Franklin Furnace News & Events

Ayana Evans'
I Want Some Sugar with My Sh**

Saturday, October 14, 2017
14th Street between University Pl & 5th Ave
New York, NY 10003

Art in Odd Places (AIOP) 2017: SENSE, a public art festival curated by Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful with Rocío Aranda (El Museo) and Jodi Waynberg (Artists Alliance Inc), scheduled for October 12-15, 2017. Ayana Evans will perform the second installment of her new series: "I Want Some Sugar with My Sh**" on Saturday Oct 14th, 2-4 pm, as part of this festival. The performance will take place on the two blocks of 14th Street from University Place to 5th Ave.

PIPORNOT’s Superorganism 101

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Wave Hill House
649 W 249th St
Bronx, NY 10471

Learn how social insects—ants, bees, termites and more—have long inspired the imagination of artists and the curiosity of scientists. In conjunction with Call & Response, the fall exhibition in Glyndor Gallery, this program presents a video art piece by former Sunroom artist aricoco, exploring the behavior of bugs that live in highly organized societies. Chemical ecologist Qian "Karen" Sun follows with a talk about how these creatures "speak," cooperate and achieve colony-level success. Entomologist Lawrence Forcella provides a display of live ants and termites.

aricoco's new video piece, "PIPORNOT's Superorganism 101" explores the existence of insect society as a superorganism -- a highly specialized altruistic community, where an individual is dependent on the greater system for survival. "PIPORNOT's Superorganism 101" follows an absurd narrative, which mimics the form of an introductory class. The concept of non-hierarchical systems of social insects as well as the careful relationship between the powerless insect queen (a symbol of decentralized power) and her sterile workers (a key to the altruistic society) are examined through a documented science lecture and interviews with ("real") scientists.

This event is a prelude to a culminating final performance/installation piece that is scheduled to be presented at La MaMa Galleria in January 2018.

The event is free with admission to the grounds.

Wave Hill website