Art-Science Calendar of Events NYC

This calendar is an initiative of the Art Science Observatory, in collaboration with SciArt in America, Beautiful Brain, Ligo projects, Dactyl Foundation and other art/science organizations.

Book Fair

December 7 – 21 2002

Front Hall Book Fair Limited editions, hand-made, Poetry and Literary Fiction.

Open reading Dec 6th 6-8pm.

Wynn Miller, photography of Tony Alva

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The Freshjive Mad Dog Chronicles, a retrospective interview with Tony Alva, featuring the photography of Wynn Miller. [continue…]

Interrogating Dichotomies in the Arts & Sciences: panel discussion with Susan Oyama, Victoria N. Alexander & Sharon Lattig

November 8th 2002, 2-4 pm

CUNY Graduate Center

A panel discussion on new ways of interrogating dichotomies in the sciences Hosted at CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5409, by the 20th Century Group & Dactyl Foundation Panelists:

Susan Oyama is Professor of Psychology, Emerita, at John Jay College, and at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York City. Books include Cycles of Contingency, Developmental Systems and Evolution and Evolution’s Eye: A Systems View of the Biology-Culture Divide.


Josip Novakovich, reading with introduction by Victoria N. Alexander

Friday Oct. 25, 2002

Croatian-born Novakovich has published numerous works of fiction, including, Yolk and Salvation and Other Disasters. He received the Whiting Writer’s Award (1997), Guggenheim Fellowship (1999), two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1991 and 2002), and a fellowship at The New York Public Library’s Center for Scholars and Writers in 2001/02. Novakovich also teaches in the English Department at Penn State University.

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“Rockets Redglare!”

October 2 2002


Screening of “Rockets Redglare!” a documentary by Luis Fernandez de la Reguera, discussion with filmmaker to follow.

“Rockets Redglare!” features interviews with Matt Dillon, Willem Defoe, Jim Jarmusch, Steve Buscemi, Julian Schnabel and Nick Zedd.

NYC 1949. Rockets Redglare was born Michael Morra and addicted to heroin. An opiate added to his formula to ease the pain of heroin withdrawal began the first of countless detoxes during his lifetime. After his father, a career criminal, was deported to Italy and his mother was murdered, Michael became Rockets Redglare. [continue…]

Short Video Show

September 28 2002


The Short Video Show features  “Business and Pleasure” by Maria Antelman and George Drivas “Insomnium” by Craig MacNeil “Stillspeed” by Georg Steinboeck “EX” by Andreas Troeger and Dactyl Foundation award recipient, “‘Intersocial Volition’ (Theirs and Ours)” by Tina Landis.

Ken Park

September 23 2002

Premier New York film screening of Ken Park by Larry Clark.

John Ashbery & Gerrit Henry

September 12 2002


A poetry reading by John Ashbery and Gerrit Henry.

Jim Gilroy, before and after 9/11

September 3 – 28 2002

Before & After 9/11, paintings and drawings by Jim Gilroy.

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7th, 6-8pm

“Before and After 9/11: Gilroy’s Falling Figure”
by Victoria N. Alexander and Maria Villafranca

Jim Gilroy has painted falling figures for the past five or so years. It is a theme that keeps insisting itself on his life in inexplicable and unexpected ways. When he was thirteen, he stood in a crowd of onlookers one afternoon in midtown Manhattan and watched a man jump to his death from [continue…]

Imaginary Architecture: Part I SkyFi

July 13 2002


A video tribute to the power of art direction and scenic design By Sean Gullette Featuring architectural installation by Yumi Moriwaki, Casey Mack, Kostas Seremeties


June 25 2002


Screening: Transportation, an episode of Rizoma by Professor Fernando Salis of The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil An integrated television program and internet site for debate and communitarian action onenvironmental issues

Mayfly Theater Company

June 4 – 6 2002

Point & Shoot

June 1-29 2002

A collection of T-4 photography by pro-skaters, Alex Corporan, Elska Sandor, Giovanni Estevez, A-Ron the Don, Suekwon, Shadi Perez, Giovanni Reda, Mike O’Meally, Keith & Anne Hufnagel, Todd Jordan, Aaron Meza, Athena Razo, Leo Fitzpatrick, Ryan McGinley, Angela Boatright, J2, Dave Ortiz, and Carla Ullman.

Reception: Saturday June 1, 2002, 7-10pm;

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Antioch Review

May 22nd 2002

Antioch Review fund-raiser with readings by Katherine Vaz and Henry Van Dyke.

Antioch Review

May 21 2002

Antioch Review readings with James Purdy and Jeffery Renard Allen.

The New York Times METRO review by Susan Guerrero, published Monday, June 3, 2002, read as follows:

Jeffery Renard Allen, an author, was reading one of his short stories aloud at a benefit for the Antioch Review at the Dactyl Foundation on Grand Street in SOHO when the dreaded happened – a cellphone rang and rang.

The cellphone have-nots in the audience looked around, their stares wildly disapproving. The haves looked guilty as they scrambled for purses and dived into their backpacks. To no avail. The phone kept ringing. Mr. Allen gamely kept reading. Everyone looked at everyone else. It was hard to concentrate on the story, steamy as it was. A couple of people double checked.

Suddenly Mr. Allen stopped in midsentence, having finally identified the culprit cellphone. “I’m sorry,” he said. “It’s mine.”

Telling it Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s

May 17 2002

Telling it Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s, ed. Mark Wallace and Steven Marks. 26 essays on contemporary avant garde poetries. Book release & panel discussion with Charles Borkhuis,Lee Ann Brown, Jeff Derksen, Jeff Hansen, Bill Howe, Andrew Levy, Eileen Myles, Leonard Schwartz, Juliana Spahr, Brian Kim Stefans, Gary Sullivan, & Elizabeth Willis

Meena Alexander

May 14, 2002

Poetry reading with Meena Alexander celebrating the release of Illiterate Heart with introduction by Tricia Lin.

Journey to the West: Chinese Medicine Today

May 9 2002

Directed by: Katy Chevigny
Produced by: Katy Chevigny and Julia Pimsleur
Co-Produced by: Dallas Brennan
Camera by: Kirsten Johnson
Music by: Jason Kao Hwang
Edited by: Li-Shin Yu

Journey to the West examines the roots of traditional Chinese medicine, its incarnation in modern-day China, and its adaptation in the United States. Rare footage of traditional medical practices in the People’s Republic of China is intercut with interviews of some of the leading Chinese medical practitioners here in the United States.

Conceived and shot over a period of three years, Journey to the West is an insightful investigation of the connection between art, culture and medicine. The film introduces a few of the diverse people who are devoted to this medical practice, including Dr. Ho, a self-taught herbalist living in the foothills of the Himalayas; Wu Zhongxian, a martial arts master who performs a wide range of indigenous Chinese healing methods; and students attending a modern-day Chinese medical school in Shanghai. Back in the U.S., teachers, students and practitioners of Chinese medicine working in California and New York showcase their work in contemporary Chinese medicine. Journey to the West offers a unique perspective on a growing cross-cultural phenomenon.

Archie Rand and John Yau, 100 More Jokes from The Book of the Dead

May 4-25 2002

An exhibition of hand-colored etchings and poetry by Archie Rand and John Yau (Meritage Press) Also celebrating the release of My Heart Is That Eternal Rose Tattoo (Black Sparrow),Borrowed Love Poems (Penguin) by John Yau, Simply Separate People by Lynn Crawford, edited by John Yau (Black Square), Me with Animal Towering by Albert Mobilio, edited by John Yau (Black Square); and Bayart by Pascalle Monnier, translated by Cole Swensen, edited by John Yau (Black Square).

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April 20 2002

An exhibition of art work by students of the Washington Market School.

Suely Rolnik

April 10 2002

A public lecture on Brazilian artist Lygia Clark.


March 26, 2002

Kill With A Borrowed Knife: A Lecture-Performance of BudoFlux
Presented in association with PJ Novelli and the Tuesday Night Forum Series.

Kill with a Borrowed Knife is an ancient martial arts stratagem. It means making use of an opponent’s resources for one’s own gain: for example, using U.S. passenger planes to attack the United States. Budoflux uses this and other stratagems to introduce the integrated performance language of martial arts/dance presenting brief, theatrical actions based on the nature of conflict.

Emily Orling


Emily Orling, infant paintings

March 16-April 14, 2002

Nothing Bad Has Happened 12″ x 16″ pen and shellac on canvas

Emily Orling‘s paintings place babies in reddish-brown mucus, referencing the womb. Even her babies in bathtubs draw on the idea of the womb as comfort, or its lack. Separation creates intense loneliness. These [continue…]

New York Women in Film and Television

Feb 26 2002

Editing Panel and Screening.

Michael Davidson and John Taggart

Feb 22 2002

Discussion with poet-critics Michael Davidson and John Taggart.

Laura Biagi

Feb 19 2002

A performance of Italian Folk Songs
gathered and rearranged by Laura Biagidiscussion to follow
Presented in association with PJ Novelli and the Tuesday Night Forum Series with:

Laura Biagi: voice and percussion
Ilya Temkin: guitar, gudok, mouth harp [continue…]

Angus Fletcher, 2002 essay award recipient


Angus Fletcher’s essay “Long Amazing Unprecedented Way,” appears in murmur Vol ii (New York: Donc Alors, 2000) and can be obtained for $10 by writing to The essay is based on a lecture delivered at Dactyl Foundation April 5, 2000 on John Ashbery’s “middle poetry.”  More info.

Diane Torr

Feb 5 2002

Diane Torr in Discussion. Drag King Ambassador to the World.

Diane Torr will present her work as a performance/installation artist whose investigations into sexuality and identity over the past 20+ years have produced pioneering performances, which have toured throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Eurasia. Working as a go-go dancer in the working men’s clubs and bars of New Jersey from 1978-81 gave Diane the opportunity to explore “contemporary notions of the erotic” and the representation of women’s sexuality. This experience instigated a series of performances and films that reinvent the erotic. Taking on a male persona in one of these performances, AROUSING RECONSTRUCTIONS (1982), at St.Marks Church, New York, was the beginning of an ongoing exploration into gender and identity. She is presently working on a series of monologues written by the French surrealist artist, Claude Cahun, some of which she performed at the Maison Francaise and Dixon Place.

Diane is a graduate of Dartington College of Arts, England and a fellow of the Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program, and is matriculated in the MFA program at Bard College. Her movement/bodywork background includes the study of Release Technique, Contact Improvisation, Aikido and Shiatsu. She holds a third degree black belt in Aikido from New York Aikikai. Her work has been the subject of profiles in G.Q., The Washington Post, High Performance,Village Voice, The Manchester Guardian, German Vogue., etc. and is documented by BBC2 in its Q.E.D. series. Diane is a recipient of grants from NYSCA, Jerome Foundation, Joyce Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Art Matters, Artist Space, Yorkshire and Humberside Arts, RE.AL Lisbon Research Residency.