Announcing the Speakers for Lost Lectures Two in NYC, June 5th: Blonde Redhead, Jon Ronson, Josephine Decker, and More!


The date and secret location have been set, and we’re now ready to reveal this year’s Lost Lectures speakers!

We’re really excited to share that Lost Lectures Two will feature a special performance of never-before-seen material from the band Blonde Redhead; internationally recognized writer and journalist Jon Ronson; independent filmmaker Josephine Decker, who will deliver a unique part talk, part social experiment performance; UK-based artist Ed Fornieles; NY-based street musician Andrew Kalleen, and more to be announced soon.

For the uninitiated, Lost Lectures is a secret evening event. At this point in time we are giving no clues as to the location — which will be revealed only to ticket holders a few days before the event. Please be reassured that it will not be a massive trek — no more than 40 minutes by public transportation from Union Square.

The Lost Lectures NY – Number Two
June 5, 2015 – 7pm – Secret NYC Location

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A view of the packed house during The Lost Lectures NY 2014 (© Tod Seelie)

This is going to be an incredible evening, and we can’t wait to show you the magic of The Lost Lectures once again!


Blonde Redhead is one of the most influential bands to emerge in the last few decades, reigning over the alternative music scene and effortlessly redefining their aesthetic with each album. They’ve been credited with bringing fringe genres, such as noise-pop and shoegaze, to the global forefront, as well as reinvigorating more popular forms. Expect never-before-seen material from lead singer Kazu Makino, who is presently devising something very special for the evening.

(image credit: Philip Partridge/GNM Imaging)
(image courtesy Philip Partridge/GNM Imaging)

Psychopaths, men who walk through walls, and internet trolls … just a couple of Jon’s many specialties. One of the world’s leading gonzo journalists, Jon Ronson has spent the last few decades immersing himself in society’s fringes. His renegade approach to journalism has resulted in a slew of bestselling books (Frank, Men Who Stare at Goats, The Psychopath Test) as well as blockbuster movies. Most recently, he’s turned his attention to the renaissance of public shaming as facilitated by social media; he’ll be talking about the phenomenon of tar-and-feathering in the age of the internet.

(photo by Richard Koek / Redux)

Rising star of independent cinema, Josephine Decker is a force to be reckoned with. Indiewire described her work as “the unholy marriage of Ingmar Bergman and David Lynch,” while The New Yorker credits her with reinventing cinematic language itself. Outside of being a maverick auteur, she’s also a bit of a maverick sociologist, looking into concepts of community and community formation. The details of her performance, which will be part talk, part social experiment, must remain under lock and key until the event. We can, however, reveal that you, our trusting audience, will be the guinea pigs in what is panning out to be the most experimental lecture we’ve ever hosted.

(photo by Matthew Tucker)

Dwelling somewhere between performance, satire, and contemporary art, Ed Fornieles has been shrugging off categorization at galleries across the globe. He shot to notoriety after his debut London exhibition, which involved mounting an actual house party in a Hackney warehouse and escorting stiff-necked art journalists through mounds of inebriated young bodies. His mediums are many (drawing on everything from oil on canvas to fully functional hot tubs) and his exhibitions are characteristically surreal — one of the few cultural experiences where visitors emerge with both a broader horizon as well as a rampant hangover. Across his work he’s explored the interplay between fantasy and identity, and he will be discussing this theme with us at Lost Lectures.

(photo credit: Axel Dupeux)

Andrew Kalleen is a rock star in every possible sense. As well as being one of the city’s finest buskers, he’s also an activist who’s stared down police intimidation, faced arrest, and spearheaded an unprecedented protest against the NYPD. After being wrongfully incarcerated last year for legally singing on the subway, Andrew inspired a guerrilla campaign, drawing on the city’s many buskers, performers, and musicians, who flooded the transport system in solidarity and performed the gig of the year. The event was widely reported in global media, and Andrew has since evolved into an iconic testament to music’s ability to effect real social change. He’ll be talking to us about what street artists contribute to the urban fabric and the importance of knowing your rights. He’ll also be joined by some of the city’s boldest street performers to show us just what he means.

… and more. Watch. This. Space.

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