Second Sundays

Second Sundays is a free event series presented on the second Sunday of every month. The program features open studios with current artists in residence, live music, exhibitions and participatory programs exploring art, science, technology and education.

On View

E.S.P. TV: WORK

Pioneer Works is pleased to present WORK, E.S.P. TV’s first institutional solo exhibition in the United States. Directed by Victoria Keddie and Scott Kiernan, E.S.P. TV is best known for their live television tapings that feature experimental broadcast collaborations with underground poets, musicians, and artists via their mobile television studio.

For WORK, E.S.P. TV makes Pioneer Works’ office staff and environment the subject of a six-week performative, televisual installation by relocating the organization’s second-floor, open-plan office to the first-floor’s main exhibi...Read more

Music

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Undergound System

Undergound System

Underground System is a female-fronted group of modern Afrobeat deconstructionists. Originally steeped in the West African pioneered Afrobeat aesthetic, the group is now just as likely to tip their hats to the South Bronx girl group ESG as they are Fela Kuti,

The group’s first single ‘Bella Ciao’ – a retro-futuristic dance floor-ready interpretation of an anti-fascist Italian anthem – has had an impressive run. There were remixes from electronic wunderkinds Archie Pelago and MC Kool A.D. (Das Racist). The tune attained cult status on the dance floor all along the Mediterranean when it was played and later remixed by Leo Mas, the resident DJ of Ibiza’s infamous summer(s) of love.

Undergrouns System’s power and ability to package so many disparate influences with a unifying voice owes a lot to the physical presence of what is one of the most diverse and dynamic crews of players. The energy the band exudes is confident, raw, and uninhibited. The female front line flips the script on the stereotypical male dominated afrobeat and big band culture in a perfectly nonchalant way.

Interventions

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“Daytime Viewing (Prime Time)”

This event highlights the work, “Daytime Viewing” (1979-80) by Jacqueline Humbert and David Rosenboom. Daytime Viewing is an extended narrative song, based on a casual analysis of daytime television drama and the audience phenomena such programming addresses. The piece explores the use of fantasy as a survival mechanism against loneliness, illustrating the human compulsion to inflate the mundane to mythological proportions. A central female character weaves tales, using threads of personal experience and the idea of TV as friend, as mantra, and as transformational window between imagine...Read more

CRISPR Workshop

CRISPR-Cas9 is a unique technology that enables researchers to edit parts of the genome by removing, adding, or altering sections of the DNA sequence. It is currently the simplest, most versatile, and precise method of genetic manipulation. In this workshop, lead by Dr. Ellen D. Jorgensen of Genspace and presented by the Pioneer Works Science Studios and Simons Foundation, you will have the opportunity to use CRISPR to edit bacterial DNA with genes that transform the color of the bacteria. At the same time, you will learn about the incredibly important and influential molecular technology f...Read more

In Session: Video Art Now

In Session invites the public into Pioneer Works’ classroom to join us as we learn, discuss, question and make. This month, Second Sunday will feature a screening of works created as a part of The Radical Medium of Time, taught by Bonnie Lane in Fall 2016. Participating artists include Jennifer Baranoff, Gabriella Garcia, Izel Villarba, Maggie Drew Brennan, Laura Sala, Rachel Haberstroh, Miles Joyner and Lauren Covey.

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