Institutional Entropy with unbag

Institutional Entropy with unbag
6:30-8pm March 14, 2019

401 Broadway Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013
FREE and open to the public

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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with UNBAG in the subject line.

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

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.

March 14, 2019

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Anthea Behm

Anthea Behm is a visual artist and educator. She is a founding member and the Studio Coordinator at the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program at Jack Shainman Gallery. She works across media with a focus on photography, video and performance. Her current work deals with the politics of form, especially as it relates to feminist concerns about power and bodies. She has participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, the Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has taught for many years at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and is currently an editor at Daily Lazy. Behm received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Charles Eppley

Charles Eppley is an art and music historian from Brooklyn, NY. He has a PhD in Art History from Stony Brook University, researched the history of sound, time-based media, and computational aesthetics in modern and contemporary art and media culture, focusing on concepts of site-specificity, materiality, and spectatorship in the context of listening culture. He was a 2018 Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, where he studied connections between sound installation, underwater acoustics, and Cold War material culture. His writings appear in the peer-reviewed journals Leonardo Music Journal, Public Art Dialogue, and Parallax, and magazines including Art in America, Brooklyn Rail, and Rhizome. Charles teaches media studies at New York University and Fordham University, and has previously taught at The New School and Pratt Institute. Charles is Curator and Managing Editor at, a distributed project space for art and research, and a founding member of the Cybernetics Library.

David Isaac Hecht

David Isaac Hecht’s current practice stretches across projects connecting communities, technology, knowledge structures, and advocacy. He is the Library Architect for The Cybernetics Library, a member of the Prime Produce Apprentice Cooperative, Internal Communications Coordinator for the Architecture Lobby, and Labyrinth Architect of the Living Labyrinth project for Seeds to Soil. He is also actively pursuing a zero-waste / zero-budget fabrication practices focused on using reclaimed materials.

David’s research (as an ARPA Fellow and Buell Fellow at Columbia) has examined how disciplinary structures mediate the relationships between the design of spaces and the bodies of people using those spaces. He is also investigating the history of reciprocal influence between science, architecture, government, and academia. His work has been published in AD (Architectural Design), Architectural Research Quarterly, The ARPA Journal, and the blog. His work and projects he has been part of have been exhibited at The Queens Museum, The Center for Architecture, The School for Poetic Computation, Current Museum, the DWeb Summit by The Internet Archive, HKW Berlin, and the MAK Center in LA. He was also a co-organizer of the Cybernetics Conference in 2017. David hails from Brooklyn, NY, where he currently resides.

Melanie Hoffman

Melanie Hoff is an artist and educator examining the role technology plays in social organization and reinforcing hegemonic structures. They study how platforms and processes — including algorithms, data collection, social media, networks, simulation, and ritual — yield distinct modes of seeing, thinking, and feeling, structure social organization, and reinforce existing systems of power. Hoff writes software, leads experiments in pedagogy & installation, teaches Critical Interaction Design at Rutgers University, organizes Code Societies and teaches at the School for Poetic Computation. They are a founding member of the Cybernetics Library — an interdisciplinary browsing library that re-contextualizes the expansive history of cybernetic thought and practice through installation simulation, and literary activations. They can also be found in their studio, working or hanging upside down from the ceiling of a collective art warehouse space in Brooklyn called Soft Surplus; a space that they co-founded and help run with 19 other incredible practitioners.

Alicia Ritson

Alicia Ritson is a NYC based curator and writer. She was the Marcia Tucker Senior Research Fellow at the New Museum 2013-2017, where she curated “Pursuing the Unpredictable: The New Museum 1977-2017” (2017), and co-curated “A.K. Burns: The Resource Room” (2017), “Cheryl Donegan: Scenes + Commercials” (2016), “Histories of Sexuality” (2015), “Chris Ofili: When Shadows Where Shortest” (2014), and “The Center for Temporary Translation” (2014), among others. At other venues her exhibitions have included “Kelly Nipper: Circle Circle” (2013), and “A Sudden, Sharp, Hot Stink of Fox” (2012), both at CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson; “These Gifts Must Always Move” (2010), at Sutton Gallery Project Space, Melbourne; and “In Lieu of Unity/En lugar de la unidad” (2010), at Ballroom Marfa, TX, where she was Associate Curator 2006-2010. Ritson received an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, where her thesis examined Heidegger’s concept of “animal captivation” as a means for understanding world-building. She is co-editor of the forthcoming volume Out of Bounds: The Collected Writings of Marcia Tucker, (MIT Press and New Museum) and her writing has been published in exhibition catalogues as well as Artforum, Kaleidoscope, New York Magazine, and Art & Australia.

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