Spring 2019

Screening and Discussion: Keep the Change

February 1 @ 5:30 pm8:00 pm

(2018, 93 min. Rachel Israel, director, US)

Friday, February 1, 5:30–8 PM, 721 Broadway, Tisch School of the Arts, Room 006

A 30-something male and female couple, played by actors Samantha Elisofon and Brandon Polansky, walking on a NYC boardwalk holding hands in a scene from Keep the Change
Courtesy Kino Lorber

Screening followed by discussion with:
Director Rachel Israel, and lead actors Brandon Polansky and Samantha Elisofon
Moderator: Janet Grillo (Filmmaker/Associate Arts Professor, NYU UGFTV)

Screening provides Audio Description (AD) and Open Captions (OC)

An offbeat NYC rom-com, this award-winning film features an unlikely pair who find that happiness is not about conforming. Starring actors on the autism spectrum who worked with the director to create the story.Winner, Best U.S. Narrative Feature and Best New Director, 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

Co-Sponsors: NYU Connections; NYU Center for Media, Culture & History

Performance and Discussion: MOVING MAD, QUEER, AND CRIP

February 28 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm

Dancing couple Lindsay Eales on left stands on one foot with left hand outstretched, right hand holding Danielle Peers who leans forward from her wheelchair.

Danielle Peers, community organizer, artist, and a visiting professor in NYU Performance Studies, is an Assistant Professor at the Univ. of Alberta, and Director of the Media in Motion Lab.

Dr. Lindsay Eales disability scholar + founding Co-Artistic Director of CRIPSiE (the Collaborative Radically Integrated Performers Society in Edmonton), creating dance by/for people experiencing disability and their artistic and political allies for 12 years.

Lindsay and Danielle dance a quartet that embraces critical disability and Mad theory, spoken word, dance, and film, offering critical reflections on the generative possibilities of disability and madness in the arts

Discussion with: André Lepecki (Performance Studies) & Hentyle Yapp (Performance Studies, Art & Public Policy, Center for Disability Studies)

Co-Sponsors: Depts.  of Art & Public Policy, Performance Studies; Hemispheric Institute for Performance & Politics

Collective Strategies for Reparative Care: A Panel Discussion

March 2 @ 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Presented in Collaboration with the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts

EFA Project Space | 323 West 39th Street 2nd Floor NY, NY 10018

Collective Strategies for Reparative Care: A panel discussion with Ted Kerr (writer and organizer, What Would an HIV Doula Do?), Lana Lin (filmmaker, scholar, author of Freud’s Jaw and Other Lost Objects: Fractured Subjectivity in the Face of Cancer, 2017), Kevin Gotkin (artist, activist, and professor), and OlaRonke Akinmowo (creator, The Free Black Women’s Library). A reception will follow the event.

Audio Description for Dance: Lessons from Paramodernities

March 15 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

A male dancer wearing a black leotard leaps to the left. To the foreground, on the right, a woman sits on a box with her back towards us, facing toward the dancer.

Friday, March 15th 12:00pm to 1:00pm

20 Cooper Square, Room 222

Lunch provided; vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available.

Join us for a lunchtime conversation between Georgina Kleege, Netta YerushalmyMara Mills, David Linton, and Mary Murphy about their experience describing George Balanchine’s abstract modernist ballet, Agon, for both blind and sighted audiences. Their response to Agon is part of the Paramodernities series at New York Live Arts March 14-17th.

About Paramodernities:

After over three years of research, development, and multiple performances nationwide, the complete six-part Paramodernities series comes to New York.

The run is March 14th-17th @ New York Live Arts. Audio Description will be available for performances on March 16th.

This is an interdisciplinary epic work that weaves theory and performance into a four-hour-long hybrid event. A diverse cast of 20 exceptional dancers and scholars, ranging in age from 20 to 67, perform languaged and embodied responses to iconic modernist choreographies by Nijinsky, Graham, Ailey, Cunningham, Fosse, and Balanchine.

Screening and Discussion: GURRUMUL

April 3 @ 5:00 pm7:00 pm



(2017, 93 min., Paul Damien Williams, Australia, Yolngu)

Photo of blind Indigenous Australian musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu performing with guitar and back-up band.Wednesday, April 3, 5-7 PM, 721 Broadway, Tisch School of the Arts, Room 006

Discussion with Director Paul Damien Williams & Faye Ginsburg

Born blind, the late Indigenous Australian musician and Yolngu elder Gurrumul Yunupingu, was celebrated at home and abroad, straddling Aboriginal and global worlds in this extraordinary documentary chronicling his life.

Screening provides Audio Description (AD) and Open Captions (OC)

Co-Sponsors: Anthropology; Center for Media, Culture & History; NYU Native American & Indigenous Studies

Screening and Discussion: TALKING HANDS

April 22 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Presented by the Colloquium for Unpopular Culture: TALKING HANDS (dir. Emanuel Almborg, 2016), 48 min – screening + director in conversation with Mara Mills

Black and white photograph of a girl playing with an abacus

WHEN: Monday 22 April 2019, 6:30pm
WHERE: Kriser Room, 25 Waverly Place [corner of Greene Street]
Free and open to the public
“We see and hear through the eyes and ears of our friends, all people, the entire human race.”
TALKING HANDS is a film about a pioneering school for deaf-blind children. Established in 1963 in Zaborsk, north of Moscow, it was known as the “synchrophasotron of the social sciences”. Its founder, Marxist philosopher Evald Ilyenkov, claimed, “By studying the brain you will Iearn little of the mind – just as little as you will learn of the nature of money by studying the material properties of the material (gold, silver, or paper) in which the money form is embodied.” Or, as one of his deaf-blind students Alexander Suvorov exclaimed: “Who told you we see nothing and hear nothing? We see and hear through the eyes and ears of our friends, all people, the entire human race.”
Talking Hands focuses on Sovorov who went on to attain a PhD in psychology and now lives in a Moscow suburb. His fragmented conversation with Almborg is interwoven with 16mm footage of teaching and activities around the Zagorsk school shot some time in the late 1960s or early 1970s. Its filmmaker and exact date are unknown; the only information attached to the film when Almborg found it in a Moscow archive was a title – ‘Talking Hands’.
EMANUEL ALMBORG is an artist based in Stockholm and London. He works in a wide range of media, primarily moving image. He graduated from the Whitney Independent Study program in 2015, and is currently a PhD candidate at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. His work has been shown at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, London’s Whitechapel Gallery, and e-flux in New York.
MARA MILLS is Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University where she co-directs the Center for Disability Studies. Her book On The Phone: Hearing Loss and Communication Engineering (forthcoming from Duke) examines the history of speech and hearing research in the Bell System. She is currently working on the history of optical character recognition and, with Jonathan Sterne, the history of audio time stretching technology.
Sponsored by Center for Media, Culture and History, NYU and The NYU Center for Disability Studies

Launch Party: Crip Technoscience

April 26 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm

A special issue of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience

Image is of wheelchair handles with cover made with lots of punk style spike studs.Friday, April 26 | 4-6pm

239 Greene Street, 8th Floor Commons

Celebrate a new special issue of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience with editors Kelly Fritsch, Aimi Hamraie, Mara Mills, and David Serlin and authors Kevin Gotkin and Alice Sheppard. Crip Technoscience brings critical feminist perspectives to the study of disability, science, and technology, offering interventions into political debates related to emerging technologies, treatments, and practices of access, design, health, and enhancement.

Co-sponsor: NYU Department of Media, Culture and Communication

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