Toxic Assets, E-Flux NY

TOXIC ASSETS is a public seminar featuring dance, poetry, art installation, screenings, and talks that responds to the question: What would it take to detox New York City? The project marks the arrival of art and research initiative Frontier Imaginaries to New York City from October 18–22, as a guest of e-flux lectures and Columbia University’s Ruth S. Biermann Memorial Meetings.


The New York edition will be an itinerary of encounters spanning four days in October—featuring a film seminar at Columbia University, and a three-day program of talks, performances, poetry, and screenings at e-flux.


Wednesday, October 18, 6–8pm | Columbia University, Schermerhorn Hall (see directions)
Cinema Assets
Will be a screening program hosted by Columbia University, featuring the Karrabing Film Collective together with Cuban filmmaker Miguel Coyula and actor Lynn Cruz.

Friday, October 20, 6:30–9:30pm, open from 5:30pm | e-flux
Toxic Languages
Will begin the three-day program at e-flux with an evening exploring languages of value, and the value of language; featuring a summoning by Brian Kuan Wood, a keynote by Elizabeth A. Povinelli, dance by Tara Crichlow, poetry by Demian DinéYazhi’, and responses by Gregg Bordowitz; moderated by Vivian Ziherl.

Saturday, October 21, 1–9pm, open from 12pm with Untitled (Slide Show) 15min Performance by Maria Hupfield | e-flux
Toxic Properties
Will be a day-long series of paired dialogues on ‘Frontier Properties’, ‘Volatile Properties’, ‘Urban Properties’, ‘Vital Properties’, and ‘Rebellious Properties’—examining the contractual basis of value, the proprietisation of the imagination, and artist as well as activist uses of contract languages. Each dialogue will be opened through the frame of an artwork installed in the space. Featuring speakers Jonathan Beller, Jaskiran Dhillon, Cassie Fennell, Laura Harris, Yazan Khalili, David Kim, Angela Mitropoulos, Rachel O’Reilly, Greg Tate, Neferti X. M. Tadiar, and artists Bonita Ely, Gordon Hookey, Maria Hupfield, Ryan Presley, and MTL Collective.

Slide Show is a 15 min performance by Maria Hupfield in which she will respond to a selection of slides taken by her father of her mothers community from 1970. This work will move through a combination of scored and unscored representational and abstract movement, visualities and vocalizations that reference systems of structure and contemporary living. Hupfield grounds her work in everyday materials and experiences; during her live performances items acquire new meaning.

Sunday, October 22, 3–5:30pm, open from 2pm | e-flux
Toxic Sovereignty
Will take place as an afternoon screening and cinematic dialogue, delving into the paradoxes of sovereignty amidst dispossession. The term “toxic sovereignty” refers to a scene in the film Windjarrameru: The Stealing C*nt$ where, pursued by police, a group of boys flee into a toxic swamp giving rise to the memorable line: “We’re safe, too much radiation here; we’re safe.” The film will be screened in full, and will be accompanied by the largest group of the Karrabing Film Collective to travel overseas to date. ‘Cinematic dialogues’ or fragments of further films will be contributed by Julieta Aranda, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, and Adania Shibli. The program will be staged within the artwork Embassy by Richard Bell, who will MC the proceedings.


Advance booking required. Tickets are available here.

For more information, contact program [​at​]

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