In Conversation: Genetic and Cultural Transfer of Trauma
Timothy Mousseau, Dr. Rachel Yehuda, Mitchie Takeuchi
Tuesday, December 1

Timothy Mousseau (Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina), Dr. Rachel Yehuda (PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine), and Mitchie Takeuchi, whose grandfather, Dr. Ken Takeuchi, was the founding president of Hiroshima’s Red Cross Hospital from 1937 to 1947, will speak to the genetic and biological transfer of trauma. The evening’s discussion will outline findings of each specialist’s work and experiences, and consider the expansive social and cultural consequences of such large-scale trauma through the lens of scientific research.

Software for Artists Day (S4AD 2.0)

Saturday, December 5
10 AM — 7 PM
Tickets: $25

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Pioneer Works presents their second annual Software for Artists Day (S4AD 2.0). This event brings together artists and developers to illustrate the many new software and hardware tools available to contemporary art practice. The day-long event will involve lectures, demonstrations, and conversations which will demystify the most sought-after technology in use today.

Participants will be able to attend four 45-minute lectures over the course of the day and will also be able to participate in “Soap Box Sessions” in which they will have 3 minutes to present a project in order to attract interest and/or advice from other artists and technicians. Food and refreshments will be provided. Additional food will be available for purchase. The day will culminate with a happy hour during which participants can talk about ideas, make connections, and find collaborators.

Kyle McDonald
Cassie Tarakajian
Will Rahilly
Tommy Martinez
Tega Brain
Amelia Winger-Bearskin
Gene Kogan
Nick Fortugno
David Sheinkopf
Jenn Schiffer
Lillian Schwartz

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John Ashbery
Tuesday, December 8
FREE (RSVP Required); Click here to RSVP
Suggested Donation: $10 at the door

Pioneer Works honors John Ashbery, one of America’s most important poets and an inspiration for generations of writers and artists, with an evening of readings. Ashbery will be joined by Ben Lerner, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Mónica de la Torre, and John Yau.

John Ashbery is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. One of the most influential poets of the twentieth century, Ashbery came to acclaim in the 1960s and 70s, when abstract expressionism was at its peak. A penultimate postmodernist, Ashbery became associated early on with the New York School, and his incredible canon of works—including Some Trees (1956), The Double Dream of Spring (1970), Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975) and Houseboat Days (1977), in particular—is notable for being particularly impacted by the visual arts.

Ben Lerner was born in Topeka, Kansas. He has been a Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Fellow, among other honors. He is the author of two novels: Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04, and three poetry collections: The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path. His monograph,The Hatred of Poetry, is forthcoming this spring.

Geoffrey G. O’Brien is the author most recently of People on Sunday (Wave Books, 2013); Metropole (2011), Green and Gray (2007), and The Guns and Flags Project (2002), were all published by The University of California Press. His chapbooks include Hesiod (Song Cave, 2010), and Poem with No Good Lines (Hand Held Editions, 2010). He is the coauthor (with John Ashbery and Timothy Donnelly) of Three Poets (Minus A Press, 2012) and (in collaboration with the poet Jeff Clark) of 2A (Quemadura, 2006). O’Brien is an Associate Professor in the English Department at UC Berkeley and also teaches for the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison.

Mónica de la Torre’s The Happy End/ All Welcome is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2016. Previous poetry books include Public Domain (Roof Books, 2009) and Talk Shows (Switchback, 2007), as well as two collections in Spanish. Her work has been recently published in The New Yorker, Convolution, frieze, Triple Canopy’s Corrected Slogans, The White Review, and the New Museum’s 2015 triennial volume The Animated Reader. She is BOMB Magazine’s senior editor.

John Yau is a poet, fiction writer, critic, curator, publisher of the literary press, Black Square Editions, and editor of the online magazine, Hyperallergic Weekend. His latest publications include the monographs Catherine Murphy (forthcoming), Richard Artschwager: Into the Desert (2015) and A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (2009), and the poetry book Further Adventures in Monochrome (2012). He is Professor of Critical Studies in the Visual Arts Department at the Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University). He lives in New York.

scientific controversies: containmentScientific Controversies
A series with Janna Levin
Friday, December 11

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Scientists pursue blue-sky ideas uncontained. When Einstein proposed his most famous equation E=mc^2, he did not foresee its application to nuclear power. When Neils Bohr struggled with the new quantum theory, he never imagined its application to nuclear weaponry. After Lise Meitner contributed to the discovery of nuclear fission, she later said, “I will have nothing to do with a bomb!” Yet each of them, if inadvertently, had something to do with the bomb. The need to contain stockpiles of nuclear weapons and radioactive waste seems indisputable. But what about the imagination and ideas that lead to their creation, can they be contained? Janna Levin invites her guests to discuss the implications and viability of containment.

Peter Galison
Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University, author, and filmmaker.

(Second guest to be announced soon.)

Janna Levin Professor of Astrophysics Barnard/Columbia, Scientist-in-Residence at Pioneer Works

second sundays decemberSecond Sundays
Sunday, December 13
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! Go to for the full Sunday menu of online listening.

Guía de campo by Benjamín Torres – 2nd Floor Gallery
“Guía de campo” or “Field Guide” is the final articulation of a project the artist began in 2008, in which he used Field Guides on Latin American and international bird species as material for an immersive installation. Guía de Campo (Field Guide) approaches the disarticulation of classification systems and the relation between containers and contents, opposing the idea of expansion to that of compression.

Format No. 1 by Louise Foo & Martha Skou – 3rd Floor Gallery
Format No. 1 is a novel optical sound experience that consists of an iPhone application and visual scores, inspired by optical sound experiments and musical notation systems from history. Creating this hybrid of graphic design and sound device, the artists wish to experiment with preconceptions and traditions in the music industry.

Parallax: Berg by Lucia Kempkes – 2nd Floor
A parallax is the difference in the apparent position of an object viewed along shifting lines of sight. Parallax: Berg, an installation by Lucia Kempkes, is a multidimensional play with drawing and video that exposes the collison of synthetic and organic environments to form textural landscapes.

Carmen Bouyer, Louise Foo & Martha Skou, Molly Lowe, Lucia Kempkes, Cassie Tarakajian, Benjamin Torres, Amelia Winger-Bearskin, Christy Gast

Phantom Texts and Other Nightmares 4-6pm – Entire Space
Technology artist-in-resident Amelia Winger-Bearskin will wander through Second Sunday interviewing you about your technological dreams, desires and anxieties. These audio recordings will be sampled in Amelia’s final work, Pedestrian Knock Down, a radio play about a fantastical interactive and fictional art experience, incorporating artist readings, live music and interviews with the participants of Second Sundays. The play will premiere on Clocktower Radio this January, with a live performance of the play in the Spring in Pioneer Works’ garden.

Intercourse Issue 4 Launch Party 4-10pm (Caroling at 6pm) – North Hall
Sweater weather is turning into coat weather. The office dog is trying to steal your cough drops. You’re becoming convinced that the only way to keep up with your creative practice is to cut all social ties. Intercourse will follow you down the rabbit hole. December 13 brings you issue 4, packed with all things trippy and tropical, raunchy and rhythmical, mimetic and mobile.

Taiko Masala 6:30pm – Main Gallery
Taiko Masala combines the precision and power of Taiko drumming with the training and discipline of Japanese martial arts.
The group’s arsenal of instruments, all hand made by the ensemble, range from small, eight-inch, hand-held drums to five-foot barrel drums, and features the giant 250-pound O-daiko. Taiko Masala has performed all thoughout the US and brings both excitement and a stunning visual element to their performances.

Delsonido 8pm – North Hall
Deslonido’s music melds Cumbia, Vallenato and Latin sounds with elements of electronic music, fortified with influences of funk and reggae for good measure.


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