The Week of Conferences: Event Picks for Social Media Week, Fashion Week, and The CAA Conference

by Paddy Johnson on February 9, 2011 · 3 comments Events

The Brainstormers invite you to a panel discussion

Shit is busy. Admittedly, this isn’t a turn of phrase for the books, but between Social Media Week, Fashion Week and The CAA Conference, I don’t have time worry about it. A few events worth mentioning:


These events are mostly full, but here’s one or two talks that might be of interest.

  • For the Internet nerds: The Future of Real Time Publishing. Thursday, 2-4 pm at The New York Times Building. I’d be more interested in this panel Google was participating — I want to know how they are going to fix their search — but Joshua Harris isn’t exactly small potatoes either, so it’s getting a recommendation. Many of you may remember Harris from the documentary “We Live in Public” in which he does just this 24-7 on the net. Following the movie’s release in 2009, he made his money by playing high stakes poker in California. Now he wants to run the MIT Media Lab.
  • Also speaking will be Ann Curry, Andy Carvin and David Clinch.

  • Interview with author of Program or be Programmed. 9:00 – 11:00 am at The Science and Technology hub at Google. Keynote Interview with Doug Rushkoff and Erick Schonfeld: Facebook’s Days Are Numbered: How social media resists all efforts to make it otherwise;
  • This looks like a suitably bleak take on the state of the net: Whether it's a Zynga game inviting us to turn over our address books for points, or an advertiser offering us a chance to win a prize for “friending” them publicly, we are now in the business of marketing our friendships to those who hope to exploit the bonds we have created with others.

  • Finally, I’m on a panel tonight about how Social Media is democratizing the art world at Edelman. The event is already sold out, which is why its listed at the bottom of these events, but it gets a nod regardless as I’ll likely be writing about it here at a later date. The discussion should be an interesting one, as I’ll be at the same table as Noah Horowitz, the Director of the VIP Art Fair (my criticism here), and Joan Young, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at The Guggenheim Museum (I hated their youtube play exhibition). Also joining the discussion will be Dylan Fareed, Co-Founder of Artlog, Nick Hasty, Director of Technology for Rhizome, Derrick Adams, artist, curator and founder of Binge Online. Moderating will be Amani Olu – Independent Curator & Co-Founder of Humble Arts Foundation.


This isn’t my beat, but I assume there are a few art folk out there following this. I’m sure there’s someone out there who can identify more art folks than the collector and designer Cynthia Rowley.


Let’s be honest, a lot of these panels look either really boring or not very good. Take, Are We Standing at A Digital Divide in Art Publishing, a panel that takes place Thursday afternoon in which only one of the speakers even has a twitter account. That’s fine of course, but maybe there would be fewer conversations about whether a divide exists if those working in digital art publishing were included in discussions like these. Panelists include Joseph Newland, Chad Coerver, Thomas Lawson, Ken Wissoker and Katy Siegel.

But on to events I’m looking forward to:

For the two people reading this post on an iphone and currently at the conference:

High Heels and Leather Masks: When Fetish Becomes Art and Art Becomes Life
Wednesday, February 09, 2:30 PM—5:00 PM
Trianon Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Hilton New York
This panel has a GREAT list of participants: Chair: Michelle Handelman, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, independent artist, New York, Zackary Drucker, independent artist, Los Angeles, Lia Gangitano, Participant, Inc., A. L. Steiner, independent artist, New York

Making A Living With or Without A Gallery.
Thursday, February 10, 12:30 PM—2:00 PM
Murray Hill Suite, 2nd Floor, Hilton New York
The usual suspects: Artist Sharon Louden moderates, with blogger and artist Sharon Butler, William Carroll of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Peter Drake at The New York Academy of Art, and Gallerist Ed Winkleman.

Medicine and Science in Medieval Visual Culture
Friday, February 11, 9:30 AM—12:00 PM
Beekman Parlor, 2nd Floor, Hilton New York

I don’t know anything about this field, but I like the topic so it’s a pick. Panelists include: Jennifer Borland, Megan C. McNamee, Kathleen Crowther, Jean A. Givens, Talia Avisar, Jack Hartnell

Ask Me And I Will Tell
Thursday February 10, 2011, 10 am – 12 pm,
Women’s Caucus for The Arts, 6th floor, Hilton Hotel

A conversational event addressing the ways gender is performed held on the set of a tea parlor. Moderated by Yulia Tikhonova. Hosted by Suzanne Stroebe and Caitlin Rueter of a Feminist Party. Panelists: Elaine Kauffman and Danielle Mylsiwiec of the Brainstormers, Lauren Denitizio, for The Birds Collective and Petruska Bazin of Project space. Full Disclosure: Kauffman and Mylisiwiec are personal friends.


Aaron February 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Tonight for the CAA is an opening for the MFA Art Show. 20 different MFA programs are exhibiting, and it should make for a great show!

Aaron February 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Tonight for the CAA is an opening for the MFA Art Show. 20 different MFA programs are exhibiting, and it should make for a great show!

Stacey Allan February 15, 2011 at 9:19 pm

The CAA discussion on digital publishing was actually pretty good and I wanted to point out that the participants do, in fact, work in digital publishing: Thomas Lawson just launched East of Borneo (for which I’m editor), and Katy Siegel is editor of Art Journal, which is also now online and looks great. Both recently made the move from print to digital format and have spent plenty of time thinking through the possibilities and limitations of each, so the discussion was an informed one. About that alleged divide: It’s true that Tom himself isn’t much of a Tweeter. Nonetheless, you’ll find us @eastofborneo.

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