Monday, January 07, 2008

Weekanerd NYC: Artsy Edition - David Eggers, Michel Gondry, Shooting War, Video Art, and Space

Monday, January 7

I never got on board the Dave Eggers train, but he does head the McSweeneys empire of literary nerdism, and he did open that superhero store in Brooklyn, so we'll give a shout out. He'll be talking with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a young writer who won the 2007 Orange Prize (as in, the mobile phone company, Orange, that did all those UK movie theater ads). It's all part of the "Editor's Take" series, which presents readings and discussions of issues surrounding civil liberties. $10 for those 35 and under (sweet!), $18 for over.

A Shooting War discussion, video art, space, and Michel Gondry (all for free!) after the jump...

Tuesday, January 8
Shooting War was on quite a few Best of 2007 lists (the chapters available on the web are certainly impressive), and the creative team has been all over New York these last few months. At this Q&A, Author Lappe will be talking about the war, comic books, and other relevant topics.

Wednesday, January 9
What's new in space? In distant galaxies there may be raging laser battles and giant Borg cubes floating around, but what's going on in our neck of the woods? Astrophysicist David Spergel ushers the new year with a free lecture on the cosmos, with an emphasis on that old favorite, dark matter. These things fill up fast and space is limited, so get there early if you want a seat.

Thursday, January 10
Who likes video art? Surely some of you must. I do, but I make the stuff. Come to think of it, most people I know who like video art also make it. That's not a good sign. So: this exhibit is built around time-based video works, including some animated work and an interesting sounding piece about subway riders. This is a reception, which usually means free food and/or drinks, but no promises.

Friday, January 11
indieWIRE Editor-In-Chief Eugene Hernadez moderates a discussion with Michel Gondry, who will be talking up his new movie, Be Kind, Rewind. That's that movie with Jack Black and Mos Def about lo-fi movie recreations. It was edited on Final Cut Pro, so bring some techie questions if you want to look cool in front of the attractive Apple Store employees.


Degan said...

ooh ooh ooh! I like video art! And technically speaking I DON'T make it (anymore) so that disproves your little theory! Speaking of which, how long does that show last, or is it just the one night dealy? I'd love to check it out. Interested in joining anyone in the art-nerdosphere?

AHR said...

You're in luck, that exhibition runs until the 12th. PS I know for a fact you've done video art as recently as four years ago, so you've disproved nothing.