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Friday, July 31

8:30pm; Tickets $10 – Purchase Here

For many of the few who have been able to see it, Something Must Break is considered one of the best attempts at transgender representation and the psycho-social complexities that this subjectivity entails. Located in contemporary Stockholm, the film gives us a glimpse in the life of Saga, a young transgender woman living and surviving in a not so inviting Sweden. Based on a novel by Swedish writer Eli Leven, this film portraits a possible poetic optimism that doesn’t falls into cheesy, mainstream narratives. Despite the fact that this film has been commercially released in Sweden, Germany, and other Eastern European countries it does not have distribution in the US, so this screening is one of the few occasions to watch it.

Curated by Clara López Menéndez

Part of Feature Fridays, presented by SCRUFF. Co-presented by Opening Ceremony.

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We are pleased to announce our first CSA initiative with Red Hook Community Farm.

CSA, a Community Supported Agriculture, is a weekly subscription to fresh, organic food from a local farm during the growing season. Each CSA member pays in advance for weekly produce between mid July and mid November.

The Red Hook Community Farm is a 2.75-acre urban farm runner by Added Value located in Red Hook, Brooklyn, at Columbia and Beard streets.

For more informations about prices and subscriptions, please contact Pioneer Works Artist-in-Residence Carmen Bouyer:

Second Sundays
Sunday, August 9; 4-10pm
$10 Suggested Donation

SECOND SUNDAYS is a monthly series of open studios, live music, and site-specific interventions presented by Pioneer Works the second Sunday of every month. The series showcases artists in residence along with musical performances and DJs, curated by Olivier Conan.

Stream the event live on Clocktower Radio at!

Z by Robyn Renee Hasty
Z Robyn Renee Hasty presents a new series of glass plate portraits created during her year long residency at Pioneer Works. Working with transgender, cisgender and a spectrum of genderqueer and gender non-confirming individuals, Z is collection of images that challenges our expectations of how gender is expressed, embodied and perceived.

NOMAD NO-MAD by Hyon Gyon
Hyon Gyon’s No-Mad Nomad brings together a grouping of the Korean artist’s large-scale canvases. Appropriating finely-shredded cloth, fabric scraps, wax, and other objects – such as shards of glass and fur forming snarled teeth– many of Gyon’s paintings depict a fearsome Korean shaman, while others more abstractly evoke a kind of existential, debris-ridden dread. One work features a vortex of childhood playthings; flattened stuffed animals revolve around a pseudo-face of sticky gold leaf, while a cheap, plastic doll is attached to the painting – rather brusquely – by its head, limbs hanging limply in the air. Both frightening and funny, Gyon’s work looms existentially in No-Mad Nomad, vacillating between representation and abstraction, the mystical and the everyday.

This project stages the collision between the book Walden or life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau (1854) and the mission Mercury Seven (1958) sending men to space. It is a polymorphic work, with several chapters, evoking the questions of autonomy, isolation, solitude, but also contemplation and enlarged perspectives through music and live performance with modular synthesizers ( Ciat-Lombarde, Grendel Drone Commander…).

THE FOREST by Andy Cahill, 2nd Floor Gallery
2011-2012 each panel 30×40 inches, acrylic on canvas

TRAINING SESSION by Mathilde Roussel, 3rd Floor Gallery
As a material for the sculptures, I am collecting discarded paper from everyone working at Pioneer Works to create paper pulp. After being grinded, the various stratums of paper will have slightly different grey tints and build historical layers that overlap, similarly to skins or rocks. This both practical and sym- bolic process will intrinsically link my sculptures to the community of Pioneer Works.

All work produced during Pioneer Works Residency.

Carmen Bouyer, Clocktower Radio, Robyn Hasty, Nanotronics Imaging, Paul Korzan, Janna Levin, Long Distance Poison, Ido Michaeli, Azikiwe Mohammed, Jesse Moretti, Mathilde Roussel, Chris Woebken, and Antonia Wright

It Sounds Like Time Inside is a short film presented by Clocktower artists-in-residence Long Distance Poison, depicting experiments in candle making, modular video synthesis, and meditations on narrative and time. The evening begins with a short experimental candle and incense workshop. This workshop demonstrates the process behind the materials used in the film.

Something seems to be revealed but then suddenly is concealed. A relation to Being flickers.

During the opening of the video installation, Long Distance Poison hosts an experimental candle and incense workshop, forging material for their culminating A/V performance, Sound and Time. Come observe their process and ask questions, dip your own candle, and experiment with your time.

And a repeat performance of Long Distance Poison’s modular video/analog sound event Rumkala Malantara will take place in the Pioneer Works recording studio at 9pm.

BORDER CROSSERS by Chico MacMurtrie/Amorphic Robot Works
Chico MacMurtrie/ARW premier the first version of Border Crosser, a lightweight inflatable robotic sculpture, which poetically explores and questions the notion of borders and boundary conditions. Inflating from a dormant organic heap of fabric into a form resembling a communication tower. It begins to arch toward the other side of the border as a peaceful metaphor.

Its actions allude to the equality of humanity against a backdrop of tensions and conflicts over national and cultural identity. Technology comes to the fore in this questioning of the boundaries placed upon trans-border cultures and ecologies.

Border Crosser provokes investigation of borders as constructed entities, expressing a utopian desire to live in a world without borders.

A Red Hook Community Farm pop-up market with fresh seasonal vegetables and herbs.

La Newyorkina will be selling paletas, Mexican ice pops, in the garden throughout the evening. All products are handmade from scratch in small batches, using the locally sourced ingredients. La Newyorkina donates a portion of their sales to Crea, an organization that helps generate employment opportunities in Mexico for low-income women.

WesterliesTHE WESTERLIES 6:30pm
The Westerlies re-imagine the chamber music experience through boldly personal performance, recording, collaboration, education, and outreach. Since their inception in 2011, they have cultivated a new brass quartet repertoire featuring over 50 original compositions as well as adaptations of Ives, Ellington, Bartok, Ligeti, Stephen Foster and numerous traditionals. Their music exudes the warmth of their longstanding friendships, and reflects the broad interests of its members.

Janka-Nabay-The-Bubu-Gang-An-Letah-608x608-2-299x300JANKA NABAY 8pm
Janka Nabay is the king of Bubu – Sierra Leone’s brand of electro-pop. Back in his hometown of Sierra Leone, Janka electrified traditional Bubu music by adding drum machines and synthesizers and giving it a frantic edge that made him a national hero. Now based in the US, Janka has hooked up with musicians from Brooklyn and DC (where he lives) who call themselves the Bubu Gang. Janka and his musicians share a similar fascination with the old and the new, mixing modern beats and analog keyboards with call and response vocals, improvisation and touches of 70’s psychedelia. The collaboration seems to capitalize on the best of all worlds and the result is musically stimulating and just as danceable as Janka Nabay’s early hits. David Byrne’s label Luaka bop released their first full-length album a little while back.

Sunday, August 16
1-10pm; $5, Purchase Tickets Here

In the spirit of Charlie Ace’s mobile record shack, Pioneer Works and Names You Can Trust present Swing-A-Ling, an all day vintage reggae extravaganza featuring a special nightcap performance from The Frightnrs (Daptone Records).

Swing­A­Ling is a 4-­year running summertime engagement put on by the Brooklyn­-based label, Names You Can Trust and held down by resident selectors Monk­One, E’s E & Boogieman. The rotating outdoor party is an ode to the vintage sounds of 1960s­ 1980s Jamaican music on vinyl ­spanning Ska, Rocksteady, Roots, Rockers and Early Dancehall / Digital. The mission is simple: Good Sounds, Good Food, Good Family ­a unique slice of tropical vibes in the borough of Brooklyn.

The Frightnrs, a four piece ensemble who have taken the cooled out vintage vibes of Jamaican rock steady, combined it with the raw energy and vocal stylings of 80s Rub A Dub and added a touch of punk rock spirit to create an entirely unique sound that redefines what a reggae band can sound like.

Names You Can Trust is an independent record label based out of Brooklyn, NY. They’ve released over 35 Limited Edition releases on vinyl since 2004, selling a mix of vintage & modern sounds typical of the New York experience ­spanning Afro­ Latin, Reggae, Disco, Dance & Instrumental Music. NYCT has operated on the cutting edge of the intimate connection between New York City’s immigrant population and it’s global roots, having debuted several new­ generational acts from the burgeoning markets of South America including Colombia, Brazil & Argentina. Their constantly expanding roster is a perfect glimpse into the local yet global New York City underground.

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Thursday, August 30
6pm; $10 Suggested Donation

Operating under the overarching FSN ethos that encourages the diminishing of boundaries in music-making and music-listening – be they ethnic, cultural, or stylistic – this concert series features a diverse curation of artists, both local and international. Audiences and performers alike are invited to experience something special and out-of-the-ordinary, as this collection of traditional and contemporary artists, community members and visitors, congregates in a unique kind of concert environment to engage in the intimate offering of sound.

Featuring: Owen Weaver, Ethan Jodziewicz & Tatiana Hargreaves, Kyungso Park, Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality, with special guest DJing by Sandunes (Mumbai, India)

Curated by Nandi Plunkett
Visual design by Celina Carney
Video projections by Zack Levine