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Aquarium from Austronesia — NYC Pier 25

Aquarium from Austronesia

Aboard the Historic Lilac Steamship
Pier 25, New York, NY | June 16th, 23rd and 30th, 2012 | 8:00PM-11:30PM

“The boat has…been for our civilization, from the sixteenth century until the present…the greatest reserve of the imagination.” – Michel Foucault

In a series of summer Saturday soirees under the orchestration of artist Beatrice Glow, and in­ collaboration with new media artist Matt Romein, the Aquarium from Austronesia will arrive on the Hudson River. The historic Lilac Steamship, built in 1933 and currently berthed at Pier 25 in Tribeca, will be transformed by a site-responsive installation consisting of video and illuminated sculptures that map and visualize Austronesia — the region that shares linguistic roots originating from Taiwan, spanning west to Madagascar and east to Easter Island.

The art work celebrates five thousand years of transpacific human interconnectivity and migration through the visual metaphor of illuminated drawings of fish from Austronesia that conjoin islands to islands, continents to continents, and cultures to cultures. By approaching Austronesian prehistory on the Lilac Steamship, the romanticized Gauguinesque Pacific is juxtaposed against the backdrop of the colonial aesthetics of WWII era maritime instruments. The exhibition seeks to re-envision the possibilities of dissolving long engendered prejudices and fomenting new spaces for reflections.
Each evening will feature a live art programming with new work and improvisations by Angelica Negron’s musical ensemble Arturo en el Barco, Masami Tomihisa and musicians, Peptalk (Preshish Moments and Shayna Dunkleman), Chuck Bettispresenting Silver Process, and conceptual butoh performance by Sindy Butz.

Special Thanks to the Generous Support of: The Lilac Preservation Project and its Museum Director, Mary Habstritt; Steve Macfarlane, The Special Consultant; Gerry Weinstein; David Hodgson; Reid Bingham; Wei-Chuan Chiang “Riyar” at the Fisheries Research Institute, COA; John Zorn; Anne and Andy Guo; Jeremiah Cymerman; Joaquin Goldstein of ZonaTreinta; Mauricio Montesinos; Christina Sun; Sean Galagan; Helaine Gawlica; Hiroshi Shafer.

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*On-going: Sound Installation by Peptalk, Video installation by Beatrice Glow and Matt Romein,  Illuminated Installation byBeatrice Glow  

*Admission is free. This is a 100% artist-run project. Donations and proceeds from beverage sales during the event will benefit the Lilac Preservation Project, whose mission is to restore the ship to set sail again.


June 16th

8PM: DJ Peptalk

9PM: Masami Tomihisa. Aki Goto, Andrew Lafkas, Lary Seven, Patrick Holmes, and Barry Weisblat at the Main Deck

10PM: Peptalk at the Main Deck

11PM: DJ Peptalk


June 23rd

8PM: DJ Peptalk

9PM: Chuck Bettis

10PM: Sindy Butz, Conceptual Butoh

11PM: DJ Peptalk


June 30th

8PM: DJ Peptalk

8:30PM: Sindy Butz, Conceptual Butoh

9:00PM: Arturo en el Barco in the

Petty Officer’s Room

10:00 PM: Masami TomihisaMia Theodoratus,

and Lary Seven in the Engine Room

11:00PM: DJ Peptalk

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“Cultures Of Resistance” — Artists On Arts & Activism Suheir Hammad, Sidd Joag, Iara Lee, Paul D. Miller — Workshop | Film Screening | Panel Discussion

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU presents

“Cultures Of Resistance” — Artists On Arts & Activism
Suheir Hammad, Sidd Joag, Iara Lee, Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky)
Workshop | Film Screening | Panel Discussion

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
RSVP to WORKSHOP and FILM/PANEL: online at www. | | 212.992.9653
FREE and open to the public.

A/P/A Institute asks four artists — Suheir Hammad, Sidd Joag, Iara Lee and Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) — to explore the idea of being “the change they want to see” as set forth by filmmaker Iara Lee in her film “Cultures of Resistance.” The workshop, screening and discussion will provide launching points for artists, scholars and community to come together in discussion on artistsʼ roles in global change and resistance.

WORKSHOP with Artist Sidd Joag, freeDimensional
NYU Institute for Public Knowledge
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

Artist Sidd Joag of freeDimensional will facilitate a workshop on its new region-specific model for providing distress services to artists and culture workers in areas of conflict. Participants will engage with the concept, purpose, structure and outcomes of Regional Triage Teams – network activators designed to advocate for and access resources on behalf of artists facing political repression as a result of their activist work.

FILM “Cultures of Resistance” dir. Iara Lee
NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
24 West 12th Street, Auditorium

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Lee encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story. From Iran, where graffiti and rap became tools in fighting government repression, to Burma, where monks acting in the tradition of Gandhi take on a dictatorship, moving on to Brazil, where musicians reach out to slum kids and transform guns into guitars, and ending in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, where photography, music, and film have given a voice to those rarely heard, “Cultures of Resistance” explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.

NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò,
24 West 12th Street, Auditorium

The film is the launching point for the post-screening panel featuring filmmaker Iara Lee (“Cultures of Resistence”), Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky on the Vanuatu Pacifica Project and Tanna Center for the Arts), poet Suheir Hammad, and artist Sidd Joag. The panel will explore the role of the artist in a global society, including that of the diasporic artist. The panel will be moderated by NYU Tisch School of the Artsʼ Art & Public Policy Program chair Randy Martin.

Co-sponsored by: The Institute for Public Knowledge; Tisch School of the Arts’ Art & Public Policy Program; NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions; NYU Students for Justice in Palestine; and the NYU Center for Media, Culture and History


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POST-9/11 BROWN HIP HOP SHOW Featuring MC Chee Malabar and DJ Ali

Featuring MC Chee Malabar and DJ Ali
Friday, October 14
8 -10 PM
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Wallis Theater (TIC)
Check out the event Facebook page for more info!



Made possibly by: Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences – Asian American Studies – Initiative on Comparative Race and Diaspora – American Studies – African American Studies – Performance Studies – Colloquium for Ethnicity and Diaspora – Asian Pacific American Coalition – Asian/Asian American Student Affairs – Multicultural Student Affairs – Asian and Middle East Studies Program – Simeon Leland Fund

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APRIL 24, Downtown Los Angeles. Hidden Legacy: A tribute to teachers of Japanese traditional arts in the wartime WRA camps

Hidden Legacy: A tribute to teachers of Japanese traditional arts in the wartime WRA camps, featuring seven living artists of that period, will be held on Saturday, April 24 at Koyasan Buddhist Temple, 342 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

The program will start at 3 pm, featuring performances of classical odori (dance), biwa (5-string lute-like instrument), nagauta shamisen, koto, and Bon Odori (dance to honor the dead).

From 4 pm, discussion will take place with the featured artists, and panel moderator Prof. Jere Takahashi, Lecturer of Asian American Studies at UC Berkeley.

Admission are suggested donation $20 for general, $15 for seniors and students with ID. For information and reservations, call (213) 628-2725 ext.133, or email Gavin Kelley

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Chicago Asian American Showcase April 2-15, 2010

Featuring Films, Music, Visual Art Exhibition, and Performance


The Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) was founded in 1995 by journalist Ben Kim, and musicians Sooyoung Park and William Shin. Known then as Fortune4, the organization’s first project was a New York Times- and MTV-lauded recording and subsequent tour of Asian American rock bands, entitled Ear of the Dragon. Capitalizing on their success, in 1996 the group created the Annual Chicago Asian American Showcase (the Showcase), which, in its fifteen years, has become one of the Midwest’s premier celebrations of Asian American culture, and the nation’s only film festival dedicated exclusively to Asian American film. Incorporated as a not-for-profit in 1999, FAAIM has succeeded in establishing strong working relationships with artists, community leaders and organizations, and mainstream cultural institutions, including the Gene Siskel Film Center, which has served as a venue and partner for the Showcase since its inception.

Since 2001 Executive Director Tim Hugh has helmed FAAIM in its mission to promote film, video, and other media by and about Asian Americans.  Recognizing Chicago’s distinction as home to a fertile and diverse artistic community, and a city with a rich, vibrant history of Asian American experiences, FAAIM capitalizes on all that the city has to offer in order to achieve its founding goals:

  • Educate communities – Asian American and mainstream, local and national – about Asian American history and issues.
  • Introduce Asian American perspectives into the ongoing self-definition of or multicultural society in Chicago, the Midwest, and the United States.
  • Foster understanding across lines of race, ethnicity, religion, age, and region.
  • Sustain growth and encourage excellence in Asian American culture, and elevate Chicago’s place within it.

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Alejandro Acierto Feb shows in Chicago and New York

Greetings friends, family, and amazing people!

I just wanted to fill you in on some really exciting performances this month, even if they are a little last minute. I should point out that the Opera Cabal production (an avant-garde opera group I’m on tour with) is quite stellar. So if you get a chance, I highly recommend seeing this. Tickets are going fast, and I’m not just saying that to say it, they really are going fast. Oh, and here’s the Time Out Chicago  <> article on it and Opera Cabal’s website <> .

Hope to see you soon at one of these!

Much love and in peace, alejandro.


with Opera Cabal
Friday, Feb 19
Saturday, Feb 20
8 pm
Curtiss Hall, Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Ave
Get Chicago Tickets Here <>


with Opera Cabal
Monday, Feb 22
8 pm
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street (at the corner of Water St)
Brooklyn, NY (in DUMBO)
Tickets $15 / $10 students, seniors
Get New York Tickets Here <>

with loadbang
Sunday, Feb 28
Roger Smith Hotel <,0,15331912399246142964&ei=k8Z8S6jJJtHS8QbFr4jyBQ&ved=0CBEQnwIwAA&ll=40.75636,-73.973587&spn=0.009053,0.022724&z=16&iwloc=A>
501 Lexington Avenue (between 47th and 48th)
New York, NY

As a part of the iNSIDE Out series, loadbang will present a concert of all new music, composed for the occasion by each member of the ensemble.
Tickets and info <>

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