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Second Sundays

Sunday, Dec 11, 2016
4:00 pm — 10:00 pm
$10 Suggested Donation

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 by Olivier Conan.

Stream the event live on Clocktower Radio at clocktower.org/listen! Go to clocktower.org for the full Sunday menu of online listening.

Open Studios:
Doreen GarnerLaura MorrisonMSHRHelene NymannOnyedika Chuke, Xu Wang, and Daniel Temkin.

On View

Cars, Buses, and Trains

Chase Ferguson

Diagnosed with autism, Chase Ferguson experienced difficulty communicating with words. He began drawing in earnest instead, depicting fire trucks and ambulances. In the process, he developed an obsessive preoccupation with urban transportation systems and infrastructure. Using the most humble of materials, such as paper, tape, paint, cardboard, hot glue, and other mixed media, Ferguson recreates cars, buses, train sets, and parking meters in exacting detail—down to year, make, and model. Cars, Buses, and Trains displays hundreds of these cars, along with train sets and near life-size parking meters, all made with the support and guidance of Pure Vision Arts, a non-profit dedicated to artists with autism and other developmental challenges.

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Primary Interactions

4–10 PM
Clocktower Radio

Gonzalo Guerrero’s interactive exhibition illustrates his first experiences as an immigrant in New York. Through a palette of primary colors, Guerrero realizes the first-hand view of a newcomer to the city observing the social, political, and cultural polarities tied to identity and privilege. Guerrero is a multidisciplinary designer and musician based in Brooklyn. He does graphic/industrial design, illustration, prints, and photography, as well as design consultation for the arts and non-profits.

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Live Music

Hearing Things

7 PM

Matt Bauder is a saxophonist and composer as well as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist often adding clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, guitar and electronics to his stage and recording arsenal. He has performed with many iconic figures in avant-garde and rock music including Anthony Braxton, Fred Anderson, Roscoe Mitchell, Iron and Wine and Arcade Fire. He leads Hearing Things, an Organ/Drums and Sax trio that harks back to the honking days of R&B with a healthy dose of fascination for Ethio Funk. With Matt Bauder -saxophones, guitars; JP Schlegelmilch -organ and Vinnie Sperrazza – drums.

“Hearing Things plays a kind of Middle Eastern flavored surf rock with old-school R&B honking and striptease-worthy themes. It’s a blast of fun, the craftsmanship of the players never getting in the way of the grooves and hybrid melodies.” -Peter Margasak, The Chicago Reader.

Raya Brass Band

8:30 PM

Raya Brass Band has energized clubs, international festivals, rooftop parties, and subway cars with its hard-driving, original brass band music. The six members of the band bring their unique voices to the group, creating a sound informed as much by their love for the fierce and seductive music of the Balkans as it is by New Orleans brass bands, punk rock, and global music. With Greg Squared – Saxophone; Ben Syversen – Trumpet’ Matthew “Max” Fass – Accordion’ Steven Duffy– Tuba’ Nezih Antakli – Percussion; Rich Stein – Percussion

“This Brooklyn collective gleefully upends traditional wedding music of the Balkans and Greece, undercutting regional reeds and brass with decidedly American funk pulse.”—New York Times


Telescope Viewing & More

4–5:30 PM
Pioneer Works Science Dept. & Amateur Astronomers Club

Children and their families are invited to get a rare look at the sun during sunset through Pioneer Works’ telescopes. Afterward, kids can make their own solar system.

Risograph Holiday Cards

4–6 PM
PW Design Team

Join the Pioneer Works design team in making risographed holiday cards. This project will introduce you to the Risograph and its basic functions. Materials for decoration and personalization after printing are available. Kids Welcome!

Taking on NYCHA

4–7 PM
Red Hook Initiative/Digital Stewards

Learn about local efforts to hold the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) accountable. RHI sheds light on the impacts of mold in the Red Hook Houses, and the Digital Stewards present their NYCHA busting video games.

Tech Lab

4–8 PM
Tech Lab

Get into the Winter-y spirit with Snow-Bot! Snow-Bot will travel throughout Pioneer Works spreading cheer and love to all those who interact with it. Tech Resident Daniel Temkin presents “Endless Meander,” a JavaScript-based tribute to the Anni Albers series. It uses a randomized space-filling algorithm to approximate her design. Sachem Arvidson, lastly, will be displaying the beginnings of a new series of interactive lighting pieces which explore geometric patterns, perception, and the obsessive-compulsive mind.

Bad Santa Gif Booth

4–8 PM
Tech Lab with Nancy Nowacek

It’s the time of year to tell Bad Santa your holiday wishes.

School of Apocalypse

4–8 PM
Tal Beery

Sit in the airstream trailer, drink tea, and talk with faculty and guests from the School of Apocalypse. SoA examines connections between creative practice and notions of survival. In light of growing cultural, ecological and technological phenomena that challenge basic assumptions about human existence, the SoA offers courses and programming that seek to develop new modes of inquiry and apply broader levels of experience to intellectual investigation.


4–9 PM

Independent cassette tape labels with limited-edition releases share their wares, talk, and tunes with Clocktower Radio. Stop by to see the tape fair or tune in at clocktower.org to hear sets from the labels.

Artist Interviews

4–9 PM

Artists-in-residence from the Pioneer Works community and beyond join Clocktower Radio to discuss their current projects, hopes, and fears.