Talk-About at the New Museum: “Spaceship Module” – Feb 27

CNY Talk-About at the

New Museum: “Spaceship Module”

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014

7 pm

The New Museum

235 Bowery (near Prince St.)


“Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module”


For this special exhibit, the fifth floor of the New Museum will be transformed to resemble the inside of a futuristic “spaceship” (based on a Czech sci-fi film from 1963!), and will feature a variety of art (video, print, sculpture, installation) from artists based in Eastern Europe.

“Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module” offers an allegory of “anthropological science fiction,” where the exhibition space becomes an estranged and exciting universe that dramatizes the cross-cultural translation involved in the presentation of art. The unique model evokes the challenges that contemporary artists experience in exhibiting works, or that curators come across in organizing exhibitions that stitch together diverse artworks, selected across generation, cultural context, personal narratives, and time.”

We will meet in the lobby at 7 pm. The New Museum is “suggested donation” on Thursdays. We will tour the exhibit, then reconvene at a nearby café to discuss and interpret what we have seen.

About the Moderator:  Laurence Mailaender works in the technology industry, doing research aimed at improving wireless systems. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering, and spent 12 years as a researcher in Bell Labs. Currently he develops advanced communication and GPS-geolocation systems for customers in various agencies of the U.S. Government.

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