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Laura Anderson Barbata, “Spontaneous Intervention” (2008), collaboration with the Brooklyn Jumbies, Soho/Chinatown (via

This week, there’s a lot of performance going on across New York, so we have prepared a shortlist of what is worth seeing. And may I suggest you check out the 10th Annual Hip-Hop Festival.

 Broadcasting from a Secret Underground Bunker

When: Tuesday, July 8, 7pm
Where: Window Performance Space (266 West 37 Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

The press release for Daniel Lichtman’s performance, Broadcasting from a Secret Underground Bunker, is not particularly forthcoming, though one imagines that it is partly a parody of the communications maelstrom that defines the internet age. Now of course, anyone can discuss anything from anywhere. From the release:

Movie/music/TV reviews, Intl Politics, Tours of virtual worlds, US Politics–“Ukrain Crimea Russia – What can be done? should be done?,” “What a wonderful world,” “State of the Union – What did you think,” “Snow and ice hit atlanta 2 time,” “One million views on YouTube thanks for watching.”

Should we assume that anything can happen?

 Laura Anderson Barbata & Moko Jumbie Stilt Walking

When: Opens Wednesday, July 9, 7–9pm
Where: BRIC House (647 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn)

Transcommunality documents the work of Mexico-born, NYC-based artist Laura Anderson Barbata. The artist is perhaps best known for her collaboration with the Brooklyn Jumbies, Intervention Wall Street (2011). Focusing on the Barbata’s interest in the moko jumbie stilt walking tradition, the exhibition features over 60 pieces, 20 of which are “towering dressed figures.” Expect this to be a lot of fun.

 Safety in Nebulous

When: Open Thursday, July 10, 7-9pm
Where: Reverse (28 Frost Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Safety in Nebulous, the result of an open call curated by Stephen Lawrence Clark, explores “the wonder, banality, comfort, humor, and terror that can arise, often simultaneously, out of designed systems (read: video games, search engines, hardware, and systems).” Featuring work by Michael Cook, Julien Thiennot, Liz Ryerson, and Lilith, the exhibition’s opening will feature a DJ set by HEAT SCALE (Ari Spool & Rob Chabebe).


When: Open through August 15
Where: Jason McCoy Gallery (41 East 57th Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

Curated by Stephanie Buhmann and Samantha McCoy, Domesticity presents a range of art works inspired by the privacy and comfort of the home. While we haven’t yet seen the exhibition, the impressive lineup of works (including pieces by Polly Apfelbaum, Vivian Maier, Laurie Simmons, and Man Ray) hints at a thoughtfully curated group show.

Josh Blackwell, “Plastic Basket (Box)” (2013), mixed media, 16 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches (via


When: Friday, July 11, 8pm
Where: Abrons Art Center (466 Grand Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Last fall, Abrons Art Center premiered Croatian artist Bruno Isanović’s transformative dance performance, and it returns to New York this Friday as part of an international tour. With Denuded,” Isanović interacts with his audience through a feedback loop that triggers the narrative of his movements, exploring in an intimate setting the physical gestures of the body as well as psychological shifts. –CV

 WordHack: An Exploration of Language and Technology

When: Friday, July 11, 7pm-9pm ($5)
Where: Babycastles (137 West 14th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

An evening of performances exploring “the intersection of language and technology”, WordHack is billed as an opportunity for coders, and writers to meet and discover something new. Guests who turn up at 6:30pm are invited to participate in ‘Open Projector,’ whereby they can present their own work in a five minute slot. If successful, the organizers are hoping to make WordHack a regular event.

 2001: A Space Odyssey (in 70mm)

When: Saturday, July 12, 3:30pm ($12)
Where: Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens)

Considered one of the greatest films ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey needs to be seen on the big screen. Eschewing conventional dialogue and exposition, many have struggled to get to grips with the film’s “meaning.” I say, sit back and just take it all in. As Stanley Kubrick put it:

How much would we appreciate La Gioconda [the Mona Lisa] today if Leonardo had written at the bottom of the canvas: This lady is smiling slightly because she has rotten teeth or because she’s hiding a secret from her lover? It would shut off the viewer’s appreciation and shackle him to a reality other than his own. I don’t want that to happen to 2001

 Conversations with Hip-Hop’s “Do-ers”

When: July 9th, 5:30pm
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn Heights)

Ready for this year’s 10th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival? So is the Brooklyn Historical Society. This week the society hosts a special edition of their Told It First Hand programming. BHS is kicking off a week of Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival performances with a conversation between the festival’s executive director Wes Jackson, founder of Northside Media Group Scott Stedman, and activist/writer/entrepreneur Kevin Powell to discuss issues surrounding hip-hop and gentrification in Brooklyn. Make sure to stick around to hear the talent speak. The first discussion will be followed by Conversations with Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Artists at 8pm.

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Hrag Vartanian

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic. You can follow him at @hragv.