Second Sundays: August 2014

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 partnership with Olivier Conan.


Open Studios of artists in residence: Robyn Hasty, Daniel Horowitz, Adam Stone, Drew Conrad, Neil Harbisson & Moon Ribas.

Clocktower Radio will stream artist interviews and the live music during the Second Sunday activities on August 10 at Visitors to Pioneer Works are welcome to visit the station’s third floor studio suite at Pioneer Works during the broadcasts.
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5PM-7PM – GROUND FLOOR INTERVENTION – Flying Circus: Vehicles of Spatial Perception, curated by Bradley Pitts
As part of his ongoing work with negative spaces, former Pioneer Works artist-in-residence Bradley Pitts has organized a “fun fly” for the open studios. From 5-7pm local model aircraft pilots will be navigating Pioneer Works’ indoor airspace in the main exhibition hall. Participants include:

· Victor Gagliano with his stunning, gossamer, rubber band powered models.
· Emery Mersich and his students at Tri-County RC Club racing indoor, remote control aircraft.
· DIY, outdoor, remote control aircraft flown by Breck Baldwin and the Brooklyn Aerodrome.
· Micro-blimps and multicopters courtesy of Bradley Pitts and Pioneer Works.

Flight opportunities for visitors will be available on a time-permitting, first-come first-served basis. If you are an AMA member indoor pilot and would like to fly on the 10th please get in touch with Bradley Pitts.

7:30-10PM – GROUND FLOOR LIVE BANDS curated by Olivier Conan.


Guitarist and composer Stephen Ulrich has been leading the trio Big Lazy for close to twenty years. At once stark and otherworldly, Big Lazy is a moody surf-like outfit full of tremolo guitars, slowed down tempos and exotica touches. Their cinematic music evokes noir, spaghetti western, Lynch and Tarantino soundtracks – but Big Lazy’s organic and uncontrived music remains beyond category. Ulrich’s many other musical projects include a number of collaborations with members of Balkan Beat Box as well as countless TV and film scores including the series Bored to Death.
“Big Lazy, the elegantly gritty instrumental trio led by the extraordinary guitarist Stephen Ulrich, plays stunningly beautiful music that evokes everything from truckers’ romps to the haunting film scores of Bernard Herrmann.” – The New Yorker


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.