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Institutional Entropy with unbag

Mar 14, 2019
6:30–8 pm

New York, NY, USA

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013

Join ICI and unbag for a conversation with Anthea Behm, Charles Eppley, David Hecht, Melanie Hoff, and Alicia Ritson—organizers and co-facilitators of the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program, Cybernetics Library, and New Museum Seminars respectively. Together we will discuss how knowledge-building programs nested within larger institutions and peripatetic platforms hosted by brick and mortar organizations propose alternative ways we may resource space as well as one another in an era of globalized knowledge sharing.

This event brings together three neighboring organizations and collectives around ICI’s public programs core values of sharing and connecting resources among New York City’s arts organizations and non-profits. Each of these programs activates and engages entropic institutional blind spots differently. This workshop will ask how each program effects and shapes the organizations from their respective positions. Through this discussion we will look to see what tools we may cull from this conversation in thinking of how we consider our own relationships to institutions and ways we engage with them—individually and collectively—stand to change their constitutions.

Each of three collectives and/or organizations touches on these themes through different means of engagement. The Cybernetics Library provides alternative means of establishing and circulating knowledge by engaging and shifting how we validate, distribute, and sanction such information within institutions; the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program brings attention to the analog methodologies that embed themselves within larger organizational frameworks; and the New Museum Seminars have acted as discursive programs that operate within institutional structures temporarily.

This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to with UNBAG in the subject line.

This event is accessible to people with mobility disabilities. Please contact ICI for additional accessibility needs.

Anthea Behm

Anthea Behm is a visual artist and educator.

Melanie Hoff

Melanie Hoff is an artist and educator examining the role technology plays in social organization and the reinforcement of hegemonic structures.

David Isaac Hecht

David Isaac Hecht’s current practice stretches across projects connecting communities, technology, knowledge structures, and advocacy.

Charles Eppley

Charles Eppley is an art and music historian from Brooklyn, NY.

Alicia Ritson

Alicia Ritson is a NYC-based curator and writer.

This project is co-presented with unbag and is part of their forthcoming issue dedicated to discussions on politics, place, and entropy.

unbag is a New York City-based community arts organization that produces a digital and print publication promoting critical engagement with contemporary art and politics.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.