In Performance: THE FUN Conference on Nightlife as Social Practice (NYC)


THE FUN Conference on Nightlife as Social Practice will be held November 8-10, 2013 at MAD. The conference will focus on participatory, social and collaborative arts practices and their relation to nightlife through panel discussions, lectures and special projects.

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Keynote: Patricia Field
Friday, November 8, 2013 – 7:00 pm
Award-winning film and television costume designer, and nightlife icon Patricia Field ushers in THE FUN Conference 2013.

The Pleasure Ritual
Saturday, November 9, 2013 – 11:00 am
The panel will include FCKNLZ, Rob Roth, Nicholas Gorham of THE SPECTRUM and will be moderated by Victor P. Corona, Department of Social Sciences, Fashion Institute of Technology.

You Deserve a Drink Ticket! The Art of Hosting
Saturday, November 9, 2013 – 1:00 pm
The panel will include CHERYL, Earl Dax and Ladyfag and will be moderated by Jake Yuzna, Director of Public Programs, Museum of Arts and Design.

What Ever Happened to Flyers? Nightlife Post-Internet
Saturday, November 9, 2013 – 3:00 pm
The panel will include #TOP 8 Friends, Marie Karlberg, Patrik Sandberg, Frankie Sharp, and Stewart Uoo and will be moderated by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, MoMA PS1.

States of Excess and Undress: Fashion, Performance, and Taboo in Nightlife
Sunday, November 10, 2013 – 11:00 am
The panel will include Cameron Cooper, JUDY, Leo GuGu, WOAHMONE and will be moderated by Kristen Galvin, Visual Studies Program, University of California, Irvine (UCI).

Brooklyn and Beyond: After the So-Called Death of Nightlife
Sunday, November 10, 2013 – 1:00 pm
Panelists include Paddy Johnson, Art Fag City; Sophia Lamar, Secret Project Robot, Silent Barn, and Gerry Visco.

No Dancing Allowed: Government Regulation of Nightlife
Sunday, November 10, 2013 – 3:00 pm
The panel includes Hattie Hathaway and Aaron J. Solomon, Attorney, Oved & Oved LLP and will be moderated by Michael Musto.

In conjunction with THE FUN conference, the Ace Hotel will host MAD-selected DJs for a series of nights in November. Former THE FUN Fellows FCKNLZ and Gag! will perform in the hotel’s lobby from 8pm-12am on November 5 and 12 (FCKNLZ), and 19 and 26 (Gag!).

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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