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Acts of Sedition : a group exhibition

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WhiteBox presents

ACTS OF SEDITION : a Group Exhibition

Curated by Raul Zamudio and Juan Puntes


Artists Carlos Aires, Kader Attia, Wafaa Bilal, Tania Bruguera, Jim Costanzo/Aaron Burr Society, Albert Camus, Stefano Cagol, Paolo Cirio, Color Correction, Annabel Daou, Josechu Davila, Cleverson De Oliviera, Decolonize this Place, Shahram Entekhabi, Regina José Galindo, Kendell Geers, Kyle Goen, Alex Gulla, Patrick Hamilton, Barbara Hammer, Ivaylo Hristov, Stephen Lack, Ligorano Reese, Marisa Jahn, Enrique Jezik, Mona Saeed Kamal, Marco Maggi, Teresa Margolles, Ferran Martin, Julia San Martin, JAŠA, Damián Ontiveros, Joe Peragine, Pasha Radetzki, Norma Vila Rivero, Martha Rosler, Gitte Sætre, Riiko Sakkinen, Avelino Sala, Dread Scott, Joaquín Segura, Miguel Rodríguez Sepúlveda, Celia Eslamieh Shomal, Federico Solmi, S & P Stanikas, Amy Stoker, Jorge Tacla, Wojtek Ulrich, Ruben Verdu, Roberto Visani, Johan Wahlstrom, Jenyu Wang

Acts of Sedition is a mixed–media exhibition of international artists that indirectly takes its cue from two previous WhiteBox shows that addressed different facets of the U.S. elections. Sedition (2008) paralleled the general election leading to Obama’s first term, while #makamericagreatagain (2016) was prescient in focusing on the primaries and subsequent emergence of Donald J. Trump who is now the 2016 Republican Presidential nominee. Whereas Sedition took the pulse of the national political climate, #makeamericagreatagain was more partisan as well as incorporating social media as a curatorial strategy. Acts of Sedition is like a third party, for it takes the aforementioned exhibitions as a point of departure but extends their thematic concerns to the contemporary world–at-large yet linking international geo-political strife to the U.S. political landscape and forthcoming Presidential elections. Artworks to be exhibited that underscore this, for example, include Carlos Aires’ collaged dollar bills.

These works consist of currency that have been superimposed with imagery of Iraqi war dead in coffins draped in American flags as well as homeless individuals. On one level the work may be construed as questioning U.S war policies and economic disparity, however because money is traded in transnational financial markets whose value can fluctuate according to global events, Aires’ work reveals the symbiosis of local, national and international politics. Another work that highlight’s an aspect of the exhibition’s foci is Dread Scott’s A Black Man Was Hung By Police Yesterday (2015). Taking the form of a flag, Scott’s sculpture is meant to be displayed in public and is based on a similar banner hung outside the offices of the N.A.A.C.P in Manhattan from 1920-38 to draw attention to lynching of African-Americans in the Jim Crow South. In the same manner that N.A.A.C.P. attempted to alert the public of the racial violence being inflicted on our fellow Americans, Scott’s updated version was to make people aware of the institutional violence inflicted on the African-American community by certain members of the police. The work forces us to think of how the horrors of the past are still with us today but under different guises producing the same atrocious results: unabated racial violence that is seemingly institutionalized.

Acts of Sedition argues that although sedition in colloquial nomenclature refers to subversive acts by individuals towards institutions of power, what has now manifested are acts of treason by those same entities against a myriad of communities and even the sacrosanct ideals that has made the U.S.A a beacon and haven for tolerance, inclusivity, freedom and democracy. Violence against the African-American community, xenophobia, attempts to repeal Roe vs Wade, sexual orientation and transgender discrimination, the dominance of Superpacs in our political infrastructure that buy politicians and elections are just a few of the many acts of sedition by antidemocratic and authoritarian forces that this exhibition pushes against.

The programs of WhiteBox are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council for the Arts

*Picture: Kyle Goen, New Flag of Iraq, 2010,

Press Contact: press@whiteboxny.org






Tomchess & Daniel Carter | Thomas Albrecht

Houston Bower | Storyboard P

Saturday, October 1

8 – 11:30 pm

“Where passive imprints and involuntary social conditioning can be dissolved; where human elements can be freed and accelerated to higher states of intensity and recorded”.

A term borrowed from Timothy Leary which he borrowed from quantum particle physics. In a partial collider the final area of contact has a spiral of magnets called a cyclotron. In this case, the experiment is the performing arts and we- the attendees are the particles colliding together. One never knows exactly what will happen.
John Bonafede has made and produced performance events in NYC for 20 years including his Psychlotron* series. Happenings at art galleries and alternative art spaces in Manhattan, Brooklyn and overseas make each event unique.


Having known and played music with each other in multiple settings over the last 18 years, American free jazz saxophone, flute, clarinet, and trumpet player Daniel Carter and NYC based Multi-instrumentalist/improviser/composer Tomchess, here playing Oud, Neyand Morsing, bring their deep love and extensive experience with the art of improvised musics wherever they play. Here in a quartet setting filled out by Percussionist Dan Kurfirst and Upright bassist Zachary Swanson, the musical journey is certain to be unique and highly engaging.

NYC based Multi-instrumentalist/improviser/composer Tomchess has played and recorded with some of the heaviest players in the improvisational scene (Dewey Redman, Butch Morris, Pharoah Sanders, Drew Gress, Ronald Shannon Jackson), as well as Morrocan Sintarist Hassan Hakmoun. Having deeply studied the Near Eastern, and North African traditions his sound encompasses the tonal palette, rhythms, and forms of these traditional musics while never losing sight of his American roots and the importance and freedom of improvising. He has performed in Africa, Canada, Holland, India and Italy. He has performed at Lincoln Center, The David Rubinstein Atrium, The Turkish Embassy, The Pakastani Embassy, the Asian Society, The Natural History Museum, The Metropolitan Museum, The Himalayan Museum of Art and The United Nations among countless other venues in NYC and the United States. He has performed on NPR and PBS. He has played on Grammy Nominated recordings. He has been awarded grants from the Turkish American Society and The Maryland Council For The Arts. He was nominated for an 2012 Independent Music Award.

Daniel Carter is an American free jazz saxophone, flute, clarinet, and trumpet player active mainly in New York City since the early 1970s. Daniel is a prolific performer and has recorded or performed with William Parker, Federico Ughi, DJ Logic, The Negatones, Thurston Moore, Yo La Tengo, Soul-Junk, Anne Waldman, Cooper-Moore, Matthew Shipp and scientist/musician Matthew Putman among others. He is a member of the cooperative free jazz groups Test, Other Dimensions In Music, odon and Ghost Moth.

Thomas Albrecht’s performance projects have explored ritual and language in public spaces, galleries, and museums, prodding cultural beliefs and individual doubts. Current interests involve duration and elements of Absurdist Theatre, laying bare contingency in human constructions and slippage between truth and fiction. Albrecht has performed throughout the United States and internationally, notably at Grace Exhibition Space (New York), Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery (Chicago), Panoply Performance Laboratory (New York), Dimanche Rouge Paris, and during festivals such as the Brooklyn International Performing Arts Festival, Month of Performance Art Berlin, and Performatorio IV in the Dominican Republic. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University where he served as the Menil Scholar in residence, and his MFA from the University of Washington. He serves as Assistant Dean in the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and Associate Professor in the Art Department, at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Houston Bowery (aka Alexcalibur) is a tectonic force of nature. At once both flamboyant and understated, he brings a physicality to his musical performances with a certainty that is undeniable. Whether with a music band or solo, the surreal lyrics are given wings with a baritone range turning in an aerial dogfight.

26 years old, Storyboard P is a new state-of-the-art model of performance art. Dubbed the Basquiat of street dance by The New Yorker, he’s elevating the genre and conversation while creating a new lexicon along the way.

$ 15 Suggested Donation

The programs of WhiteBox are made possible in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council






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WhiteBox presents 




SONIC SEA, directed by Daniel Hinerfeld, Michelle Dougherty

Sonic Sea is a 60-minute documentary about the impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. It tells the story of a former US Navy officer who solved a tragic mystery and changed forever the way we understand our impact on the ocean. The film is narrated by Rachel McAdams and features Sting, in addition to the renowned ocean experts Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Paul Spong, Dr. Christopher Clark and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Sonic Sea was produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Imaginary Forces in association with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Diamond Docs.

Following the screenings, the panel will be moderated by Joel Chadabe, president and founder of Ear to the Earth, adjunct faculty at NYU, author, and composer whose works have been featured at the Venice Biennale, Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), Inventionen (Berlin), and other venues and festivals as a complement to his environmental concerns.


Hon. Steven S. Honigman
Former General Counsel of the Navy
The Honorable Steven S. Honigman served as the General Counsel of the Navy and received the Navy Department’s Distinguished Public Service Award. He is committed to supporting naval operations while protecting environmental resources. He is currently an attorney is private practice in New York City.


William J. Parker, III, Ph.D.
Former Commodore, United States Navy
William J. Parker is a retired senior naval officer with multiple combat tours who commanded three ships and served as Chief of Staff for United States Naval Forces. He is currently COO of the East West Institute.


Francine Kershaw, Ph.D.
Marine Mammals Science Fellow, Natural Resources Defense Council
As a member of the NRDC’s Marine Mammal Protection Project, Dr. Kershaw identifies areas of the ocean that are crucial for marine mammals and then assesses how vulnerable those areas are to human impacts. She combines information on marine mammal behavior, genetics, and oceanography using geospatial tools to advocate for and improve marine mammal protections.


The programs of WhiteBox are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council for the Arts

Press Contact: press@whiteboxny.org



WhiteBox presents

No Head No Heart


Press Release
August 10, 2016

New York City – Shen Jingdong + Jon Tsoi : No Head No Heart is a New York debut-collaboration of two Chinese contemporary artists who came of age in the 1980s, one Beijing-based, the other a New Yorker.

The exhibition addresses aspects of an ongoing, alarming Sino-American military build-up, seen through the lens of performance art, painting, and public interactive art. The artworks evoke the unsettling figure of the “hero”, patent in the invincible uniformed figure of the Red Army soldier inscribed in both artists’ childhood memories.

In the words of Eric Shiner, “Shen Jingdong converts Communist icons in his paintings and sculptures in an unprecedented way, creating sumptuous works that cunningly turn these images of power into candy-colored and glistening figures that are more likely to be found on a toy shop’s shelves than marching through Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.”

Shen witnessed and was partly influenced by the notorious and subversive ’85 Art New Wave’ movement from Nanjing, that advocated a rationalistic approach to artmaking, in opposition to the academic, social-realist painting of the times. While his work has one foot in the supposed glory of the past, the other foot is firmly set in the ambiguous but relentless narrative of present day China. Aesthetically influenced by Western Pop Art, Shen deems the Chinese soldier a friendly-looking instrument to nonetheless be reckoned with. And he does so with exactitude.

By contrast, Jon Tsoi’s response to militarism is expressed through the prism of Taoism and its notions of chance, as well as via abstract expressionist principles that likewise reflect randomness and unpredictability. Tsoi’s performative painting is not only created blindfolded, but is resurrected, repaired, and restored by a blindfolded audience. In such engagements, Mr. Tsoi also references the original concept of Lucio Fontana, ‘concetto spatiale’—slashing the membrane of two dimensionality canvasses in order to highlight the ‘third space’ behind the picture—a method tilled by the legendary Japanese expressionist group Gutai Art Association, and advances it dramatically.

Together in this project, Shen and Tsoi generously allow for their work to hybridize into a risky, but poignant counterpoint. The sumptuous, slick, perfectly controlled soldiers of Shen Jingdong confront the ignominious slashings of Jon Tsoi’s sharp knives, and subsequent re-weaving. The result may remain a mystery as deep and perplexing as the history of China itself.

Shen Jingdong was born in 1965 and currently lives and works in Beijing. After graduating from the Printmaking Department of Nanjing Art College in 1984, he continued to pursue and complete his studies at the Department of Fine Arts in the Nanjing Academy of Art in 1991. After, Shen served 17 years in the battlefront Art Troupe of the Political Department of Nanjing Military Region. His military background inspired his artistic style –iconic, cartoon style military portraits. His works continuously address the subject of the hero and pop art in porcelain figurines and paintings. His work has been exhibited widely in the United States, Europe and China. Recent shows have included Censure at the Galerie DOCK SUD in France in 2015, France-Chine 50 (la Chine à l’honneur) at the Art Paris – Art Fair in France in 2014, a group exhibition East/west: Visually Speaking in the United States in 2010/2012. His work is included in the collections of the Frost Art Museum and the Paul & Lulu Hilliard University Art Gallery.

Jon Tsoi was born in 1958 in Sichuan province, China. After moving to the United States in 1979, he attended art classes at Montclair State University NJ, and at the Art Students League of New York in the early 1980s. Tsoi currently lives in Connecticut and has exhibited his work in various art galleries in New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, and China. As a certified medical doctor in acupuncture and a contemporary artist, Tsoi consciously integrates in his healing and art making. Recent exhibitions have included ChangJiang Contemporary Art Museum in China in 2016, and Blindfold Art Performance at WhiteBox in New York in 2016.


The programs of WhiteBox are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
and New York State Council for the Arts

Press Contact: press@whiteboxny.org





Sarah Singh + Rey Parla | The Creative Process in Art & Filmmaking

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WhiteBoxLab>> Critical Thursdays

Sarah Singh + Rey Parla

The Creative Process in Art & Filmmaking

Special presentation introducing their singular practices
Followed by panel discussion moderated by Lara Pan

About the Artists

Sarah Singh
A filmmaker, artist, award-winning documentarian and photographer, Sarah Singh was born    into the RScreen Shot 2016-08-16 at 5.21.49 PMoyal family of Patiala, Punjab in India. As a  young child, her family moved to the US and it was not  until her early 20s that she was able to psychologically  connect with India, but once it happened, she was    totally ‘seduced by it’. Her latest artistic expression, A  Million Rivers saw a world premiere at the Victoria and  Albert Museum, London, and has since screened at    the Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany and as a private    preview at the Löwen palais, Berlin to much acclaim    and applause.

I consider myself primarily an architect of images, and writing poetry is an intrinsic part of this architectural filmmaking process because it helps me distill the conceptual framework.

For Whitebox Lab, she will discuss her practice and show select parts of A Million Rivers, her surrealist work of film art which stars legendary actors Om Puri and Lillete Dubey. A Million Rivers will have its North American premiere November 2016 in New York City.

Sarah’s next film will star some of the world’s most interesting actors and is set in Germany. It will challenge both an American film genre and an American art aesthetic that has been dominated by men.


Rey Parlá
Rey Parlá is a Cuban American visual artist working in photography, painting and filmmaking. Parlá firReyst received recognition for his “motion-paintings” at the 12th Annual Miami International Film Festival. Parlá’s time based media works are short Super 8 film documentaries he then hand-painted, edited, and collaged after shooting his brother José Parlá and friends while they created mural painting projects in Miami. Early exposure to Hip Hop culture and its environment drew him to photography and filmmaking. Parlá references artists such as Georges Méliès, Man Ray, Len Lye, Stan Brakhage, Tony Conrad, and László Moholy-Nagy and many others who often time radically contradicted the current view that photography or filmmaking must only depict the natural world.

I am the camera. My hands the mechanical levers, my eyes the prism and lens, my energy processes “negative capability” through painting, scratching, and drawing while using line and light to deconstruct and re-construct the mysteries of the visual image as I create self-portraits on this celluloid material of emulsions.”

Parlá has received Honorable Mentions and Special Event Presentations for his films : Rumba Abstracta, Sporadic Germination, and The Revolution of Super 8 Universe: A Self-Portrait at several film festivals like: The Anti Film Festival, The Alliance Cinema, Milan International Film Festival, Flower Film Festival, The Central Florida Film & Video Festival, The Independent Feature Project, El Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte Roma (MUCA Roma), The Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, and The Cuban Alternative Film Festival in Little Habana. Parlá is currently preparing for an upcoming show at *happylucky no.1* gallery in Brooklyn, New York.

Conceived by Lara Pan

Contact: press@whiteboxny.org

Presented by WhiteBox


The programs of WhiteBox are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
and New York State Council for the Arts

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