Please Note: Pioneer Works will be closed to the public October 16, 17, 25

awhit Shorts, Gallery, Concert & Awards: We Already Live in the Future
Imagine Science Festival
Thursday, October 23

7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Doors open at 7pm
RSVP Required

Join us for the 7th Annual Imagine Science Festival’s penultimate event, beginning with a shorts program that focuses on modernity, retrofuture, and the scientific hyperpresent. Festival awards will be announced after the screening, and the night will conclude with a concert, featuring a special musical guest to be announced soon. Visit Rachel Sussman’s gallery show The Oldest Living Things in the World at your leisure throughout the evening. Food and drink will be provided. Free of charge, but RSVP required.

Image Still: Image still from short White Hot Grid.

SciCon Scientific Controversies
A Series With Janna Levin

#1. Many Worlds
Tuesday, October 28

7.30PM – Doors open at 7pm
Please RSVP

Our universe may not be alone. We may live in a multiverse in which every possibility happens and with each new possibility the universe branches off into another of many worlds. In conversation with Astrophysicist and writer Janna Levin, MIT Physicists Max Tegmark and Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek will discuss the multiverse, many worlds, and the elusive nature of reality.

Frank Wilczek (Nobel Laureate, Herman Feschback Professor of Physics at MIT, author of “The Lightness of Being”)
Max Tegmark (Professor Physics at MIT, author of “Our Mathematical Universe”)
Janna Levin (Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Barnard/Columbia, author of “How the Universe Got Its Spots” and “A Madman dreams of Turing Machines”)

About The Series
What Is Quantum Reality? Does Time Exist? Will Dying Black Holes Explode in Firewalls?
Major Scientific discoveries can disrupt the traditional order, leaving scientists adrift in concepts that resist familiar intuitions and beliefs. Of the new ideas that emerge, some will be wrong and some will be right. Honest and open scientific controversy helps disentangle one from the other. Eventually, one side of a debate grows in strength and finds confirmation in experiments, while the other atrophies. But both sides of a controversy contribute to the breakthrough of actual discovery – when the utterly abstract barges into the realm of the concrete. This series celebrates that passionate spirit of scientific debate. For the Pioneer Works series Scientific Controversies, we take a look at profound topics at the frontier of physics that have inspired unresolved debates: Reality, Time, and Black Holes.

node-image_0 John Supko and Bill Seaman: ‘s_traits’ with Wet Ink Ensemble
Wednesday, October 29
Free: Please RSVP

Clocktower Productions and Pioneer Works, Center for Art and Innovation present the release event for composer John Supko’s innovative new CD, s_traits, created in collaboration with media artist Bill Seaman and the intelligent computer program, bearings_traits. The evening’s festivities include handpicked musicians from Wet Ink Ensemble, performing alongside bearings_traits’ spontaneously generated music, composed by navigating an 110-hour database of audio samples and forging them into multitrack pieces in real time. To complement the music, a video program, arranged by Seaman, projects free-form images in the space.

The show is followed by an after party a few blocks away at Van Dyke Park (98A Van Dyke St) New Amsterdam Records’ headquarters.

Sussman Closing Reception
Rachel Sussman The Oldest Living Things In The World

Sunday, November 2
5 – 8pm
Panel discussion with Rachel Sussman and guest TBD.
Free & Open to the public

For the past decade, Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Rachel Sussman has been ​​​ researching, working with scientists, and traveling all over the world to photograph ​ ​continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older. Her work spans disciplines, continents, and millennia: it’s part art and part science, has an innate environmentalism, and is underscored by an existential incursion into Deep Time. She’s captured everything from multi-millennial trees to 5,500-year-old moss to half-million-year-old bacteria, traveling from Antarctica to Greenland to the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback. ​Her New York Times bestselling book ​of the same title was​ published in April 2014, with forewords by Hans Ulrich Obrist and scientist Carl Zimmer. Sussman​ is a TED speaker, a Guggenheim, NYFA and MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. S​he was awarded the LACMA Lab Art​ + Tech grant to ​produce new work exploring Deep Time and deep space​ with SpaceX and NASA JPL. Her work can be found in university, museum, corporate, and private collections.

Approaching the Elephant Approaching the Elephant
Kickoff Event for “What Would the Community Think?” – New Screening Series
Film Screening + Dialogue

Tuesday, November 4
7:30pm – Doors at 7pm
$10 Admission, Purchase Tickets here.

Film Screening: Approaching the Elephant is a cinema-verite portrait of the inaugural year of the Teddy McArdle Free School where all classes are voluntary and rules are determined by vote – the film follows founder Alex Khost and an indelible group of outspoken young personalities as they form relationships, explore their surroundings and intensely debate rule violations, until it all comes to a head. A rare, inspired portrait of unfettered childhood.

Q & A with filmmaker Amanda Rose Wilder (Director/Cinematographer/Producer), Alex Khost (Founder of Teddy McArdle Free School), Robert Greene (Editor/Producer) and Caitlin Mae Burke (Co-Producer)

About The Series – “What Would the Community Think?”
A film series exploring how people form communities; the shared vision through which it is built, and what is deemed a success or failure. The desires and purposes of individuals forming groups, or the rejection of one lifestyle/community for another. Filmmaking collectives documenting their own existence or that of others, and the community that is created just by watching a film together.

Films screenings to include works The Troublemakers (1966), People’s Firehouse #1 (1979), Asylum (1972), No One Will Play with Me (1976), Symbiopsychotaxiplasm (1968), Susan After the Sugar Harvest (1970) and Por Primera Vez/For the First Time (1967)

Organized by Jake Perlin, film programmer.

bronx museum silver-1_FLAT Opening Reception
Bosco Sodi The Last Day
Friday, November 7

6 – 9PM; Free & Open to the Public
Sunday, November 9
12-7PM; Free & Open to the Public

Pioneer Works is pleased to present Bosco Sodi’s The Last Day, a site-specific 57 ft. long polyptych. Created with silver pigments and organic materials, the work questions the fast deterioration of our planet and the impermanence of life – one of the essential Buddhist doctrines: all of conditioned existence, without exception, is transient, in a constant state of flux.

For more information, please visit our Exhibitions Page

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Mark Hogancamp The Women of Marwencol

Friday, November 7
6-9 pm
Free & Open to the public

In conjunction with its release of “Women of Marwencol: Recent Photographs,” a limited edition by artist Mark Hogancamp, ESOPUS will co-present an exhibition of Hogancamp’s recent works. The exhibition, Women of Marwencol, will feature large-scale prints related to the images reproduced in the ESOPUS edition along with other photographs—curated by Janet Hicks, director of One Mile Gallery in Kingston, NY—ranging from early works documenting the fascinating origins of the town to brand-new photographs by Hogancamp featuring life-size mannequins. Pioneer Works will also present a screening of the 2010 documentary Marwencol (directed by Jeff Malmberg) , on Saturday, November 15th at 7pm followed by a reception.

SS Trumpet Second Sundays &
Intercourse Magazine #3 Launch Party

Sunday, November 9
5 – 10pm; FREE

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 in collaboration with Olivier Conan of Barbès.

OPEN STUDIOS: Dorit Chrysler, Magdalena Dukiewiscz, Zach Nader, David Horvitz, Micah Ganske, Sara Magenheimer, Emily Spivack, Brett Swenson, Science Lab demos, Young New Yorkers, Alex Verhaest


CHOP AND QUENCH ChopQuench “The Fela! Band”, is comprised of members of the cast and band of FELA! the musical. The musicians are some of the finest in New York, having performed with The Roots, India Arie, Elvis Costello, and many others. Lead singer Sahr Ngaujah was nominated for a TONY Award for his performance in the Broadway show and has been featured on film and television. As a unit, the band has gotten to accompany performers such as Beyonce, Femi Kuti, and Angelique Kidjo. Known for their straightforward performances of classic Fela Kuti compositions, they have branched out, bringing their own original music to the stage. After performing around the world, they recently performed at the Sundance Film Festival in conjunction with the premier of Alex Gibney’s film “Finding Fela”. They are working on their first recording since the Fela! Broadway cast recording.

WEYES BLOOD WeyesBlood is the mysterious ghost folk project of Natalie Mering, (former member of Jackie-O Motherfucker, Axolotl). Weaving sound textures with delicate folk songs, Weyes Blood is truly bridge music, combining the sonic influences of tape experimentation with the ancient art of song. Her voice is singular and timeless, unadorned yet soulful and penetrating. She has provided her pipes on Ariel Pink’s new record Mature Themes, singing back up on the song Early Birds of Babylon. She also accompanied the haunted graffiti live on an east coast tour in Sept 2012. Aside from small run releases such as the self-released “Strange Chalices of Seeing” (2007), and a 7″ entitled Liquor Castle (Smoker’s Gifts, UK, 2008) Weyes Blood released her first full length in March 2011 on the Not Not Fun label entitled The Outside Room.


CLOCKTOWER RADIO will stream artist interviews and the live music during the Second Sunday activities on November 9 at Visitors are welcome to visit the station’s 3rd floor studio suite at Pioneer Works during the broadcasts.

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Film Screening
Saturday, November 15
Free: Please RSVPHere

After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, Mark builds a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. Mark populates the town he dubs “Marwencol” with dolls representing his friends and family and creates life-like photographs detailing the town’s many relationships and dramas. Playing in the town and photographing the action helps Mark to recover his hand-eye coordination and deal with the psychic wounds of the attack. When Mark and his photographs are discovered, a prestigious New York gallery sets up an art show. Suddenly Mark’s homemade therapy is deemed “art”, forcing him to choose between the safety of his fantasy life in Marwencol and the real world that he’s avoided since the attack.

“Marwencol” was released theatrically by the Cinema Guild and aired on PBS. It has won over 25 awards, including two Independent Spirit Awards, Best Documentary of the Year from the Boston Society of Film Critics and Rotten Tomatoes, and the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the South by Southwest Film Festival. The Los Angeles Times calls the film “an exhilarating, utterly unique experience” while the Village Voice says that it’s “exactly the sort of mysterious and almost holy experience you hope to get from documentaries and rarely do.”

Screening in conjunction with the exhibition on view.

S4AD Software for Artists Day
Sunday, November 16
10am – 7pm
$30 Admission, Sign-Up here.

Software for Artists Day (S4AD) at Pioneer Works brings together artists and developers to illustrate the many new software and hardware tools available to contemporary artists. The day-long event will involve lectures, demonstrations, and conversations which will demystify the much sought-after technology in use by artists. Participants will be able to attend four 45-minute lectures over the course of the day and will also be able to participate in “soapbox 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. Breakfast and refreshments will be provided. Lunch will be available for purchase from local vendors. The day will culminate with a happy hour during which participants can talk about ideas, make connections, and find collaborators.

eyeworks2 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation
Saturday, November 22
Doors Open at 4pm; First Program 5pm, Second Program 8pm
$15 Admission, Purchase Tickets here.

The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation returns to Pioneer Works for the second year on Saturday, November 22, 2014. The Chicago-based festival will screen two programs of classic and contemporary short animation work, including a live performance using 16mm and modular synthesizer from Brooklyn filmmaker Rose Kallal. 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, surreal narratives, and unconventional character animation. Festival directors Lilli Carré and Alexander Stewart will introduce the festival in person.

Shorts programs will feature nearly 30 films from around the world, including pieces from Japan, Canada, the UK, Croatia, France, Korea, the Netherlands, Australia, Hungary, Switzerland and the US. Highlights include the classic “69” by avant-garde master Robert Breer, “Jeu de Paume” by Joshua Mosley, which was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, “Eager” by Allison Schulnick, which was awarded Best Experimental Animation at Ottawa in 2014, and “Jeu,” a masterpiece of hand-painted cycles by Swiss filmmaker Georges Schwizgebel that is mind-bending in its Escher-like recursivity. Notable in the Eyeworks lineup this year are films by Australian artist Neil Taylor. Though best known for his work as a sculptor, Taylor’s animation experiments from the mid-80’s through the early 90’s are a unique and fascinating body of work. His films utilize basic principles of animation in ingenious ways to explore repetition, automatic writing, human-machine collaboration, and the straying line.

Eyeworks was founded in 2010 by artists Alexander Stewart and Lilli Carré. Celebrating its fifth annual festival in Chicago this fall, Eyeworks has also presented programs in the US in Minneapolis, Brooklyn, Richmond, and Dartmouth College; and internationally in Stockholm, Helsinki, Rijeka (Croatia) and Amiens (France). Chicago’s Cine-File called Eyeworks “a world-class, exceptionally curated showcase,” and the Chicagoist praised Eyeworks for presenting “magical programs from the newest territories and the most overlooked corners of the animation universe.”

PROGRAM 1: Total Run Time 81 min.
Nicole Hewitt, In/Dividu, 1998, 7:33
Robert Breer, 69, 1968, 5:30
Sarina Nihei, Trifling Habits, 2013, 3:26
Karolina Glusiec, Velocity, 2013, 5:53
Laszlo Csaki, Days That Were Filled With Sense of Fear, 2002-03, 9:00
Nick Butcher, Sidewalk, 2014, 1:54
Daniel Barrow, Advanced Search Terms, 2012-13, 4:00
Sandra Desmazieres, Sans Queue Ni Tete, 2001, 6:41
Allison Schulnick, Eager, 2014, 8:30
Larry Cuba, 3/78, 1978, 3:00
Chris Sullivan, The Beholder, 1983, 8:30
Neil Taylor, Copy Copy, 1999, 2:30
Joung Yumi, Love Games, 2013, 15:00

PROGRAM 2: Total Run Time 80 min.
Georges Schwizgebel, Jeu, 2006, 4:00
Yoriko Mizushiri, Snow Hut, 2014, 5:22
Jake Fried, Headspace, 2014, 1:00
Eri Kawaguchi, Flower and Steam, 2013, 4:05
Joshua Mosley, Jeu de Paume, 2014, 2:50
Florence Miailhe, Hammam, 1992, 8:37
Johan Rijpma, Descent, 2014, 1:24
Zeitguised, Birds, 2014, 1:30
Marjorie Caup, Transhumance, 2012, 4:00
Hoji Tsuchiya, Black Long Skirt, 2010, 8:58
John Whitney Jr, Terminal Self, 1971, 8:00
Doris Chase, Circles I, 1971, 6:45
Rose Kallal, performance with multiple 16mm projection and modular synthesizer, approx. 20 mins

SS_3_slider-01 Second Sundays &
2014 Holiday Party

Sunday, December 14
5 – 10pm; FREE

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 in collaboration with Olivier Conan of Barbès.

OPEN STUDIOS: Dorit Chrysler, Magdalena Dukiewiscz, Zach Nader, David Horvitz, Micah Ganske, Sara Magenheimer, Emily Spivack, Brett Swenson, Science Lab demos, Young New Yorkers, Alex Verhaest


Golem GOLEM is a six-piece accordion-led outfit which sprinkles fiddle on top of old school punk sensibilities Golem has become a leading re-interpreter and innovator of Yiddish and Eastern European music, creating new songs and pushing tradition forward into new territory. Golem performs nationally and internationally, from the east coast to the west, from Paris to Mexico City to Stockholm to Warsaw. The band is at home in venues as varied as rock clubs, festivals, and theaters, and at weddings and parties as well. They released two albums, “Fresh Off Boat” and “Citizen Boris” on independent Jewish label, Jdub Records and are known for their theatricality and fearless wild energy. “not your father’s klezmer band, unless of course your father was Sid Vicious” (Jewish Week).

JankaNabay Luaka Bop Records presents “Bubu Christmas Special” with

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.



A real time film project by Franck Lesbros
Featuring: Helga Davis, Emilie Lesbros, Steve Swell

Craftone symphony consist in the making of a real time film evoking mineral landscape through various artistic devices, drawing parallels with visual art and cinema. During the performance, the image will be created and broadcast live from models filmed, the sound will be made live by musicians. The staging of the performance presents the opportunity to highlight the video in the making, while also integrating the sequence shot in the work in progress.

CLOCKTOWER RADIO will stream artist interviews and the live music during the Second Sunday activities on November 9 at Visitors are welcome to visit the station’s 3rd floor studio suite at Pioneer Works during the broadcasts.