City Encounters: New York


Students Travel Workshop
University of Fine Artes Umea, Sweden
September 1-10, 2005

A city, any large city, and New York is not alone in this regard, is too complex an object of study for it to be grasped in a single visit. It is best to think of it in terms of a series of encounters leading to a relationship. By accepting the inevitable partiality of this circumstance one can be free to experience the intensity of a highly selective while contingent encounter. It is thus that, at this point in time, one may find in New York a variety of temporally disparate experiences, conditioned as they are by a number of narratives that have consolidated the city’s overlapping histories as well as shaped by everyday rewritings of such memories. I propose that we tackle New York diagonally, that is straight to its core cultural activities. At times, we shall cut through its layers as if to dissect its decayed body in order to understand its genealogies—the Dia Beacon’s collection of minimalist work and the Whitney Museum’s Robert Smithson’s retrospective are good examples. At other times, we shall temporarily inhabit the city’s living tissues in order to participate in the discourses that shape the contemporary moment—typically, conversations with Ayreen Anastas/Rene Gabri from the Beaver Group as well as visits with Hakan Topal from the xurban collective and Valerie Tevere/Angel Nevarez from neuroTransmitter.


Alex Villar

Christian Bergman, Olof Brostrom, Aldis Ellertsdottir, Klas Hallerstrand, Anna Henriksson, Kamilla Levring, Lisa Manner, Helena Morland and Katarina Pirak Sikku


19:40-20:00 Umea group arrival at JFK. Flight details: 01SEP 0715 BA 771 Q DEP STOCKHOLM – ARLANDA (NONSTOP) Departure terminal 2. 0910 ARR LONDON – HEATHROW Arrival terminal 1 01SEP 1710 BA 113 Q DEP LONDON – HEATHROW (NONSTOP) Departure terminal 4. 1940 ARR NEW YORK – J.F.KENNEDY Arrival terminal 7

21:30-22:00 Umea group’s call from the airport to confirm everyone’s arrival. Make sure that the Supershuttle’s reservation was confirmed.

23:00-23:00 Group’s call from the hostel to confirm safe arrival. Hostel info: Chelsea International Hostel 251 West 20th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues) Tel 212.647-0010. They don’t offer breakfast, only coffee and tea. Plan breakfast with the group outside the hostel. Agree to meet at the lobby the next morning.


10:00-10:15 Meet at the Chelsea Hostel lobby. Chelsea International Hostel. 251 West 20th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues) Tel 212.647-0010. Distribute subway maps to everyone and offer basic instructions. Make sure all in the group have my numbers.

10:30-12:00 Breakfast at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts 265 W 23RD St New York, NY 10011-2302 (212) 620-0111. Talk about the plan for the day. Also discuss the plan for the following day: a visit to Dia Beacon. Order the tickets for transportation plus admission: WebTicket. $26.05. Take the group to nearest supermarket for cheaper food: Whole Foods Market. 250 7th Ave (Bet. 24th/25th St) 212.924-5969. Head to the galleries next.

12:00-12:30 Photographing the Museum at Yancey Richardson Gallery. 535 West 22nd Street, 3rd Floor 646.230-9610

12:30-14:00 The New Museum of Contemporary Art 556 West 22nd Street, New York NY 10011 Tel: 1212 2191222 Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 6pm, Thursday 12pm – 8pm. Exhibitions: Aernout Mik’s work forcefully combines video and architecture to transform exhibition spaces into vivid, unsettling tableaus of irrational human behavior, as seen in his new work, Refraction. Rhizome ArtBase 101 includes some of the most important works and brightest talents in new media art, which includes website design, performance, software and games. Electronic Arts Intermix doesn’t seem to have Aernout videos but they are an incredible resource for those doing research through their viewing room: The EAI Viewing Room provides access to the works in EAI’s extensive collection of video and interactive media works by artists. The Viewing Room is offered as a resource for research and study, and is free of charge to individuals.

14:00-14:30 Drunk vs. Stoned at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise at Passerby on 436 West 15th Street. Walk to 14th Street 212 627 5258, take the L train to the 6.

15:00-17:00 Robert Smithson retrospective at the Whitney Museum. 945 Madison Avenue at 75th St. (212) 570-3614. Fl 4. The NY Times has a video report on Smithson’s Floating Island. Also on view at th New Museum: Overhead/Underfoot: The Topographical Perspective in Photography, Floor 5/ mezzanine. Artists in the exhibition include Dennis Oppenheim, Ed Ruscha, and James Turrell. Train 6 to 77th Street (walk two blocks west to Madison Avenue).

18:00-18:30 Walk through Chinatown. Point out Little Italy. (Take the 6 train to Canal Street)

18:30-20:00 Meet with artist Alex Roy for dinner at Doyer’s (Vietnamese restaurant) 11 Doyers St New York, NY 10013-5104 (212) 513-1521 Reservation under Villar for 6:20 pm. Alex Roy is a very knowledgeable New Yorker, who will gladly and charmingly answer all sorts of questions about things to do and to get in New York.

20:30-23:00 Chocolate Bar (on Roy’s suggestion). Also go to a neirborhood bar. Other options for the evening included: 16 Beaver Group: Adam Zaretsky – On Mutaphobia and Difference Art 16 Beaver Street Fifth Floor New York, NY 10004 212.480-2093
Michael Snow’s Wavelenght at Anthology Film Archives 1967, 45 minutes.


10:30-18:30 Meet at Grand Central to go to Dia:Beacon. Film Screening: Early Films by Andy Warhol on September 3, 2005, 2pm

19:00-20:00 Hostel relay.

21:30-23:00 Jim Jamursh’s Broken Flowers at Angelica Theater. Other options included:
Film Forum William Eggleston. Alain Resnais’ Pas Sur La Bouche / Not on the Lips at Anthology Film Archives.


10:00-11:00 Flea market on 26th St and 6th Avenue.

12:00-14:00 BRAZILIAN DAY IN NYC 46th Street between Sixth Avenue and Times Square plus Sixth Avenue (between 42nd and 56th Street) New Yorkers generally celebrate Brazil’s Independence Day on the first Sunday in September. The annual street party happens at its regular time on Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Recommendations: Acaraje, Caipirinha, Guarana. Further ‘reading:’ films Bus 174 and Madame Satã

15:00-17:00 PS1 Museum. Greater New York exhibition. Trains: E or V to 23 St/Ely Ave. Exit onto 44th to Jackson Ave. Walk two blocks south on Jackson to 46th Ave. 7 to 45 Rd / Courthouse Sq. Exit onto Jackson Ave. Walk one block south to 46th Ave.

18:00-19:30 Dinner at Christina’s (Polish restaurant) in Greenpoint, a Polish neighborhood. 853 Manhattan Avenue.

20:00-21:30 Hakan Topal studio visit 171 Greenpoint Ave. Apt:4R Brooklyn 646.283-5252. Take the G train to Greenpoint Ave. Stop. It is between Manhattan Ave. and Mc Guinness Ave. Hakan Topal co-founder of the Istanbul based artists collective X-Urban, dedicated to art and politics.

22:00-23:30 Hakan took half the group to Galapagos Artspace. Direct other half to the Blue Note jazz club.


12:00-13:00 Meet at the hostel cafeteria space. Give Christian and Klas info about visiting Washington DC (the distance from New York is 25 miles)

13:00-17:00 Visit Coney Island. Check out Creative Time’s Dreamland art project.

17:30-18:00 Look for the Candy store and Rothko bar at the group’s request.

18:30-19:30 Confirmed dinner with Christina Ray, an artist who works Situationists’ ideas and a founder of Glowlab at Milon (Indian restaurant) (1st Avenue and 6th Street). A festive spot, the background music is Bollywood (combination of Indian movie soundtrack and dance music). Milon lacks a liquor license. The Indian grocery store below the walk-up restaurant features a large beer selection. Christina Ray is a Brooklyn-based artist, curator and the founder of Glowlab, a community exploring psychogeography in relation to contemporary art.

20:00-22:00 CBGB 315 Bowery between 1st and 2nd Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan 212.982-4052 212.677-0455. The nearest trains to CBGB are the at the 2nd Ave stop and the 6 at the Bleecker Street stop.

20:00-23:00 Alternate programming: Saint Marks bookstore (recommended books: Agamben’s Homo Sacer, The Interventionists). Kim’s video. Veniero’s (great bakery). Cafe Mogador on 9th street and First ave (Moroccan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern) 101 Saint Marks Place 212.677-2226


10:00-12:00 Shopping Morning: B&H Photo, Century 21, etc.

12:30-13:00 Alex to bring agenda to the Hostel.

14:00-15:00 Moma 11 West 53 Street 212-708-9400 Take the E, V to 53rd St. (switch it since Moma is closing on Tuesdays)

18:00-19:30 Meet Jillian McDonald, a performance/video/new media artist, for dinner at Wonde Siam (Thai restaurant) 792 9th Ave. (btw. 52nd St. & 53rd St.), 212.459-9057. Jillian Mcdonald is a Canadian performance and media artist, transplanted to Brooklyn. Her work has been shown most recently at Vertex List Gallery in Brooklyn, La Centre d’Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie; Paved New Media in Saskatoon; Video Pool in Winnipeg; Latitude 53 in Edmonton; La Biennale de Montreal; The Bronx Museum of the Arts; Straylight, online in Dublin; Thomas Erben Gallery in NYC; Art in General in NYC; and Year Zero One in Toronto. Jillian just had an article published on her work on Art Papers.

20:00-22:00 Studio visit with Valerie Tevere and Angel Nevarez from the neuroTransmitter collective. nT is a radio collaborative utilizing analog communication technologies. Working specifically with radio machinations, neuroTransmitter propels signals through urban membranes and cellular formations. To complement their fixed and mobile frequency performances, nT creates radio-sonic installations, produces music, and converts utilitarian objects into radio transmission and receiving devices. neuroTransmitter has created visual works, performed, and broadcasted live on local bandwidths in public spaces and galleries throughout New York City; Columbus, Ohio; Helsinki, Finland; Aarhus, Denmark; and Madrid, Spain. nT is currently a collaborative-in-residence with the research and development program at Eyebeam Atelier, NYC.


10:00-15:00 Suggestion for Morning plans: Brooklyn bridge walk and Botanical Garden Visit. Brooklyn Botanic Garden 1000 Washington Avenue Brooklyn, 718.623.7200 The B or Q train to Prospect Park station.

16:00-17:00 Walter De Maria: The New York Earth Room (141 Wooster St). The New York Earth Room, 1977, is the third Earth Room sculpture executed by the artist, the first being in Munich, Germany in 1968. The second was installed at the Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt, Germany in 1974. The first two works no longer exist. The New York Earth Room has been on long-term view to the public since 1980. This work was commissioned and is maintained by Dia Art Foundation. Walter DeMaria: The Broken Kilometer (393 West Broadwday). This work is the companion piece to De Maria’s 1977 Vertical Earth Kilometer at Kassel, Germany. In that permanently installed earth sculpture, a brass rod of the same diameter, total weight and total length has been inserted 1,000 meters into the ground.

17:00-18:00 Open Stitch at Location One 26 Greene Street, New York NY 10013 Tel: 1-212-334-3347 Inquire within about their residency program.

18:00-18:30 Jim Isermann at Deitch Projects, 18 Wooster Street

19:00-20:00 The Art of 9/11 at Apexart 291 Church Street (between Walker and White) 212.431-5270. Meet Alex there.

21:00-23:00 Dinner at Nyonya (Malasian restaurant) 194 Grand St. (212) 334-3669 with Maryam Jafri and Lars Mathissen. Maryam Jafri (b. 1972, Pakistan) is a New York based
video artist. Her work has been screened in festivals and shown in galleries and art spaces both in the U.S. and abroad, including The Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Galerie Buchmann (Cologne, Germany), Overgaden (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Cinema-Scope at The Scope Art Fair (New York City).


10:00-16:00 Suggestion for Morning plans: Metropolitam Museum (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street 212-535-7710 Take 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street and walk three blocks west to Fifth Avenue) or the Museum of Natural History (The Museum is located at 79th Street and Central Park West. Take the B or C to 81st Street. Two blocks west of the Museum, the 1 and 9 trains stop at Broadway and West 79th Street), then picnic at Central Park Enter the park at 69th Street and 5th Avenue on the east side or at 72nd Street and Central Park West on the west side.

10:00-17:00 Christina Iglesias at Marian Goodman 24 W 57TH St Ste 4 (212) 977-7160

18:00-18:15 Philip-Lorca Dicorcia at PaceWildenstein 534 w 25 st 212.929-7000&

18:30-18:45 Dennis Adams at Kent 541 West 25 Street 212.627-3680. Meet Alex there. Introduce the group to Dennis.

19:00-19:15 White Box: Beyond the Nation-State. Closing Reception will be held on Thursday September 8, 6-8pm 525 West 26th Street, New York NY 10001 Tel: 1 212 7142347 E-mail:

19:45-20:00 Marcel Dzama at David Zwirner 525 West 19 Street. Meet Alex here.

20:30-21:00 A Knock at the Door. A show that responds to government repression and intimidation in the arts post 9-11. Artists: Carlos Andrade & Todd Ayoung; Doug Ashford; Autonomedia; Critical Art Ensemble; Benj Gerdes; Group Material Archive; Preemptive Media (Beatriz da Costa, Jamie Schulte and Brooke Singer); Walid Raad; Red76; Tom Sachs; Dread Scott; Gregory Sholette and others. South Street Seaport Museum, Melville Gallery. 213 Water Street

21:30-23:00 Dinner with Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri from the Beaver Group in Williamsburg at Relish restaurant 225 Wythe Ave @ North 3rd Williamsburg, Brooklyn 718.963-4546. 16Beaver is the address of a space initiated/run by artists to create and maintain an ongoing platform for the presentation, production, and discussion of a variety of artistic/cultural/economic/political projects. It is the point of many departures/arrivals.


10:30-11:30 Pia Lindman New York Times performance, part of the program of “Cities, Art, and Recovery” an international summit focused on arts and culture after catastrophe, organized by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Departing from the National Museum of the American Indian, Bowling Green: a one-hour New York Times performance tour of select monuments in historic Battery Park.

18:00-20:00 Enemy Image at Momenta Art 72 Berry Street Brooklyn NY 11211 718.218.8058. Momenta Art is located at 72 Berry Street, ground floor, between N9th and N10th Sts. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. By subway, take the L train to Bedfordstop (the first stop in Brooklyn). Exit on the Bedford side. Walk one block towards the river to Berry Street. Make a right on Berry Street and continue 2 1/2 blocks. By car, take the outside lane of the Williamsburg Bridge to the first exit. Make a sharp right onto Broadway. Drive 2 1/2 blocks to Berry Street and make a right. Continue for approximately 10 blocks.

21:00-23:00 Dinner with Alex Roy at Planet Thai. 141 North 7th Street between Bedford and Berry


7:55 Leave for LA. 10SEP 0805 DL2071 U DEP NEW YORK – J.F.KENNEDY (NONSTOP) Departure terminal 2 Flight operated by DELTA AS


LMCC Residences, Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, Sculpture Center In Practice program, Art in General, ISCP, Exit Art open calls for artists, Apexart, Location One.

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