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Aaron Taylor Kuffner: The Gamelatron, Robotic Gong Sculptures

A night of improvised music on robotic gong sculptures with stories of poetic terrorism, Indonesian Ethnomusicology, and the art of framing silence with Aaron Taylor Kuffner, the artist behind the Gamelatron Project.

A Gamelatron is a sound producing kinetic sculpture made from traditional bronze instruments from Indonesia’s gamelan tradition, retrofitted with mechanical mallets on sculptural mounting systems. The pieces are connected to a network that transcribes digital compositions into an array of electrical pulsations that results in a ghostly musical automaton.

Aaron Taylor Kuffner is a conceptual artist, whose pieces often take the form of multi year projects that involve in depth research, collaboration with field experts and development of specialized skill sets.

Each project is uniquely attached to the idea of providing conceptual tools that further the evolution of consciousness through experiences of beauty and the sublime. In doing so he reaches far outside of conventions pushing the role of art to be a form of service to society.

Through his work Kuffner has become a noted composer, sculptor, electronic music producer, machinist, street artist, theater director, instrument builder, and producer of social sculptures and hyperbolic events ranging in scale from intimate finite happenings to the epic and fabled.


Reading: Follow Me into the Dark

Join us for a reading from Follow Me into the Dark with author, blogger, and digital marketing storyteller, Felicia C. Sullivan.
What happens when children are denied love and then left to their own devices? Follow Me into the Dark traces the unraveling of a family marred by perverse intergenerational abuse. Kate is a young baker whose mother is dying of cancer. Gillian is an oversexed, hyper-intellectual who looks like Kate and is sleeping with Kate’s stepfather. Jonah is Gillian’s odd but devoted stepbrother, who increasingly matches the description of the “Doll Collector,” a menacing serial killer. With Kate flailing in her mourning and beating back unwelcome memories, snippets of her family legacy are revealed just as the Doll Collector’s body count grows.
Felicia C. Sullivan is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed memoir The Sky Isn’t Visible from Here (Algonquin/Harper Perennial) and the founder of the now defunct but highly regarded literary journal Small Spiral Notebook. She maintains the popular lifestyle blog: Born and raised in New York City, she now lives in Los Angeles.


Idgy Dean Live at the National Arts Club

With recent TV appearances, movie synch and brand licensing deals as well asIDGY ACADEMY featured selections to both the Red Bull Music Academy and Adrien Grenier’s Wreckroom Records, Idgy Dean is taking off.  This is a rare opportunity to catch her in a relatively small venue at the National Arts Club.  You will be in for a real show.   Idgy Dean is a fully formed multimedia artist, and she will be projecting her work, as well as performing live.  Check her out on Youtube to get a preview.

A self-described feminist loop artist, mystic and yogini, Idgy Dean infuses her one-woman psychedelic rock with a calming Zen presence that belies the emotional intensity of her DIY beats. Although she released her debut LP Ominous Harminus in 2015, the Brooklynite otherwise known as Lindsay Sanwald has been making music since she was a teenager, inspired to play drums, guitar and bass and write her own songs by the dual presence of Kate Bush and Nine Inch Nails. If those influences sound divergent at first glance, think again – Dean’s music combines a visceral mysticism with a performative grandeur that reflects the dark and the life-giving in equal measure, doling out tribal drum beats and clangorous guitar lines underneath airy vocals during her live shows, which are symphonies of emotion wrought from loop pedals. A magnetic performer, Dean’s ethereal experimental pop has naturally found its way into theater, when she was responsible for the live score of The ETLE Universe, a “queer feminist cyborg time-travel epic thing.


A Holiday Variety Show with Blank Forms and Audio Visual Arts (AVA)

dec-15-art-techA concise evening of immersive multimedia soundscapes and performance. A range of artists will utilize a variety of technologies stemming from the most analog to the most digital. East Village legend Lary 7 will perform a range of homemade instruments often used as foley sound for film. Members of the NY experimental audio group Das Audit will create a short presentation of improvised electronic, horn, and guitar based sonic environments. There will be special guests and jolly holiday vibes throughout.

Blank Forms is a curatorial platform dedicated to the presentation and preservation of time-based performance practices. Audio Visual Arts is an art gallery in the East Village with a particular focus on innovative media and sonic artworks by emerging artists world wide


The Hypnotic Bar

 The Hypnotic Bar is a hilarious demonstration that getting drunk is ultimately all in the mind. Albert Nerenberg, film director, and hypnotist first showed he could get people high and drunk without drugs and alcohol at Idea City, Canada’s TED Conference, in 2014. Since then he has presented the Hypnotic Bar, half ground-breaking presentation and half show, in bars and conferences around North America. It’s been called impossible, incredible, but it really is fascinating, possibly real and a lot of fun.

Albert Nerenberg is an acclaimed director, hypnotist, and one of the world’s top experts on laughter.
Nerenberg directed Laughology, the first feature documentary about laughter for CTV in Canada. He’s the inventor of Laughercize, a laughter exercise technique and founder of the American Laughing Championships. In 2011 he was been named one of the “100 most influential people in Health and Fitness” by
As a Hypnotist he is known for demonstrated that drugs and alcohol are all in the mind.

He is currently working in a feature documentary titled You Are What You Act.

An Evening to Benefit ZanaAfrica Foundation

Please join us for an evening to understand the work that the non-profit ZanaAfrica is doing to educate young girls in Africa on reproductive health and rights. ZanaAfrica helps these girls by distributing supplies and educating them through unique comic books and magazines, saving women from disease and mutilation.

We hope you can join us for wine and conversation with some amazing women on how creativity & ideas can change (and even save lives) — and what we can do to help!
The conversation will be hosted by our friends at MediaCom.
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Graham Hancock: “The Art of Being an Outsider”

“I’ve always been an ‘outsider’,” says Graham Hancock, “and throughout more than 40 years of  career as a writer, whether my subject was foreign aid, or the possibility of a lost civilization, or the real significance of psychedelics in human culture, I have found myself again and again in opposition to the mainstream.”
In this talk, his fourth at The National Arts Club, Graham for the first time will share the story of his own life journey and the lessons he has learned from it.

Graham Hancock’s past National Arts Club talks have been at capacity — with significant waiting lists.
The Art and Tech Committee will accommodate all members who RSVP by the deadline. Guests will be prioritized by the date of their RSVP.

Members and guests please RSVP by November 15:


On the Antarctic Biennale

We are pleased to introduce one of the most unusual art biennales in history, the Antarctic Biennale, to be held aboard a ship. Alexander Ponomarev, the first Antarctic Biennale’s ideologist and commissioner, bases the project on the principles of inter-cultural dialogue, interdisciplinarity, and supranationalism.
The Antarctic Biennale’s creative core will be formed around a mix of global and up-and-coming artists.
Each expedition member will participate in a variety of events on board the ship: art, science and technology discussions; poetry and philosophy workshops; intellectual club meetings, and more. The research ship will be transformed into a floating creative laboratory, where several continuously renewed exhibitions will be arranged. After the voyage ends, the completed projects will be demonstrated in leading international museums and cultural centers across the globe.
The guest speaker for the evening will be Hani Rashid, a architect and artist with a notable portfolio of futuristic mega-projects around the planet. He explores fragile boundaries between virtual and physical worlds. He is the design partner and co-founder of Asymptote Architecture New York, which, since its inception in 1989, has received numerous awards for visionary building design and completed works, master planning, art installations and digital environments. Asymptote Architecture was awarded the prestigious Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts in recognition of exceptional contributions to the progress and merging of art and architecture. Hani Rashid with partner Lise Anne Couture are currently designing the Hermitage Modern Contemporary Museum in Moscow which will open in the spring of 2018.
Since October 2011, Rashid has been a professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Hani has achieved a distinguished international academic career that includes visiting professorships at numerous universities including the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. As Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, he co-developed the school’s Advanced Digital Design program in 1991 and co-founded the Paperless Design Studios in 1996. Hani Rashid has held the Kenzo Tange Chair for Architecture at Harvard and served on the steering committee for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Today Hani leads a research department ‘Deep-Futures’ at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna Austria.


Please join us in the Grand Gallery for a presentation and discussion on this revolutionary new art movement.


The Transformative Art of the Internet; A Collaborative Revolution

We welcome journalists Malcolm Gladwell and Virginia Heffernan for an evening of drinks and lively discussion about the Internet, both as a revolutionary technology and as a global, transformative work of art. Gladwell and Heffernan will delve into the latest differences between our offline vs online lives, and the changing ways that we read, see, listen, and collaborate across this vast, uncertain, and exciting medium.
Virginia Heffernan is a journalist and critic who writes extensively about the Internet and the intersection of culture and technology. She has served as a staff writer for The New York Times, senior editor at Harper’s,founding editor at Talk, and TV critic for Slate. Her latest book, Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art, explores the logic and aesthetics of the online world. It has been named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Pick andWIRED’s #1 Summer Must-Read.
Malcolm Gladwell is a journalist and author of five New York Times best-selling books that explore the often-unexpected ways social science and psychology shape our lives. A staff writer for the New Yorker since 1996, Gladwell has received numerous awards for his work, including the American Sociological Association’s Award for Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues. His latest book, David and Goliath, considers how underdogs beat the odds. His newest project, the podcast Revisionist History, reinterprets overlooked events and ideas from the past.


Creative Tech Week Kickoff Party

Together with Creative Tech Week and Harvestworks, the Art and Technology Committee and Young Members Committee at the NAC has lined up a series of brief talks and an innovative electronic movement performance from 7-8pm. At 8, the lights dim, music begins, and the rest of the night is yours to catch up with old friends and meet new people.

Free with RSVP:

RSVP Strictly Required.
A dress code is enforced at the NAC. No jeans, sneakers, or t-shirts; please dress in celebratory costume or cocktail attire.
Thursday, April 28th – The National Arts Club – 15 Gramercy Park South 10003

6:30-7:00 – Arrive and Mingle
7:00-7:20 – Toni Dove – a talk
7:20-7:40 – Heidi Boisvert – a talk
7:40-8:00 – Marco Donnarumma – a performance
8:00-11:00 – Drinks, mingling and DJ Mark Flynn (Volume Events)

This free event will sell out.

Your Hosts 
Carol Parkinson
Charlotte Kent
Danielle Cyr
Gary Shapiro
Isabel Walcott Draves
Persia Tatar von Huddleston
Steven Masur

Honorary Hosts
Andy Morris
Augustine Fou
Bernardo Joselevich
Courtney Pulitzer
Dawn Barber
Feisal Afzal
Howard Greenstein
Jack Hidary
Jeff Dachis
Jonathan Askin
Kyle Shannon
Laurel Touby
Murray Hidary
Steve Masur
Sunny Bates


Creative Tech Week Kick Off Party

Heidi Boisvert
Heidi Boisvert (PhD) creates groundbreaking games, web interactive, augmented reality and transmedia storytelling experiences for social change, as well as large-scale networked performances in dance and theatre using biotechnology. She co-founded XTH, a company exploring novel modes of expression through technology and the human body. She has been a Harvestworks Fellow with support by the Rockefeller Foundation whose works have been featured in Kotaku, TIME, Wired, Salon, Fast Company, Washington Post, the New York Times, and Atlantic, and showcased at EMPAC, Banff New Media Institute, Queens Museum, Kunsthalle and the Waag Society.

Marco Donnarumma
Marco Donnarumma (PhD) is an artist and writer merging sound art and performance art through science and technology. He is known for his wide range of performances, concerts and installations using and abusing human bodies, sound, infrasound, light, algorithms, body sensors and loudspeakers. He co-founded XTH, a company creating novel modes of expression through technology and the human body. Among other awards, he has been a Harvestworks Fellow with support by the Rockefeller Foundation, and his works have been featured at Sónar+D, ISEA, Venice Biennale, ZKM, transmediale, CTM, FILE, Panorama, NYEAF, Sound Art China, EMPAC, Stanford and CCRMA.

Toni Dove
Considered one of the pioneers of interactive cinema, New York-based artist Toni Dove creates hybrid performance, installation and screen-based art that fuses film, game or instrument based interaction, and experimental theater. Her work has been shown internationally at Banff Centre for the Arts, the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Museum of the Moving Image, ZKM, REDCAT, EMPAC, and the Kitchen. Dove creates large-scale responsive environments that connect embodied interface technologies, like vocal analysis or video motion sensing to media and robotics to create immersive narratives. In her work body motion creates an uncanny interface – a doubling – a sense of being in body and onscreen simultaneously.

Harvestworks’ mission is to support contemporary artists in the creation and presentation of art works achieved through the use of new and evolving technologies. Innovative use of new technologies in the arts can help acclimate people to change, help allow the absorption of new ideas and enrich the imagery of our culture. We are dedicated to presenting the highest quality work across the arts and technology spectrum to the public.

Creative Tech Week
Between April 28th and May 8th 2016 in New York City, Creative Tech Week draws together artists, professionals and educators working where technology and art intersect. From VR, 3D printing and hackathons to fashion tech, data visualization, digital art, interactive installations and STEAM, Creative Technology is front and center in innovation success stories across the corporate and non-profit landscape. Creative Tech Week is a free and ticketed crowdsourced convention created to showcase the cutting-edge research, art, media, and community initiatives being generated in the field of creative technology. Join us for art installations, talks, panels, workshops, performances, and more!

The National Arts Club

The National Arts Club is one of the country’s oldest institutions dedicated to the arts and artists.

Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM (EDT)

The National Arts Club – 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003



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Painting after Paik: The Influence of Nam June Paik on the Art of Russell Connor

A fateful 1968 meeting at WGBH in Boston with video artist Nam June Paik led to a major upheaval in the art of Russell Connor.  In his talk, the artist tells how it helped transform an abstract painter, ex-student of Josef Albers, into an artist who “plays seriously” with art history, in work he calls Masters in Pieces. At the time of their meeting, Connor was writer/host of the WGBH series, Museum Open House, from the Museum of fine Arts in Boston, and interested in the TV medium  itself as an art form. The encounter with Paik’s “dazzling inventiveness” led Connor to organize the world’s first museum show of video art at Brandeis  University in 1970, and to collaborate with Nam June in many of his productions through the seventies.  Paik’s free-wheeling humor inspired Connor to look again at his own immersion in art history and make it his painting subject, joining figures from famous paintings to make new compositions and new narratives. In addition to Connor’s “before and after Paik” painting, the artist will show excerpts from Paik’s work in which he participated.

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A conversation with Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Co-Founder and CEO of GLAMSQUAD & Co-Founder of Gilt

A conversation with Alexandra Wilkis Wilson,  Co-Founder and CEO of GLAMSQUAD; Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor of Gilt

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is a digital entrepreneur who co-founded the influential e-commerce retailer Gilt and currently oversees the mobile app startup GLAMSQUAD, home-delivering affordable beauty services to tech savvy consumers.

Before co-founding Gilt, Alexandra managed retail operations at Bulgari, overseeing 15 North American stores. Before working at Bulgari, Alexandra managed Leather Goods Sales Planning for Louis Vuitton North America. She had previously worked at Financo for the late retail guru Marvin Traub, former Chairman and CEO of Bloomingdales. Alexandra began her career working for 3 years in investment banking at Merrill Lynch.

Alexandra holds a B.A. from Harvard College, where she graduated magna cum laude, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She speaks five languages.

Alexandra is on the Board of Directors of Perry Ellis International (Nasdaq: PERY). She has served on the non-profit boards of: Dress for Success Worldwide, The National Retail Federation Foundation, Women’s Forum, Inc and Fashion Group International. She is an active fundraiser for her alma maters The Brearley School, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Harvard University.

Alexandra, together with Gilt co-founder Alexis Maybank, is the author of the New York Times bestselling book By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop (Portfolio/Penguin).

Jeff Gomez

THE COLLECTIVE JOURNEY: Transmedia & the Rise of a New Form of Story

The Internet continues to transform communication and commerce, but few anticipated how it has given birth to new narrative canvases capable of profound social and artistic expression. In this exclusive talk, Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment and pioneer in the field of transmedia storytelling, will describe how the time of the Hero’s Journey espoused by Joseph Campbell is now giving way to a fascinating new narrative model Gomez calls the Collective Journey. Signified by Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, The Walking Dead, Minecraft, #BlackLivesMatter, the revival of Star Wars, and even the media tactics of ISIS, the shift to the Collective Journey presents soaring opportunities, says Gomez, but there are also dangers.

Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, is a leading expert in the field of transmedia storytelling, specializing in the expansion of entertainment properties, premium brands and socio-political themes into highly successful multi-platform franchises and international campaigns.

As a transmedia producer, Jeff also develops the story worlds of films, television shows, toys, books, comics, apps, videogame titles, and theme park attractions across an array of media touchpoints, which deepens audience engagement, and generates massive fan communities and multiple revenue streams. Jeff’s pop culture work has impacted such blockbuster entertainment properties as Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, James Cameron’s Avatar, Hasbro’s Transformers, Sony Pictures’​ Spider-Man and Men in Black, Microsoft’s Halo, and Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Jeff is currently the transmedia producer of Mark Burnett’s Lucha Underground TV series. Other current clients include Sesame Workshop and Disney Parks & Resorts.

Jeff’s proprietary transmedia development and implementation methods have also been applied to educational and geo-political causes, accelerating positive social movements and increasing resistance to organized crime, violent extremism, and corruption. Through applications of transmedia population activation, he has helped to address crises in Mexico, Colombia, and the Middle East North Africa region. He has recently started work at Curtin University to use transmedia techniques and a new narrative model he calls the Collective Journey to increase retention among first-year students, particularly those from Low Socio-Economic Status, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and Regional and Remote backgrounds.


The Art of Drones: A Conversation about Creativity, Coverage, and Controversy

This conversation will bring together Randy Scott Slavin, NYC Drone Film Festival Founder, and Greg Agvent, the Sr. Director of News Operations at CNN, to talk about drones and what space they occupy within the editorial and creative landscapes.

Randy Scott Slavin is a drone cinematographer who founded the NYC Drone Film Festival, the world’s first film festival exclusively dedicated to drone cinema. The 2016 Drone Film Festival (being held in NYC on March 5) has received over 335 submissions from 45 countries. Randy is also a regular drone contributor on Good Morning America, and has been featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, and Time.

Greg Agvent is the Sr. Director of News Operations for CNN/U.S., responsible for designing and executing the technical, logistical and production strategies that support CNN’s editorial mission. Greg has participated in the development of CNN’s broadcast coverage of virtually every significant domestic news story of the last decade. He’s been involved with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) since CNN initiated its research efforts with the Georgia Tech Research Institute and the Federal Aviation Administration. He’s also a member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and serves on the advisory boards of several UAS related groups.


Eclectic Music Salon

An intimate evening with the film composer Duke Bojadziev on piano, featuring his talented collaborators. His guest this evening is the musical prodigy on clarinet from Juliard, Ismail Lumanovski. A cinematic musical journey blends the art of classical romanticism with the traditional roots of Eastern European melodies, while exploring the technology of layering sound experiences.

Duke Bojadziev (a.k.a. Duke B) is a New York City-based music composer for motion pictures, record producer and pianist. Born and raised in Macedonia, he began playing the piano at a very early age. Taking after his father – who balanced successful careers in both music and medicine – Duke earned his medical degree while simultaneously cultivating his passion for music. Deciding to pursue music as a full time career he than moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. Upon graduating in 2001, he moved to NYC and jumpstarted his trajectory as a musician. He has produced remixes for Cyndi Lauper and the Blue Man Group, and honed his inventive style through performances with various ensembles at NYC’s Carnegie Hall, Highline Ballroom, Cipriani Ballroom, among many others.

The Macedonian/Turkish clarinetist, Ismail Lumanovski, grew up in the Balkans cherishing his recordings of Western classical music, jazz, hip hop and rock. His ability to perform both Western Classical music and Balkan folk music with such inimitable skill is a rarity this writer has never witnessed close up before.

Lumanovski is perhaps the first Roma (Gypsy) clarinet player to graduate from the renowned Juilliard School of Music in New York, and his understanding of Mahler and orchestral playing is as developed as his profound passion for and skill in playing the music from his ethnic childhood.


The Art and Business of Music with Jason Flom, Moderator Ronan Farrow

“I knew nothing about escrow when I first started out — I actually thought it was an Italian vegetable,” Lava Records CEO Jason Flom told 1000 real estate brokers as he delivered the keynote address at the ReInvent Conference. Flom, the former Chairman and CEO of Atlantic Records, Virgin Records and Capitol Music Group, and the son of the late mergers and acquisitions legend Joseph Flom has helped to redefine the art and business of music while remaining a leader in the field of criminal justice reform. He is a founding board member of The Innocence Project which focuses on freeing innocent inmates and he also serves on the boards of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, The Drug Policy Alliance and The Legal Action Center. MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow, an activist, journalist and lawyer himself, will interview Flom about discovering and breaking multiplatinum artists like Tori Amos, Stone Temple Pilots, Jewel, Kid Rock, Matchbox Twenty, The Corrs, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Katy Perry, Jessie J and Lorde, as well as his cause based work and what we can expect from music in the future. It promises to be an incredible evening.


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Graham Hancock

From Fingerprints of the Gods, published in 1995to his explosive new book Magicians of the Gods, soon to be published on November 10, 2015, Graham Hancock has spent 20 years in the front lines of historical and archaeological controversy. In this special talk at the National Arts Club he shares his unique experiences and perspective on the mysteries of the human past and explains why he’s convinced we are a species with amnesia forced, more than 12,000 years ago, to begin again like children with almost no memory of what went before. An entire episode of the human story has been lost — an advanced civilisation very different from our own, with different technologies, different priorities, a higher level of consciousness and a deep connection to spirit. In the teeth of opposition from orthodox historians, and an ideologically driven consensus, a new paradigm of prehistory is emerging that will change everything we have been taught to believe about ourselves.


An Evening with Burning Man Founder Larry Harvey

In 1986, Larry Harvey instigated the now-renowned Burning Man festival on a renegade creative impulse on a San Francisco beach. This creativity was the spark that led to the 30-year evolution of the annual festival that Larry has aesthetically and philosophically shepherded through its transformation into ​a non-profit organization, and ​a global force for creative culture on six continents and in more than 50 countries.

Artist, NAC member and 15 year Burner Kate Raudenbush, began attending the event in 1999 in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. In 2004, on an inspired whim and thanks to her first Art Grant from Burning Man, Kate began her first step in an uncharted creative journey​,​ which evolved with Burning Man funding her ​many ​creations​ of intricately crafted​,​ allegorical steel sculpture, reaching heights of 42 feet. Like Burning Man, her artwork has evolved into more creativity across the ​world, ​where it has been exhibited ​at museums in the US and ​internationally, and featured at festivals, galleries and fine art fairs.

Please join us as they discuss creative risk-taking, the power of artistic themes, Burning Man creative culture​,​ and more.


Sleeping Through a Revolution: The Moral Framework of the Technology Revolution

The Art + Tech Committee is excited to host Jonathan Taplin, author of Outlaw Blues and Adventures in the Counter-Culture Wars. Jonathan is a professor at the University of Southern California, and the producer of Scorsese’s Mean Streets and The Band’s The Last Waltz.

The comedian Louis CK has remarked that in our smartphone-obsessed world, “everything is amazing and nobody is happy.” Could it be that some core ethical principles are being neglected as we drive towards ever more addictive apps? Jonathan will discuss some of the problems the consolidation of the Internet business poses for content owners in movies, music, books, journalism and games.


The Birth of Hip-Hop with Tommy Silverman & Lee Quiñones

The Art & Technology Committee brings you Tommy Silverman, founder of both Tommy Boy Records and the New Music Seminar, and Lee Quiñones, leading innovator of the street-art movement in New York and pioneer of subway graffiti art.  Tommy and Lee will break down for us how the eclectic ramshackle culture within five square miles of the South Bronx in New York City changed art, dance, music and entertainment for the next thirty years.  Tommy worked with such hip-hop pioneers as De La Soul, Digital Underground, Afrika Bambaataa and Queen Latifah.  Early attendees at New Music Seminar included Madonna, Nirvana, Ice Cube, GWAR, James Brown, and Lou Reed.

Graffiti Artist Lee Quiñones became a legend in the late 1970’s for his unique artwork seen throughout the New York subway system. Lee was a major contributor to one of the first-ever whole-train graffiti murals, and many of his iconic works can be found in such exhibits as the Whitney Museum of Art and the Museum of the City of New York. Lee also contributed several pieces to one of the most sold art books in history, Subway Art.


Alexandre Tannous: Exploring Sound

Please join us on Tuesday, April 21, at 8 p.m. as the Art & Technology Committee welcomes its next speaker, Alexandre Tannous, composer and ethnomusicologist, as he discusses sound and its connections with the body, mind and spirit.

Humans have been drawn to music since the beginning of time. Ancient and contemporary religions, shamanic societies, mystical and spiritual sects have revered sound to be the ultimate source in the universe and intricately connected to consciousness. Using case studies Alexandre will talk about the benefits of sound as a tool for therapy, to explore spiritual dimensions of consciousness, to reveal the higher self, and to enhance self-awareness. Alexandre will explain what gives sound this power and what causes the physiological effects on the body and mind.

Alexandre, who has studied and taught at Columbia University, has been investigating the therapeutic and esoteric properties of sound from three different perspectives – Western scientific, Eastern philosophical, and shamanic societal beliefs – to gain a deeper understanding of how, and to what extent, sound has been used to affect human consciousness. As an ethnomusicologist his approach entails a social scientific study of sound use in several traditional contexts: religious, spiritual, holistic, and cultural.

Alexandre continues his research on sound and practices as a sound therapist.

This event is free and open to the public. We hope you can join us.


Zuzanna Skalska: Awareness of Change

Please join us on Tuesday, March 3rd at 7 p.m. as the Art & Technology Committee hosts its next speaker- Zuzanna Skalska. Zuzanna is a celebrated trend watcher, and will share how, in a world characterized by innovation frenzy and hyper-acceleration, she analyzes and intuits forces of change in the economy, society, technology, environment, and politics – long before such trends become obvious to others.

Zuzanna will illustrate the art and science of trend watching by discussing the latest design trends in different industries, and will deliver colorful and beautifully visualized storytelling that inspires the imagination.

This event is free and open to the public. We hope you can join us.



Drones: Creativity and Controversy

The Art & Tech Committee of the National Arts Club is excited to announce our next talk – a candid conversation about drones and art.

This evening will bring together Randy Scott Slavin, Brendan Schulman and Mark Devries to talk drones and what space they occupy within the legal and creative landscapes.
Randy Scott Slavin is a drone cinematographer who founded the NYC Drone Film Festival, the world’s first film festival exclusively dedicated to drone cinema. Brendan Schulman is the preeminent drone lawyer who is fighting the most famous drone case in the US. Mark Devries is a young documentary filmmaker whose first documentary “Speciesism” gained a lot of attention when he used a drone to get footage of “factory farms” hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. 


WYLIE DUFRESNE at the National Arts Club

The Art & Technology Committee of the National Arts Club is excited to announce its next speaker, a culinary visionary, chef Wylie Dufresne.

Through a synthesis of art and science, Wylie transformed the New York restaurant scene with his innovative and groundbreaking cuisine at wd~50 and has brought a modern interpretation of pub food to life with his newest restaurant Alder. He has been awarded the James Beard Foundation’s Best NYC Chef and was conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University.

Wylie will join us at the club on January 29th at 8pm to talk about modern American cuisine and the relationship between food and science.
This is going to be a fun event. It is free and open to the public, but space is limited. We hope you can join us.


VITO ACCONCI at The National Arts Club

On December 4 at 8:00 pm the Art & Technology Committee welcomes Vito Acconci.  From poetry and provocative performance art to sublime architecture and beyond, Mr. Acconci is one of the most iconoclastic and influential artists of our time.  This will be the Art & Technology Committee’s last event of 2014.

Vito Acconci’s design & architecture comes from another direction, from backgrounds of writing & art. His poems in the late 60’s treated language as matter (words to look at rather than through) & the page as a field to travel over; his performances in the early 70’s helped shift art from object to interaction; later in the 70’s, his installations turned museums & galleries into interactions between spaces & people; in the early 80’s, his architectural-units were meant to be transformed by users. By the late 80’s his work crossed over & he formed Acconci Studio, a design firm that mixes poetry & geometry, computer-scripting & sentence-structure, narrative & biology, chemistry & social-science.

The Studio uses computers to give form to thinking; they use forms to find ideas. They make not nodes so much as circulation-routes, they design time as much as space. Their design starts with clothing & ends with vehicles – in-between, they design buildings that slip into landscape & vice versa; they make spaces fluid, changeable & portable; they make architecture subservient to people & not vice versa — they anticipate cities on the move.

Built in the last decade are, in Graz, a person-made island where the theater, a bowl, twists to become a playground on its way to becoming a dome, a restaurant; in Tokyo, a clothing store as soft as clothing; in Coney Island an elevated subway-station façade that waves & bulges to make views & seats; in Toronto, a building-complex fence that twists & rises up the building to make wind-screens, & splits to make public-places. Being built now, in Indianapolis, is an interactive tunnel through a building where pedestrians & cyclists activate sensors that set off lights that swarm around them like fireflies.