Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation
Saturday, November 28
Screenings at 6pm and 8:30pm
Tickets: $10 for admission to both programs; Click here to buy tickets

The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation returns for a third year of screenings at Pioneer Works this November. Blending an appreciation of classical animation with the sensibilities of avant-garde cinema and the visual culture of alternative comics, the Eyeworks programs showcase abstract animation and unconventional character animation.

The festival will screen at Pioneer Works with two programs of short films. These programs combine classic and contemporary work, and highlights include films from avant-garde animation legends Robert Breer, Suzan Pitt, and Jules Engel, and from contemporary animators Yoriko Mizushiri, Peter Burr, and Amy Lockhart. For this Pioneer Works event, films will be screened on 16mm and on video.

Eyeworks is a Chicago-based festival that exhibits classic and contemporary experimental animation. In addition to an annual festival, Eyeworks has presented screenings in Stockholm, Helsinki, Zagreb, and Bologna; as part of the Animation Block Party, the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, and the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo; and at CalArts, Dartmouth College and VCU.

6:00 PM, Shorts Program 1
Shen Jie, Horse, 2014
Hy Hirsh, Come Closer, 1952
Suzan Pitt, Bowl, Garden, Theater, Marble Game, 1970
Brian Smee, Sports, 2014
Matthew Steven Arnone, Gyges, 2010
Robert Breer, 70, 1970
Kevin Eskew, Still Life, 2015
Amy Lockhart, Quilt, 2013
Heather McAdams, The Scratchman, 1980
Tadanori Yokoo, Kachi Kachi Yama, 1965
Deanna Morse, Plants, 1989
Jules Engel, Shapes and Gestures, 1976
Peter Burr, Green / Red, 2014

8:30 PM, Shorts Program 2

Osamu Tezuka, Jumping, 1984
Oliver Laric, untitled, 2014
Steve Reinke & Jessie Mott, Everybody, 2012
Standish Lawder, Runaway, 1969
Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva, The Classroom, 2012
Eriko Sonoda, Space is the Place, 2011
Ed Emshwiller, Sunstone, 1979
Joe Hamilton, Regular Division, 2014
John Whitney, Arabesque, 1975
Yoriko Mizushiri, Veil, 2014
Sijia Ke, Aye, 2014
Misaki Uwabo, New Tokyo Ondo, 2012
James Duesing, Law of Averages, 1996

Note: Eyeworks Festival programs contain adult themes and adult content.

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

Tickets Available Here (Suggested Donation)

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


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