Announcing our First Salon

Published on 2018-01-09

📅 Tuesday, February 20th
📍 SoHo Salon with Members of The Current from 6-10PM
🔊 Livestreaming in 360° on Facebook Live at 8PM EST

The Current is kicking off our 2018 Salon Programming with Nora Khan presenting a panel at 8PM EST on February 20th in our SoHo loft space. Nora Khan writes, “This panel will explore how contemporary artists subvert, disassemble, and undo the standard language we have to talk about identity. In doing so, they offer new and surprising paradigms for framing and exploring very old questions. We take up “identity” as a point of access, identity as mode for collective meaning-making, and identity as the exquisite and universal search to mediate who we would like to be through how we wish to be seen.”

At The Current Salon, Khan will present a selection of artworks and host a discussion. The event will be live-streamed in 360° starting at 8PM EST and is free and open to the public online via Facebook Live 360. You can also attend the salon in person to view the works – The Current invites you to join our collections committee and participate in shaping the museum’s collection.

// ABOUT THE MODERATOR

​Nora Khan is a writer. She is acting editor at Rhizome, after serving as contributing editor for several years, and a former research resident at Eyebeam. Her art criticism, essays, and fiction have won a Thoma Foundation Arts Writing Award in Digital Art, and been published in Mousse, 4Columns, Conjunctions, Flash Art, Art in America, Mousse, The Village Voice, After Us, California Sunday. In 2017, Primary Information published her book with Steven Warwick, Fear Indexing the X-Files.

She currently teaches a course on hybrid art criticism at Hunter/CUNY. She is also a fiction writer, with an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was both supported by an Iowa Arts Fellowship and taught fiction and poetry writing. She frequently collaborates with artists with overlapping intellectual interests, like Katja Novitskova, Ian Cheng, Sondra Perry, Yuri Pattison, and Jeremy Shaw, writing exhibition essays commissioned by Serpentine Galleries, Sternberg Press, and Chisenhale Gallery. She speaks frequently on issues within the philosophy of technology, and art practices that engage with artificial intelligence, this past year at Triple Canopy, Gray Area Festival, transmediale, the Whitney Museum,UCLA, New Museum, NYU, and New School.

// ABOUT THE SALON + COLLECTIONS COMMITTEE

Join us in SoHo live at the salon on February 20th by becoming a member of our collections committee – a contribution of $250 gets you a vote on which works from the salon will enter The Current’s collection. After the livestream ends, our board reviews the details of the works from the salon – revealing which works are available for acquisition and answering any questions from the committee.

As a member of the collection committee you’ll hear about pricing, editions, conservation needs and more details from the artists’ studio. This is a great way to learn about collecting media artworks, and your participation has a direct impact on the museum’s legacy.

Voting happens via app for in-person participants, and we’ll announce the selected works at 10PM as the salon concludes. After the salon, our committee members have exclusive access to the works they support via The Current.

// JOIN LIVE

You can attend in person by joining drip at the $250+ levels, and you'll also have the opportunity during the salon to vote on which artworks we add to our collection. Anyone can become a member of the committee by signing-up on drip.

In the next few weeks we’ll announce the artists featured in our first salon – you can follow along by subscribing on drip for as little as $5. The Livestream is free and open to the public through Facebook 360° Live.