adjacent to the High Line, as part of the third annual openhousenewyork weekend.

Viewing will take place from the loft gallery of the Phillips, de Pury & Company auction house, directly adjacent to the High Line. 450 West 15th Street, between 9th and 10th Aves. Saturday, October 8, from 11:00am to 4:00pm, Sunday, October 9, from 12:00 noon to 4:00pm.

Scheduled Presentations by Friends of the High Line will take place at Phillips, de Pury & Company (address above).

  • Saturday, 12:00 noon: High Line History
  • Saturday, 2:00 pm: Project Overview (project history and design)
  • Sunday, 12:00 noon: High Line Design (by design team members from Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro)
  • Sunday, 2:00 pm: Project Overview (project history and design)

New High Line Merchandise will be for sale for the first time at OHNY, including new FHL posters by photographer Joel Sternfeld and graphic designer Paula Scher ($10), and new FHL T-shirts, designed by Michael de Feo ($10).

October 14 - November 20: Creative Time's Exhibition The Plain of Heaven FREE
 Creative Time presents an international exhibition of works inspired by the High Line's upcoming transformation. Artists include Sol LeWitt, Trisha Donnelly, Gordon Matta-Clark and many others. The exhibition will be displayed in an out-of-use meat-packing plant at the High Line's southern terminus. 820 Washington Street, at Gansevoort Street. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, October 14 – November 20. 12 noon – 6:00 pm. Opening party: Friday, October 14, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm.  FREE.  View the press release for more information.