The Museum of Arts and Design Announces THE FUN Conference on Nightlife as Social Practice to for November 8-10, 2013
The Museum of Arts and Design announces THE FUN Conference on Nightlife as Social Practice to be held November 8-10, 2013. In conjunction with the release of the book THE FUN: The Social Practice of Nightlife in NYC and marking THE FUN fellowship's third anniversary, the conference will focus on participatory, social and collaborative arts practices and their relation to nightlife, through panel discussions, lectures and special projects.
"MAD supports artists, designers and cultural producers who work at the intersection of creative disciplines," says Jake Yuzna, MAD's Director of Public Programs, "THE FUN Fellowship, the publication and now the conference help us raise awareness of nightlife as a vital artistic and social practice in its own right."
Gathering a variety of voices, the three-day event will launch with a keynote address by nightlife icon Patricia Field, followed by a screening of 2012 FUN Fellows FCKNLZ's project "FCKNLZ on Broadway." The conference will then explore many facets of nightlife as social and artistic practice. Saturday panels will focus on topics such as the ritual aspects of nightlife and its associated political possibilities; what it means to be a "host" and how "hosting" functions as artistic and social practice; and the rise of internet-based promotion, its impact on nightlife visibility and the type of constituencies reached. Sunday panels will look into fashion, performance and taboo in nightlife; nightlife's geographical dispersion and resulting new emerging forms; and finally the impact of governmental regulations of nightlife via cabaret laws.
In conjunction with THE FUN conference, the Ace Hotel will host MAD-selected DJs for a series of nights in November. Former THE FUN Fellows FCKNLZ and Gag! will perform in the hotel's lobby from 8pm-12am on November 5 and 12 (FCKNLZ), and 19 and 26 (Gag!).
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
THE FUN Conference on Nightlife as Social Practice is organized by Jake Yuzna, Director of Public Programs.
Tickets are available per panel or as a full conference pass, which allows the holder into all panels as well as the keynote discussion. Full conference passes are $45 General and $30 for Artists, Students and MAD Members. Each panel is $12 General and $7 for Artists, Students and MAD Members. Tickets may be purchased here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/446712
All panels and presentations take place in The Theater at MAD.
For more information about the series, visit www.madmuseum.org/thefunconference