Press Play Fair

Pioneer Works is pleased to present the inaugural Press Play Fair. Free and open to the public, the fair is a day-long event on August 5, where small presses, music labels, zines, and artist books will be exhibited. Additional festivities will include a community building Zine & Tape exchange, collage and collaborative archive experiences, live performances, the launch of Party Lab Archive at Pioneer Books and more. Join us as we celebrate the variety of ways to play with recorded text, image, and sound.

Music

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Select DJ sets and performances by fair participants

Yonatan Gat

Guitarist Yonatan Gat first made his mark with his band Monotonix which was hailed by Spin magazine as “the most exciting live band in rock’n’roll”. Yonatan’s concerts tend to be mesmerizing events which are as much about music as they are about communing with the audience. Typically, the band eschews stages and sets up in the middle of the audience, adding a definite primal energy to the experience.

Afterparty with Stud1nt and special video work by Anne Vieux

stud1nt is a multi-instrumental artist and DJ, born and bred in New York City. Informed by their training in jazz piano and guitar and early start sampling on turntables, their original productions and mixes live in-between the spontaneity of improvisation and acute harmonic and rhythmic composition. They create across genre with a penchant for the hypnotic low-end of club tracks and euphoric possibility of psychedelic riffs. A member of queer art collective #KUNQ, their sounds are also attentive to the politics of the body and socio-historical context. stud1nt has presented their workshop on creative approaches to production at Vassar College, the New School, and Recess Art. Their work has been featured inFACT Magazine, Pitchfork, MixMag, Resident Advisor, Rinse FM, and The Fader. Notable performances include sets at Boiler Room New York, MoMA PS1, GHE20G0TH1K, and the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival at Output.

Anne Vieux was born in Michigan and is currently based in New York. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BFA in Painting and Art History at the Kansas City Art Institute. Vieux’s work has been exhibited at Annka Kultys Gallery, Good Weather Gallery, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Cranbrook Museum of Art. Her printed work has been included in the library collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. The material of Vieux’s video works involve recycled jpgs of her paintings. The videos are experiential, harkening to the hypnotic atmosphere of liquid light shows and screen savers. Through the mediation and repetition of information, a cycle is created where the boundaries between analog and virtual erode.

Programs

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8 Ball TV

Screenings by 8 Ball TV, an online public access station in which everyone is invited to participate, either by submitting original content or filming at the 8 Ball TV NYC Studio.

Showpaper Magazine Collection

Showpaper Magazine was a free bi-weekly print-only publication which aimed to list every all ages and under $25 shows in the NYC and the Tri-state area. Showpaper also commissioned a beautiful piece of artwork for the cover every single issue, including works by Dan Deacon, Brian Chippendale, Tod Seelie, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Daniel Higgs, Mark Mothersbaugh, Pictureplane, Prince Rama, and many more. Artist Stephanie Gross will be displaying issues 1–164 from her personal collection.

Reading Room Curated by Wendy's Subway

Wendy’s Subway is a non-profit library and writing space located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The non-circulating library holds a collection of books and documents with a special focus on poetry, art, theory, and philosophy, as well as the Laurin Raiken Archive, an extensive resource for the study of art history and criticism. Wendy’s Subway is operated by its membership of poets, curators, novelists, artists, and critics with an interest in hybrid forms and cross-disciplinary discourse.

BOMB Magazine Field Recordings co-presented with Detective Squad

Listen to a few highlights from the first year of BOMB’s Field Recording project, an ongoing portfolio series that features original audio recordings by musicians, composers, and sound artists. Projects range from raw documentation of live performances to sound collage and experiments with aleatory music. The listening booth and cassette release are a co-project of BOMB Magazine and Detective Squad, a Bushwick-based synth and tape shop.

Zine Making Workshop

Design zines and print them on the Risograph with designer Will Rhodes. This program has a limited capacity and is first-come first-serve.

8 Ball Super Karaoke Fun Spectacular

After you’ve picked up some tapes and zines from your favorite independent publishers, head over to 8 Ball Super Karaoke Fun Spectacular. This green screen-fueled marvel of modern technology lets you and your friends belt out your favorite tunes in a myriad of hyper-realistic environments… like the moon! Hell! The middle of a NASCAR race! Kokomo! And more!

Party Lab Archive Oral History

Artist and musician G. Lucas Crane discusses the motivation behind the Party Lab project at The Silent Barn, notions of surveillance, and answers the question “why tapes?”

This will be followed by a special performance by Nonhorse, Crane’s live tape manipulation collage project, utilizing tapes from the Party Lab Archive.

Paper Cuts Reading

Zine & Tape Exchange

The Zine & Tape Exchange is an open-format opportunity to connect with fellow makers and enthusiasts, build relationships, talk shop, and trade wares.

Gates & Fields Screening presented by Belladonna*

The first public screening of a video interpretation of Jennifer Firestone’s book Gates & Fields organized by Belladonna*. The film contains over 50 poets reading excerpts from Firestone’s Gates & Fields. In dialogue with Emily Dickinson and other voices from the past, the book maps a poetics of meditation and disjuncture, where loss is inconceivable and language, faith, and the rituals of grief fall short. The event will also feature an introduction and a short reading by the author.

Vendors

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Food

Moracho is a project designed by the Samanez brothers, and is the first Peruvian food cart in NYC providing tasty and healthy Peruvian fusion cuisine. Leading the kitchen brigade is Chef Miguel Samanez. Miguel is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy and his mission is to expose NYC to the diverse Peruvian traditional cuisine. Rafael Samanez is currently the Executive Director of VAMOS Unidos, a worker center that focuses on protecting the rights of workers, specifically street vendors in NYC.

La Newyorkina pop-up paleta shop. Paletas are Mexican style ice pops made by hand using all natural ingredients. La Newyorkina makes creamy, fruity, filled, and spicy, and definitely has something for everyone.