Pioneer Works is organizing its first hackathon. We aim to bring together students, artists, and developers to help everyone express themselves through technology.
What exactly is a hackathon? A hackathon is a 24 hour event that revolves around learning, collaboration, and creation. In 24 hours we want to empower people and provide them with the tools needed for development of applications for the web, mobile phones, or even just cool hardware (i.e. wearable tech, interactive displays, etc.). There are no limits as to what can be created at the hackathon. However, prizes will be awarded in categories such as “best transportation app,” “best weather preparedness app,” “best community development app,” etc. to help the Red Hook community.
SUNDAY MAY 4, 2014: FIRST ANNUAL VILLAGE FETE – TO BENEFIT PIONEER WORKS CENTER FOR ART & INNOVATION
On the afternoon of Sunday, May 4, 2014, Pioneer Works, Center for Art and Innovation will hold its first benefit fundraiser, The Village Fête. Our goal is to launch an annual coming-together of New York’s creative community and its supporters, a celebration of our founding mission for innovation in the contemporary arts and sciences.
Bob Colacello, Maggie Gyllenhaal & Peter Sarsgaard, Sydie Lansing, Andres & Lauren Santo Domingo and Liv Tyler are chairing the event.
Pioneer Works represents the realization of a long-held dream—to foster interaction and greater creativity between the arts and sciences.
For the past two years, after having undergone major construction and a devastating hurricane, we have bridged the chasm between disparate disciplines: performers and biologists, painters and geneticists, sculptors and physicists all presently work and create under one roof. Our goal was a nursery for innovation, an alpine highway to the horizon of the imagination.
In that short time we have mounted 8 exhibitions, 35 art & science residencies, 10 concerts, and 20 symposiums. Pioneer Works publications published a book to accompany a survey exhibition of Ernesto Caivano’s Settlements in May 2013, as well as two issues of our magazine: INTERCOURSE.
We are now an integral part of the Red Hook community and a hub for further growth in the neighborhood. As we look to continue and raise the bar on our varied programs, we need to increase our funding base, and hope you will be able to help us do so.
Thank you sincerely for your support.
The Team at Pioneer Works.
Founder: Dustin Yellin; Chief Operations Officer: Gabriel Florenz; Program Director: Ella Marder; Director of Education: David Sheinkopf; Director of Advancement: Lara Holliday; Editorial & Education: Catherine Despont; Editorial: Randy Lee Maitland; Facilities & Events Manager: Marco Orozco; Curatorial Advisor: Joey Frank
Board of Directors: Julia Bator, Benjamin Bronfman, Andrew Kern, Matthew Putman, Andres Santo Domingo, Sam Trimble, Dustin Yellin
Advisory Board: Carol Bove, David Brooks, Bob Colacello, Alanna Heiss, Michael Joo, Paul Roossin, Mickalene Thomas.
Support at this level will help complete the new Pioneer Works Photo Lab and Music Studio Premium seating for 10 guests at dinner, name listing on website, new Photo Lab & Music Studio, private tour of Pioneer Works, and reception for 10 guests.
Support at this level will help fund Artist Residencies and Upcoming Exhibitions Prime seating for 10 guests at dinner, name listing on website, private tour of Pioneer Works for 10 guests.
Support at this level will help fund Pioneer Works’ Publishing and General Operations. Seating for 10 guests at dinner, listing on website and on event program.
Seating for one guest at dinner, listing in event program.
SUNDAY MAY 11, 2014: PIONEER WORKS’ SECOND SUNDAYS SERIES
SECOND SUNDAYS is a monthly series of Open Studios, Live Music/ DJ, and Site-specific Interventions presented by Pioneer Works every second Sunday of every month. Opens art & science studios start at 5PM, live music curated by Olivier Conan starts at 7PM.
ALSARAH & THE NUBATONES – 7PM
Fronted by Sudanese singer Alsarah, the group plays what they call “East African Retro Pop” – music that harkens back to the hazy sounds of 1960s and 70s Nubian music, with Eastern instrumentation, soaring vocal melodies, and pentatonic scales. The music has its musical roots in the Nubian “Songs of Return” that began to spring up after mass displacement and resettlement of hundreds of thousands in a region of lower Nubia that went under water after Egypt built Aswan High Dam to control the flooding of the Nile in 1970. The focus of Alsarah’s new album, “Silt”, both thematically and lyrically is about a return to home. It embodies a certain kind of saudade – a nostalgic longing for a place that no longer exists. Alsarah and the Nubatones’ music is their take on a certain musical fusion that happened in 1970s Khartoum, along with Arabic and North African influences.
“The New Star Of Nubian Pop” The Guardian, UK.
MELAZA – 9PM
Inspired by the golden age of New York Salsa, Melaza plays the kind of music Larry Harlow or Hector Lavoe could be proud of. This fourteen piece band is what Fania should sound like in the 21st century – a latin big band with enough of an urban edge to please the toughest New Yorker and enough nostalgia to woo the sappiest ones. Band leader and très player Jacob Plasse is a veteran of the NY Latin scene and Peruvian singer Renzo Padilla can navigate Son and Boleros with charisma and dazzling musicality. Fittingly, their first album was released by Daptone records, whose concept of Neo-Soul seems to now extend to Neo-Salsa.
DEANTONI PARKS AND BRUNO LEVY PRESENT WORLD’S END (Audio Visual show)
In their latest project as World’s End, drummer, producer Deantoni Parks and visual artist Bruno Levy collaborate to create an unforgettable audio visual performance. Deantoni Parks best known for his drumming with The Mars Volta, John Cale and Meshell Ndegeocello uses his ambidexterity to play drums with his left hand and the synthesizer with his right. His instruments are set to trigger video clips as well audio samples while audio frequencies from the drums alter realtime visual effects. This association between audio and video turns rhythmic patterns into a visual spectacle.
SUNDAY JUNE 8, 2014: PIONEER WORKS’ SECOND SUNDAYS SERIES
AMBROSIA PARSLEY & THE ELEGANT TOO – 7PM
Singer and songwriter Ambrosia Parsley is probably best known for the work she did with her band Shivaree Their first album was described by Pitchfork as “ spooked Americana full of eclectic sounds and randy songs about spankings and cannibals.“ Their song Goodnight Moon attained cult status after being featured on the soundtrack of Quentin Tarrantino’s Kill Bill 2. Ambrosia has now teamed up with Chris Maxwell and Phil Hernandez who, as the Elegant Too, have produced work for Yoko Ono, Ray Davies and others. Ambrosia has just released her first album in seven years – Weeping Cherry.
“sly and elegant “ Jon Pareles. NY Times.
SLAVIC SOUL PARTY – 9PM
“Madcap rhythms, hyperactive horns, a sense of the absurd, and just a hint of abstract jazz” (NPR) Slavic Soul Party! has created an acoustic mash-up of Balkan and Gypsy sounds with North American music, weaving the gospel, techno, funk, dub, jazz, and Latin influences of New York’s neighborhoods seamlessly into a Balkan brass setting. SSP!’s music has won the ear of fans and musicians on both sides of the Atlantic, and their tunes have been learned by Serbian brass stars Boban Markovic Orkestar and New Orleans funk sensations Galactic, among others. In addition to touring throughout the US and Europe, SSP! holds down a residency every Tuesday in Brooklyn which has become a destination for music fans from around the world. They have performed at Babylon (Istanbul) with the Karandila Orkestar, at Irving Plaza (New York City) with Gogol Bordello, in Carnegie Hall, in Sing Sing prison, as well as Zimbabwe, Mexico, Macedonia and Serbia.
EVERY SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH, STARTING IN MAY 2014
Cine Club will be a monthly screening event of cinematic works by emerging filmmakers, in collaboration with the New York-based LaTiDa Productions. An excerpted script reading will accompany the film screening, as well as a moderated talk with members of the production team. Stay tuned: we’ll be launching the series in May 2014.