Launch: New Lyrics / Exchange Variation
Thursday, May 2 - 7pm
Please join us for the launch of two recent artists' books published by Wendy's Subway: New Lyrics by Alec Mapes-Frances and Exchange Variation by Adriana Ramić and Elizaveta Shneyderman.
New Lyrics is a collection of YouTube video stills. User-generated, software-based textual notation transcribes nonverbal, preverbal, or post-verbal intervals. "The lyric I”: pop lyric or lyric poem scripted by impersonal repetition (4x). Sighs, defaults, refrains, sound checks, customizable transitions. Emulation of desire.
Exchange Variation is held in a wire rack inside an animal mascot convenience store. Bobby Fischer plays chess in Yugoslavia before and during its collapse. A missing encoded image of Josip Broz Tito was last seen in a furniture factory. 2,400 Belarusian Rubles can buy a reproduction of the 50-year old Крокодил Гена. “For the most long time your playmates could eggs from the other broken pigs from the puddle.” Here is an alphabet. Control of the e-file, and its corresponding outposts supported by the d-pawns (e5 for White, e4 for Black) is paramount. Anyhow, is there a name for this opening and how should Black continue?
Alec Mapes-Frances lives in New York and works as a writer, researcher, and independent graphic designer. His writing has appeared in BOMB Magazine, Journal of Art Criticism, Organism for Poetic Research, and elsewhere.
Adriana Ramić is an artist based in New York. She has had one and two person exhibitions at Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson; Kimberly-Klark, New York, and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; and exhibited at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; New Galerie, Paris; LUMA, Westbau, Zürich,Kunstpalais, Erlangen, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; among others. Her work has been covered in publications such as Artforum, Flash Art, the New York Times, Rhizome, SFMOMA Open Space, and Wired, and she has spoken at Signal Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö; American Medium, New York, home school, Portland, Yale School of Art, New Haven, and University of the Arts, Helsinki.
Elizaveta Shneyderman is a writer and curator based in New York. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and Rhizome, among others. She has curated exhibitions at White Columns Online, CCS Bard, Hunter East Harlem Gallery, Fastnet, and Mana Contemporary as part of Rail Curatorial Projects. She is Co-Founder and Editor of Natasha, a magazine of new nonfiction writing.
Introvert Think-In: A Long Table for Shy Radicals
Wednesday, May 8 - 7pm
How do you navigate New York City as an introvert? What spaces in the city offer sanctuary for the quiet and awkward? How would you change the city and its representations in culture, film, and fiction to overturn extrovert-supremacy?
Hamja Ahsan, author of Shy Radicals: Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert invites you to participate in a Long Table discussion. The Long Table format, modeled on Lois Weaver's Public address systems, takes the format of an open evening dinner party where participants can join in, draw, sit back, and listen. Ahsan is joined by artist Tammy Nguyen and filmmaker Noa Ryan to give introductory and opening remarks. Discussion will follow.
Hamja Ahsan is an artist, writer, activist and curator based in London. He is the author of the book Shy Radicals: Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert, and the founder and co-curator of the DIY Cultures festival of creative activism, zines and independent publishing since 2013. He was shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights Award for Free Talha Ahsan campaign on extradition and detention without trial under the War on Terror. His recent writing was anthologized in No Colour Bar: Black Art in Action 1960-1990. He has presented art projects at New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1; Tate Modern; Gwangju Biennale; Shaanakht Festival, Pakistan; Shilpa Academy, Bangladesh; and Brown University. He is currently working on a project on the role of zines in the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, Britain’s largest police cover-up. He is a guest lecturer in art practice across universities in the UK and Continental Europe. His forthcoming exhibition will be in Slavs and Tartar's curated Ljubljana Biennial 2019.
Tammy Nguyen is a multimedia artist whose work spans painting, drawing, silkscreen and book making. Intersecting geopolitical realities with fiction, her practice addresses lesser-known histories through a blend of myth and visual narrative. She is the founder of Passenger Pigeon Press, an independent press that joins the work of scientists, journalists, creative writers, and artists to create politically nuanced and cross-disciplinary projects. Born in San Francisco, Nguyen received a BFA from Cooper Union in 2007. The year following, she received a Fulbright scholarship to study lacquer painting in Vietnam, where she remained and worked with a ceramics company for three years thereafter. Nguyen received an MFA from Yale in 2013 and was awarded the Van Lier Fellowship at Wave Hill in 2014. She has exhibited at the Rubin Museum, The Fine Arts Museum of Ho Chi Minh City and the Bronx Museum, among others. Her work is included in the collections of Yale University, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, MIT Library, the Walker Art Center Library, and the Museum of Modern Art Library.
Noa Ryan is an emerging filmmaker, zine maker, and animator based in New York. She is collaborating with Hamja Ahsan on a special New York City edition zine of Shy Radicals, exploring introvert navigations of the city. She works at a film archive and collaborates on projects as a freelance filmmaker and writer.