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I have lived in Paris, London, Warsaw, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and Tokyo, but nothing compares to New York City! Welcome to LIVEWIRE, my monthly tour of shows, exhibitions and events around town. Expect performance art, politically engaged art, ambient music,  poetry, dance, and magic. @JanaAstanov 


[photo credit: Kalan Sherrard  –  his interview @3AM]

SUPER-BOWEL Z: Diarrhea Apocalypse
Sunday February 4th, 3PM, Union Square

All players, cheerleaders, audience members, mascots, announcers and weirdos welcome – deep otherness costumes mandatory! It’s truly hard to resist such an invitation from the NYC street performance underground – you don’t want to miss your church on Super Bowl Sunday! 


ROOTKIT, Julia Sinelnikova Solo Exhibition
Open until February 9th, Superchief Gallery NY

Last week of this fantastic show! Using Superchiefs vast 7,000 sqft warehouse as a landscape for her immersive cyber-punk environment Rootkit, Julia Sinelnikova (her interview @3AM) utilizes projectors, hand cut mylar, and more to create a living duplication of the often invisible world of cyber warfare.

FB invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/361790964247001


INCISION, Feminist in Residence Exhibition
January 31st – March 16th,
Project For Empty Space, 2 Gateway Center, Newark

An exhibition of works by Chaya Babu, Christen Clifford (her recent interview @3AM), Camille Lee, and Katherine Toukhy, part of the 2017/2018 GRAB BACK: Feminist In Residence program. The exhibition explores how the female body becomes the site for violence and vitality, and everything in between.

FB invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/174156829982256/

Website Link: www.projectforemptyspace.org


SPIRIT FACES, Anna-Wili Highfield
February 9th – March 6th , 2018
Opening Reception on February 9th 6-8PM
OLSEN GRUIN NY Gallery, 30 Orchard Street

Exhibition of new sculptures by Australian artist Anna-Wili Highfield, Spirit Faces gathers a celebratory mélange of animals, body parts, and self-portraits. Virtuosic and playful, Highfield’s mixed media sculptures reach new heights of exuberance and material imagination. 


[photo credit: Natasha King, photo by Laura Weyl]

LUST, Laura Weyl
Friday February 9th, 7 PM – 3 AM, Lot 45

Last time I saw Laura’s show it was a delicious feast of colour and movement. At LUST, she will be performing a psychedelic analog liquid light show projected onto performance artist Natasha King. This edition of LUST is about sensual exploration as it promises a spectacle from the NYC’s most provocative performance artists (think here sensual debauchery). Valentine’s date perfect.

FB invite:  https://m.facebook.com/events/137852743570301


[photo credit: Jodie Lyn-kee-Chow, “Lost China Girl”, video still]

February 14th-April 13th
Opening Reception on February 14th, with performance art and music 5:30 – 9PM
President’s Gallery, 899 Tenth Avenue, 6th Floor

Internalized Borders addresses immigration, identity, detention, and deportation. Curated by Maria de Los Angeles and Susan Noyes Platt it is featuring 18 artists working through a range of media. Taking the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center as a pivotal moment for the escalation of attacks on immigrants, this exhibition examines the various ways that language and legal systems create internal and external borders based on fear, the criminalization of identity, the economics of migration, and the construction of otherness.

Website Link: http://shivagallery.org/portfolio/internalized-borders/


[photo credit: Dok Gregory, photo by Jana Astanov]

MIXOLOGY FESTIVAL 2018: Circuit Breakers: Causings // Plan 23
Thursday, February 15th, 8PM
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave

Brookyn dark electronica favorites Plan 23 is playing as part of 4 day Mixology Festival happening from 13th to 16th February. Unmissable!

Website Link: http://roulette.org/event/mixology-causings-plan-23/


[photo credit: Gretchen Robinette, Go! Push Pops x UNDAKOVA summer solstice @artpowwow] 

DREAM BEAT New Moon Wellness Ritual
Friday February 16th, 6-10PM in NYC
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Raise your vibration with this contemporary wellness party ritual drawing together creative (radical) visionaries, conscious parents and young ones for community healing, divine incantation, song, dance, cultural dreaming, drums and the linking of magic to everyday Life. Co-led by Undakova & Or Nah (Katie Cercone – her interview @3AM) plus rotating featured artists.




TRANS-Ville Act IV
Wed. February 21st, 7-9PM
Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, 250 Broome Street NYC

TRANS-Ville is a contemporary performance art series exploring current states of political and social transition. Curated by Coco Dolle of Milk and Night Curatorial for  Catinca Tabacaru Gallery New York.  TRANS-Ville ACT IV artists include: Keijaun Thomas, Lisa Levy, Naomi Elena Ramirez, Monica McLure, David Henry Nobody Jr.  and Tyler Ashley or The Dauphine of Bushwick.

FB invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1418494871610963/

Milk and Night Curatorial: @milkandnightcuratorial


FLUX CITY 6: FORT CITY – Cayla Lockwood and Sarah Dahlinger / IMMIGRANT BALL – Katya Grokhovsky
February 24, 10AM-9PM Fort City, 9PM-midnight Immigrant Ball
Flux Factory, 39–31 29th Street, Long Island City, New York 11101

Flux City 6 is a four week cycle of city creation and destruction and rebirth and cataclysm. During each week an artist will create a city, or their interpretation of city-ness in the Flux Factory gallery creating a broad and all encompassing installation work which culminates in a public opening for that city and a destruction event meant to bring about its end — organized by a separate artist or group. On February 24, Cayla Lockwood and Sarah Dahlinger will present Fort City by followed by Immigrant Ball by Katya Grokhovsky.

9PM-12AM Immigrant Ball by Katya Grokhovsky is a participatory performance event, in which several performers, all first generation immigrants of diverse backgrounds, invite the audience to the extravagantly DIY Ball, during which the city on site will be gradually destroyed through choreographed debauchery.



First posted: Sunday, February 4th, 2018.

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